But as we saw with the Hernandez brothers before, people eventually grew kind of sick of this shit. Still lacking a shred of proof, a couple of the townsfolk wanted out. Unfortunately, it wasn't that easy. Magdalena and the brothers had pretty successfully brainwashed most of their followers, and had achieved that cult milestone of being a bunch of weird people hanging out who were ready to kill anyone who wasn't down with them being a bunch of weird people hanging out.
So the rest of the group captured these two unbelievers and brought them before Magdalena. As a show of power, she ordered that they be put to death before the other members, thus beginning her rise as a full-on psychopath.
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Human Sacrifices And Other Wholesome Activities Commenced
Magdalena loved the high and power that this position as "symbol of earth as both creator and destroyer" afforded her, and leaned into it. For her, orgies simply weren't going to cut it anymore. She was now thinking about getting into human sacrifice, and began asking that nonbelievers or anyone who essentially wanted to leave this increasingly toxic multiplayer video game lobby be offered up before her. And these sacrifices involved all the greatest hits: beatings, burnings, and stabbings by all members of the cult.
They would then drain the blood from the victim and pour it into a chalice. It would be mixed with chicken blood, because much like turning a whiskey neat into a whiskey ginger, Magdalena couldn't be having that shit straight if she was going to be drinking those bad boys all night. They'd also throw in some peyote for good measure, and Magdalena would chug it. She'd then pass it around to her high council and then to other members of the cult, telling them that this would grant them magical powers.
At this point, you really have to feel for the villagers here. They were stuck, and every last one of them was probably placing the chalice to their lips and doing that polite fake sip we've all done before. But Magdalena didn't stop. She continued these rituals for another six weeks, killing four more people. And by the time Magdalena's nonsense was about to finally be discovered, they had taken to cutting the hearts out of people while they were still alive.
Like when the elementary school show of Peter Pan busts out the rudimentary rope and lever system and sends terrified Timmy hurdling across the stage, Magdalena had turned it all the way the fuck up. But thankfully, the curtains were finally about to close on this nightmarish production.
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Everything Ended About As Horribly As You'd Expect
Here's the thing about murder cults: They rarely end well. Magdalena's was clearly destined for this, and the endgame was triggered by a random teenage boy freaking the hell out.
In May of 1963, said teenager was walking around when he spotted the grotto. And it could have been due to the fact that there were people hanging out in the caves to begin with, or maybe it was the sounds of people having their hearts cut out while still alive that tipped him off, but young Sebastian booked it in the other direction. He ran to the nearest police station and told them all about the fuckin' n' killin' party that he'd run into.
And they kind of ... brushed it aside? One cop went back with the kid to check it out. And wouldn't ya know, they were hacked to death with goddamned machetes.
With the cops having now sent their canary into the blood-guzzling sex mine, they were finally ready to act. More arrived in Yerba Buena and busted Magdalena and her brother ... on pot charges. Which is a little bit like getting Pennywise on practicing with an expired clown license. During the ensuing crackdown, one Hernandez brother was killed by police and the other by a member of the cult. Also during the investigation, the police found the dismembered bodies of Magdalena's victims.
Many cult members were arrested for their participation in the ceremonies. Magdalena was sentenced to 50 years for her role. That actually seems a bit light for duping a whole town and then Dracula-ing them, but regardless, she went away and the cult disbanded, the spell broken.
And that, kids, was the result of a couple of nodoby knuckleheads saying, "Hey, I bet we can trick these rubes into giving us lots of sex! What's the worst that can happen?"
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