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North Carolina Cult Leader Pleads Guilty to Murdering 4-Year-Old He Suspected Was Gay

Peter Lucas Moses, the leader of a North Carolina religious sect, pleaded guilty yesterday to the murders of Jadon Higganbothan, 4, and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28, WRAL reports:

MosesTheir bodies were found last June buried behind a house on Ashe Street in Durham where Moses' mother, Sheilda Harris, used to live. Both had been shot in the head, according to autopsy reports...

...Authorities have said Pete Moses led a religious group of women and children who called him “Lord” and feared him. They lived together in a home on Pear Tree Lane in southeast Durham.

A woman who left the group told police that Moses killed Jadon in October 2010 because he thought the child was gay. Prosecutors said in court that Moses became concerned that Jadon had touched one of his sons inappropriately, and they said that he took Jadon to the garage and shot him.

The informant also told police that Moses ordered that McKoy be killed two months later when he learned she couldn't have children and wanted to leave the group. Prosecutors said she was forced back inside the house as she tried to run away and was later killed in a bathroom.

Moses accepted a plea deal sparing him the death penalty for the killings.

Watch WRAL's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. he looks a bit like Ice Cube

    Posted by: DanSwon | Jun 12, 2012 8:59:01 AM

  2. And I'm sure this was all done in the name of the Lord.

    Sick, sick, sick.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 12, 2012 9:22:28 AM

  3. Is black supremacy a "religion"? It was a black supremacy cult that promoted race wars.

    I suppose a white supremacist group would as well be referred to as a "religious group", huh.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jun 12, 2012 9:22:31 AM

  4. Whatever happened to religious freedom?

    Posted by: Aiden Raccoon | Jun 12, 2012 9:35:23 AM

  5. What about the little boy, Markus? Little Jadon wasn't even human to you, so what the do you care?

    Even a four year old can feel terror the moment before.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 12, 2012 9:54:17 AM

  6. Fry him.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 12, 2012 9:59:10 AM

  7. what is MARKUS referring to? where does the article mention black supremacy?

    Posted by: redball | Jun 12, 2012 9:59:44 AM

  8. Plea deal... Right.

    Posted by: antisaint | Jun 12, 2012 10:00:25 AM

  9. Hi, Redball:

    Yes, the lunatic belonged to this lunatic group who call themselves "Black Hebrews". We have them here in Philadelphia. They carry bull horns and rant crazy sermons on the sidewalk.

    Surprisingly, some of their worst verbal attacks are against Black Christians and Black Muslims and, of course, Black Gays. They even wear crazy outfits based on how they believe ancient Hebrews dressed.

    They often set up their performances right where tourists to Philadelphia have to pass by. I often wonder why the city government doesn't do something. I guess it's freedom of insane speech. The city could atleast blast music over their bull horn sermons. Maybe they could play Sylvester's House Music!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 12, 2012 10:13:45 AM

  10. MARKUS is referring to the fact that print news reports out of NYC referred to this man as the leader of a black supremacy group that "promoted race wars to have a black supreme race" or something and a lot of media is glancing over that little fact like they would NOT in an instance of a white supremacy group committing murder of a child they thought was gay. Leaving the impression that this is a fundamentalist Christian group or something.

    Gee, perhaps he's Jewish. Or Mormon! Bet he's Mormon!

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jun 12, 2012 10:14:43 AM

  11. He does look like icecube.

    Imagine how he terrorized that boy before murdering him. Think about what that boy went through in his short life.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 12, 2012 10:25:35 AM

  12. Cue the Tracy Morgan quote & Chris Rock's subsequent defense in 3..2..1

    Posted by: mikeflower | Jun 12, 2012 10:49:23 AM

  13. clicking over, I was surprised

    the majority of cult leaders are Caucasian(just like the majority of serial killers are caucasian males per FBI profiling)

    I'd be even more surprised if it was also a female cult leader

    Posted by: say what | Jun 12, 2012 10:53:13 AM

  14. These days you basically expect there to be some kind of religious exemptions that lets such people walk

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 12, 2012 11:20:13 AM

  15. @Say What,

    Where's that FBI proof the proportional majority of serial killers and cult leaders are white males? Actually, there is none. There are a lot more whites than blacks in America [for example] so naturally the over-all majority of serial killers [for example] are probably white and male [no question males commit the vast majority of murders and other violent crime], but that number is probably proportionately consistent with the over-all white male population. And not only that, but serial killers are rare crimes, statistically speaking. There is no epidemic of serial killers in the U.S. or elsewhere, it's just their violent deviant crimes tend to get a lot of publicity, partly because they are so rare and atypical.

    Now, the DOJ and FBI statistics do show that black males commit not only a hugely disproportionate [disproportionate to their over-all percentage of the population, black males making up roughly 6% of the U.S. population] level of violent crime and homicides in the U.S., and in some cases they are responsible for the clear majority [above 50%] of violent crime, including homicides. This is the case in most U.S. cities for example, and even in the country as a whole as of 2009-2010 where black male perps were responsible for 52% of homicides in the U.S., again even though they make up only around 6% of the population. Other 'minority' males made up another 25%+ of the homicides. Most of these violent crimes and murders were against other 'minorities' and often involve drug trafficking violence and gang activity.

    There is of course a huge gender gap in violent crime, but female psychopaths and sociopaths manifest their antisocial disorders in other less overtly violent and obvious ways, but they still very much exist.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 12, 2012 11:22:02 AM

  16. Religion gets mixed into supremacy movements all the time, as with the Christian Identity groups. It doesn't have to be either/or, in fact it rarely is. What better way to back up your racist message than with a theology that THE BIBLE SAYS (or whatever "holy" book you're using) you are superior?

    So are the women being prosecuted too or is rank stupidity a valid defense against being an accessory to murder?

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 12, 2012 11:24:22 AM

  17. @SAY WHAT: Your very cogent observation sure did get RATBASTARD's panties in an uproar. Statistically you are right and, according to FBI statistics (which account for the proportion and ratio of racial distinctions), white men are still more likely to be serial killers that any other racial or ethnic group. Sorry, RAT, but them's the way the cookies crumble. I know how much you want to believe otherwise, but stats never lie. Get over it.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 12, 2012 11:40:05 AM

  18. How many commandants can you break at once ?

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Jun 12, 2012 12:09:21 PM

  19. Send him to prison with no protection or seclusion. He'll be taken care of there.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jun 12, 2012 12:11:01 PM

  20. This individual goes so far beyond "homophobic". He is psychotic. It's difficult to even have a rational discussion about homophobia with this individual.

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 12, 2012 12:23:01 PM

  21. @jamal49,

    They prove no such thing. Serial killers are proportionately represented across all races and ethnicities. In Africa most serial killers [if they caught or noticed, which is unlikely] are black, in Asia, Asian, in majority 'white' countries, white. Law enforcement in first world societies are far more capable and accountable than in 2nd and 3rd world societies, so naturally you'll hear about more serial killers in an advanced 1st world society like the U.S.

    But statistically, serial killers are rare, and only get a lot of publicity because they are rare and unusual. Most murders in the U.S. are committed in urban areas and involve young minority males. This is an absolute fact. And in fact, this kind of murder is so common and typical, very few pay any attention anymore. Sorry to burst anyone's bubble.

    I'll say it again: black males in the last DOJ/FBI released stats, made up over 50% of homicide perps in the U.S., even though they make up only about 6% of the U.S. population, young males even less than that. White and Asian males proportionately make up a far smaller percentage of murderers, relative to their over-all percentage of the population.

    It is what it is.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 12, 2012 12:26:27 PM

  22. If this country hadn't been forced to integrate we'd have this black problem under control.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 12, 2012 12:40:12 PM

  23. Why did this thread get so caught up in race? I doubt that whites, blacks or Asians are any more or less likely to be serial killers over any other race... If the rates are proportionally higher for blacks in America, Im sure that has more to do with socio-economic disadvantages than because someone's skin happens to have more pigmentation, just like GLBT people have higher rates of suicide because we are disenfranchised as well. Get over what colour his skin is and think about how horrible the deaths of this young woman and child are. It's abhorrent and he deserves to be locked up with no chance for parole.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Jun 12, 2012 1:16:53 PM

  24. Serial Murder is one of my odd areas of fascination so I've read quite a bit about it, both popular non-fiction and academic books intended for psychiatric professionals and profilers. Though there are of course exceptions, sex/lust driven serial murder (which is usually what is meant by "serial killer") is most often perpetrated by white men, and that's taking into account percentage of the population, etc. etc.

    I don't know what the figures are for serial murders for profit.

    Most family annihilations (killing off the wife and kids), whether followed by suicide or not, are also disproportionately perpetrated by white men.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 12, 2012 2:27:26 PM

  25. we've had priests and pastors telling their flocks that gay people should be rounded up and put in electric fences to die.

    we've had priests and pastors telling their flocks that if your son has a "limp wrist" that you need to walk over to him and break his arm.

    we have a stepdad beating his stepson with a belt for not catching a baseball.

    and what we need is a massive cultural re-think on what it means to be a Christian, a Man, and a decent human being.

    because right now, we're living in a world that excuses hatred, violence, ignorance and prejudice and takes issue with "love"


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 12, 2012 2:32:12 PM

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