The United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors Update – Prison Door Slams on Dwight York
By Colleen Johnston © 2004
are the ships and the dimensional portals that would open in 2003 to intermingle
among the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors located in Eatonton, GA? They didn’t come. The only
thing that did happen was the sentencing of 58 year old the Nation of Moors
leader, ex-conman Dwight ‘Malachi Z’ York. A long chapter is coming to the
end as far as leader York is concerned.
York dressed in Egyptian Garb sitting in his compound. Photo provided by a former group member
York being led from courthouse in prisoner garb Thursday, April 22, 2004
never paid the compounds group members but claimed to keep the monies for
reward/punishment system de devised.
Judge Royal used
federal sentencing guidelines in sentencing York to 135 years in federal prison
and making him surrender all holdings to property in Putnam County, GA and in
Athens in addition to $400,000 in cash removed during the May 2002 raid of
York's compound. Today, Royal will hear testimony on whether York should pay
restitution to his victims and their families.
U.S. Attorney Max Wood is satisfied with Royals sentencing and said monies to pay the victims would come from the cash and property that authorities seized. One property, The Nuwaubian compound, is a 476 -acre site filled with replicas of ancient Egyptian Pyramids and the Sphinx.
The cult has a long history of deception and also
contains a mixed bad of ideologies. This
included teachings from, Native American Indian cultures, Judaism, Christianity,
Melchadezek mysticism, Ancient Egyptian mysticism, and in the belief York
claimed to be an Alien being
from 19th galaxy called Illyuwn and that
he and other members were from the planet, "Rizq".
He formed the Nubian Islamic Hebrews –AKA York was leader of Messiah
based cult in mid 1970’s in Brooklyn, NY after leaving prison for robbery (See
pervious article that I wrote Cults
with the Potential to Kill). He
prayed upon the social economical fears and hopes of his followers with promises
of Grandeur, leading them into the Catskills of NY then to Eatonton, GA, They
have also been called the Yamassee Native
A 1993 FBI report
has emerged claiming the group was a front for a wide range of unlawful activity
that included, welfare fraud, extortion and arson.
I was chastised by a two cult members, (one
member who is a newspaper journalist in GA and another person who said I was
quote’ dead meat’ if I ever came into GA) just prior to York’s arrest in
May of 2002. No doubt, because the
ideology of this group was so powerful, the cult will continue on with other
leadership. Cult members are literally scattered across the USA and abroad and
include well-known faces that are in the entertainment business. One of the
former cult members said the group’s base is over 40,000 strong, possibly
Hopefully the group will fall apart with leader York in prison. But the potential still remains that followers of the Nuwaubian philosophy will continue on, and will not disband. One chapter is closed and the victims of the long time abuse will slowly recover now that York is out of operation and slowly this group will disband. Unfortunately many members still stand behind York, in though belief he did nothing wrong. One member shouted as York was escorted out of the courtroom on Thursday, “It’s not OVER!” Lets hope it is and if not – we must continue to keep an eye on this potential devastating group.
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