Cult leader’s body found mummified, wrapped in Christmas lights

Associated Press
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A cult leader has been found mummified in a home and decorated in Christmas lights. 

Amy Carlson, 45, who was known as “Mother God” by her followers in the Love Has Won cult, was found dead in a home in the tiny, rural town of Moffat, in the US state of Colorado, on April 28.

Seven people have since been charged with the abuse of a court, according to arrest affidavits. 

A follower told investigators he knew the woman as Lia Carlson, and a Saguache County Sheriff's corporal wrote in the affidavits she is believed to be the leader. 

It's unclear why the follower provided the name Lia.

Amy Carlson holding her hands in a praying pose.
Amy Carlson's body was found mummified in a home. Source: Facebook

The follower, who has not been charged, told investigators he had taken in a group of people who needed a place to stay, and he found the body in a back bedroom when he returned home following a trip to Denver.

He reported the discovery to police and said he believed the group had transported Carlson's body to his home from California. 

According to the affidavits, the mummified remains appeared to be "set up in some type of shrine" and glitter-type makeup had been put around her eyes. 

Investigators searched an SUV on the property and said the back seat was laid down in a position “consistent with someone transporting the mummified remains"

Mugshots of seven people charged after the Love Has Won cult leader was found dead.
Seven people have been charged over the death of the cult leader. Source: Fox40

Love Has Won cult accused of brainwashing 

The Saguache County coroner's office has not said when Carlson died and has not released the cause or manner of death.

Two children — a 13-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy — were in the home at the time, and the seven people who were arrested are also facing child abuse charges.

According to the affidavits, the sheriff's office has received “many complaints” from families across the country saying “Love Has Won" is brainwashing people and stealing their money.

Carlson’s followers believe she communicated with angels and that she was leading them to a great awakening, The Denver Post reported Monday. 

The group, which established itself in southern Colorado in 2018, offers “spiritual intuitive ascension sessions” and sells spiritual healing products online.

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