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Update: John Kolbek Dies in Kentucky


(Link to article… http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/114171904.html )

“Kolbek died last Thursday of an apparent heart attack at a home in rural Lawrence County, Ky., just outside of the small town of Blaine.”

“Kolbek was the focus of a manhunt by the FBI since 2008, and was even on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted.” The FBI had an arrest warrant issued for Kolbek in Arkansas for allegations of beating two cult members.

According to the FBI, Kolbek was an “enforcer” at Tony Alamo Ministries. Alamo is currently serving a 175-year prison sentence for taking minors across state lines for sexual purposes. Witnesses testified during Alamo’s court hearings that Kolbek would severely beat members of the cult.”

 We have been following this story with updates on Tony Alamo and his sentencing. Here is a link to an article from Rick Ross’ site form December 2009: http://www.rickross.com/reference/alamo/alamo126.html

 America’s Most Wanted website has this article and picture of Kolbek… http://www.amw.com/captures/brief.cfm?id=69798

 Tony Alamo News  (website found here… http://www.tonyalamonews.com/  

UPDATE: Since this site was first opened in 2006 many of the reasons for its existence have been accomplished. Its main purpose was to help stop Bernie Lazar Hoffman, aka Tony Alamo, from raping, beating, and psychologically abusing the young children whose parents are members of his cult. That has been accomplished; Tony Alamo was convicted in July 2009 of 10 Federal Counts of taking underage girls across state lines for sex and he is now serving 175 years in a federal penitentiary.

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Religious Cult News Updates

More Polygamous Sect News:

The link below is to the Washington Post story about Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron. She was on the FBI Most Wanted list as a fugitive from justice for 18 years. She has been charged with orchestrating the murders of three former sect members and an 8 year-old little girl. The link has a picture of Ms. LeBaron.


Jacqueline’s father, Ervil LeBaron, was the leader of another break-off sect of polygamous Mormons called the “Church of the Lamb of God”. The leader died in prison in 1981. The link below predates his death and explains more about this ongoing saga of religious madness and murder.


 In Other FLDS News:

Jeffs’ attorney seeks disclosure from law firm

By JIM SECKLER/The Daily News

Published: Thursday, May 20, 2010 1:33 AM MDT

KINGMAN — Warren Jeffs’ attorney has filed another motion Monday to follow the money trail from a Utah law firm. Follow this link for the full story: http://www.mohavedailynews.com/articles/2010/05/20/news/local/doc4bf4e3789960c906807308.txt

 A Follow-up to the Anthony Jinwright Tax Evasion Case:

Jury convicts Jinwrights in fraud, tax evasion case

By Eric Frazier  efrazier@charlotteobserver.com  Posted: Tuesday, May. 04, 2010

Bishop Anthony Jinwright and his wife were convicted of tax evasion. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 53 years in prison for him. She will be sentenced later in the year. Read the article for more information.
Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/05/04/1414752/jury-convicts-jinwrights-in-fraud.html#ixzz0oXlsGPos

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What They Did in Secret- Has Changed Their Lives..

    FLDS Update: Another FLDS Member Sentenced in Texas.   Five men have been sentenced so far..   The deeds done in secret have changed their lives. The link below is about an FLDS member- Lehi Barlow Jeffs. This is from the Salt Lake Tribune on April 15, 2010.

     “An FLDS man who was to stand trial later this month in Texas on charges related to sexual assault of a child and bigamy has pleaded no contest and been sentenced to two eight-year terms in prison.

     Fifty-first District Judge Barbara Walther issued the sentences, which will run concurrently, during a hearing for Lehi Barlow Jeffs, 31, on Thursday in San Angelo, Texas….”

     The link to the article is hear. A picture of Jeffs is included..    http://tiny.cc/nf5cd 

    When will the vile filth of this FLDS polygamous cult be purged? The trial of Winston Blackmore in Canada has taken several turns..   In the article noted, Canadians may not end up paying the legal fees of the “broke” FLDS businessman.

Blackmore welcome, but reference case on anti-polygamy law can go ahead without him  By Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun  April 20, 2010

“The participation of Winston Blackmore, Canada’s most notorious polygamist, would be welcome in the reference case on the anti-polygamy law’s constitutionality, but the chief justice of the B.C. Supreme Court said Tuesday that it’s not necessary.

In a written decision, Robert Bauman said that not only is Winston Blackmore’s participation and that of his 500 or so followers from the community of Bountiful, B.C. not necessary, there is no reason for taxpayers to pay their legal costs of participating in the reference case…” 

See the full article and a picture of Blackmore with more headlines in the case- here… http://tiny.cc/gcmub  

Update on Tony Alamo Ministries:

Alamo cites religion, wants appeal

Convicted evangelist says he deserves new trial because of judge’s beliefs

By: Lynn LaRowe – Texarkana Gazette – Published: 04/18/2010

“Tony Alamo contends he should get a new trial because the judge considered his own religious beliefs when sentencing Alamo to 175 years in federal prison, according to documents filed late last week.  ”

See the article with a picture of Alamo- here …http://tiny.cc/kuj73 Basically, the judge judged and gave him the maximum sentence on each count. Where is the problem?   See other articles in the rather bizarre tale by searching this newspaper site- here.. http://tiny.cc/5sc1m  

      In a very sad case, a Virginia man, James R. Boughton Jr.,   killed a Mormon and injured another. This was a tragedy. The 23 year old  man was sentenced to 38 1/2 years.

      See link with picture here.. http://tiny.cc/06lmj
     Rick Ross has a great resource for news related to various cults. See this link for other news of interest.
http://tiny.cc/2ezpz  For sure deeds done in secret, can and will change your life. This is for good or for the bad.
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Updates on FLDS and Other Groups

Late last year, October 2009, this headline was a first of many…

Raymond Jessop, First FLDS Polygamist to Stand Trial for Sexual Assault on Child Bride

From the article on the CBS News “48 Hours” website…

     Jessop, 38, the first of a dozen polygamist sect members charged with abuse of women, is set to stand trial Monday, 18 months after agents raided the group’s remote ranch and carted off more than 400 children in the largest child custody case in American history. See full article here..

March 20, 2010, this headline tells more of the story..

Jury Sentences FLDS man to 75 years in Prison

 From the Salt Lake Tribune:  A Texas jury has sentenced a polygamous sect member to 75 years in prison on one count of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl whom he spiritually married in 2006 while living at a ranch in Schleicher County.

The sentence for Merril Leroy Jessop, 35, is the stiffest yet handed out in the criminal trials of members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Under Texas law, Jessop has to serve half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole…. see full article here… http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14710442 

Update from Tony Alamo Case:

Seizure of Children at Alamo Compound Upheld

March 2, 2010 from “Courthouse News Service”.. (CN) – An Arkansas appeals court refused to restore custody to five members of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, who claimed their boys were unconstitutionally seized from the church’s compound amid allegations that the ministry abused children. 

see full article here.. http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/03/02/25174.htm


Video segments on YouTube.com that were originally aired on National Geographic. Documentary about Michael Trevasser and the cult- Strong City. 

See this link for part one – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri0MA5D36mQ 

NC Pastor Accused Of Child Molestation

Deputies: Crime Went On For Years     (posted March 19, 2010)

BREVARD, N.C. — The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office said allegations of child molestation led to the arrest of a pastor.  Michael Waddell Miller, 49, of Pisgah Forest, N.C. is charged with two counts of statutory sex offense and three counts of indecent liberties with a child. (This story is posted just for regional interest)

      see full link here..http://www.wyff4.com/news/22888964/detail.html  

     Interesting photos here of Living Waters activities. http://cid-d90e76c0fdbeadac.profile.live.com/

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Update on Three Jailed Cult Leaders

“To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.” Benjamin Franklin

Tony Alamo of Tony Alamo Ministries was sentenced to 175 years in Federal prison for his conviction on 10 counts of taking young girls across state lines for sex. Recently, his attorney was allowed to withdraw from his case… read here http://tiny.cc/NGab9  

Alamo Ministries website is still active, but for how long?  http://alamoministries.com/

America’s Most Wanted has put out a piece on John Erwin Kolbek. He was Tony Alamo’s enforcer and is wanted to face charges. http://tiny.cc/iHUFd  He is on the run from authorities.

Michael Travesser also known as Wayne Bent, was sentenced to ten years in prison stemming from his conviction of sexual misconduct with two young girls. He was the leader of a group called “Strong City” based in New Mexico. See more here http://tiny.cc/VAUNC 

The website for this “ministry” is still active here.. http://strongcity.info/

Prudence Welch is a survivor of this cult and has a website with more info here – http://www.travesser.info/  There also has been a special posted at National Geographic- you can learn more here.. http://tiny.cc/oXEkR

Warren Jeffs of FLDS has been sentenced to two 5 year to life sentences on two counts of being an accomplice to rape in Utah. He will serve at least 10 years for that conviction. Read more here..  http://tiny.cc/6mgiG Last January, court documents say Mr. Jeffs tried to hang himself in his cell. He is awating trial for charges in Arizona and possibly more charges in Texas. Read more here.. http://tiny.cc/i4jGr 

Warren Jeffs bio has been removed from the church website here.. http://tiny.cc/2YK72 

There is a website that shows pictures and videos of the 400 or so children being removed from YFZ Ranch in Eldorado, Texas…  http://www.captivefldschildren.org/

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