cult lead by Valentina de Andrade (Brasil). Founded in La Plata, Argentina in 1984.
De Andrade claimed to have received messages from extraterrestial beings giving her exclusive, "universal knowledge."
"The cult believes that children born after 1981 are evil and must be expunged. Only adherents to the group are to escape the pending destruction of the earth by escaping in a spacecraft, it believes." [Source]
De Andrade describes these beliefs in her book, "God, the Big Farce."
Members of the cult
have been accused of the kidnapping and ritual killing of young boys.
The group believed that the end of the world would come in 1986, with extraterrestrial space ships saving only
the sect's followers. Members practice black magic and wear robes reminiscent of those worn by the Ku Klux Klan for some
of their rituals.
LUS considers children to be a reincarnation of evil, especially if they were born after 1981. To become a member, one must abandon one's children. The death of a 7-year-old with mutilations and signs of satanic sacrifice, as well as the disappearance of an 8-year-old, have been linked to LUS. Both 60-year-old Valentina and her present husband, 38-year- old Jos~ Alfredo Teruggi, are being sought by police in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay.
De Andrade had written God, The Big Farce, claiming that God does not exist, and that Jesus is an extraterrestrial. The group has about 300 followers and their beliefs are spreading in Argentina and Brazil.
Buenos Aires - While a member of the "Lineamiento Universal Superior" (L.U.S. -- Superior Universal Alignment) cult is being accused of crimes against children, the cult's leader, Valentina de Andrade, is also under suspicion. She is believed to be living in Argentina, according to investigators in this country's capital.
In the city of Altamira, State of Para, 13 children were raped, with their genitalia mutilated for what appear to be ritual satanic purposes, and then stabbed to death. Physician Anisio Ferreira de Souza, an alleged member of the L.U.S. sect, is among the accused and is currently in jail. He is also under suspicion of having created an organization dedicated to murdering minors to steal their vital organs, and of having committed crimes in the states of Parana, Goias and Espiritu Santo.
Judge Luis Ernane Ferreira Malto, of 3rd Crimilan Court in Altamira, mandated preventive custody for other parties suspected of being involved--among them another physician, a former corporal in the military police, and Valentina de Andrade herself. "As of today, they shall be hunted throughout the country and even abroad," stated the judge when issuing the preventive custody decree.
In 1992, Brazilian justice investigated Valentina and her group due to the disappearance of a child in the island of Guaratuba, in the southern state of Parana, where another children had become a victim to ritual crime. Valentina and her followers avoided prosecution when suspicions were proven to be inconsistent. From that moment on, the sect ceased all public operations and its leader left Brazil for the city of Londrina in Parana. Taking up residence in Buenos Aires, she was followed only by a few faithful adepts, having been deserted by hundreds of followers who had become aware of the psychological manipulation and economic exploitation to which they had been subjected under the Brazilian's leadership.
While former members who denounced these abuses testified to the non-existence of ritual crime or the kidnapping of children by Valentina de Andrade, they did accuse her of having commited "coercive persuasion" after forcing a couple to turn over their baby daughter to a childless couple, and forcing other couples to leave their children with grandparents or other guardians in order to "leave the planet" aboard her spaceship. These children were believed to be "negative energies" by Valentina, who advised that they be left behind. Meanwhile, she portrayed herself as a lofty cosmic entity of "light, love and truth" who had become incarnate on Earth to perform a mission.
Valentina's preching started in 1981 after having received allegedly extraterrestrial messages through her former husband, Argentinean national Roberto Olivera, her accomplice in the sect until 1987. Shortly after, Valentina embarked upon her mission to spread the information she had supposedly received from the cosmic beings. This task is apparently pursued only by a few former members of her group, after having separated themselves from Valentina. A confidential source says the woman's "abuses betrayed the mission, using her extraterrestrial-imparted knowledge for her benefit and not for the common good, for which reason the teachings must be purified from her distortions and rescued from the ridicule she created by her ravings."
While Brazilian authorities sought Valentina de Andrade in the country, hoping to finde her in Sao Paulo, sources knowledgeable on UFOs in Argentina claim that L.U.S.'s leader is spending her 70 years of age in Buenos Aires under fair economic conditions, without working and relying on the earnings of her followers. She changes residences frequently and has not denied herself a trip to Las Vegas among other ostentatious ways of fulfilling her "mission on Earth".
Translation (C) 2001. S. Corrales Institute of Hispanic Ufology Special Thanks to Dr. Virgilio Sanchez Ocejo
A Brazilian sect leader and five others accused of kidnapping boys in a remote Amazon town, cutting off their genitals and sacrificially killing them has gone on trial.
The trial, which comes 11 years after the police investigation began, will be a test of Brazil's ability to bring justice to isolated areas where the legal system may be under the sway of powerful locals.
Valentina de Andrade, the suspected leader of a sect known as Superior Universal Alignment, two doctors, two security guards and the son of a businessman in the town of Altamira are charged with murder, attempted murder and torture.
They are accused of attacking five boys, three of whom died and two of whom were mutilated but escaped. The two surviving boys are expected to testify at the trial.
A Brazilian court on Friday acquitted the alleged leader of a Satanic sect of the ritual mutilation and killing of boys in a remote Amazon town, officials said.
Andrade was accused of the murder of three boys and castration of two others in Altamira, 200 kms (125 miles) from Beleme, between 1989 and 1993. She was said to have led the crimes of a sect known as Superior Universal Alignment.
Defense lawyer Arnaldo Busato Filho presented the court documents, including one from Parana state police in southern Brazil, showing that Andrade wasn't in Altamira when the crimes were committed.
Four other defendants have already been sentenced in the case, which started in August, for prison terms of 35 to 77 years. They included two doctors who were involved in the removal of the genitals of several of the boys.
The four are all appealing against their sentences.
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