Pa. Woman linked to ‘alien reptile’ cult should stay in jail for killing her boyfriend, state court hears

A Pennsylvania woman who claimed she was under the influence of an alien reptile cult when she shot and killed her boyfriend will remain locked up in prison on Earth for some time.

A state Superior Court panel made sure of that by upholding the third-degree murder conviction and 15 to 40-year prison sentence of 46-year-old Barbara Rogers.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said on July 15, 2017, Rogers, an Army veteran who had been discharged for medical reasons, placed the barrel of a pistol against the forehead of 32-year-old Stephen Mineo in the apartment they shared in Monroe County and pulled the trigger. She then called 911.

“Rogers disclosed that she and Mineo were members of a religious cult,” Senior Judge John L. Musmanno wrote in the state court’s opinion dismissing Rogers’ appeal. “Rogers said she and Mineo recently got angry at the cult leader, who believed Rogers was actually a reptile.”

“Rogers and Mineo’s issues with the cult had caused strain in their relationship. Rogers also said that she killed Mineo because Mineo wanted her to kill him, and that she was under significant stress due to the issues with the cult,” Musmanno wrote.

Barbara Rogers

A county jury found Rogers guilty of third-degree murder in March 2019, but acquitted her of a more serious first-degree murder charge that would have sent her to prison for life.

On appeal, Rogers requested a new trial on the grounds that the evidence did not support his conviction and that County President Judge Margherita P. Worthington, who presided over his trial, should have allowed the jury to consider a charge. lesser of manslaughter. She argued the shooting was a “reckless act” rather than an intentional killing.

She also claimed that prosecutors should not have allowed the use of statements she gave to police immediately after the murder, as she was psychologically unable at that time to give a reliable account of what happened. had passed. Rogers also insisted that her punishment was too harsh and that Worthington failed to take into account her military service and her mental health issues and her claims that she was drunk when she killed Mineo. .

Musmanno found the evidence in the case did not support a verdict of manslaughter. He also found that Rogers’ statements to police were admissible at her trial because she knowingly waived her right to remain silent when questioned by officers. He decided that Worthington had weighed all the factors necessary to impose a fair prison sentence.

The strangeness of Rogers’ case was summed up in a county judge’s recap quoted by Musmanno.

“Evidence was presented at trial which showed that (Rogers) and Mineo had had a tumultuous relationship in the weeks leading up to the shooting,” Worthington wrote. “Indeed, the evidence showed that (Rogers) and Mineo were part of a ‘religious’ group, led by Sherry Shriner. There was evidence that this group was actually more like a cult, and that Shriner had immense control over the majority of his followers, including Mineo.

“About two months before the shooting, Shriner began attacking (Rogers) online, claiming that (Rogers) was one of the group’s enemies – specifically, a “reptile” – and insinuating that Mineo should no longer be in couple with (Rogers), Worthington wrote, “In addition to this ongoing confrontation, the Commonwealth presented evidence that Mineo was financially dependent on (Rogers) and that Mineo suspected (that Rogers) of cheating.”

Shriner, the founder of the online doomsday cult linked to the Rogers case, died several months after Mineo. In June 2019 article in The New RepublicJake Flanagin wrote that the “fundamental belief of the group is that a race of sentient, devil-worshipping, shape-shifting reptiles from outer space have infiltrated human civilization. Through mind control and l snatching up bodies, these “reptilians” allegedly seek to install a totalitarian world government, thus bringing about the reign of the Antichrist.

Shriner described herself as a “Messenger of the Most High God” and claimed that her beliefs were drawn largely from the Book of Revelation. His own self-published books include “Aliens on the Internet”, “Bible Codes Revealed: The Coming UFO Invasion”, and “Interview with the Devil: My Conversation with Lucifer”.

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