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New York Man Kills Girlfriend With Hammer Because He Thought She Was A Witch

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A hammer-wielding madman found clutching a bible after allegedly bludgeoning his girlfriend and her daughter to death in their Queens home because he believed they were “witches” who were casting spells on him, authorities said on Wednesday.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the suspect, Carlos Alberto Amarillo, 44, called 911 at about 12:10 a.m. to report the alleged murders and in Spanish said, “They were assassinated, hurry they are dead.”

During the chilling call, Amarillo said he wanted police to kill him.

“I killed them because they are witches,” he said. “I killed them with a hammer.”

Cops then found the brutally beaten body of Estrella Castaneda, 56, in a second-floor bedroom face up on the bed with a pillow over her face, according to the charges. The rubber grip of a hammer was next to the body.

Her daughter Lina Castaneda, 25, herself the mother of a 7 year-old girl was then found in the rear bedroom face down on the floor with head injuries, with a hammer next to her.

Amarillo was taken into custody and charged with two counts of first and second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

A law enforcement source said Amarillo confessed and was remorseful, but made the bizarre claims that he believed the women were “witches” and he had to kill them because they were “doing voodoo on him,” during questioning at the 115th precinct house.

Source: New York Post

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