The Maryland Ritual Murders


You are going to see some horrifying pictures and will read about atrocious acts. I decided to describe these acts and reproduce newspaper clippings showing or describing the cruelties for the sake of history. Also for historical reasons the following essay contains the name of victims, perpetrators, accomplices and witnesses. Since it is not my intention to blame, shame, or to insult anybody, I apologize to their relatives and friends for any inconvenience or embarrassment caused by this public exposure.Finally, it is not my intention to stigmatise a particular tribe, political class or group of people.The main purpose of this essay is to demonstrate the link between ritualistic practices and internal politics in Liberia.

Maryland County 1977












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