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article imageCult leader known as 'Black Jesus' butchered to death

By John Sevigny     Sep 1, 2013 in World
After a five-year manhunt, a cult leader and failed Lutheran minister known as "Black Jesus" was chopped to pieces by angry villagers in Papua New Guinea.
Stephen Tari, convicted of raping members of his congregation, had been on the run after escaping from prison with 48 others. He had been widely accused of cannibalism and practicing blood rituals, according to AFP.
News.com.au reported that Tari and one of his followers were killed Thursday morning while attacking a woman in a remote village called Gal, about 12 miles outside of Madang.
In 2007, according to the Daily Mail, a mother who had fallen under the cult leader's influence took her 14-year-old daughter to Tari's hideout where he stabbed her to death.
Local authorities said his death serves as a warning to other fugitives in the Pacific nation.
"He is now dead and this could be the fate of the others who are also on the run from authorities and I am warning and strongly urging those escapees to surrender themselves to authorities," Superintendent Sylvester Kalaut told local reporters, according to Al-Jazeera.
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