The Jamaican Kevin Smith saga: another episode in the ‘Jamaica is not a real place’ series-October 25, 2021

I was really hoping to have little to say about the evolving story about Pastor Kevin Smith and the massacre at a cult gathering in Montego Bay, which came to light 9 days ago. The ritualistic human sacrifices that took place at Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries and comments and investigations have been all over the local media since its leader, Kevin Smith, was taken into custody on Sunday, October 17.

That bizarre story and that of an ark and people being brainwashed and handing over life insurance policies to Smith were the subject of serious and supercilious comments.

No surprise that international media latched on, with the UK’s Mirror newspaper getting in early, not least because Smith had visited UK congregants in south London in 2018:

The New York Post cited ‘The pastor wrote on Facebook: “The Ark is loading now! Leave immediately dressed in white … It is a Roman Catholic sacrifice — it will have no survivors.”’:

No surprise, memes wrote themselves:

News filtered out that somehow Smith had died yesterday morning while being transferred to Kingston.

No way! Jamaica has a long history of wanted criminals dying in strange circumstances while in police custody.

Questions rained in about why they police had chosen to go by Bog Walk (a narrow rural route) not the multi-lane highway. Was it really to avoid the tolls? Now the toll includes dead people including a police officer, Constable Irons:

No lying: it’s mighty strange. The JCF will have lots to explain; they’ve begun:

But, eyes had popped when a video was circulated over the weekend of Smith apparently in police custody having a jolly old time:

That’s not ‘under investigation’ by the JCF.

Smith’s attorney, Valerie Neita, QC, was publicly unhappy with how he and his congregation been treated by police and media, including not knowing her clients whereabouts earlier in the day:

However, in part, her ire was misplaced as she’d not really informed herself about the extensive coverage that had been given to her press releases or other views which she claimed had not been aired. As for her clients being vilified, she did not make much distinction between mainstream media and social media.

You don’t have to be a cynic to think the story smells fishy. From the time news that a senior member of the National Intelligence Bureau, NIB, who was assigned to its Area 1 Division which includes St. James was to be reassigned because his wife was a cult member should have made many think.

Memes (or me-me, as some Jamaicans say 😳🤔😂😏🇯🇲) fly out quickly for such stories, and Jamaicans are creative in this area:

Some of the pastor’s congregation are adamant that he is not dead or that he may rise again, as he was gifted with “supernatural powers”. We’ll see how that goes.

To round out the bizarreness, the other, more-famed Kevin Smith, a cult film maker had been trending earlier in the day:

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)

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