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Today in Crime History: Adolfo Constanzo’s bloodstained ritual shed burns to the ground

On April 22, 1989, nocturnal arsonists struck, burning Constanzo’s bloodstained ritual shed to the ground. Constanzo was a Mexican palo mayombe cult leader, who performed ritual torture and murder to increase his occult powers. The next morning police conducted a full-dress exorcism at the ranch, sprinkling holy water over the graves and smoldering ashes.

Today in Crime History: Police Obtain a Warrant to Arrest Roch Thériault

Roch Thériault’s cult began as a health clinic that shunned modern medicine and disintegrated into a violent horrorshow that went unnoticed until a severely injured member escaped and told authorities of the deaths and mutilations that occurred. On August 19, 1989, police arrived at his cabin to arrest him, but Thériault was nowhere to be found.

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