Police: SC dentist discovered lifeless was member of ‘potential spiritual cult’

Police: SC dentist discovered lifeless was member of ‘potential spiritual cult’

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCBD) – Police in Goose Creek, South Carolina, are investigating after two individuals with ties to what’s described as a “potential spiritual cult” had been discovered lifeless in an condominium on Wednesday.

In accordance with Goose Creek Police Division Chief LJ Roscoe, the division acquired a name from police in close by Summerville on Wednesday morning. Summerville police had acquired a letter “describing that an individual was deceased and their physique might be discovered” at The Passage condominium advanced in Goose Creek.

GCPD officers performed a welfare verify and located two individuals within the condominium lifeless from obvious suicide. The victims had been recognized as Judy Villanyi and James Button.

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

The FBI describes the Sovereign Citizen Motion as antigovernmental extremists “who imagine that regardless that they bodily reside on this nation, they’re separate or ‘sovereign’ from the US. Because of this, 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 risk.

Villanyi was beforehand sentenced to federal jail for tax fraud in connection to the motion. Chief Roscoe stated that Villanyi was as soon as once more beneath investigation for comparable expenses previous to her dying.

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

“One mainly simply stated ‘cancel all my sufferers on Monday and Tuesday.’” The second word was an inventory of necessary cellphone numbers. So when she didn’t present up for work on Wednesday, they started calling the individuals on the necessary cellphone numbers listing,” Chief Roscoe stated. By that point, GCPD had already discovered the physique.

At present, Life Smiles is closed “because of an emergency,” in line with their answering machine.

Whereas the precise nature of Villanyi and Button’s relationship was unclear, Chief Roscoe stated that they’d identified one another for a few years “and so they had some sort of a spiritual bond collectively.” Chief Roscoe stated that GCPD believes the victims died collectively.

“It is a very unhappy state of affairs,” Chief Roscoe stated. She acknowledged that “none of us will ever have all of the solutions as a result of each of [the] individuals are deceased.”