I am not one to dispute the existence of Angels and Demons, but when I see stories such as this, I am compelled to believe these crimes are a melding of religious doctrination and mental illness.
Juanita Gomez, was so convinced that her adult daughter, Geneva Gomez, was possessed by the devil, that she proceeded to stuff a crucifix down her throat. Thusly, killing her daughter.
Apparently a fight ensued where the older Gomez beat the younger (33 years of age) into submission and forced the crucifix down her throat. The mother watched her dauggter die and then posed the body in the sign of the cross.
This is not an isolated incident as a couple of years a family attempted an exorcism…in their van…In a Walmart parking lot (because where else would you hold an exorcisn?)
My thoughts and prayers (because praying is a more amiable spiritual committment to another human being) are with the family.
Perpetrator: Kenneth Alan Amyx
This is a developing story of a Plano man, Kenneth Alan Amyx, who is accused of stabbing to death his live-in girfriend, Jennifer Streit-Spears. He then proceeded to take pictures of Ms. Spears’ bloodied body and a picture of his own self covered in blood, with the caption: ‘Please Pray For Us’. Presumably this was his way to get the word out that he had done something horrific. Police came at the request of Spears’ sister who saw the images. They found the victim deceased and the assailant with several self-inflicted stab wounds.
Victim: Jennifer Streit-Spears,
Amyx is currently being held on $600,000 bond for the murder of Ms. Speirs. And to go along with that charge, it seems as though he was also wanted for the charges of continued sexual abuse of a child and indecent exposure to a child.
Clearly, Mr. Amyx is a very disturbed individual, and my heart goes out to the family of Ms. Speirs.
Perpetrator: James Leroy Evans
Heaven help us. I’d like to think I would be able to look at the picture of the man above and just deduce that he has diminished mental capacity. But the truth is that James Leroy Evans may just be plum crazy.
On March 22nd, a hiker found Diamond’s body (a young pit bull mix) hanging from a tree. When the dog was taken to a vetrinarian, she was found to be sexually abused, whether by object or by anatomy has yet to be determined. She was killed by asphyxiation.
Mr. Evans was sought after a tip to the police from a family member because he was ‘caring’ for the dog at the time. The owners of the dog were away for a four day period when this took place. Evans admitted to killing and hanging the dog, and according to authorities took a sense of pride in doing it. After all, the dog allegedly ate his iguana.
And if this story wasn’t already bad enough, Diamond served as the owner’s Therapy Dog for their 8 year old boy.
Evan’s is out on bond after posting $50,000 and being charged with animal cruelty. Evans also has an already sordid criminal history which includes arrests for domestic violence, burglary and possession of controlled substances. He can now add animal cruelty and bestiality to his prestigious list.
It’s crazy that in 2016 we have to send out a plea for humans to stop having sex with their animals! I don’t think it’s too much to ask. The bar is pretty low. But let’s keep sexual intercourse between members of the same species. Geez.
I have a story to share here today that relate to this sickening subject. The verse is the story of Miranda Johns. Miranda accused her boyfriend, Kurtz Villavicencio, of sexual battery. But as Villavicencio was questioned by police, he had something very interesting to share with them. He showed them a video from his phone of Johns masturbating while her dogs were used to perform oral sex on her. I can’t imagine the cops reaction to seeing something like that during the course of investigation. Villavicencio of course denied assaulting Johns. And Johns, for her part, said Villavicencio was very encouraging of bestiality, requesting she have sex with a bigger dog (good, gravy). I have no doubt that Villvicencio is equally as disturbed as Johns, but the proof lied with him. Johns is being charged with ‘Sexual Conduct With An Animal’.
Perpetrator: Anna Ritchie
Anna Ritchie is garnering all the wrong type of attention for her parenting skills. As a matter of fact it is said she resented being a parent at all. While her husband worked, she was tasked with taking care of young Austin Cooper, who was her stepson. That parenting dynamic proved detrimental and deadly, as Ritchie thought a fitting punishment for the child to be to soak his legs in 135 degree temperatures for upwards of 20 minutes.
For us to gain a true appreciation of the pain Austin suffered, a normal adult shower is taken at 105 degrees. The water was so hot and he was in there for so long that the skin began to peel from his legs.
Instead of taking him to the hospital, Anna Ritchie put Austin to bed with his injuries. When Austin’s father checked on him in the morning, he was no responsive. It was said he died of fluid and blood loss due to the burns, which if treated immediately, would have had a 95% chance of survival.
Robert Ritchie III (father) with son and victim Austin Cooper
Anna Ritchie was originally charged with Child Endangerment, but after facts came to light, those charges have been upgraded to include murder. The father has not been charged as of yet, but will undboutedly have moments of reflection as to what he did and didn’t do to protect his son.
I pray for Austin and the loss that his family suffers. I pray for mother and father’s well being and peace of mind especially with regards to the culpability of the latter.