Here’s your daily dose of irrational religion-based barbarism. A New York City man has admitted to police that he killed his girlfriend and her daughter because they were “witches” who were casting evil spells on him. Because they’re the ones being demonic, not him.
The suspect, Carlos Amarillo, 44, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
The Queens district attorney’s office said that when police officers arrived at the house at 24-10 87th Street in East Elmhurst around 12:15 a.m., they found the victims, identified as Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter, Lina Castaneda, 25, in their bedrooms. The younger woman’s 7-year-old daughter was found unharmed on the bed in her mother’s room.
The women had severe head trauma and were pronounced dead at the scene, the police said.
The district attorney, Richard A. Brown, said Mr. Amarillo told a 911 operator: “Two females are dead, they were assassinated, hurry they are dead. I killed them because they are witches. I want the police to kill me. I killed them with a hammer.”
Prosecutors said Mr. Amarillo, who was in a relationship with Estrella Castaneda, was seen walking to the street, clutching a Bible and saying: “I killed them. I killed them.”
An official familiar with the case said detectives were investigating whether drugs might have been involved. In statements to the police, Mr. Amarillo said he believed both victims had been “performing voodoo and casting spells” on him.
If only they’d called Bob Larson and had a Skype exorcism sooner…