Tonight’s episode of Dateline delves into inner world of Amy Carlson, a woman who claimed to be God, and was mummified and adorned with glitter and Christmas lights by her cult followers after her death.
In a 2011 book about Warren Jeffs and the FLDS called Prophet’s Prey, the author reveals that Warren loved to travel the US to look for “sin” that he could condemn. He would bring an entourage of bodyguards and a few of his favorite wives to search out what he considered to be the worst pockets of human depravity.
he end of Love Has Won cult-leader Amy Carlson’s life shocked the world two weeks ago when her body was discovered by police in a rural Colorado town mummified and anointed with glitter. It’s still unknown exactly how or when Amy, who went by the name “Mother God,” died but authorities believe she had been deceased for several weeks to a month because of the state of decay when they discovered her body. They did not suspect foul play, and Amy had been sick for a while.
Amy has always been very anti-conventional medicine in her Love Has Won teachings, but sometime in the last year of her life Amy did ask her followers to take her to a hospital. However, they declined to help her seek medical care, and then shared this interaction on a live stream.
The past few weeks have ushered in the fast rise and even more breakneck fall of a previously little-known Tennessee commune, or intentional community, called The Garden when a couple of its members started producing compelling TikToks and inviting anyone and everyone to come visit them. The fact that they published their address on their TikToks and marketed The Garden as a kind of utopia raised red flags for many people as communities like this usually have a vetting process and don’t so blatantly market themselves. This led viewers to investigate The Garden, and the people currently living there, further, and to speculate even harder. Is The Garden a cult or just a bunch of people trying to live sustainably and save the Earth?