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Ritualistic Death Causes Jemez Pueblo to Cancel Halloween Trick-or-Treating

October 27, 2010

Jemez Pueblo Visitor’s Center
November 2009
Karen Rivera

Acting to insure the tribe’s safety, Jemez Pueblo Gov. Joshua Madalena announced that Jemez Pueblo has banned trick-or-treating this Halloween due to the possibility that a ritualistic killing there last month may have been caused by cult activity. Notices have been sent to tribal members and others within the pueblo’s boundaries, explaining that trick-or-treating won’t be allowed this Sunday.

Matthew Panana, of Jemez Pueblo was stabbed to death and partially disembowled in September. Lucas Michael Ray Steven Toledo, also of Jemez Pueblo, has been charged with grisly crime. says that Toledo is accused of pulling out handfuls of Panana’s entrails and throwing them on Panana’s body and wrapping some of them around the victim’s neck.

The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are involved in the investigation but have not confirmed whether Toledo, who had painted his face with black-and-white paint to his face and donned “long, metal-spiked bracelets”, had cult connections.

The Tribal Council said the Pueblo will still be celebrating the traditional Day of the Dead (All Soul’s Day) on Tuesday.


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