A mother who set fire to her young daughter in a voodoo ritual has been sentenced to 17 years in jail.
Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter scolded Marie Lauradin for lying to cops and probation officers about how her daughter, Frantzcia Saintil, was set on fire, leaving her with life-altering scars over 25 percent of her body.
Michelle Wood said she was attacked by members of a voodoo group when she refused to participate in drug use and devil worship in a ceremony related to the autumnal equinox.
But cult experts said
Wood’s story didn’t line up with known voodoo practices.
of a woman recovering from critical injuries she said were inflicted by members of an occult group may be difficult to unravel because it doesn’t match the typical methods used by such groups, an expert in cult
activities said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, police investigators released little new information about the case but cult experts
and police documents raise some questions about the woman’s account.
A woman found beaten and lying on the side of U.S. 1 in St. Johns County told deputies she ended up that way after a voodoo ceremony in Flagler County related to the autumnal equinox.
Michelle Rene Wood, 42, of Palm Coast was found covered in blood with both eyes swollen shut early Monday, according to a St. Johns County sheriff’s report. A rope was tied around her right wrist and a bungee cord around her left ankle, the report states.
Max Beauvoir, tall and majestic with closely cropped white hair, is a voodoo priest who was just named the religion’s supreme master, a newly created position that is aimed at reviving voodoo.
Tuesday October 30, 2007
A preacher used black magic to terrorise a friend into smuggling £500,000 worth of cocaine into Britain, a court heard on Monday.
Thursday October 25, 2007
Police in the Netherlands say they have cracked a crime ring which allegedly trafficked Nigerian children into the West to work as sex slaves.
Monday September 11, 2006
Taipei, Sep 10 (DPA) Opponents of Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian have found a new weapon to try to bring about his downfall – voodoo dolls. Since opposition parties launched the campaign to oust Chen over alleged corruption scandals four months ago, they have tried all manner of gambits to pressure and shame him into resigning. The opposition had tried articles, slogans, rhymes, jokes, anti-Chen T-shirts, balloons, rallies and sit-ins but Chen refused to step down. Now, a couple named Lin has created Chen Shui-bian voodoo dolls, which are selling like hot cakes, the United Daily News said Sunday. ‘We hit
Friday September 1, 2006
STATEN ISLAND — Police said a father, convinced he was the victim of a voodoo curse, apparently drowned his two young children in a bathtub and then killed himself by jumping in front of a subway train. Thirty-nine-year-old Franz Bordes, 39, a Haitian immigrant, died at 8 p.m. Wednesday at a Brooklyn subway station. Investigators found several suicide notes indicating Bordes did not get along with relatives of the children’s mother, also a Haitian immigrant. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly called one of the notes “rambling”and said “it makes reference to voodoo being used against him.” Bordes, who was unemployed, lived
Jilted man built shrine of former girlfriend’s underwear NEW YORK (AP) — A man who built a voodoo shrine using his ex-girlfriend’s underwear, then killed her mother and a dog and slashed her cousin, was sentenced Thursday to 28 years to life in prison. Pierre Carrenard was sentenced to consecutive terms of 25 years to life for killing the woman, two years for killing the dog and one year for assaulting the 16-year-old girl on August 9, 2005, prosecutor Charles Hynes said. The ex-girlfriend, Francois MacDaly, told police Carrenard, 36, harassed her after she broke up with him. On the