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    UK - 5-year-old boy identified as 'Torso in the Thames' voodoo ritual victim

    Was this boy the torso in the Thames? Five-year-old 'victim of voodoo ritual' named by former suspect
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    The five-year-old’s identity has remained a mystery after he was smuggled into Britain and murdered in a voodoo-style ritual killing.

    He was drugged with a ‘black-magic’ potion and sacrificed before being thrown into the Thames, where his torso washed up next to the Globe Theatre in September 2001.
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    Now Nigerian Joyce Osiagede, the only person to be arrested in Britain as part of the inquiry, has claimed that the boy in this picture is Adam. She said his real name is Ikpomwosa.
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    She added: ‘They used him for a ritual in the water.’ Claiming the boy was six years old, she said: ‘He was a lively boy. A very nice boy, he was also intelligent.’
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    much more, with pictures, at Daily Mail link above

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    I can't even imagine how someone could kill a child like that. What a beautiful little boy.

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    Blessings on little Ikpomwosa's soul. It's very heartening to know that LE never gave up. They went to great lengths to identify this precious child. We must wake up to the dangers lurking for our children. There are many wicked monsters out there and each child is dear, each one is like a jewel......

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    "They used him for a ritual in the water." Rarely has a sentence seemed so cold.

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    Are these people from another planet? Rituals that involve children's body parts, I just don't understand!!

    RIP Adam, precious child.

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    Here's a 2002 BBC article about muti killings in South Africa. Featured are the confession of a mother forced to participate in her son's murder; and a 12 year-old whose genitalia were cut off. He lived. The article also mentions the then unidentified boy's torso that washed up on the Thames.

    So terribly sad.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/1899609.stm

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    oy. I can't handle it. Maybe tomorrow. Not clicking this link tonite.

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    WOW - What lengths did the LE go to get those results, that is amazing.

    What a beautiful little soul, may he rest in peace.

    I'm still... perplexed by 'muti'

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    Did anyone check to see if we have this little tyke in our unidentified forum?

    I'll go take a look.

    Salem

    ETA: I did not find a thread for him. I am so glad he at least has his name back.
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    I think that groups who do this and procurers who locate and deliver a child specifically for a ritual are really banking on society believing that ritual killings are far too outrageous to believe. That's the way they hide in plain sight. They play on our doubts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Missizzy View Post
    I think that groups who do this and procurers who locate and deliver a child specifically for a ritual are really banking on society believing that ritual killings are far too outrageous to believe. That's the way they hide in plain sight. They play on our doubts.
    I don't think people have a lack of belief in African ritual killings, given the explosion of news about them in the past years.

    It is far more likely the killers can hide in plain sight because law enforcement in Africa is either paid off, involved or intimidated, along with people who know what is going on, and, horrifically, a large amount of people elsewhere just don't care enough when Africans are killed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyaDuck? View Post
    I don't think people have a lack of belief in African ritual killings, given the explosion of news about them in the past years.

    It is far more likely the killers can hide in plain sight because law enforcement in Africa is either paid off, involved or intimidated, along with people who know what is going on, and, horrifically, a large amount of people elsewhere just don't care enough when Africans are killed.
    I think you hit that nail right square on the head, Ducky.
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    much more on this tragic tale at Daily Mail:

    Voodoo and human sacrifice: The haunting story of how
    Adam, the Torso in the Thames boy, was finally identified


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    Post mortem results, too grim to bear much repetition, reveal that he was still alive when his throat was cut; the West African poison that was found in his intestine is a paralysing agent, not an anaesthetic. There’s a very real chance that Adam would have seen what was coming.

    Unable to move and unable to scream, Adam’s last sight on earth would have been of a man approaching him — and then the flash of a razor-sharp knife.
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    Lengthy, quite interesting Daily Mail piece serves as both a precursor and a coda to this sad story:

    How a criminologist probing the ritual 'boy in the Thames' murder had to
    confront the personal tragedy of his own daughter's mysterious death in Africa

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    ‘The living dead control this world and everything in it, Mr Richard. They bring life, and they take it away. They tell us what to do.

    ‘And twins have a special power, Mr Richard. Mbo is calling your Mpia to come and join her in the shadowlands. I am sure of it.’

    ‘Her twin sister? Calling her? But she’s . . .’ I stopped myself.

    ‘No, Mr Richard,’ Tata Mpia said gently. ‘Mbo is not dead. That is the thing I am trying to say to you.

    ‘She is one of the living dead. And she is calling out to her twin sister, calling her to the world of the living dead.’
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    They had a show about this case on NatGeo, it is way too disturbing for words.

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