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Charles Jaynes, Child Killer, Wants To Be Renamed Manasseh-Invictus Auric Thutmose V

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Charles Jaynes, a convicted child murderer, has petitioned to legally change his name to reflect his conversion to Wiccanism.
Charles Jaynes, a convicted child murderer, has petitioned to legally change his name to reflect his conversion to Wiccanism.

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- A Massachusetts man convicted of abducting, molesting and killing a 10-year-old boy has asked a court to let him change his name to Manasseh-Invictus Auric Thutmose V because of his conversion to Wiccanism.

Charles Jaynes, 37, listed his reason for changing his name as "Wiccan religious tennet," on the petition filed with Plymouth Probate Court in June. He lists his address as the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater and his occupation as inmate.

Jaynes is serving a life sentence for the 1997 slaying of Jeffrey Curley. He and another man lured Jeffrey into a car with the promise of a new bike.

Robert Curley, Jeffrey's father, said he may exercise his legal right to object to the name change.

Prosecutors say Jaynes and Salvatore Sicari smothered the boy with a gasoline-soaked rag when he resisted their sexual advances. The boy's body was found in a weighed-down plastic container in a Maine river several days later.

Jaynes and Sicari were tried separately and blamed each other for the boy's killing. Jaynes, of Brockton and Manchester, N.H., was convicted of second-degree murder and kidnapping. Sicari, of Cambridge, was convicted of first-degree murder.

The high-profile case prompted talk of restoring the death penalty in Massachusetts.

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