Dear 100 Hour Board,
Have you heard about the accusations against the Brazilian healer John of God? What do you think about the more sensationalist claims ("baby farming"/human trafficking)? How about the woman who came forward, who reportedly committed suicide days after the story was reported?
-The Secret Combination
Dear Locker Combo,
I had not heard about the accusations against João Texeira de Faria, more commonly known by the name John of God. For those who aren't family with the story, João is a spiritual healer, and has been running a healing house in Abadiania Brazil since the late 1970's. It's a pretty big operation. Abadania receives tens of thousands of visitors annually, and João has been visited by many celebrities, including Oprah, who has interviewed him twice.
Over the past few months several hundred women have brought sexual assault and rape accusations against João Texeira de Faria and he turned himself into the Brazilian Government. I read about 12 different articles about the claims, and I only found two that mentioned a sexual assault victim committing suicide. One was from a Brazilian newspaper and the other was from The Daily Mail, which is a British Tabloid that is very unreliable. The only source that mentioned baby farming or human trafficking was The Daily Mail which, as stated previously, is an unreliable source.
I believe the sexual assault accusations. They are well documented by a variety of reliable sources and the stories match up. I think it's possible the suicide happened, but I would think that more sources would be reporting on it if it were true. I think that the more sensationalist claims are totally ridiculous and were made up to generate website traffic.
P.S. If you want to learn more about the story, of all the articles I read, the Wikipedia article was the most fleshed out and well researched one I found.