Black magic led to murder of Kerala family of four, feel police

Police believe that Krishnan had recently appointed two assistants to help him with his booming business, and that the assistants may have committed the crime

Thiruvananthapuram: Police in Kerala feel a tiff over black magic may have led to the murder of a four-member family at Kambakakkad near Thodupuzha in Idukki district last week, after questioning three of the prime suspects in the case who are in custody.


The bodies of K. Krishnan, 50, his wife Susheela, 47 and their children, Arsha Krishnan, 21, and Arjun Krishnan, 17, were found buried in one single pit, stacked on top of each other, behind their house.

Krishnan was known to be practising magic arts, and had few friends in the immediate neighbourhood. Therefore, it was well after the family members were murdered that the neighbours noticed that they had been missing. The family of four was murdered on July 29.

Police believe that Krishnan had recently appointed two assistants to help him with his booming business, and that the assistants may have committed the crime.

Two men who are currently being suspected of the crime are Anish, who was Krishnan’s assistant, and Libish, who was a close friend of Anish.

The investigators suspect that Krishnan and Anish fell apart after Anish began his own practice in black magic, and later suspected that his practice was not progressing because Krishnan had cast a spell that prevented Anish’s work from being effective.

Police feel Anish and Libish reached Krishnan’s house around midnight, and to attract his attention and prompt him to open the door, they attacked a goat that the family kept. When Krishnan opened the door they fatally struck him, and then murdered the rest of the family one by one.

The suspects then made their escape on a bike after looting the gold ornaments in the house. Police believe no one heard the cries of the family members because Krishnan’s house was in an isolated location, far from the other houses in the area.

Investigators also believe that the suspects returned to the house only two days later, to bury the four bodies.

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