Did `Witch' Make Human Sacrifice?

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Did `Witch' Make Human Sacrifice?


ACCUSED... Haun claimed she was cycling when Sherri was killed

MARRIED man's mistress Diana Haun stood in the dock accused of witchcraft and murder.

A colleague who took the witness stand told how Haun had revealed that she planned to make a human sacrifice as a birthday present for a "friend".

Evil Haun had gone ahead and committed the Satanic deed, prosecutors told the jury.

Her victim was Sherri Dally, 35-year-old wife of her lover, Michael. And the "present" was for him. Sherri's body was found at the bottom of a ravine near Ventura, California, two weeks before Michael's birthday.

She had been viciously beaten and stabbed 15 times. Then her head had been cut off.

Haun must have been a witch, said the lawyers. And she had been the centre not just of an eternal triangle but an infernal crime.

But was it true?

According to other evidence, Haun was a very unlikely killer. She was a grocery store worker with a "mousy" appearance.

"She wouldn't even see an animal hurt," the defence told her trial.

It was Michael who had a history of being ruthless.

It was claimed that he was a cocaine user and dealer who often carried a double-edged knife. And one witness claimed he had once threatened to throw his wife off a mountain top and make it look like an accident. He had married Sherri when she was just 1 9.

He had fathered her two children. But he was a love cheat who had never been faithful.

For years, Sherri soldered on. But, when she was 33, Michael publicly flaunted his new mistress Haun.

The affair went on for two years and it was too much for Sherri to bear.

She confronted 36-year-old Haun who told her that she intended to steal her husband and the kids.

Sherri allegedly replied: "Over my dead body."

She could hardly have known how true that would turn out to be.

One morning, Sherri was seen in the car park of a department store and witnesses believed she was being accosted by a female security officer for shoplifting.

They watched as a blonde woman in a tan suit handcuffed the housewife and threw her in the back of a Nissan car.

She was never seen alive again.

Cops immediately suspected Michael of carrying out the killing.

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