Woman killed by her employers because “she was the devil”

October 22, 1938Dollar Bay, MichiganMarian Doyle (20) is killed by her employers because “she was the devil” Sometime before the murder, Laura Pichette left her husband and their children to pursue a relationship with another man. In her absence, Wilfred Pichette hired Doyle to be a housekeeper and nurse for his daughter Norma. Laura returned…

Teen killed, skull used to make love potion

October 13, 1956Vineland, New Jersey13-year-old Roger Carletto disappears; his killer will later claim to have murdered him to turn his skull into a love potion Carletto’s parents reported him missing on October 13, and while police initially suspected foul play they also considered the possibility he had run away. Over the following months, the police…

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…

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…