Sunday, September 18, 2011

Maria Teresa Quintana, High Priestess of Mexican Serial Killer Cult - 1989


The name of Sara María Aldrete Villareal is much better known than Maria Teresa Quintana. It was she who cooperated with police and led to the destruction of the cult in which she was a high priestess. No photos of her have been found by this editor as of yet.

Aldrete was tried and convicted, yet Quintana, it would appear, was given special treatment as a witness for the prosecution, which would explain why she plays a small role in news reports on the case and its prosecution as it unfolded over a period of years.

According to one source, the religion practiced by the Matamoros cult was most probably Palo Mayombe, a Cuban synthesis of ancient Congolese practices ands beliefs and aspects of Christianity. The cult referred to themselves as “El Compañía.” [Carol White & Harley Schlanger, “Manson revisited: the story behind Matamoros,” EIR, May 12, 1989, pp. 31-34]

The following newspaper article is one of the few descriptions of Quintana’s role in the murderous organized crime cult that is readily available.

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FULL TEXT: Matamoros, Mexico – Mexican authorities planned to expand their search for victims of a murderous occult drug gang today to Mexico City where a suspect said that four more bodies could be found in apartments.

Already 15 bodies - victims of drug revenge killings and human sacrifices - have been unearthed in the Matamoros area. Among the victims was University of Texas student Mark Kilroy, 21, of Santa Fe, whose body was found on the Santa Elena Ranch 20 miles west of here last Tuesday.

Matamoros police said they have wrapped up their investigation and the probe has shifted to Mexico City.

A spokesman for the Mexico City Attorney General’s office said Maria Teresa Quintana, 20, told Mexican authorities that four men, all drug dealers, had been slain in apartments in the Colonia Roma, in the southern part of the city.

Police arrested Quintana Sunday [April 16, 1989] at a Mexico City apartment belonging to Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo, 26, the alleged godfather of the cult.

“She said she was totally involved in the occult practices. She said there were more murders in the capital. I don’t know how many,” said Commander Juan Benitez Ayala in Matamoros.

Fernando Arias, spokesman for the Mexico City Attorney General, said Quintana gave the names of the supposed victims. But police will not release the names unless bodies are found. The search is slow, he said, because Quintana was not able to give exact details of where the bodies are located.

“She says the bodies are in apartments or condominiums, but she doesn’t have exact addresses,” he said.

“She talks about things like the corner with the little store across from a certain avenue. We don’t want to alarm the families until we are sure that these people are dead.”

Quintana was the sixth person arrested in Mexico or the United States in connection with the grisly killings.

All of the victims so far have been found in shallow graves on farms owned by suspected gang members near Matamoros. The mutilated bodies of 13 of the victims were found last week on Rancho Santa Elena. Two others were found Sunday at another ranch about two miles away.

Police suspect that the gang shipped as much as 2,000 pounds of marijuana into this country per week. Many gang members participated in a bizarre cult that believed that human sacrifices would protect them from police.

Authorities in both countries, however, believe that all the slayings - except Kilroy and three others - resulted from drug trafficking.

Meanwhile, in the United States, a federal grand jury Tuesday returned drug-related indictments against 11 suspected gang members. The four-count indictments returned in U.S. District Court in McAllen allege that the 11 suspected gang members imported, possessed and conspired to import marijuana into this country.

Those indicted were Sara Villareal Aldrete, 24; Constanzo, 26; Alvaro de Leon Valdez, 22; Elio Hernandez Rivera, 22; Serafin Hernandez Garcia, 20; Sergio Martinez, 23; David Serna Valdez, 22; Ovideo Hernandez Rivera, 28; Serafin Hernandez Rivera, age unknown; Mario Fabio Ponce Torres, 20; and Martin Quintana, 23.

Elio Hernandez Rivera, Serafin Hernandez Garcia, Martinez and Serna Valdez are in custody of Federal Judicial Police in Matamoros and were arraigned there on Tuesday. Serafin Hernandez Rivera is in the Harris County Jail in Houston.

Cameron County sheriff’s officers searched Serafin Hernandez Rivera’s Brownsville home Tuesday. Sheriff Alex Perez said that three cars and the house, valued at $100,000 were seized.

“There were six dogs starving in there, and some parrots. There was beautiful furniture, but that’s all that we found,” Perez said.

Authorities in both countries are seeking at least nine other suspects.

Constanzo, the cult’s leader, is believed to be traveling with de Leon and Martin Quintana. The three flew from McAllen to Mexico City on April 10, one day before the discovery of 12 bodies on Rancho Santa Elena – a day after Elio Hernandez Rivera had been arrested on drug charges in Mexico.

Mexican authorities believe that the three then flew to Miami.

U.S. authorities said Tuesday that they still are seeking Aldrete although Mexican officials now believe that she probably is dead. No body has been recovered.

“It seems likely that she is dead. But we won’t know for sure until we find the body,” said Jose Piedad Silva, a narcotics investigator in Matamoros.

[Cindy Rugeley, Ana Puga, “Matamoros cult murders/Search shifts to Mexico City where suspect says 4 drug dealers were slain,” Houston Chronicle (Tx.), April 19, 1989, Section A, Page 16, 2 Star Edn.]

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For more cases of this type, see: Occult Female Serial Killers

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