Police seek fugitive cult leader after his group burns an infant alive as the ‘Antichrist’

By Megan Carpentier
Friday, April 26, 2013 9:40 EDT
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Ramón Gustavo Castillo Gaete, who refers to himself as “Antares from the Light,” is on the run from police after four members of his group were arrested by Chilean authorities for the ritualistic murder of an infant girl.

Chilean authorities arrested the four, including the child’s mother Natalia Guerra, on Thursday, though the killing played out last November (prior to what Gaeta reportedly believed would be the end of the world, said the BBC). Miguel Ampuero, the vice-chief of the Policía de Investigaciones de Chile, told reporters from the AP, “The baby was naked. They strapped tape around her mouth to keep her from screaming. Then they placed her on a board. After calling on the spirits they threw her on the bonfire alive.”

Investigators believe the cult was founded in 2005 and has only 12 members, reported the International Business-Times. Gaete is said to use the plant ayahuasca, a known hallucinogen more famously used in religious rituals by indigenous peoples (and now tourists) in what is now Peru, and was last scene traveling there to procure more of the plant.

Gaete is on Chile’s Most Wanted list.

[Image via Policía de Investigaciones de Chile]

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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