| Religious leaders believe that the work of Satanist covens and demonic churches that dabble in the occult may be one of the reasons for the surge in mutilations, and the increasingly brutal nature of crime in Jamaica. |
Some religious leaders in Clarendon noted with alarm a deepening interest in dark arts by some fringe groups in that parish, perhaps because of the influx of Haitians who come here illegally. The practice of drinking blood as part of a macabre ritual where human beings can acquire magical powers has been noted by some members of the clergy there.
“Satanism has a tendency for growing, and this tendency is a very threatening one…Satanism is closely connected with people’s lifestyles and with the erosion of our moral system in Jamaica, we are all at risk. People who are members of lodges and freemasonry societies which are Luciferan organizations put people around them at risk,” one preacher said.
“The Bible says we are not to be ignorant of the devil and his devices. There is a dark side but many Christians don’t want to talk about how it functions in the spiritual realm…how it will undermine the Godly foundations of a family and of society. The devil is on the prowl, seeking souls to devour.”
Reverend Norman King of the Church of the Open Bible in Clarendon believes demonic forces are at work in Jamaica but insists that we must also look to civil government to implement changes in the society. He said that it is a bit of a cop-out to look for solutions in the spiritual realm only.
“We have seen demonic forces at work literally and it is not an easy thing to grapple with. However, I believe that civil government has to send a strong message to the people that savagery will not be tolerated. Yes, the church must ‘pray for the authorities’ but the government must do the work. The problems we have are a function of leadership or the lack thereof,” he said, pointing to the biblical scripture, Exodus 32.
“There are demonic churches in Jamaica, but if we want to talk about demons, you go to Haiti. We have to send a message to criminals that they cannot get away with murder. The media need to show the consequences for men who disobey the law, when they are sentenced and punished, it should be broadcast strongly.”
The media have reported that there is a striving Church of Satan in Kingston which is now spreading its tentacles all over the island as its acolytes branch off to start their own congregations. The church of Satan does not have a prescribed meeting place but more than 10 years ago there was a church in Stony Hill and a number of other parishes. The church became official in the 1960s when one branch was established. Its practices often involved ceremonies with sex and sacrifice to tap dark primal forces. Most Satanists reject moral codes, saying an individual must determine what is good or bad. Modern forms of Satanism draw on a host of traditions, from ancient Egyptian mythology to Celtic cults and Haitian Voodoo.
Lending credence to the idea that spiritual warfare is on the rise are several cases of demonic possession reported by the media at schools all over Jamaica as more people dabble in the occult.
“I was called to a house the other day where there was a demon possession and I found a statue of the devil in the girl’s bedroom. She lived on her own, and perhaps had been practicing some sort of witchcraft; her parents were very surprised. We live in dangerous times, they found a half a man at the wharf the other day, a young boy was savagely mutilated and butchered like an animal sacrifice, and another young girl was beheaded. These are not normal crimes. People gain power in Satanic churches by making human sacrifices,” one preacher noted.
There have been no cases of human sacrifice or ritual killings recorded in Jamaica, but religious leaders are ruling nothing out especially in light of the high rate of missing persons, and kidnappings that happen in Jamaica.
According to statistics from the Missing Persons Intelligence Coordinating Desk at the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB), of the 1,102 persons who went missing up to October 2007, 707 were children. Of the total persons who went missing in 2007, 894 returned home, while 208 are still unaccounted for.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Derrick Cochrane, director of the NIB, said 659 of the children are aged 11-19. This group, he said, represents the largest number which goes missing each year.
Of the 1,662 persons who went missing in 2006, more than 1,100 returned home.
“The recent case where that young man was killed and his flesh sliced from the body shows that the carvings were carried out by an expert using extremely sharp knives specially prepared for the purpose. Some cults also believe the amputated body parts are powerful magical trophies. The final test to be accepted to a coven is to kill someone and Jamaica is a great place to commit murder without being caught,” Ronald Anderson* (not real name), a former Christian who has first-hand knowledge of the occult, said.
Some cult members drink blood as part of a vampire subculture, because they have very strong sexual sadistic tendencies and are sexually aroused by physical torture and violence.
“They believe in all sorts of nonsense like body tattoos can block bullets and such,” another said.
Mental illness can also play a role in the macabre nature of killings that take place in Jamaica. Two years ago, Christopher Oliver, a 26-year-old man in Spanish Town, murdered his mother and his two younger brothers with a sledgehammer. Investigations revealed that a sheet and incense candles were found in his room along with literature about the occult.
Last year, 19-year-old Shelly-Ann Williamson lost her two-month-old daughter to another child who allegedly bit the child all over her body. The bizarre details of the case captivated the imagination of thousands of Jamaicans and sparked talk of ‘demon possession’ and ‘vampires’. All the talk of biting, and blood, and the child’s odd behaviour all point to the occult or the supernatural, residents said.
Reverend Roger Kirby of the Calvary Missionary Church in St. Thomas also believes that “demonic forces are out there”.
“We have allowed ourselves to be far from God and nearer to Satan, and so the wickedness that lies in the heart of people is merely a symptom of how ungodly our society has become. Stores are now open on a Sunday, dances playing terrible music are held on a Sunday. We have strayed far from God as a society,” Reverend Kirby said.
He also pointed to the sexualisation of our children by allowing them to wear age inappropriate clothes and sporting adult hairstyles as problems that leave the door open for sexual predators.
“Parents have made their children into adults and must shoulder some of the blame for their exploitation at the hands of sick men,” he said.
Nigerian-born Bishop Joseph Ade-Gold, founder of Overcomers Christian International, has also confirmed in past interviews that the occult is alive and well in Jamaica. He is more widely known for his deliverance from occult worship to Christianity in his early twenties.
You’d be surprised just what your friendly neighbours may be getting up to after hours.
“Some decent, lovely people in our midst are even in bondage to incubus and succubus spirits - demons which sexually molest, and rape them in the privacy of their homes and bedrooms; the incubus-demonic spirit taking the form of a male that sexually harasses females. The succubus-demonic spirit takes the form of a female that sexually harasses males,” Dr. Donald Stewart of the Portmore Covenant Community Church said sometime ago in an interview.