Family Increases Reward for Stolen Kin’s Remains
By Frank Eltman, AP
August 24th, 2011

Law enforcement officials have not officially linked any of the cases, but evidence points to some type of religious ritual.

Stamford Capt. Richard Conklin told reporters at the time that investigators were looking at beliefs such as Santeria, a Caribbean blend of West African beliefs and Catholicism, or Palo Mayombe, a religion originally from the Congo region of Africa and brought to the Americas by slaves. “A lot of things point to it,” Conklin said without elaborating.

A spokesman for the Middlesex County prosecutor said in a statement that thefts there “may be the work of individuals involved in a non-traditional religious practice,” but he would not say more.

Suffolk County detective Lt. Robert Edwards, who is investigating the Filipazzo theft, said police have brought in experts on religious cults and referred to books on the occult, all to no avail.

“There doesn’t appear to be any personal financial motive; no one has called looking for a ransom, nothing like that,” Edwards said. “This is something out of the ordinary. It’s just different. Any plot is imaginable.”
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