Ex-Gay Cult Leader Accused Of Arranging Wife’s Murder In Sex Cover-Up

Authorities in Kansas City are investigating what role Tyler Deaton, the charismatic leader of a local evangelical Christian group, had in his wife’s murder on October 30.

Bethany Deaton’s death was believed to be a suicide but, days after her funeral, a member of Tyler Deaton’s flock admitted to killing the 27-year-old.

The Kansas City Star reports:

Bethany was sexually assaulted over a period of months while drugged with someone else’s prescription anti-psychotic, witnesses in the house told authorities. This was happening, the witnesses alleged, in a period of time that male members in the house were involved in sexual relationships with Deaton, one saying it was part of a “religious experience.”

The statements unfolded with Moore allegedly saying that people in the group feared Bethany was about to tell her therapist about the assaults, and that he killed her with the plastic bag over her head at Longview Lake.

He did it, his statement to detectives said, because Deaton told him he knew Moore “had it in him to do it.”

Moore has been charged with first-degree murder and 26-year-old Tyler Deaton, as well as other members of his religious group, are currently under investigation.

Tyler started his prayer group while at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, in response to what he felt was the Methodist university’s religious shortcomings. Michah Moore, 23, was considered one the of the group’s most devoted members—and “really good friends” with Bethany, 27—but he later confess to her murder.

According to members, Tyler Deaton believed religion could fix anything—including his own homosexuality. “He struggled with it, but he overcame it,” a member of Deaton’s group at Southwestern told The Star. “It was a victory.”

The group—and Deaton’s control over it—quickly weirded-out the university and it was subsequently barred from using the chapel chapel. But Deaton had his eyes set on Kansas City and the International House of Prayer, the mecca for evangelicalism.

Deaton graduated from Southwestern in 2009 and initiated the process of moving his followers to Kansas City, but he would not sever ties with the Texas group for another two years. During that time, the Kansas City group became more insular and relatives of its members reported losing contact with them for months.

Bethany and Tyler got engaged on Valentine’s Day, and wed in August. The couple lived in a house in Grandview along with several members of Deaton’s group. Neighbors noted that dozens of people, mostly men, would flow through the house, but Moore’s confession shed some light on what was going on behind those doors.


h/t: Jezebel

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  • Dumdum

    Lester Brathwaite. Your headline gives the impression that your story is about a Gay cult leader. It is awkward and misleading. That said. This whole story just creeps me out. I regret reading it.

  • Sass-zilla

    Wow. as offensive as this story is – the poor writing, confusing references, and typo’s make this so much worse to read. Sorry, Jezebel, but you are not one for clarity or brevity.

  • erikwm

    Psychologically tortured himself for circumstance no fault of his own, Deaton unleashed unconscionable suffering upon others.

    They reap what they sow.

  • Dumdum

    @Sass-zilla: OMG!!! That was priceless. Thanks Girlfriend…. : ) Hope you stick around. Loving that name. I have offered Queerty my services for free. Proofing and polishing their content. However they seem wholly disinterested. Se la vie. Malheureusement, leur intégrité journalistique est inexistant. Cependant, leur section commentaires est irréprochable, une fois que vous obtenez dans la modération des commentaires.

  • Daniel-Reader

    This is a lesson for parents. Don’t take your children to homophobic churches if you actually care for their well being. Just like don’t take your daughters to any church where females are not allowed to hold any and every position in the organization; that is abusing your daughter and her right to be treated as an equal. So if you must go, find a progressive church that treats everyone equally – glbt or otherwise – you know an actual Christian church rather than the false ones that only claim to be Christian but are just patriarchal, bigoted moneymaking machines.

  • Bob LaBlah

    Can’t wait till the twink porn producers jump on this one. It should be a real HIT. (smile)

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