A religious leader pleaded no contest to hiding a rotting corpse on a follower’s toilet.
Bishop John Peter, leader of a Mauston, Wisconsin religious community called the Order of the Divine Will, ordered follower Tammy Lewis to leave Magdeline Alvina Middlesworth’s corpse propped up on the toilet after the 90-year old Middlesworth–also a group member–died at Lewis’ house in March 2008. The “bishop” told Lewis to pray for Middlesworth to be brought back to life.
The faith-based experiment was a failure, but Middleworth’s Social Security checks and annuities did continue to arrive, and contend investigators, were cashed by the living. Ah, a miracle!
Sadly the prayers didn’t help Lewis’ children who were traumatized by the corpse on the toilet.
In November Tammy Lewis pleaded no contest to obstructing a police officer and was fined $350. Bishop John Peter–real name Alan Bushey–faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. He’ll be sentenced May 5.