Boston Globe – Brockton, Massachusetts – Latarsha L. Sanders, 43, was arraigned in Brockton District Court on two counts of murder on Tuesday.
One of the last times anyone saw her two little boys alive, Latarsha L. Sanders allegedly vowed to kill someone so that she could obtain a human heart to give to her dying father.
The 43-year-old allegedly showed up ranting at her mother’s home on Saturday afternoon with two of her sons, 8-year-old Edson “Marlon” Brito and 5-year-old Lason Brito, in tow. She was rambling about human sacrifice, her mother later told police. Sanders said her boys were sick, and she was taking them to the hospital. She left, and she stopped answering her mother’s phone calls.
Two days later, Sanders collapsed, hysterical, into the arms of a neighbor, and police who were summoned to her Prospect Street apartment made a horrifying discovery: the bodies of her boys, splayed out beneath blankets, slashed with a kitchen knife.
On Tuesday, Sanders pleaded not guilty in Brockton District Court to charges that she murdered her sons. Prosecutors said she stabbed Marlon some 50 times and then turned on Lason, after concluding the first child’s death had failed to complete the supposed ritual.
Sanders’s mother, Earline Sanders, told police that her daughter was “mentally unstable and crazy” and had become obsessed in the past two years with the Illuminati, a secret society, according to a police report. Latarsha Sanders had tumbled into a strange world of rituals, numerology, and sacrifices, her mother said, and had refused mental health treatment. She was spying on her neighbors by using a baby monitor, Earline Sanders said.
During a series of interviews with police following the discovery of the bodies Monday, Latarsha Sanders offered a strange and conflicting set of explanations that ranged from a claim she was motivated by “voodoo stuff” to one that her daughter “wanted a little blood.”
The killings came one week after two women in East Bridgewater were arraigned on charges of torturing a 5-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy in what their mother described as voodoo cleansing rituals meant to ward off evil spirits. Voodoo practitioners and academics told the Globe the religion does not condone violence.
Since Friday night, Sanders had been raving about the Illuminati, her mother told police, according to a police report. Late on Friday, she went to her mother’s house and accused her of killing her father, saying that “the devil has you.” She said she could not stand her teenage son, according to the report, and threatened to kill him and put his body in the freezer.
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