Sicily, kills his wife and two children: “They were possessed”

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In Altavilla, a 54-year-old man killed his entire family to “free them from the devil”. The investigations are still open.

He had convinced himself that his family was possessed by demons, and to “free” them he massacred them during an exorcism ritual in which others could have participated. This unprecedented violence was committed by Giovanni Barreca, a 54-year-old bricklayer, who killed his wife Antonella Salomone during the night, subsequently burned and buried a short distance from the house under a mound of earth. Suffocated with chains and their two children in their beds Kevin, 16, and Emanuel, 3; the only one survived she is the eldest daughter, 17 years old, who allegedly witnessed the crimes.

After the massacre that occurred in Altavilla, it was he himself who contacted 112; the man confessed: “My name is Giovanni Barreca. I killed my entire family, come and get me, I’ll wait for you in Casteldaccia“. But between the murder and the phone call it would have been a day and a half: the girl and her father, therefore, would have remained in the house for hours next to the bodies before the phone call to the investigators.

The investigations are still open and the man confesses that the murders were committed to free the family from the devil, this is also declared by his surviving daughter. It turns out that the man, a religious fanatic who had attended the evangelical church and then distanced himself from it, had a real obsession for the devil.

Also accused are a couple of friends, Sabrina Fina and Massimo Carandente, who frequented Barreca for religious reasons. For all three in the evening arrest was ordered.

It still remains to be understood why 17 years old was spared from her father’s delusions. When the police arrived, the girl appeared unclear: a circumstance which led to the hypothesis that she did it drugged. Now, at the disposal of the Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office, it has been brought in a family home.


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