Cult murder-extortion brother attempts suicide

One of two brothers sentenced to death in Contra Costa County in 2005 for slaughtering five people in a bizarre murder-extortion plot designed to hasten Christ’s return to Earth has been hospitalized after apparently trying to commit suicide.
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- Source / Full Story: Cult murder-extortion brother attempts suicide, Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 23, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

The sources said Helzer apparently tried to kill himself by jamming pens in each of his eyes. Although he didn’t kill himself, the sources said Helzer did succeed in paralyzing himself on the right side and causing a level of brain damage that has yet to be determined.
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- Source / Full Story: Death-row inmate in Elvin Bishop case tried to kill himself, Chelsea Phua and Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee, Jan. 22, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Helzer, his older brother Glenn Helzer and Dawn Godman were convicted of bludgeoning and dismembering Ivan Stineman, 85, and his wife, Annette, 78, of Concord during a plot to extort $100,000 from them in the summer of 2000.

They then killed Selina Bishop – daughter of blues guitarist Elvin Bishop – to silence her after she collected the money.
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Glenn Helzer, a former stockbroker, enlisted them [his brother and Godman] in a cult-like plot to train Brazilian orphans to slaughter the leaders of the Mormon Church so he could become its prophet and “transform America,” Godman testified.

They needed money for the scheme, so they decided to blackmail one of Glenn Helzer’s former clients.
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- Source / Full Story: Cult murder-extortion brother attempts suicide, Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 23, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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