An aristocratic mother on the run with her baby rapist has reportedly been “brainwashed” by an encounter with a controversial Nigerian minister, a friend claims.
Constance Marten, 35, and Mark Gordon, 48, disappeared two weeks ago and are currently wanted by police.
Now a friend of Ms Marten has claimed the aristocrat was traumatized by a six-month encounter with controversial Nigerian preacher TB Joshua.
The latest revelation, first reported by email online, sheds new light on the remarkable story of Mrs. Marten.
The daughter of a page to Queen Elizabeth II, she is now wanted by police along with her partner, a convicted rapist many years her senior, and her baby, believed to have been born in the backseat of a now-burnt-out car.
Ms. Marten apparently first came into contact with the Nigerian evangelical minister, Mr. Joshua, at a course on Christian beliefs in London around the same time she started university. She would spend six months in Nigeria as one of his “disciples,” a friend said Email online.
The experience would have had a profoundly negative effect on Ms. Marten, the friend claimed.
“She eventually became one of his disciples in Nigeria. I believe she was brainwashed while she was there. The experience traumatized her,” they claimed.
“She was not the same person when she came back. She was always wild, but also cheerful, kind and cheerful. She was darker when she came back and she found it harder.
“She never told us what really happened. TB Joshua was a divine figure. It was scary and I believe it changed her. It was a big part of her life.
“Toots traveled a lot from an early age, but when she returned from Nigeria, relations with her family were strained.
“She was still exuberant in everything, but she found relationships very difficult… She was more rebellious. She thought she had recovered, but it was hard for her.”
Ms. Marten alluded to her experience in a 2013 Facebook post. Commenting on a blog detailing the negative experiences of another woman who was also allegedly under Mr. Joshua’s influence, she wrote: “Beth, THANK YOU! The outcome of cult involvement has huge consequences for a person when they escape. Your character is completely broken apart and it’s hard to explain to others, thanks xxxxx.
Described by some as a “prophet,” Mr. Joshua attracted tens of thousands of followers across Africa and Latin America. In addition to prophecies, he often performed alleged exorcisms, sometimes of celebrity followers. He also claimed that the water he prayed about had miraculous healing powers, and once made headlines claiming that his so-called anointing water could cure Ebola. He died in 2021 at the age of 57.
Later, Mrs. Marten would come under the influence of 48-year-old Mark Gordon, a convicted rapist. The relationship would lead to her estrangement from her family.
Concerned about the baby’s health, the police are looking for Mrs. Marten, Mr. Gordon and the child.
Her father Napier Martin made an emotional appeal via The Indpendent asking his daughter to turn herself in to the police so that she and her baby can be ‘protected’.
Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of the family can call the control room on 020 7175 0785.
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