Tangling with religious cult, nay have led woman to fatal shooting boyfriend who told her he wanted to die because of cult
Barbara Rogers, 42 is charged with criminal homicide in the death of her 32-year-old boyfriend, Steven Mineo
Rogers told investigators Mineo “ was having online issues with a cult and he wanted to be killed and requested she do it”
Rogers ‘complied’ and shot Mineo in the head in their Coolbaugh Township, Pa., home July 15
She then called 911 to report the shooting
Barbara Rogers says ‘he asked for it’ but she is charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of her boyfriend, Steven Mineo
A woman allegedly, granted her boyfriend’s death wish by shooting him in the head after he told her ‘ he wanted to die because of an online cult.’
That is the story Barbara Rogers gave Pennsylvania police before she was charged with criminal homicide in the death of 32-year-old Steven Mineo after fatally shooting him in the head in their Coolbaugh Township, Pa., home Saturday.
Monroe police said Mineo, Mount Pocono, had asked Rogers, 42, to kill him before she called 911 to report the shooting.
Steven Mineo, was allegedly shot at close range by his girlfriend Barbara Rogers, on Saturday
“She identified that the deceased was having online issues with a cult and he wanted to be killed and requested she do it,” Pocono Mountain Regional Police Lt. Steven Williams told the TV station , WFMZ-TV.
The name of the cult hasn’t been released, but Fox News reports that it invokes literature relating to the “new-age alien agenda.”
A .45 caliber semi-automatic Glock was found next to Mineo’s body. Another handgun, a rifle and used casings were also discovered inside and outside the apartment, according to the network.
Mineo’s friends said he had spoken of joining a cult and then wanting to get out of it because it didn’t correspond with his beliefs.
“They dropped them, because they were too far out, instead of being religious, it was just a cult thing, they got rid of that,” friend Kevin Wade told WNEP-TV. But that break may have not been clean. Rogers told police that problems with the group lead Mineo to want to die.
“They were super religious people. I don’t know what was going on in their minds,” said Wade.
Friends said Barbara Rogers [left] and her boyfriend, Steven Mineo [right], may have reneged after joining a religious cult. The break may not have been clean they suspect, which may have led to the tragedy
Authorities in Coolbaugh Township, Pa. investigate the case, Saturday, investigators spent most of the day processing the crime scene.
Mineo’s Facebook posts have mentioned conspiracy theories, aliens and his cover photo says, “Get right with God.”
“These apocalyptic movies always give you a glimpse of what’s coming,” Mineo wrote in a July 13 post that he was watching “Resident Evil: Vendetta” with Rogers.
“Keep your eyes peeled. Every year around this time the ‘4th of July’ I always see a lot of UFO activity. ‘unidentified flying objects’ and I’m not talking about the fireworks lol,” he said in another post on July 3.
Rogers is being held in Monroe County jail without bail. Records show that she’s from Kissimmee, Fla. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 26.