The death of Bethany Deaton, aka Bethany Ann Leidlein Deaton, will be told in tonight’s episode of 48 Hours. The Bethany Deaton-Tyler Deaton story made headlines in 2012, after Bethany was found dead in a car with a plastic bag around her head in Missouri. There was also a pill bottle and a suicide note found at the scene. According to Jim Fisher True Crime, the suicide note read this way.
“My name is Bethany Deaton. I chose this evil thing. I did it because I wouldn’t be a real person and what is the point of living if it is too late for that. I wish I had chosen differently a long time ago. I knew it all and refused to listen. Maybe Jesus will save me.”
People who knew Bethany Deaton never believed that her death was a suicide, and feel that her tragic death was actually murder that was connected to a religious sect that she and her husband were apart of.
In October, 2012, police were dispatched to an area along Longview Lake, where they found the body of a white female. The victim was identified as Bethany Deaton. An investigation led police to believe that her death was staged to look like a suicide. Police thought they were on to something when they received a confession from one of Bethany’s roommates, Micah Moore, who claimed to have killed Bethany to cover over the fact that she had been the victim of repeated sexual assaults.
Her husband, Tyler Deaton, was also implicated as the mastermind behind her death. Micah Moore was arrested but later released after he recanted his confession, which he claims he made shortly after participating in an exorcism, according to The Daily Mail.
The case is peppered with stories of sexual assaults and disturbing ritualistic behavior, which is characteristic of many religious cults. Bethany’s husband, Tyler Deaton, continues to deny having anything to do with her death.
When Bethany met Tyler, she felt strongly that he was the one for her, and she looked forward to spending the rest of her life with him. Friends say that she seemed so in love with him, that it bordered on worship, leading many to feel that there was something very disturbing and troubling about their entire relationship. Bethany had apparently fallen for the charismatic religious leader because she felt that they were on the same spiritual paths.
Bethany’s husband, Tyler Deaton, stated that he can understand why Bethany had fallen for him — because he was a “charismatic” man with an “electrifying” and magnetic personality. Others believe that Tyler Deaton was nothing more than a fraud who ordered the death of his wife. Roberts will follow the police investigation and examine whether Bethany Deaton’s death was actually a suicide or if it was murder. The Bethany Deaton 48 Hours episode entitled”Fall From Grace” will air Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
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