"The accusation this time is that Karr ... has been trying to create a cult of JonBenet Ramsey lookalikes he is calling 'the Immaculates' -- blond girls as young as 4 years old with small feet," Fox News reported this afternoon.
Karr, 46, claimed on a recently removed Facebook page that he's had a sex change operation, and now goes by the names Alexis Valoran Reich and Delia Alexis Reich. Karr/Reich is now the subject of an unofficial but sprawling investigation being conducted on Twitter, Facebook, and other Internet sites, according to media reports. Law enforcement in both Seattle -- where he is rumored to be staying in women's shelters -- and San Francisco are looking for him.
The former cult member who has come forward is Samantha Spiegel, who according to media reports met Karr at the Convent of the Sacred Heart Catholic
in San Francisco, where Karr taught her fourth-grade class.
After seeing Karr on television in connection with the JonBenet
Ramsey case, Spiegel contacted him. They began communicating over
Internet and exchanged thousands of e-mails, according to Fox News. Karr
told Spiegel she was special, and convinced her to help him recruit
"Immaculates." From Fox News:
When Karr proposed to her and she accepted, Spiegel's parents intervened and sent her to a rehabilitation facility for 18 months to break her connection with him. But for two years, she says, Karr "demanded" that she try to recruit young girls into his cult. She says that when she emerged from treatment, Karr -- now Reich -- found her and, failing to reconnect, began a campaign of threats.
"He said if I got in the way of him and his little girls, he would have me hunted down and killed," Spiegel said at a hearing in San Francisco last month at which she got a restraining order against him.
She said she was certain that he was living as a woman in order to get close to little girls. She also produced e-mails for the court in which Karr said: "I want to hurt you."
She responded, "You do?"
"If you deceive me," he replied, "I will kill you. I know where you live."
In one of his last messages, on April 10, Karr wrote: "If you cost me my little girls I will hunt you down and kill you."