Possible cult link probed in woman’s alleged killing of boyfriend

TOBYHANNA, Pa. – Authorities say they’re investigating a possible connection between a shooting in eastern Pennsylvania and an online cult.

According to CBS Scranton, Pennsylvania affiliate WYOU-TV, police say Barbara Rogers, 42, fatally shot her boyfriend, 32-year-old Steven Mineo, in the forehead from close range early Saturday morning in their Coolbaugh Township apartment.

Lt. Steven Williams, of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police, says Rogers told officers Mineo was having “online issues” with a cult and asked her to kill him.

Police say she obliged, then called 911 to report the shooting.

Williams told WYOU it appears Rogers and Mineo were survivalists, fearing the world would come to an end.

A forensic autopsy on Mineo was scheduled for Monday.

Rogers has been charged with criminal homicide.

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