Four Chileans were arrested on Thursday after participating in a bonfire ritual that burned a baby alive. The sect leader believed the baby was the antichrist and that an apocalypse was near.
The group formed in 2005 under Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete’s leadership.
The 3-day-old baby, naked and strapped with tape, was taken to a hill in the town of Colliguay on Nov. 21 last year and thrown into a bonfire after spirits were called upon. The baby’s mother, Natalia Guerra, approved.
The sect leader, Gaete, 36, reportedly used a hallucinogenic brew plant to control the crowd. He remains uncaptured.
“Everyone in this sect was a professional.” Miguel Ampuero, of the Police Investigative Unit, said. “We have someone who was a veterinarian and who worked as a flight attendant, we have a filmmaker, a draftsman. Everyone has a university degree.”
Gaete was last seen in Peru.