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On November 11th, 2014, a 44 year old Georgia resident named Calvin McIntosh walked into Sandy Springs hospital cradling the lifeless body of his 1 year old daughter, Alcenti McIntosh.
“She’s stopped breathing” he told hospital staff, who declared the severely underweight child dead on arrival. The emaciated appearance of the child, who weighed only 7lb’s at the time of her death, lead to an investigation into Mr. McIntosh who lived at room 310 at the nearby extended stay America hotel, on 7065 Jimmy Carter Blvd in Peachtree corners. When police searched the premises they discovered a 59lb woman curled up into the fetal position on the floor in one of the rooms. The woman, later identified as 21 year old Iasia Sweeting, was starving and holding on to life by a thread when officers found her. The detective on the scene was shocked by sweetings appearance and described the starving woman as “Skeletal” and unable to walk. She could barely generate the energy to communicate with her rescuers. Sweeting later told authorities that Mr. McIntosh had kidnapped her and held her captive for 4 years, and although her parents had reported her missing, police had deemed her a walk-away.
Calvin McIntosh had his 24 year old daughter, Najlaa, staying with him at the hotel. She, along with her father, has been accused of murder for her involvement in the death of baby Alcenti. Najlaa has also been charged with starving three more of Calvin McIntosh’s children, two of whom are her own kids.
During the search of the hotel, investigators found various pieces of literature from the “Nuwaubian Nation of Moors” cult (sometimes called the "Nuwaubian Nation"). They would later find out that McIntosh was a member, who had at one point lived on the group’s compound in Georgia. The N.N.M is a cult founded by Dwight York in Brooklyn NYC in the seventies under its original name “Ansaru Allah Community”.
York, a con-man clad as a messiah, originally amassed a cult following through preaching his own brand of Islamic doctrine with black supremacist beliefs. He established the group’s first place of worship in an impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood recruiting people in the local area through handing out literature that connected with those struggling with racism, as well as their spirituality and identity. York’s teaching installed a new found confidence in his followers and drew people into the cult and promised to shield them from the hardships of the outside world. Ex-Nuwaubians claim that they were first drawn to the N.N.M through books that were often handed out to young black people on the streets and at local businesses. One of the more recognizable publications is a book detailing the cults criticism of a “white man’s Christianity” and the depiction of a “white hippy Jesus” in Christian artwork. York preached an opposite belief that the Messiah was black and likely a reflection of everyone in the room, “I am God” he said. He was undoubtedly a charismatic leader who knew exactly how to build people up and reel them in. York made his followers feel more powerful than they ever had, but in reality he was always in control, always in power and on a carefully carved out path to Godhood.
Although it is true that Dwight York provided his followers with food, shelter and work, he provided these basic necessities at a cost- York took full control of his followers personal lives, including setting up arranged marriages between male and female members of his choosing. Married women were not off limits to the leader when it came to sex. He had many concubines in his harem and openly practiced polygamy with both the adult females and underage girls in the cult.
In fact, York groomed many of the children staying at the Georgia compound. According to ex-members he gave the certain children special treatment, such as permission to drink soda, watch cartoons and wear short sleeved shirts. He also bestowed small gifts upon them in order to gain their trust. York had the entire compound segregated by gender and split into even smaller groups determined by category of age. Men and women would stay in different buildings and children would be separated from their parents. Dwight York even had a special area in his own building occupied by women and children, including his co-wives.
The children of the cult never stood a chance. Their own parents believed that York was a God and put their full faith and loyalty in the con-man. When York demanded to take the children’s virginity they had no responsible adults to turn to for help. They were pressured and molested daily and if they refused to allow the leader to have sex with them he would eventually have them called to his room where he would take it by force. Victims of York’s sickening regime would later describe how York would tell them that the assault was a display of loyalty that would see them spiritually bound to together for life. Brainwashed female members of the cult would tell the children that it was York’s responsibility to “teach them about sex” and that it was accepted in some communities around the world. With no protection from their “Savior” the children of the cult suffered for years under the U.N. M ‘s control. If they disobeyed they were often beaten and starved.
The cult was believed to be funded by criminal activity, so York decided to transport his followers across state lines to Georgia to stay under the radar. He convinced the members that they were relocating the group in order to build their own sovereign nation, a Nuwaubian country of their own where outside law did not apply. They built an isolated and armed compound in rural Eatonton, Georgia.
In order to keep a low profile in their new state the groups white robes and Islamic doctrine was replaced with a stereotypical Southern cowboy aesthetic that both perplexed and amused locals. The cult’s arrival did not go unnoticed. York’s followers were confused by the sudden change in image and beliefs but were too afraid to question or challenge their leader. York’s followers stayed with him through several bizarre instances of rebranding, including his stint as a self-proclaimed Native American tribe leader named “Chief Black thunderbird eagle” and an Alien being.
York finally settled on an ancient Egyptian aesthetic and added Kemetism, UFO religion and ancient mysticism into the mix. The compound was named “Tama-re” and decorated with large monuments of pyramids and statues, including a black sphinx, which stood out like a sore thumb in the middle of rural Georgia.
Followers eventually reported Dwight York to the police and told the stories of the abuse they suffered at the compound which was raided in 2002. During the raid a document recording the population of Tama-re was found and revealed that York, who had over 30 wives, had fathered upwards of 100 children in the cult. Many of the children were birthed at a local hospital by very young girls who were always accompanied by a man and not permitted to speak to hospital staff. There was such an influx in the number of young girls giving birth that it was reported to the local authorities.
Dwight York was arrested for the endless list of sex crimes he had committed while leading the cult and plead guilty to the charges. He was officially charged with child molestation, rape, fraud, conspiracy and racketeering and received a 135 year sentence. While in prison he managed to control his fellow prisoners, rallying together black inmates under the Nuwaubian banner and gaining special privileges from Nuwaubian correctional officers working at the facility who were later relocated.
Alcenti McIntosh was only 15 months old when she died as a direct result of her father’s mistreatment and neglect. The official cause of death was starvation- a fate that 21 year old Iasia Sweeting may too have succumbed to, had police not discovered her in time.
McIntosh’s daughter, Najlaa was apparently in charge of disciplining both Sweeting and the children.
At trial this week, Calvin McIntosh was sentenced to life in prison (30 years in the state of Georgia) with the chance of parole in 30 years. He entered an afford plea where he technically did not have to admit guilt but must receive punishment for the crime. His daughter, Najlaa, is awaiting trial.
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