Police: Doomsday survivalist begs girlfriend to kill him to escape online ‘death cult’

A Pennsylvania man who was shot and killed at point blank range by his girlfriend over the weekend was part of an online death cult, reported WFMZ.

Barbara Rogers, 42, allegedly shot her boyfriend, 32-year-old Steven Mineo after he asked her to kill him. Rogers calmly called 911 around 2:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, saying she had shot Mineo.

WNEP reported Mineo was part of an online cult and was a doomsday prepper who posted on Facebook about his conspiracy beliefs and “getting right with God.”  Mineo reportedly became involved with a cult lead by an individual called Sherry Shriner, but then wanted to leave the cult when he discovered it didn’t fit his beliefs.

Sherry Shriner posted on Facebook late Sunday claiming she had nothing to do with Mineo’s death, but that Rogers was in fact behind the murder.

They’re trying to spin it that I’m responsible for Steve’s death? No, Barb is. I tried to protect Steve. I tried to warn him about Barbara Rogers and he wouldn’t listen to me.”

Rogers alleged that despite Mineo’s attempts to leave the cult, problems with the group got to him and he wanted to die. Fox News reported police found a .45 caliber semi-automatic Glock next to Mineo’s body. He had been shot in the forehead.

“From his position, it appeared that he was sitting on the floor at the time he was shot. The apparent gunshot wound to his forehead appeared to have occurred at very close range, probably a contact wound, with the muzzle of the firearm pressed against the victim’s forehead,” Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department said.

Rogers told police at the scene that Mineo offered to teach her to shoot a gun; held her hands, guiding the gun to his forehead; and told her to pull the trigger, according to TNOnline.

Rogers has been charged with criminal homicide and is being held without bail. She is set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on July 26, according to Fox News.

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