An interesting case of ritual abuse and murder seems to have taken place in a community in Western Mexico.
An entire family, including the parents of the victims, was involved in the ritual slaying of a little baby girl and 13 year old girl. The baby was hacked to pieces and the older girl was stoned to death and disemboweled. The eight people who participated in their killing said that the girls were possessed by demons. Ten more family members were found locked in a room – they had been judged by the killers to be demonically possesed as well – and were to be subjected to the same brutal exorcism that killed the girls.
The official explanation for the killings is mass mental illness. The eight killers have been ordered to be confined in a psychiatric prison.
It’s easy to just say that anyone who could kill children in their own family in this kind of ritual murder must be crazy. But it was eight people who did this together.
Were all eight of those people truly insane?
There’s something else at work in this case, something much more dangerous than mere insanity.
It’s worth noting that, with all the rumors that run rampant about satanic ritual killings, there is no evidence that any genuine satanic ritual killings have taken place. There are, however, documented cases of Christian ritual killings against perceived satanic enemies.
Make a note of that. If you’re concerned about being ritually killed, it’s not satanism you need to worry about. You need to worry about fervent religious believers who judge you to be satanic.
Faith is often cited as a positive force, but left unchecked, it strips people of their ability to distinguish between credible threats and wild, paranoid imaginations. Under stress, faith can lead apparently ordinary people to do horrific things.