“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
How can a poor boy became so rich and powerful in just a short span of his life, and enticed so many of his followers to die for him?
What was his secret?
The latest book that I finished reading, BURIED SECRETS: A TRUE STORY OF SERIAL MURDER was all about a true to life, chilling story of murder and religious mania, luridly engrossing, compelling and horrifying. Well written by Edward Humes who received a Pulitzer Prize, this book depicted so much evil like human sacrifices to Satan, yes, the sacrifice had been made as the ancient laws required: cigar smoke and rum to summon the seven powers, a headless turtle, the head of a goat, blood from a rooster. And of course a human life ended now, a man raped, battered, and sliced, his heart torn beating from his chest, his blood still draining into a clay pot, his brain was scooped out and placed in a cauldron and his spine was cut away from the body and wired to produce a necklace.
Happened in Matamoros Mexico sometime in March 13, 1989, the cult leader, Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo, a Miami-born ex-altar boy who mesmerized his followers with a horrifying mixture of love and fear, magic and mass murder, said this chilling words to his followers, “Bring me someone I can use, someone who will scream.” The horror began with the disappearance of Mark Kilroy, a Texas university student spending break in Mexico. The discovery of his mutilated body a month later was only the first of many buried secrets to be unearthed in a case so bloody it shocked two nations.
Fifteen more bodies were discovered and believed to be made as sacrificial lambs for the Devil. The manhunt begun and it took the entire Police of Mexico And FBI so many months before they were able to capture those culprits and brought this case to justice.
If Mark Kilroy’s uncle was not a U.S Custom’s Head, maybe Constanzo and his gang were still at large today. That group made a big mistake by taking an American boy instead of just a native Mexican.
It’s also remarkable how this guy, Constanzo, a poor boy from an obscure family, became so rich and popular, poweful and so influential- due to his enticing words, magic and some sorts of fortune-telling. His life story would teach us only one thing: Offering your soul to Satan in exchange for fame, wealth, money, and power will give you only temporary satisfaction but in the end, truth, justice and God’s power will prevail.
Edward Humes on his part made an excellent work and indeed, became one of my favorite writers after reading this one. I am still looking for his another masterpiece, Orange County Register, again a true to life story of a fatal military helicopter that crashed and how the investigations were made.
Henceforth, I have so many books in queue after reading, Into Thin Air- a true to life harrowing tale of the perils of high-altitude climbing, a story of bad luck and worse judgment and of heartbreaking heroism.
IN THE PRESENCE OF MY ENEMIES -a true to life story of Gracia Burnham, and her husband Martin, who died while being a captive by Abu-Sayyaf for more than a year.
LES MISERABLES- a classic by Victor Hugo.
THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR – by Thomas Stanley.
NEHEMIAH, BUILDER OF WALLS, LEADER OF MEN -by glenn johnson
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS -by james bradley
All of those books are in my possession right now, and it’s my goal to finish reading them all within this year.
I’m also looking forward for these books, GOODBYE DARKNESS (a memoir of the Pacific war) and A QUIET NEIGHBOR-PROSECUTING NAZI WAR CRIMINALS IN AMERICA and hoping to find it in popular bookstores.
Well, may God bless us for our races tomorrow, MASTERS RUN, DASMARINAS CAVITE RACE AND MILO SAN PABLO CITY HALF MARATHON.
-sin will add to your trouble, subtract from your energy and multiply your difficulties.-
GOD BE PRAISED!