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Swiss girl's bunnies found beheaded after Halloween

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An expert says followers of occultist practices could be behind the killing of pets belonging to a 13-year-old girl in Kaiseraugst, in the north of Switzerland.

The morning after Halloween, Marie-Therese Osswald, 13, woke up to a terrifying scene. She found the beheaded body of her black-and-brown bunny Terror in the middle of the garden.

“Its head was left hanging by a thread,” she told Blick.ch

Marie-Therese then went to look for Paulinchen, her second rabbit, in the small enclosure where they were kept, only to realise it had been opened. She found the animal behind a tree, with its throat cut.

“This is unspeakable,” said police spokesman Bernhard Graser, who told Blick the gory killing may have formed part of a satanic ritual.

Georg Otto Schmid, an expert on sects, told 20min.ch that the beheadings could have been the work of young fans of macabre rituals.  

“Halloween is considered an important day by so-called occultists,” he said. “It is not rare that animals are used as sacrifices. Their blood is supposed to give strength to the perpetrators of such acts,” Schmid explained.

Marie-Therese, who had owned the bunnies for one year, told Blick.ch that she is very sad because she thought that she could enjoy her pets’ company “for another three or four years.”

The family now hopes that the perpetrators are caught. Both rabbits have now been buried.

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