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More charges filed in alleged cult abuse case

Posted July 1, 2008
Updated July 2, 2008

— Police filed more charges Tuesday against a Durham accused of beating and raping people as part of a satanic cult.

Joseph Craig, 25, was charged with two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of second-degree forcible sexual offense. His wife, Joy Johnson, 30, was charged with felony aiding and abetting.

The couple was arrested last week after a man and a woman told police they were beaten, shackled to beds, kept in dog cages and starved inside a home on Albany Street.

Assistant Durham County District Attorney Mark McCullough said during a Monday bond hearing that the two people met Craig through a shared interest in Satan worship.

Craig was initially charged with kidnapping, rape and assault. Police said he beat a man with a cane and a cord and raped a woman.

Johnson was charged with aiding and abetting. Police said she watched as Craig committed the crimes.

Johnson resigned her positions as third vice-chair of the Durham County Democratic Party and vice-chair of the Young Democrats following her arrest.


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  • Timbo Jul 2, 2008

    Typical cops overstating the possible crime in order to come up with the most charges.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jul 2, 2008

    I have to agree with Mango. I read the article in the Herald-Sun and it sounds like Kink gone wrong.

    While I think the "New Age" stuff is garbage, I doubt these people were in a Satanic cult. From what I can tell this is just a case of consenual BDSM session with two people new to the kink lifestyle.

    Unfortunately, if that is the case the defendants should have been more selective of who they got invovled with.

  • davido Jul 2, 2008

    Yep, looks like we dems have the BDSM/satan worshipping vote all locked up now! Doh, pun, hah hah.

  • Mango Jul 2, 2008

    I suggest you all read a real news source like the Herald-Sun today for a factual update on this case -- it's looking more and more like the Satanic allegations are nothing but a bunch of hooey. The victim was "caged and starved" for all of.... three hours. This is looking more and more like BDSM gone wrong between people whose "satantic cult" connections are straight out of Wayne's World.

    Which would make all of you very, very gullible.

  • Meandmytwo Jul 2, 2008

    What a sick couple!!

  • ILuvJetNoise Jul 2, 2008

    I don't even know what to say on this one...

  • Timbo Jul 1, 2008

    "Gee Timbo you sound apoligetic to me. If this was a Christian group you and your little Zeus worshipping buddy would have been all over it."

    I hear you. But actually, for them to worship "satan", they have believe in some form of Christianity, right? They just choose to take it to the opposite extreme of some Christians.

    What I was trying to communicate is that they don't seem to be part of an organized group; making the "cult" label inaccurate.

    All four sound like pitiful, dumb rear ends.

    Hadn't seen Mr. Zeus lately; this definitely would be something he would comment on.

    Additionally, I'd wish Steinbeck would be more open on how he/she feels. Maybe elaborate on specific comments that he/she finds "trollish"?

  • mgbbd Jul 1, 2008

    Really. Those liberals will probly get off on a tecnicality of freedom of religion.

  • steinbeck18 Jul 1, 2008

    what is worse that the sicko stuff that happen to the victims is the stupid remarks by the dumb
    people that think they are so clever- weird little trolls.

  • The Fox Jul 1, 2008

    Gee Timbo you sound apoligetic to me. If this was a Christian group you and your little Zeus worshipping buddy would have been all over it.