DENVER – Seven members of a sectarian-type group known as Love Has Won have been arrested for abusing a corpse and child abuse after mummified remains believed to be their leader were found in a house in southern Colorado.
Saguache County Sheriff’s Deputies found the decomposed body of a woman they suspected of being group leader Amy Carlson in the back room of a residence in Moffat, Colo., Last Wednesday .
The remains were wrapped in “what appears to be” a sleeping bag and decorated with Christmas tree lights in what looked like “a type of shrine” visible from other parts of the house, Corporal D said. ‘a sheriff in an arrest warrant affidavit. Glittering makeup had been applied around the corpse’s eyes, which were described by one witness as “glazed or missing”.
MPs also found a 13-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy in the house. Both appeared to be in good health, according to the affidavit.
“The Saguache County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous complaints from families in the United States that the group is brainwashing people and stealing their money,” the sheriff’s corporal wrote in the document. “Ms. Carlson is believed to be the frontman of ‘Love has Won’ and her name is ‘Mother God’.
The death was reported to authorities by a follower of Love Has Won named Miguel Lamboy. He told police in nearby Salida, Colorado, that other members of the group brought the corpse to his residence after saying they needed a place to stay. Lamboy allowed them in and went shopping, discovering the mummified remains in the back chamber when he returned later that day.
Those arrested were between 32 and 52 years old. They were being held in the Rio Grande County Jail for corpse abuse and two counts of child abuse.
In 2020, Love Has Won attempted to relocate to the Hawaiian island of Kauai before locals turned them away. Here’s how an Honolulu Civil Beat investigation summed up the group’s hard-to-follow beliefs at the time:
The cult is described as having roots in beliefs in Lemuria, a lost mythical continent whose contemporary followers believe descendants of Lemurs may still reside in Mt. Shasta.
In a transcript of one of the [Love Has Won’s] YouTube videos, a woman who identified herself as Lauren Suarez says that Carlson “was the queen of Lemuria and Donald Trump was his mother’s father in Lemuria.”
Rick Alan Ross, CEO of the Cult Education Institute and author of “Cults Inside Out,” spoke to Carlson on the Dr. Phil show in September.
“In my opinion, ‘Love Has Won’ is a destructive cult,” Ross told HuffPost in an email. “The group is essentially founded on the belief that Amy Carlson is God and, like other personality cults, is entirely defined by his claims as a leader. Carlson was the driving force and defining element of the group.
Ross described Carlson as “extremely bossy and controlling” and said the group had a history of abuse of members, including children.
“My hope is that they will recover and carry on with their lives,” Ross said of Carlson supporters. “And part of that process will be for them to understand how cults manipulate people and how Carlson specifically manipulated them.
Ross offered advice to family members who might want to contact relatives involved in the group. Without Carlson, he said, the group “will very likely start to fall apart.”
“At this point it’s very important to let your loved ones know that you stay engaged as a family, that you are there for them and that you fully support them,” Ross continued. “Don’t argue with ‘Love Has Won’ followers or shame them in any way. They need to know that they are still loved unconditionally by their families and can come home. … Be forgiving, loving, and do all you can to maintain ongoing communication.
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