Reclusive Leader Defends Twelve Tribes Practices

Boston Herald September 11, 2001 Laurel J. Sweet At a community forum to refute allegations from former members about his religious sect’s practices in a Herald series on Twelve Tribes last week, Eugene “Yoneq” Spriggs boasted of reforming homosexuals and whacking children with wooden rods to keep them in line.  “What do you think is…

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N.Y. man helps teens flee group: effort similar to ‘Underground Railroad’

Boston Herald Dave Wedge September 5, 2001 A New York man, distraught over his friend’s total immersion in the Twelve Tribes, has set up an “underground railroad” to help teens flee the allegedly abusive, mind controlling cult.  “When we pick these kids up, they’re afraid,” Kevin Coughlin said of the former members he has helped…

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Cult leader travels the world in style

Source: Boston Herald September 5, 2001 Dave Wedge While his loyal followers toil in shops and factories or work the fields for the common good of the Twelve Tribes, the controversial cult’s elusive leader Elbert Eugene “Yoneq” Spriggs travels the globe, bedding down in palatial homes in southern France, Brazil and Cape Cod, former members…

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The Cult Next Door: Teen Shares Chilling Tale Of Alleged Abuse Inside The Twelve Tribes Sect

Boston Herald September 4, 2001 Dave Wedge The Cult Next Door: Teen Shares Chilling Tale Of Alleged Abuse Inside The Twelve Tribes Sect After years of being abused, forced to work in factories, brainwashed and denied a normal childhood, Zebulon Wiseman finally found the strength to run from the “high control cult” he says robbed…

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