An upcoming episode of Lost Tapes entitled ‘Q: The Serpent God’ will focus on a cult that kills in the name of the ancient god Quetzalcoatl. But are Mexican cult sacrifices to appease gods like Quetzacoatl real?
According to the Lost Tapes website, the storyline of ‘Q: The Serpent God’ follows the fictional Enigma Corporation into Mexico City to investigate a slew of ritualistic killings. It is here they find a Mexican cult hell-bent on unleashing the ancient power of the serpent god Quetzalcoatl with human sacrifices (and, from the sounds of the description, they succeed). So is any part of this story real?
Quetzalcoatl was a very real god to early civilizations like that of the Aztec people, having the appearance of a feathered serpent. He was regarded as the provider of maize, but represented many different things to many different early peoples. The Lost Tapes episode ‘Q: The Serpent God’ was probably inspired in part by the Aztec people that worshipped Quetzacoatl, since they were known for making human sacrifices to appease their gods.
So the human sacrifice part of ‘Q: The Serpent God’ is nothing new as far as ancient history is concerned, but have Mexican cults really practiced something so barbaric in modern times? Unfortunately, the answer is yes.
In 1989, University of Texas student Mark Kilroy vanished while visiting Mexico with some of his fraternity brothers. An investigation took place, and it wasn’t long before authorities gave chase to a Mexican drug smuggler that led them straight to where his body and those of 14 others were buried in shallow graves. Mark Kilroy had been ritualistically sacrificed under the orders of the High Priest of a religious cult that practiced a form of black magic known as palo mayombe. This cult also happened to be composed of drug smugglers, and they believed that they had to make human sacrifices to protect themselves and conceal their illegal activities. Their victims were tortured and sodomized; shot or killed with machetes; and their organs were removed to be thrown in a cauldron with other fowl “ingredients”. The 2007 horror movie ‘Borderland’ is loosely based on Mark Kilroy’s tragic end.
So while there may be no real modern Mexican cults practicing human sacrifice in the name of Quetzalcoatl as in the Lost Tapes episode ‘Q: The Serpent God’, there is a real possibility that there are real cults out there like the one that killed Mark Kilroy that could still be practicing human sacrifice, and the truth here is much more frightening than the fiction presented on Lost Tapes.