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Frederick Madison King

Police in Ontario, Canada last Saturday arrested a cult leader who had not been seen since late 2012, when authorities began investing allegations of physical and sexual assault against him.

After a 16-month investigation, earlier this month criminal charges were laid against the leader of the Church of Jesus Christ Restored, Frederick Madison King, 55, and his brother, Judson William King, 59.
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Some of the charges date back to 1978 and involve seven victims, who were all members of the church.

Judson William King was arrested on April 7. He faces charges of assault with a weapon, uttering death threats and four counts of assault.

Frederick Madison King has been charged with one count of both sexual exploitation and sexual interference, three counts of sexual assault, three counts of assault causing bodily harm, five counts of uttering death threats, two counts of assault with a weapon and 10 counts of assault.

Horrible Beatings

King and his church have been in the news before.

Rob Gowan, a writer for the Sun Times, in an article published by the Barrie Examiner says

In late 2012, the “cult-like” Chatsworth church was thrust into the public spotlight when Owen Sound resident Carol Christie alleged in media interviews she spent close to 40 years under the brainwashed control of Stan King, then his son Fred.

Her story involved claims of polygamy, historical sexual abuse and missed police opportunities to uncover it. She wrote a book, with her husband John Christie, about her experience called “Property. The True Story of a Polygamous Church Wife.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Christie’s claims, described in this March, 2010 court document, make for difficult reading. They involve horrible beatings all over her body, degradations in front of other church members, spitting in her face, sexual assaults, threats, emotional abuse, et cetera.

It also says that

[t]hroughout her relationship with Stanley and Fred, the plaintiff was coerced into believing them to be servants of God. As such, she was inculcated to believe that their expressed will had divine authority over all aspects of her life, including where she resided, with whom she resided, whether she should be employed, to whom she should be married, and with whom she should have sexual relations.

In 2010 Christie, along with five other people who defected from the church, settled a class action suit.

She says she feels vindicated now that charges have been laid against King and his brother.

Christie’s complaint also named Resto Graphics, a business at which she was forced to work, and says that “Resto and the Church were inextricably entwined in the minds and lives of the members of the Church.”

When Carol Christie fled the cult six years ago, her son Marcus stayed behind. Christie says he was too afraid of the spiritual consequences of abandoning the church and the Prophet’s teachings to leave with her.

Church of Jesus Christ Restored

The Church of Jesus Christ Restored is a small, sect in the Latter Day Saint Movement. It is located at Concession 2 south of Owen Sound, near Chatsworth, Ontario.

It formed as a fundamentalist offshoot of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now known as the Community of Christ).

Most, though not all, sects of the Mormon Church practice polygamy. But unlike most other polygamous sects of the Mormon Church, the Church of Jesus Christ Restored limits polygamy to its leader.

Theologically, all of these churches are considered to be cults of Christianity — which means that their teachings and practices place them outside the Christian faith they claim to represent.

Sociologically most of these churches have cult-like elements as well.

CTV's W5 covered the allegations of polygamy, abuse and psychological torture at the Church of Jesus Christ Restored in a November 17, 2012 broadcast.

CTV’s W5 covered the allegations of polygamy, abuse and psychological torture at the Church of Jesus Christ Restored in a November 17, 2012 broadcast.

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Miranda Barbour
Want to understand what’s going on in Syria? You need to be familiar with some 7th century prophecies.

“Craigslist killer” Miranda Barbour, who claims she was a Satanist and has killed “under 100 people,” has had her first court appearance.

Also: In some countries, not wearing a proper veil can get you arrested. By the religious police.

The beard-cutting-cult leader is back in the news. Plus more…
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