On January 3, 1990, following a tip, police searchers found the bodies of the missing Avery family. They quickly made the connection to cult leader Jeffrey Lundgren, who claimed his authority came from God, but who embraced acts of violence and sexual assault that culminated the murders of five of his followers, two adults and three children.
In 1994, Christian Radio host and president of the Family Radio Christian Network Harold Camping told his listeners that the world would end on May 21, 2011. When it didn’t, he adjusted his calculations, and announced that the world would end on October 21, 2011; it didn’t. A look in photos at dubious shepherds who led their flocks astray.
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.