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New York: Man Killed 2 Women He Said Were Witches

Lina Castaneda, a victim.

Lina Castaneda, a victim.

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.

Man Admits Killing 2 Women With Hammer, Officials Say


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.

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  • Sam Seed

    You missed the point, I used an analogy to show if that individual had killed someone there would be people blaming Islam for it. Of course I believe in the Jinn.

  • JD

    Converging Bigotry: Nativist Movement Begins to Focus on Muslim Immigration

    The present Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) debate, as political debates tend to do, has produced much ugliness from the organized nativist movement, both anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim alike. While both rail on separate-but-not-mutually-exclusive talking points, the anti-Muslim sphere has begun focusing more and more prevalently on the issue of immigration.

    While hocking baseless, packaged fears regarding how religious and ethnic demographics come to distort our national character beyond recognition, the players that comprise this anti-Muslim sphere of nativism are revealing a primary motivation for their work: the preservation of “the native” over the welcoming of “the new.” Such inclinations are regularly assigned to groups within the established anti-immigrant movement, but less regularly to their counterpart.

    Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies

    It’s not uncommon for anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim leaders to cross-contaminate, with many of their collaborations existing as poorly kept secrets. Clearly, core sentiments about “outsiders” contribute to their mutual toxicity.

    Back in April of 2011, for example, head of the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies, Mark Krikorian, declared, “I’m afraid that in the Islamic world democracy faces the problem of a vicious people, one where the desire for freedom is indeed written in every human heart, but the freedom to do evil.” Despite displaying all the hyperbole of a comic book writer, Krikorian’s bigotry stands starkly. Another example: NumbersUSA and its staffers working closely in 2013 with ACT! for America and others against immigration reform.

    Crucial to the success of accomplishing meaningful reform, then, is recognizing that the bloc of nativists working to destroy such efforts extends well-beyond the fuzzy borders of the well-defined nucleus of the anti-immigrant movement. And these anti-Muslim nativists are now more frequently amplifying the anti-reform white noise of their counterparts.

    One only needs to scan the last month or so alone to find many examples.

    After calling for a complete moratorium on all Muslim immigration, Pamela Geller recently reiterated her impetuses for doing so. In her year-end reflections for Breitbart News, Geller claimed Muslim immigration is contributing directly to the continued “Islamization of America.” She followed this up on January 14 by side-stepping the history of America’s own settlers, writing, “Muslims are the first group to come as immigrants to the West determined to replace Western government and social structures with Islamic ones. Millions of Muslims come to Western countries with a ready-made model of society and government (sharia) which they believe to be superior to what we have here, and they work to institute it.”

    On Jan 8, Debbie Schlussel published on her blog about the recent murder in Brooklyn, NY of a Muslim by a Muslim immigrant, “This is yet another stone cold preview of what’s to come if and when immigration amnesty gets passed this year by Republicans and Democrats.” She titled that blog, “Your Day in Amnesty, Religion of Peace.” Then on Jan 15 she insulted refugees from Syria: “[A]ren’t we Americans the vulnerable ones, since we will have to deal with these intolerant savages imposing themselves and their ways on us and our country.”

    Allen West

    On Jan 18, on his own website in a piece titled, “The Stealth Jihad of Islamic Immigration,” former-Congressmen Allen West writes, “A creeping sharia has immigrated into our America and like a cancer is spreading and attempting to take over its ‘host’ […] I will say it again, when tolerance becomes a one-way street it leads to cultural suicide. And neighborhood by neighborhood, it is a slow, dripping death.” Bizarrely, West’s apocalyptic tenor rings of neo-Nazi and eugenicist Roger Pearson’s most infamous prophesy that, “If a nation with a more advanced, more specialized, or in any way superior set of genes mingles with, instead of exterminating an inferior tribe, then it commits racial suicide.”

    On January 28, Daniel Greenfield over at David Horowitz’s virulently anti-Muslim FrontPage Magazine writes from a cynical-populist angle, casting immigrants as chess pieces in a game of vote-snatching. His piece is entitled, “Amnesty Ends the American Dream,” and in it he bleats about Irish, Nepalese, Mexican, and nearly every ethnicity of immigrant, writing, “American immigration has been ingeniously designed to bring in immigrants who are less likely to be employed than the white native population in either the first generation or the second generation so that the first generation provides cheap labor while the second generation provides cheap votes.”

    With motivations so transparently rooted in nativism, those of us supporting broader immigration reform must acknowledge these anti-Muslim activists in the same manner in which we regard our long-established opponents in the anti-immigrant movement. Nativism is nativism, and to divide like-minded bigots into separate categories splinters our allies while strengthening those we oppose. –

  • Tanveer Khan

    I think the point of this article is to point out the double standards.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    No where in the article does it say anything about the religion of the murderer.

    We are ‘assuming’ that the criminal is Christian, mainly because the editor of this article is ‘engineering’ a point of view not related to the crime. Using no evidence whatso ever, he implies that this crime is related to the witch hunting by evangelicals in Africa.

    This article, the editor, and the people reacting to it demonizing Christians are doing the same thing they criticize Robert Spencer for doing.

  • Seeker

    Is the guy just pretending insanity to escape punishment ?
    He was a live-in boyfriend. What does the Bible have to say about that ?

  • The greenmantle

    I must admit when I saw the headline my first thought was Pamala Geller must be worried .
    But as everyone else pointed out another example of mentally ill christian as we all know muslims never suffer from mental illness .
    Sir David

  • To be fair, I would dare to say that mental illness is the key here and not religion. Death by cop fantasy also seems to play a role. I am happy to say that unlike the islamophobes I have a brain, and it seems that this man of unknown faith seems to have lost his.

  • Reynardine

    Like this here, for instance:

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  • Sam Seed

    Such a tragedy, and Christians would no doubt condemn it. As someone has already pointed out, Robert Spencer and his genocidal sidekick Geller would be screaming their heads off if this happened to be a person holding a Quran in one hand and shouting ‘Allahu-Akbar’, trying to cast out Jinn.

    Everyone on Jihadwatch would be blaming Islam and even celebrating it on the likes of BareNakedIslam or TheReligionOfPeace. These websites promote hate through hysteria and mob mentality, of which often leads to attacks on Muslims.

    I hope people of reason would condemn these Nazi propaganda sites and let people think for themselves.

  • mindy1

    Is he for real?!?! Witches?!?!

  • Reynardine

    This kind of shit is prompted by the same sort of Christocranks who think bad weather is the fault of gay people, uppity wimminz, and a black man in the White House.

  • Tarig Musa

    But he’s not Muslim so he must be mentally deranged!

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