Imprisoned Cult Leader and Child Rapist Faces $66 Million Judgment
Note how the bible can be used to justify any evil in a fundamentalist sociopath’s hands.
The Alamo cult, which was described in a lengthy 2007 profile in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, was violently anti-Catholic and anti-gay. But like many other personality cults, its most horrifying aspect was its abuse of children. The Report profile described, among other things, how 11-year-old Justin Miller was held down by four men and beaten bloody in 1988 on Alamo’s orders for a minor classroom infraction. Alamo was initially charged with felony child abuse, but he fled and the charges were dropped seven years later. Miller’s family sued and was awarded a judgment of $1.46 million in a federal court.
Alamo, whose real name is Bernie LaZar Hoffman, was sentenced to 175 years in federal prison in late 2009. In addition, five women who said they were raped by him as children were awarded $500,000 each.
The hardball tactics of Alamo’s lawyer, John Wesley Hall Jr., raised some eyebrows during the most recent civil trial. In it, Hall argued that the Bible condones corporal punishment and that “the fact there was bruising does not make corporal punishment unreasonable.”