Mother pleads guilty over bloody religious ritual

Palo Mayombe A mother who exposed her 7-year-old daughter to bloody religious initiation rituals that included making her watch a chicken being sacrificed and feeding the girl its heart pleaded guilty in state court Monday to cruelty and neglect of a child.

The rituals were associated with the Palo Mayombe religion.

Not even the dead are safe in Caracas

A ghoulish crime wave in the Venezuelan capital supplies a black magic cult whose popularity is fueled by faith and politics.

Skull probe focuses on cult rituals

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP – As forensic experts yesterday sought to identify a human skull found near the bank of the Delaware River here on Monday, police consulted with religious experts to determine what cult might have left the decrepit remains and other items in the Titusville section. “Right now we’re researching different religions to see if […]

Palo Mayombe Priest Gets Jail For Possessing Stolen Human Remains

NEWARK, N.J. — A priest in the Palo Mayombe religious cult who was convicted of possessing human remains stolen from cemeteries was sentenced this week to five years in state prison. Oscar Cruz, 50, was charged in August 2002 after Newark police raided a city botanica he owned and operated and found him in the […]

Woman Convicted In Bone Thefts From Cemeteries

NEWARK, N.J. — A 61-year-old woman accused of being a high priestess in the Palo Mayombe religious cult was convicted Monday of stealing human remains from cemeteries. Miriam Mirabal, of Newark, was found guilty of theft, conspiracy to commit theft and burglary. Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Dean Maglione said Mirabal ordered the theft of Emily […]

Woman on trial for grave robberies

NEWARK, N.J. – A 61-year-old woman accused of being a high priestess in the Palo Mayombe religious is charged with directing followers to steal human remains from Newark cemeteries for use in the sect‘s rituals. Miriam Mirabal’s trial began Wednesday in Superior Court in Newark. The Cuban immigrant is charged in a seven-count indictment with […]

Grave robbing trial begins in Newark

NEWARK – Prosecutors spent Thursday outlining their case against a Cuban man accused of trying to obtain dead body parts from two Newark cemeteries. Authorities say Oscar Cruz hired someone to steal remains from three graves at Mount Pleasant and Holy Secular cemeteries. Prosecutors say Cruz is the high priest of a religious cult called […]

Woman accused of heading cult, stealing bodies

AP, Mar. 5, 2003 NEWARK, N.J. — A woman was charged with leading a cult that stole bodies from city cemeteries and used them in religious ceremonies, police said. Miriam Mirabel, 60, of Irvington, was arrested Monday by Essex County authorities. Police had been looking for her since one of her followers was arrested […]
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