The murder of Baby Holly’s parents is linked to the Christ family.

The unknown sect associated with the slain parents of the long-missing “Baby Holly” of Texas contained all the traces of a nomadic group called the “Christ Family” – which demanded such loyalty that members would abandon children. As expected, the sect’s experts said.

Holly made the news last week when she was discovered alive and well and lives in Oklahoma, almost 40 years after she went missing after her parents were killed in 1981 in Texas.

Investigators say Tina and Harold Dan Close belonged to a denomination whose members apparently handed “Baby Holly” to the church after the couple’s death. Authorities did not name the group, but experts from the two sects said it was likely a “Christ family” based on the details of the women who gave birth.

“There is no other group that walks around barefoot, except for the white-clad and Christ family, and the area matches it. The time frame also matches it,” said Rick Ross, who spoke to the FBI and others. Worked with law enforcement agencies.

Ross said the Christ family was led by Charles McHugh – who went by the name of Lightning Amen and told followers that he was a representative of God.

“Baby Holly” went missing after her parents, Tina and Harold Dan Klose, where she was murdered in 1981.
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The group, now defunct, roamed between California, Arizona and possibly Texas in the late 1970’s and early 80’s.

Ross said, “The Messiah family, as its name suggests, was based on the Bible, but the real truth about this group is that it was based on the interpretation offered by its leader,” Ross said.

Klose disappeared from his Lewisville, Texas home sometime in the late 1980’s. Their bodies were found in Houston in 1981, but their newborn daughter Holly was not with them, officials said.

Holly has a picture of her parents.
Holly was discovered in Oklahoma almost 40 years after her disappearance.
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“Baby Holly” was handed over to a church after the death of her parents.
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Holly Marie Klaus, in a childhood photo.
DNA was used last week to search and identify Holly.
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Last week, Texas law enforcement officials said the genetic similarity ultimately led to Holly’s discovery – and they released further details about what happened to her after her parents’ double murder.

Texas First Assistant Attorney General Brent Webster said last week that “Baby Holly was left in a church in Arizona and was cared for.”

“Two women who identified themselves as members of a nomadic religious group brought Holi to church,” he added. He was dressed in white and was barefoot. He pointed out that his religious beliefs included separation of male and female members, adhering to vegetarian habits and using or wearing leather goods. Indicated that he had left the first child on a laundromat.

The Christian family gathers outside in matching white robes.
Investigators say Klose belonged to a sect, presumably a “Christian family.”
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Cult specialist Dr. Steven Haasan It also said that no sect other than the “Christ family” matched the explanation.

“I suppose (Klaus) left the child when he was recruited,” he told The Post.

Ross said McHugh was known to use biblical references to meet his needs.

“(Amen) was known to manipulate the meaning of the individual scriptures to manipulate and control his followers. McHugh; very bad man, psychopath, harms many people, dangerous,” Ross said. “This group really did tear families apart.”

Rick Ross talks to the camera in an interview.
Rack Ross, who has worked with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, said sect leaders see children as “extra stuff.”

Amin fled with some of his followers in 1987 before a jury found him guilty of possessing and carrying methamphetamine for sale, possessing a hypodermic needle and concealed weapon. Relevant institution. Members of other sects were also convicted of drug offenses.

The Texas attorney general’s office said Harald Dean’s family received a call from a woman who identified herself as “Sister Susan,” who was part of a religious group in December 1980 or early 1981. Was claimed to be Sister Susan said Klose had joined her religious group and tried to sell the couple’s car back to her family.

The family agreed to meet Sister Susan on the Daytona race track and contacted local police about the meeting. Officials did not say what happened at the scene.

On December 4, 1978, members of the Christ family, a religious sect dressed in flowing white, were marching along a busy street in Miami. "No sex, no violence, and don't kill animals."
On December 4, 1978, members of the “Christ family”, a religious sect dressed in flowing white, marched along a busy street in Miami, chanting “No sex, no violence, and don’t kill animals.”
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Ross said that if Klose joined the sect, which authorities have not confirmed, he may have been ordered to abandon his child.

Ross said, “The way Lightning Amen works was more than the kids needed.” If you’re running a gypsy group, you want them to be mobile, you want them to Be dedicated You don’t want them to be distracted, and that’s why kids are a nuisance.

“The kids need to be taken care of, they need to be fed, they need to go to school possibly. How do you deal with that? Bijli Amen was worried about it. And he was worried about the survival of the group, and so the children were a burden, and my opinion would be that if there was a child, they would take him to church instead of taking care of him, Ross added. ۔

Baby Holly, whose current identity has not been released, moved to Oklahoma to live with a family. For four decades, his biological family did not know if he was dead or alive, until DNA was used last week to find and identify him.

“There are many destructive sects here, but not all of them are equally destructive, but the Christ family was one of the most destructive sects in modern history,” Ross said. The members of the sect were completely cut off from the family. McHugh was an abusive and controlling leader. He tortured the people under his control psychologically and emotionally. He was heavily involved in drugs. McHugh would encourage them to use drugs.

The sect broke up after McHugh’s imprisonment, Ross said, adding that it was specific to sects whose existence depended on the central leader. She died in 2010, but her followers can be easily found on cult chat sites, such as Ross. Cult Education Institute.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office did not respond to a request for comment.

The murder of Holly’s biological parents is under investigation, and the Texas Attorney General’s Office is asking anyone to contact her Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit at coldcaseunit@oag.texas.gov or 512-936-0742. Is.