When investigators in West Dade, Florida, discovered the decapitated corpse and head of Aston Green, they knew the killers wanted the victim to be found.
“If you find a head near the body, it’s to send some sort of a message,” former Miami-Dade homicide detective Daniel Borrego told “Uncovered: The Cult of Yahweh ben Yahweh.”
The 26-year-old mechanic was a former member of The Nation of Yahweh, a religious sect founded by Yahweh ben Yahweh — born Hulon Mitchell Jr. — and had recently defected due to the leader’s increasing obsession with dominance and control. Law enforcement later began to suspect that Green had been killed by Yahweh’s followers as retaliation for leaving the cult.
Khalil Amani, who had also escaped The Nation of Yahweh in the mid-1980s, was able to corroborate that very theory. After hearing the sect was tied to a destructive firebombing in Delray Beach, Amani told “Uncovered: The Cult of Yahweh ben Yahweh” that he felt compelled to come forward with information.
“Somebody got to do something about this thug masquerading as a religious leader,” said Amani.
Amani met with the Miami FBI and described what he believed was the attack that took place before Green’s brutal murder. According to Amani, while he was standing guard at the cult’s compound, Green had returned to meet with Yahweh. The head of security for The Nation of Yahweh approached Green with almost a dozen other followers and escorted him to a back room.
“I knew that Yahweh ben Yahweh wasn’t fair, so I knew that this was not going to be a good situation,” explained Amani. “The head of security says to me, ‘Go to the side door and stand guard.’ I don’t have no idea why, but you don’t ask questions when the head of security for The Nation of Yahweh is telling you what to do.”
Once they entered the room, Amani began to hear “thumping noises.” He cracked open the door to see what was going on, and Amani witnessed the group stomping on Green’s body and bludgeoning him with objects, including the wooden staffs they carried for protection.
Amani quickly returned to his post.
Minutes later, the Yahweh followers exited the room, carrying an unconscious Green wrapped up in a piece of carpet secured with duct tape.
“As they passed by me, I hear Aston Green making noises — ‘trying to breathe’ noises,” recalled Amani.
Green was loaded into the trunk of a car and driven out the compound, but not before one Yahweh member grabbed a machete. On Yahweh ben Yahweh’s orders, Green was then taken to the Everglades and beheaded.
At the time of his murder, Green was living with another Yahweh dissident Carlton Carey, who had been dubbed leader of “The Hypocrites.” Carey and his wife, Mildred Banks, went the local police following Green’s death to report their suspicions about the Yahweh followers. The couple was later attacked by current cult members, resulting in Carey’s death.
In 1992, Yahweh was found guilty in connection with the plotting of 14 murders, two attempted murders and the Delray firebombing, reported the Los Angeles Times.
To learn more about The Nation of Yahweh, watch “Uncovered: The Cult of Yahweh ben Yahweh” on Oxygen.
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