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Derelict body of ‘cult’ leader found at Colorado headquarters
YouTube / Love Has Won – Several members of a bizarre spiritual group called “Love Has Won” were taken into custody after the group leader’s severely dilapidated body was found at his headquarters. Amy Carlson, 45, whose followers call her “Mother” God, was found dead in a motor home in Casada Park, west of Crestone. Saguache County Sheriff’s MPs and Colorado Bureau of Investigation detectives found the group’s self-proclaimed “divine being” following a tip from a member who told them that her body had been transported to Colorado from across the country. The death and its connection to Love Has Won – what law enforcement agencies and ex-members previously referred to as a “cult” – was first reported by Be Scofield. During questioning by law enforcement, the group would not use the word “deceased” when referring to Carlson’s death, according to a source familiar with the case. They claimed that Carlson was not dead, just “out of communication”. But Carlson’s sister, Chelsea Ann Reninger, confirmed the death and posted on her Facebook: “For those of you who knew my sister Amy, I wanted to let you know we heard of her death yesterday! Please pray for us and the people who are involved in this terrible situation. We want to remember who she was when she was a regular in our lives, not who she became from this manipulative cult! “Saguache County’s Sheriff Sergeant Royce Brubacher told The Daily Beast on Friday that MPs found a body on Thursday in the mobile home that serves as the group’s headquarters.” A law enforcement agency familiar with the case added that Carlson has been dead for weeks and may have been transported from Oregon. This source said the body was in such condition that investigators couldn’t officially fingerprint it, but witnesses had confirmed that the body was indeed Carlson’s. Love Has Won does a daily livestream on their Facebook page called “Daily Energy Event Update,” but didn’t mention Carlson’s death on Friday. When The Daily Beast notified the group on Facebook on Friday, someone replied, asking, “What are your intentions, love?” Before refusing to comment to the group leader. On a livestream uploaded a week ago, group members mysteriously claimed that Carlson was “in stasis” and refusing medical care. A picture of Carlson from a 2016 video. YouTube / Love Wins In a VICE documentary released in March, Carlson claimed she tried to save humanity for 19 billion years, believing that whatever society teaches be 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. Profilaci said he had a car accident in 2002 that killed his best friend and was in need. He became the “Father God” of Carlson, he says, “as the other half of Our Lady. The two beings who created the universe. “Essentially, Profaci was their caretaker. “I fell in love with her and took care of her. She drank ten shots of vodka a night. When she drank at night, she lost her cognitive abilities. It would fall and hit walls, ”Profaci said. Saguache County’s coroner Tom Perrin told The Daily Beast that there was nothing to suggest her death was caused by bad play and described the body as extremely thin. “It is possible that this woman was taking colloidal silver,” he said. (The group previously traded colloidy to treat compulsive behaviors.) He added that it will likely take weeks for an autopsy, including the toxicology report, to be completed. Carlson appeared to be losing weight, as can be seen in this background photo from a recent livestream. YouTube / Love Has Won Senior law enforcement agency who spoke to The Daily Beast said when they got home there were two children in the house, ages 13 and 2. The 13-year-old has since been taken into the family for care. Seven members of the group were taken to the Rio Grande County Jail at 1:30 a.m. Thursday in connection with the death and are in separate cells, Rio Grande Sheriff Sgt Jared Quintanos said: Ryan Kramer, John Robertson, Jason Castillo and Obdulia Franco Gonzalez had a $ 50,000 bond with two cases of child molestation and one case of tampering with deceased human remains. Christopher Royer and Sarah Rudolph were held there for two cases of child abuse and corpse abuse on a $ 2,000 bond. Karin Raymond has been arrested on two counts of $ 5,000 in child abuse, corpse abuse, and wrongful imprisonment. The first appearances for all seven will be in the Saguache District Court on May 6th. Profaci told The Daily Beast that he was keeping up with the group from afar watching Carlson’s health deteriorate. “I saw her death because of what happened over the past few months,” he said. “I’ve seen pictures of her. Your health has deteriorated significantly. Her legs were like toothpicks. When I was there she was fine. “He said he believed Carlson never” deliberately “took advantage of people, but was” in complete delusion. ” While he estimates the group had thousands of followers worldwide as a member, the Colorado compound was “just a house full of freeloaders who smoked a lot of pot.” “It’s gotten a lot darker since I left,” he said. “What I heard from another member is that they brought their bodies to Colorado for worship or something.” Carlson’s family members said in the VICE documentary that Carlson worked at McDonalds until she adopted New Age beliefs in her 30s. On the group’s website, she claimed in her “534. Reincarnation in my quest to restore my beloved planet, the center of the universe and the first planet I created ”. Supporters believe that Carlson is a divine being who can heal illnesses and will one day lead them into a new mystical fifth dimension – if they offer financial support to the group. However, former members called the group a “cult” to VICE and said Carlson was a heavy drinker who behaved erratically, a lot, a lot of mental manipulation, a lot of brainwashing, “a former member, Taylor, told VICE. “It only lets us sleep four hours. We have to wake up at 5 a.m. every day. Everything … revolved around Amy. “Profaci said the group believed in spreading awareness of spiritual awakening and helping people to“ awaken and deal with their internal BS ”. The group was forced out of Hawaii last year while trying to move to a house in Kauai. The neighbors objected to their stay and the protests outside the house became so heated that police had to facilitate the group’s safe exit, according to the Maui Police Department. “Several protests, vandalism and small fires have been reported during their stay on Kauai,” Maui police said in a press release. “On Friday September 4th, the protests escalated and the group finally decided to leave Kauai for their safety.” Carlson and 13 others have flown back to Colorado, police said at the time. Read more at 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 you. Learn more.