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What the sheriff’s flashlight circle revealed tucked away in the covers of a bed of twinkling Christmas tree lights made MPs rage.

Body camera footage of the cult’s ‘Love Has Won’ find has been released, showing the chief’s mummified remains found in the group’s Colorado home. (Video courtesy of the Saguache County Sheriff’s Department)

“There is something in there. I don’t know what it is (expletive)! Said an officer.

What it was were the mummified remains of a cult leader wrapped in a REI sleeping bag, his eyelids covered in white glitter, surrounded by rainbow murals and stuffed animals. The sheriff’s body camera from the gruesome discovery was published in The Gazette on Friday by the Saguache County Sheriff’s Department.

Love Has Won, which has since split into several sub-groups, was a New Age group that had been headquartered in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristos since 2006.

Coroner Tom Perrin determined that “Mother God” aka Amy Carlson had been dead for weeks, so decomposed, there were no fingerprints. The autopsy, which is performed by a laboratory in El Paso County, is not complete. Carlson’s family held a memorial service in Texas for the woman they knew as a life-loving mother, daughter and sister who left her only son at the age of ten.

Through interviews with members of LHW, investigators learned that Carlson, 45, was the leader of a cult called Love Has Won and that his body had been taken to the group’s headquarters in Colorado from California in the trunk. of a Nissan Rogue. Family members told The Gazette that Carlson had cancer for which she was taking colloidal silver to cure it. Perrin noted to The Gazette that the mineral may be what turned Carlson’s skin a blue color.

Charges Dropped for Seven Members of “Love Has Won” Sect

She is at rest

LHW supporters, who opened the door to Saguache County MPs at the end of April, told them Mother was “at rest”. “I have seen mummified bodies before. It’s not unusual, ”Saguache County Sheriff Ben Warwick told The Gazette. “It was the way they guarded the body that was unusual. It was a sanctuary. It was a worship thing from what I could see.

Warwick’s bizarre experiment with LHW began when people began asking Saguache County sheriffs to check on family members they believed had been brainwashed into the group. Then last spring, MPs responded to a 911 call from an LHW member asking them to help him pick up his two-year-old son from the cult’s headquarters in Moffat, just outside Crestone in the southwest Colorado.

Raw body camera footage from April 29, 2021, just after midnight, shows a conversation between law enforcement and an LHW member who identifies as Jason. When Jason is asked where “Mother” and the little one are, they are told “Mother is resting. She is at rest. The child is sleeping.

The man named Jason may be Jason Castillo, aka Father God, who, along with six other cult members, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse, as well as interstate transportation and abuse of Amy Carlson’s corpse. . The two-year-old was immediately taken into custody with children’s services and eventually reunited with his father. MPs also found a 13-year-old in the house that night who was placed with his family.

Since then, the cases against the seven LHW members have been dismissed by Alamosa County District Attorney Alonzo Payne. Payne did not return calls from The Gazette to find out why the charges were dropped.

Warwick is not happy with the prosecutor’s decision, as he said his office had spent hundreds of hours investigating the group, “It’s disgusting. We served several search warrants and spent a lot of time on the case. It is the choice of the prosecution. It’s not up to us and they never even told us about it. Warwick believes the cult has left the area because the house where Carlson’s body was found was empty last week, but he said he heard rumors they had split up and are still in Colorado.

NBC magazine’s show “Dateline” will air a two-hour program on the case on Friday night.

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