Police Narrowly Prevent Mass Suicide By Brazilian Doomsday Cult

Soup, rather than Kool-Aid, was likely the method to be utilized. The Daily Mail reports:

Police swooped on a Brazilian doomsday cult just 10 minutes before more than 100 followers were about to commit mass suicide by drinking poisoned soup.

Elite troops burst into a building where self-proclaimed prophet Luis Pereira dos Santos had barricaded himself in after predicting the world would end at 8pm. There was believed to be an exchange of gunfire between the group and police who used gas bombs and pepper spray during the assault. Santos was arrested as officers took away a tub containing a sweet paste made from Caju fruit which they suspected contained a toxic product.

Known to his flock as Daddy Luis, Santos had claimed an angel visited four years ago telling him the exact time the world was going to end. Last month, the 43-year-old spiritual leader instructed his 113 followers to leave their jobs, give away all their possessions and take their children out of school, police confirmed.

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  • Antonomie

    If people are that easily duped, then they should not be interrupted in killing themselves. 

  • Antonomie

    If people are that easily duped, then they should not be interrupted in killing themselves. 

  • 1plakat

    The angel predicted the end of the cult.

  • 1plakat

    The angel predicted the end of the cult.

  • Crazy Irish Dan .

    WTF is it with drinking weird stuff to poison yourself? Kool-Aid? Soup? 

    What’s wrong with BEER? Like the last thing I want to ingest would be some Campbell’s Tomato or something…

    Better yet, a nice single malt…

  • Crazy Irish Dan .

    WTF is it with drinking weird stuff to poison yourself? Kool-Aid? Soup? 

    What’s wrong with BEER? Like the last thing I want to ingest would be some Campbell’s Tomato or something…

    Better yet, a nice single malt…

  • http://twitter.com/DanielReasor Daniel Reasor

    This seems like it would have been a self-correcting problem.  

  • http://twitter.com/DanielReasor Daniel Reasor

    This seems like it would have been a self-correcting problem.  

  • alizardx

    Not Flavor-Aid? Some people have no respect for tradition.

  • alizardx

    Not Flavor-Aid? Some people have no respect for tradition.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Police Narrowly Prevent Mass Suicide By Brazilian Doomsday Cult

    Why?
     

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Police Narrowly Prevent Mass Suicide By Brazilian Doomsday Cult

    Why?
     

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      That was my initial response.

      But upon further reflection I must concede that it is the responsibility of the adults in the room to keep the children from grievously injuring themselves whenever possible.

      Even the stupid, ugly, belligerent ones.

      I should probably be thankful for that.

       

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      That was my initial response.

      But upon further reflection I must concede that it is the responsibility of the adults in the room to keep the children from grievously injuring themselves whenever possible.

      Even the stupid, ugly, belligerent ones.

      I should probably be thankful for that.

       

      • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

        I think it’s a trait of Americans (including me) to think of safety first
        and the safety of others too
        but I also think everyone should have the right to off themselves
        especially on a planet with 7.?? billion humans

        when I lived in the mountains of Hawaii
        I had a neighbor with an irreparable, terminal heart condition
        once while we sitting &  talking
        he passed out, fell over and blood ran out of mouth
        I immediately called 911
        his son stopped me from giving our location and made me end the call
        his son said
        they can’t help Dad, but they can come here and nose around the property
        find my pot plants, bust us and take our land

        from that point forward
        I have tried to be less of a Good Sam
        unless specifically asked to be

        I would also add
        I think there’s more to this story than meets the eye

      • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

        I think it’s a trait of Americans (including me) to think of safety first
        and the safety of others too
        but I also think everyone should have the right to off themselves
        especially on a planet with 7.?? billion humans

        when I lived in the mountains of Hawaii
        I had a neighbor with an irreparable, terminal heart condition
        once while we sitting &  talking
        he passed out, fell over and blood ran out of mouth
        I immediately called 911
        his son stopped me from giving our location and made me end the call
        his son said
        they can’t help Dad, but they can come here and nose around the property
        find my pot plants, bust us and take our land

        from that point forward
        I have tried to be less of a Good Sam
        unless specifically asked to be

        I would also add
        I think there’s more to this story than meets the eye

        • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

          I too believe that people should have choice in the timing and manner of their death.  We certainly followed Mom’s wishes and got her a DNR last year, so my commitment to that isn’t merely hypothetical.

          On the other hand, you and I both have commented on the demented state which is attendant to religious zealotry.

          If we’re going to argue that religious idiots are suffering from some sort of mental defect (temporary or otherwise) then by that same token we are admitting to a responsibility toward them based on longstanding social conventions of helping those who are in distress.

          It is fundamental that when possible, we act to prevent emotionally overwrought, mentally unwell, or seriously misguided people from injuring themselves or others.

        • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

          I too believe that people should have choice in the timing and manner of their death.  We certainly followed Mom’s wishes and got her a DNR last year, so my commitment to that isn’t merely hypothetical.

          On the other hand, you and I both have commented on the demented state which is attendant to religious zealotry.

          If we’re going to argue that religious idiots are suffering from some sort of mental defect (temporary or otherwise) then by that same token we are admitting to a responsibility toward them based on longstanding social conventions of helping those who are in distress.

          It is fundamental that when possible, we act to prevent emotionally overwrought, mentally unwell, or seriously misguided people from injuring themselves or others.

          • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

            well there will always be more than one side to this coin
            but I have to agree with Hicks on this:
            We lost a moron? Fucking celebrate.
            There’s one less moron in the world.

            Plus it’s just one more excuse for the pigs to F with people who they suspect might be ready to drink the kewlaid. If people are easily lead to their death by some shaman, I’m all for their leaving for a better place.

          • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

            well there will always be more than one side to this coin
            but I have to agree with Hicks on this:
            We lost a moron? Fucking celebrate.
            There’s one less moron in the world.

            Plus it’s just one more excuse for the pigs to F with people who they suspect might be ready to drink the kewlaid. If people are easily lead to their death by some shaman, I’m all for their leaving for a better place.

  • BrendanBabbage

    Remember the sign at Jonestown?

    “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”

    Now, why a government should intervene to stop religious lunatics from wiping themselves off the map, that’s a different issue, but Kudos to someone somewhere proving man can learn that lesson at least.

  • BrendanBabbage

    Remember the sign at Jonestown?

    “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”

    Now, why a government should intervene to stop religious lunatics from wiping themselves off the map, that’s a different issue, but Kudos to someone somewhere proving man can learn that lesson at least.

  • echar

    From what I understand of cults and cult followers is that it is more complicated than a lack of intelligence. Many of you believe your own self serving bull crap, and it’s pretty clear you see yourselves as intelligent. From my perspective, the ego can act as a cult leader or pimp to your needs, fears, passions, and wants.

  • echar

    From what I understand of cults and cult followers is that it is more complicated than a lack of intelligence. Many of you believe your own self serving bull crap, and it’s pretty clear you see yourselves as intelligent. From my perspective, the ego can act as a cult leader or pimp to your needs, fears, passions, and wants.

  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    I didn’t know Kool-Aid made soup.  Wow!

  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    I didn’t know Kool-Aid made soup.  Wow!