Aug 17, 2020 |
Fox News – A self-proclaimed witch doctor has been charged with kidnapping in the disappearance of a woman whose 2-year-old son was found last month by Florida police wandering alone in a soiled diaper, it was learned Monday.
FBI agents arrested Shannon Demar Ryan, 38, on Saturday. He was being held in a Broward County jail, records show.
Leila Cavett, 21, of Georgia, was last seen in Hollywood, Fla. July 26. Hours later police found her son, Kamdyn, by himself in a diaper and with bare feet in Miramar.
The FBI is still searching for Cavett. The boy is in the custody of Florida child welfare workers.
Surveillance video captured a vehicle consistent with Ryan’s gold Lexus directly in front of the apartment complex where Kamdyn was recovered only minutes before the child was found, FBI agent Samuel Band says in a court complaint filed in Miami federal court Monday.
The complaint accuses Ryan of lying to investigators about his interactions with Cavett on the date of her disappearance.
The complaint quotes him as telling law enforcement that he has known Cavett for more than a year and that she was coming to Florida to sell him her truck for $3,000.
The complaint says Ryan advised law enforcement that on that date he was with Cavett and the boy at a Hollywood gas station and that she and her son left in a dark sedan … Read more.
Man linked to missing mother with Georgia ties now faces federal kidnapping charges
Shannon Ryan is charged with kidnapping the 2-year-old son of Leila Cavett
August 17, 2020
11 Alive – BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — A 38-year-old man who may have been the last person to see the missing mother of a boy found wanding in south Florida last month, is now facing federal kidnapping charges in the case, according to a criminal complaint.
According to the complaint filed in Broward County, Florida on Monday, Shannon Demar Ryan is accused of kidnapping the young son of 21-year-old Leila Cavett.
Ryan was arrested on Saturday and charged with two counts of lying to a federal officer, according to records from the Broward County Jail.
According to police, Cavett is from Alabama but recently had been staying in the Atlanta and north Georgia areas.
According to the FBI, Cavett came to Florida on July 24. They said a photograph shows her at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Vero Beach, Florida near I-95 on that day.
The following day, July 25, according to Miami station WTVJ, Cavett was seen in other areas of South Florida.
On July 26, the 2-year-old was found outside wandering alone wearing only a shirt and a diaper near Miramar, Florida.
According to the criminal complaint, a license plate reader showed Cavett’s white GMC truck in a Walmart parking lot on July 27. The complaint said that a day later, after authorities set up surveillance of the truck, Ryan approached the truck with the keys in his hand.
He was interviewed by authorities after that point and, according to the complaint, told them that he had known Cavett since January 2019. He said that she was coming to Florida to sell him her truck.
Ryan told law enforcement that Cavett and her son met him at a RaceTrac station and the three of them left in his Lexus … Read more.
“The cure for earache is squeezing the fatty part of a witchetty grub into the sore ear.”
When Did Everybody Become a Witch?
Oct. 24, 2019
New York Times – Fifty-one years ago, a group of protesters calling themselves W.I.T.C.H. staged a Halloween “hex” on Wall Street.
Dressed in all black, with long peaked hats, the women sneaked through the narrow streets of downtown Manhattan late into the night, making their way to the entrance to the New York Stock Exchange, where they oozed glue into the latches of its doors. The next morning, the male bankers couldn’t get in — and the Dow reportedly fell 13 points.
“We didn’t consider ourselves real witches, but we used the moniker because of what it represented: a powerful woman,” said the author Robin Morgan, one of the protest organizers, noting that the acronym — which stood for “Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy From Hell” — probably wouldn’t go over so well today.
Today, there might be no need to sneak around. Real witches are roaming among us, and they’re seemingly everywhere.
Haven’t you noticed?
Witches are your millennial co-workers doing tarot card readings on their lunch breaks, and professional colleagues encouraging you to join them for a New Moon ceremony aimed at “career success.” (This happened to me the other day.)
Witches are influencers who use the hashtag #witchesofinstagram to share horoscopes, spells and witchy memes, and they are anti-Trump resistance activists carrying signs that say “Hex the Patriarchy” (also the title of a new book of spells) and “We are the granddaughters of the witches you weren’t able to burn.”
Witches are panelists, they are podcasters, they are members of The Wing (which calls itself a “coven”), they are in-house residents at swanky Manhattan hotels and some might say that one is even a presidential candidate, Marianne Williamson … Read more.
The Witches of Baltimore
Young black women are leaving Christianity and embracing African witchcraft in digital covens.
Nov 5, 2018
The Atlantic – “We may not be Christian here, but we still pray,” said a woman dressed entirely in white as she addressed a large audience of African American women.
Standing behind a lectern, speaking in the cadences of a preacher, she added, “I understand God more now, doing what I’m doing, than I ever did in the Church.”
The call and response that followed (“No one’s going to protect us but who?” “Us!”) was reminiscent of church—but this was no traditional sermon.
The speaker, Iyawo Orisa Omitola, was giving the keynote address last month at the third annual Black Witch Convention, which brought together some 200 women in a Baltimore reception hall.
The small but growing community points to the hundreds of young black women who are leaving Christianity in favor of their ancestors’ African spiritual traditions, and finding a sense of power in the process.
Over the past decade, white Millennials have embraced witchcraft in droves. Now a parallel phenomenon is emerging among black Millennials.
While their exact numbers are difficult to gauge, it’s clear that African American pop culture has started to reflect the trend.
In the music industry alone, there’s Beyoncé’s allusion to an African goddess in Lemonade and at the Grammys; Azealia Banks’s declaration that she practices brujería (a Spanish term for witchcraft); and Princess Nokia’s hit “Brujas,” in which she tells white witches, “Everything you got, you got from us.” Read more.