Forteana: April 2004 Archives

April 19, 2004

Demons Turn Out To Be Stupid Woman With A Knife

Italy: An update on the demon infestation at Canneto di Caronia from James Randi. As expected, from the loony fundie contingent:

The Catholic Church's local exorcist arrived, and — not to anyone's surprise — immediately announced that Satan was at work. I've seen things like this before. Demons occupy a house and appear in electrical goods, he said, urging the parish priest to take action. But the local priest, wiser than the exorcist, in my opinion, decided to let the scientists have a first try at solving the puzzle.

April 10, 2004

Canneto di Caronia's Pesky Demon Infestation

Italy: Rather than looking for the real cause of a series of electrical problems, the media are quick the round up a handful of superstitious locals who will happily blame spontaneous combustion or demonic attack for a nice sound bite. No doubt the rest of the population are cringing in embarrassment that the village idiot has dragged everyone down to his level.

A Sicilian town is struggling to work out why dozens of household items from fridge-freezers to furniture keep mysteriously bursting into flame, terrifying locals and sparking theories of demonic intervention.
Since mid-January dozens of electrical goods and pieces of furniture have spontaneously gone up in flames, causing huge damage in Canneto di Caronia, a small town perched on the Mediterranean island's rocky coast.

April 7, 2004

Mystery 'witch' attacks school

Malawi: Pupils are fleeing Blantyre Secondary School after three girls received mysterious injuries in the night.

The assailant attacked the girls as they were sleeping in their dormitory.
We do not know how he or she entered the room because the door was bolted from inside and the windows are such that no one can squeeze through, one of the girls, Veronica Saiwala, said on Tuesday.
Saiwala said the identity of the assailant could not be established.
We believe it was a woman because she had bare breasts and was only putting on pants. She appeared very brown but her face was too dark to be recognised, she said while others remained unsure about the sex of the assailant.

The attacks are popularly believed to be associated with witchcraft or satanism. A similar panic happened in Zimbabwe a couple of years ago. Students flee school on satanism allegations - The Nation, 7th April 2004.

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