Alleged polygamist cult leader hit with charges in Georgia

Eligio Bishop, nicknamed “Nature Boy,” was recently arrested in DeKalb County, Georgia on five charges. He is the alleged leader of a polygamist cult in Georgia.

According to DeKalb County Jail records, he is charged with rape, false imprisonment, and three charges of “prohibition on nude or sexually explicit electronic transmissions.”

He was arrested outside of Decatur, Georgia and has a “cult” following with a long history. The group is believed to be inspired by sexual and naturalist themes, Bishop’s “messianic” self-image and “Black liberation,” a strong emphasis on the number three, and Egyptian iconography (11 Alive Atlanta News). 

“They want to crucify me, they want me dead, there’s hate that surrounds me, you can feel it, just like any other prophet — only me, I’m the return of the Christ,” Bishop said.

According to the Costa Rica Star, the group has been previously banned from Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. Bishop “calls himself God” and “allegedly requires cult members to surrender all their money, credit cards, bank accounts, and pin numbers, in order to worship with the group.”

Additionally, “the cult believes in nudism, polygamy, and refraining from bathing. They promote eating only a vegan diet, and defecating only at the base of trees.”

Bishop appeared in court on Friday but the judge could not yet set a bond for him and that the attorneys will follow up and keep in touch. 




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