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Sunday, February 4, 2018

No correlations here

From this morning's NY Post:

Women accused of burning 5-year-old girl in voodoo ritual

EAST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Two sisters tied down and burned a 5-year-old girl, permanently disfiguring her, in a voodoo ritual meant to rid her of a demon causing her to misbehave, police said. The women also threatened to cut off the head of the girl’s 8-year-old brother with a machete, authorities said.

The boy said his sister was tied down on at least two occasions while the sisters blew fire over her face and cut her on the arm and in the collar area with a needle-like object, drawing blood, according to police. The girl said the women also poured over her eyes a substance that stung.

Peggy LaBossiere, 51, and Rachel Hilaire, 40, of East Bridgewater, denied injuring the girl and threatening the boy, the Brockton Enterprise reported. They pleaded not guilty on Jan. 29 to mayhem, assault and other charges. A public defender for the women didn’t return a call seeking comment on Saturday.

Police say the girl’s mother is a hair stylist of Haitian descent who has LaBossiere as a client and requested the ritual. She has not been charged but is receiving mental health treatment...

The girl suffered a third-degree burn across her face that will leave her permanently disfigured, police said. She was treated at a hospital and taken into custody by state welfare authorities, along with her brother, who described to police what happened at the sisters’ house over multiple days.

Well? Were the demons expelled, or not? The article never says.

To those of you inclined to draw conclusions from this article about immigrants from so-called "shithole countries," let me just point out that immigrants from Norway would undoubtedly be doing the same sort of thing. 


Anonymous said...

Rachel and Peggy sound like they're demon possessed, not the child. It's amazing what people will do to each other.

- birdie

The Ambivalent Misanthrope said...

Yes, the demon! I am so glad to see that our new era of inclusiveness has finally accorded demons a recognized status as real beings. After all, how can so many people who know they exist be wrong?!

John Craig said...

Birdie --
Demon-possessed, or something. I was just thinking, even in the fictional movie "The Exorcist," all those priests did to that girl was tie her to the bed and recite Latin phrases over her. (All the spooky stuff was provided by the demon.)

John Craig said...

Ambivalent Misanthrope --
Well, I have to admit, I sometimes wonder if it's not a demon that makes me write this blog.

Different subject, since you're such a connoisseur of sociopaths: have you ever noticed what a good metaphor the Devil is for them?

The Ambivalent Misanthrope said...

Now that you point that out, perhaps it goes toward the subject all too well. The Devil IS real.

John Craig said...

Ambivalent Misanthrope --
In a metaphorical sense, unquestionably. I've actually read descriptions of him in the Bible, or at least in quotations from the Bible, that make him sound exactly like a sociopath. He is manipulative, shape shifting, devious, and tempts people into self-destructive acts.

Jokah Macpherson said...

One interesting thing about the Bible is that even though the New Testament has many instances of people being possessed by demons and demons being driven out of people, there are zero instances of this in the Old Testament.

John Craig said...

Jokah --
That IS interesting. Not sure what it means, though. That the old Testament-types are less superstitious? Or that they've just accepted that they're part demon?