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Woman Burned Alive in Colombia for Witchcraft

Witch-hunting still alive and kicking.

Maria Berenice Martinez, from the small Colombian town of Santa Barbara, was killed last week after being trapped inside her home after two men tied her front door shut and set fire to the house. 

Why would someone do this to a seemingly harmless woman? Because she was a witch...obviously. I mean how else could you explain people in a small village in an underdeveloped and poverty stricken country becoming ill? It must be the woman next door, right? I mean she has to be a witch right? Well apparently that is the line of thinking in Colombia these days. Glad to see that they have really progressed and evolved, and not still living in the dark ages.

Apparently Martinez attempted to contact the police last year, saying that her neighbors had contacted an occultists who recommended burning her alive.  Is this still 2012, or did I somehow travel back in time several hundred years?  Anyway, there are two men suspected of committing the murder, but according to the victim's sister, pretty much the entire town was in on the plot to rid their little village of this necromancy. 

It is truly sad to think that there are nations out there that instead of facing up to the true issues and problems that their countrys face and trying to come up with logical and effective solutions to these problems, they would rather just revert to 14th century mythology and witch hunting. Good luck with becoming a developed and prosperous nation one day Colombia, because judging by the mindset of your citizens, you are going to need it.

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Stan September 06, 2012 at 11:47 PM
My guess is that the writer has never been south of Macon. The people who did this are almost certainly illterate. I've lived in South America and in small villages there it's not uncommon that there no schools, no doctors, no electricity, nothing. What would you expect in a place where people have to survive on a dollar or two a day? Is the solution to berate the citizens of a poor country who are forced to live in dire poverty, I think not.
James Dunn September 07, 2012 at 07:24 AM
eventually the people will have to take some initiative to improve their way of life, otherwise they are destined to be ruled by drug lords for an eternity. By the way you may want to learn how to spell illiterate correctly...
Stan September 07, 2012 at 10:50 AM
You should learn take the time to learn something about a subject before writing about it. I may not be much of a speller but your ignorance on this subject is complete.
Betty Martin September 07, 2012 at 12:48 PM
At least he is bringing attention to such a heinous crime. Please let us know did you do anything about it when you spent time there ? The writer has been to many different countries. Macon France as well as Macon Ga
Stan September 08, 2012 at 11:13 AM
One more time. The crime was committed due to ignorance,which is caused by extreme poverty. The author completely missed this and make uninformed and incorrect assertions. No I didn't do anything about the crime I wasn't there.if I had been I still wouldn't have as this a job for the Columbian authorities to handle not a visiting American. There is nothing wrong with the author bringing attention to the crime, my only problem is with his conclusions as to their cause,
jeff February 13, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Stan is absolutely correct. This author has written in such a condescending manner that he negates any conclusion he might conjecture. What's 'Sad' is that this article misses the mark completely on what is a very frightening and pervasive phenomenon occurring in Colombia and other parts of South America. It's not an investigation with integrity it's just self righteous naivete. James Dunn's article is full of the same ignorance he claims to be glad he's got nothing to do with. Please go get some life experience before writing anything else.

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