The Maryland Ritual Murders
Maryland County 1977
President Tolbert was angry. At least he appeared to be. More than ten persons had been missing in ritual killings in Maryland County and his personal representative, the County's Superintendent had not reported anything. Worse, he even had received a message that the Superintendent, the highest public official in the county, had obstructed the work of policemen investigating these murders, which evidently were ritual murders since all victims' bodies had several parts missing when found. Subsequently, and at various occasions, President Tolbert made it very clear: 'I cannot tolerate this!' He knew what had happened and still happened in the country. He knew that the ritual murders in Maryland County were not the only ones in the country. Reports had reached him that they occurred in various parts of the country. In fact all regions, from Maryland in the east to Cape Mount in the west, but also in Lofa County, in the northwest of the country, as well as in Nimba, and in Bong, and in Bassa County. President Tolbert seemed determined that this should end. And therefore he declared publicly: "Anyone who kills deliberately: The law will kill that person".
Anyone?? 'An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth?' Was the biblical adage now applicable to all convicted murders? Or was something else happening?
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