Body Found In Home, Cult May Be Involved

NECEDAH — Juneau County authorities say they’re still investigating a strange discovery in the town of Necedah.

A sheriff’s deputy sent to check on the welfare of a 90-year-old woman found her remains on the toilet in the only bathroom of the house she shared with a woman and two children. And officials say the body had been there about two months.

Now 35-year-old Tammy Lewis and 57-year-old Alan Bushey face two counts of being a party to causing mental harm to a child. Lewis is also charged with obstructing an officer.

Bushey calls himself a “bishop” and has a sign saying his house is a chapel. Lewis calls herself a “sister.”

District Attorney Scott Southworth says he believes it’s a cult-type situation that involved fraud by the leader to get money.

One of the children says he was told that the dead woman, Magdeline Alvina Middlesworth, paid the bills, and if her body was found, the children would have to go to public school and get jobs.

Both children are in foster care.

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May 10, 2008

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