Six people – including two young children – are missing from St. Louis home after following social media ‘prophet’ Rashad Jamal who was previously convicted of child molestation
Six people, including two young children, have disappeared after joining a ‘spiritual cult’ led by a convicted child molester.
Police are frantically searching for Ma’Kayla Wickerson, 36, her daughter Malaiyah, Wickerson, 2, and Mikayla Thompson, 25, of St. Louis, along with Naman Williams, 30, of Washington DC, Gerrielle German, 27, of Horn Lake, Mississippi and her son Ashton Mitchell, 2.
The group disappeared from a rental home near Lambert St. Louis Airport, according to police, who warned they had fallen under the influence of social media prophet Rashad Jamal.
Jamal, whose legal name is Rashad Jamal White, is the leader and founder of The University of Cosmic Intelligence, an anti-government, polygamous “religious” group that claims to educate black and Latino people about their “true” origins.
He is currently serving an 18-year prison sentence in Atlanta for child molestation and child molestation. He has thousands of followers on his social media platforms where he posts outlandish conspiracy theories.
Six people, including two young children, are missing after falling into a cult led by online ‘prophet’ Rashad Jamal
Makayla Wickerson, 25, and her three-year-old daughter Malayiah are among those who disappeared after joining the University of Cosmic Intelligence
Gerrielle Mitchell, 28, and her son Ashton, 3, are part of the group last seen on August 13 at a Quality Inn Hotel in Florissant, Missouri
Self-proclaimed “god” Jamal claims that Arizona is a gateway to Africa, that birds are government drones, and that humans are “avatars,” among other bizarre beliefs.
The missing people were last seen on August 13 at a Quality Inn Hotel in Florissant, Missouri. Prior to their disappearance, neighbors regularly saw them meditating naked in their rental home. Fox news reports.
Family members of the group say they cut off all contact before their disappearance and changed their names to honor gods and goddesses.
“Mental illness is real, manipulation is real. There are a lot of things happening here, we just have to be aware of them,” said Cartisha Morgan, Wickerson’s mother.
Maj. Steve Runge of the Berkley Police Department added that the group often walked around naked in the rain outside the rental house, digging up items from the dirt.
Followers of the sect are encouraged to go ‘off grid’ and change their names to more spiritual names.
Thompson calls himself Antu Anum Ahmat, Williams uses the alias Anubis Aramean and Wickerson calls himself Intuahma Aquama Auntil, according to police. German name is Anatari Anu Ariel, according to a relative.
The FBI has since joined the search, with police warning that the cult has encouraged a “total disconnect.”
The missing people all lived together in a rental home near Lambert St. Louis Airport, where neighbors saw them meditating naked before disappearing.
Police are also looking for 30-year-old Naaman Williams, one of the six missing. Williams, like others in the sect, had changed his name to honor gods and goddesses featured in the sect’s lore
Jamal believes he is a god and subscribes to a number of bizarre theories, including that Arizona is a gateway to Africa and that pigeons are government drones used to spy on people
Jamal’s website states that the cult “aims to enlighten and enlighten the minds of the carbonated beings aka you so called (sic) black and latino people of the earth,” from whom he claims they are descendants from ‘Planet Ki’.
The website offers crystal jewelry for up to $333.33, as well as the option to purchase Jamal’s readings starting at $19.99.
He declares that he is a god and has maintained his innocence regarding the child abuse allegations. He is currently seeking a new trial and asking for donations to support his family.
“The only law I broke was speaking out against oppression,” he claims in a YouTube video posted last week. “The only thing I am guilty of is liberating the minds of my people and speaking out against this system, and I will never back down from that.”
In 2022, several of Jamal’s disciples were charged with two murders in Alabama.
Damien Winslow Washam was accused of murdering his mother but was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Cult members Krystal Diane Pinkins and Yasmine Hider were separately convicted of the murder of Florida student Adam Sinjee, 22.
Sinjee was hiking with his girlfriend in the Talladega National Forest in Alabama when Pinkins and Hider staged a car breakdown and robbed them. The killers were living ‘off grid’ at the time of the attack.
Williams (left) was called Anubis and disappeared together with girlfriend Mikayla Thompson
Family, including Cartisha Morgan, Wickerson’s mother, say they cut off all communication before they went missing
The cult is an anti-government pseudo-religious organization that encourages followers to live ‘off grid’
In response to media reports about the missing people, Jamal took to Instagram to advertise “fake cases” to “silence me from exposing their (sic) satanic system.”
“This is literally happening before your eyes,” he wrote. “They are trying to kill me in front of the whole world, the same way they did the prophet Yahweh, aka Jesus.
“Right now, I don’t know how much longer I will be with you on this material plane. My life is truly in danger because of spreading the word of Almighty God.
“Satan is using his media and more to get me off this planet.”