JonBenét Ramsey lookalike cult?: The latest accusations against John Mark Karr

When last we heard from John Mark Karr, the loonbag who managed to convince CU professor Michael Tracy that he'd killed JonBenét Ramsey, he had reportedly undergone a sex change and was now known as Alexis Valoran Reich.

This prospect has spawned a Facebook group with the catchy name "STOP!!! Alexis Valoran Reich AKA John Mark Karr STOP!!!" In addition, there's, a website devoted to Karr's capture; among other things, it features the Boulder Police Department's phone number.

What's Karr supposed to have done now? According to Fox News, "The accusation this time is that Karr... has been trying to create a cult of JonBenét Ramsey lookalikes he is calling 'the Immaculates' -- blond girls as young as 4 years old with small feet -- and has been threatening harm to one of the girls, whom he used to recruit others and who escaped from his influence."

Here's a synopsis of the allegations against Karr as gathered by the SF Weekly, one of Westword's sister papers:

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 School in San Francisco, where Karr taught her fourth-grade class.

After seeing Karr on television in connection with the JonBenét 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."

Law enforcement sources aren't saying much at this point: For instance, a representative from the San Francisco district attorney's confirmed to Fox News that an investigation is underway, but declined to comment further.

In the meantime, the story spotlights the continuing fascination with JonBenét, who was just six when she was murdered more than thirteen years ago.

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