Bruce Leonard, 65, and Deborah Leonard, 59, severely beat their two sons Lucas, 19, and Christopher, 17, over the course of more than 10 hours with an electric cord during a family counseling session inside the “sanctuary room” at New York’s Word Of Life Church in an attempt to get the teenagers to confess to their sins and apologize. Lucas died of his injuries that included “multiple contusions” of the torso and extremities. Christopher remains in serious condition.
Bruce and Deborah were arrested and charged with first-degree manslaughter in Lucas’ death. Their bail was set at $100,000 each. Four others – Sarah Ferguson, 33, Lucas’ sister, and church members Linda Morey, 54, David Morey, 26, and Joseph Irwin, 26, were arrested on charges of second degree assault on Christopher. They are being held in lieu of $50,000 each.
New Hartford Police Chief Michael Inserra told reporters:
“A counseling session was held at the Word of Life Church after services Sunday night [October 11] for Lucas Leonard and Christopher Leonard. The counseling session eventually turned violent. The brothers were beaten for hours, with church members using fists and feet to assault them. They were beaten in the hopes that each would confess to prior sins and ask for forgiveness. We have not determined what the punishment was for at this point.”
Deborah’s lawyer argued that Lucas and Christopher were initially confronted because they were suspected of “touching some of the other children” in the secretive church that the family belongs to. But the police spokesman, Lt. Timothy O’Neill of the New Hartford Police Department, said the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center had thoroughly investigated suggestions of sexual abuse by the teenagers and deemed them “completely unfounded”.
According to New York Times:
On Sunday night, toward the end of a daylong church service, Tiffanie Irwin, the pastor at Word of Life Christian Church, turned to her congregation and said that Lucas Leonard, whose family was immersed in Word of Life’s secretive practices, was practicing witchcraft, wanted church elders to die and had considered making a voodoo doll of a church leader.
The police, however, said that the beatings had grown out of concerns that Lucas wanted to leave the church. A neighbor, James Constantine, also said Lucas had talked about moving on and had mentioned he might join the Army.
“We’re not alleging they intended to kill their son. We’re just alleging they were trying to seriously hurt their son, and ultimately he died from those injuries,” Scott D. McNamara, the Oneida County district attorney, said at a news conference.
A former Parishioner, Chadwick Handville, told The New York Times that the founder and longtime pastor at Word of Life Church, a reclusive sect infamous for being emotionally manipulative and cult like, shamed congregants from the pulpit, dredging up old sins and recounting them at Sunday services.
“He demanded they redo the floors and fix the plumbing in his living quarters, day after day for hours, until were sleep-deprived. Members who raised questions were put on church discipline and sometimes forbidden to speak to others.”
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the white cotton gloves, power cord and name of church word of life, three technologies and at the same time three cover ups being covered up using orgone energy, i saw these before… how do people enter these states and beat their children to death, and word of life probably means steady life and probably they are so fanatic they can’t think of witchcraft… like they’re saved from it… that is part of your brain power(3rd eye) that is being taken from everyone, and in the end it is not witchcraft, it is ESP, that can be used to do great good, why is being hidden, is because it is advantage for the people who need slaves to maintain their oligarchic plans while trying to have everything in the physical world and the spiritual world… and that explains why there are misterious events in this planet and why there is so many people sick and dead, because those people knew something, because they followed a brain pattern of confort and success and progress, but someone is manipulating everything with 3rd eyes networks… and beliefs is also marks in you consciousness to you people not comprehend what is happening, when, why and if you jump out the line you go against yourselves and then it is also a protection of many leaps that make you fall behind and do not comprehend and see what those evil 3rd eyes are doing to do to this world (3rd eye augments mind coordination by infinites units but without units, it is smooth energy and continuous) and then in the end no one sees that they created those belief worlds to it is a kind of automatic defense and then if they need or someone tries to do something it is not their interest, they do a manual override, because i’m telling you these belief systems and styles and technologies are being used differently, it is a way to study people and having units in what they do, why certain religions don’t eat certain kind of things or have some kind of contraints, because that spreads over your entire life in forms of actions… and then who is behind every religion??? imagine what is right before genetic manipulation?? society manipulation… they know what is happening with those people who follow the rules, they see maps on their heads because there is proportion about every those rules, specifications… and they count everything… they don’t need a computer system, only to support more gain… they do psychanalysis and they even read in your face if you have 100 pounds in you bank acc or 1000 because people smile more or feel more relaxed… so just imagine… they are fighting and updating and there where tribes and civilizations without ‘culture’ … and ‘religion’ and ‘kingdom’ and of course they have to update it all the time, but they don’t know that there are people good for memory and for patterns and they can recognize the good from the rot… belief systems didn’t created this world, they were injections into amounts of people and then there was initiations of war so people would go to war for money and belief and then it spreaded and then i also believe there are cultures that actually see spirits because of the teas of the spirits and even those spirits now are selled as goods, because people see mirages and mirages come from a set of patterns and people can transmit ideas they are not conscient of neither talk of… don’t be fooled into witchcraft is evil, because it doesn’t exist, (it’s just some cycle has finished and they need more energy in their belief and consciousness and energy)… in the end it’s all energy and everything is just some particle that stayed crying because it didn’t figure it out how to do a metamorphosys to the size of the ever growing universe… we are all star dust and sun shines and even large groups of quasars in a very very weird mirror… what can you see???
I intended to finish reading that but gave up half way. wow… an interesting mind that’s for sure.
Ahhhhh. Isn’t Christianity lovely… Can we now use this to generalise that all Christians are like this? You know, use the same tactic that is used against Islam!!!!