Body Missing from New Jersey Mausoleum; Police Suspect Palo Mayombe

Via CBS News:

A corpse has disappeared  from a Pleasantvile, NJ family crypt, and Chief of Police Rocky Melendez  believes that practitioners of the Afro-Caribbean religion Palo Mayombe may have been involved:

Spinelli’s body was dressed in a powdered blue gown when it was taken, according to Lafolette. Police are still investigating.

“To go the extra step and remove the casket, pry it open and remove the body, I don’t want to hang my hat on just vandalism,” Melendez said.

According to CBS Philly, police said the body may have been taken for use in some sort of ritual. They are looking into possible cult or religious activity including one group called Palo Mayombe.

“It has been said that they do use human remains and animals to do…either their sacrifices or their religious services,” Melendez said.

Chief Melendez may be jumping to conclusions in assuming Palo Mayombe’s involvement, but he may be justified in doing so: There have been several grave-robbing incidences in New Jersey connected with practitioners of the religion. In 2002, Palo Mayombe follower Oscar Cruz was arrested when police raided his Newark botanica and discovered the remains of five people in cauldrons in his basement. Two sets of remains were discovered to have been stolen from a local cemetery. Newark is a little over 40 miles away from Pleasantville.

Read the story at CBS News.

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  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    I had no idea that South Jersey had changed
    from a collection Piney hicks to an Hispanic enclave
    I see “Jersey Devil Taco Sauce” as a real possibility

    but bodies missing from cemeteries
    that’s pretty standard Jersey
    as are Mafia bodies in the Jackson woods

    • Jin The Ninja

      i’ll have to remember to visit a local botanica if i ever go to new jersey…

  • Adam’s Shadow

     Palo Mayombe is dangerous, dangerous shit; in my limited experience, any time you use blood that is not your own in a ritual, the forces you tap into are very powerful and very nasty. Do not fuck around with blood sacrifice, it will bite you in the ass at some point (often quite literally).

  • http://twitter.com/krimhum krimhum

    Granted, buying from the Bone Room can be pricey, but come on, people:  If the spirits deserve a skull, they need to fucking pay for it.

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