Papua New Guinea
- The murderous cannibal calling himself Black Jesus who raped and murdered at least three girls has been captured. Steven Tari, 35, was caught and beaten by a group of angry villagers who handed him over to police.
Thousands gathered to shout abuse at Tari, a failed Bible student who claims to be the True Christ, when he was brought to the police station in the town of Madang. Wearing only a loincloth instead of his usual flowing robes, he stood meekly before the crowd. "It was as if he thought he was being humiliated like Christ before he was crucified," said an onlooker.
Tari had gathered more than six thousand disciples as he travelled through mountain villages promising followers that they would receive gifts from heaven if they followed him.
But jungle communities were horrified to learn that Tari sacrificed three young women, drinking their blood and eating their flesh, as part of his bizarre ceremonies. In one case a mother who had fallen under his influence drank her daughter's blood, according to relatives.Tari was still in possession of what he called his "magic rod", a knife and a tattered Bible, many of whose teachings he had denied in his own sermons.
"We are a Christian country and his deeds have not been reflective of this," said Madang police commander Anthony Wagambie.