Self-proclaimed prophet and cult leader Jeffrey Don Lundgren had been telling his disciples that a sacrifice needed to be made. He decided that a family of his most ardent followers, the Averys, was to be killed. On April 17, 1989, he shot them all, including three children, one by one.
From our friends at the Daily Dot: A church deacon was arrested in Baltimore this weekend after police found "numerous files of child pornography" in his Internet storage locker.
Saudi Cleric Sheikh Abdullah Daoud has wowed children’s rights activists all over with his August 2012 pronouncement on al-Majd TV that females of all ages, even infants, should wear burqas, the head-to-toe, opaque traditional Muslim veil, as protection from child molestation.
A 911 call made on November 28, 2012, by Father Tom Donovan of Springfield, Ill., pastor of St. Aloysius Church, has gone viral. The gagged, masked priest called 911 from inside the church saying that he needed help getting out of a pair of handcuffs, "before this becomes a medical emergency."
Blaming the victim, or looking out for the rights of the accused? Indian guru Asaram Bapu was quoted as saying that a young woman who died after a brutal attack and sexual assault was "as guilty as her rapists."
Cult-like rituals inside the church, a nun murdering another nun for ministering to the prostitutes, a preacher beating his wife to death with a chair leg. The tip of the iceberg in the stories of violent clergy members.
On January 2, 1995, elderly couple Leo and Hazel Gleese, were beaten and strangled to death in their Sebring, Fla., home by none other than their pastor John Canning. A look at this and other cases of killer clergy.
Self-proclaimed prophet of God Jeffrey Lundgren moved his flock to the quiet pastoral community of Kirtland, Ohio, in order to receive his true power from God. Once there he became drunk with power and his teachings extravagant; He embraced acts of violence and sexual assault. His orgy of power culminated in the slaughter of five of those who had trusted in him.