After she had become besotted with thoughts of God and the devil, Australian mother Raina Thaiday stabbed seven of her own nine children, and a niece. The victims ranged in age from two to 14.
The 37-year-old Cairns mother accused of murdering eight children had recently turned to religion and banned technology from her home.
Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, who remains under police guard in hospital, had taken to giving fiery sermons in the street and had cut the power to her home and threw away the television, neighbours told News Corp.
She warned locals not to use their mobile phones because they were the “work of the Devil” and posted a handwritten sign on a front window of her public housing home that read: “No alcohol, cigarette, and drunken people allowed in this area.”