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Cauldron of Blood: The Matamoros Cult Killings Paperback – August, 1989

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); 1st edition (August 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380759977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380759972
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James Bond on October 30, 2010
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I've read six books on the Constanzo Cult killings and this one offers the most complete account of not only the gory events at the shack but it also offers some idea what made it all happen, such as what part Aldolfo's mother, smuggling, cultural differences and international politics played in the whole affair.

I'd also like to say that this story is extremely horrifying the way it really happened, so I wonder why it is that the numerous movies about the killings which claim to be "Based on a true story" are all so wildly different than the real true story. These movies are insulting to anyone who knows the real truth. Should anyone ever make a movie that ACCURATELY depicts the real story of the Matamoros Cult Killings, it would be far scarier than ANY so called horror movie ever made.
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A book like this one tells a story so horrible that all one can do is to try to understand the story in philosophical terms, rather than rational ones. There is no good reason for the savage actions of psychopaths, and so to try to reason out why they do the things they do is something of a waste of time. Such is the nature of the darkness presented in this book so skilfully by the author, Mr. Schutze. I want to commend the author for daring to present this lugubrious story within its context of culture, history, and international politics. Such contextualization does go a long way in helping the reader understand the story. Mr. Schutze also possesses an excellent grasp of Mexican culture that elucidates the events here described.

Cauldron of Blood is, beyond a true crime book, a study in pogonology, or the study of evil. The subject of that study is the principal perpetrator, an occultist and psychopath by the name of Adolfo Constanzo. Having read quite a bit on psychopathy myself, I quickly recognized Constanzo as a psychopath, although I don't recall that word ever coming up in the book. I perceive that Mr. Schutze casts a wary eye on psychology, as I do. Often, the very terms and concepts of psychology can be used to mask horrific defects and evils in people. And also often, people use this ruse to mask their worst faults from themselves. However, Constanzo never perceived himself as a psychopath. His mother, being a witch herself, encouraged him to view himself as someone special--someone chosen--The Great Night. The Great Night, or Nanigo, is a particularly evil type of sorcerer who has no soul. Being someone without a soul means he cannot have remorse or regrets. Without a soul to make him think twice about anything, The Great Night is capable of anything.
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This book is a chilling true account of the disappearance and murder of Mark Kilroy and thirteen others in 1989 makes you wonder just how many more cults like this are out there and makes you think twice about allowing a loved one under 30 to travel the border country alone and unarmed.
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I usually don't read books about cults. Got into this one because I like the author and his style of writing. It is about a charming, charismatic 26 year old cult leader, who performs Santerias in Matamoros, Mexico. He has lots of power over high ranking officials and many others. He and a Texas college student meet up with dire consequences. Sad, thought provoking, frightening.
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This book tells of the Cuban/African Religion, Palo Mayombe, and the way that it is practiced. This book is a must have for all of those who study the history of religion, as well as all in the socio/psych fields!!
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Whoever said fact was stranger than fiction never read this one. If they had, they would have said "No story ever conceived by mortal mind could approach the real-life horror if non-fiction." This one will give you the creeps, no kidding, and -beware- the nganga will get you!!
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