Wicca-Influenced Murder?

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  January 15, 2007 — 1 Comment

In New Mexico, Teresa Gilman has been arrested for the drowning death of her son in what appears to be a botched exorcism. Gilman when taken into custody claimed that “the devil was in my son”, the body of the boy was surrounded by salt, and police found writing that hinted at a “ritualistic type ceremony”. The mother may have been on methamphetamines during the “ritual”.

A dispassionate observer to the facts might point to a warped version of Christianity lurking within the mind of an insane woman. But instead of looking to see if her bible is marked up, police have confiscated books on Wicca from the local library that the woman checked out in the past.

“Police used a warrant at the Portales Public Library to seize magic and witchcraft books that had been checked out by a woman who is charged in the Jan. 4 death of her 6-year-old son…”We were looking for material consistent with the writings we found in the home,” Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said…The books collected by police on Thursday, were: “The Magic Power of White Witchcraft” by Gavin and Yvonne Frost; “Making the Gods Work for You: The Astrological Language of the Psyche,” by Caroline Casey; and “The Witch’s Book of Magical Ritual: Use the Forces of Wicca to Direct Your Psychic Powers,” by Gavin Frost.”

District Attorney Matt Chandler, when questioned on the seizure of the books, said he believed that these books were a direct influence on Gilman.

“We believe the way some of the child abuse resulting in death happened can be related to stuff that’s in those books”

This is despite the fact that Gilman is obviously working within a Christian world view. Gilman said in custody that she had been getting instruction from “God” and “the devil” and that they had instructed her to do this ritual. This doesn’t sound like anything that is found in a book on Wicca, but the mere presence of salt in a circle is enough to point to “occult” influence. You would think that checking to see if she had rented any movies dealing with exorcism would be more helpful than scanning the pages of a book on astrology.

Gilman is currently undergoing a mental competency evaluation to see if she is fit to stand trial. Lets hope that once a trial starts the DA has realized that her madness and her “ritual” murder has nothing to do with Wicca.

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  • Jennifer

    I read this one last night…seems a simple case of meth psychosis to me. From the scene desription I’m guessing she checked out a bunch of books with exorcism themes…the salt circle is a pretty common theme in Wiccan and evangelical books, so I doubt they’re going to get anywhere with this.On the same subject, I did see an epidode of ‘forensic files’ that disturbed me- a suspect was repeatedly described as a ‘devil worshipper,’ but then his notebook is shown, and it’s all Wiccan symbolism.