I hate to hear about your cousins run in with the law here in Texas. The justice system here is mid-evil to say the least like other states in the
south. All they want is a conviction and most of the time they dont care about guilt.
I dont know of any rituals in Native American culture that come close to what you discribe. Native Americans dont remove body parts as far as I know.
I'm no expert just part Cherokee. It goes against everything my grandmother was about.
You might want to look into 'Santeria' a vodoo type cult common in Cuba and Haiti that has been exported into Northern Mexico as witnessed by the
case of Mark Kilroy, the college student that was killed in a ritual sacrifice along with at least 12 other people, mostly drug 'mules' in
Matamoros, Mexico several years ago. Here is a link:
Quote from the link:
"The dead included 21-year-old University of Texas student Mark
Kilroy, who vanished last month in Matamoros while on spring break,
Sheriff's Lt. George Gavito said."
"Kilroy apparently was chosen at random after the cult members ``were
told to pick one Anglo male that particular night,'' Gavito said."
"The cult had been involved in human sacrifices for about nine months,
the lieutenant said, and prayed to the devil ``so the police would not
arrest them, so bullets would not kill them and so they could make more
"Authorities would not identify the other victims, but said all were
"Some victims were shot in the head, and others appeared to have been
slain with machetes or sledgehammers, Neck said."
"Perez said that the cult members removed some of the victims'
vertebrae to use them for necklaces, and that investigators had also
found bowls and a caldron from which brains, hearts and other organs of
victims were eaten."