Saturday, July 14, 2012
Authorities in Papua New Guinea have arrested 29 members of a cannibal cult, who’ve been accused of murdering seven witch doctors in the country’s jungle interior
The cult members ate their victims brains raw and concocted soup from their penises. Despite the criminal charges they face, “they don’t think they’ve done anything wrong; they admit what they’ve done openly,” Police Commander Anthony Wagambie, of the Madang province, said. The killers said that they were seeking revenge against the witch doctors, whom they claim were evil sorcerers who extorted money and demanded sex from poor villagers in exchange for their services. By eating their organs, the cult members believed that they would personally benefit by absorbing their supernatural powers and becoming bullet-proof, Wagambie said. These types of beliefs are common, he said, estimating that between 700 and 1,000 cult members live scattered throughout Papua New Guinea’s northeast interior. The majority have likely consumed human flesh. All but one (whose whereabouts remain unclear) of the 29 suspects have appeared in a Madang court, where they were charged with willful murder. The outcome of the trial has yet to be determined, with the suspects currently held in custody. Wagambie said that he expected police to make around 100 more arrests for cult-related crimes.