Peter Lucas Moses, now 28, has just registered a plea of guilty to the first-degree murders of both his 4-year old common-law son, Jadon Higganbothan (image, right), and one of his common-law wives, in a North Carolina courtroom after prosecutors dropped the death penalty. Regular readers remember this tragic case from 2011, in which Moses, the head of a religious group some call a cult, known as the Black Hebrew Israelites, shot to death his four-year old son because he thought the boy might be gay after he witnessed him hitting the backside of another young boy.
As we reported lat year, Peter Lucas Moses lived in a one-room home with nine children and three women, who all called him “lord.” One of the women reportedly turned into a police informant, which is how police and prosecutors got so much detailed information.
The Herald-Sun earlier today reported:
Peter Lucas Moses Jr., 28, entered the plea to the surprise of many on a day when he was scheduled to appear in court only for a status update on his case.
The 28-year old woman whom Moses has now pled guilty to killing, Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, had been beaten and strangled with an extension cord by the other women before Moses murdered her. The day he did, she had escaped to a neighbor’s house and begged her to use her cell phone. The neighbor did not call police because she claims she thought the woman might be mentally disturbed. She witnessed Moses dragging her into the house, and still never called police.
Last year, a report from the News-Observer, a local Durham County paper stated:
Investigators discovered the remains in June, months after their investigation began as a missing person case.”
Homosexuality, [District Attorney] Cline contended, is frowned upon by the Black Hebrews, so the defendant asked the boy’s mother to get rid of him.
Moses then ordered two of the other women to set up computers and speakers in the garage, prosecutors contend, then the defendant took the boy into the garage, where music and the Lord’s Prayer in Hebrew blared, and a gunshot sounded. One of the women told investigators the boy was shot in the head.
Some of the women cleaned up his bloodied body, prosecutors said, then put it in a suitcase in the master bedroom until Moses complained about the smell.
And indeed, Jadon had been reported missing months ago. Via the website Help Find The Missing, we found this February, 2011 Colorado missing person report for a woman believed to be Jadon’s mother, named, Vania Rae Sisk, which also lists Jadon as missing, but age six.
A reader of The New Civil Rights Movement, in the comments section of one of our 2011 reports on this story, wrote, “I live in the same town, though not in the same neighborhood, and I didn’t know them. But this town has a lot of violence and gang activity. I know people that see things happen and won’t report….they are terrified of retaliation if anyone finds out it was them that reported something….and they have every right to be terrified, because they WOULD be retaliated against.”
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