Woman ordered to remove words from home

Posted on January 20, 2007 

Woman ordered to remove words from home

The Community Improvement Commission ordered a Shoreview resident Wednesday to remove cryptic messages written on her home or face as much as $5,000 in fines.

Estrella Benevides, 46, has until Feb. 14 to erase the painted script from her home in the 1800 block of Cottage Grove Avenue, which has been covered with an inscrutable text containing biblical references, conspiracy theories and glimpses into a painful personal history.

In a letter she submitted to the commission, Benevides wrote that the government is persecuting her because she “discovered that they are using witchcraft and technology against the people who are not aware of and who are not part of this mafia group.”

Benevides told the commission that she writes the messages on her home as a plea for help in her attempt to regain custody of her 4-year-old son, who lives in Hayward with his father. Benevides lost custody of the child after she began acting erratically in 2005, according to court documents.


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