JW Crime Map

AAWA JW Crime Map Project 

We are pleased to announce the creation and addition of AAWA JW Crime map on aawa.co. It is a map and database of crimes committed by Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Why is this needed?” You ask. The purpose for the map is to correct the false assumption promoted by the leaders of Jehovah’s Witnesses that Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) live in a “spiritual paradise” free from crime, violence, domestic violence and the sexual abuse of children. (See Below)

The map, as you will see, clearly shows that these crimes are at the very least as common within the Witness community as they are within the rest of society, and not what Watchtower wants Witnesses or anyone else to think. In fact, many of Watchtower’s policies provide a safe harbor for the criminals, particularly for child molesters.

This map is not a complete representation of all crimes committed by Jehovah’s Witnesses, as it does not include media, court, and police reports where the religious affiliation of the accused is not mentioned.

The sources for reporting these crimes are cited in the details. And we have tried our best to make sure all links are active at the time of posting. Some links break over time. We have endeavored to save the text of those files and will provide PDF links to that data.

This map comes with a WARNING: The data and references provided are for informational purposes only. It is not our desire to create vigilante groups to harass criminals who have been through the justice system and served their time in jail or prison. Please be aware that anyone who uses this information for those purposes could be prosecuted.

The Watchtower Society frequently reports that there is very little crime among Jehovah’s Witnesses. They claim that Witnesses can be trusted because they follow the Bible and Watchtower policies. In so doing, they want the public and Witnesses to believe they are different or better than other religious groups. Here is a sample of what they want you to believe:

11 Think, too, of the changes in traits as sincere ones of all backgrounds have striven to understand and apply God’s Word. Basically, they have worked to put away animalistic traits that used to characterize them. Perhaps you have done that with significant results, and so have your spiritual brothers and sisters. (Colossians 3:8-14) Hence, as you associate with a congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you are with people who have become more peaceable and pleasant. No, they are not yet perfect, but they could hardly be described as ferocious lions or rapacious wild beasts. (Isaiah 35:9) What does this pacific spiritual fellowship indicate? Clearly, we enjoy a spiritual condition that we rightly call a spiritual paradise. And our spiritual paradise foreshadows an earthly paradise that we will enjoy if we remain loyal to God.

– October 15, 2004, Watchtower – “Paradise—For You?”

So they claim to live in a spiritual paradise where they are safe from the problems of the world. BUT they aren’t as safe as they would want people to believe.

The AAWA Map Project quickly dispels the belief that they are crime free. One look at the map demonstrates that there is far more crime going on than most JWs realize.

The map shows that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are anything but the spiritual paradise they tell you it is. They have major crimes such as:

  • Murder and attempted murder
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Child custody issues
  • Domestic violence
  • Scams, fraud, theft, and other crimes involving money
  • Sexual assaults of adults
  • Stalking
  • Assaults of adults
  • Needless cases often resulting in the deaths of children and adults, due to Watchtower’s ever-changing and confusing policy on blood transfusions. We also include cases that have been reported where the courts intervened to save a child’s life.
  • People who have committed suicide due to Watchtower’s flawed policy on how to handle sexual abuse cases and countless number of people who have committed suicide after being disfellowshipped and shunned
  • Court cases directly against the Watchtower Society for the mishandling of sexual abuse cases. We have also included courts cases taken by the Watchtower Society towards various countries as well as various jurisdictions
  • Also included are cases of the sexual abuse of children that have never been reported to the authorities. We do not publish the name of the person accused. The victims have told us who they are. But there is no police record or media report because the elders ordered the victim(s) or their families not to report the abuse. Many were threatened with disciplinary actions and even that they might be disfellowshipped and then shunned for causing divisions or gossip. We have included them on the map by the abuser’s initials, city and the crime only.

All information on the map has been verified either by media reports, by police records, sexual assault registries or court documents. Names of victims are not included unless the victim’s name has been published in the media accounts. Otherwise we endeavour to protect their privacy.

This is a work in progress. There are still hundreds of cases to be added to the map. But it is a beginning.

To enlarge the map for a closer look at any one area, there is a button on the lower right corner. Clicking on any marker on the map will result in a pop-up window with the details of the case. Clicking on the link in the legend will do the same. (Drop down box on the left)

If you know of a case that you would like include on the map, please use the contact info under the description of the map. (Click on the small “i” in the top right corner for Information)

There are also some interesting features on the map. You can choose to minimize the legend box on the left by clicking on the bottom of it.

When the legend is open you can see the various categories. If all category boxes are checked, you will be able to observe the entire scope of crimes by Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide. And, you can unclick boxes, leaving only one to see just that layer.

New names are added daily so please save the map in your browser and come back every now and then to see how vast the problems are among Jehovah’s Witnesses.


Comments

JW Crime Map — 40 Comments

  1. As the grandmother of abuse victims within the jWs I would like to thank all for the hard work that has gone into this map which I see as a tool to expose a cult and what it really is … Not so squeaky clean as it would have people believe …Keep up the hard work and continue to expose, rescue and support!

  2. Hello, I have just volunteered and I hope you can accept me in London, England.

    I love the map, but I am intrigued that some countries have no JW crimes reported.

  3. The map is an ongoing process. I still have hundreds of cases to add to it. Not all legal cases are reported in the media. Some come through police records or sex offender registries where they are open to the public. They are not open in Canada so that leaves us with a more limited list.

    As we all know by now the elders do their best and follow instructions by Bethel to impede the reporting to authorities whenever possible. So we may never hear about those cases, at least until the victims grow up and hopefully choose to take the issue to court.

    I have tried to reach out to the larger non-English speaking ex-JW community to add cases that they know about in their countries. I will add the case in the original language with a short English translation if possible.

    And I also include people who want to report cases to me that were never reported to the authorities. We can’t use those names but we can put them on the map to get a better picture of the scope of the problem of abuses committed by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    People can report cases to me via Facebook or by using the little “i” icon in the top right corner of the map

  4. Some will say it happens in all religions. That is true but the fact here is it is hidden from the JW’s and the world. That leaves JW’s in a bad place as they think they are safe and even when they get married they think they will have no problems as they are marrying a JW like them.

    • JWs have no idea the danger they are in. The elders keep all these things secret meanwhile the Witnesses have no idea who they are sitting beside or who their daughter is marrying. “Friendly” elders visiting the elders and making off with their money. In spite of everything I know about JWs and all the stories I have heard over the years I have been shocked by most of what I have found. AAWA is about educating the world. My hope is that this map will educate many Witnesses too.

  5. I recently received an email from someone who claimed to have once lived in the Antioch, California area covered by the former Oakley Kingdom Hall (now “Brentwood”). The email stated that their family had attended that hall for several weeks never knowing that a “Brother Kendrick” (who also attended meetings at that Hall) was the same infamous “Kendrick” who was the accused (and convicted) child molester named as a defendant in the Candace Conti child abuse trial. No one in that Hall ever warned them that “Brother Kendrick” was someone of whom they should be wary. My hope is that all Jehovah’s Witnesses and those who might be studying to become JWs, take a close look at the JW Crime Map above and check the areas they live in or plan to move to. It may cause them to take a second look at what they might become involved in. Let’s face it – no one at the Kingdom Hall (unless it is “backseat gossip” from someone during field service) will ever tell them or warn them. Ah! But the poor sister who had a weekend fling with some non-JW or the young JW who was discovered reading ex-JW websites on his laptop – everyone will know about them and they will likely be listening to talks and Watchtower studies from one of the Kingdom Hall conference rooms.

    • Wow what a story John. I hope every Witness finds and sees the map and discovers what the elders are NOT telling them. These abusers DO NOT CHANGE. They can’t. It is both a fixation and an addiction that is hard wired into their brains. PROFESSIONALS can’t change them. No matter how much prayer, study, meetings and service they do they will still have thoughts of touching and hurting kids. And sooner or later those thoughts will become actions. ALL Jehovah’s Witnesses need to know who is in their hall.

  6. Very appreciative of this information. Although I’m sad that such a thing ever needed to exist I’m heartened by the ultimate good that this provides.

  7. well..i was molested by a jw when i was seven yrs old, and the guy was married and had a son. typical of the kingdom hall to tell us to be silent and then protect they guy who did it. i have tried therapy for years and yes i do have trust issues that might be with me for life. I can never trust men or possibly never marry and i am not fond of kids

    • Sarah (((HUGS))) Your experience is not isolated there are so many who have been abused and silenced. You are not alone we are all here to help each other I urge you to contact aawa support we have teams all over the globe I am also a survivor do understand your pain …

  8. I gave my info over an email and the abuse is still not on the map. That is all I want to say about it. If you choose to not report it, it’s on your hands.

  9. Bom dia!
    Sou Brasileiro, resido no Brasil e escrevo em Português do Brasil. Aqui também ocorre inúmeras covardias por parte da Sociedade Torre de Vigia.
    Vou estudar um pouco da língua inglesa, pois tenho a certeza que poderemos contribuir com muitos relatos, casos sobre covardia contra testemunhas de Jeová, abuso sexual (pedofilia), contra crianças, e a cruel desassociação. Sucesso para o trabalho de vocês.

    • I agree but so far we have no reports of crimes in the Toronto area. In fact we have very few reported crimes anywhere in Canada.

    • I tried to respond last night and had a problem so I will try again.

      When I was a kid I was led to believe child abusers were weird men who lurked in bushes and cars trying to snatch kids away to hurt them. What my mother never told me was that it wasn’t strangers I needed to beware of. While I certainly had my share of strangers trying to abuse me by far it was the people I knew, family members who were the greatest danger to me. But anyone who has frequent access to a child, someone the child knows well and that the parent also knows well, is more dangerous to your child than any stranger.

      Here is the link to a website that details the grooming process which is how an abusers gets the trust and confidence of a child sufficient to start and continue to abuse them http://laurelhouse.org.au/?page_id=36

  10. This looks just like the map ‘Rifter’ from Jehovah’s Witness Recovery.com made a few years ago. You didn’t copy and paste it, did you?

    • I definitely got the idea from a map which had not been updated in over 2 years. I didn’t know who to contact about it and saw no contact info on the map. There is no way to just copy and paste that map. I did take the files and updated almost all or deleted many of the cases on that map because verification was missing.

      And this map has far more cases on it.

      So if “Rifter” made the map I thank him for the idea. It is brilliant.

  11. here is one from 1999: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_O._Barton I didn’t guess it had anything to do with religion until I heard on the radio the suicide note mentioning Jehovah’s plan. A couple days later a religious lady, Janet Parshall commentator on the radio highlighted the story, claimed it would not have happened if they were a Bible believing family. I remember this made me mad since the suicide note was news at the time. I sent Miss Parshall an e-mail, letting her know she should do some homework, not let others write her script. .. Any way…good luck on this project. I’ll have to tell some Ex-JWs about this. I was lucky, but I can’t say anything about other people without their permission, even 30 year old stories.

      • Jews are forbidden to use the name of God In his suicide note he says the following:

        The Letter

        Leigh Ann is in the master bedroom closet under a blanket. I killed her on Tuesday night. I killed Matthew and Mychelle Wednesday night. There may be similarities between these deaths and the death of my first wife, Debra Spivey. However, I deny killing her and her mother. There is no reason for me to lie now. It just seemed like a quiet way to kill and a relatively painless way to die. There was little pain. All of them were dead in less than five minutes. I hit them with the hammer in their sleep and then put them face-down in the bathtub to make sure they did not wake up in pain, to make sure they were dead.

        I’m so sorry. I wish I didn’t. Words cannot tell the agony. Why did I? I have been dying since October. Wake up at night so afraid, so terrified that I couldn’t be that afraid while awake. It has taken its toll. I have come to hate this life and this system of things. I have come to have no hope. I killed the children to exchange them for five minutes of pain or a lifetime of pain. I forced myself to do it to keep them from suffering so much later. No mother, no father, no relatives. The fears of the father are transferred to the son. It was from my father to me and from me to my son. He already had it. And now to be left alone. I had to take him with me.

        I killed Leigh Ann because she was one of the main reasons for my demise. . . . I know that Jehovah will take care of all of them in the next life. I’m sure the details don’t matter. There is no excuse, no good reason I am sure no one will understand. If they could I wouldn’t want them to. I just write these things to say why. Please know that I love Leigh Ann, Matthew and Mychelle with all my heart. If Jehovah’s willing I would like to see them all again in the resurrection to have a second chance. I don’t plan to live very much longer, just long enough to kill as many of the people that greedily sought my destruction.

        The Notes

        I give you my wife Leigh Ann Vanderver Barton, my honey, my precious love. Please take care of her. I will love her forever.

        I give you Matthew David Barton, my son, my buddy, my life. Please take care of him.

        I give you Mychelle Elizabeth Barton, my daughter, my sweetheart, my life. Please take care of her.

        Photo: Chief Jimmy Mercer of the Henry County police displays a copy of a letter left by Mark O. Barton in the middle of his killing rampage. (Associated Press)
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        As far as I know only JWs talk like this. “If Jehovah willing….” is a common phrase among JWs.

  12. The Jehovah’s accused my son of a serious crime that there is evidence he did NOT commit, had him jailed and convinced the district attorney to not allow him out claiming they feared him. He left the church a year and a half ago and embarrassed several of their leaders in public by openly announcing what he had caught them doing. We, and he, have no money for a lawyer, there are numerous people withing the legal system in the town he is jailed who are Jehovahs and I am seriously worried about his safety and continued freedom. I am seeking any advice on how to handle them or advocate groups that could help.

    • If there is evidence that he did not commit this crime then I would suggest that you go to the DA of the state rather than just the county and file a complaint of wrongful conviction. Every county DA is accountable to the DA of the state. Since this is a legal matter then it should not cost you more money. I am unfamiliar with advocacy groups in the US but I would suggest starting with the American Civil Liberties Union (https://www.aclu.org/) if you are in the US or similar groups in other countries

  13. There is a case in aliquippa PA the guys name is Odell mills he shot at police officers he is doing 20 year I think this case should be on here just look up his name and and place and u should find it

  14. Suicide attempt – Age 14, Texas
    I have copy of text message..however it was reported as “scratches” and evaluation. Victim was taken transported to Hospital

  15. God does not distort the image of man. However man will distort the image of God to suit their purpose. JW are no different. They promote a confused philosophy to promote individuality in their ranks.

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