Death by Submission

Misty Horner passed away in 2007 from an infection she sustained in an unassisted homebirth. Her husband and the cult they followed did not allow her to seek medical intervention during the 31 days it took for her to die. Her parents filed a wrongful death suit against her husband, Caleb Horner, his brother, John Horner and their cult which teaches extreme submission. You can read about the verdict in the El Dorado Springs Sun. This story is also covered by Fox TV. This is the first time I have heard of this story which was finally brought to my attention because the Sun article mentions Michael and Debi Pearl’s book, “Created To Be His Helpmeet.”

Old excerpts from this story can be found here.

In January of 2012 Caleb filed a wrongful termination suit against the city of Lee’s Summit which let him go after the death for which no criminal charges were filed.  I cannot seem to find any news stories with an update about this suit.

Update: Feb 15, 2013 Misty Horner wrongful death lawsuit: Horners want new trial after $108M ruling. (Link removed as story is no longer online)


  1. Danny Thomas on January 4, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Caleb!’s case against the city was dismissed by the trial court. He filed an appeal and lost that one too

    • Hermana Linda on January 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Thank you. If I am not mistaken, God used you mightily in the trial. Many blessings.

  2. Korrine Britton on January 4, 2013 at 6:13 am

    The difference between submission to God and submission to men like this is that God asks, “Will you?” but these men say, “You will!”

    Forced submission is merely subservience, not the act of love God intends. It is tragic the Pearls have influenced so many people through their false doctrine.

  3. Carmen on January 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    All I could find. It looks like city won. His attorney, meanwhile, has moved to Leesburg, VA after losing her bar license in MO.

    Horner v. City of Lee’s Summit
    — S.W.3d —-, 2012 WL 4872718
    Mo.App. W.D.,2012.
    October 16, 2012
    *1 Appellant Caleb Horner (“Horner”) appeals an order denying his motion under Rule 74.06(b) to set aside summary judgment granted in favor of Respondent City of Lee’s Summit (“Lee’s Summit”) alleging excusable neglect arising from confusion over which division of the circuit court in which the case was pending and from personal issues which impeded counsel from filing a proper response. Horner’s attorney’s law license was suspended by the Missouri Supreme Court after the briefs were filed but before the scheduled argument; Horner argued pro se.”

    • Hermana Linda on January 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Interesting. Thank you. Looks like the city won by red tape. I guess it was easier and cheaper that way.

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