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The Albuquerque warehouse district is cold as hell at midnight. And dark. This little spot goes dead around 6 p.m. and refuses to drag its scraggly ass up until 5. I’ve been sitting in the cold for two hours, cursing Matt Staggs and chain smoking.
A single tweet from Matt two week ago piqued my interest, beginning a chain reaction that ends with me on a wild chicken chase to find out who’s been leaving the corpses of black hens in a dusty family cemetery for two years.
A story that has been copypastaed ad nauseum around the internet for some reason, the last two weeks:
“KRQE-TV reports (http://goo.gl/XR9FZ8) that Michael Gabaldon, co-owner of Romero Cemetery, says for two years, dead chickens and chicken parts have been dropped off overnight.
He says the chickens have been left periodically from every day to every two weeks. There also are bones or feathers scattered throughout the cemetery.
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Would you be brave enough to dabble in New York City electorial politics? Via the New York Post:
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A rival of Melissa Mark-Viverito filed a million-dollar lawsuit against the front-runner for City Council speaker — claiming she put a Caribbean hex on her while the two were running for the same council seat, in the form of a black-magic mural on her apartment building.
Gwen Goodwin, 52, who spectacularly lost the Democratic primary to Mark-Viverito in September, says her nemesis targeted her East 100th Street building as the canvas for a five-story image of a bodiless rooster atop wooden poles. Mark-Viverito was the head of an urban-art campaign launched last summer called Los Muros Hablan (“the walls speak”).
“I don’t believe [in the Occult], but strange things were happening,” Goodwin claimed. She said that she suddenly got a blood clot in her foot and that a close friend began “acting crazy” right after the mural went up.
A spot of worship of the Saint of Death, constructed with human body parts found on eBay? NBC News reports:
Some of the bones and a skull found Sunday in a Pasadena backyard are human, the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office has confirmed. A man who left the house Monday said that his sister’s family had found the bones for sale on eBay, and that she purchased them for religious reasons.
Police said they were pursuing a trespasser when they spotted bones atop the outdoor altar. Steer horns and other animal bones were visible, along with the human bones, candles and incense.
Studying images of the statues on the altar, Andrew Chesnut, PhD, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and expert on Latin American folk religions, said: “What caught my eye was that [it] was obviously primarily an altar to Santa Muerte, the Saint of Death…whose cult has been mushrooming both in the United States and Mexico over the past decade.”