After tons of searching, I narrowed it down to these (for now) I called it part 1 because I will be doing more. Another soon because there are a ton of interesting cases, I tried to include all the important details while also making sure it wasn’t too long, plus I like to add visuals so it’s not just a long read and it adds to the mental-picture of these psychotic people.
In a way it’s disappointing there are so many though, because it shows how easily people are willing to submit and follow any bullshit that makes them feel accepted and ‘special’ or a part of something. The pictures of Jonestown and the sheer f*cking amount of dead bodies, who willfully drank cyanide-laced Kool-aid, speaks volumes.
I also want to say that I am not glorifying murderers when I do articles about this kind of stuff, I don’t think it’s ‘cool’ or anything like that and I never would because these victims were real people and didn’t deserve what happen to them.
Besides being interested in creepy ‘scary’ stories as a horror fan, every aspect of the mind and the different perceptions of reality is just really mind-blowing, bizarre, and interesting to me.
*An eight year-old boy was skinned and his flesh fed to cannibal relatives after his mother kept him locked in a cellar.
Klara Mauerova – a member of a sinister religious cult – wept in court as she admitted torturing her son Ondrej and his ten year-old brother Jakub The court also heard allegations that relatives had partially skinned eight-year-old Ondrej and then eaten the raw human flesh.
The two boys told how their mother and relatives had stubbed cigarettes out on their bare skin, whipped them with belts and tried to drown them.
– According to Fox News:
“The boys said they were kept in cages or handcuffed to tables and made to stand for days in their own urine.”
“The abuse was discovered when a man living nearby installed a TV monitor to keep watch on his newborn baby. Instead of pictures of his newborn he was confronted by live images of Ondrej naked in the cellar — beaten and chained,” The Sun reported.
Mauerova is understood to have installed the monitor so she could watch her victims suffering from her kitchen.
The mother and Barbara Skrlova were members of the Grail Movement Cult which, according to Wikipedia was founded by Oskar Ernst Bernhardt and based on his book ‘In the Light of Truth’ which he published under the pen name of Abd-ru-shin. Believers, most of which reside in Western Europe, but can also be found in Quebec, Canada and some West African countries like Nigeria, consider this work to be more important and influential than the bible.
Barbara Skrlova was originally thought to be a 13-year-old also imprisoned by Mauerova and her relatives.
According to the Independent:
“Investigators believed Ondrej had been maltreated for six months, and he was taken into care with his brother Jakub and the “13-year-old”, whom a court had allowed Klara Mauerova to adopt in March.
What was just a case of child abuse seized the nation’s attention, when the 13yr-old disappeared from a children’s home, sparking a search for her in nearby woods and villages.
Then came the bizarre revelation that it was not a 13yr-old, but a 34-year-old woman in disguise. It was actually Barbara Skrlova, a friend of the Mauerova sisters who, like them, belongs to a breakaway faction of an organisation called the Grail Movement. She was then also taken in to custody.
Mauerova has admitted abusing her children but she said she had been manipulated by her sister Katerina and Skrlova.
All three of them had been part of a cult called the Grail Movement which claims to have hundreds of followers in Britain as well as tens of thousands of others worldwide.
Katerina Mauerova and Skrlova and another relative are all accused of involvement in the abuse of the boys.
The court has also heard claims that the abuse of the boys was co-ordinated by a man known only as the “Doctor” who sent mobile phone text messages to the Mauerova sisters telling them how to abuse the two boys.
Local media have said that the sinister figure could be one of the leaders of the Grail Movement the women were involved with.
If you’re thinking what I was, I looked and no the movie ‘Orphan’ isn’t based on Barbara Skrlova (or any other true story)
*”The Slenderman Girls”, who were both 12 at the time of the alleged incident in Wisconsin, US, last May, will face first-degree intentional homicide charges with a dangerous weapon enhancer – which automatically places them in adult court under Wisconsin law.
If convicted, they could each face up to 65 years in a state prison, reported the Association Press.
Prosecutors argue that the girls plotted for months to kill their friend, who was also 12 at the time.
The girls are alleged to have invited their friend into attending a sleepover at one of their homes last May before luring her into a wooded park the next morning.
Probable cause exists that [the defendants] both attempted to kill [the victim] with a dangerous weapon.
Judge Michael Bohren:
“They are then accused of stabbing her 19 times before fleeing the scene, according to court documents.”
The girl survived her injuries and was found by a cyclist after she crawled from a wooded area, where she claims she was stabbed by the two girls.
However, both girls’ attorneys have argued that the girls legitimately believed they had to kill their friend in order to protect their families from “Slender Man”.
Anthony Cotton, an attorney for one of the girls, also called his client a schizophrenic in court on Friday.
– Judge Michael Bohren was asked by defence teams to consider the charges during a hearing last month.
They suggested that contended second-degree attempted intentional homicide would be a more fitting charge because the girls thought they were defending themselves and their loved ones from “Slender Man” by attacking their friend.
Judge Bohren rejected the self defence claim and noted that the girls also thought killing their friend would make them “Slender Man’s” servants, as well as earning them the right to live in his mansion and prove to others the creature was real.
Those motivations outweigh self defence, he argued.
*In 2011 in Swansea, Wales, Colin Batley was found guilty of 35 charges relating to his role as the leader of a ‘satanic cult’ that sexually abused children and women, manufactured child abuse images and forced children and women into prostitution (de Bruxelles 2011).
His partner and two other women were also convicted on related charges, with one man convicted of paying to abuse a victim of the group. The groups’ ritualistic activities were based on the doctrine of Aleister Crowley,
an occult figure whose writing includes references to ritual sex with children. Crowley’s literature has been widely linked to the practice of ritualistic abuse by survivors and their advocates, who in turn have been accused by occult groups of religious persecution. During Batley’s trial, the prosecution claimed that Crowley’s writings formed the basis of Batley’s organisation and he read from a copy of it during sexually abusive incidents.
“It seems that alternative as well as mainstream religious traditions can be misused by sexually abusive groups.” ― Michael Salter, Organised Sexual Abuse
*Like many teenagers, 16-year-old Rod Ferrell was obsessed with dark subjects, specifically vampires. However, Ferrell took things a bit further by declaring that he actually was a 500-year-old vampire named Vesago. While it’s not unusual for people to role-play, Ferrell’s dark obsessions would have tragic consequences.
Though born in Kentucky, Ferrell spent some time living in Eustis, Florida, where he met Heather Wendorf at their school. Wendorf was immediately drawn to Ferrell and was fascinated by the “vampire clan” that he ran back in Kentucky. The pair performed rituals in which they would drink each other’s blood. After Ferrell moved back to Kentucky, Wendorf confided in him that she was miserable at home. Ferrell soon came up with a solution to “save” Wendorf.
On November 25, 1996, Ferrell and his vampire clan, which consisted of Scott Anderson and two teenage girls, drove to Wendorf’s home. The girls took the car and brought Wendorf to see her boyfriend so she could say goodbye. Meanwhile, Ferrell and Anderson walked into the house, where Ferrell grabbed a crowbar and beat 49-year-old Richard Wendorf to death as he lay asleep on the couch. The pair claimed they were going to leave 54-year-old Ruth unharmed, but she came across the two teenagers in her home and threw hot coffee on Ferrell, which angered him into beating her to death as well. Ferrell then burned his symbol, a letter V, into Richard Wendorf’s body, before stealing his car and picking up the girls. Heather’s sister found the bodies when she returned home from work that night.
The vampire clan drove to New Orleans, but they quickly ran out of money. When one of the girls called her mother to ask for cash, the police quickly tracked down the clan. All but Heather Wendorf confessed to the crime. Ferrell was given a death sentence, making him the youngest person on death row at the time (his sentence was later reduced to life in prison). Heather Wendorf was acquitted of involvement in the crimes after a grand jury found she did not know what Ferrell intended to do.
*The Fall Rivers Cult Operating in Massachusetts in the late ’70s was led by 25-year-old Carl Drew. Drew was a pimp who used Satanism to terrify the prostitutes who worked for him. He claimed to be the son of Satan himself and demanded that his orders be followed without question.
The group may have had up to 10 members, all of them associated with the Fall River sex trade. Between 1979 and 1980 they held numerous ceremonies deep in the local woods. During these seances, Drew would speak in a different voice and a different language.
At first the rituals involved sex and drugs, but things took a turn for the worse when Drew decided there needed to be human sacrifices. The first to die was 19-year-old prostitute Donna Levesque. Her hands were bound and her head was beaten in with a rock. Her body was dumped under the bleachers at a local high school. She was found on October 13, 1979.
The second murder tied to the cult was that of Barbara Raposa in November 1979. Her body was found on a pile of stones resembling a crude altar. Her skull had been crushed and her hands had been bound.
The cult’s third victim was 22-year-old Karen Marsden, who was killed in February 1980. Marsden had been present at the murder of Levesque, which apparently terrified her so much that she decided to go to the police. On that fateful night, Marsden’s head was beaten in with a rock, before Drew broke her neck with his bare hands. According to cult devotee and prostitute Robin Murphy, Drew finally handed her a knife and ordered her to slit Marsden’s throat. Drew then cut an X into Marden’s chest and used her blood to mark an X on Murphy’s forehead. Finally, Drew pulled and kicked at Marsden’s head until it came off. After Marsden’s death the cult was rounded up. Two members, including Carl Drew, were given life sentences. Drew claimed he was innocent and has tried to appeal the case many times. Robin Murphy testified against the rest of the cult members and was given a lighter sentence. The judge also allowed her to apply for parole after 20 years.In 2004, Murphy was released, but was caught violating her parole and sent back to prison a year later. In March 2012, Murphy recanted her statement while applying for another parole. She claimed to have lied about the whole thing. However, many who worked on the investigation believe she was actually one of the masterminds of the crimes.
Fall River Cult Murders
*The Carny Cult In 1991, William Anthony Ault was working for a traveling carnival in the US. His coworkers Jimmie Penick, Mark Goodwin, and brothers Keith and David Lawrence were involved in a Satanic cult—and Ault wanted to join. When the cult rejected him, Ault turned to blackmail. He knew about the murder of an 18-year-old boy in Fulton County, Georgia, committed by Penick and Keith Lawrence earlier that year. However, the cult had a different plan to ensure Ault wouldn’t talk.
On September 25, 1991, after the carnival had closed, the five men were driven to a secluded area and Ault was asked to lie on a makeshift altar. The four cult members then tied and gagged him. Keith Lawrence said a prayer to Satan before Penick picked up a knife and cut Ault from his neck to his stomach. The men then took turns cutting his abdomen and chest, making an inverted cross. Finally, Penick asked Ault if he was ready die before slitting his throat. The four men later cut off Ault’s head and hands and tried to burn them, before throwing his body in a field. Then they took the money Ault had on him and went to Arby’s.
The police were tipped off to the location of the body by Mark Goodwin’s father, and the cult was arrested a short time later. Penick was given a 60-year sentence, Keith Lawrence was given 20 years, and David Lawrence and Goodwin were both given eight years.When asked about their Satanic connections, Keith Lawrence said that Satanism was “like a drug: “You get high, and once you’re over it, you’ve got to inject even more than the first time.”
*The Santa Muerte Cult*
Basically acting as a kind of female Grim Reaper, Santa Muerte is a folk saint in Mexican culture. She is the personification of death and helps people on their journey into the afterlife. She is often depicted as a skeleton in a gown and is used to remind people of their mortality. Most worshipers offer candy, cigarettes, and incense to her statue. But one small cult in Sonora Province took things a bit further. She is looked at 2 ways, a psychopomp, a harmless spirit guide after you die. To others, she is a dark, evil, sinister deity who demands blood sacrifices and worship. You can guess which one this cult followed..
– It all started with the disappearance of 10-year-old Martin Rios in July 2010, followed by the disappearance of 10-year-old Jesus Martinez in March 2011. Both boys were known to frequent the house of Jesus’s step-grandmother, Silvia Meraz. Police were already suspicious of Meraz because of the parade of people visiting her house—they thought she might be running a brothel. When a 55-year-old woman disappeared, the police finally decided to search the property.
– Once inside, the police quickly discovered the bodies of the two missing boys, one under the floorboards and the other buried in the yard. Police also learned that the body of the 55-year-old was buried in a different location. All three had been murdered by a Santa Muerte cult led by the 44-year-old Meraz. Eight members of the cult, who were all relatives of Meraz, were arrested and charged with the murders. Once in police custody, some of the accused confessed. The murders took place at night, by candlelight. The victims’ wrists and throats were slashed on an altar. Their blood was drained and collected in bowls before being poured around the altar in a sacrifice to Saint Death.
*Superior Universal Alignment, starting in 1989, in the town of Altamira, Brazil, young boys began to go missing. The disappearances continued for the next four years, and it is estimated that 19 boys disappeared. None were older than 15. Only six bodies were found; all had been castrated with medical expertise and then left to die in the jungle. Another five boys managed to escape, some after being castrated, and went to the police. Yet the law did nothing until 2003, when police were finally able to bring charges against the Superior Universal Alignment sect, led by a woman in her mid-seventies named Valentina de Andrade. Other cult members included a doctor, a successful businessman, and a policeman. All prominent members of society, they had used their influence to avoid prosecution for years. After they were finally arrested, the three men were given sentences which ranged from 32 to 77 years. In a move which astonished many, Valentina de Andrade was acquitted of the murders.
The cult believed that children born after 1981 were evil and needed to be exterminated. They also believed the world was going to end and that a spaceship would soon arrive to take them to another planet.
*The Russian Teen Satanic Cult: In the mid-2000s, in the Russian town of Yaroslavl, a group of disturbed teenagers led by Nikolai Ogolobyak started sacrificing small animals to Satan. One of the cult members claimed that after they started praying to Satan, his life got better. Perhaps that is why events escalated to the level they did. In June 2008, the cult, which now consisted of around eight youths aged 17–19, told their parents they were going to a music festival. Instead, over two separate nights, the cult lured four younger teenagers to a forest on the outskirts of the city. Once there, they forced the victims to drink alcohol before brutally attacking them. Early reports claimed, slightly unbelievably, that each victim had been stabbed 666 times. The cult supposedly also performed acts of cannibalism on the bodies, before throwing the arms and legs into a pit with Satanic markings on it.
The bodies were discovered about two months later, and six cult members were charged with the murders. Ogolobyak got the longest sentence, at 20 years. A seventh cult member was deemed unfit for trial and was ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment.
*Jeffrey Lundgren got his start as a minister with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS), a relatively large offshoot of the mainstream Latter-day Saint organization (also called “Mormons”). Lundgren became a lay minister with the Church in 1984 and his charisma quickly attracted followers. However, his habits soon concerned church leaders. For example, Lundgren claimed to have found a new way to interpret the scripture. His radical views, along with suspicions of theft, forced officials to remove Lundgren from his position.After losing his position, Lundgren moved his wife and their four small children onto a farm he rented in Kirtland, Ohio. His new cult soon numbered around 20 people and Lundgren became the absolute ruler of his little kingdom. His followers were forced to give him their paychecks and participate in mandatory weapons training. In order to maintain his rule, he listened in on phone calls and banned cult members from talking to each other. Things escalated when Lundgren announced that women could achieve salvation through sexual acts—he had them dance naked while he watched and masturbated.
One of the families attracted to Lundgren’s church were the Averys. In Kansas City, Dennis Avery had been a computer operator at a bank while Cheryl Avery taught preschool and cared for their three young daughters. The couple were strongly opposed to the RLDS’s 1984 decision to allow women to become ministers. Lundgren’s fundamentalist teachings appealed to them so much that they quit their jobs, sold their house, and moved to Kirtland.
However, once in Kirtland, the Averys were not very happy and were possibly planning to leave the cult. Sensing this, Lundgren told his followers that they needed to perform a sacrifice.On April 16, 1989, Lundgren went into town with Dennis Avery, where he made him buy two handguns and a carbine. The next day he had the Averys visit the farm for dinner. After the meal, while the Averys cleaned up, Lundgren and another cult member named Ron Luff lured the family one by one to the barn. There, Luff ran a chainsaw to mask the sound of gunshots.
Two days after the murders, the cult fled the farm. The bodies weren’t found until January 4, by which time the cult had fallen apart. The law eventually caught up with Lundgren and 13 members of the cult, who were all charged with the Avery murders. Lundgren told jurors at his trial that he was a prophet of God and “not worthy of the death penalty.” The jurors disagreed and sentenced him to death. In a last-ditch appeal, Lundgren claimed he was too fat to be executed. The court shot down that appeal, too, and he was executed by lethal injection on October 24, 2006.
*Graphic* The Ripper Crew Starting on May 23, 1981, a series of brutal rapes and murders rocked the city of Chicago. The terrifying crime spree started with the disappearance of 28-year-old Linda Sutton. She was found 10 days later; she had been raped and stabbed to death, and her left breast had been removed. This was just the first in a string of 18 murders of women. In every case, the left breast was removed.
The crimes were being committed by a group of four young men who were referred to as “The Ripper Crew” or the “Chicago Rippers.” The group was led by a former John Wayne Gacy employee named Robin Gecht. The other three members were Edward Spreitzer and a set of brothers, Andrew and Thomas Kokoraleis.
The foursome would travel around the city in Gecht’s van and either lure women to the van or outright kidnap them. They would take the victims back to Gecht’s apartment in order to sacrifice them. First, they took turns raping the victim, before removing the breast using piano wire. Apparently, they subsequently masturbated onto the amputated breast before dicing it up and then eating it. This was all done while Gecht read aloud from the Satanic Bible.
Their reign of terror came to an end when the group kidnapped prostitute Beverley Washington. They raped her, stabbed her, and removed her breast before dumping her by the railroad tracks. Amazingly, Washington survived the brutal ceremony. She gave the police a description of the men who attacked her as well as the van they drove, and the Crew was soon rounded up.
Once in police custody, three members of the cult confessed to their crimes—all except the leader, Robin Gecht. As a result, Gecht could not be charged with murder, but was given 120 years in prison for the assault on Washington. Thomas Kokoraleis was given 70 years, while Edward Spreitzer and Andrew Kokoraleis were given death sentences. Spreitzer had his sentence commuted to life, while Andrew Kokoraleis was executed on March 17, 1999.
*The Children Of Thunder Brothers Glenn (who went by his middle name, Taylor) and Justin Helzer were born into a Mormon family and were active in their church, each completing two years of missionary work. However, by his early twenties Taylor had grown to dislike the confines of religious life. He was eventually expelled from the church for drinking, doing drugs, and engaging in extramarital affairs.In 1999, prior to Taylor’s expulsion, the brothers met Dawn Godman at a Mormon Murder Mystery (WTF is a Mormon Murder Mystery?). Dawn started dating younger brother Justin, although she seemed to be enamored with Taylor. A short time later, Taylor started claiming God was speaking to him and would shush people in order to hear what the Lord was saying. Apparently God gave him a plan, which involved starting a deeply unorthodox new religious movement. In order to raise money for his new religion, Taylor decided to start pimping out women and selling drugs. When that didn’t work, he decided to straight-up steal the money. Justin was a stockbroker and Taylor asked him for a list of possible targets. In order to steal the money they needed a patsy to launder it through. So in the spring of 2000, Taylor started dating 22-year-old Selina Bishop. Taylor told her that his name was Jordan and refused to give his last name. He also wouldn’t tell her where he lived and wouldn’t meet her friends and family. The only person to see him with Selina was her mother, who happened upon them twice. On July 30, 2000, the Children of Thunder went to the home of 85-year-old Ivan Stineman and his wife, 78-year-old Annette. The couple had been married for 55 years and had been clients of Justin Helzer. The cult forced the Stinemans to drink Rohypnol, took them back to the brothers’ house, and made them write out two checks, totaling $100,000. Dawn Godman, in an incredibly misguided attempt at a disguise, went to the bank in a wheelchair while wearing a giant golden cowboy hat and tried to deposit the checks into an account Taylor had set up in Selina’s name. However, the bank became suspicious and Dawn ended up leaving without the checks or the money.Back at the Helzer house, the cult had hoped the couple would die from the Rohypnol overdose, but they just lost consciousness, forcing the brothers to improvise. Justin slammed Ivan’s head into the bathroom floor until he died and Taylor slit Annette’s throat. Taylor then got Justin to cut up the bodies with an electric saw. Later, the trio prayed over the dismembered bodies.The cult’s next victim was Selina. Taylor brought her to his home and invited her to lie on the floor for a massage before Justin emerged and beat her in the head with a hammer. The brothers then brought her upstairs to dismember her. Once in the bathroom, they discovered she was still alive, so Taylor slit her throat before cutting her body up with the saw. They stuffed the body parts from the three victims into different gym bags and threw them in the river.Taylor realized there was only one person who could tie him to Selina—her mother. Two days after Selina’s murder, Taylor went to the apartment where her mother and a friend were sleeping and shot them both dead.The victims were soon reported missing and the trio were quickly arrested. Godman testified against the brothers and Justin was given a life sentence without parole. Despite a guilty plea, Taylor was given the death penalty. In 2010, Taylor tried to commit suicide by stuffing pens and pencils in his eye sockets, which only ended up blinding him. On August 14, 2013, at age 41 Taylor hanged himself in his cell using his bedsheets.
Mormon Children of Thunder Cult
*(2014) 19-year-old Barbour told a reporter for the Daily Item in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, that she participated in at least 22 killings in the past six years in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California. “When I hit 22, I stopped counting,” Barbour is quoted as saying in a phone interview on Friday night. “I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them.”
– A law enforcement source close to the investigation said Miranda Barbour’s new claims could be “the real deal.”
– Barbour told the newspaper she had her first experience with killing when she just 13, shortly after she said she joined a hardcore satanic cult in Alaska. (A. Crowley must be so proud)
– Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, are accused of luring Troy LaFerrara, 42, through a “companionship” ad on Craigslist, and stabbing and strangling him to death. The couple, married for only three weeks at the time of the slaying, just wanted to kill someone together, police said.
Barbour told the Daily Item that she felt no remorse for her victims.
– The Murder Of The Mills Family: Few stories about cults are more horrifying than the Jonestown Massacre. On November 18, 1978, Jim Jones convinced over 900 followers from his cult, the Peoples Temple, to participate in a mass suicide by ingesting cyanide at their Jonestown commune in Guyana.
In one of his final recordings, Jones mentioned a couple named Deanna and Elmer Mertle. For years, the Mertles had lived in the Peoples Temple with their five children, but they left after Jones had one of their daughters beaten. After changing their names to Jeanne and Al Mills, the couple became very outspoken about Jones’s unsavory practices. Jeannie published a memoir about her experiences and was very active in helping other people defect from the cult. Jones often threatened retribution against the Mills family, and 15 months after the Jonestown Massacre, they became the victims of another tragedy.
On February 27, 1980, Al, Jeannie, and their 15-year-old daughter, Daphene, were shot to death inside their Berkeley, California home.
Rumors circulated that the Mills family had been murdered by a vengeful hit squad made up of surviving members of the Peoples Temple. However, the investigation soon turned to the couple’s 17-year-old son, Eddie, who’d been left unharmed. Eddie claimed to have been watching TV in his bedroom while the shootings took place and was unaware they were happening. Authorities found Eddie’s story suspicious since there were no signs of forced entry and Eddie had microscopic traces of gunshot residue on his hands. However, the murder weapon could not be found. In 2005, Eddie Mills was arrested on suspicion of murdering his family. In the end, there was no evidence to press charges against him, so he was released, and the murders remain unsolved.
– The House of Prayer is a religious organization based out of Kansas City, Missouri. One of their worship groups, consisting of over 20 people, is run by Tyler Deaton, who found himself at the center of controversy after the death of his 27-year-old wife, Bethany. On October 30, 2012, Bethany Denton was found dead in the back seat of a van near Longview Lake. She had been suffocated by a plastic bag over her head, and an empty pill bottle and handwritten suicide note were found at the scene. Initially, authorities did not find anything suspicious about Bethany’s death, but nine days later, a fellow HOP member named Micah Moore walked into the police station and confessed to murdering her. He claimed to be acting under the orders of Tyler Deaton.
Tyler came under fire for running his worship group like a cult. All of his followers lived together in two houses, separated by sex, and he controlled every aspect of their lives. Tyler had been married to Bethany for 10 weeks but carried on affairs with other men, believing his marriage would cure his homosexuality. According to Micah, Tyler ordered him to murder Bethany because she had been sexually assaulted by other men in the group and Tyler wanted to prevent her from talking about it. Micah was subsequently charged with first-degree murder. While Micah claimed that he’d forged Bethany’s suicide note, his DNA was not found on the bag over her head, and a handwriting analysis concluded that she likely wrote the note herself. Micah later recanted his confession, and with no other evidence to implicate him, prosecutors dropped the murder charge in November 2014. Officially, Bethany Deaton’s death is still considered a suicide, but many suspicions remain about her death.
*The Murder of Maureen Dutton*
– At approximately 6:00 PM on December 20, 1961, Brian Dutton returned to his home in the Knotty Ash region of Liverpool and was shocked to find his wife, Maureen, lying dead on the living room floor. She had been stabbed 14 times. Maureen had been watching over her two young sons, two-year-old David and 22-day-old Andrew.
Investigators were left baffled by the crime since nothing was stolen from the house and Maureen was not sexually assaulted. However, rumors began circulating that Maureen had been the victim of a ritualistic murder perpetrated by a religious cult.
The cult followed the Polynesian god Tiki and was known for making sacrifices to Tiki during the winter solstice. An hour and a half before Maureen was found dead, witnesses reported seeing a frantic woman on a bus who muttered about needing to get to London to board a plane. That same afternoon, a suspicious young man was seen in Maureen’s neighborhood, vomiting behind a church.
The day before the murder, a man posing as a doctor called upon the Halewood home of another woman with a newborn baby. This man examined the woman, but when her husband checked into the doctor’s background, he could find no record of any doctors under the name this man provided. Months later, a male nurse was arrested for stealing drugs and equipment from three local hospitals. He had been passing himself off as a doctor and had a distinctive tattoo on his arm identifying him as a Tiki worshiper. However, police were never able to tie him to the murder. To this day, no one knows who was responsible for killing Maureen Dutton.
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