Many of us who were alive in the 1980s remember the satanic hysteria that surrounded the decade. Stories of devil worship were everywhere, from music and movies to even daycares, where ritual abuse scandals seemed to pop up every few months.
The sexual abuse rituals were eventually found to be something else entirely. And the culture came to realize that if the devil was real, that was one thing, but Satanists weren’t lurking around every corner.
There are some of them, however: a Peruvian woman has reportedly been brutally murdered by her three adult daughters in a satanic ritual.
The 75-year-old Teodora Quispe Ccayllahua’s body was found in her home by police. Ccayllahua’s head and intestines were missing. The police later arrested her daughters, 38-year-old Aurelia Quispe, 41-year-old Percy Quispe, and 46-year-old Marcelina Suane. The youngest sister claimed the trio murdered their mother on the orders of “the Master of Darkness.”
Aurelia told police: “The Master of Darkness ordered me, the king of demons is already with us, we are more and every day we will become bigger.”
The three sisters reportedly conspired to murder their mother, gouge out her eyes, cut off her head, and use a knife to remove some internal organs. They then reportedly bathed in her blood in what was supposed to be some kind of healing ritual.
Residents of the area claim Satanic cults are on the rise and often push their followers to conduct bizarre and harmful rituals. Whether this is true or merely a Peruvian version of the Satanic Panic of the 1980s remains to be seen. The idea that there may be more who buy into this and are willing to act on it is terrifying — but that’s why panics get started.