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YouTube/Love Has WonDENVER—Several members of a weird non secular group known as “Love Has Won” have been taken into custody after the badly decaying physique of the group’s chief was present in its headquarters.Amy Carlson, 45, whose followers name her “Mother God,” was discovered lifeless in a cell dwelling in Casada Park, west of Crestone. Saguache County Sheriff’s deputies and Colorado Bureau of Investigation detectives discovered the self-proclaimed “divine being” of the group after a tip-off from a member who advised them her physique had been transported to Colorado from throughout the nation.The loss of life and its connection to Love Has Won—which regulation enforcement and ex-members have beforehand known as a “cult”—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 conversant in the case. They claimed Carlson was not lifeless, however was merely “out of communication.”But Carlson’s sister, Chelsea Ann Reninger, 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!”Saguache County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Royce Brubacher advised The Daily Beast on Friday that deputies discovered a physique on Thursday contained in the cell dwelling, which serves because the group’s HQ. A law-enforcement supply conversant in the case added that Carlson has been lifeless for weeks, and should have been transported from Oregon. That supply stated the physique was in such a state that investigators couldn’t formally determine her by means of fingerprints, however witnesses had confirmed that the physique is certainly Carlson’s.Love Has Won does a day by day livestream on their Facebook web page known as “Daily Energy Event Update,” however didn’t point out Carlson’s loss of life on Friday. When The Daily Beast messaged the group 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 mysteriously claimed Carlson was “in stasis” and was refusing medical care. An picture of Carlson from a 2016 video. YouTube/Love Has Won In a VICE documentary launched in March, Carlson claimed she had been making an attempt to avoid wasting humanity for 19 billion years and stated 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, advised The Daily Beast on Friday.Profaci stated 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 stated.Saguache County Coroner Tom Perrin advised 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 stated. (The group has beforehand hawked colloidials for treating compulsive behaviors.)He added that it’s going to probably be weeks earlier than an post-mortem, together with the toxicology report, will be accomplished. Carlson seemed to be reducing weight, as proven on this background picture from a current livestream. YouTube/Love Has Won The senior law-enforcement supply who spoke to The Daily Beast stated that, once they arrived on the dwelling, there have been two youngsters, aged 13 and a pair of, inside. The 13-year-old has since been taken into household companies 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, Rio Grande Sheriff Sgt Jared Quintanos stated.Ryan Kramer, John Robertson, Jason Castillo and Obdulia Franco Gonzalez have been being held on a $50,000 bond every with two counts of baby abuse, and one rely of tampering with deceased human stays.Christopher Royer and Sarah Rudolph have been being held for 2 counts of baby 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 can be held in Saguache County courtroom on May 6.Profaci advised 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 stated. “I’ve seen pictures of her. Her health has deteriorated greatly. Her legs were like toothpicks. When I was there she was fine.”He stated he believed Carlson by no means “purposely” took benefit of folks 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 stated. “From what I heard from another member is that they moved her body to Colorado for a worship or something.”Carlson’s relations stated within 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 consider Carlson is a divine being who can remedy sicknesses and can in the future lead them into a brand new mystical fifth dimension—if they provide monetary assist to the group.But former members described the group to VICE as a “cult,” and stated 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, advised 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 stated the group believed it was spreading consciousness of non secular awakening, and serving to folks “to awaken and deal with their inner BS.”The group was pressured out of Hawaii final 12 months once 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 the group’s secure exit, in response to the Maui Police Department.“During their stay on Kauai, several protests, vandalism and small fires had been reported,” Maui police stated 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 stated on the time.Read extra at The Daily Beast.Get our high tales in your inbox day-after-day. 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