Episode 253:

Live at the Arvest Bank Theatre in Kansas City (2017)

The Death of Bethany Deaton


Ray and Faye Copeland


Episode 253: Live at the Arvest Bank Theatre in Kansas City (2017)

In this week’s former Fan Cult exclusive episode, Karen and Georgia cover the Death of Bethany Deaton and Ray & Faye Copeland.

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The Death of Bethany Deaton

The Death of Bethany Deaton Notes:

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Show photos by @caittails and @kaleighrangel *pictured

Bethany Deaton (via 48 Hours)


"On October 30, 2012, former IHOPKC intern Bethany Leidlein Deaton was found dead in an apparent suicide. Days later, IHOPU student Micah Moore came forward to Grandview police and was subsequently charged with Bethany Deaton's murder. In statements to police, Moore stated that he was part of a religious group with Bethany and her husband, Tyler Deaton. Moore said that group leader and IHOPU graduate Tyler Deaton ordered his wife's murder to prevent her from revealing sexual assaults within the group. While IHOPKC materials and website listed Tyler Deaton as a division coordinator for IHOPKC friendship groups until five days after Bethany's death, IHOPKC officials said that Tyler Deaton's group was not connected to IHOPKC or known about by IHOPKC leadership. Melanie Morgan, one of Moore's lawyers, said in early December 2012: "The facts suggest Bethany Deaton’s death was an unfortunate suicide and Micah Moore had nothing to do with that suicide." On October 31, 2014, the Jackson County, Missouri prosecutor dismissed murder charges against Micah Moore..."

Source: International House of Prayer Wikipedia

Ray and Faye Copeland

Ray and Faye Copeland Notes:

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Young Ray & Faye Copeland (via CriminalMinds.Fandom.com)

Older Ray & Faye Copeland (via CriminalMinds.Fandom.com)

Dennis K. Murphy, Wayne Warner, Jimmy Dale Harvey, John W. Freeman, and Paul J. Cowart (via Bonnie's Blog My Life of Crime)

Jewelry box found at local thrift shop *pictured


"Faye Della Copeland (née Wilson; August 4, 1921 – December 23, 2003) and Ray Copeland (December 30, 1914 – October 19, 1993) became, at the ages of 69 and 76 respectively, the oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the United States. They were convicted of killing five drifters at their farm in Mooresville, Missouri. When her sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1999, Faye Copeland was the oldest woman on death row..."

Source: Ray and Faye Copeland Wikipedia