Sacramento’s Satanic Santeria Sacrifices

santeriaA man on a casual stroll to a local coffee shop in midtown Sacramento on July 20, 2015, ended his journey by stumbling upon the scene of an animal sacrifice, which could possibly be related to a horrific satanic-like ritual in the mysterious religion of Santeria. According to local authorities, this is just the latest incident in a string of similar events of animal beheadings and disgusting mutilations that have happened around the city.

In the latest incident, the rotting carcass of a decapitated brown chicken was found lying on the light railroad tracks, “between Q and S streets just east of 19th Street,” according to police. Along with the headless fowl were three brown paper grocery bags, one of which had a few blood-covered one dollar bills sticking out of it. Also, the man found what he said to be the body of a guinea hen in another bag.

This incident is the 15th of its kind since 2014. Police officials have discovered bowls of pigeon heads, dead birds, and decapitated livestock during the string of odd incidents. Investigators have also found money and lighted candles around the dead animals at the crime scenes.

The string of seemingly possibly Santeria-inspired satanic animal killings began late last year after a gruesome discovery of a cow’s head in Reichmuth Park in Sacramento. Just a few days later, another cow’s head was found at Garcia Bend Park.

On March 4, a Sacramento reporter found another area near train tracks that was littered with mutilated chickens in the city, the third finding that week. Tuesday, the night before, city police officers reported discovering two bags in the Midtown area, one containing a beheaded rabbit along with unlit candles and a second with two decapitated chickens with their feet hacked off.

In another case, six decomposing, decapitated goats were found by a passerby on a bike trail in Sacramento. Four baby goats and two adult goats were stuffed into bags and dumped near the intersection of Clair Avenue and Sully Street in Midtown, according to investigators.

Gina Knepp, head of Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter, told reporters that investigators are trying to find of if any of the killing may be linked to a satanic practice. Some believe the origin behind the grisly slayings is a mysterious religion called Santeria.

santeriaSanteria is a unification of many opposing religious beliefs that came from those in the throes of the slave trade in Cuba centuries ago. Meaning “Way of the Saints,” Santeria is an Afro-Caribbean-based religion founded on the teachings of Youruba, which guides the believer to become more enlightened and engage in building lasting relationships between humans and, “powerful, but mortal, spirits, called Orishas.” Orishas are known as the human form of Olodumare, the God to whom worshipers of Santeria pray.

Miguel De La Torre, author of the book Santeria: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America, stated when an animal is killed in this sort of fashion and is surrounded by objects likes candles and money, people first think that it is from offerings to the gods of Santeria. However, “It could be a multitude of things,” he said.

The author explained that finding the animal sacrifices near railroad tracks is actually fairly common when practicing Santeria. Worshipers leave offerings near railroad tracks and heavy machinery to honor Ogun, Santeria’s god of war and metals. “An animal offering is the most powerful offering because it’s the spilling of blood,” De La Torre insisted.

Authorities have been stumped in their quest to find the origin of the odd ritualistic animal killings. Currently, a $10,000 reward is now being offered to anyone who may have information leading to the identification of a suspect in the matter.

The possibly Santeria-inspired satanic animal killings have left the residents of Sacramento on edge. Criminologists believe animals abuse is a strong precursor to violence against humans. Therefore, authorities are urging the public to help them catch the mysterious miscreants.

By Alex Lemieux

Sources:

The Sacramento Bee: Another livestock killing discovered in Midtown Sacramento

The Sacramento Bee: Public Must Help Solve Animal Killings

Huffington Post: Mutilated Animals Found In Sacramento

New York Daily News: 6 headless goats found near California bike trail in string of animal decapitations

BBC: Santeria

Buzzfeed: Decapitated Animals Keep Showing Up In Sacramento And No One Knows Why

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4 Responses to "Sacramento’s Satanic Santeria Sacrifices"

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  2. Doc Martin   October 5, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Also, Satanists absolutely do not sacrifice animals, doing so goes against The Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth.

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  3. Yemaya07   July 28, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    You have GOT to be kidding me! It’s so painful to see such ignorance played out in the public eye once again for a beautiful tradition and way of life! Santanism…. really. I call your inability to do even the most rudimentary research on your chosen subject Satanism. Why not since we are just flinging the word around like dang rice at a wedding. Seriously strange that you use a Christian term to dedicate to a religion that doesn’t have a “Satan”. The Yoruban tradition we stem from is IFA. Read up. It’s one of the most structured monotheistic religions in history. I’m highly offended and disgusted at a journalist (of all people) perpetuating such ridiculous nonsense. Are animal sacrifices made? Yes. The animals are treated in a sacred manner as we cherish them and their gift. They are professionally and swiftly killed. In a MUCH nicer way than any bit of meat you’ve eaten in the last 24 hours…I can promise you that. (Mutilations…geeze….right. And how do you think your chicken got so plump? Or your bacon so plentiful?) If we cannot eat the meat from the animal for whatever reason …it is disposed of in a natural setting. Some people are ridiculous and make it obvious or don’t make the right decisions of “where”. People are people. We aren’t the only game in town that make sacrifices of animals (which IS legal BTW….federally might I add).

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  4. Jonathan White   July 21, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Why did you tie Santaria practices to Satanism?! If you found an altar to Ganesh in near those tracks, would you call it a “possibly Hindu-inspired Buddhist statue?!”

    I can’t decide if it’s just your (the reporter’s) bias shining through, plain vanilla ignorance (I hope not, since, as a journalist, investigating and reporting facts is your very job – not to mention that you’ve consulted at least one expert for this article), or just ineptitude.

    I hope that for the sake of any and every practitioner of a minority faith, you issue a correction so that you don’t have this glaring error and the religious discrimination it represents, as a blot on the record of your organization.

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