“Magic potions”? Well, this story is as good an argument as any against superstition and religion.
I’m interested in what political and social conditions have led to such brutalised and brutalising behaviour. Presumably this doesn’t occur in a vacuum – unless you believe that human beings are intrinsically evil, which I don’t.
Neither do I, but that we as a species are intrinsically capable of horrors seems beyond debate.
What led to it all is a massive complex mess but I’m more than happy to dump a lot of it at the feet of Leopold II of Belgium. I’m not foolish enough to believe that the area was an unmitigated paradise beforehand — humanity’s lot is of a widespread fight against misery — but he was just the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time, and so much has continued to unfold because of it.