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May 16, 1993 | ELSTON CARR and MARY ANNE PEREZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a small space between a sandwich shop and beauty salon on Vernon Avenue in South-Central sits Bijou's Store, where scores of troubled and hopeful souls seek spiritual counseling. Bijou was born in Zaire with what she calls a "spiritual gift." In her candle-lit shrine filled with the smoke of burning incense, she prays with her clients, prepares herbal remedies, lights candles and reads from the Bible as she counsels them in their daily struggles.
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August 25, 1992
A man who mixed satanic rituals with bogus faith healing was convicted Monday of robbing, raping and sexually assaulting members of four families. Juan Cardenas, also known as Oswaldo Cardonas, was found guilty on three counts of digital penetration, one count of committing lewd acts with a child under the age of 14 and seven counts of committing unlawful sex acts by fraud and fear. On Aug.
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.
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.
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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.
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