DENVER—Several members of a weird non secular group referred to as “Love Has Won” have been taken into custody after the badly decaying physique of the group’s chief was discovered in its headquarters.
Amy Carlson, 45, whose followers name her “Mother God,” was discovered lifeless in the headquarters of the “Love Has Won” sect, which is situated in Casada Park west of Crestone. Saguache County Sheriffs deputies and Colorado Bureau of Investigation detectives found the self-proclaimed “divine being” of LHW after answering a tip from a member who instructed them her physique had been transported to Colorado from throughout the nation.
The loss of life close to Crestone and its connection to Love Has Won have been first reported by Be Scofield.
While being interviewed by regulation enforcement, the group wouldn’t use the phrase “deceased,” when referring to Carlson’s loss of life, in response to a supply acquainted with the case. The supply instructed The Daily Beast that members of the group—which law enforcement and ex-members have previously called a “cult”—claimed Carlson was not lifeless, however was merely “out of communication.”
Saguache County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Royce Brubacher instructed The Daily Beast on Friday that deputies discovered the physique on Thursday inside a cell house, which is the LHW headquarters.
A law-enforcement supply acquainted with the case added that Carlson has been lifeless for weeks, and will have been transported from Oregon. That supply mentioned the physique was in such a state that investigators couldn’t formally determine her by way of fingerprints, however witnesses have confirmed that the physique is certainly Carlson’s.
Carlson’s sister, Chelsea Ann Reninger, has confirmed the loss of life, posting on her Facebook: “For those of you that knew my sister Amy, I wanted to let you know we found out yesterday of her passing! Please pray for us and the people involved in this awful situation. We are choosing to remember who she was when she was in our lives on a regular basis and not who she became from this manipulating cult!”
Seven members of the “cult” have been taken into custody on varied fees, together with baby abuse, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with human stays, although no foul play was suspected in the loss of life itself.
Love Has Won does a every day livestream on their Facebook web page referred to as “Daily Energy Event Update,” however didn’t point out Carlson’s loss of life.
In a VICE documentary launched in March, Carlson claimed she had been making an attempt to save lots of humanity for 19 billion years and mentioned she believed that all the pieces society teaches is a lie.
“She thinks she is the Earth in a human body. She thinks she’s the Mother of all Creation,” Andrew Profaci, a former member who left the group 5 years in the past, instructed The Daily Beast on Friday.
Profaci mentioned he was in a automobile accident in 2002 that killed his finest buddy and was in want of a non secular reset when he joined the group in 2015. He grew to become the “Father God” to Carlson, he says, “as the other half of the Mother God. The two beings who created the universe.” Essentially, Profaci was her caretaker.
“I doted on her and tended to her every need. She drank ten shots of vodka a night. When she would drink at night she would lose her cognitive abilities. She would fall and walk into walls,” Profaci mentioned.
When The Daily Beast messaged Love Has Won on Facebook on Friday, somebody replied asking “what are your intentions love” earlier than declining to touch upon the group’s chief. In a livestream uploaded every week in the past, group members claimed Calrson was “in stasis” and was refusing medical care “on her own right.”
For his half, Saguache County Coroner Tom Perrin instructed The Daily Beast there was nothing to point her loss of life was attributable to foul play, describing the physique as extraordinarily skinny. “It’s possible that this woman was taking colloidal silver,” he mentioned. (The group has previously spruiked colloidials for treating compulsive behaviors.)
He added that it’ll possible be weeks earlier than an post-mortem together with the toxicology report will be accomplished.
The senior law-enforcement supply who spoke to The Daily Beast mentioned that, after they arrived on the house, there have been two youngsters, aged 13 and a pair of, inside. The 13-year-old has since been taken into household providers for care.
Seven members of the group have been introduced into the Rio Grande County jail at 1:30 a.m. Thursday in reference to the loss of life and are being held in separate cells. “They have been cooperative. We are holding them for Saguache County,” Rio Grande Sheriff Sgt Jared Quintanos mentioned.
Ryan Kramer, John Robertson, Jason Castillo and Obdulia Franco Gonzalez have been being held on a $50,000 bond every with two counts of kid abuse, and one depend of tampering with deceased human stays.
Christopher Royer and Sarah Rudolph have been being held for 2 counts of kid abuse and abuse of a corpse on a $2,000 bond. Karin Raymond was being held on two counts baby abuse, abuse of a corpse, and false imprisonment on a bond of $5,000.
Initial appearances for all seven will likely be held in Saguache County court docket on May 6.
Profaci instructed The Daily Beast he stored up with the group from afar and had seen Carlson’s well being deteriorate.
“I saw her death coming based on what was happening over the last months,” he mentioned. “I’ve seen pictures of her. Her health has deteriorated greatly. Her legs were like toothpicks. When I was there she was fine.”
He mentioned he believed Carlson by no means “purposely” took benefit of individuals however was in “complete delusion.” While he estimates the group had hundreds of followers worldwide whereas he was a member, the compound in Colorado was “just a house full of freeloaders who were smoking a lot of pot.”
“Since I left, it’s gotten much darker,” he mentioned. “From what I heard from another member is that they moved her body to Colorado for a worship or something.”
Carlson’s members of the family mentioned in the VICE documentary that Carlson labored at McDonalds till she adopted New Age beliefs in her 30s.
On the group’s web site, she claimed to be in her “534th reincarnation in my quest to recover my beloved Planet, the Center of the Universe, and the first Planet I created.”
Supporters imagine Carlson is a divine being who can treatment diseases and can sooner or later lead them into a brand new mystical fifth dimension—if they provide monetary help to the group.
But former members described the group to VICE as a “cult,” and mentioned Carlson was a heavy drinker who behaved erratically.
“It’s a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot of mental manipulation, a lot of brainwash,” a former member, Taylor, instructed VICE. “She only lets us sleep four hours. We have to wake up every day at 5:00 a.m. Everything… revolved around Amy.”
Profaci mentioned the group believed it was spreading consciousness of non secular awakening, and serving to individuals “to awaken and deal with their inner BS.”
The group was run out of Hawaii final 12 months after they tried to relocate to a house in Kauai. Neighbors objected to their keep and protests outdoors the house grew so heated that police needed to facilitate their exit, according to the Maui Police Department.
“During their stay on Kauai, several protests, vandalism and small fires had been reported,” Maui police mentioned in a information launch. “On Friday, Sept. 4, the protests escalated and the group ultimately decided to leave Kauai for their safety.” Carlson and 13 others flew again to Colorado, police mentioned.