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Rev Timothy Crosbeau writes to an African Prince who has recently become a Christian and who has written today to the Reverend Vicar of St Woolley in Docktrin seeking spiritual guidance in a dilemma involving being forced to take part in a ritual that calls for the human sacrifice of a virgin.
His harrowing letter, quoted verbatim, was as follows:
Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and may offend your personality for contacting you without your prior consent and writing through this channel.
After Going through your profile in the net, I assured of your capability and reliability to champion this business opportunity.
After series of prayers and fasting.i was divinely directed to contact you among other names found in this site. I believe that God has a way of helping who is in need.
I am Prince John Nana Kwame .The only son Of Nana Kwame the Royal king of Akan community in Ghana who died late last year.
According to the custom of our land if a king died after his burial his first son took over the ruler ship of the town as a new king.
Now our community culture demands that i took over the ruler ship of our community as a new king but i do not want because of the things involves.
I have tried to put my community to modern life but they still believe in there ancient believe.
To install a new King a virgin Sacrifice is requires for the cleaning of the sit before a new king so that if there is any sin committed by my late father it will not be upon me.
I have tried to change it but instead they want to kill me if i did not abide with the custom of the Land.
My purpose of writing this mail to you is that i need your assistance to help me.
I want to secretly run out of the Country to come over to your country for my life sake because i can not kill some one to rule and i am now a christian i do not believe in our community culture again because is Evil.
And if i will become the King that means i have to abandon my studies and go to the Village at this my age.
I need your assistance to help me secretly transfer my late fathers deposited money 3.2 million united states dollars in a bank here in our country with the family gold to your country before i will come to meet you and continue my studies then you will be managing the investments for me on mutual benefits till i finished school.
Since i have told them that i want to change the community custom and the culture and they did not agree if i will transfer the assets by my self they will suspect me and mighty end to my killing if they notice that i want to run out of the country.
Dear this is very secret.
Trusting to hear from you immediately.
Price John Nana."