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Arrested New Guinea cannibal cultists ate raw brains, penis soup

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Papua New Guinea police have arrested members of an alleged cannibal cult accused of killing at least seven people, eating their brains raw and making soup from their penises, a report said Friday.

The 29 people, who appeared in court this week charged with murder and cannibalism, were part of a 1,000-strong group formed to combat errant sorcerers who The National newspaper said had begun charging exorbitant fees.

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The cost of a witch doctor revealing a cause of death or casting out an evil spirit was usually 1,000 kina ($475) cash, plus a pig and a bag of rice, but some were also demanding sex as payment.

“It’s against our traditional ethics and morals for a sorcerer to have intercourse with a man’s wife or teenage daughter,” said one local cult leader in the Tangi area, inland from Madang province on PNG’s northeast coast.

“That was the main cause of frustration that led to the forming of a group to hunt down sorcerers.

“Over time, as suspects were released to carry on as sorcerers, we got tired and fed up.”

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There is a widespread belief in sorcery in the impoverished Pacific nation where many people do not accept natural causes as an explanation for misfortune, illness, accidents or death.

In 1971, the country introduced a Sorcery Act to criminalise the practice. But PNG’s law reform commission recently proposed to repeal it after a rise in attacks on people thought to practice black magic.

Locals determined to get revenge on the profiteering witch doctors sought their own supernatural training from village chiefs, using their “possessed” bush knives to hunt down and kill seven people since April, the report said.

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“We ate their brains raw and took body parts such as livers, hearts, penis and others back to the hausman (traditional men’s houses) for our chief trainers to create other powers for the members to use,” one of those arrested said.

The killings saw police raid Biamb village last week and arrest 29 people, eight of them women. Their case in the Madang district court was adjourned until August 17 so police could collect more information.

A local expert in the supernatural cited by the newspaper said the group operated differently to traditional PNG hausman practice, where specific people are typically trained to hunt a sanguma (sorcerer).

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“But these people never kill sorcerers in broad daylight, mutilate and eat sorcerers’ flesh, livers, and hearts or make soup from the penis of sorcerers,” he said.

“This is insane and the cannibalism (of this group) goes beyond the local culture.”

Madang provincial police commander Anthony Wagambie urged other followers of the group, believed to number more than 1,000, to surrender.

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“It is the tip of the iceberg and more needs to be done to educate locals to eradicate the movement,” he told The National.

“Police cannot do it alone. It requires collective effort from government, responsible agencies, non-governmental organisations and the churches to work together.”

There have been several other cases of witchcraft and cannibalism in PNG in recent years, with a man last year found reportedly eating his screaming, newborn son during a sorcery initiation ceremony.

In 2009, a young woman was stripped naked, gagged and burnt alive at the stake in the Highlands town of Mount Hagen in what was said to be a sorcery-related crime.

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Stephen Colbert rips ‘idiot’ GOP senator for defending Trump’s unconstitutional self-dealing

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"I have been as far from the insatiable black hole of news that is Donald Trump as you can get on this planet.

I've heard there have been some developments over the last 10 days that did not go well for Donnie,"

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Five Republicans considered senior members of the lower chamber issued a statement withdrawing support for him: State Reps. Four Price of Amarillo, Dan Huberty of Houston, Lyle Larson of San Antonio, Chris Paddie of Marshall and John Frullo of Lubbock.

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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