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Freelancer Case File: Witchcraft in Cyberspace

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Source: http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2127325/malaysian-police-haunted-complaints-about-occult

Malaysian authorities have contracted our assistance in helping with a backlog of complaints involving the occult. There are over a thousand reports of people being victimized in some way via social media. Many of the cases are likely simple fraud on the elderly and the sick; those can be handled by the local police. Our consultant will sift through the backlog to identify and investigate only those cases that show signs of bona fide supernatural influence via cyberspace. Although this sounds like a daunting task, it is probably going to focus on a handful of mediums (called "bomoh") which will allow us to look at the cases more easily.
Posted Jan 14, 18 · OP · Last edited Mar 25, 18
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I spoke with a contact who has some expertise on witchcraft, who said that while the claims made are hilarious:
A Witch wrote:
Witchcraft fuckery through the internet isn't just theoretical - there are entire disciplines that are dedicated on various ways to make it happen. Not to mention the mediums thing as....faux-shitlords extorting people for petty (??) cash.... far more common than you'd think.

So this falls into the category of possible and I hope whomever picks up this case understands that if someone is actually doing this they need to be stopped.
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I will look into this. On top of being a medium who finds these fakers personally offensive, I also have some fun and curious ways of navigating cyberspace that will take care of any nonsense.

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Posted Mar 25, 18 · Last edited Mar 25, 18
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Just... don't read the comments Mihai. That's an ancient evil we don't need unleashed.
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Posted Mar 25, 18
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How are we on this?
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Mihai is unable to follow through with this, so I'm moving it cold cases for now. I can reopen it if a consultant of freelancer is interested in picking up the investigation.
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The case has been reopened and assigned to freelancer Ashton Maraban.
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Posted Nov 30, 18
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Day 1:

Several Malaysians have complained of Bomoh using social media to visit curses and charms upon them. I'll be headed there to check the veracity of as many of these claims as time and budget allow me. First, I decided to check with some locals to get some background information.

My first stop when looking for information on the occult is always the Haitian Market. It helps that I've probably eaten my weight in Dante's tacos over the past year, and I've always been on good terms with Mama Abena. She came through as usual. Bomoh seem to be the Malay equivalent of both shaman and healer.Herbalism, sorcery, geomancing and healing all seem to fall under their purview. Like practitioners of any other art or science, they have their frauds and charlatans. Mama Abena warned me to not make assumptions, though, as true magic can harm its intended victim through cyberspace as readily as it can through the mail, telephone or personal contact. It all depends upon the spell involved. She directed me to another local that had performed love charms by way of online dating sites for her clients. After packing my bags, I stopped on my way to the airport to speak with her. I wasn't able to get much out of her beyond the fact that it was indeed possible. I wrapped things up there and prepared for my flight to Kuala Lumpur.



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Posted Dec 2, 18
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Day 2:

I arrived in Kuala Lumpur at 8am local time. I managed a couple of hours sleep on the plane and have decided to push on through today to get my body adjusted to the time. First stop was to get settled in at the hotel and get ahold of my contact, Constable Mas binti Atan, at the City-Centre Police Station. The Constable was extremely helpful, and the records system was blissfully modern and easy to navigate. For the records of this case, I am updating that four of the seven incidents have since been solved by local police, three relating to Razak Dinigar, a Bomoh who preyed on ill, elderly victims with promises of healing. He has since been arrested and prosecuted. This appears to be a case of simple fraud. The case of the woman in Kuala Muda, Kedah was dropped when the woman confessed that she fabricated the story to save face after being caught cheating on her husband. That left me with three people to interview. I made arrangements to meet with a man in nearby Negeri Sembilan after lunch. The remaining two both involved a three hour drive to Kluang and efforts to contact both women were unsuccessful. I resolved to investigate that area the next day.


Less than a hundred meters from the shore, The Constable and I met with Badr bin Bandar, and began the awkward task of inquiring about his complaints. In the original complaint, he stated that a female relative had used witchcraft to make him ejaculate suddenly. He filed a subsequent report stating that the spell continued to affect him, and that he often ejaculates at odd times and places. While the Constable translated in a business-like tone, her demeanor and the tone of the man's voice led me to believe that he was not being entirely respectful in the telling. A plethora of pornography was also strewn about the entertainment center, which led me to believe that this might be another case of a person looking for an excuse for their bad behavior. While I resolved to follow up with the man's relative, I placed priority on preparing for the remaining interview subjects, Upon returning to Kuala Lumpur, I was dropped off at the hotel by the Constable, who would also be accompanying me to Kluang in the morning.


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Day 3:

The biological clock is still a bit off, and I woke just before dawn. I decided to use the time to read up on the two women I would be interviewing that day. Both claim to have been molested by the same Bomoh. They have very similar stories. The Bomoh used some sort of hypnosis during the ritual, and the Bomoh told them that he must touch their genitals in order to restore their virginity, and the honor of their families. By the time I was finished reading the sun had come up and it was time to get ready for the Constable's arrival. I stopped downstairs for a quick breakfast of boiled eggs and Kaya toast, then went out front to wait for my ride. The ever efficient and punctual Constable arrived right at seven, we began the three hour journey to Kluang.

During the journey, I asked the constable why the police hadn't gotten involved with either case involving the Bomoh. My anger began to build as she told me that there was no forensic evidence. Both victims also apparently refused examinations and later recanted their stories. Sounded like a classic case of intimidation to me, and I resolved to get one or both to open up about their ordeal. This was easier said than done. The first woman didn't answer her door, and the Constable's inquiries revealed that she had moved recently, with no forwarding address. That left me with one lead, who works at a nearby café.

While lunch was delicious, our trip to the café was mostly an exercise in frustration. Through the Constable, I interviewed Miska binti Haneef, a woman who did not seem enthused to meet me and was even less so once she was made aware of my reason for being there. First, she tried to feign ignorance, acting like it was a case of mistaken identity. Once we pinned her down on her personal information, she became extremely 'busy' in the nearly deserted café. I doubt I would have gotten anything out of her if I hadn't convinced the Constable to flash her badge at the woman's employer and convince him to allow me to pull her aside for a bit. It was a tense exchange, her eyes constantly darting toward the street, her fear evident. I was unable to get a name, but when she mentioned an area, I did get a nod from her on the third name I mentioned of Bomoh active in that part of town. After this, she began to cry and moan, and I decided that pushing any further would be pointless. We set off in search of Bomoh Nirmala bin Wangi.

Our search took us to a small storefront in a riverside market. Herbs were hanging in the open windows, and there was a sign that read 'Healing and Divination' in English, along with signs in other languages. One of these signs stopped me dead in my tracks. The unmistakable logo of the Fear Nothing Foundation. Son of a bitch… I gave the Constable a look, led her by the elbow and quickly reversed course to the car. After an explanation that divulged as little information as I was able to, we headed back to Kuala Lumpur. During the drive, the Constable casually mentioned that we were being followed by an unmarked Royal Police car, which stuck with us until we got to my hotel and parked across the street after she departed. Fantastic developments all around. Time to rethink the plan.


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