“Culture is a perversion. It fetishizes objects, creates consumer mania, preaches endless forms of false happiness, false understanding in the form of squirrelly religions and silly cults. It invites people to dehumanize themselves by behaving like machines.”Terence McKenna
A ‘cult queen’ found guilty of brutally murdering and dismembering another woman who was lured on Tinder could be sentenced to death.
Bailey Boswell, 26, and her 54-year-old boyfriend Aubrey Trail, who claimed to be a vampire, strangled Sydney Loofe, 24, and then chopped the victim’s body into 14 pieces.
Miss Loofe’s remains were later found in bin bags scattered on the side of rural roads in the US state of Nebraska.
Boswell’s trial heard that the couple told other dates they controlled a coven of witches, – with Boswell being the ‘queen’, they gained supernatural powers by killing people, and had made videos of torture and murder.
After less than four hours of deliberations, jury on Wednesday found Boswell guilty of first degree murder, improper disposal of human remains and conspiracy to commit murder.
One of the hallmarks of totalitarianism is mass conformity to a psychotic official narrative. Not a regular official narrative, like the “Cold War” or the “War on Terror” narratives. A totally delusional official narrative that has little or no connection to reality and that is contradicted by a preponderance of facts.
Nazism and Stalinism are the classic examples, but the phenomenon is better observed in cults and other sub-cultural societal groups. Numerous examples will spring to mind: the Manson family, Jim Jones’ People’s Temple, the Church of Scientology, Heavens Gate, etc., each with its own psychotic official narrative: Helter Skelter, Christian Communism, Xenu and the Galactic Confederacy, and so on.
Looking in from the dominant culture (or back through time in the case of the Nazis), the delusional nature of these official narratives is glaringly obvious to most rational people. What many people fail to understand is that to those who fall prey to them (whether individual cult members or entire totalitarian societies) such narratives do not register as psychotic. On the contrary, they feel entirely normal. Everything in their social “reality” reifies and reaffirms the narrative, and anything that challenges or contradicts it is perceived as an existential threat.
These narratives are invariably paranoid, portraying the cult as threatened or persecuted by an evil enemy or antagonistic force which only unquestioning conformity to the cult’s ideology can save its members from. It makes little difference whether this antagonist is mainstream culture, body thetans, counter-revolutionaries, Jews, or a virus. The point is not the identity of the enemy. The point is the atmosphere of paranoia and hysteria the official narrative generates, which keeps the cult members (or the society) compliant.
In addition to being paranoid, these narratives are often internally inconsistent, illogical, and … well, just completely ridiculous. This does not weaken them, as one might suspect. Actually, it increases their power, as it forces their adherents to attempt to reconcile their inconsistency and irrationality, and in many cases utter absurdity, in order to remain in good standing with the cult. Such reconciliation is of course impossible, and causes the cult members’ minds to short circuit and abandon any semblance of critical thinking, which is precisely what the cult leader wants.
Moreover, cult leaders will often radically change these narratives for no apparent reason, forcing their cult members to abruptly forswear (and often even denounce as “heresy”) the beliefs they had previously been forced to profess, and behave as if they had never believed them, which causes their minds to further short circuit, until they eventually give up even trying to think rationally, and just mindlessly parrot whatever nonsensical gibberish the cult leader fills their heads with.
Today—July 22, 2020—is the day Idaho criminal defendant Chad Daybell allegedly believed the world would end.
Daybell is charged for allegedly hiding the bodies of his new wife’s young son and daughter: Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan. The victims went missing last September and were discovered last month on Daybell’s property. It is unclear if the kids even lived long enough to technically become his stepchildren. Daybell married co-defendant Lori Daybell in Hawaii on November 5, police say.
Authorities said that Joshua was last seen Sept. 23. Tylee had been missing for even longer: Sept 8., the day of a family trip to Yellowstone National Park. Alex Cox, Lori Daybell’s brother, joined them on this visit. This uncle had shot and killed his sister’s previous husband Charles Vallow on July 11, 2019, back when the family lived in Arizona. He claimed self defense. No charges have been filed in the death, though cops have been looking into it.
Cox died in December from what Maricopa County, Ariz. officials said was a blood clot. Now, Idaho authorities say he was a co-conspirator “to commit the crime of concealing and destroying/altering evidence they knew would be produced, used, or discovered as evidence in trial, proceeding, inquiry or investigation involving felony.”
To date, no one has been charged with actually causing the deaths of Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan.