Naked Kidnappers Thought It Was the 'Great Tribulation'

They thought neighbors faced demon danger
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2018 1:17 AM CDT
An RCMP officer mans a checkpoint on an Alberta highway.   (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Newser) – The carload of naked people arrested for kidnapping in a bizarre case in Canada last year apparently believed they were doing a good deed—saving their neighbors from demons. Two women and a man involved in the incident pleaded guilty to unlawful confinement last week and a woman also admitted to dangerous driving, the Guardian reports. According to court documents, the group of five Jehovah's Witnesses had been staying at a house in Leduc, Alberta, where one of the women had taken her two teen daughters to visit her 27-year-old nephew and his wife. Over three days in early November, the group was apparently overtaken by religious mania and came to believe the Great Tribulation, part of the Biblical "End Times," had occurred.

The group, believing they were in danger from "wicked people outside or from demons," ended up fleeing the home so quickly that only the mother had time to get dressed, court documents state, per the CBC. The group kidnapped a man, his daughter, and her baby son from a neighboring home and drove off at speed chanting "Jehovah." The neighbors escaped when the SUV slowed down and were picked up by a truck that stopped to help—and was then rammed by the Jehovah's Witnesses. Court documents state that when Mounties arrived, the group, believing the officers "were monsters who would kill them," refused to leave the vehicle, and "displayed extreme strength" as officers subdued them with pepper spray and Tasers. The three adults will be sentenced in December. (Read more Canada stories.)

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