February 10, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Doomsday Prepper

BOISE, [ID]--When American student Tara Westover arrived at Cambridge and found herself living in the magnificent surroundings of King’s College, her joy in her achievement was muted by a deep sense of unworthiness. After her tutor, a senior professor of history, described an essay she’d written as one of the best he’d read in 30 years, those feelings intensified and her self-loathing boiled over. After suffering so much abuse as a child, such praise came as ‘poison’ to her. Just being at Cambridge had put into ‘great relief every violent and degrading moment of my life’. For Tara had endured an extraordinary childhood in the backwoods of Idaho. She had never attended school  

January 13, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Doomsday Prepper

CEDAR CITY, [UT]--Two men in a southern Utah doomsday sect who face charges of child kidnapping are also suspected of marrying each other's underage daughters, according to a newly unsealed search warrant affidavit. Samuel Warren Shaffer, 34, said to be the leader of a religious group described in court documents as "an LDS offshoot that believed in fundamental doctrines," and one of his purported followers, John Alvin Coltharp, 34, were arrested in December after police say they were keeping Coltharp's children from their mother. After the two men were arrested and the children located — found across various areas of a five-mile "compound" in a remote area of northern Iron County — Shaf  

November 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Doomsday Prepper

SPOKANE, [WA]--A highly sensationalized effort is quietly gaining momentum across the Northwest. Some people call members of the movement political refugees, others just call them crazy. Pastor Warren Campbell has been preparing for the worst his entire life. "I am a prepper. I am. My father was a prepper before me," Campbell said. "I haven't known a time when I didn't prep." He's worried about what would happen if the the dollar became worthless, sending the U.S back into a depression. Campbell traded in sunny California skies for bitter Idaho winters, partly because this area is listed as one of the last safe havens for preppers. Then he opened the doors of Redoubt Surplus and Tactical in  

November 8, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Doomsday Prepper

WATERVILLE, [ME]--The fear of the apocalypse is nothing new. From the infamous Y2K bug to the Mayan doomsday prophecy of 2012, people have spent a lot of time worrying about the end of the world as we know it. For many, this anxiety has only been amplified by recent events, as devastating hurricanes have struck the Americas and tension rises in U.S. politics– and in preparation for the next potentially apocalyptic event, people are turning to Maine for shelter. Sales of so-called “doomsday bunkers” near the coast of Maine have soared in the past few months, providing preppers with an underground safe house in which they can ride out the end of the world. Ron Hubbard, owner of the Atlas  

November 7, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Doomsday Prepper

KANSAS CITY, [MO]--Disaster preppers, survivalists, hunting enthusiasts and organic gardeners have been gathering annually in Kansas City, Missouri, for the past three years for the RK Prepper Kansas City Survival Expo & Gun Show. It invites attendees to gain skills in emergency preparedness and offers a gun exhibition. The organizers said there were some 3,000 people and about 110 exhibitors at this year’s event, which was held in September. The organizers said that recent news coverage of disasters, such as the hurricanes and wildfires that devastated parts of the country, seem to be encouraging more people to attend. This year the organizers have held or have planned 17 shows across  

October 15, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Doomsday Prepper

ADAMS COUNTY, [ID]--The sheriff’s office called Jack Yantis during dinner. A car had struck one of Yantis’ bulls, and the animal needed to be put down. Minutes later, Jack Yantis would be dead beside his animal. The events of that November 2015 night remain the subject of fierce debate in Adams County, Idaho, where Yantis and his family owned a cattle ranch. When Yantis and his family went outside to shoot the bull, they encountered two sheriff’s deputies at the scene. The deputies fired at least 14 shots at Yantis, killing him on the spot. Both deputies claimed the shooting was in self-defense. But in a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office filed on Friday, Yantis’ family describe  

October 7, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Doomsday Prepper

MEDFORD, [NJ]--A New Jersey man who spent decades preparing his home for doomsday is donating all of his stored food to families affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Joseph Badame lost his wife and was in the process of losing his Medford home when the 74-year-old met a couple raising money for their family affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Badame made a $100 donation, and then led the couple to the room where he stored all of his food and told them to take it all. Badame had gathered 80 barrels of food that each could sustain 84 people for four months. He said the food, which included dried beans, rice, flour, sugar, pancake mixes and more, would have been thrown away oth  

August 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Doomsday Prepper

ALBUQUERQUE, [NM]--Four members of a New Mexico paramilitary religious sect rocked by child sexual abuse allegations were arrested while trying to flee the state in two vans full of children, authorities said Thursday. Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace confirmed that the four members of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps were arrested late Wednesday as deputies tried to execute a court order to pick up the children for interviews from the group’s isolated compound in western New Mexico. Arrest warrants had been issued for the four taken into custody. They were arrested late Wednesday on felony warrants for failure to register the births of their 11 children. Amos River, Vict  

August 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Doomsday Prepper

ALBUQUERQUE, [NM]--According to reports, charges against leaders of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps include over 100 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and multiple charges of child abuse. Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that investigators found a number of children during a raid of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps in remote Fence Lake, New Mexico. The site is laced with anti-Semitic language and anti-gay tirades about same-sex marriage, prompting the Southern Poverty Law Center to list the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps as a hate group. "The sheriff" s office started investigating the  

July 17, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Doomsday Prepper

TOBYHANNA, [PA]--Authorities say they're investigating a possible connection between a shooting in eastern Pennsylvania and an online cult. According to CBS Scranton, Pennsylvania affiliate WYOU-TV, police say Barbara Rogers, 42, fatally shot her boyfriend, 32-year-old Steven Mineo, in the forehead from close range early Saturday morning in their Coolbaugh Township apartment. Lt. Steven Williams, of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police, says Rogers told officers Mineo was having "online issues" with a cult and asked her to kill him. Police say she obliged, then called 911 to report the shooting. Williams told a news organization it appears Rogers and Mineo were survivalists, fearing the world