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    Steamed to death

    I love saunas for their purgative qualities, but this is madness.

    Woman is STEAMED to death by witch doctors in an attempt to ‘dispel ghosts’

    The woman from Guangyuan, Sichuan province died on February 27
    Two witch doctors were hired to rid her of an undisclosed illness
    Villagers found the woman being 'steamed' in a large wooden barrel
    They freed her and sought medical help but she died shortly after

    By SOPHIE WILLIAMS FOR MAILONLINE

    PUBLISHED: 06:11 EST, 1 March 2016 | UPDATED: 06:36 EST, 1 March 2016

    A woman in south west China's Sichuan province has died after taking part in an exorcism on February 27.

    Her family had hired two 'witch doctors' to help rid her of an undisclosed illness, the People's Daily Online reports.

    Police are now investigating the details behind the woman's death.


    Evil spirits: A woman in Sichuan province was steamed to death during an exorcism in Sichuan province

    According to a villager surnamed Liu, the woman had suffered from an unidentified illness for years and had often been heard crying out in pain.

    Liu says on February 27, he heard people crying and went to discover what was going on.

    He claims that he found two witch doctors who had been hired by the woman's family at the scene.

    The woman was sealed into a large barrel, which was then being heated by the vat of boiling water underneath.

    When the local villagers told them to stop, the two 'doctors' replied that the screams were not in fact coming from the woman, they were from the devil.

    Steamed to death: Two witch doctors were hired by the woman's family to rid her of evil spirits

    They said they needed to continue to drive the ghost away.

    Villagers took no notice and helped to free the woman.

    When they managed to release her from the barrel, they discovered that her face had turned black and she was unable to stand.

    People immediately went looking for medical help while others helped take her into the house.

    However shortly after the rescue attempt, the woman died.

    The witch doctors have now been detained by the local police, pending further investigation.
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    steaming exorcism

    'I let witch doctors steam my wife alive': Chinese villagers defy government attempts to stamp out black magic


    Yan's mother, sitting next to where the steaming took place, is still grieving CREDIT: NEIL CONNOR FOR THE TELEGRAPH
    Neil Connor, guangyuan, sichuan province
    15 MAY 2016 • 2:50PM

    After other black magic rituals failed to cure his wife's ailments, Yan Yingmao relented to the Chinese witch doctors’ wishes: she would be steamed alive until the "ghosts" were dispelled from her body.

    The two men who had been "treating" the woman proceeded to place her inside a wooden barrel suspended over a large vat of slowly boiling water. “She seemed okay at first," said Mr Yan, who lives in a remote village near Guangyuan, deep in the mountains of south-western China.


    The barrel being removed from the steaming apparatus. CREDIT: CHINA NEWS SERVICE

    As scalding hot vapour began to pass through the barrel, he was told to fetch a needle needed for the exorcism. "When I returned the screaming had begun," Mr Yan told the Sunday Telegraph.

    As his wife cried out in agony inside the barrel, he remonstrated with the two witch doctors. "They said the ritual must be concluded, and that the screams from my wife was the sound of demons leaving her body,” he said.

    He stood and watched until his wife's cries became too much to bear. But after pulling her blackened body from the barrel and cradling her in his arms, he knew it was too late. "I looked at her face, and it was purple. She told me she wouldn't make it," said Mr Yan, 45. The pair of witch doctors then slipped away and ran to the green mountains surrounding the family home.


    Police remove the barrel CREDIT: CHINA NEWS SERVICE

    This incident in Sichuan province shows how belief in the supernatural and adherence to ancient rituals still runs deep in rural China. Beijing is waging a war against superstition, having vowed to eradicate poverty and improve education among the country’s alienated rural citizenry.

    This campaign dates back to the 1920s when Mao Tse-tung, then a rebel leader, tried to eradicate feudal and superstitious beliefs in the areas he controlled, more than two decades before the Communists seized power in Beijing. Today, a directive on the party’s website promises the regime will “firmly crackdown on those who used superstition to damage national interests, social stability and people’s life and property”.


    Mr Yao lives in a remote rural community CREDIT: NEIL CONNOR FOR THE TELEGRAPH

    Ironically, belief in fortune-telling and geomancy is particularly strong amongst Communist party cadres. In March, an official in Shaanxi province was expelled from the party after he was found to be participating in an “evil cult” which claimed to be able to cure diseases. “He should have believed in science and led the locals in gaining wealth,” said a disciplinary official.

    The prevalence of irrational beliefs is an embarrassment for the officially atheist Communist Party as it seeks to modernise China in accordance with its own brand of Marxism. People living in Mr Yan’s community - made up of remote dwellings perched on jagged white-cliff mountains – speak openly of their belief in superstition. Many believe in the power of spiritual healing for physical ailments, while some blame "ghosts" or "devils" living in the body for health defects.

    “The sick are usually the ones with the most extreme beliefs,” said one local man.

    The death of Mr Yan’s wife – whose name he would not disclose – follows other examples of lethal “exorcisms” in China. In the southern island of Hainan, three brothers were charged with murder in 2013 after they killed their mother following instructions by a witch doctor who was treating her painful joints.


    The three brothers killed their mother under instructions from a witch doctor CREDIT: HINEWS.CN

    Gao Yongchuan, a self-proclaimed "legendary doctor subordinate to the Jade Emperor, Taoist ruler of heaven” force-fed the 61-year-old woman with a concoction of distilled liquor and the blood of pigs, chicken and dogs. The aim was to force her to “spit out the ghost”.

    When she fell unconscious after the ritual, he ordered her sons to beat her to death, burn the body and then bury it. She would then climb out from beneath the ground, he promised.

    China’s booming coastal cities have also witnessed examples of extreme "healing". In 2013 a self-styled “Ghostbuster’ persuaded a woman to sleep with him after saying that he could only exorcise the demons inside her with his *****.

    Those accused of committing crimes through "dispelling ghosts" have been accused of distorting the art of shamanism, an ancient tradition of spiritual healing which is respected among some minority communities in China. Shamans, or "spirit masters", are considered the intermediary between the spiritual and human worlds, and they often offer spiritual advice, commonly in the form of fortune telling.

    “There are so-called shamans claiming they can cure," said Shi Wenji, a shaman from Jilin province, in north-eastern China. “A shaman should deal with the relationship between human beings and God, but fake shamans deal with the relationship between human beings and ghosts.”

    The two fake shamans who convinced Mr Yan and his wife to carry out the steaming ritual were later arrested by local police.

    Mr Yan now lives in despair, trying to cope with the loss of the mother of his two children, and also the guilt that he was partly responsible for her death. “I really didn’t have any other choice as I wanted my wife to be cured,” he said. “I would have rather died than let this happen. How could I have intentionally killed my wife?”
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    Slightly OT

    I found this so disturbing that I had to share. I wonder what the shirt was. I'm sure it was possessed.

    Former ASU football player sacrificed family poodle in smoker, police say
    Katie Faller, The Republic | azcentral.com 7:13 a.m. MST May 17, 2016


    Patrick Zane Thompson
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    A Goodyear man and former Arizona State University football player was arrested Saturday on suspicion of animal cruelty after being accused of breaking the family dog's neck and placing him in a smoker, according to court documents.

    Patrick Zane Thompson, 42, was booked on suspicion of two felony and four misdemeanor counts related to the death of the family's white poodle, documents said.

    Thompson played right guard for ASU football in 1996, when the team posted an 11-1 record and lost the Rose Bowl to Ohio State University. He is also the owner of the Raging Cajun Smoking Barbecue catering company.

    Officers were called to a house in the 16000 block of West Mohave Street in Goodyear and found Thompson lying on the sidewalk with a self-inflicted gash in his arm, according to police documents.

    Thompson earlier had burned a shirt that belonged to his 17-year-old daughter in the industrial-size smoker in a trailer in his side yard, saying he didn't like the shirt because he believed it had to do with the devil.

    Family members told police he had begun to act erratically, saying in front of his wife and four children that he had to make a sacrifice of a male, either himself, his 6-year-old son or the family dog.

    Thompson grabbed the dog as the children and his wife pleaded with him to stop, but he broke the dog's neck, police said. The family fled and called police.

    Officers found the dog dead in the smoker. Thompson told officers he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day and began to have an "episode," according to court documents.

    After he burned the shirt, he said he began to have a vision that something bad was going to happen to his family and that "the Lord" was going to kill him for what he had done. From his readings of the Bible, he said, he knew he had to make a male sacrifice. He selected the dog instead of himself or his son, he told officers.

    Thompson was booked into a Maricopa County jail on a $20,000 bond. His next court appearance was set for May 23.
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    Yuen Ming-kuen

    We don't have a 'Busted Taoists' thread (yet ) so I'm posting this in Busted Internal Practitioners and copying it to Exorcism.

    Taoist monk molested mother and her 15-year-old daughter to ‘purge them of evil spirits’, Hong Kong court hears
    District Court hears Yuen Ming-kuen told women he had special healing powers to negotiate with spirits which included touching their breasts and genitals
    Deputy district judge Terence Wai slammed ‘ridiculous stories’ and convicted Yuen of six counts of indecent assault and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm
    Jasmine Siu
    Published: 7:33pm, 3 May, 2019


    Yuen Ming-kuen kept his eyes closed the judge recounted how he had used various excuses to assault the mother on six occasions in seven months before groping her 15-year-old daughter. Photo: Jasmine Siu

    A self-proclaimed Taoist monk in Hong Kong molested a mother and her daughter to exorcise evil spirits, a court was told on Friday.
    Yuen Ming-kuen, 57, told the women he had special healing powers to negotiate with spirits and purge them through religious rituals that included touching their breasts and genitals.
    Security guard Yuen also struck the mother’s head repeatedly during what he called a “fight with evil spirits possessing the woman”, the District Court heard.
    The man claimed he had learned such methods from an arhat – a person who has reached nirvana – in his dreams.
    But deputy district judge Terence Wai found these to be “ridiculous stories” and convicted Yuen of six counts of indecent assault and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
    “The defendant was a dishonest man,” Wai said. “His acts were all part of a scam.”
    Yuen kept his eyes closed as Wai recounted how he had used various excuses to assault the mother on six occasions in seven months before groping her daughter, 15, while she slept on March 29, 2017 to “check whether she had been infected by poison” found in corpses.
    Neither women could be identified for legal reasons.
    The court heard Yuen was first introduced to the mother on August 26, 2016 when her friends arranged for a Taoist monk to visit her flat because she had complained about it being haunted.
    Yuen said he sensed evil spirits in the house and sealed the premises before groping the woman, claiming her breasts and vagina were harbouring spirits and harmful beads produced by the spirits raping her.
    Two similar treatments were performed on September 3 and 23, during which Yuen reported seeing the ghost of an unborn child troubling the woman since she had an abortion.
    On all three occasions, Yuen said he had obtained consent to touch the woman during his HK$7,500 therapy.


    The District Court heard Yuen Ming-kuen was first introduced to the mother in August 2016 when her friends arranged for a Taoist monk to visit her flat because she had complained about it being haunted. Photo: Nora Tam

    The victim paid HK$2,500 in total to Yuen, as she did not have enough money.
    But he also groped the woman’s breasts without her consent on other occasions because he claimed he did not want the spirits to hear his plan and she was in too much pain for him to delay treatment.
    Dr Lee Yiu-fai, an abbot of Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple summoned by the prosecution, said Taoist rituals would never involve sex or physical contact, and explained Buddhist practices were even stricter.
    The judge also observed on Friday the mother’s health had worsened since Yuen began his treatment and concluded she had only “reluctantly acquiesced” to the physical touching because she felt helpless.
    He acquitted Yuen of one other count of indecent assault since the mother had failed to give consistent details on what happened.
    In mitigation, defence counsel Paul Wu argued neither victim had mentioned any psychological trauma as a result of his client’s assault and urged the judge not to call for impact assessment.
    The judge disagreed.
    Wai also found it necessary to assess Yuen’s psychological condition, considering he had openly assaulted the women while others were in the room.
    Further mitigation, pending these assessments, will be heard on June 13 before Yuen is sentenced on the following day.
    Indecent assault is punishable by 10 years’ imprisonment.
    This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: ‘Exorcism’ monk guilty of molesting pair
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    Rev. Dr. William Weaver



    Longtime Linden minister used oral sex in exorcism ritual, men claim
    A Presbyterian minister with deep ties to Union County stands accused of using oral sex in exorcism rituals on victims seeking his counseling.
    Nick Muscavage, Bridgewater Courier News
    Updated 6:34 a.m. PDT June 8, 2019

    Editor's note: This article contains graphic descriptions that are sexual in nature. The three individuals making the allegations have agreed to allow their names and details of the allegations from the testimonies to be published. Reader discretion is advised.

    A Presbyterian minister, who said he was following the Bible, used Native American exorcism rituals, gemstones and even oral sex to extract "evil spirits" from men undergoing crises in their lives, the church and men claim.

    The so-called healing acts, which date to 1999, were allegedly performed by the Rev. Dr. William Weaver, a prominent Presbyterian minister who served as pastor at Linden Presbyterian Church for 39 years, one of two Presbyterian churches in Linden, a city with a population of over 40,000. He also held several public roles, including chaplain for a county police department.

    Weaver, 69, was scheduled to face his three accusers during an internal church trial, but on Jan. 25, 2019, one day before the trial was to begin, he renounced the jurisdiction of the Elizabeth Presbytery. He was accused by the church of “multiple acts of idolatry and sexual misconduct.”

    The church charges have no bearing on the secular government's civil and criminal courts. No public charges have been filed against Weaver. The men said they did report the sexual encounters to authorities, but the Union County Prosecutor's Office said they could not confirm nor deny information regarding this matter.

    With his renouncement, Weaver gave up his ordination and membership in the Presbyterian Church but also avoided a religious trial. He then moved to a gated retirement community in Lakewood.

    The trial was scheduled after the men alerted the Elizabeth Presbytery, which oversees 41 Presbyterian churches in Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Union counties.

    The Presbytery determined, through an investigating committee, “that there are probable grounds or cause to believe that an offense was committed by the accused,” according to the official church charges. If Weaver was found at the religious trial to have violated church rules, the most punishment he would have faced would have been expulsion from the Presbyterian ministry.

    "In April 2018, the Presbytery of Elizabeth received allegations of multiple instances of sexual misconduct perpetrated by William Weaver, who was a minister member of the Presbytery. The Presbytery of Elizabeth, a regional body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), takes seriously any allegation of misconduct," the Rev. Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp, interim leader of the Elizabeth Presbytery, said in a statement.


    The Rev. Dr. William Weaver.
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    She said the Presbytery’s response to these allegations was in accordance with its policy on sexual misconduct and the Book of Order, the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in the United States.

    "Mr. Weaver was placed on administrative leave while the Investigating Committee conducted interviews with multiple witnesses," Dobbs-Allsopp continued. "The allegations were found to be credible, and disciplinary charges were filed, and an ecclesiastical disciplinary hearing date was set."

    She also said Weaver renounced the jurisdiction of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on the eve of his ecclesiastical disciplinary hearing, which halted the disciplinary proceedings.

    In doing so, Weaver renounced the jurisdiction of the church, is no longer part of the Presbyterian Church "and he is no longer an ordained minister."

    Dobbs-Allsopp said that means Weaver may not perform any work of any kind on a paid or volunteer basis within any church in the Presbyterian Church in the United States or any other organization within the jurisdiction of the Presbyterian Church in the United States.

    "Once Mr. Weaver renounced jurisdiction, the disciplinary charges became public subject to the Presbytery’s sexual misconduct policy," she said. "Pursuant to the Rules of Discipline in the Book of Order, the charges were read to the Presbytery in March 2019 at the next Stated Meeting following Mr. Weaver’s renunciation. The Presbytery of Elizabeth supports, prays for, and seeks healing, wholeness, truth, and justice."

    When reached by phone for comment, Weaver said: “I’m not able to respond. Thank you.”

    Weaver, once described as a “shepherd” in the church by one of the men who said he was victimized by the preacher, is now separated from his flock.

    'Like a Jekyll and Hyde'

    Weaver, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, has served as chaplain of the Union County Police Department, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 779, and the Hospice Division of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he also served as a member of the ethics committee, according to his resume on Linkedin.com.

    Sebastian D'Elia, director of communications for Union County, confirmed that Weaver worked as a chaplain for the county police department from 1999 to 2007.

    Audrey Pereira, associate representative to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 779 and the wife of the organization's president, also confirmed that Weaver was a chaplain for the group.

    "We don't know who else has been hurt by this," she said. "God forbid there are more out there."
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    We don't know who else has been hurt by this. God forbid there are more out there.
    Audrey Pereira, associate representative to the Vietnam Veterans of America chapter where Weaver served as chaplain
    Pereira described Weaver as a "smart and cunning" man who did do good things, such as praying with veterans in the hospital, but did so with a "mask" hiding his alleged misdeeds.

    "He did good on one hand, but he's like a Jekyll and Hyde," she said. "On the other hand, he did this evil to who knows how many. It can't just have been these guys, there has to be more."

    Pereira said Weaver actually performed an "exorcism" in her Linden home, which her family thought had a poltergeist.

    Although RWJ did not confirm Weaver's connections to the hospital — declining multiple requests from My Central Jersey and the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey to do so — Pereira said she personally saw Weaver acting as a chaplain at RWJ Hospital in Rahway on several occasions while she and her family were in the hospital.

    "I was in the hospital and he would visit when he was the resident chaplain," Pereira said. "Within the last 10 years he was there."

    She also said she was a member of Linden Presbyterian Church, but stopped going after she learned of the allegations against its minister.

    A suitcase of feathers, gemstones and Ziploc bags

    “If you mentioned Bill Weaver’s name in Linden or Union County, people would say, ‘Oh, we love Bill!” said A.J. Meeker, one of the men claiming to have been sexually abused by Weaver. “He volunteered all over the place, he was moderator of the Presbytery. He did a lot of things and was very well connected.”

    Meeker, of Edison, now 37, said he was 20 when he began seeing Weaver as a counselor in 2000. He was one of the three men who detailed their allegations in impact statements and delivered them to the Presbytery. For this article, My Central Jersey and the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey separately interviewed the three men who claim to be victims, as well as two other individuals who were informed by the men of the incidents, and reported from the impact statements.

    The three men said they also informed law enforcement of the allegations against Weaver, including the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police and the state Attorney General's clergy abuse hotline.

    Mark Spivey, director of communications for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, said he "cannot confirm nor deny" information relating to Weaver.

    Meeker had flunked out of college and moved out of his family’s house, according to his impact statement to the Presbytery. He said he had a strained relationship with his father and his stepmother was not speaking to him. His biological mother stopped communicating with him when he was 15, he said.

    “I have dealt with the abandonment issues, depression and anxiety that this caused. I was dating my soon-to-be ex-wife and became a member of the Linden Presbyterian Church,” Meeker wrote in his statement. “While going there, I found Rev. Bill Weaver to be a kind and compassionate person who was very easy to talk to.”

    When he began seeing Weaver for counseling sessions, the minister told him that there are “individuals based around the Watchung Reservation” who were engaged in spiritual warfare to attack people with evil energy. The minister also recited the Full Armor of God verses from Ephesians 6:10-18.

    “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes,” the passage states. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

    Meeker said the counseling sessions were held in a bedroom of the manse, the house owned by the Presbyterian church for its ministers. Before the sessions began, Weaver would open a square suitcase that he kept in his office holding the same items the other men also described in statements and interviews: feathers, assorted stones, buckeyes, a magnetic strip, an angel coin and Ziploc bags.



    The manse on Georgian Drive in Linden owned by the Elizabeth Presbyterian where the Rev. William Weaver lived while serving as the minister of Linden...
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    Every meeting with Weaver began the same way, Meeker said. The minister told him to undress completely and lie on the bed. Then he placed an angel coin — a coin with an angel or saint printed on it used for praying — on Meeker’s forehead and wrapped a magnetic strip around his head to keep it in place.

    Weaver then would place a series of stones on both of Meeker’s feet his hands and on the left side and right side of his chest.

    “I was told that for him to get everything out me, I needed to lay completely still to not move the stones on my feet,” Meeker said in the impact statement. “He would then take out the feather and scan my body from my neck to my stomach.”

    Weaver then opened Meeker’s mouth, placed his own mouth on top of Meeker’s mouth, and moved his tongue around “to see if I had anything in my mouth or throat,” Meeker wrote.

    Then the interaction became sexual, with Weaver engaging in oral sex, according to Meeker.

    “He would then ingest my ejaculate and then would spit up multiple pieces of plastic or metal into a Ziploc bag,” Meeker stated.

    He said he began to ask Weaver about the necessity of the ritual and asked the minister if he was using the same techniques on women. Weaver, according to Meeker’s statement, said “everything would come out of a woman’s navel and every 30 days their cycle would clear them out.”

    Weaver said the evil energy manifested itself into what he called “hits.”

    He also told Meeker that if the “hits” were left inside of him, they would cause infertility and erectile dysfunction.

    After every session, Meeker wrote, “he would then hold me and say he loved me and he would protect me, and he would never let anything bad happen to me.”

    Weaver also told him he could never mention what happened because “nobody would understand.”

    Meeker described Weaver as “a shepherd of the flock” and affectionate.

    “He was very touchy-feely, like everyone got a hug or a kiss on the cheek, or stuff like that,” Meeker said in a phone interview. “He was just very hands-on — never inappropriate publicly — it was just like he was very loving and very caring.”

    Weaver also strove to represent a “picture of piety,” according to Meeker.

    “He always wore his shirt and collar, which Presbyterians don’t do,” Meeker said.

    'I thought it was all helping'

    William Weist told of a similar account of his encounters with Weaver.

    Weist, Pereira's son, was one of the few people present when his soon-to-be wife’s son, Rusty, 26, was found floating lifeless in the Delaware River three days after a boating accident in 1999. He was the one who called the police and he was there when Rusty’s body was pulled out of the water.

    “As clear as day, I can still see Rusty there,” Weist said through tears. “I can see that image.”

    The trauma tormented him, so when a friend recommended he speak to Weaver in counseling sessions, Weist was interested.

    “I was at an extremely low point,” he said.

    Weist, 52, of Edison, who never considered himself a devout Christian but always was spiritual and faithful, began meeting with Weaver and discussing other tumultuous points in his upbringing, such as the death of close relatives and tensions that arose later in life. He was in his early 30s at the time.

    “We went through the whole thing,” Weist said about the counseling sessions. “It was always wrapped around the Bible and Bible verses, and Jesus loves you, and all this stuff, and it just evolved.”

    Often catching his attention, hanging on the wall of Weaver’s church office, was a picture of Jesus hugging a man.

    In his impact statement he sent to Presbytery officials, Weist said that he and Weaver often spoke about Heaven and the spirit world.
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    United Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, which is where the Elizabeth Presbytery is based out of.
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    “We talked about what Heaven must be like, that Jesus is always there for us and we are never alone,” he wrote in the statement. “We would pray together during the sessions, usually at the end.”

    During the next few sessions, Weaver began to introduce certain gemstones that he said were supposed to help sense the spirits clearer. Weaver told him the stones helped “ward off evil spirits,” according to his letter. Weist remembers feeling his tensions ease, and thought the sessions were helping.

    “I was able to now have those memories and not get upset by them, so I thought it was all helping,” Weist said in the letter.

    Then events took an unexpected turn.

    Weist was set to marry his fiancée in February 2000 and he was struggling with his relationship with his mother, whom he said never fully supported the relationship. Weaver eventually presided over the wedding.

    After the wedding, Weist’s meetings with Weaver took place either in the church office or Weaver’s home, where they met in the family room. Their talks became focused on Weist having to defend himself from evil spirits.

    Weaver, according to Weist, would talk about old Native American rituals that were supposed to prevent evil spirits from harming him. Weaver instructed Weist to sit quietly with gemstones or magnets placed in his hands and on his head. Weaver would light candles “strategically placed” in the room. He told Weist the ritual was based on the Ephesians bible verse of the Full Armor of God.

    'I just couldn’t face what had happened to me'

    About a month later, in the spring of 2000, Weaver told Weist that in order for the ritual to be more effective, they had to go upstairs where he could lay down with more stones and candles.

    “I felt uneasy, but I took his word that this was necessary,” Weist wrote in his statement. “It wasn’t long after that where I now had to have my shoes off with gemstones placed on my ankles, and my shirt off as well.”

    Over the next few visits, Weaver informed Weist that he had suffered “hits” from the spirit world and they needed to be brought out through his semen by oral sex.

    Weaver told Staunton he had to lay still, with the stones on and around him, and let the reverend "get it out."

    “Feeling mortified was an understatement, but I didn’t want to say he was wrong, after he helped me to this point,” Weist said in his statement. “I was so confused and upset I remember praying to God please let me get this over with!”

    The “hit” finally passed and Weaver repeated the Full Armor of God verse.

    Weist returned the following week hoping that the worst was over, but Weaver told him he had suffered another hit.

    “This time was different as the only way to get it fully out was for him to draw it out with his mouth,” Weist wrote in his statement. “I was so afraid and scared.”

    I was so confused and upset I remember praying to God please let me get this over with!
    William Weist, one of the men claiming to have been sexually abused by Weaver
    Weist remembers screaming in his mind for God to help him.

    “When it was over,” Weist said in his statement, “he showed me what looked to be a tiny metal ball and said that was what he got out of me.”

    He said Weaver was able to take advantage of him because he was at such a low point in his life.

    “I was so scared with everything that I was dealing with,” Weist said. “I just felt scared, it was very raw.”

    When Weaver told Weist he had evil spirits inside him, Weist believed him and became even more frightened and panicked.

    He remembers thinking: “I’m scared to death now there’s something else wrong with me. There’s something wrong with me that I can’t help. This is Biblical.”

    But after a few more sessions, Weist stopped meeting with Weaver.

    “I felt so small and worthless, like a piece of trash in the street,” Weist said. “I just couldn’t face what had happened to me.”

    He trusted Weaver and saw him as a religious leader.

    “This is a man of God,” Weist said.

    The case against Weaver

    On Oct. 8, 2018, members of the Elizabeth Presbytery's investigating committee wrote in official Presbytery charges that the Rev. William Weaver committed “multiple acts of idolatry and sexual misconduct” against three men.

    The church charges claimed that in one of the counseling sessions, Weaver “professed” he was one-eighth Cree and had received “secret training” by Cree elders.

    The Cree are one of the largest groups of first nation Native Americans in North America and mainly live in Canada. In the United States, the Cree have historically lived west of Lake Superior and today live mostly in Montana on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation, which they share with the Ojibwe.

    The Elizabeth Presbytery defines sexual misconduct as an abuse of authority and power, breaching Christian ethical principles by sexually misusing a trust relationship, according to the Presbytery's policy. It has no bearing on the more familiar secular courts where civil and criminal trials are held.

    The Presbytery, in its policy, said sexual abuse occurs "whenever a person in a position of trust engages, with or without consent, in a sexual act or sexual contact with another person to whom s/he owes a professional and pastoral responsibility."

    The church charges say Weaver used rose quartz, angel coins, buckeyes and a feather to remove small objects from victims’ nude bodies through bodily tissue, without bleeding or injury, to their *****es and “removed them by means of ejaculate induced by manual or oral stimulation.”

    The church charges also claim that Weaver downloaded multiple videos from a pornographic website that caters to gay men to a church-owned computer in his office at the Linden Presbyterian Church in February 2018.

    In addition to the three men who claim to have been victimized by Weaver, the charges list two other people Weaver counseled between 2001 and 2007 by removing the “hits” through their navels by using his mouth.

    Inspired by spiritual healing?

    Dr. Timothy Thomason, a licensed psychologist, professor at Northern Arizona University and a member of the Society of Indian Psychologists, has written many scholarly articles about counseling with Native Americans.

    One of the main differences in modern medicine compared to cultural Native American medicine is that Native Americans, like many other cultures, believe illnesses can be caused by spirits and possession.


    Inside the Watchung Reservation in Union County.
    ~FILE

    In a 2008 research paper titled "Possession, Exorcism, and Psychotherapy," Thomason wrote, "Many Native American tribes believe in spirit possession, and healers often suck illness-causing spirit objects out of patients." The paper does not detail any sexual interaction. Thomason declined to be interviewed for this article.

    A.J. Meeker, one of the three men who made allegations against the Linden Presbyterian minister, remembered that Weaver had said there were “individuals based around the Watchung Reservation” who were engaged in spiritual warfare to attack people with evil energy.

    It’s unclear why Weaver believed there was a war against evil spirits in the Union County park bisected by Route 78. In the early 1970s, a 16-year-old Springfield girl named Jeannette DePalma was found dead at the Houdaille Quarry right outside of the Watchung Reservation. Newspapers began to run stories about occult symbols found near the murder scene.

    That murder has never been solved.

    A question of consent

    Robert Fuggi, of the Fuggi Law Firm in Toms River, a lawyer who specializes in litigation brought by victims of sexual abuse, said he believes Weaver's alleged conduct could be viewed as criminal.

    "If you look at the sexual abuse statutes, they talk about unlawful, unwanted, non-consensual contact, and certainly the argument would be that this pastor manipulated his position of authority," said Fuggi, who does not represent any of the men who claim to have been victimized by Weaver. "In the guise of practicing care and counseling to these individuals, he manipulated them for his own sexual purposes."

    Fuggi said he believes the victims were "unwilling and unwitting" and "did not consensually engage in the sexual assaults, they consensually engaged in what they thought was a pastoral counseling session."
    So disturbing
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    This is so sick that it sounds like one of sanjuro_ronin's porn parodies.

    More on Rev. Dr. William Weaver two post above.

    Pastor Accused of Sucking Out “Evil Spirits” with Oral Sex to Face Secular Court
    BY DAVID GEE
    JULY 25, 2019
    A U.S. court will finally hear claims involving the New Jersey pastor who was credibly accused of using oral sex during exorcisms to extract “evil spirits” from men. (Yeah, that’s what they’re calling it.)

    Until now, only a church court was considering any disciplinary actions.

    Rev. Dr. William Weaver, a minister who worked at Linden Presbyterian Church for nearly 40 years, allegedly said he was following the Bible when he used oral sex and Native American rituals to “remove demons” from troubled church members.



    The reporter who broke the story emphasized in June that the church investigation was separate from any official inquiry.

    The church charges have no bearing on the secular government’s civil and criminal courts. No public charges have been filed against Weaver. The men said they did report the sexual encounters to authorities, but the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said they could not confirm nor deny information regarding this matter.

    With his renouncement, Weaver gave up his ordination and membership in the Presbyterian Church but also avoided a religious trial. He then moved to a gated retirement community in Lakewood.
    Weaver may have thought that giving up his position in the church meant he could retire in peace, free from any formal proceedings, but that’s no longer the case. In fact, just a couple of weeks after we last posted about this story, three men and one woman filed a civil lawsuit against him.

    [Weaver] is accused of sexual assault, aggravated assault, sexual battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress, misrepresentation and gross negligence, in the 105-page lawsuit filed Tuesday by Toms River attorney Robert Fuggi in Middlesex County Superior Court.

    The lawsuit also names as defendants the Linden Presbyterian Church, the Presbytery of Elizabeth and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
    There’s a chance Weaver could finally face justice for his crimes since the church was clearly incapable of levying any kind of punishment. At least the victims will get a chance to make their case in front of an objective party. And authorities could still bring a criminal case against the disgraced preacher.
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    Do we need a "Busted Exorcists" thread?

    ...maybe, huh?

    Woman sues archdiocese after ‘lay exorcism’ leaves her emotionally damaged
    Crux Staff Aug 16, 2019


    Linda Blair played the demon-possessed Regan MacNeil in the 1973 film The Exorcist. (Credit: Warner Bros./AP.)

    A woman in Texas is suing the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and her parish claiming she suffered psychological and emotional abuse through a lay-led exorcism during a retreat.

    Beth Ann Andrews filed her lawsuit on July 25 after attending a “Faith in the Fire” event, which is associated with the Catholic Charismatic movement.

    According to its website, the Faith in the Fire retreat “provides its participants the opportunity to reconnect with what matters and share their faith journeys in a loving community.”

    “The whole purpose of me attending the retreat was to get close to God and the Catholic faith,” Andrews told ABC13 Eyewitness News.

    She said she wasn’t informed that “exorcisms” would be performed by the lay leader of the retreat.

    According to Church law, exorcisms can only be performed by authorized personnel, but the Church has published a book of “Prayers Against the Powers of Darkness” that can be used by anyone.

    Andrews told the television station that the retreat leader abused his power and authority by inappropriately discussing sexual topics.

    She is seeking monetary damages and a change of archdiocesan policy when it comes to training lay leadership.

    St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in The Woodlands, the parish named in the suit, responded to the accusations in an Aug. 15 statement in the parish bulletin.

    “The parishioner plaintiff alleges that she was subjected to non-physical, psychological and emotional abuse by a lay volunteer. The parishioner further alleges that the Archdiocese and the parish failed to properly train and supervise the lay volunteer,” the statement said.

    The parish said Andrews brought her concerns to parish personnel, and that the parish leadership “promptly and appropriately” responded to her concerns.

    “The parish met with the parishioner plaintiff, immediately removed the lay volunteer from all ministry, contacted the Archdiocese, and indefinitely suspended the ministry programs associated with the plaintiff’s concerns,” the statement said.

    “St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church categorically denies that the parishioner plaintiff was damaged by anything that parish leaders did or failed to do,” the statement said.

    The parish said it has “no ill will” towards Andrews, and “will continue to look for a redemptive outcome.”
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    Aleksandr Gabyshev

    Siberian shaman arrested after traveling nearly 2,000 miles to 'exorcise' Putin
    By Amy Woodyatt, Darya Tarasova and Nathan Hodge, CNN
    Updated 12:57 PM ET, Fri September 20, 2019


    Amnesty International says Aleksandr Gabyshev was arrested by armed police nearly 2,000 miles into his walk to Moscow.

    (CNN)A shaman on a 5,000-mile journey to "exorcise" President Vladimir Putin has been arrested by Russian armed police, a human rights organization has said.
    Amnesty International said Thursday that Aleksandr Gabyshev is a "Siberian shaman walking across Russia to Moscow and promising to use his magic powers to 'purge' President Vladimir Putin in 2021."
    Speaking in a video on his Instagram account, Gabyshev called Putin "a beast, a fiend of hell, the son of Satan," and said the purpose of his trip to Moscow was to "exorcise" the Russian leader.
    Amnesty said armed and masked law enforcement officials "encircled" Gabyshev's camp near the village of Vydrino, in the Russian republic of Buyratia, and "took away the shaman" on Thursday.
    Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti, citing local media reports, said supporters of Gabyshev had staged protests over recent elections in Buryatia, and that criminal charges had been brought against the shaman.
    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the presidential administration was not aware of Gabyshev's detention and referred questions to local law enforcement.
    On Thursday, RIA-Novosti cited the press service of Buryatia's Ministry of Internal Affairs as saying that police had detained a wanted shaman who was going to Moscow, and returned him to Yakutia, the federal Russian republic where the crime was alleged to have been committed.
    Yakutia's Ministry of Health said on Friday that Gabyshev had been sent to a psychiatric hospital, where he would undergo tests.
    "Aleksandr Gabyshev, a shaman from the Russian republic of Yakutia, began his 8,000km journey to Moscow in March," Amnesty International said in a statement published online.
    "Since then, he has covered about 3,000km, attracted many followers and addressed numerous spontaneous public gatherings along the way," the organization added.
    "According to eyewitnesses, on the morning of 19 September, armed and masked law enforcement officials encircled the site near the village of Vydrino where Aleksandr Gabyshev was camping with his companions. They took away the shaman without revealing their identities or explaining their actions. His fate and whereabouts are still unknown," the human rights organization said in a statement published online.
    Police in Buryatia and Yakutia could not immediately be reached by CNN.
    Well, here you have it. I'm splitting off a Busted Exorcists thread from our Exorcism thread. WTH is happening here?
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    Tucson amatuer exorcist

    Tucson man accused in son's death during attempted exorcism
    Published 8:56 pm PDT, Monday, September 30, 2019

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Tucson man is facing a first-degree murder charge after his 6-year-old son died during an attempted exorcism.

    Pablo Martinez told investigators he poured hot water down the child's throat on Sept. 26 and held him under water for up to 10 minutes at the family's home on the Pascua Yaqui reservation.

    The 31-year-old Martinez says his son had been acting demonic.

    While giving the boy a bath, Martinez says he saw something evil inside his son and knew he had to cast it out.

    Martinez held the child under the faucet and claimed the hot water began casting the demon out.

    The boy was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead with burns over 15 percent of his body.

    It's unclear if Martinez has a lawyer.
    So horrid. Bad dad.
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    exorcism sex

    Married chef in Hong Kong gets two years’ jail for duping single mother into ‘exorcism sex’
    Man Ka-ying had sex with victim twice to purge ‘bewitched’ son, court told
    He had posed as a female spiritual master called ‘Black Rose’
    Brian Wong
    Published: 8:28pm, 11 Oct, 2019


    The District Court in Wan Chai. Photo: Fung Chang

    A married chef who lured a single mother into having sex with him twice by impersonating a female exorcist was sentenced to two years in jail by a court on Friday.
    Man Ka-ying, 42, posed as a female spiritual master called “Black Rose” and instructed the 30-year-old victim to have sex with him in order to purge her four-year-old son whom she suspected was “bewitched”, the District Court heard.
    In passing the sentence, Judge Katherine Lo Kit-yee said the offence was “despicable” in that the defendant had capitalised on the woman’s fear for her son’s well-being, even though he had protected sex with, and did not perform other supernatural rituals on, her.

    He had committed the offence solely for taking advantage of [the victim]
    Judge Katherine Lo
    “He had committed the offence solely for taking advantage of [the victim] … An immediate custodial sentence is the only sensible and appropriate sentencing option,” she said.
    The first-time sex offender pleaded guilty to two counts of procuring unlawful sexual acts by false pretences last month, after the prosecution agreed not to pursue with another two counts of the same nature.
    Prosecutors said Man befriended the single mother via Chinese social messaging app WeChat in January 2018 under the pseudonym “MAN”. He claimed he had met “Black Rose” from Wuhan, of Hubei province, who could perform spiritual acts on people to change their fates and get rid of their misfortunes.
    The woman contacted him on July 24 the same year, as she suspected her son was possessed by evil spirits after they moved into a new home in Tai Kok Tsui the previous month.
    Man then messaged her using the alias “Black Rose” and told her to engage in sexual intercourse with him in order to expel the spirits dwelling inside her son. She followed suit – believing it to be the female spiritual master’s instructions – and had sex with him during at least two occasions between July 27 and 31.
    In his mitigation letter, Man said he harboured feelings for the victim as he felt lonely after his wife travelled to the Chinese mainland with their two daughters. Although his wife has forgiven him, his family is now under considerable financial stress after his arrest.
    Man also said he was diagnosed with a brain tumour while in custody, and now suffers from permanent hearing loss in his left ear, dizziness and double vision.
    But Lo said the defendant was not truly attached to the victim emotionally as he had claimed, since he had tried to distance himself from her after the offence – by posing as “Black Rose” and told her to erase all conversation records with him.
    Instead, Lo found that the offence involved a certain degree of premeditation and planning, because the defendant had told the woman about the existence of “Black Rose” well before she approached him for help.
    Lo reduced Man’s jail term after taking into account his clear record and timely guilty plea.
    You gotta question any advisor who advises to have sex with someone like this.
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    Tracey Milanovich

    Mass. Palm Reader Stole Over $70,000 From Client in Exorcism Scheme, Police Say
    Tracey Milanovich, who ran Tracy's Psychic Palm Reader, faces charges of larceny, intimidation of a witness and multiple counts of obtaining property over $250 by trick, police said
    By Asher Klein • Published 4 hours ago • Updated 2 hours ago


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    Tracey Milanovich stole tens of thousands of dollars from a client, police in Somerset, Massachusetts, say.

    A woman who runs a palm-reading business is being accused of stealing more than $70,000 from a client, and police in Massachusetts are asking anyone else who thinks they might have been similarly swindled to come forward.

    Tracey Milanovich allegedly told the victim of the scam that her daughter was possessed, and Milanovich needed cash and household items to exorcise the demon, police in Somerset said Thursday in a news release.

    Milanovich, who ran Tracy's Psychic Palm Reader on County Street, faces charges of larceny, intimidation of a witness and multiple counts of obtaining property over $250 by trick, police said. She was arraigned Monday at Fall River District Court.

    The investigation into Milanovich was launched Dec. 17 when a Somerset resident told police she'd been tricked into giving the palm reader a lot of money, police said.

    Milanovich allegedly convinced the woman that her daughter was possessed and that it would take both cash and household items to get the demon out.

    The victim was scammed out of about $71,000, police said, and bought "multiple household items for her, like towels and bedding."

    Milanovich was arrested Dec. 27. It wasn't immediately clear if she had an attorney.

    Anyone else who believes Milanovich stole form them is asked to contact police at 508-679-2138.
    $71 for towels and bedding? That must've had some massive thread count...
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    ttt 4 2020!

    10 Evangelicals Arrested After Killing 7 During Violent Exorcism Rituals In Panama
    JANUARY 16, 2020 BY MICHAEL STONE

    More of that Christian love: Authorities in Panama report 10 evangelicals have been arrested for the murder of six children and one adult, and the torture of 14 others, during violent exorcism rituals.

    NBC News reports:

    Prosecutors in Panama say they have found the corpses of six children and one adult in a clandestine burial pit where a sect had tortured indigenous people in exorcism rituals.

    Prosecutors said Thursday the dead minors ranged in age from one to 17, and that the adult was a pregnant woman who was the mother of five of the kids.
    The Guardian reports:

    Prosecutors in Panama have found the corpses of six children and one adult in a clandestine burial pit where a religious sect was found torturing indigenous people in exorcism rituals.

    Prosecutors said the victims ranged in age from one to 17, and that the adult was a pregnant woman who was the mother of five of the children.

    The pit was found at a remote camp near the Caribbean coast where on Wednesday police arrested 10 members of an evangelical sect known as “The New Light of God”.
    According to reports, 10 “lay preachers” from “The New Light of God” church were arrested and are accused of staging violent and sometimes deadly exorcism rituals where indigenous peoples were asked to “repent or die.”

    Panama prosecutor Rafael Baloyes said the members of the evangelical church targeted the remote Ngabé Buglé indigenous community near the Caribbean coast. Describing the horror, Baylores said:

    They were performing a ritual inside the structure. In that ritual, there were people being held against their will, being mistreated.
    All of these rites were aimed at killing them, if they did not repent their sins.
    According to reports, members of the Ngabé Buglé indigenous group “had been tied up and beaten with wooden cudgels and Bibles” in an effort to make the indigenous people convert and repent during the exorcism rituals.

    That’s right, these deranged Christians were literally bashing people with Bibles, killing them with Bibles.

    Can you feel the Christian love?

    Bottom line: 10 evangelicals have been arrested for the murder of six children and one adult, and the torture of 14 others, during violent exorcism rituals in rural Panama.


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