by Dan Savage
on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM
...by the bizarre sects we found, the followers we dominate and manipulate, the wives we drug and encourage our followers to rape, and the way we attempt to get away with murder by convincing our followers to kill our wives and stage murder scenes to look like suicides.
Three days later, investigators say, 23-year-old Micah Moore would go to police and uncork the terrible secrets that allegedly occurred over several months at a Grandview home where Tyler Deaton and other members of his religious group lived. Witnesses told of a clan of young adults making sex part of their religious experience, of men in the group sexually assaulting Bethany over months, and of Deaton’s role as their “spiritual leader.”
But Moore’s darkest admission, according to court records, was that Deaton feared Bethany was about to reveal the group’s secrets. Moore confessed that he had murdered Bethany and tried to make it look like suicide, and, according to court documents, he said Deaton told him to do it. Moore alone has been charged, with first-degree murder. Deaton and others in the group are under investigation, prosecutors said.