Stephen Mineo shot dead by partner to ‘escape online cult’

Stephen Mineo (pictured), 32, was killed inside his home in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, in the early hours of Saturday morning

Stephen Mineo (pictured), 32, was killed inside his home in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, in the early hours of Saturday morning

Stephen Mineo (pictured), 32, was killed inside his home in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, in the early hours of Saturday morning

A doomsday prepper shot dead by his girlfriend may have asked her to kill him so he could escape an ‘online cult’.

Stephen Mineo, 32, was killed inside his home in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

Police were called to the home by 42-year-old Barbara Rogers, who confessed she shot her survivalist boyfriend once in the forehead at close range, the Morning Call newspaper reports.

Pocono Mountain police searched the apartment and found a 45-caliber handgun. Rogers has since been charged with criminal homicide, and is being held without bail.

However, stunning allegations regarding the shooting emerged over the weekend, with friends and neighbors of the 32-year-old suggesting he was being harassed by a highly-religious online cult and was so desperate to escape them he could have asked Rogers to shoot him.

‘(Rogers) identified that the deceased was having online issues with a cult and he wanted to be killed and requested she do it,’ police lieutenant Steven Williams told WBRE.  

‘They dropped him because they were too far out, they weren’t religious, they were just a cult thing, so he got rid of that,’ Kevin Wade told WNEP about how Mineo and Rogers tried to break away from the online group.

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Barbara Rogers

Barbara Rogers

Stephen Mineo

Stephen Mineo

Police were called to the home by 42-year-old Barbara Rogers (left), who confessed she shot Mineo (right) in the forehead at close range

Rogers told police she shot Mineo because her boyfriend - who claimed they were married since October 2016 - asked her to do it so he could escape an online cult. They are pictured together

Rogers told police she shot Mineo because her boyfriend - who claimed they were married since October 2016 - asked her to do it so he could escape an online cult. They are pictured together

Rogers told police she shot Mineo because her boyfriend – who claimed they were married since October 2016 – asked her to do it so he could escape an online cult. They are pictured together

Another friend of Mineo’s posted a series of comments on Facebook naming the ‘leader’ of the alleged cult, and claiming the 32-year-old was bullied by her and her followers.

However, the alleged cult leader, Sherry Shriner, defended herself from allegations in a series of posts. 

Shriner, who frequently rails against ‘fake news’, ‘libtards’, and the Democratic Party, wrote on Saturday night: ‘I warned (Stephen) she was a Super Soldier who would kill him and move on… but I’m the “false prophet”.

‘Perhaps he finally figured her out..but it was too late for him. It wasn’t the “online cult” that killed him… they always try and paint me as a cult…nice try libtards.’

In another post on Sunday night, Shriner wrote: ‘They’re trying to spin it that I’m responsible for Steve’s death? No, Barb is. I tried to protect Steve. I tried to warn him about Barbara Rogers and he wouldn’t listen to me.

Police said they were called to the home by Rogers, who admitted she shot her boyfriend in the head at close range. Pictured is an officer outside the Pennsylvania home

Police said they were called to the home by Rogers, who admitted she shot her boyfriend in the head at close range. Pictured is an officer outside the Pennsylvania home

Police said they were called to the home by Rogers, who admitted she shot her boyfriend in the head at close range. Pictured is an officer outside the Pennsylvania home

Rogers reportedly told police she killed Mineo because he asked her to so he could escape from an online cult that was harassing him. Pictured are officers at the scene

Rogers reportedly told police she killed Mineo because he asked her to so he could escape from an online cult that was harassing him. Pictured are officers at the scene

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