Minnesota · Religion

Woman dies after being ritualistically flogged by husband

October 18, 1951 St. Paul, Minnesota Ardith Lennander dies after severe flogging during a religious ceremony to “beat the devil out” of her On October 17, the body of 64-year-old Anna Halvorson was “found in a pool of blood in a bed” in the Lauderdale home of her daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Patrick Doyle.… Continue reading Woman dies after being ritualistically flogged by husband

New Jersey · Religion

Teenager killed, believed by some to have been “sacrificed”

August 7, 1972 Springfield Township, New Jersey Jeannette DePalma (16) goes missing; her body is found a month later DePalma left her home, telling her mother she was going to visit a friend. When she did not arrive at the friend’s house or back home, a missing person report was filed. On September 19, a… Continue reading Teenager killed, believed by some to have been “sacrificed”

China · Religion

Six cult members murder a woman in a McDonald’s

May 28, 2014 Zhaoyuan, Shandong, China Six people beat a woman to death for refusing to give them her phone number The group of six were members of the banned cult Church of the Almighty God. (The Chinese government has banned the group claiming they have been involved in various criminal activities including deceit, theft,… Continue reading Six cult members murder a woman in a McDonald’s

Nebraska · Religion

Man tortured and murdered by cult leader

April 29, 1984 Nebraska After prolonged humiliation and torture, James Thimm is murdered by antisemite, white supremacist, and cult leader Michael Wayne Ryan Ryan had set up a commune on a farm near Rulo, Nebraska, convincing 21 others he was in direct contact with Yahweh. Early orders to his followers, by direction of Yahweh, involved… Continue reading Man tortured and murdered by cult leader

Ohio · Religion

Self-proclaimed prophet has family executed

April 17, 1989 Kirtland, Ohio Self-professed prophet Jeffrey Lundgren has the Avery family, including their 3 daughters, executed after claiming God commanded it Lundgren and around 2 dozen followers began a new doomsday church as an offshoot of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (now called the Community of Christ) which itself… Continue reading Self-proclaimed prophet has family executed