[Warning: Potentially Triggering Content]
A cult chief might be convincing his followers to finish their lives at this very second.
In accordance with The Solar, the brainwashed members of an apocalyptic desert cult run by a person who touts himself because the Son of God would possibly very nicely be on a suicide mission, and one former member insists that if that had been the case, nobody might forestall it from taking place.
The spiritual group, which rests in the course of the New Mexico desert, is run by Wayne Bent (above), who was in jail for a decade after allegedly sexually abusing teenage virgins.
The 82-year-old, who now goes by Michael Travesser, was discovered responsible of mendacity bare in mattress with two teen sisters, ages 14 and 16, on separate events in 2006 at his New Mexico compound. Bent denied the costs, claiming throughout his trial that he solely positioned his palms on the women’ sternums for a non secular cleaning ritual.
Uhhh… nonetheless not okay, dude!
Nonetheless, an ex church member claimed Bent informed his followers that God had ordered him to “sleep with seven virgins.” Furthermore, Bent admitted on digicam to sleeping together with his son’s spouse a number of instances as a result of “God forced me to.” So, he doesn’t look like the type of man who is aware of the right which means of “cleansing.”
The jury naturally sided towards him: Bent was discovered responsible of prison sexual contact with a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The cult chief was sentenced to 10 years in jail, however he managed to safe an early launch 7 years into his sentence after being recognized with pores and skin most cancers.
After his launch, Bent returned to his compound and continued to evangelise to his followers. Now, a former member is nervous that, as Bent’s well being deteriorates, he plans on dragging his followers down with him.
The ex-member, and the daddy of two of the cult chief’s victims, informed the outlet:
“If they all want to kill themselves they are going to do it, it doesn’t matter if they are out there [pointing to the desert] or somewhere else. If they want to do it they are going to do it. Anyone who wants to kill themselves and go to Heaven – or go on a comet somewhere – if they want to do it they are going to do it… When I was there he thought the end of the world was going to happen but I don’t think it was a suicide thing at that point – at least it never came across to me as that, we never went down that path of like ‘let’s drink Kool aid.’”
The daddy famous that Bent introduced him into the cult as a result of he was “very convincing,” however stated he’s since realized to suppose for himself.
Sadly, a handful of followers haven’t gotten that far. He added:
“He’s pretty convincing on a lot of things and lot of them [his followers] are fanatics so if they find something that goes along with what they believe already, they are going to follow it. You can make yourself believe whatever you want. The ones that didn’t leave, it was all a decision on everyone’s part. If you want to go down that path, you’ll do it.”
Bent initially unfold fear a few mass suicide in Might 2007, after writing on his web site “I am ready to go” and “I want to take all of my children with me.”
We sincerely hope this man and his “children” don’t do something silly…