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Decomposed corpse of ‘cult’ leader found at Colorado headquarters
YouTube / Love Has WonDENVER – Several members of a bizarre spiritual group called “Love Has Won” have been arrested after the decomposing body of the group leader was found in his seat. Amy Carlson, 45, whose followers call her “Mother God,” was found dead in a mobile home in Casada Park, west of Crestone. Saguache County Sheriff’s Deputies and Colorado Bureau of Investigation detectives tracked down the group’s self-proclaimed “divine being” after a report from a member who told them his body had been transported to Colorado all along. country. to Love Has Won – which law enforcement and former members previously called a “cult” – were first reported by Be Scofield. During an interview with law enforcement, the group did not use the word “deceased” to refer to Carlson’s death, according to a source close to the case. They claimed that Carlson was not dead, but was simply “out of communication”. But Carlson’s sister, Chelsea Ann Reninger, confirmed the death by posting on her Facebook: “For those of you who knew my sister Amy, I wanted to let you know we learned of her passing yesterday! Please pray for us and those involved in this terrible situation. We choose to remember who she was when she was in our lives on a regular basis and not who she became from this manipulative sect! Sergeant Royce Brubacher of the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office told the Daily Beast on Friday that deputies found a body inside on Thursday. the mobile home, which acts as the group’s HQ. A law enforcement source familiar with the matter added that Carlson had been dead for weeks and may have been flown from Oregon. This source said the body was in such condition that investigators could not formally identify it with fingerprints, but witnesses had confirmed that the body was Carlson’s. But didn’t mention Carlson’s death on Friday. When The Daily Beast message the group on Facebook on Friday, someone responded by asking “what are your romantic intentions” before declining to comment on the group leader. In a livestream uploaded a week ago, the band members mysteriously claimed that Carlson was “in stasis” and was refusing medical attention. An image of Carlson from a 2016 video. YouTube / Love Won In a VICE documentary released in March, Carlson claimed that she had been trying to save humanity for 19 billion years and said that she believed that everything society teaches is a lie. “She thinks she is Earth in a human body. She thinks she’s the mother of all creation, ”Andrew Profaci, a former member who left the group five years ago, told The Daily Beast on Friday. Profaci said he was in a car accident in 2002 which killed his best friend and was in need. of a spiritual reset when he joined the group in 2015. He became Carlson’s “Father God,” he says, “like the other half of Mother God. The two beings who created the universe. Essentially, Profaci was his guardian. “I adored her and catered for her every need. She drank ten glasses of vodka a night. When she drank at night, she lost her cognitive abilities. She would fall and walk through the walls, ”Profaci said. Saguache County Coroner Tom Perrin told the Daily Beast that there was no indication that his death was caused by foul play, describing the body as extremely thin. “It’s possible that this woman is taking colloidal silver,” he says. (The group has already peddled colloids to treat compulsive behaviors.) He added that it will likely be weeks before an autopsy, including the toxicology report, can be completed. Carlson appeared to be losing weight, as shown in this background photo from a recent live broadcast. YouTube / Love Has Won Senior law enforcement source who spoke to The Daily Beast said that when they got home there were two children, aged 13 and 2, in inside. The 13-year-old has since been taken to family services for care. Seven members of the group were taken to Rio Grande County jail at 1.30am on Thursday in connection with the death and are being held in separate cells, Rio Grande. Sheriff Sgt Jared Quintanos said Ryan Kramer, John Robertson, Jason Castillo and Obdulia Franco Gonzalez were being held on $ 50,000 bond each with two counts of child abuse and one count of tampering with deceased human remains. detained on two counts of child abuse and corpse abuse on $ 2,000 bond. Karin Raymond was being held on two counts of child abuse, corpse abuse and false imprisonment on $ 5,000 bail. The first appearances for the seven will be held in Saguache County Court on May 6. the group from afar and had seen Carlson’s health deteriorate. “I saw his death coming based on what was going on over the past few months,” he said. “I saw pictures of her. His health deteriorated considerably. His legs were like toothpicks. When I was there she was fine. He said he believed Carlson had never “deliberately” taken advantage of people, but was in a “total delusion.” While he estimates the group had thousands of followers around the world while he was a member, precinct in Colorado was “just a house full of freelancers who smoked a lot of pot.” “Since I left it’s been a lot darker,” he said. . “From what I heard from another member, is that they moved his body to Colorado for worship or something.” Carlson’s family members said in the VICE documentary that Carlson worked at McDonalds until she adopted New Age beliefs in her 30s. , she claimed to be in her “534th reincarnation in my quest to reclaim my beloved planet, the center of the universe and the first planet I created.” Supporters believe Carlson is a divine being who can cure illnesses and will one day lead them into a new mystical fifth dimension – if they provide financial support for the group. But former members described the group to VICE as a “cult” and said Carlson was a heavy drinker who behaved erratically. a lot, a lot of mind manipulation, a lot of brainwashing, “former member Taylor told VICE. “She only lets us sleep for four hours. We have to wake up every day at 5:00 a.m. Everything… revolved around Amy. Profaci said the group believed it was spreading awareness of spiritual awakening and helping people “wake up and deal with their inner BS. The group was forced out of Hawaii last year when they attempted to move to a house in Kauai. Neighbors objected to their stay, and protests outside the house were so inflamed that police had to facilitate the group’s safe exit, according to the Maui Police Department. “During their stay in Kauai, several protests, vandalism and small fires were reported,” Maui police said in a press release. “On Friday, September 4, the protests escalated and the group finally decided to leave Kauai for their safety.” Carlson and 13 others flew to Colorado, police said at the time. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.