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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 group’s leader, who was badly rotted, was found at headquarters. Amy Carlson, 45, whose followers call her “Mother God,” was found dead at the headquarters of the “Love Has Won”
; sect, located in Casada Park west of Crestone. “Divine Being” by LHW after responding to a tip from a member who told them her body had been transported to Colorado from across the country.The death near Crestone and its connection to Love Has Won was first reported by Be Scofield. While being interviewed by law enforcement agencies, the group would not use the word “death” when referring to Carlson’s death, according to a source familiar with the case, the source told The Daily Beast that members of the group – like law enforcement and former members previously called a “cult” – claimed Carlson was not dead but was simply “out of communication.” Saguache County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Royce Brubacher told the Daily Beast on Friday, where deputies found the body on Thursday inside a mobile home that is LHW’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 have confirmed that the body is in fact Carlson’s. Carlson’s sister, Chelsea Ann Reninger, has confirmed the death and posted on her Facebook: “For those of you who knew my sister Amy, I wanted to tell you that yesterday we found out about 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 from this manipulative cult! Seven members of the “cult” were arrested on various charges, including child abuse, misuse of a corpse and manipulating human remains, although no bad play was suspected in the death itself. Love Has Won is doing a daily livestream on their Facebook page called “Daily Energy Event Update” but did not mention Carlson’s death. In a VICE documentary released in March, Carlson claimed she had been trying to save humanity for 19 billion years, saying she believed that 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, ”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 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, “like the second half of the Mother God. The two beings who created the universe. In essence, Profaci was her caretaker. “I wanted 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. When The Daily Beast sent message about love has won on Facebook on Friday, someone responded and asked “what is your intention love” before refusing to comment on the group leader. In a livestream uploaded a week ago, team members claimed Calrson was “in stasis” and refused medical attention “on his own.” A picture of Carlson from a video from 2016. YouTube / love has won For its part, Coroner, Saguache County Tom Perrin, told The Daily Beast that there was nothing to suggest that her death was due to misguided games describing the body as extremely thin. “It is possible that this woman took colloidal silver,” he said. (The group has previously used 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. 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 stored in separate cells. “They have been cooperative. We keep them in Saguache County, ”said Rio Grande Sheriff Sgt Jared Quintanos. Ryan Kramer, John Robertson, Jason Castillo and Obdulia Franco Gonzalez were held on a $ 50,000 bond each with two counts of child abuse, and a charge of manipulating deceased human remains. Christopher Royer and Sarah Rudolph were detained for two counts of child abuse and misuse of a corpse on a $ 2,000 bond. Karin Raymond was detained on two counts of child abuse, misuse of a corpse and false imprisonment on 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 happened in the last few 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. Everything… was about Amy. ”Profaci said the group believed it spread awareness of spiritual awakening and helped people“ awaken and deal with their inner BS. ”Carlson seemed to lose weight, as shown in this background image from a recent livestream.Youtube / love has won The group was driven out of Hawaii last year as they tried to move to a home in Kauai, neighbors protested their stay and protests outside the home became so heated that police had to ease their way out “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 decided in the last end up leaving Kauai for their safety. ” Carlson and 13 others flew back to Colorado, police said. Read more on The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to Learn more.