Olga Murra, above, convinced two Mexicans she held in captivity for 14 years that she was ‘the voice of God’, made them listen to recordings of her reading Bible verses and threatened them with eternity in hell if they disobeyed her.
According to this report, she warned one of the women that if they disobeyed, immigration officials would come to Texas, kill her and bury her in a field “with other illegal aliens.”
Last week, a jury convicted Murra, 64, of two counts of forced labour and two counts of harbouring an illegal alien.
When she is sentenced in November, Murra faces 20 years in federal prison for each labour charge and ten years apiece for the harbouring convictions.
Murra made the women sleep on the floor and ask permission to use the toilet. They could only talk to Murra — not anyone else in the homes where they lived. She only fed them bread and water.
One woman told the FBI that Murra would hit her.
The women were forced to hand over money they earned from cleaning houses to Murra, who also made them get jobs at McDonald’s and Walmart using forged documents.
Murra was born in the United States, but lived in Mexico from shortly after her birth until September 1997, when she moved to Texas — first El Paso, then Fort Worth. She operated cleaning businesses in both cities.
When Murra returned to the United States, she brought a 33-year-old Mexican woman with her.
A year later, she arranged for another woman, who was 21, to come to the United States.
The women would be her slaves for the next 14 years and endured a steady stream of abuse and indoctrination.
Approximately once or twice a week, the Murra required one of her victims to attend religious instruction in the residence, during which she preached for two to three hours. Additionally,Murra required (the victim) to listen to religious recordings when she cleaned homes, which consisted of the defendant reading Bible Verses and discussing their meaning.
Forced to endure Bible verses?
I’m amazed that a charge of torture wasn’t added to Murra’s crimes.
This is the second case of it’s kind to come before a Texas court. Earlier this month a Muslim couple, Hassan al-Homoud, 46, and his wife Zainab al-Hosani, 39, above, were ordered to leave the US after they were found guilty of on charges of slavery.