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13,368. Five murders so gruesome even police were shocked. It was the work of a cult, a cult of three, out to defeat Satan and heal the world. What turned this latter day saint into a modern day Charles Manson? (Cults: Children of Thunder & Murder Cases: Helzer) True Crime with Aphrodite Jones s2e9, ID 2011
13,369. Taylor Helzer: At age fourteen Taylor started hearing voices. (Cults: Children of Thunder & Murder Cases: Helzer) ibid.
13,370. A budding psychopath who thought he had a special relationship with God. (Cults: Children of Thunder & Murder Cases: Helzer) ibid.
13,371. Taylor called his two minions [brothers former Mormons] the Children of Thunder. (Cults: Children of Thunder & Murder Cases: Helzer) ibid.
13,372. July 30th 2000 ... Ivan and Annette Stineman, an elderly couple who were friends as well as former clients of Taylor. The brothers kidnapped the couple, and with Dawn’s help forced them to write two cheques totalling $100,000 payable to Selina Bishop. Then they drugged the Stinemans and tried to kill them by banging their hands on the floor. When cracking their skulls didn’t work, Taylor finished them off with a knife. (Cults: Children of Thunder & Murder Cases: Helzer) ibid.
13,373. The murders made headlines across the country. (Cults: Children of Thunder & Murder Cases: Helzer) ibid.
13,374. With Taylor Helzer empowerment training became the devil in this person’s head. (Cults: Children of Thunder & Murder Cases: Helzer) ibid.
13,375. His belief in himself as a prophet never wavered. (Cults: Children of Thunder & Murder Cases: Helzer) ibid.
81,999. Justin Helzer, 41, received three death sentences in 2005 for the murders.
Helzer’s brother, Glenn Taylor Helzer, called himself a prophet who wanted to kill Mormon leaders and take over the church.
The siblings and a female accomplice called themselves Children of Thunder and hatched a plot to extort $100,000 from an elderly couple.
The death row inmate who killed guitarist Elvin Bishop’s daughter and four others in 2000 murder-extortion plot died of an apparent suicide, California prison officials announced Monday.
Justin Helzer, 41, was found dead Sunday night in his single cell at San Quentin Prison, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told NBC Bay Area.
Corrections Lt Sam Robinson said Helzer used a sheet tied to his cell bars to hang himself. He was found dead during a security check at around 10.17 p.m.
An earlier suicide attempt two years ago had left the 41-year-old death row inmate blind.
Helzer and his brother Glenn Helzer, who went by his middle name, Taylor, were sentenced to death in 2005 for the murders, which were planned as part of a bizarre blackmail scheme.
Taylor Helzer was a stock broker and self-described prophet seeking to raise money for a religious group he had launched to hasten Christ’s return to Earth. (Murder Cases: Helzer & Cults: Children of Thunder) Mail online article 16th April 2013 ‘Notorious killer who murdered five people in bizarre plot ‘to speed Christ's return to Earth’ hangs himself on death row’
133,707. A gruesome discovery is made in a river … The secret cult called the Children of Thunder … It’s about a charismatic cult leader who seduces his people to do his evil, and a sick conspiracy involving extortion, sex and murder all in the name of God. (Cults: Children of Thunder & Murder Cases: Heltzer) People Magazine Investigates s3e12: Children of Thunder, ID 2019