There have been numerous witch hunts in Africa in the name of Jesus and Christianity, in America not so much, at least since the Salem Witch trials but now a man has killed two women with a hammer because he believed they were witches–he was later found clutching a Bible. (/t: Greg)
What if he were Muslim? Rev. Deacon Spencer’s JihadWatch would be all over it.
A woman and her daughter were bludgeoned to death in their Queens home by the woman’s live-in boyfriend, who called 911 and confessed that he had “killed them because they are witches,” law enforcement officials said on Wednesday.
The suspect, Carlos Amarillo, 44, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
The Queens district attorney’s office said that when police officers arrived at the house at 24-10 87th Street in East Elmhurst around 12:15 a.m., they found the victims, identified as Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter, Lina Castaneda, 25, in their bedrooms. The younger woman’s 7-year-old daughter was found unharmed on the bed in her mother’s room.
The women had severe head trauma and were pronounced dead at the scene, the police said.
The district attorney, Richard A. Brown, said Mr. Amarillo told a 911 operator: “Two females are dead, they were assassinated, hurry they are dead. I killed them because they are witches. I want the police to kill me. I killed them with a hammer.”
Prosecutors said Mr. Amarillo, who was in a relationship with Estrella Castaneda, was seen walking to the street, clutching a Bible and saying: “I killed them. I killed them.”
An official familiar with the case said detectives were investigating whether drugs might have been involved. In statements to the police, Mr. Amarillo said he believed both victims had been “performing voodoo and casting spells” on him.
Deborah Pawluk, 58, who lives across the street, said there had never been any sign of trouble in the eight or nine years since the family moved in. Ms. Pawluk described the women as “the perfect little family,” who would play with their black pug in the yard and whose cooking filled the neighborhood with spicy aromas.
Estrella Castaneda’s husband died about two years ago, Ms. Pawluk said, but she could not recall ever seeing Mr. Amarillo. She said her niece saw him being led away in handcuffs this morning. He was covered in blood.
She said she worried now about the fate of the little girl.
“To know that the only family she knows is dead is just breaking my heart,” she said.