Brazil brothers charged with burying father alive

Two brothers were charged with killing their father, a local Afro-Brazilian religious leader, by knocking him out with sleeping pills and then burying him alive, investigators told a Brazilian news website.

Woman who killed boy not criminally responsible: judge

A British Columbia woman on trial for the murder of a 12-year-old autistic boy was found not criminally responsible Friday due to mental disorder.

Both Crown and defence lawyers agreed during the second-degree murder trial of Kimberly Ruth Noyes that she was psychotic when she stabbed John Fulton to death last August in her home in Grand Forks, B.C.

During the trial, the court heard about Noyes’ long history of mental illness and her one-time belief that she should sacrifice her own daughter in order to resurrect her.

Psychiatrist Dr. Honald Vasi testified that Noyes did not recognize that she had bipolar disorder, refused to take medications, and believed she had supernatural powers.

Vasi said Noyes was diagnosed in 2003 with bipolar disorder, a condition that causes manic delusional episodes as well as suicidal depressions.

Noyes believed her dead father was God, that the devil was in her house and that God was coming in a helicopter to take everyone away.

In August 2007, Vasi saw Noyes again. She told him she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit with seven babies.

22 years for stepson’s sadistic scissor attack on strict Christian dad

A ‘sadistic’ stepson who nurtured a hatred of his strict Christian step-father, has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for trying to kill him in a brutal attack in Torquay, UK. The defense lawyer told the court that Simon Dowrick was the son of a ‘leading mason in London’ and had been told that […]

Arson suspects grew up together in Texas church

Church arson fire Even as authorities closed in, one of the two suspects in a string of east Texas church fires attended a Sunday service and went to a Baptist ministry on his junior college campus for a free meal.

But officials say they found weapons and books detailing atheism and devil worship during a pre-dawn raid at a home where Bourque was arrested Feb. 21.

Street Preachers Killed In United States

Murder A religious liberty group warned Saturday, February 6, that “Anti-Christian hostility is getting increasingly deadly” in the United States after two street preachers were shot and killed by a teenager who apparently opposed their message.

“The increasing demonization of Christians in our culture makes some feel its open season on Christians,” said Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission.

Arson charges dropped against Pastor during trial

Joseph Howard In a dramatic courtroom development, arson charges against Albany minister Dr. Joseph Howard were dismissed, because a key witness was secretly recorded saying he lied.

The minister was accused of hiring two men to burn his church so he could collect insurance money.

But one of those men who was supposed to testify against him, told someone a different story.

Gunman kills pastor, stabs self and wound 2 others during Illinois church

Fred Winters A gunman walked down the aisle of a suburban St. Louis church during Sunday services and shot the pastor to death before stabbing himself and slashing two others as parishioners wrestled him to the ground, authorities said.

The Rev. Fred Winters, said to be in his 40s, died at nearby Anderson Hospital of a gunshot wound to the chest, officials said.

The attacker, whose identity has not been released, was in serious condition at St. Louis University Hospital, where he was being taken into surgery for treatment of self-inflicted stab wounds. [video]

Arson fire badly damages church attended by Sarah Palin

Arson Gov. Sarah Palin’s home church was badly damaged by arson, leading Ms. Palin to apologize if the fire was connected to “undeserved negative attention” the church received during her campaign as the Republican vice-presidential nominee.

Asked if Palin is a member of Wasilla Bible Church, [Pastor Larry] Kroon said it’s just one of the churches she attends. He declined to say how often she attends, or when she last came.

‘Cursed’ woman claims exorcism sex abuse

woman claims exorcism sex abuseTwo men have been charged with more than 220 sex offences at prayer sessions of a western Sydney church.

Police say one of the men had claimed he could speak to angels and remove curses.

The men, aged 61 and 38, are highly regarded members of the Greek Orthodox and Coptic Orthodox communities, police say.

Cops: Man choked wife over ‘cult’

Xing Yu’s lawyer said he was just trying to stop his wife from bringing the 5-year-old girl to what he considers a cult meeting on Sunday.

Insanity’s legal fall from grace

In the National Gallery of Art in Washington hangs a cherished Rembrandt titled Abraham’s Sacrifice. It is an etching of Abraham about to slay his son, Isaac, upon the orders of God, to show his faith. The scene from Genesis 22:1-12 is repeated in stained glass windows, paintings and other displays worldwide. It is also […]

Twinkies to demons: Defense seeks ploys

Toddler death case goes to jury; Across the nation, ‘the devil made me do it,’ some suspects want courts to believe “The devil made me do it” may seem as clichd as “the dog ate my homework,” but in courtrooms across the country, the excuse pops up more often than you might think. Satanism and […]

Police hunt for self-proclaimed faith healer

New Straits Times (Singapore), July 21, 2003 Jalina Joheng SHAH ALAM, July 21: A self-proclaimed faith healer, who is wanted in connection with the disappearance of 15 members of a family, is also suspected to be involved in five cheating cases reported over the past 45 days. He is believed to have relieved his […]

Detroit sex ring operated like cult

Prosecutor: Victims who didn’t follow orders were beaten The Detroit News, Jan. 17, 2003 By Ronald J. Hansen / The Detroit News DETROIT — A multistate prostitution ring busted this week operated like a cult, enlisting some of its women to help force runaways and kidnapping victims to dance and have sex, officials said. […]

Violence runs counter to faiths

The Oregonian, Dec. 29, 2002 SHELBY OPPEL After authorities charged Christian Longo with murdering his wife and three children, he told detectives that his faith taught him his family would have resurrected lives after death. Robert Bryant killed his family and himself amid a series of troubles, including the severing of long-held religious ties. […]

Franciscan trainee charged in gunshot slaying of Ohio priest

AP, Dec. 9, 2002 PAUL SINGER, Associated Press Writer A man recently dropped from a training program to become a Franciscan brother was charged Monday in the slaying of a Roman Catholic priest who was shot to death and burned in a rectory fire, police said. Daniel Montgomery, 37, had been training to be […]

Alleged molester lured Amish dissidents from Indiana

Man accused of using his authority to coerce boy into sexual activity at home The Holland Sentinel, Aug. 28, 2002 By NATE REENS, Staff writer A Holland man charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct was once credited by his followers in a dissident Amish sect with having supernatural powers. Those reports, included in a […]

Murder suspect faces US retrial

The Scotsman (Scotland), Aug. 17, 2002 John Innes A man wanted in the United States for the murders of two Mormon missionaries 28 years ago should face extradition, a London court ruled yesterday. District Judge Timothy Workman, sitting at Bow Street Magistrates Court, agreed to a request by the US government to send Dr […]
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