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.


JW Crime Map — 57 Comments

    • I have been stalked for two years by a JW group, at the time I had no idea what I was stepping into. I didn’t go to their church or know a JW however I did attend a part time drama school lead by a MBE member in East london with a very famous Nigerian actor in a blockbuster movie starwars. Soon I realised there was something odd and wrong. I was being watched, monitored stalked , followed home. Eventually they moved in next door to my flat listening to my conversations. As they started to repeat my own words back to me when even I returned to the school. They force their JW beliefs onto new children inorder to recruit them or marry them into to their religion. The stalking got very dark. They followed me everywhere, recorded me, harassed me, and used various people to get information on me
      Paid anyone and everyone to pull up dirt. I then moved and they followed me again and still harassing me , knocking on doors, illegally monitoring my emails, recording me on mobile phone, hacking my phone and emails, watching me in every move I make, they just don’t go away, after all I’m just young and 19. I take pictures of them all the time but they don’t stop and forcefully aggressive.

      • It is my opinion that the JW’s are now specializing in acts against private citizens of domestic terrorism! I should know, I am one of them being attacked daily by them!!! The organization needs to be shut down, dismembered, deeply investigated! They are specializing in new age sonic sound weaponry! And electronic harassment! They need to be stopped! Everything taken from them and locked up!

        • For the record, my perpetrators are in Suisun City, CA on Kinglet St, the couple next to me are the ones doing the domestic terrorism and his mother also, when they are gone she is there 2 times a day resetting the sonic weapon being used on my home, me and my pet! They are criminals and need to be stopped now!

  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

    • What about those Who are wrongly accused of so called pedophilia? I have known of cases where children were used to set people up! and what about kids who outright lie about misconduct to get out of trouble for something unrelated to it. how do you know the difference between a kid telling the truth and one who is lying because they like seeing somebody get into trouble? when are you going to address that? Anyone who knowingly lies about someone or tries to frame somebody make them look bad, should also be held accountable and responsible as well.

  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.

    • It does happen in every religion. So I do see this as a form of persecution from a small amount of people who have been hurt to want to ” Expose”

      The only other religion that gets exposed is the Catholic Church.

      I don’t see other people so focused on exposure. Something is wrong here..
      Maybe treatment for you all is what is needed. It’s almost like it’s still Controlling you.

      I’m not trying to be rude to anyone but every ex JW site, YouTube, Facebook, etc it seems they’re obsessed and not really stating anything that doesn’t happen in other Cults(Religion)

  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.

  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.

  16. JW’s never have claimed that their group is free from crime, abuse, etc…
    Stop misleading folks about the teachings of the JW’s.
    Imperfect humans will always be plagued by the bad habits of the world, once they decide to place Bible principles “ on hold” and sin…
    Don’t lie…

    • Exactly!

      They are very far from Perfect.
      Also, some people use the church as a cover-up and Scapegoat just for their evil ways, There are fake JW churches of people that claim to be but, are not. I’ve heard of whole KH getting shut down.

      It’s not the Religion, it’s the people. They’re not all this way.

  17. The Case of Brazil is inaccurate, here is why :Although police found no concrete evidence of religious or political motives, texts found at Oliveira’s home suggest that he was obsessed with terrorist acts and Islam, which he had converted to two years beforehand, after having been a Jehovah’s Witness for the rest of his life. In his last wishes, he requested to be buried following Islamic traditions, and asked Jesus for eternal life and “God’s forgiveness for what I have done.” Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_de_Janeiro_school_shooting

    The question is, why a person thinks she needs to lie, to trash JW? Probably some deep issues that she needs to get help with. And of course nobody is perfect, if you are looking for perfection you are looking in the wrong way, because nobody is perfect no matter what anyone tells you. Some people are going to commit crimes, including JW and that’s they get disfellowshipped and sued to the police. Now you maybe get why some JW get disfellowshipped?


  18. I am looking for a lawyer who is familiar with this cult & their ways. My father was not a JW & I am disfellowshipped. My sister killed my father & my former elder brother who is still a JW covered it up by refusing to meet with Adult Protective Services in CT where my Dad lived & suffered for many many years from dementia. My brother pretended to be my friend so I would soften to his +30yr shunning and get the police & APS off his back by telling them I’d take over the investigation at his request due to trauma he told me he was suffering from however he then went behind my back & had my father cremated while I was opening a police investigation. He now has had my brother who raped me & tortured me for years as a young child begin email me threats. My sister is living in my fathers home & has trashed it with homeless addicts staying there. I had my child repeatedly kidnapped by my brother & mother no deceased & I cared for my mother & father until I got breast cancer. My brother who had POA never checked on my Dad & wrote me damning emails saying my father despised him & belittled his faith though my father only was not wanting to belong to this “faith” & did respect my brother but was manipulated by my mother to set my brother up to be the executor of my fathers will. Both my brother & sister have written checks out of my fathers account that neither were on. I have been looking for a lawyer since this happened but live 400 miles away from where it is taking place & cannot find anyone. I am severely traumatized & only had my Dad as a support & spoke to him the morning before he took ill & was put in the hospital which they never informed me of & never spoke to me concerning any of it until he was dead to only tell me stories and lies to give me busy work to keep me occupied while they worked to undermine all they’d been asking me to do so it was driving me towards suicide actually. I just got the paperwork from the court that the hearing is on the 20th of this month & my rapist brother is contesting it as am I. I want the court to appoint someone to handle it & my lying sister whose been telling state & fed. agencies she’s been paying rent to live at my fathers when she was stealing from him. My JW brother said that my father should have thrown her out that he is responsible for the consequences of his decisions even though he had dementia and didn’t know he was being lied to. I need help. I need someone familiar with this group to tell me where & who to talk to. I have been doing all I can while being ill from 400 miles away. My father lived in CT and I live in VT in North America. If you know of any attorney who might be able to help me with this & stop these threats and trying to steal more from my father & get justice for him from what they’ve done while refusing to answer any questions I have or to give me the things that I was left in letters by my mother which they refuse to produce now. Please reply & I will get an email. Please help time is of the essence. I cannot wait. I’ve been waiting on one lawyer but he’s not been getting back to me. I am worried because he’s not retained and could just say no & isn’t familiar with them at all. I’m even worried he could be one but I don’t think they can be lawyers…though am not certain. Please help me if you can. I don’t care about the money involved. They have used my son & tried to twist us both up my son lives in NYC and just started a new job. I cannot go down to this hearing & be exposed to this toxic situation. I am terrified and am sick over this. Please help!

  19. Here are the facts, I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with the JW organization, they do a lot of good work in the community, however there are some people in the organization who are pretending to be Jehovah Witnesses, and are bringing in there nonsense to humiliate, harass, intimidate, ect. the bible says in Jude 1:4 that men will slip into the congregation to do their badness against those who are genuinely trying to live up to Gods righteous standards. so how do you know the difference?

  20. I love how the current JW’s break their own clear rules by coming on these sites and adding defenses ( like saying people are “pretending to be JW’s and committing crimes”. LOL) I was born and raised a JW by an elder and pioneer and I pioneered with my siblings for years myself at home. We were on every convention program in some way, every year, as exemplary JW’s. We kids and mom were physically and emotionally abused, all along BY MY ELDER FATHER for our WHOLE lives at home. He physically and emotionally abused my mother, who kept it silent most of her time with him also, out of fear. When she did desparately go to his PEERS in the Kingdom Hall ( head elders at the Church ) nothing was ever done by the church to help. Our father was one of them and quite protected, in spite of our pleas. A neighbor finally called the police on my elder father and had all hell to pay, as did we afterwards. We kids were finally out of the house, even if by force and my mon was out temporarily. Best decision ever made by our neighbor to call REAL AUTHORITIES, that I will forever be grateful for. Abusive father continues on as an elder CURRENTLY with a criminal record now in Norfolk VA. YES these are JW’s. My pioneer JW mom has since died. Father flourishes in the JW church and is remarried ( quickly ) . tHEY commit crimes, YES. So, Get real, is what I can say to the JW’s spying on sites like these only to type out bogus excuses and defenses on cases they just personally know nothing about. You aren’t supposed to be online looking at anything not printed by JW’s anyway. Its against the rules.

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