Germany · Religion

Man kills his family, after supposedly losing money given to him by the Devil

January 2, 1621 Quedlinburg, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (current day Germany) Heinrich Rosenzweig kills his wife and six children with a sword and axe Rosenzweig was a Jew in a time and place that saw much antisemitism, so the validity of the account is debatable. The woodcut-illustrated account of the murder reports Rosenzweig, a wealthy… Continue reading Man kills his family, after supposedly losing money given to him by the Devil

Missouri · Religion

Teen held down by mother, stabbed to death by father for having job, dating

November 6, 1989 St. Louis, Missouri 16-year-old Palestina “Tina” Isa is stabbed to death by her father as her mother holds her down Unbeknownst to the Isas, the FBI had been recording the Isa household after suspecting Zein Isa of having connections to the Abu Nidal Organization, a Palestinian nationalist militant group. Though the FBI… Continue reading Teen held down by mother, stabbed to death by father for having job, dating

Executions · Female Killers · Malaysia · Religion

Three executed for “black magic ritual” murder, dismemberment of politician

November 2, 2001 Selangor, Malaysia Mona Fandey (pictured), her husband Mohamed Nor Affandi Abdul Rahman, and their assistant Juraimi Hassan are hanged for the murder and dismemberment of politician Datuk Mazlan Idris Fandey had been a pop singer before becoming a bomoh, a shaman or folk healer, sometimes erroneously translated as witch doctor. Idris had… Continue reading Three executed for “black magic ritual” murder, dismemberment of politician

India · Religion

Girl murdered and mutilated, allegedly to please goddess for good harvest

October 21, 2011 Jailwara, Bijapur district, Chhattisgarh, India 7-year-old Lalita Tati (pictured) is kidnapped, murdered, and mutilated, allegedly by two desperate farmers who sacrificed her for a better harvest Lalita was abducted as she walked home after leaving a neighbor's house. It is suspected that Lalita was targeted because her alleged killers, Ignesh Kujur and… Continue reading Girl murdered and mutilated, allegedly to please goddess for good harvest

Minnesota · Religion

Woman dies after being ritualistically flogged by husband

October 18, 1951 St. Paul, Minnesota Ardith Lennander dies after severe flogging during a religious ceremony to “beat the devil out” of her On October 17, the body of 64-year-old Anna Halvorson was “found in a pool of blood in a bed” in the Lauderdale home of her daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Patrick Doyle.… Continue reading Woman dies after being ritualistically flogged by husband