Murder Charges In Excorcism

Murder Charges In Excorcism

The problem with telling people that there is such a thing as demons is they might believe you.
Then what?

From CNN

Police: Second woman charged after 2 children killed during attempted exorcism
By Faith Karimi and Joe Sutton, CNN

(CNN) — A second Maryland woman has been charged with murder in connection with the Friday stabbing deaths of two children during an exorcism attempt, authorities said.

Two children died of multiple stab wounds and two others are hospitalized with undisclosed injuries, police said.

Monifa Denise Sanford, 21, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder, Montgomery County Police said.

Earlier, authorities announced that the children’s mother, Zakieya L. Avery, 28, also faces the same charges. Police said Saturday that Avery stabbed two of her children to death and wounded two others while attempting an exorcism.

Norell Harris, 1, and his sister, Zyana Harris, 2, suffered fatal stab wounds while their siblings, who are 5 and 8, were hospitalized, authorities said.

“Investigators have learned that the two defendants believed that they were performing an exorcism. The investigation into this motive and other aspects of the crime continue at this point,” police said.

Unfortunately for these children, their guardians were ignorant enough to believe they were doing right.


The Bible teaches that demons are evil and fallen. They are evil in that they oppose God who is good and love and they are fallen in that they once held a more lofty position yet were punished due to their rebellion.

Job 4:18, “Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.” (KJV)

Matthew 25:41, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” (KJV)

And then the church promotes the idea of exorcisms by offering it as a service and employing people to perform that service.

More Exorcisms required
Vatican Looking for Exorcists

Well there are always going to be DIYers. The church is as complicit in the deaths of these 2 children and the injuries and psychological damage suffered by the surviving children just as much as the ignorant women who committed these crimes. Of course the church has a long history of sidestepping its culpability and responsibility so I am certain none of those who perpetrate crimes like these on society as a whole will suffer a moments unease over it.

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Henry Paterson