Indonesian executed for killing 42 women
Suradji was arrested in May 1997 following the discovery of a body in a field close to this house in Lubukpakan, a village in North Sumatra province. Forty-one other corpses were later found nearby.
Police have said the victims came to Suradji because they believed he had supernatural powers. The victims were believed to have been seeking his help in making their husbands or boyfriends faithful, find a partner or get rich. He lured them to the field and buried them up to the waist, telling them it was part of the ritual. He then strangled them and buried their bodies with the heads pointing toward his house.
He has told police he believed the 11-year killing spree would boost his magical powers. Suradji’s wife, Tumini, was also sentenced to death for assisting with the murders, but her sentence was later reduced to life in prison. Belief in sorcery and the supernatural is common across Indonesia, especially in poor, rural areas where education levels are low.
Hard to know what to say here. The victims came to the man believing he had supernatural powers, and the man killed them because he thought it would increase his magic powers. Hmm, you say. "They’re all crazy."
But get a grip. How is this different from believing in the talking snake in Genesis or pretending a cracker is the actual body of Jesus like Bill Donohue does? Now a man who walked out of church with a "eucharist" is getting death threats. As this makes crystal clear, superstition is superstition, and when people take it seriously, others often die as a result.
Take special note of the last sentence: "Belief in sorcery and the supernatural is common across Indonesia, especially in poor, rural areas where education levels are low."
Sounds not so different from what we are dealing with in red-state America.