The teenage girl shown in the framed picture died in Thailand last weekend after three monks made her drink ‘holy water’ to overcome a ‘black magic curse’.
According to this report, police in Chaiyaphum’s Kaeng Khro district are now trying to find the monks who went on the run after the the girl died.
During the ritual last Sunday, the girl vomited and went into shock, after which she was taken to Krang Khro Hospital and then in critical condition to the better-equipped Chaiyaphum Hospital, where she was pronounced dead from a violent seizure that had deprived her brain of oxygen.
Cherdjorhor said they regretted believing one of the monks, a visitor to the village temporarily residing at an abandoned temple since March 18, who had told them that their daughter was cursed and had to undergo a ritual.
The girl’s father added that before the ritual, his daughter had appeared fine and did not display any symptoms of sickness.
Chaiyaphum public health official Dr Passakorn Chaiyaset said it was difficult to determine the cause of death as the monks had fled the temple and there were no samples left of the liquid, which could have been tested for toxins.
The girl’s body had been cremated without autopsy, he said, adding that the case hinged upon police’s effort to locate and question the monks.
Chaiyaset also warned people not to participate in strange rituals, especially involving drinking or eating anything of unknown origin.
Cherdjorhor said the family had held the girl’s cremation ceremony on Wednesday in line with a local tradition of cremation after a maximum three-day funeral prayer.
He added that the monk who had performed the ritual had insisted that the “holy water” did not contain anything that could have harmed the girl, adding that it could not have been a factor in her death.
He said the monks had promised him that they would take responsibility for the girl’s death, but then had fled the temple, leading him to file a police complaint.
One of the monks is described as elderly, while the other two are middle-aged.
Meanwhile it was reported by BuzzFeed News earlier this month that an Ohio man suffering from pancreatic cancer died after drinking gallons of a concoction being promoted by Jillian Mai Thi Epperly, above.
The woman, also from Ohio, claims that her “Jilly Juice” – made of fermented cabbage juice and containing high levels of salt – will reverse all forms of illness, arrest aging – and even turn gay people straight.
When asked why she presents wild theories with no evidence to back them up, Epperly likened her efforts to a religious conversion. She doesn’t worry, she said, about people who don’t believe.
We’re using a different context in my world, and the manifestations from the salt and the accessing of the nutrients is gonna give you a different context of what the symptoms are. So essentially what it is, is we’re trying to turn an atheist into a Christian.
Her claims are “absolutely dangerous nonsense,” David Seres, Director of Medical Nutrition at Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center, told BuzzFeed News. “I am almost speechless.”
A petition has been launched to ban this charlatan from Facebook and all other social media, which she has been using to promote what she calls “poop juice”.
Hat tip: Rodger Atkin (Thai report)