What happens when you and your bestie bud launch a new offshoot doomsday cult, but can’t get anyone to join? You kidnap & marry each other’s prepubescent youngins, of course!
Via St. George News:
Samuel Shaffer and his partner John Coltharp, 34, of Spring City – both having been a “prophet” of the Knights of the Crystal Blade religious group – were arrested for allegedly kidnapping Coltharp’s four children to join their purported doomsday cult at a desert compound in a remote area of northern Iron County.
Two girls were recovered from what officials said was a “deplorable” single-wide trailer, and two other girls were found in an empty 50-gallon water drum, where they had been housed for 24 hours in subfreezing temperatures, charges state. The girls were taken to an area hospital, and one was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Shaffer allegedly told investigators he had married Coltharp’s 8-year-old daughter while Coltharp married Shaffer’s 7-year-old daughter… [more]
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