Cops who busted a car theft gang found the suspects worshipping a creepy, bald ‘Chucky’ doll from the popular ‘Child’s Play’ horror films for protection.
Images show how the figurine, wielding a gun and with a bullet placed on each of its shoes, was perched atop an altar with toy cars and candles.
The raid and eerie discovery took place in the Peruvian capital Lima yesterday, on Tuesday, 15 February.
The National Police arrested the members of the alleged ‘Chuckys de la Amistad’ (‘Brotherhood of Chuckys’) gang and found a statuette of the infamous fictional serial killer Chucky that was reportedly being worshipped.
The doll was missing the character’s signature ginger hair, but the telltale scars on its face were a dead giveaway to the investigators.
Police Colonel Walter Palomino Simon said: “Just as Venezuelan criminals pray to the ‘Holy Thugs’, these criminals worship Saint Chucky.”
The ‘Holy Thugs’ the senior Peruvian police officer was referring to are deceased criminals who have been canonised in a bizarre religion that has emerged in Venezuela, which is rife with violence, with a murder rate approximating 14,000 deaths a year, making it one of the least safe places in the world.
The alleged car thieves in Lima were apprehended after they allegedly stole a black vehicle in the district of Villa Maria del Triunfo on Monday afternoon.
The police tracked the suspects down and managed to arrest them four hours later, having found the vehicle in a garage along with weapons and ammunition.
When they found the shrine to Saint Chucky, the cops said they found two bullets in the doll’s shoes, adding that it was surrounded by toy cars with four lit candles.
The toy cars are said to represent vehicles the gang had stolen, with each candle representing a member of the alleged gang.
General of the Lima Police District Jose Zapata Morante explained. “Due to their way of operating, they establish friendships in prison in such a way that they called themselves the ‘Brotherhood of Chuckys’.
“The superstition of the juvenile delinquent, we are talking about the fact that, within their worldview, they need support, reinforcement, protection from the afterlife. In this case it was via a doll.”
The psychopathic doll Chucky first appeared in Tom Holland’s 1988 film ‘Child’s Play’, starring Brad Dourif as serial-killer-on-the-run Charles Lee Ray.
At the beginning of the film, he is shot by Detective Mike Norris and dies, with his soul entering a nearby doll.