Steven Tari After his Arrest

Black Jesus, battered and bruised after his capture by villagers. Picture: The National, PNG

A few years ago I found myself in the jungles of Papua New Guinea listening to an extraordinary story – claims that a mythical tribal ‘messiah’ calling himself Black Jesus was drinking the blood and eating the flesh of his ‘flower girls’.

They were teenagers who were among thousands of his ‘disciples’ who followed him through the jungles as he preached his own form of religion – denying the teachings of the Bible – to the people of remote villages.
This week Black Jesus, 38, was found guilty under his real name, Steven Tari, of raping four of his flower girls, but, despite claims from their relatives that he had also sacrificed young women, he escaped being charged with murder.
Tari’s Christian-influenced cargo cult was first revealed to the world by me in the Daily Mail in 2007 when villagers and police told of the bodies of three ‘flower girls’ being buried in remote parts of the country.
One woman told police that she was present when Tari killed her young daughter by slitting her throat after which he drank her blood.
Interviewed in Madang’s Boen Prison a year later after his dramatic capture, Tari defended his practice in the black arts and of sleeping with young girls who joined his cult, admitting that ‘I got plenty – 430 girls’.
But he added: ‘What I did is under and in line with my religion. It was religious and was not wrong.’
He will be sentenced later this month and police said they expected him to receive a long term in jail.
Black Jesus had gathered more than six thousand disciples as he travelled through villages in jungle-clad mountains, promising people they would receive gifts from heaven if they followed him.
He dressed in long white robes, like Christ, and stood on boulders declaring that he was the modern Jesus and evil would stay away from those who left their homes to follow him through the jungles.
But when word spread that he had sacrificed three young women, drinking their blood and eating part of their flesh as part of his bizarre ceremonies, the devotion of his followers began to turn to fear.
Added to concerns were claims by the relatives of a mother who was said to have fallen under his spell and drank her own daughter’s blood.
My own inquiries in the remote villages of Papua New Guinea heard claims from thee family of 13-year-old Rita Hemen that she had been stripped naked, tied to a crude bed and raped by Tari before having her throat cut.
Her relatives said her blood had been drained into a coconut shell and drunk by Tari and his evil henchmen – and in a final horrific act they had eaten strips of her flesh.
Tari’s wickedness came to an end when he reached the village of Matepi, where he was overpowered while sleeping in a hut.
A church pastor, Paul Makura, said it had been difficult for police to catch Tari as he never stayed long in one place.
‘When he came here we heard that he had killed young women so we put a plan into action. We encouraged him to stay on and when he went to a hut to rest a group of eight villagers broke in, pounced on him and tied him up.’
Heavily armed police who made their way to Matepi found Tari tied to a tree. There was no sign of his bow-and-arrow-carrying bodyguards who, on a previous occasion, had engaged in a fight to the death with police.
Tari was still in possession of what he called his ‘magic rod’ – a knife – and a battered Bible, many of the teachings of which he had denied in his own sermons.
A spokesman for the Lutheran church, which is strongly represented in Papua New Guinea, said: ‘We hope that the passage of time will erase memories of what this evil man has done.’
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Bondi Beach Caveman Charged with Rape

On 05/11/2009, in News, by admin
The 'caveman' of Bondi. Picture: Facebook

Bondi 'Caveman'

A ‘cave man’ living in a cliff beside Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach has been  charged with raping a woman in his crude shelter after he had invited her to  ‘feed the wild birds’.
Peter Millhouse, also known as ‘Jimmy Two Hats’, was known to hundreds  of thousands of people – locals and tourists – who have visited Bondi Beach  and taken a stroll along a nearby cliff path, where he has been living in a  cave for 10 years.
The local council tried to force him out of his unconventional home two years ago through a court, but lost the case.
There were no known problems involving 54-year-old Millhouse’s behaviour, but when a young woman travelled to Bondi Beach to look at an exhibition of sculptures set up along the cliff path, her visit spelled the end of his hermit’s life style.
According to a prosecutor at Sydney’s Waverley Local Court, the young woman went voluntarily to Millhouse’s cave on the invitation to feed the wild birds, but he then tried to kiss her.
She told him to stop, but he persisted, forced her onto her back and raped her, the court was told.
After the alleged attack, the woman fled along the cliff path and managed to flag down a passer-by who took her to police.
Later, the court heard, she led police back to the cave, where her flip-flops (thongs) and part of her beachwear was found.
Millhouse was charged with sexual assault, resisting police and two counts of assaulting police.
His legal aid lawyer, Mr David Covington, said both the sexual assault and the issue of consent will be strongly contested
Magistrate Lee Gilmour said she would be refusing bail ‘for the protection of the community.’
She added: ‘It’s a very strong prosecution case…returning to that cliff face (for Millhouse) is not an option.’
The magistrate said that given that the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition is on ‘and the number of people to frequent the area, clearly the protection of the community rates highly.’
A representative from the local council was present in court and said that Millhouse had never been given permission to live in the cave.
‘Maybe they should have removed him long before now,’ said the magistrate, ordering that Millhouse be held in jail until another court appearance next month.
The Bondi cave man, as many people knew him, wrote poetry in his crude camp and survived on donated food.

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