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Roch Thériault

Cult Leader Must Remain Behind Bars
The Canadian Parole Commission has decided that former cult leader Roch “Moses” Thériault must remain behind bars and undergo a series of evaluations. Thériault himself, who appeared frail, has said that he feels more secure in prison than he would on the outside. He has been incarcerated since 1989.[csr 1.3 2002]

One of his victims, Gabrielle Lavalée — Thériault amputated her arm — who has campaigned against his release, believing that he remains extremely dangerous, attended the hearing. She has written a book on her experience in Thériault’s commune which has sold more than 200,000 copies. The group included nine “wives”: he murdered one and inflicted horrible corporal punishment on all.[csr 1.3 2002]

At the hearing, Thériault said that he acted criminally while under the influence of alcohol, as if he were another person, and that he has terrible “flashbacks” of those distant events. Asked why he formed his cult, Thériault answered that he was “a Jesus freak in the ’70s.” His wives continue to visit him in prison, although they have not been allowed to have sexual relations with him ever since he fathered two children early in his sentence. (Press Canadienne, Internet, 7/11/02) [csr 1.3 2002]

Charged with Assault on Scientologists
Lloyd Fleming, of St. Louis, was charged with assaulting several Scientologists when he visited the group’s facility demanding to be removed from a mailing list. He threatened to blow up the building, punched and kicked several people, slapped a woman, and bit a man, authorities said. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Internet, 10/4/02) [csr 1.3 2002]