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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1992
A self-styled faith healer who performed satanic rituals as part of his ceremonies was convicted this week of robbing, raping and sexually assaulting nine members of a Latino family. Oswaldo Cardonas, 52, was found guilty on five counts of grand theft, one count of rape, three counts of sexual assault, 17 counts of child molestation and 37 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. The victims ranged in age from 9 to 65.
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NEWS
June 27, 1992 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If faith alone could cure, Ernie Cohen surely would be a healthy man. Afflicted with AIDS and diabetes, Cohen, 39, has taken all kinds of treatments--insulin, AZT, radiation, vitamins, herbs and acupuncture. Now he is turning to "miracle" water from a well belonging to a wealthy rancher who just happens to be named Jesus. "I know it works," said an earnest Cohen, picking at the quick of his bitten thumbnail. "Of course, a lot has to do with faith. I believe God has touched the water.
NEWS
June 2, 1992 | BOB BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a recent episode of the TV comedy "Northern Exposure," hypochondriac Eve shocked her fiance, Adam, by telling him she was a Christian Scientist. "Christian Scientist!" Adam blurted in disbelief. "You're the poster child for the American Medical Assn.!" "I'm a reformed Christian Scientist," Eve said.
MAGAZINE
April 19, 1992 | MARLOWE HOOD, Marlowe Hood is an Asia scholar and writer based in New York.
THE QIGONG MEETING STARTS IN FIVE MINUTES," MY friend, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, told me over the phone. "Do you want to go?" * It was August, 1988, and Beijing felt like a sprawling, polluted steam bath. The air was so sultry that even the thought of moving made me sweat. But that was not why I hesitated. * I was busy, busier than I had been since arriving in China three years earlier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1992
Four people were injured Friday when people who were trying to get into a faith-healing service at the Shrine Auditorium surged forward and crushed them against the auditorium walls, officials said. Three of the injured were treated at the scene, and one woman, who suffered heat-related trauma, was taken to California Hospital, where she was in stable condition, said city Fire Department spokesman Mike Little. The crowds came to see faith healer Benny Hinn, who arrived late to the 2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1992 | From Associated Press
Authorities wary of cholera confiscated 19 bottles of water from a Mexican well that some believe has miraculous healing power. The faithful say they will do almost anything to get the precious liquid. Federal officials fear that the water, from a well in Tlacotepec in central Mexico, could carry cholera or other diseases. U.S. Customs Service agents began seizing the water Wednesday from passengers arriving at Los Angeles International Airport.
NEWS
December 22, 1991 | MICHAEL STOTT, REUTERS
Ivo Pereira Correa stood against the whitewashed wall under a portrait of the Virgin Mary, his eyes tightly shut. The man standing opposite him drew a pair of long scissors from a surgical tray and clamped a white swab in their tip. Suddenly, he rammed the scissors up Pereira's left nostril as far as they would go, twisting and turning them. Pereira's face contorted in a silent grimace. Out came the scissors. A stream of blood poured to the floor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1991 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She called herself "Senorita Maria" and advertised her faith-healing services in Spanish language television guides. Working in her Echo Park home, she promised to cure illnesses and ease family problems by destroying the evil spirits she said infected her clients' souls. Senorita Maria would bless the client's money and jewelry, then seal the items in pouches that she would hand back.
NEWS
November 22, 1991
A 24-year-old woman suffering from a brain tumor died Wednesday at the Anaheim Convention Center at a faith healing revival, just before the healing service was to start, authorities said. The woman's family had attended the Benny Hinn Miracle Invasion Crusade in hope of healing the woman who had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 1984, according to authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1991
Oswaldo Cardonas called himself a curandero , a self-styled faith healer and practitioner of folk medicine. But authorities charged Wednesday that he was a "victimizer," who used rituals and a dominating personality to rape, commit lewd acts and steal from members of one family. Cardonas, 42, is to be arraigned Friday in Compton Superior Court on 4 counts of grand theft, 11 counts of rape, 9 counts of lewd acts on a child and 16 counts of digital penetration.
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