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The Creepy Ties Between This Killer, Dead Utah Family

Dan Lafferty says he and Kristi Strack fell in love

(Newser) - Cult leader and convicted killer Dan Lafferty didn't just develop a relationship with Utah couple Benjamin and Kristi Strack, found dead in September along with their three children. Lafferty—whose philosophy states the world is run by the devil and the apocalypse is imminent—says his ideology influenced their... More »

Utah Parents' Apocalyptic Beliefs Led to Kids' Murder

Stracks had spoken of impending doom, police say

(Newser) - Benjamin and Kristi Strack had spoken of escaping "impending doom," relatives told investigators after the Utah couple and their three children were found dead in September —but they thought they were talking about moving somewhere like Montana and living off the grid. Instead, the Stracks killed themselves... More »

Cops: Utah Family's Bodies Were Posed After Death

Stracks appear to have been poisoned

(Newser) - Police believe the deaths of five members of a Utah family last month were "not accidental or natural in any way," according to newly released documents. Benjamin and Kristi Strack, their sons Benson, 14, and Zion, 11, and their 12-year-old daughter Emery were found dead in their Springville... More »

'Something Chemical' May Have Killed Utah Family

Authorities say it could take more than a month for answers

(Newser) - There are still more questions than answers in the case of the family that died mysteriously Saturday in their home in Springville, Utah. "There was no blunt force trauma, no stab wounds, no gunshot wounds," a local police lieutenant tells KSL . "Nobody went in the house and... More »

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