When Bethany Deaton, age 27, was first found in the back of her van, with a plastic bag over her head and a suicide note on the consul, police assumed it was just an open and shut case. But a few days later Micah Moore, a member of an evangelical prayer group, confessed to having murdered Deaton and staging it as a suicide… at the request of her husband, Tyler Deaton, the group’s charismatic leader.
According to Moore, Tyler was worried that Bethany was going to talk to her therapist about some of the group’s more unsavory practices- such as drugging her with another member’s anti-psychotic prescription drugs and sexually abusing her. For Jesus. Moore and other members have also stated that they had sexual relations with Tyler Deaton, also for religious reasons. Which was especially odd given that, as an “ex-gay”, Deaton claimed to be strongly against homosexuality. Not that we don’t all know how that story usually ends.
The group had started out of Southwestern University, and upon graduating, Deaton and several other members moved up to Kansas City to join the International House of Prayer—a megachurch focused on end times prophecy, not the triangular shaped purveyor of pancakes. Although until recently, Deaton was listed as a “friendship group” leader on IHOP’s website, the church claims that they had nothing to do with him. Except of course that he was a graduate of IHOPU, the megachurch’s school for missionary work.
Moore claims to not only have video of the sexual abuse perpetrated against Bethany Deaton, but also poetry written about it by group members. I just cannot even with that. ******* poetry? Seriously? If this is true, every member of the group that participated in this should be prosecuted. Because really, there’s just so much that one can blame on a charismatic cult leader.
Edited by Karlis, 22 November 2012 - 07:28 AM.