PRAY, OBEY, KILL: HBO Documentary of Swedish Cult

Directed by Henrik Georgsson
Featuring Anton Berg, Martin Johnson

On a cold night in January 2004, there were gunshots across the remote Swedish village, Knutby, home to a small, tight-knit Pentecostal congregation. It led to a young woman murdered in her bed and her neighbor suffering from multiple bullet wounds.Attention soon turned towards the community – the victim’s husband, also the sect’s pastor, the victim’s 26-year-old nanny, and the sect’s leader known as “The Bride of Christ.”

The case gained instant international notoriety when the nanny confessed within days, claiming she was told to commit violence through a series of text messages from God.

What emerged, however, was a tale of a scandalous love triangle and details of another suspicious death that had occurred years before. Behind it all were the mysterious actions of the sect’s leader who exerted powerful pull over congregation.

Tracing the chilling events of January 10, 2004, and the resulting police investigation, criminal trial, and its aftermath, PRAY, OBEY, KILL follows journalists Anton Berg and Martin Johnson’s reexamination of the case.

Their investigation includes in-depth interviews with journalists and police investigators who covered the crimes, as well as former members of the Pentecostal sect, some speaking for the first time about their psychological and physical abuse.

RAY, OBEY, KILL revisits a most bizarre and confounding crimes in modern Swedish history, exploring new case theories, never-before-seen materials and exclusive interviews, ultimately shedding new light on the truth behind the crime.