Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28, told authorities that she was the leader of a “demon assassin” cult whose job it was to hunt, exorcise and kill demons that existed in and around Montgomery, Alabama. She and her 21-year old accomplice, Monifa Denise Sanford, have been charged with the first degree murders of two of Avery’s children, 1-year-old Norrell and 2-year-old Zyana. They also attempted to kill her two older children, 5-year-old Taniya and 8-year-old Martello but they survived.
According to Avery, she had witnessed her children’s eyes turning black, a dark cloud hanging over their heads and then she saw demons leaping into their bodies. The natural reaction to such a thing is to stab your children with a sharp knife, then wash their bodies, wrap them in blankets and present them to God. Yeah, that makes perfect sense.
The two women met at a local church called Exousia Ministries where they, with at least two other women, formed the “demon assassin” cult. The pastor at Exousia Ministries, Darryl Jones, said he wasn’t aware of the group’s existence or activities, they had never spoken to him about performing exorcisms. Authorities are seeking out any other members of the cult but at the moment do not consider them to be dangerous.
Friends say that Sanford was a meek, obedient person but she’s also been mentally troubled in the past, having tried to commit suicide at least twice. Avery, on the other hand, has been committed to a mental institution in the past. Sure, these are great models of parenthood, aren’t they? When you’ve got mental problems, why do we see such a common commitment to religion? Two disturbing things that unfortunately go together more often than not.
When religion goes wrong, as it so often does, there are victims and here, two children are dead and two others scarred for life, all because their mother believed in demons. No harm from religion, huh? Tell that to Norrell and Zyana. Horror Show Tuesday shows us exactly where the harm comes in.