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    Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) objected to Chuck Todd’s characterization of former President Donald Trump as a “leader” of the Republican Party. Cassidy joined Todd on Meet The Press to talk about the GOP’s disappointing performance in the midterm elections, where he assessed that “those that were most closely aligned with the past, those were the ones that underperformed.” The conversation continued with Cassidy opining that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell should remain in his role after he “pulled the chestnuts out of the fire for candidates who, for whatever reason, were having a difficult time.” “I think going forward, Mitch will be our leader,” said Cassidy. “But that is not to say that we’re not going to have a necessary debate about ideas. And I think it’s very, again, one more time, important for us to explain to the American voter why Republicans have a better vision for the future of our country.” Todd pressed Cassidy on the top Republicans who oversaw Tuesday night’s electoral flop, saying “If this is the result of these elections, but the Republican Party still...
    Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) insisted that his party is "not a cult" despite a cult-like following for former President Donald Trump. NBC host Chuck Todd pointed out in a Sunday interview that Republicans largely maintained "the same leadership" despite underperforming in the midterm elections. "And of course, Donald Trump is sort of the leader out there," he said. "If there's no change there, do you think that's a problem for Republicans going forward?" "First, we're not a cult," Cassidy offered without prompting. "We're not like, OK, there's one person who leads our party. If we have a sitting president, she or he will be the leader of our party." Cassidy argued that the Republican Party has been missing a "fulsome discussion" of policies. "Again, we are not going to have one person anointed unless she or he happens to be a sitting president," he remarked. Watch the video below from NBC or at this link. 'We are not a cult': GOP senator insists to NBC youtu.be From Your Site Articles
    AT LEAST 11 people have been injured in a suspected suicide bombing in the Turkish city of Istanbul, with horror footage showing bodies strewn across the ground. The street was thronged with shoppers when the explosion tore through the centre of the Turkish city. A huge emergency response has been scrambled to the site of the blast on Istiklal Street near central Istanbul's Taksim Square. At least 11 people have been injured, with no confirmations yet of any possible deaths. Footage shows crowds fleeing from the busy square following a loud blast. Most read in US NewsNEW DEVELOPMENT Major update in missing boy's case as clue leads cops to search homeAIR DISASTER Horror moment 2 planes crash midair at Dallas airshow as crew of 6 feared dead'GOOD FORTUNE' 'Cult' leader 'boasted about role in Meghan Markle & Prince Harry marriage'GLAM EVENT Donald walks daughter down the aisle as she marries Michael Boulos TopicsTurkeyYOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunNEW DEVELOPMENT Major update in missing boy's case as clue leads cops to search homeAIR DISASTER Horror moment 2...
    TIKTOK 'cult' leader Robert Shinn boasted that he is responsible for Meghan Markle marrying Prince Harry in a wild church sermon days after the royal wedding.   An eyewitness to the strange rant by Shinn, who is the leader of the controversial Shekinah Church and owner of 7M Films which manages a popular TikTok dance troupe, exclusively told The U.S. Sun that the pastor claimed responsibility for the 2018 royal wedding.    5TikTok "cult" leader Robert Shinn took credit for Meghan Markle marrying Prince Harry in a 2018 sermonCredit: The US Sun 5Shinn's company produced Meghan's flick Random Encounters & his name appears on the posterCredit: Imaginating Pictures Meghan's 2013 film, Random Encounters, was produced by Shinn's Imaginating Pictures. The controversial pastor's name is even featured in the credits at the bottom of the movie poster. The flick was a box office flop and was widely panned by critics.   The church insider described the strange address Shinn delivered to his congregants in the days that followed Prince Harry's wedding to the Duchess of Sussex. Read more on Robert Shinn'TWISTED' First pics...
    AN alleged cult leader accused of killing a woman during a sick sex act will still be sentenced to death - despite his lawyers begging for a mistrial. Aubrey Trail, 56, slit his throat in court and shouted "curse you all" in scenes his attorneys said would never leave the jurors' minds. 5Aubrey Trail will still be sentenced to death after being found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Sydney LoofCredit: TANEY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE 5The body of Sydney Loofe, 24, was found dismembered in November 2017Credit: Facebook 5Aubrey Trail used a razor blade to cut his throat in front of horrified jurors in court - he required 100 stitchesCredit: 1011 Now They argued the damaging effect of the outburst could not be removed from the jurors' thought by admonition or instruction. And they insisted the horror, which took place while court was in session, should lead to a mistrial. Trail - who by contrast has demanded an execution date be set - was found guilty of first-degree murder alongside his then girlfriend Bailey Boswell for killing...
    It wasn’t lost on Paul Morantz as he charged after the cults and quasi-religious and self-help groups he believed had duped, imprisoned or brainwashed his many clients that he was putting himself in peril. After winning a $300,000 judgment against Synanon, a once respected drug rehab group that had devolved into a paranoid, paramilitary cult, the ice under his feet got even thinner. Returning to his Pacific Palisades home in late 1978 after another busy day at his law office, Morantz pulled into his driveway and walked to the curb to grab the mail. Coiled inside the mailbox was a 4 ½-foot rattlesnake. When the door opened, the snake didn’t hesitate, and Morantz slumped to the ground, writhing in pain. A neighbor tied a tourniquet around his arm in an effort to slow the venom from coursing through his body while the police corralled the rattler, beheaded it with a shovel and bagged what was left as evidence. The rattlesnake attack and the eventual revelations about the dark edges of the Santa Monica-based cult became one of the many strange...
    FORMER NXIVM doctor Danielle Roberts has claimed that brainwashed sex cult victims "wanted" to be branded with leader Keith Raniere's initials and that no one was "harmed." Roberts, who is now in her 40s, branded women on the hip with the initials of cult leader Keith Raniere at her home in Albany using a cauterizing pen. 6Dr Danielle Roberts branded women with Raniere's initials 6Cult leader Keith Raniere, 62, (pictured) was sentenced to 120 years in prisonCredit: Eastern District of NY 6The women were branded with the cult leader's initialsCredit: FRANK REPORT 6NXIVM brainwashed and blackmailed women into being 'sex slaves'Credit: Getty Images - Getty During a 2021 interview with NBC Dateline, the osteopath talked about the practice, claiming the women "asked for it". NXIVM was a New York-based organization that brainwashed and blackmailed women into being "sex slaves" while claiming to be a multi-level marketing company. Keith Raniere - the sex cult leader who chose women to be his "property" - was sentenced to 120 years in prison in 2020. Raniere, 62, created a secret sorority within the cult called DOS,...
    THE co-founder of the NXIVM sex cult, Nancy Salzman, has claimed that she was brainwashed by leader Keith Raniere, in a new docuseries. Salzman, now 68, helped carry out Raniere's schemes in the New York-based sex cult and was known as the organization's “prefect." 3Nancy Salzman, 68, (pictured) is the focus of The Vow: Part IICredit: HBO 3Keith Raniere, 62, (pictured) was sentenced to 120 years in prison on several charges, including sex traffickingCredit: Eastern District of NY 3Victims of NXIVM were sometimes branded with Raniere's initialsCredit: Youtube/ABC News She was convicted of racketeering conspiracy in 2021 and sentenced to three and a half years in jail. "My whole company was destroyed and my whole life fell apart," Salzman, who was a former business women, said in the trailer of The Vow: Part II - a docuseries that features interviews from Salzman and Raniere, who is now 62. She added: "Going into this I thought Keith was innocent - I was wrong." NXIVM was founded in 1998, was fronted as a self-help organization but in reality was a cult...
    TIKTOK "cult" leader, Robert Shinn is being investigated for tax fraud, and had allegedly "forced followers to work unpaid for God," a trove of documents reveal.  The U.S. Sun can exclusively report that Robert Shinn, who is the leader of the controversial Shekinah Church and owner of 7M Films which manages a wildly popular TikTok dance troupe, is at the center of an IRS probe following a complaint filed against him earlier this year. 6Shekinah Church pastor & 7M Films owner Robert Shinn is being investigated for tax fraudCredit: The US Sun 6Additionally, former church follower Melanie Lee Goldman (pictured) sued Shinn in labor courtCredit: The US Sun The U.S. Sun can also report that Shinn previously lost a major labor lawsuit that was filed by a former follower, Melanie Lee Goldman, with the California Labor Commission. Goldman alleged she was forced to work 40 hours a week and was paid only a $30 weekly stipend- all in the name of God, according to her testimony, the judgment against Shinn revealed. The church and 7M were catapulted to nationwide notoriety after...
    Keith Raniere, the leader of notorious sex cult NXIVM, was assaulted in his prison in Arizona by another inmate, leaving him unconscious and nauseous for a week Convicted sex cult leader Keith Raniere has been beaten up and knocked unconscious in his prison in Tucson, Arizona by another prisoner - before being housed with an intersex inmate next to a cage smeared with human feces. Raniere, who is serving his first year of a 120-year sentence, says he was assaulted by Maurice Withers as he walked to his table with his food one morning, and faced disciplinary action for 'fighting' despite not fighting back. Withers, 33, was put behind bars for sex trafficking crimes in Madison, Wisconsin and punched Raniere in the face, leaving him with a black eye and nausea for a week, despite never having spoken to him before. 'I was given a disciplinary ticket for 'fighting' and have had my privileges revoked and was placed in segregation 'pending investigation,' Raniere said, also claiming he 'did not fight back' in the sworn affidavit on September 6. He remains in a...
    THE leader of the NXIVM sex cult says he was knocked unconscious after being punched in the head by a fellow inmate in prison. Keith Raniere claims he was placed in solitary confinement after the attack and was "left dizzy for days and could not get out of bed", in legal papers obtained by The U.S. Sun. 5Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison for sex trafficking and racketeering crimesCredit: Eastern District of NY 5Picture of one of the brands a member of DOS said she was givenCredit: Youtube/ABC News 5Raniere is currently housed at USP Tucson in ArizonaCredit: Federal Bureau of Prisons The 62-year-old has also been placed in a cell with an intersex woman - despite his conviction for sex offenses - and been housed in a cage next to a cell smeared with human feces, according to his lawyers. Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison back in 2020 after being found guilty of sex trafficking, racketeering, child pornography possession and other crimes. Prosecutors said Raniere created a secret society within NXIVM, called DOS, where female...
    Sex cult leader Keith Raniere's legal team is accusing FBI forensics experts of not being truthful and have claimed photo evidence of child porn used to convict him was photoshopped. Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison in 2020 for child porn, sex trafficking, racketeering, forced labor and wire fraud conspiracy after an investigation of his cult, NXIVM. But in a May legal filing, his lawyers claimed the FBI had planted evidence that helped secure the conviction. Now Raniere's experts have shared new photos and evidence exclusively with DailyMail.com, claiming a senior FBI agent gave false testimony in Raniere's trial and another was prevented from testifying after he was mysteriously sent away abroad. In an interview with DailyMail.com, a top former FBI cyber forensics expert hired by Raniere's attorneys believes there were bungled procedures, manipulation of evidence and even an apparent effort to 'frame' the cult leader for his child sex conviction. The claims come as the FBI is facing intense scrutiny over high-profile investigations.  Keith Raniere, the leader of notorious sex cult NXIVM, was already on trial for running...
    A former Westchester County college student who fell under the spell of convicted sex-cult leader Larry Ray has pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder money for his illegal dealings. Isabella Pollok, age 31, a former student at Sarah Lawrence College, located near the border of Yonkers and Bronxville, who was described as Ray's "trusted lieutenant," pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Sept. 7 to one count related to Ray's twisted plot in Manhattan federal court. Ray, now age 62, will be sentenced in December on more than a dozen charges, including extortion, sex trafficking, and racketeering conspiracy related to his scheme at the prestigious college. He faces life in prison. During Wednesday's proceedings in a Manhattan federal court, Pollok switched her not guilty plea to guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to launder money, telling Judge Lewis J. Liman that she took part in the conspiracy and knew what she was doing was wrong and against the law, according to The New York Times. Pollok faces a maximum of five years in prison during sentencing. Earlier report: NY College Sex Cult Leader...
    Up to 20,000 Cambodians are taking shelter at a doomsday cult politician's farmhouse while they await an apocalyptic flood that will bring about the end of the world. Khem Veasna, the founder of the League for Democracy Party, claims a 'black hole' has formed in his spine which is sending him messages about an impending flood that will destroy everything apart from his farmland in Siem Reap. He said in one Facebook post: 'I can't sleep because whenever I sleep, my spinal cord is pulling so hard, because the world is breaking down, and the water is flowing into the gap.'  The supposed soothsayer also posted a number of images of apparent apparitions in the sky which he said foretold of the end of days. The leader, who refers to himself as a Brahma, a religious title which means heavenly king, has called for Cambodian migrant workers in South Korea to abandon their jobs and return home. Up to 20,000 Cambodians are taking shelter at a doomsday cult politician's farmhouse while they await an apocalyptic flood (pictured at the farm) Khem...
    A cult leader who will soon be standing trial for the murder of her two children was seen in an Idaho court smiling and giggling throughout proceedings. Lori Vallow appeared in Fremont County Court on Tuesday as her defense lawyers attempted to file motions in her favor. She is charged with two counts of murder, grand theft, and three counts of conspiracy involving her children JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan. Judge Steven Boyce denied Vallow's lawyer's motion filed to object to the timeliness of the trial but took the counsel's objection to the conspiracy charges under advisement, which could alter those charges in the future. NATIONAL OPERATION RESCUES 225 SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS, 37 ACTIVELY MISSING CHILDREN As Boyce delivered his ruling, Vallow was seen smirking and even giggling to herself. Vallow has been in custody at the Madison County Jail since April after being deemed competent to stand trial. This was a change to a previous ruling that found her incompetent to stand trial in May 2021. Lori Vallow Daybell, right, sits by an...
    Charles Manson's self-proclaimed grandson Jason Freeman's hopes of finally being able to inherit the notorious killer's estate were dashed when a mystery man stepped in at the 11th hour, claiming to be Manson's rightful heir. The new contender is 62-year-old Daniel Arguelles who says he's the mass murderer's 'biological son', thanks to a one-night stand his mother had with Manson back in 1959. Freeman, 46, was hoping that at a Los Angeles probate court hearing Friday, Judge Ruben Garcia would declare him sole heir to Manson's estate – his belongings plus potentially lucrative music and artwork rights.  He hoped the judge would reject the claim of his one remaining rival, memorabilia collector and Manson pen-pal Michael Channels, who maintains he has a 2002 will that leaves everything to him. But that didn't happen.  Instead, faced with the last-minute court petition filed Thursday by newcomer Arguelles, the judge continued Friday's hearing to October 20 when he'll hear details of the new claim. Jason Freeman, 46, is a former mixed martial arts fighter from Bradenton, Florida, who claims to be Charles Manson's...
    An extraordinary new memoir tells the story of how a woman discovered she has at least 40 siblings - and possibly over 100 - after finding out her father had secretly donated sperm to dozens of women. Chrysta Bilton, who grew up in Los Angeles, was just 23 and a recent graduate in 2007 when she made the extraordinary discovery that her father, Jeffrey Harrison, who had himself donated sperm to her lesbian mother, had gone on to also father many more children.  Her astonishing new book, A Normal Family: The Surprising Truth About My Crazy Childhood (and How I Discovered 35 New Siblings), is released in the UK this week and takes the reader through the dramatic twists of her unique life, from a chaotic childhood living with a mother involved in pyramid scams and cults - leaving the family in both poverty and riches - to the discovery in her twenties that she had 'possibly over a hundred' siblings.
    AN apocalyptic cult leader who was jailed for the sex abuse of 'virgin' teens has given his chilling "final words" saying he is the "Son of God" and the world will pay for how he has been treated. Wayne Bent, 82, the unrepentant leader of the Lord Our Righteousness Church, rumored to be a suicide cult, claims he "committed no crime", was "wrongly imprisoned" and "crucified like Jesus". 7Wayne Bent, self-described Messiah and leader of the Strong City cultCredit: Handout 7Bent and his follows live here at this remote religious community near Clayton, New MexicoCredit: Adam Gray /SWNS 7Followers of Bent believed the world was going to end in 2007Credit: Adam Gray/ SWNS In the long and rambling recording, eerily titled "Messiah's Last Words", posted online by one of his followers, Bent professed his innocence before saying, "I'm finished," adding, "It's time for the dead to be judged." His comments angered the father of two of the victims - who told The Sun that the convicted sex offender should finally take responsibility for what he has done. Bent, who...
    THE leader of a California religious 'cult' which landed Google in a lawsuit is abusive and has given a chilling warning to those who want to leave, a current follower has claimed. Former Google video producer Kevin Lloyd is suing after claiming the tech giant's studio in Mountain View, California was made up mostly of members of Fellowship of Friends. 5The Fellowship Of Friends compound is based in Oregon House, California 5Founder Robert Earl Burton has been accused of sexual exploitation by a number of men The controversial religious sect, led by Robert Earl Burton, has its headquarters based in nearby Oregon House, a small town deep in the Sierra foothills. Lloyd alleges in his lawsuit he was fired after complaining about the department's link to the Fellowship and its bizarre practices, including Burton's rumored 'love fests' where he tries to bed 100 male followers in a day. A Google spokesperson told the New York Times they investigated the concerns and claimed his "assignment ended due to well-documented performance issues," but the suit is ongoing. News of his firing came...
    Far-left activist Gazi Kodzo rose to internet notoriety last year with a series of bizarre online pronouncements he made as the leader of a fringe communist group called the Black Hammer Organization. Kodzo’s online declarations, including the claim that Holocaust victim Anne Frank was a whiny “Karen,” seemed designed to go viral as proof of left-wing activists out of control, and earned mentions from Fox News and other conservative outlets. But on Tuesday, Black Hammer, dubbed a “cult” by some former members, culminated in tragedy. That morning, an anonymous caller in a suburban Atlanta home rented by Black Hammer contacted police to report that they were being held against their will. When police searched the home, they found Kodzo, nine other people, and an 18-year-old man named Amonte T. Ammons dead of what police call an “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.” Now Kodzo, a 36-year-old whose legal name is Augustus C. Romain, faces a bevy of criminal charges, including aggravated sodomy, two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of...
    Share this: Two Eastern District of New York assistant United States attorneys, a former Acting United States Attorney, and one paralegal specialist were among the 298 department employees recognized on Tuesday by U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland at the 69th Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tanya Hajjar and Kevin Trowel, former Acting U.S. Attorney Mark J. Lesko, and Paralegal Specialist Teri Carby of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, along with several counterparts in the FBI and Homeland Security, were recognized for their efforts in dismantling a criminal enterprise led by Keith Raniere, whose members engaged in racketeering, sex trafficking and forced labor, among other crimes.  For more than a decade, Raniere and his co-conspirators led a criminal enterprise under the guise of various self-help organizations headquartered in Albany, N.Y., with centers operating elsewhere in the United States, Mexico and Canada. 
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A California panel on Friday denied parole for a follower of cult leader Charles Manson convicted of slayings more than a half-century ago.Bruce Davis was previously recommended for parole seven times, but those findings were rejected by three consecutive governors. Parole commissioners told the 79-year-old Davis to try again in three years."They said he lacks empathy," Michael Beckman, Davis' attorney, said after the hearing before two parole commissioners.Davis has said he helped kill musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea in 1969. He previously said he cut Shea with a knife and held a gun while Manson cut Hinman's face with a sword."I wanted to be Charlie's favorite guy," he said during a 2014 parole hearing.Afterward, other followers wrote "political piggy" on the wall of Hinman's home in his own blood.Davis was not involved in the more notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by the Manson cult the same year."The last 14 commissioners of the parole board found Bruce Davis suitable for parole," as did the last nine experts who found him at...
    Polygamous cult leader Warren Jeffs looks unamused in his new mug shot as he continues to serve his life sentence for aggravated sexual assault Polygamous cult leader Warren Jeffs looks unamused in his new mug shot as he continues to serve his life sentence for aggravated sexual assault.  The Texas Department Of Criminal Justice released a new mug shot of Jeffs, 66, on Thursday, just two weeks after the Netflix documentary dropped about his crimes. The documentary is currently spending its second week in the top 10 globally, pulling in almost 30million viewing hours.  Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison in 2011 after being convicted of sexual assaulting two children, ages 12 and 15. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) leader has also been accused of sexually abusing his own children, as well as his niece and nephew, who have come forward with allegations. The FLDS, a radical Mormon denomination, was founded in 1929 after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abandoned polygamy in 1890 and excommunicated members who refused to give up the practice of...
    A WIFE of Mormon cult leader Warren Jeffs was held captive by her brother after years of abuse inside the FLDS church before she made a daring break for freedom and now works to help others escape. Briell Decker, 36, finally broke free from the radical polygamist sect known as the FLDS, or Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, in 2013. 13Briell Decker, 36, runs a rehabilitation facility for FLDS members seeking to flee the sectCredit: Briell Decker 13Decker is circled above with Warren Jeffs other wives in front of a portrait of the self-proclaimed prophetCredit: Netflix 13Briell says she was drugged and abused at the direction of Jeffs for several yearsCredit: Supplied Briell used a pair of scissors to unscrew the bolts out of a window in her brother's home where she had been kept in a locked room for several weeks. She then ran to the nearby house of a Good Samaritan who she'd heard had helped prize others out of cult's grasp before. In the years preceding her escape, Briell claims...
    The cult that mysteriously handed over baby Holly Clouse after her parents had been brutally murdered is almost certainly a nomadic group that was led by a recluse who claimed to be Jesus reincarnated and was convicted of child abuse, DailyMail.com can reveal. Cult expert Joseph Szimhart said he would 'give a nine out of 10 guess' that the details revealed last week after the baby's identity was discovered, fits the group known as Christ's Family that wandered the south west United States for years.  The organization was described by the Texas authorities last week after Holly was finally tracked down to Oklahoma and and reunited with her family. First Assistant Attorney General of Texas, Brent Webster, said the group handed Holly to an Arizona church after her parents had been killed 1,000 miles away in Harris County, Texas. Webster said the group wore white robes, went barefoot, ate a vegetarian diet, separated men and women and shunned animal products. That description matches Christ's Family, Szimhart, who met the group several times in the early 1980s, told DailyMail.com in an...
    Nick Fuentes' former acolytes are beginning to turn on him as his ex-associates reveal the seamy underbelly of his white-nationalist America First operation. One of the realities of far-right extremist movements and organizations we’ve observed historically is that, because they are run by paranoid, antagonistic egotists—nearly all of whom are grifters running scams of various stripes—and attract footsoldiers with similarly unstable personalities, they often have relatively short shelf lives and crumble apart under the weight of dueling egos and internecine bickering. So it was almost inevitable that Nick Fuentes’ white-nationalist “Groyper army”—which specializes in the politics of bigoted confrontation targeting insufficiently “red-pilled” conservatives—would run aground on the shoals of that reality. Sure enough, as Tess Owen reveals in her latest report on the Groypers for Vice, Fuentes’ increasingly strident and erratic behavior has soured a number of white nationalists who have been avid participants in his America First organization. Among them is a former lieutenant who went on a podcast and revealed how Fuentes manipulated followers, including himself, causing a sudden exodus of now-former Groypers. xTHREAD: Jaden McNeil recently resigned...
    FORCED into marrying her cousin at just 14, Elissa Wall was routinely raped and suffered two miscarriages by the time she was 16. Born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), which teaches that all men should have three or more wives, she and her 22 siblings worshipped and obeyed its leader, 'prophet' Warren Jeffs. 10Elissa Wall was a child bride in the cultCredit: Netflix 10Warren Jeffs preached polygamy and had 78 wivesCredit: Netflix Within the Mormon cult, girls as young as 12 were groomed and forced to marry older men. Jeffs himself had 78 wives - 24 of whom were underage, including a 12-yar-old he raped in front of other wives. He abused children as young as six and ran "heavenly teachings" on how to satisfy him. Jeffs was eventually convicted of rape and child sexual assault - thanks in part to Elissa's bravery in speaking out at his 2008 trial - and imprisoned for life plus 20 years. Elissa is among the victims who share their harrowing story in the new Netflix documentary...
    THE 65th wife of Mormon cult leader Warren Jeffs claims the convicted pedophile put a hit out on her and had her drugged before she managed to escape his twisted sect after years of abuse. Briell Decker was just 18 when she was forced to wed 50-year-old Warren Jeffs, the leader and self-proclaimed prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints (FLDS). 16Briell Decker (circled) was the 65th wife of Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints (FLDS)Credit: Netflix 16Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison in 2011 for child sex abuse with two girls, aged 12 and 14 to whom he was 'spiritually' marriedCredit: Pool 16Briell now runs a center to help FLDS members flee the cultCredit: Briell Decker The secret arranged marriage ceremony took place while Jeffs was on the run from police. Now 36, Briell told The US Sun in an exclusive interview how she was groomed her "whole life" to one day tie the knot with Jeffs who, unbeknown to her at the time,...
    WARREN Jeffs was the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) - an allegedly polygamous sect that has been branded a cult. In 2011, Jeffs was convicted of two counts of sexually assaulting a minor for sex and handed life in jail. 1Warren Jeffs was the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day SaintsCredit: Getty Who is Warren Jeffs? Warren was the leader at the FLDS Church from 2996 and until his arrest. In 2006, Jeffs was placed on the FBI's Ten Most. At the time, there was a $100,000 bounty for his arrest. MORE ON WARREN JEFFSSICK ABUSE Horror crimes of polygamous Mormon cult whose leader had '24 wives under 17'POLYGAMY BOMBSHELL The shocking truth revealed about Warren Jeffs and the FLDS church cult He became church leader following his father's death in 2002 and became known as "President and Prophet, Seer and Revelator". A Netflix documentary based on the cult church, titled Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey, reveals the protocols enforced by Warren when he was the head of the...
    POLYGAMY practicing cult leader, Warren Jeffs, is a central figure of the FLDS church. A Netflix documentary based on the cult church, titled Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey, reveals the protocols enforced by Warren when he was the head of the FLDS. 2On May 6, 2006, Warren Jeffs was placed on the FBI's list of Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives Where is Warren Jeffs? On September 11, 2007, Warren Jeffs' trial commenced proceedings in Utah. The FLDS president was facing charges related to acting as an accomplice to rape. Weeks later on September 25, Jeffs' trial concluded with the cult leader's guilty conviction. He was found guilty on two counts of being an accomplice to rape. Read More on The US SunSICK ABUSE Horror crimes of polygamous Mormon cult whose leader had '24 wives under 17'LONG LIST What to know about the members on the Sarah Lawrence 'sex cult' list On Tuesday, November 20, Jeffs was sentenced to two consecutive prison terms that each spanned five years to life. His legal trouble did not end there, he faced additional charges...
    THE crimes and secrets of polygamous Mormon cult FLDS have been investigated for years. Now, the crimes of the cult and its "prophet" leader, Warren Jeffs, are being fully unearthed in a new Netflix documentary. 4A new Netflix documentary covers the FLDS cultCredit: Netflix 4FLDS is a branch of the Mormon churchCredit: Netflix 4Warren Jeffs is the leader of FLDSCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4The Yearning for Zion FLDS compound is located in TexasCredit: Getty Images - Getty The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) is actually a branch off from the Mormon church. When mainstream Mormonism stopped practicing polygamy in the 1890s - reportedly as part of a deal to help make Utah a recognized state - one group refused to comply. That's when the FLDS branched off and became the cult-like group it's now known as. Its leader, Jeffs, succeeded his father, Rulon T. Jeffs, who ran the cult for about 15 years prior to his 2002 death. READ MORE CULT STORIESDOOMSDAY DECEIT Inside cult mom's 'web of lies to cover up gruesome murders of...
    A TV star revealed how her dad was a cult leader paedophile with nine wives and 64 children - and she didn't know who her mum was until she was five. Keira Maguire, 35, who starred on Australian TV show The Bachelor, was born into a polyamorous cult with her dad Alistah Laishkochav at the helm. 7Alistah Laishkochav set up the cult in the 1970s 7The paedophile cult leader had 64 children 7Laishkochav founded the bizarre cult known as The Seaside Sect 7Keira Maguire, 35, starred on Australian TV show The BachelorCredit: Instagram Keira distanced herself from the convicted paedophile and former cop, who founded the bizarre cult known as The Seaside Sect in the 1970s. He set up the cult in Australia's Byron Bay and settled with nine wives, who all reportedly slept in one large bedroom, and 64 children. Born in Auckland in New Zealand, vile Laishkochav changed his name from Ian Lowe when he moved to Australia in 1969. He reportedly boasted in an interview in 1992: "King Solomon had so many wives. Read more world newsLAND OF...
    A bandleader and guidance counsellor at Leesburg High School in Florida resigned amid an investigation after the pair were accused of operating a 'cult-like' group for students that masqueraded as a Bible study group. Former bandleader Gabriel Fielder owns a  13-acre farm on the outskirts of Leesburg, 40 miles north west of Orlando.  Fielder would entertain groups of students on his land, where the teenagers were forced into manual labor and ordered to pay tithes to Fielder, reports The Daily Commercial.  The group was known as The Elder Council. Fielder founded the group in 2018. Gabriel Fielder joined Leesburg High School and was the leader of the school's Swarm of Sound band Leonardo aka Lenny Finelli is also accused of sending inappropriate messages to a male student Working with Fielder in running The Elder Council was Leesburg guidance counsellor Leonardo aka Lenny Finelli.  Online records show that Finelli and Fielder registered a non-profit in Leesburg named The Elder Council Inc. in November 2019.   The whistle was blown on the pair's operation when Finelli was accused of having an inappropriate relationship...
    BANGKOK (AP) — Police in northeastern Thailand have arrested a forest-dwelling self-proclaimed holy man whose followers allegedly worshipped corpses and consumed bodily fluids as a cure for sickness, officials said Monday. There were chaotic scenes as officers raided the thatched house of 75-year-old Thawee Nanra on Sunday deep in a jungle in Chaiyaphum province. Supporters screamed and jostled with police as the bearded, shirtless white-haired man was led to a police vehicle. Police said they found 11 corpses on the premises and local media said they were believed to be the bodies of his followers. Provincial Gov. Kraisorn Kongchalad said Thawee had at least a dozen followers living with him. Coffins containing bodies were scattered around the house. Devotees reportedly told authorities that the leader’s urine and phlegm were believed to be cures for diseases. Kraisorn said he was shocked to discover such practices still went on in the modern age. “It’s quite disturbing to see that there are people who believe in such superstition. But this is not only about a personal belief anymore. We have dead bodies, and...
    NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere says the government planted child porn on his computer and cameras to convict him  NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere has claimed the government fabricated and planted child porn on his computers and cameras in an effort to send him to prisom.  In a 42-page filing on Tuesday, his attorneys said that the tampering happened when FBI agents seized evidence from his home in 2018.  They say they went right for a computer hard drive and camera, ignoring all other items of evidence in Raniere's home, and that suspiciously named folders containing child porn were later discovered.  Raniere's attorneys claim that it not only wins him the right to a new trial but that the apparent evidence tampering 'shocks the conscience'.  'In its prosecution of Keith Raniere, the government manufactured child pornography and planted it on a computer hard drive to tie it to him.  'Additionally, the government falsified, fabricated, and manipulated all the key evidence it used to convict Mr. Raniere of the most heinous crimes he was charged with, that is, possession of child...
    NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere on Tuesday tried to appeal his conviction, claiming via his lawyers that he didn't get a fair shake in court because his lawyers weren't given long enough to cross-examine witnesses.  Heiress Clare Bronfman - who was also convicted for her role in the sex cult - also appealed her six year sentencing, claiming she was made an example of because she is so rich.  Raniere was convicted of sex trafficking in January 2019 and was sentenced to 120 years in prison in October 2020. NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere (left) is currently serving a 120-year sentence but he on Tuesday asked for his conviction to be overturned. The judges adjourned without making a decision. Seagrams' heiress Clare Bronfman (right) also appealed for a lighter sentence. She was sentenced to six years for her role in the cult He did not appear in court on Tuesday his attorney did to claim that he did not get long enough to question witnesses, specifically Lauren Salzman, who struck a deal with prosecutors and escaped jail herself. RELATED ARTICLES ...
    NEW YORK — Two years after he was convicted and sentenced to more than a century in federal prison for his leadership of an abusive sex cult known as NXIVM, Keith Raniere is moving for a new trial on the grounds that federal investigators forged a digital image to make it appear to be child pornography. In a motion filed Thursday, attorneys for Raniere accused FBI agents of backdating a picture of a woman Raniere dated to appear as though it was taken in 2005, when the woman was underage. The photograph was presented as evidence Raniere possessed child pornography, which Raniere was ultimately convicted of, among other federal sex crimes. The motion, filed by California-based attorney Joseph Tully on Raniere’s behalf, accuses federal investigators of improperly accessing the digital file after it had been seized during the service of a search warrant at Raniere’s Albany home. The motion argues that the evidence “would have resulted in a different result at trial,” and that the findings are backed up by three forensics experts, including a retired FBI agent. “The backup...
    CHURCH leader Gwen Shamblin Lara's chilling final moments were captured in newly released audio taken moments before the plane crash which killed her and six others. The clip - first obtained by HBO documentary The Way Down - hears from air traffic control as they speak with the pilot of the doomed flight. 4Gwen Shamblin Lara, 66, was one of seven people to die when the Cessna C501 crashedCredit: Facebook 4Her chilling final moments were captured in newly released audio taken moments before the plane crashCredit: HBO Gwen, 66, was one of seven people to die when the Cessna C501 crashed into Percy Priest Lake near Smyrna, Tennessee in May last year. The group - which included her Tarzan actor second husband Joe Lara, 58 - are thought to have been heading to a Women Fighting For America event. Air traffic control data revealed that the plane started to drop after just 90 seconds in the air. Diet guru Shamblin Lara founded the controversial Remnant Fellowship Church in 1999. READ MORE SUN STORIESCHILLING TALE The release date for the final episodes...
    GWEN Shamblin Lara, leader of the Remnant Fellowship Church who died in 2021, lived a luxury lifestyle - despite her claims that her money went to helping others. Details of Shamblin Lara's lifestyle are being revealed in a new HBO docuseries. 3Gwen Shamblin Lara was an author and leader of the Remnant Fellowship ChurchCredit: Scott Sabo / Wikipedia CC 3She and her husband, Joe Lara, were killed in a plane crashCredit: Facebook 3An investigation into Shamblin Lara's will was conducted after her deathCredit: gwenshamblinlara/Instagram 'Not for God, it was for Gwen' Upon her death in May 2021, an investigation into Shamblin Lara's will involved an estate possibly worth millions. But it doesn't necessarily suggest Shamblin Lara did with her money as she said she did while she was alive. "It suggests to me — perhaps I'm cynical — it suggests to me that the accumulation was not for God, it was for Gwen," Nashville lawyer Gary Blackburn told News Channel 5 Nashville, who conducted the investigation. In 1998 Shamblin Lara told CNN host Larry King, “This money, half of it...
    Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) claimed on Wednesday the Democrat Party is not a cult but a coalition of intersectionality. “We’re not a cult, we’re a coalition,” Jeffries explained. “If you’re a cult it’s very easy, you just take orders from the cult leader… Just bend the knee to the cult leader and fall in line.” “That’s a cult,” he claimed. “We’re a coalition that represents the broadest possible coalition gorgeous mosaic of the American people.” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) calls out the GOP when asked about the need for consensus in the Democratic Party: “We’re not a cult, we’re a coalition. If you’re a cult it’s very easy, you just take orders from the cult leader … Bend the knee to the cult leader and fall in line.” pic.twitter.com/Ci1VIutldt — The Recount (@therecount) April 27, 2022 Jeffries added he is “thankful for patriotic Republicans like Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger” who do not support former President Donald Trump’s American First policies. Jeffries suggested Trump’s America First policies are synonymous with a cult.  Jeffries’s “coalition” claims to collect all “marginalized” groups under one umbrella while excluding...
    Cults make prophetic promises they can almost never fulfill, which in turn leads them to revise those guarantees in order to keep their flock in line and their scams alive. In that regard, few have faced a bigger obstacle than the Remnant Fellowship Church, whose founder and leader Gwen Shamblin routinely preached that being faithful to God—primarily by maintaining a slim waistline and training children to be docile and subservient—resulted in glorious financial, familial, and spiritual rewards. That was all well and good during the prosperous Remnant Fellowship times, but it became an onerous problem on May 29, 2021, when a plane piloted by Shamblin’s husband Joe Lara crashed on its way to a Florida MAGA rally, instantly killing Shamblin and everyone else on board. That tragedy served as a de facto cliffhanger for The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin, HBO Max’s docuseries from last September, and it’s where director Marina Zenovich picks up with The Way Down Part 2, a two-installment coda that investigates what this calamity has meant for the Remnant Fellowship...
    The leader of an alleged polygamist cult who often refers to himself as “3God” and “Nature Boy” is facing several charges this week, including false imprisonment and rape. Eligio Bishop, the 40-year-old leader of the group Carbon Nation, was arrested this week on five charges on April 14—including rape, false imprisonment, and sending sexually explicit electronic transmissions without consent, the Dekalb County Police Department said. The arrest comes after a Wednesday night raid at his Georgia home, which included dozens of officers and a tactical team, according to WSB-TV. He is currently being held at DeKalb County jail after Magistrate Judge Abbi Taylor denied his bail during a Friday court appearance, the severity of his alleged crimes. While authorities have not provided details into what led to the charges, police did confirm a “special victims unit investigation” into Bishop has been ongoing since March 30 after they received a complaint against him. The Wednesday raid, police said, included search and arrest warrants. “There is no additional information at this time,” a police spokesperson told The Daily Beast. According to...
    The New Jersey man who ran a sex cult out of his daughter's dorm room will face life in prison after being found guilty by a jury of sexually exploiting and trafficking girls. Larry Ray, 62 — who was arrested at his home in Piscataway — was found guilty of 15 counts that include racketeering, sex trafficking, conspiracy, forced labor, extortion, tax evasion, and other crimes in relation to his scheme following multiple delays in his trial and prosecution. The jury deliberated for less than four hours before returning the guilty verdict. “Twelve years ago, Larry Ray moved into his daughter’s dorm room at Sarah Lawrence College and when he got there, he met a group of friends who had their whole lives ahead of them,” US Attorney Damian Williams said following the announcement of the verdict. “But the next decade he used violence, threats, and psychological abuse to try and control and destroy their lives. He exploited them. He terrorized them. He tortured them. “Let me be clear. Larry Ray is a predator," he continued. "An evil man who did evil...
    The New Jersey man who ran a sex cult out of his daughter's dorm room will face life in prison after being found guilty by a jury of sexually exploiting and trafficking girls. Larry Ray, 62 — who was arrested at his home in Piscataway — was found guilty of 15 counts that include racketeering, sex trafficking, conspiracy, forced labor, extortion, tax evasion, and other crimes in relation to his scheme following multiple delays in his trial and prosecution. The jury deliberated for less than four hours before returning the guilty verdict. “Twelve years ago, Larry Ray moved into his daughter’s dorm room at Sarah Lawrence College and when he got there, he met a group of friends who had their whole lives ahead of them,” US Attorney Damian Williams said following the announcement of the verdict. “But the next decade he used violence, threats, and psychological abuse to try and control and destroy their lives. He exploited them. He terrorized them. He tortured them. “Let me be clear. Larry Ray is a predator," he continued. "An evil man who did evil...
    Larry Ray, the leader of a sex cult run out of his daughter's dorm room at a New York college located in Westchester County, will face life in prison after being found guilty by a jury of sexually exploiting and trafficking girls. Ray, now 62 years old following multiple delays in his trial and prosecution, was found guilty of 15 counts that include racketeering, sex trafficking, conspiracy, forced labor, extortion, tax evasion, and other crimes in relation to his scheme at Sarah Lawrence College, located near the border of Yonkers and Bronxville. Related story - DOJ Accidentally Publishes List Of Alleged Clients In Sarah Lawrence Case It reportedly took the jury less than four hours to deliberate and return the guilty verdicts. “Twelve years ago, Larry Ray moved into his daughter’s dorm room at Sarah Lawrence College and when he got there, he met a group of friends who had their whole lives ahead of them,” US Attorney Damian Williams said following the announcement of the verdict. “But the next decade he used violence, threats, and psychological abuse to try and control and...