This is the second case of murder related to mental illness and a deliverance ministry in Germantown Maryland. Recall that in January, 2014, two children were stabbed to death by self-proclaimed “demon assassins”.
A man who said he heard voices and kills demons is under arrest, accused in the murder of an eccentric Montgomery County pastor.
Roland Zinneh, 38, of Darby, Pa., was taken into custody Wednesday, after police say he strangled Connery Dagadu, 57, inside a modest two-story Germantown home, which doubled as an alternative church.
Dagadu, who specialized in “deliverance ministry,” was the lead cleric of the Beautiful Feet World Impact Center.
Dagadu ran a church in a garage. He regularly counseled people who thought they were possessed by evil spirits. Zinneh had travelled from the Philadelphia area to seek his help because he was hearing voices. It’s no stretch to see that Zinneh was suffering from mental illness. Like tinder to a fire, the dark ages diagnosis of demons intensified the problem and put Dagadu and others at risk.
Officers who subdued Zinneh say he yelled “I kill demons!”.
Note that this is NOT the same church that played a part in the child murders last year. Deliverance ministries preach that EVERYONE has demons and they are the cause of the problems in your life. See the site called “demonbusters.com” (Do not link). A huge problem with such deliverance groups is that they are run by people who do not know anything about mental health issues or social problems that plague those that come to them for help. They are not equipped to do any sort of counseling and promote a superstitious unhelpful belief instead of actively getting people to medical resources. Their goal seems to be spiritual warfare instead of human-based assistance – a dangerous objective.