Tag: Kirtland cult
The News-Herald, December 23, 2014
On October 24, 2006 self-proclaimed prophet Jeffrey Don Lundgren was executed for the murder of a family of five.
In 1989 Lundgren had formed a cult after he was dismissed in 1987 as a lay minister of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now known as the Community of Christ — a sect of the Mormon Church.
He claimed that passages in the Bible told him to kill the family, the members of which he said were lacking in faith.
In an unsworn statement at his 1990 trial, Lundgren told the jury that he and his cult were preparing for the second coming of Christ, which they believed would occur at Reorganized Church’s temple in Kirtland, where the church was based from 1831-1838.
He said the spiritually unclean had to be dealt with and referred to the killings as “pruning the vineyard.”
Thirteen of Lundgren’s 20 or so followers were also charged in the case.
The cult disintegrated when its members realized that they, just like their ‘prophet of God,’ were facing murder charges.
Four more convicts in the infamous Kirtland cult
slayings will be paroled this year.
On April 17, 1989, cult leader Jeffrey D. Lundgren
and some of his followers killed Dennis and Cheryl Avery and their daughters Trina, 15; Becky, 13; and Karen, 7.
On April 17, 1989, five members of the Avery family were shot in the head, executed
in a barn in Kirtland, Ohio.
Today, one of the men who helped in the Kirtland Cult Murders is eligible for parole and is expected to be released.
The barn where cult leader Jeffrey Lundgren killed and buried an entire family was torn down Tuesday after the property was bought by a church.
For the past 16 years, Kirtland resident Lee Traxler has been waiting to see if justice would be served in the murders of his five former neighbors. On Tuesday, as Traxler sipped coffee at Judy and Jen’s Restaurant in Kirtland an hour after the execution of Jeffrey Lundgren, he said it had.
Ohio executed a religious cult leader Tuesday for murdering a family of five followers who were taken one at a time to a barn, bound and shot to death. The youngest was a girl just 7 years old.
Faith drew Jeffrey Lundgren to this northeast Ohio community important in Mormon history, but his role as a self-styled prophet led to his banishment from the church and eventually to death row for the cult killings of a family of five.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied the state’s request for a full-court hearing in the case of a death row inmate who’s scheduled execution on Tuesday for killing a family of five was put on hold last week.
Cult murderer Jeffrey Lundgren will not feel any more discomfort from the lethal chemical cocktail injected into his veins than any other inmate sentenced to death, Pittsburgh-based celebrity pathologist Cyril Wecht said.
A federal judge on Tuesday delayed next week’s execution of cult leader Jeffrey Lundgren to allow him to join a lawsuit by five other death row inmates challenging the state’s use of lethal injection. In his request to join the lawsuit, Lundgren, 56, said he is at even greater risk of experiencing pain and suffering during the procedure than other inmates because he is overweight and diabetic.
A federal judge on Tuesday delayed the Oct. 24 execution of cult leader Jeffrey Lundgren to allow him to join a lawsuit challenging Ohio’s use of lethal injection.