Here is an interesting story from the NY Daily News:
“A sinister shrine reveals a chilling occult dimension in the mind of the deranged gunman accused of shooting a member of Congress and 19 others.”
Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Frightening, twisted shrine in Arizona killer Jared Lee Loughner’s yard
The story describe a miniature alter with a replica of a skull in his backyard tent. Could Jared Lee Loughner be suffering from something more then mental illness? Look into the eyes of his court room picture, and you may be seeing something other then just the human intellect looking back. Centuries ago most mental illness was blamed on demons. Today we know better. Yet, there may be instances when voices in the head may not be only one’s imagination. Might he also be suffering from demonic possession?
This news story suggests Jared Loughner may have dabbled in occult rituals. If we combine mental illness with substance abuse and then throw in potentially dangerous goetic magic, an individual can open the doorway to obsession or possession. Ceremonial magic is serious stuff and requires self-control and self-assurance. If the unstable play with this they can open their minds to dangerous forces. What would be unbalanced behavior can then become violent. These demons may be literal discarnate entitles, or they may be the psychological demons of the id. Yet, there is a difference between crazy and evil. This guy is evil.
Looking at the image of the alleged shooter’s shrine, I wonder if this is a shrine to Santa Muerte, or “Holy Death”. This is a Mexican figure of veneration, for those who venerate death. The figure is that of the Grim Reaper. It is considered a saint for lost souls and outsiders, and is used by those seeking supernatural assistance for acts that religion and other saints would certainly not approve of. The skull replica could represent Santa Muerte, and the oranges surrounding the skull would be the offering, the sacrifice given for Holy Death’s favor. Santa Muerte always required a price. And what was the favor the alleged shooter requested? Possibly, his success in assassination.
In the picture I notice 3 glass encased novena style candles. They often have labels on them designating their purpose. I don’t see any labels on these candles. Too bad, since if they were labeled that would be a clear clue to what the ritual had been about, and perhaps some of the motivation of the shooter.