Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Curious Cult


Chicago, Ill. (1929)

09/25/1929: “The gun battle stripped secrecy from the Moorish Science Temple of America and the World, a cult in which Mohammedan titles, voo dooism [sic], Confucianism, Buddhism and “'jungle magic' were intermixed strangely.”  Police forced entry to the temple to rescue a cult leader “who had been kidnaped [sic] by other leaders of the cult.”  The members of the cult used guns to resist, killing two police officers and a relative of the victim, and wounding another officer.  Negroes, attracted by the gunfire, crowded the streets and 350 police  men were sent to disperse them.  More than one hundred shots were  fired.”

Category: public

Suicide: no

Cause: resisting arrest

Weapon: firearms[1]

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