In two separate cases in as many weeks, it seems Massachusetts witch trials are making a splashy comeback. Tituba would be proud….
The Randolph hairstylist said her two young children — a 5-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy — had been behaving badly “due to evil spirits,’’ so last month she took them to two sisters who she claimed could cast out the demons.
During a five-day period in an East Bridgewater apartment, according to police documents, one of the sisters threatened to cut off the boy’s head. They allegedly blew fire into the girl’s face, burning her and inflicting permanent disfigurement. And on two occasions, the sisters and the girl’s mother held her down, and used a sharp object resembling a needle to cut her arm and collarbone area.
Police charged the women with abusing the children but the sisters said they were practicing their religion, Haitian voodoo.
Investigators allege [Latarsha] Sanders confessed to finding a kitchen knife, and then stabbing the two boys as part of a voodoo ritual.
Relatives and neighbors alike said Sanders often spoke about the Illuminati and her interest in voodoo.
“She explained the ritual and stated that it came out wrong with the first one, and she had failed, and for that reason she had to move on to the second child,” Assistant District Attorney Jessica Kenny said.
Investigators said Sanders has no history of mental illness.