Rites and Wrongs

Maybe her mother is right and Carolyn Bushell was "just too trusting." She was certainly desperate, 10,000 miles from her home in Duluth, Minnesota, with a divorce looming and little likelihood she would win custody of her three children. Desperate enough to seek help from an Indian spirit medium who promised that the rituals and prayers he prescribed would help solve her marital problems. Desperate enough to travel into the darkness on the night of Nov. 8, 1999, with four men she hardly knew, down the dirt tracks in a 1,000-hectare plantation of towering oil palms. They brought her to this...

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