On Discovering Carlson’s Mummified Body, Sheriff Dan Warwick tells NBC News’ Keith Morrison: ‘I Used To Say I’ve Seen It All. I Don’t Say That Anymore.’
All-New Two-Hour ‘The Ascension of Mother God’ Airs Friday at 9pm ET/8pm CT
October 13, 2021 – On Friday’s all-new Dateline NBC at 9pm ET/8pm CT, family members and investigators speak out for the first time on network television since the death of “Love Has Won” spiritual leader Amy Carlson, known to her followers as “Mother God.” The case gained worldwide attention after deputies found her mummified body covered with Christmas lights in a Colorado house where members of the group stayed.
Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick tells Dateline’s Keith Morrison that when he arrived at the house, the group’s followers were worshipping Carlson’s corpse and putting essential oils on it to “keep the odor down.” He tells Morrison, “Wow, I mean, it’s just [you] shake and go wow. There’s not much more I can say. I’ve been doing this for 26 years. I used to say I’ve seen it all. I don’t say that anymore.”
To watch the exchange, click here. The transcript of the interview excerpt is below.
During the two-hour broadcast, The Ascension of Mother God, Morrison also speaks with Carlson’s mother, sisters and children, District Attorney Alonzo Payne and former followers of Mother God.
SHERIFF DAN WARWICK: They were burning sage in the room, putting essential oils on the —
KEITH MORRISON: On the corpse?
SHERIFF DAN WARWICK: In the room and on the corpse to keep the odor down.
KEITH MORRISON: They were in effect worshiping that corpse.
SHERIFF DAN WARWICK: Yes.
KEITH MORRISON: What was your visceral reaction, immediately, when you saw that?
SHERIFF DAN WARWICK: Wow, I mean, it’s just [you] shake and go wow. There’s not much more I can say. I’ve been doing this for 26 years. I used to say I’ve seen it all. I don’t say that anymore.
Dateline NBC is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is now in its 30th season. Dateline is anchored by Lester Holt and features correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy. Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and Saturdays, Dateline reaches more than 17 million people every week through its broadcast, and millions more through its social media platforms and podcasts. Additionally, Dateline closed out the 2020-2021 primetime season as the #1 Friday newsmagazine. David Corvo is the senior executive producer, and Liz Cole is the executive producer.
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