06/13/87 AP 06/13 0020 Italy-Cult
ROME (AP) -- Police arrested two women from a religious cult
that refuses to bury the dead after finding two decomposed
corpses in their house near Rome, newspapers reported Friday.
The mummified bodies of Assunta Piergirolami, who died 10
years ago at the age of 50, and of her husband, Nello Maggi, who
died last February at the age of 61, were found lying wrapped in
white sheets on a bed in what the newspapers called the "house of
On Thursday, police arrested Maggi's 65-year-old sister, Lina
Maggi, and her 66-year-old friend, Lola Fagioli, on charges of
concealing corpses and abandoning the two dead people, who had
been ill before their deaths, the reports said.
The women, who are undergoing psychiatric examination, face
possible sentences of up to 11 years in prison.
"We did not bury the bodies because God did not want it," Lina
Maggi was quoted as saying after her arrest at the house in the
Rome suburb of Acilia. The bedroom where the bodies were found
was filled with Christian and Jewish religious symbols, including
a large crucifix, several stars of David, a curtain inscribed
with religious writings and an empty cradle, the reports said.
Police also found blue capes decorated with stars in the
cellar of the house and said church members may have worn them
during ritual celebrations, newspapers said.
The religious group also refuses any form of medical
treatment, the reports said.
Police reportedly were investigating other people who
allegedly belong to the church and are looking for other unburied
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