South African Convicted of Murdering Four Children to Sell Ears to Witch Doctor!

A judge in South Africa sentenced a man to four life sentences in prison on Tuesday for the murder of his nieces and nephews – whose ears, he confessed, he planned to sell at a high price to a witch doctor for use in potions.

Southern African countries have spent much of the last decade fighting violence fueled by witch doctor, or traditional herbalist, demands for body parts to use in their ceremonies and potions. In nations like Tanzania and Malawi, the body parts of albino people can fetch as much as $75,000 for a whole body, according to United Nations studies. Tanzania has the largest albino population on the continent.

In South Africa, 32-year-old Ben Zimele Mbhele pleaded guilty to killing his two nieces and two nephews, aged between four and 12, last year after meeting a man who told him that the children’s ears would sell at a high price to a witch doctor that he knew. Mbhele reportedly told police initially that he had to kill the children because they “were haunting him and that it was a satanic act,” according to South Africa’s the Times. His story changed when the court found that Mbhele took out a life insurance policy on the four children shortly before they were found dead, and collected 60,000 South African rand (about $5,000) total on the four children.

The children were found with their left ears cut off and multiple stab wounds in their body. They appear to have lived with their uncle and the rest of the large family, according to South Africa’s News24, and Mbhele was found to have taken out the life insurance money without telling the rest of the family.

The case is the latest in a string of violent crimes reportedly fueled by the witchcraft market in Africa. In Zambia, police recently arrested five men for chopping the arm off of a 20-year-old pregnant albino woman at the behest of a witch doctor. The doctor is among those arrested. The woman survived despite being “left for dead” without an arm, according to police, and the men attempted to travel to Malawi to sell the arm.

In February, a court in Malawi sentenced a man to prison for incest after engaging in sexual activity with his stepdaughter at the behest of a witch doctor. The father, 25, and the stepdaughter, 11, were told that “he was supposed to sleep with an underaged girl and on 2nd February, 2018 he forced his stepdaughter into his bedroom where he had sex with her,” according to Malawi’s Nyasa Times.

“Yasini threatened to kill her if she revealed the act. However, later in the day the girl revealed the matter to her mother who ordered her to reveal again immediately should he sleep with her again,” Police Prosecutor Sub Inspector Wedson Nyondo told the court. The girl and her mother defied him and took the case to police.

The father, identified as Kasito Yasini, was sentenced to 11 years of hard labor.

“In a related development the same court has sentenced a 21 year old man identified as Samson Rolenso to 8 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour for defiling his sister in-law aged 11,” the newspaper added, noting that this man, too, was told by an herbalist that statutory rape to “administer” herbs was a cure for hemorrhoids, which the girl was suffering from.

In Nigeria, far north from where most albino-related witch doctor crimes are documented, police have arrested several men for murder or attempted murder in pursuit of items to sell to herbalists. In February, a group of men found to be associated with the Badoo cult were arrested for allegedly “smashing the heads of a pastor and other family members with a grinding stone,” according to that country’s the Guardian.

In another Nigerian incident, an herbalist was arrested in January for selling babies as part of a scam fertility business. According to police, the witch doctor was “deceiving women into thinking they are pregnant and thereafter giving other people’s babies to them having collected lots of money.”

Tanzania has spearheaded campaigns against violent witch doctor remedies, in part due to its significant albino population. Albino activists began attracting international attention in 2014, arguing that politicians and businessmen were among the worst offenders, as they were the only people in the country with the money to pay the high price of albino body parts and had the motive of using these “remedies” to win elections of score lucrative business deals.

Tanzania banned witch doctors in 2015, but the practice persisted, forcing government officials to issue a special warning to politicians not to practice violent witchcraft months later. The crackdown also fueled a market for albino body parts in neighboring Marawi.

Uganda has also struggled to contain witchcraft-fueled violence, issuing a similar warning against the practice to politicians in 2016. On Wednesday, Uganda’s federal communications watchdog banned over two dozen radio stations from broadcasting programming after ignoring federal regulations for months on accepting advertisements from witch doctors. Uganda had banned witch doctor advertisements on radio in 2014.

Kenya has taken a different approach, recently approving a government task force on “alternative medicine” and, rather than banning witch doctor advertising, legalizing advertising for medical professionals in 2016, so that they are better able to compete for patients with the often more trusted traditional healers.

“The advertisements will mainly be allowing doctors and specialists to make Kenyans aware about the services they offer and not about praising themselves because that will go against professional ethics,” the National Chairman of the Kenyan Medical Association, Dr. Elly Nyaim, said at the time.

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Female McDonald’s cashier charged with incest after she and brother have baby with ‘severe medical problems’!

Pauline Elizabeth Martin, 33, was charged with incest after a genetics test on her baby. (Lake County Jail)

A Florida woman was charged with having an incestuous relationship with her brother after she gave birth to a child with serious medical problems.

Investigators said Pauline Elizabeth Martin, 33, was arrested Friday after genetic testing revealed the child she gave birth to on Nov. 21 had parents that were closely related.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Martin, a McDonald’s cashier, told deputies in Groveland she had a “romantic sexual relationship” with her brother for the past five years. She said the last time they had sex was March 21.

“She said she was going to end her relationship with her brother because she knows it is wrong,” deputies wrote in the arrest documents.

According to authorities, they began investigating after Martin’s baby was transferred to Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando within hours of being born because of “severe medical problems.”

Police said neither Martin nor her brother filled out Medicaid paperwork or obtained a birth certificate for the baby.

The paperwork was not completed until Feb. 26, authorities said.

Authorities interviewed Martin at her workplace in Leesburg on Thursday. She was arrested the next day and charged with incest and resisting law enforcement without violence.

She was released from the Lake County Jail on $3,000 bond.

Authorities are searching for her brother, the Sentinel reported.

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The History Of The Negro Wall Street – The Unforgettable Horrific Event Of 1921!

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African-Americans Are A Big Threat To American Society – And Here’s Why!

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Several Whites charged after meth lab found in Madison County, deputies say!

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TOWN OF SMITHFIELD, N.Y. – Several people are facing charges after a meth bust in Madison County.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says a methamphetamine lab was found when deputies responded to a report of a man bleeding at 5370 Peterboro Road in the Town of Smithfield on Wednesday. When investigators arrived, they found items used to make meth and a meth lab, deputies said.

A search warrant was later executed and finished methamphetamine product was found, along with more items used to make it, the sheriff’s office said.

As a result, three people who lived at the home and a fourth person face charges of third-degree Manufacturing Methamphetamine, fifth-degree Conspiracy and seventh-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance:

  • Donald J. Ciani, age 40 of 5370 Peterboro Road
  • Mark J. Morey Jr., age 34 of 6460 State Route 5, Vernon, NY
  • Harold F. Ortman Jr. , age 35 of 5370 Peterboro Road
  • Connie A. Thurston, age 37 of 5370 Peterboro Road

All four suspects were arraigned at the Town of Smithfield Court, the sheriff’s office said. Ciani, Morey and Ortman were all sent to the Madison County Jail where bail was set; Thurston was released on her own recognizance, according to deputies.

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Lesbian mothers and at least three children killed after driving off cliff in California!

Questions raised about the tragedy after reports Jennifer and Sarah Hart were reported to Child Protective Services.

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At least five members of a family have been killed after their SUV drove over a cliff on the Pacific Coast Highway in Mendocino County, California.

Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart, both 38, were killed, as were three of their six adopted children: Markis, 19, Abigail, 14, and Jeremiah, also 14. Three children remain unaccounted for, but are also presumed to have been killed in the crash: Hannah, 16, Devonte, 15, and Sierra, 12.

Police are still trying to determine the exact nature of the accident, including why the Harts were in California, hundreds of miles from their family home in Woodland, Washington.

“We know that an entire family vanished and perished during this tragedy,” Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said in a statement. “There were no skid marks. There were no brake marks. There was no indication of why this vehicle traversed approximately over 75 feet off a dirt pullout and went into the Pacific Ocean.”

Allman added that there was “no evidence and no reason to believe this was an intentional act. If this was an intentional act, I truly believe that both between the highway patrol and the sheriff’s office, we are going to come to that conclusion.”

However, the investigation into the crash has resulted in more questions than answers, particularly after reports that the Harts had recently been referred to Child Protective Services.

Portland’s KGW8 news confirmed that the Harts’ children had been identified as “potential victims of abuse or neglect” on March 23. CPS tried to make contact on multiple occasions between the referral and the family’s crash on March 28.

Bruce and Dana DeKalb, neighbors of the family, told KGW8 that they contacted CPS after one of the children told them his mothers were withholding food as punishment. It came after other accusations of abuse, including that the Harts had hit another child.

Dana DeKalb told KGW8 that a CPS official came to the Harts’ door, but was unable to make contact with the family. The following day, the Harts left in their SUV.

“The next morning when we saw that the vehicle was gone, and then Sunday morning when it still wasn’t there, we figured something was off,” said Bruce DeKalb, adding, “We figured that they saw the business card and loaded up the kids as quick as they could and took off.”

Another neighbor, Bill Groener described the Harts’ children as “wonderful,” but told CNN he “thought it was strange that I didn’t see the kids a lot. The weird thing was that the kids kind of seemed repressed and not communicative.” It is understood that the children were being home-schooled.

Sarah Hart also pleaded guilty to domestic assault and malicious punishment of a child in 2011, after admitting that she had struck one of her daughters, leaving visible bruising. Hard claimed she was spanking the child and got carried away.

However, friends of the couple painted a picture of a happy, loving family.

“They were really radiant, warm, adventurous inspiring people. They were always on some grand adventure, and the kids were living this life that was kind of like this dream,” Zippy Lomax, a photographer in Portland, told The Associated Press. “The family was this very self-supporting unit that was impossible to miss. When they showed up to an event, they made an impression. They shattered a lot of norms and they did not shy away from controversy or adversity.”

Max Ribner, who has known the family since 2012, told the AP that Jennifer and Sarah Hart were “beautiful examples of opening arms to strangers, helping youth, supporting racial equality. They brought so much joy to the world. They represented a legacy of love.”

The Harts gained infamy in 2014 for a viral photo in which Devonte Hart, then 12, was photographed hugging a white police officer at a Portland rally in support of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

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The Harts apparently moved from Oregon to Washington to escape the fame that the photo had generated, which had allegedly led to hate mail being directed towards them and their children, including alt-right accusations that Devonte was a “crisis actor.”

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Black Woman Was Just Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Voting Illegally!

“She was never told that she couldn’t vote, and she voted in good faith,” her attorney said.

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A woman was sentenced Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas, to five years in prison for voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election while she was on supervised release from a fraud conviction.

Crystal Mason, 43, a mother of two, was released from prison after serving almost three years for a tax fraud conviction in 2011, the Star-Telegram reported. She waived her right to a jury trial and had her sentence assessed instead, which state District Judge Ruben Gonzalez decided.

In court, Mason said she voted at the urging of her mother, who insisted, and had never been told she was not allowed to vote. When she went to vote, her name was not on the voter roll, but an election worker walked her through how to vote provisionally after signing an affidavit, she said.

Gonzalez asked during testimony why Mason didn’t read the affidavit, which has a list of requirements to vote, including that the voter is not a felon or has served their full sentence, the Dallas News reported. Mason said she did not read it closely because an official was helping her.

Mason told the judge about getting to watch her daughter graduate when she was released from prison and that she now wants to see her son graduate, adding that she would never have voted if she knew it would jeopardize that.

The mother of two also said she had served her time for tax fraud and “would never do that again.”

Mason was sentenced in 2011 after pleading guilty to fraud that stemmed from a tax-preparation business she had with her now ex-husband. The couple submitted inflated tax refunds to the Internal Revenue Service, and she was ordered to pay $4.2 million in restitution as part of her plea agreement, the Star-Telegram reported.

The judge had the option to sentence Mason to between two and 20 years in prison or probation for illegally voting.

J. Warren St. John, Mason’s defense attorney, said he had filed an appeal following the sentencing. BuzzFeed News has reached out to the defense attorney and prosecutor’s office for more information.

“She was never told that she couldn’t vote, and she voted in good faith,” St. John told the Star-Telegram after sentencing. “Why would she risk going back to prison for something that is not going to change her life?”

 

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Did Pope Francis question the existence of hell?

Fox News contributor Father Jonathan Morris clarifies a report that Pope Francis questioned the existence of hell and explains why it is called Good Friday.

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A Huge Caravan Of Central Americans Is Headed For The US, And No One In Mexico Is Stopping Them!

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Taking a drag from her cigarette, a Mexican immigration agent looked out toward a caravan of migrants that grew larger with each step they took on the two-lane highway.

When the agent, who’d covered her uniform with an orange and white shawl, learned that the Central American migrants heading her way numbered more than 1,000, she took off for the restaurant across the street.

“I’m going to have a relaxing Coke,” she told BuzzFeed News.

For five days now hundreds of Central Americans — children, women and men, most of them from Honduras — have boldly crossed immigration check points, military bases, and police in a desperate, sometimes chaotic march toward the United States. Despite being in Mexico without authorization, no one has made any effort to stop them.

Organized by a group of volunteers called Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, the caravan is intended to help migrants safely reach the United States, not only bypassing authorities who would seek to deport them, but gangs and cartels who are known to assault vulnerable migrants.

Organizers like Rodrigo Abeja hope that the sheer size of the crowd will give immigration authorities and criminals pause before trying to stop them.

“If we all protect each other we’ll get through this together,” Abeja yelled through a loudspeaker on the morning they left Tapachula, on Mexico’s border with Guatemala, for the nearly monthlong trek.

When they get to the US, they hope American authorities will grant them asylum or, for some, be absent when they attempt to cross the border illegally. More likely is that it will set up an enormous challenge to the Trump administration’s immigration policies and its ability to deal with an organized group of migrants numbering in the hundreds.

The number of people who showed up to travel with the caravan caught organizers by surprise, and overwhelmed the various towns they’ve stopped in to spend the night. Pueblos Sin Fronteras counted about 1,200 people on the first day.

About 80% of them are from Honduras. Many said they are fleeing poverty, but also political unrest and violence that followed the swearing in of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez after a highly contested election last year. The group often breaks into chants of “Out with JOH.” They also chant “we aren’t immigrants, we’re international workers” and “the people united will never be defeated.”

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Sweating after miles of walking in more than 90-degree heat with her two kids, Karen said conditions in Honduras were so bad she decided to take a chance with the caravan. She declined to give her full name.

“The crime rate is horrible you can’t live there,” Karen told BuzzFeed News on the side of a highway near Huixtla, a town in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state. “After the president (was sworn in) it got worse. There were deaths, mobs, robbed homes, adults and kids were beaten up.”

Before setting foot on the journey, the migrants were organized into groups of 10 to 15 people, and a leader was designated for each group. Five groups were then banded together in what organizers call a sector. While there are organizers from Pueblos Sin Fronteras leading the way, much of the effort to get to the US border is in the hands of the migrants themselves.

They’ve been organized into security, food, and logistics committees. Organizers say it’s meant to help the migrants empower themselves.

Sandra Perez, 40, who’s also from Honduras, is one of two women who belong to the security committee. It’s not her first caravan, she has traveled with a procession of Central American mothers through Mexico in search of disappeared migrants.

“I like doing this, it makes me happy and I feel useful,” she told BuzzFeed News.

Twenty-nine-year old Mateo Juan said the caravan was his third attempt at getting to the United States. Seven months ago, Mexican immigration officers pulled him off the bus. The same happened about a month ago.

He heard about the caravan in March when he arrived in Tapachula, the caravan’s starting point.

“Going alone is risky, you’re risking an accident, getting jumped by robbers, and even your life,” he told BuzzFeed News. “All of that, and then you don’t get to the United States. The caravan is slower but you know you’re going to get there safely.”

Still, there are no guarantees on the route or assurances that once they reach the US border they’ll be able to cross undetected or be allowed to stay under some type of protection like asylum.

Alex Mensing, another organizer with Pueblos Sin Fronteras, made that point clear to the migrants before the group started out. He also stressed that everyone is responsible for their own food, water, and payment for vans or buses. Still, it’s far cheaper than being assaulted or falling into the hands of unscrupulous smugglers.

“I’m here to work together with the people who had to leave their countries for whatever reason,” Mensing said through a loudspeaker. “We’re fighting together. We’re not here to give anyone papers and we’re not here to give anyone food.”

Mensing said Pueblos Sin Fronteras isn’t calling on people to make the trek, but if they’re going to try to go through Mexico on the way to the United States, the group will help them.

The caravan propels itself forward using whatever way it can. Sometimes that means packing into the back of a truck, negotiating lower rates for vans, or hitching a ride on the back of empty big rigs from whatever town they’re in. The group sleeps in town plazas. Local townspeople and churches feed them.

In the evening, when the group settles in for the night, the kids play in playgrounds or dart among the crowd, chasing each other. Teenagers and adults play soccer using rocks as goal posts.

On Tuesday, the caravan had plans to board the freight train known as “The Beast” or sometimes “The Train of Death” in Arriaga to speed the journey north. It’s a dangerous part of the journey, with death and injury only too possible from a precarious perch atop a rail car, and the group practiced boarding, one woman in a purple shirt slowly making her way up a parked train’s ladder while the crowd below cheered her on. On another train car, men wearing backpacks steadily made their way up one by one.

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“This is so the women and children can lose their fear, know what it’s like to board the train, and turn back if they want,” Irineo Mujica, director of Pueblos Sin Fronteras, told the crowd.

But the train Mujica hoped would move the entire group to Puebla, one of their stops, never came, and in the end, the group boarded trucks and school buses to cover the distance to San Pedro Tapanatepec, a town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

The move to the trucks was frantic, as people jostled for the limited space, and the security committees made a chain to hold people back. Mostly women and children wearing backpacks and carrying jugs of water got on the first truck.

Moving the entire group took hours, and some of the men, unable to gain a space in the vehicles, walked all night to join the rest of the group. On Friday, Good Friday, the organizers hope to board “The Beast” at another location.

Mujica said he was left with a sense of disbelief at seeing so many people go through such hardship in search of a better life.

“I can’t imagine my son walking on top of these trains, I can’t imagine hiding my children just to get to a city that’s four hours away,” Mujica said. “These are good people who are suffering as if they were slaves and putting their kids’ lives at risk. But it is what it is.”

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