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 Witchcraft

This is our archive of news items tagged Witchcraft.

 memo You'll find articles about that subject in each of the items listed, even if the term does not necessarily occur within the headlines or descriptive text.
Wednesday February 13, 2013
Bergholz ClanReligion News Briefs:
Jon Atack has vastly updated his critical book about the Scientology cult.

Also: a man quits his job over the number ’666,’ and a cult leader who claimed to be an alien from Sirius has been jailed for abusing his followewrs.

Plus: Renegade Amish cult leader Samuel Mullet and 15 members of his clan have been jailed for their hate crimes. More inside…

Thursday August 16, 2012
Ritual KillingRNB's Religion News BlogUnited KingdomWitchcraft:
Child killers Erirc Bikubi and Magalie Bamu The UK government has announced plans to tackle the “wall of silence” around the abuse and neglect of children accused of witchcraft, following the brutal murder of Kristy Bamu.

In London there have been 81 recorded cases of children being abused as part of religious practice over the past 10 years but police and church groups are convinced it is under-reported.

Sunday May 6, 2012
Religion News BriefsRNB's Religion News Blog:
Bert Potter Cult leader Bert Potter dies; a look at how Jim Jones manipulated politicians in San Francisco; and Kate Bornstein is no longer afraid to speak out about Scientology.

Also in this religion news briefing: the rise of paid, online worship in India; plus: 15 years after committing suicide the website of the Heaven’s Gate cult is still online.

Plus: why more Ugandans are turning to Witchcraft, and why a lawer thinks trafficking in brides might be OK.

Monday March 5, 2012
Eric Bikubi and Magalie BamuExorcismRNB's Religion News BlogWitchcraft:
Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu A couple convicted for torturing and murdering a 15-year-old boy they accused of using witchcraft have been jailed for life.

Football coach Eric Bikubi, 28, has been ordered to serve at least 30 years. His partner, Magalie Bamu, 29, will serve a minimum of 25 years.

Friday March 2, 2012
Eric Bikubi and Magalie BamuExorcismRNB's Religion News BlogWitchcraft:
Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu A couple have been found guilty of murdering a teenager they had accused of using witchcraft.

After days of ‘feral’ torture Kristy Bamu drowned in a bath on Christmas Day in 2010, during torture to produce exorcism, an Old Bailey jury heard.

Tuesday February 21, 2012
OccultismRNB's Religion News BlogWitchcraft:
Coatesville, PA home Two people are in custody after police found more than a half dozen dismembered dogs in a home in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

The police also found items related to witchcraft and the occult.

Friday January 27, 2012
Eric Bikubi and Magalie BamuRNB's Religion News BlogWitchcraft:
A man accused of killing a teenage boy he thought was a witch cut the hair of a young woman to “release the witchcraft”, the Old Bailey has heard.

Thursday January 26, 2012
Eric Bikubi and Magalie BamuRNB's Religion News BlogWitchcraft:
Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu Violence inflicted on a teenager accused of being a witch was “wild” and “completely feral”, a witchcraft expert has told the Old Bailey.

Kristy Bamu, 15, drowned in a bath in his sister’s east London flat after he was was beaten and tortured in 2010.

OccultismPaganismRNB's Religion News Blog:
Don Rimer During the mid-eighties Don Rimer managed to establish himself as an internationally known authority on ‘Ritual Crime and the Occult.’

Unfortunately, his work contributed to the ‘Satanic Panic’ hysteria of that time.

Tuesday January 10, 2012
Eric Bikubi and Magalie BamuRNB's Religion News BlogWitchcraft:
A couple accused of torturing and killing a 15-year-old boy were “obsessed” with witchcraft and warned the boy’s parents they would kill him, his sister has told a court.


Thursday January 5, 2012
Eric Bikubi and Magalie BamuRNB's Religion News BlogWitchcraft:
A teenage boy underwent “unimaginable physical torture” before being drowned by his sister and her partner because they believed he was a sorcerer who was practising witchcraft, a court heard on Thursday.

Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu, both 28, killed 15-year-old Kristy Bamu in their east London flat after violently abusing him for several days, and repeatedly attacked the victim’s two sisters, whom they accused of sorcery, the Old Bailey heard on the opening day of the trial.

Friday October 14, 2011
GhanaWitchcraft:
Ghana Ghana’s government is looking at ways to support people accused of witchcraft – mainly women and children banished by their communities to “witches’ camps” in the north – and to reintegrate them in their home villages.

Currently around 1,000 women and 700 children are living in six camps in northern Ghana, where they have found refuge from threats and violence from people in their home communities after being labelled witches and blamed for causing misfortune to others.

Friday March 11, 2011
PaganismRNB's Religion News BlogWitchcraft:
A male witch who was put under an overnight curfew for carrying a knife he claimed was for religious purposes will be allowed to break the curfew on nights when there is a full moon, a court in England has ruled.

Wednesday January 12, 2011
RNB's Religion News BlogWitchcraft:
A Malawian rights group said on Tuesday it had paid fines to secure the release of three elderly women sent to prison after being accused of witchcraft, AFP reports.

Thursday September 23, 2010
RNB's Religion News BlogRussiaWitchcraft:
Russian MPs have backed a bill that bans anyone who calls themselves a witch or a wizard from advertising their services in the media in an effort to combat a controversial national obsession with the occult.

According to the Orthodox Church, Russia has 800,000 practitioners of the occult, many of whom advertise in newspaper small advertisements offering cures for alcoholism and spells to lift curses and return errant husbands for a fee.

One report claims almost one in five Russians have consulted occult ‘healers’ but MPs have warned they are risking their health and possibly their lives by trusting in such quackery.

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