A local paper in Papua New Guinea has caught the attention of world media after it headlined a story about a "vampire cannibal" father who ripped his daughter's throat and killed her instantly. He allegedly sucked her blood after biting her to death.
According to the local paper, police arrested Rex Eric after reportedly biting the neck of his 3-year-old daughter, eating her flesh and sucking her blood. The incident allegedly happened on Oct. 9 when a pair of Papua New Guinean boys saw the whole thing from a nearby tree.
John Kenny, a local government official, told the paper that Mr Eric had just laughed at the boys when he saw them watching and continued eating his daughter's flesh and drinking her blood.
The local boys were horrified at the sight and ran away to alert the authorities. The body of the little girl was found in the bushes.
The suspect was believed to be possessed by the police but it was unclear whether the allegation was true. The report has not been verified by independent investigators but previous records showed that similar incidents have been reported in Papua New Guinea.
In July, local police arrested 29 people who were accused of being members of a cult who killed and ate 7 locals believed to be witch doctors, according to an Associated Press report. The same story was first reported by local papers before reaching the Associated Press.
The 29 cannibal cult members had reportedly eaten the brains and made soup with victims' penises.
In another gruesome incident also in Papua New Guinea, a young mother was burned alive in Feb. 2013 with the townspeople as witnesses. Kepari Leniata, 20, was accused of practicing witchcraft. According to reports, she was tortured by the relatives of a boy believed to have died from her sorcery before burning her alive in Mount Hagen.
An AFP report noted that the people in Papua New Guinea believe in the power of sorcery especially those living in isolated and rural parts of the country. Although witchcraft has long been outlawed in 1971, reports indicated that there is a rise in incidents related to sorcery in the last few years.
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