Luke Stice Murder, Where Is Michael Ryan Now? Complete Dateline

A Sordid Tale Of Slavery, Torture, Sodomy And Murder Among Farmers In Nebraska, murderer were caught and were punished

In the early 1980s, Ryan served as the commander of a small anti-government group that inhabited a compound close to Rulo, Nebraska.

Ryan and his supporters were connected to the Christian Identity movement and had sporadic ties to Posse Comitatus.

White supremacy, the intrinsic wickedness of Jews (antisemitism), and a mistrust of all established earthly authority, including governments, were among Ryan's doctrines.

Luke Stice Murder Case And Updates

On an 80-acre farm connected to the white nationalist Christian identity movement, two dead were discovered in August 1985 outside of Rulo, Nebraska; Luke Stice, age 5, and James Thimm, age 26, were both presents.

According to Daniel Levitas in "The Terrorist Next Door," there was evidence that both had been subjected to torture before being slain. A man seeking to establish his dominance had brutally mistreated them.

Once the police recovered the bodies of Luke and James, they immediately arrested cult leader Michael Ryan along with members Dennis Ryan and Timothy Haverkamp.
Once the police recovered the bodies of Luke and James, they immediately arrested cult leader Michael Ryan along with members Dennis Ryan and Timothy Haverkamp.( Source : Facebook )

When trucker and high school dropout Michael Wayne Ryan was apprehended for these crimes, the authorities discovered that he had been acting as a prophet, announcing the end of the world. Violence was not unfamiliar to his form of religion, which had a following among those looking for a "paramilitary salvation."

Rick Stice, the farm manager and father of Luke Stice, was a member of his cult. Ryan's ideas appealed to Rick because he and his wife had financial difficulties, and Sondra died from cancer.

Ryan's group was invited to Stice's property, but Stice quickly came to symbolize Ryan's enmity. Ryan reduced Stice to the position of "slave."

About 21 people were living in the different structures, primarily children. Ryan, who referred to them as the "real Israelites" and convinced them that the final Armageddon would occur there in Nebraska, encouraged them to store food and medicine.

James Thimm, an ardent supporter, had traveled to the property with David Andreas, age thirty. Ryan also lost his temper with Thimm, demoting him to a lower position. He was obligated to follow what his superiors ordered.

Trucker-turned-prophet tortured, killed two on hog farm and said God made him do it
Trucker-turned-prophet tortured, killed two on hog farm and said God made him do it( Source : Nydailynews )

Ryan began to abuse Luke to torture Stice. He wrote "666" in crimson on the boy's forehead and declared that the boy was a Satanic offspring. Stice complied and beat and whipped Luke as directed by Ryan.

However, Stice eventually left the farm for a short spell. He was tethered to the porch when he came back. Stice followed Ryan's instructions to abuse Luke sexually. Then he was told to sodomize Thimm and submit to the same treatment, which is exactly what he did.

Ryan felt unsatisfied despite this. One day, he gave Luke a severe blow, breaking his neck and murdering him. He made Stice dig a grave, and while working on it, Stice again escaped, leaving two of his kids behind.

Instead of escaping, he was subjected to a horrendous series of maltreatment. He received a shot in the face and was tormented for several days before passing away.

Despite having a significant face wound, Levitas claims he was forced to have sex with a goat while chained in a hog shed. Then, under Ryan's orders, several men repeatedly violated him anally while holding a shovel handle before Ryan beat and kicked him, fracturing his arm.

The following day, while he was still breathing, his legs were shattered, and his skin was peeled off of him. Ryan then stomped on Thimm's chest, causing the guy to pass away.

Thimm was laid to rest in an unmarked cemetery after Ryan gave the order to one of the others to shoot him in the head for good measure.

Where Is Michael Ryan Now?

Michael Ryan no longer exists because he passed away in prison in 2015.

Police raided the farm on June 25, 1985, and discovered stolen goods and illegally obtained firearms and ammunition. The cultists were taken into custody. After some time, Stice joined the FBI as an informant, assisting in the investigation of Ryan.

Inside the indulgent but lonely childhood of the Hungerford massacre gunman before his mass bloodbath
Inside the indulgent but lonely childhood of the Hungerford massacre gunman before his mass bloodbath( Source : Mirror )

The remains were dug up, and Ryan was taken into custody. Stice was questioned about his involvement in his son's abuse during his testimony in court. I thought that was what needed to be done, he replied.

Tecumseh State Correctional Facility was where he was kept in 2015. Michael Ryan finally died from incurable brain cancer on May 24, 2015. When he passed away, he was 66 years old.

Luke Case Hearing And Breakdown

In 1986, Michael Ryan received a death sentence.

His first appeal was denied in 1989, and his second appeal was dismissed in 1995 by the state Supreme Court.

Ryan questioned Nebraska's procurement of one of the three medicines that would have been used to carry out his execution in 2012. A lower court denied Ryan's motion without a hearing, and the state Supreme Court dismissed his appeal in April last year.

But because one of the three medications required for lethal injection had expired in 2013, Nebraska lacked the means to put Ryan to death.

Dennis’ father, Michael Ryan, founded the anti-government cult and moved his followers to a farmhouse in Rulo, Nebraska, after being offered a place to live by landlord, Rick Stice.
Dennis’ father, Michael Ryan, founded the anti-government cult and moved his followers to a farmhouse in Rulo, Nebraska, after being offered a place to live by landlord, Rick Stice. ( Source : Showlyrics )

On May 14, Governor Pete Ricketts declared that the three medicines needed for executions had been acquired. However, the Legislature finally approved a law eliminating the death penalty in Nebraska less than a week later. The governor declared he would veto the law on Tuesday and claimed he had looked for ways to pick up enough votes to support his veto.

Nebraska only had the electric chair available for executions when he was convicted. However, the Legislature changed Nebraska's method of execution to lethal injection in 2009 after the Nebraska Supreme Court determined in 2008 that death by electricity was a cruel and unusual punishment.