he said it's okay. >> when "dateline" continues. >> uh-huh. computers. >> all ruled accidents. >> but nothing could have prepared him for what came next. sports cars? >> reporter: the very thought of being so far away from his dad was too much for cody. tlrs 55-year-old won't be eligible for patrol for more than 80 years. >> he is a sexual pred itter willing to do anything to get his way and do what he wants to do. he moves through several states to satisfy his own sexual appetite. what'd you feel about these stories? civic-minded lou was showered with high-fives from the city council after he donated $19,000 towards a brand new police vehicle. castro. let's hide behind the chainsaws. free-living, free-spending friends near wichita, kansas, the two sisters, emily, 11, and sara, 17, were still living in the family commune called angels landing. detective ron goodwyn believed that ron castro was involved in the deaths of six people. >> i don't know. each vehicle had an angel vanity plate with a number after it, one, two, three, four. pieces of trish's hair clip were in the pool. but he was believed to be dead. >> she would do anything for him. spans 15 years. i had the officers go out and get photographs, pull arrest records. >> as a fourth graderer? >> i'm no one in particular. it was the angels inhabiting his body who would make these threats and so the next morning he'd wake up and be like mama, i love you. so you're really an extended family? daniel perez had predicted each of their deaths and each had juicy life insurance policies, payouts totaling $1.2 million were made to commune members. i mean, he was very gracious in whatever we wanted. my mom washes the dishes... ...before she puts them in the dishwasher. >> sure. ♪ 'cos i know what it means ♪ to walk along the lonely street of dreams ♪ ♪ here i go again on my--- you realize your vows are a whitesnake song? adults with weakened immune systems may have a lower response to the vaccine. >> we all had gone to lunch, trish and her daughter -- a friend of mine and her baby and then lou and my sister. we really don't know, do we? >> and there's people coming and going,. Daniel Perez, 55, was also found guilty of 27 other counts that included allegations of sexual abuse of minors during his time as the leader of a Wichita, Kansas, commune known as Angels Landing. >> they may not have a goodwin riding up to them with a posse. >> before trisha died, there was, three corvettes and everybody else had an suv. but not long after, something went terribly wrong. and it's important to remember he, lou, would never make these threats. the story goes that he told her good-bye. and he said, no, emily, we don't. he received another 33 years for the other charges. you got to leave your neighborhood, your playmates, your class kids. easy. i want it." >> i called mom after school to have dinner with her. i didn't know how to handle a lot of stuff at that time. hello. >> emily had been on her way home from school when she got a call from detective goodwin. lou's name. The episode of Dateline, titled “Angels & Demons,” features interviews with Daniel Perez, commune members Sara and Emily as well as with Detective Ron Goodwyn and more. the day began normally enough for the sisters. mom said he told her he was hundreds or thousands of years old and that he can see what was going to it happen in the future and that the it reason we followoed him was she just had that instinct and can knew she needed to be clos to him because he could protect her and keep heir safe because he knew what was coming. jennifer the realtor and her two girls. >> reporter: but something was going on, huh? >> except psychologically. Aired: 02/21/2020 and lou and i were gonna go to davis moore. that didn't make any sense to emily. >> reporter: so in late 1998. mona and cody's younger sister lindsey ended up leaving corpus christi and settled near rapid city, south dakota, where, one christmas, cody paid them a visit. >> it was very traumatic. we could tell. i thought about killing myself but i nvr thought about leaving. >> reporter: they had vanity plates angel one, angel two and so on. sometimes your small screen is your big screen. things i want to do and he wrote me back and chewed me out for not caring about hum. i've died several times but it this is just the one i'm in right now. across town, sara and lou were checking out cars at the dealership when sara's phone rang. to go to the hospital. child exploitation as well as multiple counts of sexual crimes. they recounted that lou castro, whose real name was daniel perez had brain washed them into believing he was a sear and that he took on the personality of dark, manipulative angels that could predict somebody's death. there was a specific way to do things. For more information about cookies plenty. >> i think because he didn't have the proper, like, identify kal identifyication to get legitimately established as lou. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. >> reporter: what did you think of trish? you don't let a cold ruin your day. >> oh, yeah. one of the officers in the county dated one of the women there for while, huh? we'd play pool. >> right. >> what we saw was a pattern. A trail cut into solid rock in 1926 leads to the top of Angels Landing and provides views of Zion Canyon Trail. >> he was very angry with me, scary angry. Season 28, Episode 40. >> kind of. so a lot of it is kind of a kid's dream, huh? >> two members of the commune vanish in thin air. >> he would have put blocks under the tires. The accident was reported by another hiker by cell phone. my dad was there. >> she fell and hit her head and drowned. dplrs i remember when ron finally got the fax from it texas and i said where did you, get that? lou said, emily, we are doing this for you. now as he faces charges of first degree murder, sex crimes and fraud, he took the stand in his own defense. angels landing had all of that and more. >> he could see someone was going to die? and that's just what was expected. that could allow hackers devices into your home.ys and like all doors, they're safer when locked. >> reporter: what did the investigators make up happened. sisters emily and sara watched as the family commune patriarch lou tried to cheer everyone up. >> young woman telling the story what she saw and took part unas a little girl, you got murder case? we were just having fun. there was really no planning. trish was someone he regarded as his best friend. so he seemed to have plenty of time. -yeah, she's my ride. and trish -- who was married to brian and had a baby daughter -- took care of the home. we bundled our home and auto with progressive, saved a bunch. >> going to a dealership and buying a corvette was like going, to a toy store and picking out a model car. s >> an individual by the name of patricia hughes had died. >> there were more witnesses. progressive can't protect you from becoming your parents, but we can protect your home and auto when you bundle with us. jealous? glrs the sisters are now closer than ever and closer to their. >> she tripped and fell and hit the concrete? >> every day. >> all i could think about was "how are they going to believe me? a slice above. >> reporter: not long before trish's death, the sisters met 15-year-old cody griffith from texas, who'd also once been on the fringes of the family commune. and then, a couple hours later, we got the call that he had been crushed underneath a car that he was fixing. that mocks you a monster. there all a lot of people who care. then he asked to speak to his daughter who was still in wichita. A young mother drowns while seemingly trying to rescue her 2-year-old daughter from a swimming pool at a commune. he'd say crazy things and you'd think he was telling you the truth? that inx plicable head-on tragedy and trigs hughes's drowning. >>iou >>ious he passed away insideicide. >> you still got the money? >> it was an amazing story when ron told me. >> reporter: lies? so she would come around when somebody was going to die. coming up, the horror of losing one of their own. >> reporter: kinda flashy or ostentatious? he convinced me this is what i head to dood to take care of him. he immediately contacted the local authorities and it turn itted out it there was a record of affdaniel perezand a mug shot. i cant prove anything. Angels Landing, known previously as the Temple of Aeolus, is a 1,488-foot (454 m) tall rock formation in Zion National Park in southwestern Utah, United States. © 2020 Future Publishing Limited. when "dateline" continues. i wanted my mom to be happy. >> your child hood was stolen by this man. >> i'm coming to terms. trelegy works 3 ways to open airways, keep them open and reduce inflammation for 24 hours of better breathing. >> oh, they were mesmerized by him. >> it didn't smell right. and the types that we use, please click here. >> reporter: emily might have gone to live with their father, but she remained with the commune. >> there was circumstantial evidence and the star testimony of only one witness, 11 years old at the time of trisha's death. >> trying to entertain the little girl? >> she was wonderful. Categories: Midwest News Topics: Angels Landing, Daniel Perez, Kansas commune, life insurance payouts, Lou Castro, murder-for-insurance, Patricia Hughes Have a … This will help us to provide the best site experience for all our customers. >> reporter: later, more shocks in store. but that didn't seem like a possibility. >> yeah. maybe i can help someone, or at least i want to. >> well at first, he was just somebody that mom was doing business with. you call me anything you want, just don't call me lou. >> and the baby was in trouble in the pool, and that you rescued the baby but you, couldn't help? uh-huh. >> reporter: an ntsb investigation into the catastrophe found no mechanical problems with the plane, leaning toward a theory that bad weather had contributed to the crash. >> it took a lot of questioning and lots of tears and lots of detective goodwin telling me that it was going to be all right and that i wasn't in trouble. which is free with your service, you can take a spin through on demand shows or stream live tv. In July 2018, the trail was closed following damage due to a severe storm this time in his real name. ir with your parents. >> reporter: cody's mom mona was something of a flower child. febreze stops the circulation of musty air by trapping and eliminating lingering odor molecules for up to 30 days of fresh, clean air. >> i had if nothing to do with anyone's death. Dateline: Secrets Uncovered season 8 episode 19 Angels & Demons : Angel's Landing was a community of free-spirits with Lou Castro at its center; Investigators suspicious of the mysterious deaths happening there; commune members have courageously decided to tell their stories in hopes of helping others. later sinister stories amber was the angel of death. We started this calendar in 2018 with pro wrestling events, then added some other live sports and entertainment events. >> so your mother was suddenly dead. i didn't know it then. >> uh-huh. ♪ trelegy 1-2-3 save at trelegy.com sleep number 360 smart bed. they had to wait. we did not want to tip off what we were looking at and if he knew we were looking at him, he could move or change the way he does business. >> he said your mom is right. every time the coughers were low, someone would die? >> underlying his suspicion, he theorized he had a drug case. and that was something that we had to look at without violating any of his rights. what if they don't believe me? my daddy is so important to me. and they didn't know where it. switch and save up to $400 a year on your wireless bill. >> among the other sex crime charges, sarah, emily and one other witness testified about the same assault that took place. >> no. infections from 13 strains of the bacteria that cause pneumococcal pneumonia. you can share 1, 3, or 10 gigs of data between lines, mix in lines of unlimited, and switch it up at any time. plus free premium delivery when you add a base. i think you want a house near the lake, not in it. first degree. tell me more. all these mysterious deaths. trish was just 26 years old. things like that. >> yes, sir. and on the bottom because someone precpressed on the top of her head as she was under water. coming up. TV Archive i'm not gettin' in the car"? i'm being quiet. i never once thought about leaving. >> raised my suspicion he was hiding from law enforcement. >> reporter: brian was dead. >> and that's in essence what daniel perez told the jury. i don't want to plant an idea here that -- that didn't exist. that would be more that i had lost. how awful there you're seeing t -- trish floating. participant in her own death, it was nonetheless perez that held her head under the water. Watch Angels & Demons (Season 2020, Episode 80720) of Dateline or get episode details on NBC.com i lost my mom and sisterer. >> it was surreal and terrifying to sit before 12 people that i didn't know and tell them all of. there's no way that my mom would allow that to happen to her children. plus, they come in a range of scents including extra light. >> reporter: may have been distraction or turn away from trouble. >> were you a cult leader? cascade platinum. >> reporter: could've been a hippie in an earlier day, huh? >> you tried to get it. who are you? i thought this was a no by-products call? >> but angels landing was plagued by accidents. geico motorcycle. five so far. >> he cried and wanted to know why i never told him. >> saurau is now married to daniel and still lives in wichita. you're going to kill your father. they speculate he may have been involved tin the other deaths. of us and make sure we were always safe. >> reporter: so as the family -- and emily -- moved to a beautiful colonial home on acreage in columbia, tennessee, sara stood her ground in wichita. we're like "where did we pick up a brother?" Tonight on NBC’s Dateline NBC, Dennis Murphy seems to be into the case of cult chief Daniel Perez, often known as Lou Castro, who advised his followers at Angel’s Touchdown that he was a 1,000-year-old angel who might see the longer term and heal their accidents. >> reporter: back at the swimming pool, something truly awful had happened. Season 28, Episode 40 Angels & Demons First Aired: August 7, 2020 When Lou Castro puts together a makeshift family at Angel's Landing, he … >> he would rape me. maybe you should think again. he was very careful. emily wrote a letter to lou while he was serving time for id fraud. >> i got three horses. Angels & Demons, Part 2 we finally have a cooperating witness that will help us determine who lou castro is. says after being charged with sex crimes in the mid'90s he left not because he was fleeing the authorities but because he was on a job. based on information sarah's boyfriend, daniel had supplied to the three determined investigators, the fbi was now bird dogging the property. and in march 2015 he was incidenced to two consecutive life 1234e7bs friendship it -- life sentence for the death of trisha hughes and the exploitation of a child. >> cult. dad too who was anguished when he heard his daughters' stories for the it first time. >> reporter: as they coped with the loss themselves, emily and sara had a flashback, and pieced together another incident when tragedy struck the family about two years before. a lot of mixed emotions. >> kind of my way or the highway? these terrible things and terribly graphic detail that had happened when i was 10. >> reporter: in 2007, wichita detective ron goodwyn was investigating and keeping count of the mysterious deaths. frustrating. keep going. then they get released back into the air so you smell them later ew. >> you were the little girl who got a horse for your birthday? and he loved his daughter immensely. >> when "dateline" continues. >> we were all having meals together. there was a lot of drinking. >> yes. it had snapped apart when she. he seemed very concerned. shhhh. yes. >> he would tell everybody that he had cattle in south dakota, and that he was trading stocks he told me he had a bunch of cars in texas somewhere, and that he owned a mansion down there. and one seemingly demonic transformation. everything was spontaneous. >> he was found guilty on all 28 counts. if you're age 50 to 85, you can get life insurance with options starting at just $9.95 a month. ok. if you're in a horror movie, you make poor decisions. >> i think that there are people out there experiencinging similar things i did. do you have an appetite for little girls? coming up, investigate horse. they'd recently met a teenager who'd also once been on the fringes of the commune. >> you think? his hand was necessary to complete this act. this was a good idea. he missed his wife. and the 12-hour pain relieving strength of aleve. she, cody and cody's young sister lindsey moved in with their good friends trish and lou from the apartment complex. Zion's Angels Landing hike is a 5-mile round trip trail that starts at the Grotto trailhead. one thing was adding up, the death toll of commune members. sandra, are you in school? >> he would throw parties about every weekend. >> all three described this event. >> that's right. >> and the person believed to be dead for many years but you saw him in wichita. >> even when he got engaged and had a child, the abuse wasn't stopped, although emily was pushed out of the bedroom. smart. Watch Dateline NBC - Season 24, Episode 41 - Angels & Demons: Mysterious deaths inside a traveling commune are investigated in a case that would span over 10 years. >> they faxed that to me that day. >> that was in his powers? >> it was.. it was hard going to school but i focused on going to college and things like that. me to go live on the moon because that just wasn't something that could happen. when do you miss your mom and sister the most? maybe i had side there was truss. think your copd medicine is doing enough? it was really hard. ♪ trelegy. so, we're not gonna do that." >> there would be yelling and maybe slamming doors. >> car dealer? that's why you need xfinity xfi. i can remember lou taking us to baseball practice when my sister was little, picking her up from school and stuff like that. >> and your dad was part of another family back when but -- >> i mean i still visited my dad and i still loved my dad, but that's just not where i was going to live. that's what the extra menu's for. >> that she must have lost her mind. he said for a seer he needed to have a pure little girl to have sex with him so he could survive. that's why febreze created new small spaces. >> yeah. >> what did they tell you it was all about? >> he liked it. >> trish kind of was the one that would be there before we went to school and after we went to school, because my mom had to work. 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