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Old 05-13-2008, 11:17 AM
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WTH died in there!??!

http://www.komotv.com/news/local/18886704.html

Necedah WI. I wonder if Burg smelled anything funny.
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MONROE, Wash. -- Friends warned her to stay away from an out-of-state cult. But the cult convinced her to leave home and come join them, saying Seattle was about to be the center of a horrific event.

Now the local woman is at the center of a story making headlines around the world after a family was found living with her corpse for months.

Two children and their mother lived for about two months with the decaying body of a 90-year-old Monroe, Wash. woman on the toilet of their Wisconsin home's only bathroom, on the advice of a religious "superior" who claimed the corpse would come back to life, authorities said.

The children - a 15-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy - cried hysterically when a deputy who came to their Necedah home looking for Magdeline Alvina Middlesworth ordered them out because of the stench from her body.

The children were in foster care. Their mother, Tammy Lewis, and self-described "bishop" Alan Bushey remained in custody on felony counts of being a party to causing mental harm to a child.

"It's a sad case, and we'll continue to investigate it and try to ascertain just what occurred up there," Juneau County Sheriff Brent Oleson said. He said he had no further information on Bushey's religious affiliation.

According to the criminal complaint, Middlesworth's sister called sheriff's officials last Wednesday and asked them to go to the home about 80 miles north of Madison to check on the woman, who had not been heard from for some time.

When Deputy Leigh Neville-Neil arrived at the house, she encountered Lewis, also known as Sister Mary Bernadett, the complaint said. Lewis, 35, initially refused to allow the deputy to check on Middlesworth, telling her that Middlesworth was on vacation and saying she had to check with her "superior" first.

But she eventually let the deputy in. The house smelled of incense and burned wood, and had religious materials everywhere and hymns playing on the stereo, according to the complaint.

When the deputy opened the last closed door, she smelled "decaying matter" and noticed something piled on what appeared to be a toilet. Lewis told her it was Middlesworth's body, the complaint said.

Lewis told the deputy that Middlesworth had died about two months earlier, but that God told her Middlesworth would come to life if she prayed hard enough.

She said she couldn't say anything more until she spoke with her "superior" - Bushey, 57, also known as Bishop John Peter Bushey.

When Bushey arrived, Lewis told the deputy that Middlesworth had appeared to pass out as Lewis helped her into her underwear.

She said she propped Middlesworth on the toilet and left the room to call Bushey, who told her to leave the woman alone and pray for her, the complaint said. He said he had received signs that God would raise her from the dead with a miracle.

Lewis went on to say she thought Middlesworth was still breathing when she put her on the toilet and called Bushey, instead of an ambulance. She later told a detective she put the woman on the toilet on March 4.

An autopsy has been performed, but results won't be available for some time, Oleson said.

"At this time we don't know what the cause of death was," he said. "Quite frankly, it might have been natural causes."

He described the one-story home in the town of Necedah as in decent repair, although the residents had been using "makeshift" toilet facilities because of the situation in the one bathroom.

The boy at the house told a detective he had considered running away because he was uncomfortable with the situation. He said Bushey told him that demons were trying to make it look as if Middlesworth wouldn't come back to life, and that if she were to be discovered he and the girl would have to go to public school and get jobs because Middlesworth paid the bills.

The boy referred to Middlesworth as "grandmother," the complaint said.

Oleson said Middlesworth was unrelated to Bushey.

"She believed in the same faith as self-proclaimed Bishop Bushey, and that was the connection there," he said.

Oleson said that Middlesworth and Lewis lived at the residence with the children since fall of 2004, and that Bushey lived elsewhere.

Michael O'Brien, pastor of Saint Mary of the Valley Catholic Church in Monroe, Wash., says he warned Middlesworth about moving to Wisconsin and tried to get her to see that she was being lured into a deceptive cult.

"But you know you can't force her and I think some of her family tried to get control of her legally so she wouldn't go off like this," O'Brien said.

Bushey and Lewis are scheduled to make an initial court appearance May 19. Aside from the felony counts, Lewis also was charged with obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor.

The sheriff said cash bond was set Friday at $50,000 each, but Lewis was allowed to post 10 percent for her release.

Computerized state court records had no attorney listed for either suspect on Friday.


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Old 05-13-2008, 11:18 AM
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I saw that the other day. The things people will do under the guise of religion never cease to amaze me.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:19 AM
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I do believe that man is sporting a priest collar. Humm imagine that.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:45 AM
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... Necedah WI. I wonder if Burg smelled anything funny.
Nope! Too far east and the wind's blowing in the wrong direction...however, now that you mention it, I do smell burning wood in the neighborhood...

BTW, the mother and "father" (pun intended) are also facing felony charges because the two also cashed in 2 months worth of Magdeline's SS checks...

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... The boy at the house told a detective he had considered running away because he was uncomfortable with the situation. He said Bushey told him that demons were trying to make it look as if Middlesworth wouldn't come back to life, ...
An adult telling a child a lie...

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... and that if she were to be discovered he and the girl would have to go to public school ...
An adult, telling a child a lie...

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... and get jobs ...
An adult, scaring the kids ... I'm guessing the puke would have made the kids get jobs...

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... because Middlesworth paid the bills. ...
Probably VERY TRUE. As mentioned above...the lady's SS Checks were cashed...she was probably carrying the whole house on her money...

Someone needs a bit of Hellfire up his arse...
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:02 PM
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Did they flush the toilet? What did they use for a toilet while the corpse was sitting on it?
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Those people would love the new movie "Expelled"!

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Those people would love the new movie "Expelled"!

Full of faith, but brainless!
But that is what is required in a religion. Strong back to do what they tell you, weak mind so you don't know the difference between what will work and what won't
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Old 05-13-2008, 01:17 PM
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and people are questioning this intelligent design business.
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and people are questioning this intelligent design business.
The guys down at Mercedes Benz are the one who really know about intelligent design!
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Q. What were Priscilla's last words to Elvis?

A. WTH died in there!??!

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He said he had received signs that God would raise her from the dead with a miracle. . . because Middlesworth paid the bills.


I think the signs he received were dollar signs.
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Wisconsin is one F'ed up state. Lots of weirdo's up here. I'm gettin out ASAP.
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Wisconsin is one F'ed up state. Lots of weirdo's up here. I'm gettin out ASAP.
1950s - Ed Gein - Lamp shades of human flesh, b. 1906 in La Crosse, WI., d. 1984 in Madison, WI. ...

1990s - Jeffery Dahmer - Midnight snacker in the refrigerator light's glow, b. 1960 in West Allis, WI., d. 1994 in Portage, WI. ...

2000s - Bushey & Lewis (NOT a comedy team) - Stinkin' body wrappers ...

Must be something in the air up here...like, an allergic reaction to pine tree pollen?

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