And, in time, the marriage faltered, too. Apparently, Coltharp wished to drop out of society and live an rural, off-grid existence; Soble, however, wasn’t so keen on this idea. The couple would subsequently separate, ending a union that had by this time produced four children – Dinah, William, Seth and Hattie.
But although Coltharp and Soble were no longer romantically involved, they and their kids would nevertheless remain together in the same home in Provo, Utah. It was after that, however, that Coltharp’s beliefs would take a sinister turn. Together with a man named Samuel Shaffer, he established a bizarre cult dubbed the Knights of the Crystal Blade.
Apparently, the organization was formed after Shaffer insisted that he had received teachings directly from God – ones that could be found on his website The Kingdom of God or Nothing. And like Coltharp, Schaffer was interested in both polygamy and preparing for the end of times. Perhaps most worryingly, though, The Kingdom of God or Nothing also seemed to espouse the concept of child brides.