DENVER ― Seven members of a cult-like group often called Love Has Gained have been arrested on expenses of abusing a corpse and little one abuse after mummified stays believed to be their chief’s have been present in a house in rural southern Colorado.
Saguache County sheriff’s deputies discovered the decomposed physique of a feminine they suspected was that of group chief Amy Carlson within the again room of a residence in Moffat, Colorado, final Wednesday.
The stays have been wrapped in “what seems to be” a sleeping bag and adorned with Christmas tree lights in what resembled “some kind of shrine” seen from different components of the home, a sheriff’s corporal mentioned in an arrest warrant affidavit. Glitter make-up had been utilized across the corpse’s eyes, which have been described by a witness as “glazed over or lacking.”
Deputies additionally discovered a 13-year-old woman and 2-year-old boy in the home. Each gave the impression to be in good well being, in accordance with the affidavit.
“The Saguache County Sheriff’s Workplace has acquired many complaints from households inside the USA saying that the group is brainwashing individuals and stealing their cash,” the sheriff’s corporal wrote within the doc. “Ms. Carlson is believed to be the chief of ‘Love has Gained’ and goes by the identify ‘Mom God.’”
The dying was reported to authorities by a follower of Love Has Gained named Miguel Lamboy. He advised police in close by Salida, Colorado, that different members of the group introduced the corpse into his residence after they mentioned they wanted a spot to remain. Lamboy allowed them in and left to run errands, discovering the mummified stays within the again bed room when he returned later that day.
These arrested ranged in age from 32 to 52. They have been held in Rio Grande County jail on expenses of abuse of a corpse and two counts of kid abuse.
In 2020, Love Has Gained tried to relocate to the Hawaiian island of Kauai earlier than residents rebuffed them. Right here’s how an investigation by the Honolulu Civil Beat summarized the group’s difficult-to-follow beliefs on the time:
The cult describes itself as having roots in beliefs in Lemuria, a legendary misplaced continent whose modern followers imagine Lemurian descendants should still reside inside Mt. Shasta.
In a transcript of one among [Love Has Won’s] YouTube movies, a girl who recognized herself as Lauren Suarez says that Carlson “was queen of Lemuria and Donald Trump was mother’s father in Lemuria.”
Rick Alan Ross, CEO of Cult Schooling Institute and the creator of “Cults Inside Out,” spoke with Carlson on the Dr. Phil present in September.
“In my view ‘Love Has Gained’ is a harmful cult,” Ross advised HuffPost in an e mail. “The group is basically predicated upon the assumption that Amy Carlson is God and like different character cults is fully outlined by her claims because the chief. Carlson was the driving power and defining factor of the group.”
Ross described Carlson as “extraordinarily authoritarian and controlling” and mentioned the group has a historical past of abusing members, together with youngsters.
“My hope is that they are going to recuperate and transfer on with their lives,” Ross mentioned of Carlson’s followers. “And a part of that course of will likely be for them to achieve an understanding of how cults manipulate individuals and the way Carlson particularly manipulated them.”
Ross provided some recommendation for members of the family who might wish to contact family members concerned with the group. With out Carlson, he mentioned, the group “will almost certainly start to crumble.”
“At this juncture, it’s crucial to let family members know that you simply stay dedicated as household, are there for them and absolutely supportive,” Ross continued. “Don’t argue with “Love Has Gained” followers or in any manner disgrace them. They should know which might be nonetheless unconditionally cherished by their household and might come residence once more. … Be forgiving, loving and do all the things attainable to take care of ongoing communication.”
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