Dramatic reenactment, no corpses were harmed!

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.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.