Show Notes Christmas Deaths in Michigan and England with Bonus Weird Christmas facts!

This show, “Michigan and other Mayhem”, is a sort of factual, slightly comical, always earnest podcast about interesting stuff in Michigan and around the world. It is done by two sisters-in-law (Ali and Jenn) that like to talk about random interesting stories.  Expect cults, mysteries, murder, fast-talking, and a couple of mental palate cleansers… and cuss words.  Those happen on this show, a lot.

Episode 12: Christmas Deaths, in Michigan and England. Weird Christmas facts bonus!  A gift of true crime is given.

Warning: This podcast occasionally contains strong language which may be unsuitable for children.

Alerts:

  • Pretend podcast music (because we couldn’t find any we liked enough for a theme song).
  • Ali has a weird laugh. It is often loud.

Teenager Killed on Christmas for Witchcraft

  • A 15-year-old teenage boy named Kristy Bamu, was visiting his sister in London, England, during December of 2010.
    • Kristy lived in Paris, France with his parents but had travelled on December 16th, to spend time with his sister and other family members for Christmas.
  • Eric Bikubi, who was 28 at the time, was dating Kristy’s older sister, Magalie Bamu, also 28 years old.
    • Eric started the nightmare when he accused Kristy, and two of Kristy’s young sisters, Kelly, 20, and another 11-year-old unnamed sister, of practicing witchcraft.
    • Eric accused all the three of them of practicing kindoki.
  • Kindoki is a form of witchcraft that originates in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the family derived from.
    • Eric also accused Kristy and Kelly of being a bad influence on Eric’s son.
    • The couple believed that Kristy was possessed by spirits who wanted to bring evil into their home
  • Interesting to note here: As a young child, before age seven, Eric had delusions of rats and other mirages as a young child.
    • At the time Eric’s family feared that people would spread rumors about Eric being affected by witchcraft.
    • This caused them to keep Eric isolated from other people.
    • A scan of his brain did show lesions, which could have attributed to his abnormal mental state. (but what is Magalie’s excuse?)
  • Eric and Magalie escalated the issue to the point that they were now physically attacking both Kristy, Kelly, and the other 11-year-old sister.
    • Magalie later stated that she had no pity for them and that they deserved what happened to them.
    • She showed no mercy when Kristy repeatedly asked for her forgiveness.
  • For four days, the couple didn’t allow the trio of siblings to eat, sleep, or drink.
    • It went from being an attack on three people to just Kristy.
    • The two girls had confessed to being witches.
    • The torture escalated when Kristy refused to admit to sorcery, and the result was his “deliverance ceremony”.
    • Magalie forced Kristy’s sisters, who were being attacked earlier, to torture Kristy.
    • They hit him with wooden sticks, a hammer, a metal bar, knives, and a chisel.
    • The couple also used pliers to twist his ear.
    • Kristy was in so much pain from his injuries that he was begging to die.
  • Kristy’s sister wouldn’t believe Kristy wasn’t possessed.
    • His sister thought it was suspicious that he peed his pants.
  • On Christmas day, Eric Bikubi, Magalie’s boyfriend, had Kristy get in the bathtub.
    • They began pushing him under freezing water, claiming it was a ritual cleaning.
    • It wasn’t until later this that they realized that Kristy was dead.
    • Paramedics were unable to resuscitate him.
  • His cause of death was determined to be from drowning exacerbated by his injuries.
    • Later they found that Kristy had suffered from 101 injuries.
    • Paramedics had noted that his teeth were missing, and his body had been mutilated.
  • After being arrested, Magalie denied involvement in the beatings.
    • She believed what they did to Kristy was part of an exorcism.
    • Magalie also claimed that Eric forced her to attack her siblings.
    • The two survivors of the ordeal claimed that she was lying and had been egging on the violence.
    • Magalie was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 25 years served.
  • Eric admitted to the assaults and tried to make an unsuccessful plea deal for manslaughter with diminished responsibility.
    • He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 30 years to be served.
  • Judge David Paget presided over this case as his last trial before retiring.
    • After it was over, he exempted the jury from ever having to provide jury service again for the rest of their lives, because the case was so mentally trying.
    • Due to his young age, which was 15, the attack wasn’t considered just murder, but also child abuse against Kristy.
  • Ali can handle murder, but can’t stomach torture.
    • Murder for witchcraft isn’t something we expected to see in the 2010s.

Delilah Evans, Christmas matricide

  • Delilah Evans from Clinton Township, Michigan was 17 years old when she stabbed her disabled mother 120 times on Christmas day.
    • Delilah’s mother was in a wheelchair.
  • After Delilah kills her mom, she wraps herself into a blanket and walks to a 7-11 trying to tell them she was homeless and needed food.
    • She must be mentally ill.
  • The family had called the house and when no one answered, they went to the home and found the mother stabbed to death.
  • The police find out Delilah had gone to the store and found her walking on the street.
  • After Delilah was arrested, the defence claimed she murdered her mother because her father had 16 children and Delilah was being neglected.
    • Delilah shows no remorse, her lawyers said, because she doesn’t fully understand the severity of the situation
    • They had also claimed she had mental issues, as Delilah said she could hear voices.
    • Delilah also believed that her mother was the devil.
    • At 15, Ali thought the same thing about her mom.
  • It was found out later that Delilah had a history of domestic violence.
    • She had once stabbed her 7-year-old brother.
  • Delilah was sentenced to life in prison.

 

Unusual facts about Christmas:

  • Spiders are considered symbols of prosperity and goodness at Christmas in Poland. Spiders and their webs are often used for holiday decorations. According to legend, a spider wove a blanket for baby Jesus to keep him warm.
    • Ancient Greek mythology said spiders originate from a girl named Arachne, who was an excellent weaver.
    • Unfortunately, she said she was better than the gods, so they made her a spider, enabling her to weave all she wants.
  • The French gifted the U.S. with the Statue of Liberty on Christmas day 1866.
  • Santa’s reindeer are portrayed as having antlers. This means they are either female or castrated males.  Otherwise, they would have shed their antlers for winter.
    • Is this why we’ve never heard about Rudolph having kids?
  • Washington Irving, who created the story of Sleepy Hollow (Headless Horseman), is the same man that created the image of Santa Claus flying his sleigh in 1819. Before that, Santa stayed on the ground.
  • The U.S. playing card company, Bicycle, made special playing cards for German prisoners of war, during Christmas. When soaked in water, the cards provided an escape route out of Germany.
  • The total of all the gifts listed in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” is 364 presents.
  • The song “Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving.
  • Christmas trees are grown in all 50 of the U.S. states. (Michigan is one of the top Christmas tree producing states.)
    • Ali and Jenn’s tree hunted for Christmas as children.
    • They discuss real and fake trees.
  • Jenn bought Ali the gift of a true crime fact book.
    • It checked all the boxes of things that Ali liked.
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