Facebook Post Sparked Mob Murder; People Kills Alleged Witch
By Jenille Cristy Maido | May 13, 2014 4:12 PM EST
A Facebook post sparked outrage to the mob leading to the killing of a woman suspected as a witch in Guarujá, Brazil 86 kilometers from Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city.
A man is silhouetted against a video screen with a Facebook logo as he poses with a Samsung S4 smartphone in this file photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica August 14, 2013. One in two Americans worry that Internet companies are encroaching too much upon their lives, uneasy about Facebook's and Google's ability to gather their personal data, as the companies delve deeper into novel areas such as smart home appliances and drones.
According to the Folha de São Paulo report, a local tabloid news outfit called Guaruja Alerta posted on its Facebook page an alert about a woman abducting children and using them for witchcraft. The alert came with a sketch of the said child abductor. The post caused panic to the locals and started a witch-hunt drive.
The victim, 33-year-old Fabiane Maria de Jesus, resembled to the released sketch, thus raised suspicion to people who had seen her. She was suspected to be held responsible for the abductions as posted in Gauruja Alerta page. The suspicion resulted to mob murder after the confrontation and mauling.
Two videos of the lynching was released. On one of the video a woman screaming to the mob not to do what they are doing can be heard. Another conversation where one person said that they had killed the woman and another said that the victim has the same face with that in the sketch on the Facebook post. The video also showed a person riding over the victim's head with his bike, tied her in one hand and dragged her.
After the lynching, some resident called the police. de Jesus was rescued and was sent to Santo Amaro Hospital on May 3 and was diagnosed with very serious injuries. She died in the morning of May 5.
Guaruja Alerta released a statement on their Facebook page saying that the child abductions in their local are always referred to as rumors and that they were just victims of a smear campaign.
The administrators of the new outfit Facebook page denied that they were responsible for the lynching and that the news outfit only released the rumor as a public service but never claimed that the issue of child abduction in relation to witchcraft and black magic is true.
Meanwhile, de Jesus' husband, 40-year-old Jailson Alves das Neves and her cousin and brother-in-law already gave their testimony about the incident to the Guaruja police.
As of this writing, the local police are still investigating on the case.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- In Photos, Typhoon Rammasun Blasts the Philippines
- Ellen DeGeneres Caught Cheating with Mutual Friend Before Portia de Rossi’s Rehab – Reports [PHOTOS]
- Flight MH17 Attack: Russians Claim 'Putin A Terrorist,' Memorial at Dutch Embassy Overflows [PHOTOS]
- Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
Join the Conversation
- Jeremy Meeks Death Hoax: Handsome Felon's Fake Death after Release from Jail Goes Viral
- Happy Birthday Prince George: 5 Things to Know About Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Son
- Prince George’s Birthday Celebrations: Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla to Remain Absent from Grandson's First Birthday Party Plus Other Details- Report
- Tony Abbott Launches #BringThemHome Operation for MH17 Victims; Black Avatars Trending on Social Media
- 'Dronies' to Become Latest Trend as Tourism New Zealand Buys Drone to Record Tourists' Videos
- Google Nexus 8 Release Date Soon Along with 2 More HTC Android Tablets – Reports
- Windows Phone 8.1 Update Rollout: 20 Nokia Lumia Phones Eligible and 13 New Features to be Added
- Moto 360 Price Speculations, Key Features, Strategic Release Date, Design: A Watch That is More Than Just Time
- Three New Moto G Successors Spotted in FCC Document Dubbed Moto G2, Moto M and More --Reports
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Apps Leak Online, Five Fresh Features to Expect from the Android Smartphone
- Sony PlayStation 4 Outsells a Resurgent Xbox One in June
- Killer Xiaomi Mi4 at $369 Likely to Come With 5.0-Inch Display, Snapdragon 801 Processor, 3GB RAM and More