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'Goblin' killer on the run in Zimbabwe

By T.K. Randall
May 29, 2013 · Comment icon 28 comments



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Two elderly women were poisoned after being accused of using goblins to harm local children.
The bizarre series of events took place in the village of Mangisi where 83-year-old Jersey Mutero and 73-year-old Erita Bhebhe were blamed for a child falling ill. Shaman Maxwell Pira was called upon to perform a cleansing ceremony because it was believed the women had been summoning goblins to inflict harm on the child. During the ceremony the two women were given 'holy water' to drink which turned out to be lethal poison.

"The two elderly women drank the liquid but collapsed almost immediately," said Midlands police chief, Inspector Emmanuel Mahako. "They were put on a scotch cart but died on the way to hospital." Pira is now on the run from the authorities who want him in connection with the women's deaths.
Two elderly women have been killed with poison because neighbours in their African village thought they were using goblins to harm local children. Jersey Mutero, 83, and Erita Bhebhe, 73, were blamed for a child falling ill in the village of Mangisi, in the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe.


Source: ibtimes.co.uk | Comments (28)




Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #19 Posted by Lava_Lady 10 years ago
You can give them the seeds to plant. Teach them how to do so.. Come back and find out they have eaten them... Hmmmmm does anyone really want to continue sending aid? I'll leave that up to you... I choose to live by the "Prime Directive".
Comment icon #20 Posted by Lava_Lady 10 years ago
He was thinning the herd so to speak. But Hitler's motive was quite different. Hitler was committing genocide. He wasn't trying to just thin the herd he was trying to kill the entire herd.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Lava_Lady 10 years ago
I feel sick in the pit of my stomach, those poor women - there are things in this world that beggar belief, this is just one of them. It's the same "witch hunt" that went on all over Europe and America way back in the 1600s. Same closed minded "gotta blame someone" thinking, or not thinking to be exact. I agree, poor women... suffered so some jackass could make himself look special.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Knight Of Shadows 10 years ago
It's the same "witch hunt" that went on all over Europe and America way back in the 1600s. Same closed minded "gotta blame someone" thinking, or not thinking to be exact. I agree, poor women... suffered so some jackass could make himself look special. maybe they used that as an excuse to have major BBQ ?
Comment icon #23 Posted by minera 10 years ago
Hitler was committing genocide. He wasn't trying to just thin the herd he was trying to kill the entire herd. There were a lot of others killed by him who were not part of the herd he was aiming to kill. My grandpa was one of his victims.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Lava_Lady 10 years ago
There were a lot of others killed by him who were not part of the herd he was aiming to kill. My grandpa was one of his victims. It's unfortunate, he was a murderer and his victims were many.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Sundew 10 years ago
There are those who think all cultures are created equal, that we have no right to judge the superstitions of another society. I would disagree: these superstitions caused the deaths of these poor women. We have certainly had deadly superstitions in our own culture in our history, yet is is hard to understand that now in a technological age. Still, it was not too many years ago when you could not find a hotel with a 13th floor or a room with the number 13 in it, hardly deadly but ridiculous non-the-less. It takes time, sometimes generations, for these beliefs to die out.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Azznerak the Black 10 years ago
What a stupid ass culture.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Simbi Laveau 10 years ago
Nice to know 'trial by ordeal' is still in vogue... Tradition!! Love the new portrait btw.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
Tradition!! Love the new portrait btw. Cheers Simbi I would say I like yours to but I think it scares me... Talking of tradition, an avatar compliment is usually a catalyst for change.


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