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Dentist discovered lifeless in house was member of ‘potential non secular cult,’ police say

Dentist discovered lifeless in house was member of ‘potential non secular cult,’ police say

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCBD) – The Goose Creek Police Division (GCPD) is investigating after two folks with ties to what was described as a “potential non secular cult” had been discovered lifeless Wednesday in an house.

In keeping with GCPD Chief LJ Roscoe, the division obtained a name from Summerville Police on Wednesday morning. Summerville police had obtained a letter “describing that an individual was deceased and their physique might be discovered” at The Passage house complicated in Goose Creek.

GCPD officers carried out a welfare test and located two folks within the house lifeless from obvious hangings.

The victims had been recognized as Judy Villanyi and James Button.

In keeping with GCPD, each Villanyi and Button “return a number of years to a possible non secular cult, Sovereign Citizen Motion.”

The FBI describes the Sovereign Citizen Motion as antigovernmental extremists “who imagine that though they bodily reside on this nation, they’re separate or ‘sovereign’ from the USA. In consequence, they imagine they don’t should reply to any authorities authority, together with courts, taxing entities, motorized vehicle departments, or legislation enforcement.” A 2010 article by the FBI identifies the motion as a home terrorism menace.

Villanyi was beforehand sentenced to federal jail for tax fraud in connection to the motion. Chief Roscoe mentioned that Villanyi was as soon as once more below investigation for comparable expenses previous to her loss of life.

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Villanyi was additionally a dentist at Life Smiles Dentistry in Mount Nice. After discovering the our bodies, GCPD visited Life Smiles to collect extra details about the times main as much as Villanyi’s loss of life.

Chief Roscoe mentioned that the final time Villanyi noticed sufferers was Thursday, January 27. The workplace is closed on Friday, however Villanyi apparently got here in over the weekend to depart two notes for her workers.

“One mainly simply mentioned ‘cancel all my sufferers on Monday and Tuesday.’ The second be aware was a listing of essential cellphone numbers. So when she didn’t present up for work on Wednesday, they started calling the folks on the essential cellphone numbers checklist,” Chief Roscoe mentioned. By that point, GCPD had already discovered the physique.

At the moment, Life Smiles is closed “attributable to an emergency,” in response to their answering machine.

Whereas the precise nature of Villanyi and Button’s relationship was unclear, Chief Roscoe mentioned that that they had recognized one another for a few years “and so they had some type of a spiritual bond collectively.” Chief Roscoe mentioned that GCPD believes the victims hung themselves collectively.

“This can be a very unhappy scenario,” Chief Roscoe mentioned. She acknowledged that “none of us will ever have all of the solutions as a result of each of [the] persons are deceased.”