Cult leader Alan Bushey sentenced in corpse case

Alan Bushey A judge sentenced the leader of a religious sect to 2 years in prison Wednesday for hiding an elderly follower’s rotting body on a toilet for weeks.

Prosecutors said Bushey kept the body hidden so he could collect Middlesworth’s Social Security checks and annuities. Bushey’s attorney, Thomas Steinman, argued that Bushey thought God would bring Middlesworth back to life. [Read more...]

Cult leader Alan Bushey pleads no contest to hiding body

Alan Bushey Alan Bushey, also known as Bishop John Peter, led a religious community called the Order of the Divine Will. He pleaded no contest to hiding a rotting corpse on a follower’s toilet.

He told the follower to pray to God to bring the body back to life, but meanwhile collected the victim’s social security checks. [Read more...]

Religious cult member convicted but viewed as victim of cult leader

Tammy Lewis and Alan Bushey A woman charged with helping to hide a corpse in her Necedah home is also a victim of the man who is charged with directing that failed resurrection, lawyers for both the prosecution and defense said Monday.

“We do regard (Tammy Lewis), at least in part, as a victim of this cult activity,” said County District Attorney Scott Southworth. [Read more...]

Self-proclaimed religious leader to enter plea in case of hiding a corpse

Alan Bushey Prosecutors said Alan Bushey and one of his followers, Tammy Lewis, kept the dead body of Magdeline Middlesworth, 90, on Lewis’s toilet for two months, and Lewis’s children saw it rot there.

It is alleged that Bushey claimed Middlesworth would come back to life. Meanwhile, the cult leader kept collecting the woman’s social security checks. [Read more...]