SA­TANIC SCAM­MERS

Pas­tor says MoBay gang­sters drink­ing blood, among other pro­tec­tion rit­u­als

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Paul Clarke Sun­day Gleaner Writer ru­ral@glean­erjm.com

CAUGHT UP in a deadly fight over the spoils from the lot­tery scam, some scam­mers in western Ja­maica have turned to the world of the oc­cult, obeah and black magic for pro­tec­tion.

Re­ports out of western Ja­maica re­veal that the scam­mers are tak­ing part in blood rit­u­als, get­ting mid­day ‘baths’ from spir­i­tual heal­ers (as this has to be done when there is no shadow), and wear­ing spe­cial cloth­ing or rings, which are be­lieved to keep them safe.

Pas­tor Knol­lis King of the Rose Heights Full Gospel Church of God is posit­ing that some of the young peo­ple en­gaged in the crime haunt­ing Mon­tego Bay, St James, have em­braced devil wor­ship­ping and witch­craft prac­tices.

Ac­cord­ing to King, some of th­ese young peo­ple have given over them­selves to the world of the oc­cult as a safe­guard against the po­lice and their en­e­mies in the crim­i­nal un­der­world. Even more in­cred­u­lous, the pas­tor charged that the prac­tice of drink­ing blood is now the norm in the scam­ming cir­cles, as the scam­mers seek to pro­tect them­selves.

OPENLY SERV­ING SATAN

“Young peo­ple to­day are not serv­ing God. They tell you that is ‘Satan me serve, is Baphomet me serve’. They are telling you straight, and that is the root of the mat­ter right now,” said King, who is also the coun­cil­lor for the Mon­tego Bay South East di­vi­sion in the St James Parish Coun­cil.

“They are work­ing witch­craft; they are drink­ing blood. Our young peo­ple are now drink­ing blood, lit­er­ally!” he ex­claimed to The Sun­day Gleaner.

He said goats, chick­ens and other birds are slaugh­tered for their blood by the scam­mers, as part of their rit­u­als to “guard them­selves”.

He said this black magic prac­tice is sig­nif­i­cantly fea­tured in the cy­cle be­ing played out in com­mu­ni­ties across St James, as the young men have be­come em­bold­ened be­cause they be­lieve they are pro­tected by a dark force.

This is be­lieved to be the rea­son the gang­sters have em­barked on some brazen at­tacks, in­clud­ing the killing of a man in­side a busy gas sta­tion in an early-af­ter­noon at­tack, and the mur­der of a man on Bar­nett Street last Thurs­day in the heart of Mon­tego Bay, while rush-hour evening traf­fic was at its peak.

LOS­ING OUR CHIL­DREN

Ac­cord­ing to King, chil­dren as young as five years old in some com­mu­ni­ties in and around Mon­tego Bay are show­ing signs of dis­or­derly con­duct.

He said the crass and crude lan­guage be­ing spo­ken by chil­dren in the pres­ence of adults tells the story, and by the age of 10, th­ese young­sters have ac­tu­ally be­come adept at al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

“They smoke, they de­sire a smart­phone and then they scam to make some money,” the pas­tor pointed out.

“When a man makes money, what’s next? He wants a gun. So he gets money through evil means, now he wants a gun to sus­tain and main­tain his evil works,” added King, who led an ini­tia­tive – The Covenant of Peace – in Rose Heights.

The Covenant of Peace was a ve­hi­cle to stem crim­i­nal­ity and vi­o­lence in that tough in­ner-city com­mu­nity and has wit­nessed the trans­for­ma­tion of Rose Heights from a place of ram­pant vi­o­lence to rel­a­tive calm in one year. But King told a Gleaner Editors’ Fo­rum last week that th­ese gains have been eroded be­cause of the lack of tan­gi­ble sup­port.

He noted that the lot­tery scam has since gripped the Rose Heights com­mu­nity, much like other ar­eas such as Glen­de­von, Granville and Nor­wood in the western parish, and it has be­come a hot­bed of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

The pas­tor is calling for the em­pow­er­ment of the Churches as a mech­a­nism to help stem crime in St James. He ar­gued that while the Church has been asked to do ev­ery­thing, it is be­ing dis­re­spected at the same time. “Imag­ine if there were no church? What would be the out­come in th­ese in­ner-city com­mu­ni­ties? We should help strengthen the Church, and in so do­ing, we would have a bet­ter po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, bet­ter politi­cians, par­ents, young peo­ple and bet­ter busi­ness lead­ers,” said King.

Cit­ing Isa­iah 59, King pro­claimed, “The Lord’s hand is not short­ened that He can­not help, nor is His ears heavy. There is too much blood on our hands. Our youths are dy­ing be­cause they deny the Lord. They are into evil and witch­craft, and this is just the be­gin­ning.”

He charged that the young peo­ple of Mon­tego Bay have given them­selves over to seeds that were planted years ago.

“Mon­tego Bay, the city, is reap­ing what it had sewn years be­fore now. All lev­els across the so­ci­ety are in trou­ble, and while some strug­gle for power, our young men are per­ish­ing,” lamented King.

JER­MAINE BARN­ABY/FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER PHOTO BY CLAU­DIA GARD­NER

Po­lice per­son­nel at one of the many mur­der scenes in Mon­tego Bay last week. Pas­tor Knol­lis King

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