Murder in Knutby

Jonathan Peste

in Violence and New Religious Movements

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735631
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894512 | DOI:
Murder in Knutby

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With the exception of the Order of the Solar Temple, analysts do not usually consider other examples of NRM violence in Europe. This chapter recounts the narrative of a series of murders that took place in the Knutby Filadelfia community. He concludes that the violence should perhaps be understood as a combination of lack of external control, social interaction among a tight community of charismatic ministers, a theology of eroticism and death, and the egoism and psychopathology of the murderers.

Keywords: charisma; murder; bride of Christ; Pentecostal church; Word of Life; Knutby; Waldau, Åsa; Fossmo, Helge

Chapter.  5697 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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