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Rotten corpse found in Colorado ‘Cult’ HQ identified as group leader
YouTube / Love has WonDENVER – Several members of a bizarre spiritual group called “Love Has Won” have been taken into custody after the badly decomposed body of the group’s leader was found at its headquarters. Amy Carlson, 45, whose followers call her “Mother God,”
; was found dead in a mobile home in Casada Park, west of Crestone, and Saguache County Sheriff’s deputies and Colorado Bureau of Investigation detectives found the group’s self-proclaimed “divine being” after a tip from a member who told them that her body had been transported to Colorado from across the country.Death and its connection to Love Has Won – as law enforcement and former members have previously called a “cult” – were first reported by Be Scofield. interviewed by law enforcement, the group would not use the word “death” when referring to Carlson’s death, according to a source familiar with the case. They claimed Carlson was not dead but was simply “out of communication.” Carlson’s sister, Chelsea Ann Reninger, confirmed the death and posted on her Facebook: “For those of you who knew my sister Amy, I wanted to tell you what we found out yesterday of her passing! Pray for us and the people 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 by this manipulative cult! Saguache County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Royce Brubacher told The Daily Beast on Friday that lawmakers found a body Thursday inside mobile homes that serve as the group’s headquarters. A law enforcement source familiar with the case added that Carlson has been dead for several weeks and may have been transported from Oregon. This source said the body was in such a state that investigators could not formally identify her through fingerprints, but witnesses had confirmed that the body was in fact Carlson’s. Love Has Won makes a daily livestream on their Facebook page called “Daily Energy Event Update,” but did not mention Carlson’s death on Friday. When The Daily Beast sent a message to the group on Facebook on Friday, someone responded and asked “what is your intention love “before refusing to comment on the group’s leader. In a livestream uploaded a week ago, group members mysteriously claimed that Carlson was” in stasis “and refused medical attention. A picture of Carlson from a 2016 video. YouTube / Love Has Won In a VICE documentary released in March, Carlson claimed she had been trying to save humanity for 19 billion years and said she believed everything society teaches is a lie. ” “She believes she is the Earth in a human body. She believes she is the mother of all creation,” said Andrew Profaci, a former member who left the group five years ago, The Daily Beast on Friday. Profaci said, that he was in a car accident in 2002 that killed his best friend and was in need of a spiritual reset when he joined the group in 2015. He became “Father God” for Carlson, he says, “as the other half of the Mother God. The two beings who created the universe. In essence, Profaci was her caretaker. “I excited her and cared for her every need. She drank ten shots of vodka at night. When she drinks at night, she loses her cognitive abilities. She would fall and go into walls, ”Profaci said. Coroner Tom Perrin of Saguache County told The Daily Beast that there was nothing to suggest her death was caused by bad play describing the body as extremely thin. “It is possible that this woman took colloidal silver,” he said. (The group has previously chopped colloidal drugs to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder.) He added that it is likely to take weeks before an autopsy, including the toxicology report, can be completed. Carlson seemed to lose weight, as shown in this wallpaper from a recent livestream. YouTube / love has won The senior law enforcement source who spoke to The Daily Beast said that when they arrived at the home, there were two children aged 13 and 2 years inside. The 13-year-old has since been taken into family care services. Seven members of the group were brought to Rio Grande County Jail at 6 p.m. 1:30 Thursday in connection with the death and held in separate cells, Rio Grande Sheriff Sgt Jared Quintanos said: Ryan Kramer, John Robertson, Jason Castillo and Obdulia Franco Gonzalez were held on a bond of $ 50,000 each with two counts of child abuse, and a number of manipulations of deceased human remains. Christopher Royer and Sarah Rudolph were being held in two cases of child abuse and misuse of a corpse on a $ 2,000 bond. Karin Raymond was detained for two counts of child abuse, abuse of a corpse and false imprisonment in a $ 5,000 bond. The first appearances for all seven will be held in Saguache County court on May 6. Profaci told The Daily Beast that he kept pace with the group far away and had seen Carlson’s health deteriorate. “I saw her death come based on what has happened in recent months,” he said. “I have seen pictures of her. Her health has deteriorated a lot. Her legs were like toothpicks. When I was there, she was fine. He said he believed Carlson never “consciously” exploited people, but was in “complete delusion.” While he estimates the group had thousands of followers around the world while he was a member, the connection in Colorado was “just a house full of freeloaders who smoke a lot of pots.” “Since I left, it’s gotten a lot darker,” he said. . “From what I heard from another member is that they moved her body to Colorado for a worship or something.” Carlson’s family members said in the VICE documentary that Carlson worked at McDonalds until she adopted the New Age beliefs in the 1930s. On the group’s website, she claimed she was in her “534th reincarnation in my quest to regain my beloved Planet, the center of the Universe, and the first planet I created.” Supporters believe that Carlson is a divine being who can cure diseases and will one day lead them into a new mysterious fifth dimension – if they offer financial support to the group. But former members described the group to VICE as a “cult” and said Carlson was a drinker who behaved improperly. “It’s a lot, a lot, a very, very mental manipulation, a lot of brainwashing,” a former member, Taylor, told VICE. “She only lets us sleep for four hours. We have to wake up every day at 5:00. It’s all about Amy. ”Profaci said the group believed it spread awareness of spiritual awakening and helped people“ awaken and deal with their inner BS. ”The group was forced out of Hawaii last year as they tried to relocate. Neighbors protested their stay, and protests outside the home became so heated 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 “Maui said police in a press release.” On Friday, September 4, the protests escalated and the group eventually decided to leave Kauai for their safety. ” Carlson and 13 others flew back to Colorado, police said at the time. Read more on The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper into the stories that matter for you Learn more.