Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Honest, I used to have eight

Reuters reports (and why didn't I see this in the world headlines this morning?):
Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft....

Purported victims, 14 of whom were also detained by police, claimed that sorcerers simply touched them to make their genitals shrink or disappear, in what some residents said was an attempt to extort cash with the promise of a cure.


Police arrested the accused sorcerers and their victims in an effort to avoid the sort of bloodshed seen in Ghana a decade ago, when 12 suspected penis snatchers were beaten to death by angry mobs. The 27 men have since been released.
h/t to John Aravosis at Americablog for this little tidbit (did I just type that?) to relief our election fatigue/disgust/ennui.
--the BB


FranIAm said...

Oh my!

Paul said...

Oh, all right, Fran, I lied, OK? I'm a guy. We all lie.