Court upholds Robidoux murder conviction

The state Supreme Judicial Court has affirmed the first-degree murder conviction of Jacques Robidoux, the infamous Attleboro cultist who allowed his infant son Samuel to starve to death because, he claimed, it’s what God wanted.

Former sect leader loses bid for new trial in son’s death

Massachusetts’ highest court has denied a new trial for a former leader of a religious sect who was convicted of murder in the starvation death of his infant son.

Massachusetts Supreme Court take up cult father appeal

The fate of former Attleboro religious cult father Jacques Robidoux, who once thought the court system was a manifestation of Satan, is now in the hands of the state’s highest court.

Former sect leader appeals conviction in son’s starvation death

After Jacques Robidoux was charged with murder in the starvation death of his infant son, he refused to be examined by a psychotherapist, citing his belief that modern medicine was one of Satan’s “counterfeit systems.”

Attleboro cultist who starved son to death wants new trial

Bob Pardon, a cult expert who has studied the Attleboro group extensively, said Jacques Robidoux was scapegoated in the case and “took the fall” for his iron-fisted dad.

Attleboro cult: Jacques Robidoux appeal set

The state Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments Friday that an Attleboro religious cult father was brainwashed when he starved his 1-year-old son to death in 1999.

Sect founder Robidoux dies

ATTLEBORO — Roland Robidoux, the founder of a local religious cult whose beliefs led to the starvation death of his grandson, has died, apparently after a lengthy illness, authorities said Wednesday. Police were called to the group’s home at 196-198 Knight Ave. late Tuesday afternoon where Robidoux, 65, was found dead, police Capt. David Proia […]

New trial denied

ATTLEBORO — Jacques Robidoux, the Attleboro religious cult father who now claims he was brainwashed when he starved his almost 1-year-old son to death in 1999, has lost his bid for a new trial. Robidoux, who was a leader in the cult founded by his father, Roland, is serving a life prison term without parole […]

Cult-ivating a new defense

Sect leader serving life for starving son claims he was brainwashed Killer cult dad Jacques Robidoux has pulled away from the controversial religious sect and is seeking a new trial, copping an insanity plea similar to one that got his wife off the hook for their sons 1999 starvation death. Hes reconsidering everything, said Robert […]

Cult dad seeking new trial

ATTLEBORO — Jacques Robidoux, the Attleboro religious cult father imprisoned for starving his son to death, is seeking a new trial on the grounds that his original trial lawyer failed to seek an insanity defense. Robidoux, 32, now says he was brainwashed by the cult, known as “ The Body,” led by his father Roland […]

Sect topic of TV magazine

Coming up on Dateline In a Dateline/Court TV exclusive, Keith Morrison reports on a bizarre legal drama in which parents, who belonged to a fanatical religious group, stand trial for the murder of their baby. Had the groups strange religious beliefs led to this murder? And if so, who was ultimately to blame?– SUNDAY, MAY […]

Cult lawyer calls verdict just

ATTLEBORO — No jury in the country would have convicted Karen Robidoux of murder once they learned what life was like for the former Attleboro religious sect member, her attorney told a local lawyers’ group Thursday night. “There wasn’t legal trickery here. That was a just verdict,” Brockton defense lawyer Joseph Krowksi Sr. said of […]

Police keep eye out for Attleboro cult’s children

Friday, March 5, 2004 Cops keeping tabs on an Attleboro cult involved in the deaths of at least two children say they would move to rescue any new babies born into the brainwashing sect. “Personally I have a concern that if there are kids born that they would be subject to harm,” Detective Arthur Brillon […]

Robidoux recovering

LAKEVILLE — When Attleboro religious sect member Michelle Mingo was set free last week, she left court wearing the familiar jumper dress worn by sect women and resumed life in the sect home on Knight Avenue. But Karen Robidoux, who was convicted Feb. 3 of assault and battery in the starvation death of her son, […]

Obedience to cruelty

The jury that decided the fate of Karen E. Robidoux was handed a difficult case. Ms. Robidoux, a former member of an Attleboro-area religious sect, was accused of second-degree murder in the 1999 starvation of her infant son, Samuel. The child died after a sect member claimed to have had a religious vision decreeing that […]

Woman admits role in child’s death

TAUNTON — Michelle Mingo, the woman whose prophecy led to the starvation murder of her baby nephew, yesterday acknowledged her role in his death before walking out of court with her “spiritual husband,” apparently headed back to the Attleboro religious sect whose teachings cost Samuel Robidoux his life and Mingo custody of her five children. […]

Attleboro sect member pleads guilty to accessory charge in infant’s death

BOSTON — A member of an Attleboro religious sect whose self-described vision from God led to the starvation death of an infant pleaded guilty today to an accessory charge and was allowed to go free. G. Michelle Mingo changed her plea at a hearing in Taunton Superior Court. She pleaded guilty to two counts of […]

Sect member to plead guilty as accessory in baby’s starving death

BOSTON (AP) A member of a religious sect whose self-described vision from God led to the starvation death of an infant is expected to plead guilty to an accessory charge, the prosecutor in the case confirmed Monday. Michelle Mingo is scheduled to appear in Taunton Superior Court Tuesday afternoon for a change of plea hearing […]

Freed ex-cult victim remains in Lakeville recovery center

LAKEVILLE Karen Robidoux, the former Attleboro cult member convicted this week of assault and battery in the starvation death of her baby son Samuel, will take the next steps with her life in Lakeville. Since posting bail on the charges against her in October, the 28-year-old Robidoux has been a resident of Meadow Haven […]
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