‘Lord Moses’ Dispensed Heavenly Justice By Murdering Two Members of His Cult, Including a ‘Gay’ Four-Year-Old Boy

In October of 2010, a Durham man calling himself Pete Moses decided that it was time for four-year-old Jadon Higganbothan to die.

Jadon had slapped another boy’s buttocks. This angered Moses, then 27, a self-described prophet and the cult leader of a Black Hebrews offshoot. Moses’ aversion to homosexual behavior knew no bounds. The boy lived under his roof with eight other children and a number of women including Jadon’s mother, Vania Rae Sisk. The adults were all Moses’ disciples. They called him “Lord.”

Trembling, Jadon watched as Moses waved a gun around and started screaming at Sisk: “I told you to get rid of him!” “How am I going to do this?” Moses considered Jadon’s bottom-slap proof that the boy was gay. Something had to be done.

He told Sisk and another follower to set up a computer and speakers in the garage. Then, as music featuring the Lord’s prayer in Hebrew was blasting forth, Moses led Jadon into the garage while the two women stayed outside. The “Lord” raised the gun to the boy’s terror-stricken face, and squeezed the trigger.

Sisk and her friend cleaned up the blood, patched the wall where the bullet had hit, stuffed Jadon’s body into a suitcase, and put it in Moses’ master suite. Days later, when Moses began to complain of the smell, they moved the suitcase and buried Jadon in a nearby spot that would also become the makeshift grave of Antoinetta McKoy, another disciple. Moses strangled and shot her — the same music playing loudly — after he learned she couldn’t have children and wanted to abandon the cult.

A few days after, the sect threw a party during which Moses showed McKoy’s body to his mother, brother, and sister. No one called the police. Moses and his accomplices were only arrested after a plumber fixing a clogged pipe coincidentally began digging where the grave happened to be.

On YouTube, in video selfies that have since been removed, Moses revealed himself to be your classical misogynist and faux-pious madman. Watch this compilation of snippets; he proclaims himself angry at the world’s wickedness, and, at 2:02, says

“I don’t know it all. I don’t claim to know it all. But I know enough to know right from wrong.”

A jury has found Moses guilty of murder. He’ll be sentenced next Friday, no doubt to a whopping term. Jadon’s mother, Vania Rae Sisk, just received her prison sentence: at least 30 years behind bars.

I hope those years pass slowly.

(illustration via loopyrocket)

About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder of Moral Compass, a now dormant site that poked fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards. He joined Friendly Atheist in 2013.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Moses considered Jadon’s bottom-slap proof that the boy was gay.

    The NFL is so gay. So is beach volleyball.

  • C Peterson

    This guy is fundamentally identical to the people who wrote the Old Testament. What was normal then is insane today. And there are an awful lot of people today who respect the contents (and the writers) of the OT. Scary.

  • Mick

    Some of those god botherers can be real little scallywags sometimes.

  • Baby_Raptor

    No, you sadistic Fuck. I really don’t think you know right from wrong. Not if you would murder a child for…Well, anything, muchless your stupid presumption that being gay is wrong.

  • closetatheist

    My heart breaks knowing that there’s very few ways to protect helpless children from their own parents. So many kids don’t stand a chance.

  • Mark Moore

    Sounds biblical, all he needs is an apologist.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    “A few days after, the sect threw a party during which Moses showed McKoy’s body to his mother, brother, and sister.”

    Those three individuals plus everyone else in that cult should be charged with accessory to murder.

    This really pisses me off though: “Seven people were initially charged in the case but charges last year were dropped against Peter Moses’ mother, Sheilda Evelyn Harris and his sister, Sheila Falisha Moses.”

    Just an update, but “Vania Rae Sisk and LaRhonda Renee Smith pleaded guilty this week to second-degree murder … Lavada Harris and P. Leonard Moses both pleaded guilty to being accessories after the fact to murder.”

    “Sisk was sentenced to two consecutive sentences that range between 15 and nearly 19 years in prison.”

  • LesterBallard

    I don’t think you want to know what I would do to these people.

  • http://nomadwarriormonk.blogspot.com/ Cyrus Palmer

    Sickening. I can’t think of anything else to say.

  • sk3ptik0n

    I’d love to see this guy locked in a room with Allen west, the phelps, goemer, the guy from that family group and a few other crazies. Let them go at each other and put it on youtube.
    That I would pay for. Heck, I’d get a subscription.

  • Baby_Raptor

    I probably don’t, but you’d have a hard time arguing with me that they don’t deserve it. “Lord” Moses, at least.

  • MarkTemporis

    Oh, wonderful. There’s a black version of Christian Identity too. As if one wasn’t enough.

  • BrandonUB

    We see these guys down in DC just off the Chinatown metro. Their rhetoric is just about the most insane, bigoted crap I’ve ever heard in my life. I’m wildly unsurprised that they’d have a crazed, violent offshoot.

  • Artor

    Or even that a four-year-old is gay for slapping a kid’s butt. Better take an axe to the NFL and Major Leagues!

  • bananaboat

    Note to thiests: this is proof that religion CAN harm people

  • LonesomeDove

    What about all the other accomplices? The mother, brother, sister, followers who took part and all the rest of the trash that needs to be cleared up?

  • Sue Blue

    They’ll just come back with the old No True Scotsman fallacy. “Oh, those sickos were just crazy devil-worshippers, not Christians/Muslims/Jews” – as if their own religion is the only “true religion” and it NEVER harms anyone. It’s impossible to prove anything to theists because they have their own conveniently flexible ideas about reality and evidence.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

    i have a rule with fundies, wingers and right/fascists. if they say the other side is doing it, whatever horror that may be, it is because they themselves are doing it, regularly, and cannot imagine a world where horror like this does not take place. a true nightmare world/consciousness. yet this is what they are.

    shooting a child in the head. because… you don’t like the way he acts, as a child? this kind of thinking is so beyond me i’m like a tourist looking in on an alien zoo, from galaxy spanning worlds away.

    jail is a good place for these people.

  • LesterBallard

    I most likely wouldn’t do it, but I can’t help thinking about it. But there are personal reasons why the murder of a child bothers me, so I’m not very objective.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    I don’t want to know, but the NSA does, so go ahead and give a few details.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Do you happen to know, what is the position of this cult on abortion? I ask because the usual argument against abortion is that the fetus is a “person” possessing rights, and yet this cult treats children without respect. Hypocrisy abounds.

  • WoodyTanaka

    He likes the fucking bible so much? I say we take him out back and stone him to death.

  • Beth

    SICK so sick!

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  • Anna

    It’s not just the crazy cultists. Conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists are rabidly anti-abortion, yet they seem to treat their own children as property. I don’t think most of these groups accept the idea of children having rights at all, certainly not the right to be free from bodily harm, given their penchant for extreme corporal punishment.

  • Matt D

    I’m not sure what makes me angrier….this mans contempt for others or those that empower him.