The story of the Mauerova family is a bizarre and disturbing tale involving cannibalism, child abuse, identity theft and cults. This crime sounds exactly like the plot of some Quentin Tarantino movie but what happened in this family is very much true.
Klara Mauerova from Kurim in the Czech Republic often told people that she was destined to fulfill a mission for God. Her sister, Katerina, had a mission too, she said. Klara went on to have two sons – Ondrej and Jakub. The father of the sons eventually left Klara because of her bizarre behavior. Nevertheless, Klara was said to be a good mother in the beginning and would often be seen playing with her two boys. However, after the break up, Klara and her sons then moved in with her sister, Katerina.
The sisters then became friendly with 33-year-old Barbora Skrlova, an award-winning classical composer. Barbora had a glandular disease that made her look much younger than she really was. In fact, people often mistook her for a child. However, Barbora used this to her advantage. Prone to getting in trouble with the law, Barbora often posed as a minor to avoid charges being filed.
Before coming to the Czech Republic from Scandinavia, Barbora posed – and even became legal – as a 13-year-old girl named Anicka.
Shortly after the three women met one-another, they joined a religious cult led by Barbora’s father, known as “The Grail Movement.” The cult expressed the belief that their members could get into heaven by doing good deeds. However, they also believed that they were absolved to commit crimes.
The three women unleashed a barrage of abuse on 8-year-old Ondrej and 9-year-old Jakub. The two boys were locked in a cage in the basement where they remained for a year.
During that year, they were completely stripped and given no blankets or anything soft to lay on. They were starved, tortured, beaten and sexually assaulted. In addition, the boys were burned with cigarettes, given electric shocks, scratched with forks, whipped and almost drowned.
The boys were forced to cut themselves with knive. When they weren’t kept in the cage, they would be handcuffed to a table and forced to stand in their own urine for days. If either boy vomited, they would be forced to eat it.
It was soon decided they would force feed the boys to make them gain weight. After gaining some weight, the women held Ondej down and skinned his leg as he screamed and pleaded. The three women then ate the raw flesh. They did the same to Jakub and even forced the boys to consume their own flesh. Now, when they weren’t being tortured, they were literally being eaten alive.1
The abuse was eventually uncovered by chance in early May of 2007 when a neighbour’s television baby monitor picked up graphic videos from the scene. Klara had installed the television system so that she could watch the abuse from another room. The neighbour saw Ondrej with his hands tied behind his back, lying naked on the floor.
The neighbour called police who arrived at the scene and rescued Ondrej and Jakub. They also “rescued” another young girl who identified herself as their 13-year-old sister, Anicka. The brothers and young girl were sent to a children’s home before it was finally uncovered that Anicka was actually Barbora.
Before police got a chance to arrest her, she fled to Norway where she took up a new identity as a 13-year-old boy named Adam. In Oslo, Barbora shaved her head and enrolled in school.2
Eight months later, Barbora was eventually tracked down by police. Following the arrests, all of the women turned on each other. Klara claimed that she had been brainwashed by a doctor who sent her text messages instructing her what abuse and torture to inflict on her sons. Police later discovered that the phone number of the so-called doctor actually belonged to Katerina.
Barbora also claimed that she was innocent and that she too had been tortured by the sisters but the court did not believe her claims.3
According to prosecutors, the purpose of the torture and abuse was to break the boys and enslave them for religious purposes. While the three women were part of “The Grail Movement,” apparently, they had branched out and were creating their own cult. It was this breakaway cult that called for members to prove their devotion through physical devotion.
Klara was sentenced to 9 years in prison, Katherina was sentenced to 10 years in prison and Barbora Skrlova was sentenced to 5 years in prison. They have all since been paroled.
OMG they deserve life. This is sick!!
I agree, but they dont deserve life they deserve death. Torture, slow & them begging to just die.
The fact they got paroled in less time than many TV series’ lifespan— for literally eating children—is incredibly disturbing.
They definitely deserved a much longer punishment.
It takes a special kind of evil to do those things, the kind that just isn’t reformed in five to ten years.
That is what I was thinking after seeing “innocent” on netflix where african american men were given multiple life sentences for a murder they didn’t commit to begin with – this is absolutely shocking to me that these women are now out living their lives
Black* men. No one else feels the need to use a nationality (which both “African” and “American” are, not races) to describe people of color.
Calling someone “Black” sounds a 1000 times more racist, then specifying what origin these people represent – African American, Latin American, Asian American, Native American! One is actually showing respect to the people’s roots, rather than brushing them with some basic “colour”! Stop making shit up to seem virtuous online!
I am a black woman and I’d like to explain you why saying “black” is not racist. I can completely understand why you may THINK so, but the reality is unless an individual’s ancestors immigrated to the United States post slavery, we cannot directly trace our roots, traditions, etc back to a particular country in Africa. We CHOOSE to identify as black because slavery has mixed and matched our ancestry 1000 times over and black is inclusive of the parts of us that are African, Caribbean, American and anything that cannot and has not been traced to us individually. In… Read more »
Not all black people are from Africa. And to assume that is being ignorant, going by your comment it’s really odd that white Americans don’t refer themselves as European American? Referring to someone as black or white is not racist whatsoever as you don’t really know their roots and background.
What do African American people have to do with this case? This didn’t even take place in America….
Thought the same thing. Going on about races when you’ve literally just read about kids being eaten ffs.
It was a comparison to a case on Netflix where black men were sent to prison for life for crimes they didn’t commit, to this case, where these women are already out of jail after eating children. It was a comparison of cases. Someone just used the wrong words. That’s all.
I wonder who was also watching the torture broadcast? I am not buying that it was just the mom watching from another room. This case screams pedo elite involvement and the sentences kind of confirm that theory.
They literally ate their children and got 5 years in prison…I smoked a joint (of plain ole marijuana) and got 2 years probation. That’s crazy!
Sad world we live in
The boys are no doubt scarred for life, which is the sentence these monstrous adults deserved – LIFE.
this is disgusting the children need more happynies then this
This is the kind of sentence monsters get in socialist left wing countries. The criminals are the real victims in that system.
Yeah, because the justice system is so great in good ole right wing ‘Murica… Go practice campaigning for Trump2024 and stfu.
Way to be the idiot that tries to make it political!
Kara is now living her life in morecambe in the UK. It has only come to the surface of her identity and she is working in a factory in morecambe. All us workers are in shock and cant believe we are only hearing about this today as I speak. I’m only doing some digging rite now about it. How she is now working and living as part of society is totally uncomprehendable. I’m honestly still in shock
Do you live in morecambe? Or you found out that you are working near this woman? That is scary!
Updates?? This is terrible please tell me you all denounced her to the police or maybe accidentally ripped her to shreds
I remember when this happened. The internet and the way we shared information was nothing like today and very few Americans knew about it. I can’t even remember how I found out about it but, I always remembered it and would check on it every few years. If I am not mistaken what little coverage the story did get, they were calling it the ant colony cult? Different from the one in Canada. I wish I could find the publications that reported on this back then. I hope the kids got therapy.
One of the kids died from all the torture and the other goes by a new name. I hope he is ok
Every time I think I’ve heard and seen it all something like this pops up… Whose image are people made in again?!
Someone needs to find all three of those vile creatures and EXTERMINATE THEM. Then can endure eternity in hell for their evil crimes. At least the world would be rid of them.
Kara has been identified to work ina factory in moracambe, France
Where was the father???
I understand all judicial systems have issues. In the US we sometimes and I stress sometimes over punish. But here they clearly deserved a harsher sentence. They tortured these children and then started cutting them up and eating them while they were still alive. I wish I knew how to fix judicial systems but that one is beyond me. I hope these children grew up happy and got the help and support they needed.
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They are depraved, evil individuals they should have got the death penalty my heart aches for the children.