Man receives exorcism, kills wife directly afterward

October 5, 1974Gawber, Barnsley, EnglandMichael Taylor (30) begins an exorcism and kills his wife hours after its completion Michael, according to his friends, had had very little interest in religion until he met 22-year-old Marie Robinson in July 1974. Robinson and a handful of others were part of a “splinter movement” of a larger Christian…

Man kills estranged wife and 2 children, cuts out hearts

March 27, 2004 Sherman, Texas Andre Thomas (21, pictured) kills his estranged wife Lauren Boren (20), their 4-year-old son Andre “Andre Jr.” Boren, and Laura’s daughter by another man Leyha Hughes (13 months) then cuts out their hearts Thomas had a history of mental illness, and had told friends when he was as young as…

Unsolved: infant killed during a possible ritual

March 14, 1986 Lake Mohegan, Fairfield, Connecticut The body of a newborn is found, possibly following a ritualistic killing The baby, a boy later named Baby Victor, was found strangled and mutilated, surrounded by fruits and coins. Victor’s jaw had also been broken, which hung open as his body was found in what was described…

Legend of teen who was saint tortured and martyred

February 12, 304 Barcelona, Spain 13-year-old Saint Eulalia is tortured and killed for refusing to denounce her faith At the time of Eulalia’s martyrdom, Spain was under Roman rule and the current emperor, Diocletian, festered a deep hatred for Christians. Those Christians found in the empire were given the choice to convert or face torture…