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Videos offer insight into Durham sect's ways

Posted June 28, 2013 10:35 p.m. EDT
Updated June 28, 2013 10:44 p.m. EDT

— Videotapes introduced in court this week offer insight into the beliefs of the man who headed a polygamous household in Durham where a woman and her son were slain.

Four members of the group called the Black Hebrews have pleaded guilty to charges related to the deaths of 28-year-old Antoinetta McKoy and 4-year-old Jadon Higganbothan. Pete Moses, the leader of the group, pleaded guilty in 2012 to shooting Jadon in the head because he believed the boy was gay.

Before he attracted police attention, Moses posted more than 200 videos online, showing off his multiple wives and detailing his faith and philosophy.

In the hours of video, Moses rails in often-obscene language, refers to himself as an elected one who looks forward to end times, and denigrates the woman with whom he has surrounded himself.

"You were cursed to serve. You are our possession, get that through your head," Moses says of the women.

Moses removed the videos from YouTube as the criminal case against him built. The videos came to light during court hearings for his followers this week in a Durham courtroom.