Help! A Cult Stole My Wife

Source: Henry

September 5, 2014

joeh.jpg(left, Crusading chiropractor, Joe Hawkins)

While society mostly has turned a blind eye to the Twelve Tribes cult,
Joe Hawkins, a Winnipeg chiropractor, doesn’t have this option.
Last November, his common law wife left him to join this group and took their
two-year-old son. While Joe has joint custody, he says he can’t allow his child
to be exposed to a criminal organization involved in child abuse.
This impressive website documents his claims.

Latest! Group Defends Use of Sticks to Discipline Children  Radio interviews listed below.

My wife whom I still love does not want to talk to me. She says she will now live her life according to her “convictions” and i should do the same. Well i my convictions tell me to fight for my son , and fight for the woman I love even if she verbally tells me she does not want me.”

by Joe Hawkins D.C.

My wife of four years, common law, and I visited “Twelve Tribes” in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada many times in the Spring-Summer of 2013. My wife, a stay at home mom in her early 20′s, warmed up to the group. Foolishly I didn’t think much about it, imagining it was a good social outlet for her. I trusted that they were a general community who wanted an alternative lifestyle from the immoral mainstream way of life. I could see the attraction. No one in Winnipeg had exposed them since they arrived in 1994. They were very good at covering a false impression of who they are and what they are about.

Twelve_Tribes_Wedding_004.JPG(A wedding. Group pretends to espouse Biblical values, wholesome living.)

I have done nine months of serious investigation and to my horror this organization is not known to anyone even though the police and media did expose them upon their arrival. Since then, nothing has been said. That’s going to change. They have hit my son, turned my wife against me, stole my car, and attacked me in the courts to take my son permanently.

They claim to be people of ‘god’.  What a joke. They all have Hebrew names, but no one speaks Hebrew, one of many tactics they employ to cause a person to be confused.

After 9 months of research I discovered this shocking video  CBC news show “The Journal.”   The video exposes the cult through interviews with children explaining how they are hit if they make noise, how the cult leader took /kidnapped a child, how they bury dead babies in the back yard. the CBC informed the police. The police dug up the grave and found a dead baby. Ex members world wide report this is common practice. Ex members started this web site.

As result of this German undercover documentary, showing child abuse,  German police raided the cult in Sept. 2013 and took 41 children into protective custody.  26 are still in custody a year later.   A ‘child training manual” that I obtained from a ex-member clearly shows that any child can be beaten by any adult for pretty much anything including not answering the question fast enough. Children are taught to inform on other children or adults. The “elders” (clearly the people that are doing the manipulation) are considered as ‘god” and cannot be challenged.


My wife whom I still love does not want to talk to me. She says she will now live her life according to her “convictions” and i should do the same. Well i my convictions tell me to fight for my son , and fight for the woman I love even if she verbally tells me she does not want me.

My parents and grandparents who were each married for more then 50 years taught me to do the right thing. The right thing to do here is to do is to fight for my son, my wife and the 31 children in Winnipeg that i know are being abused.

spriggs.jpgThe cult uses the same teachings through out the world, this cult by definition of who they are and what they do, is to be a carbon copy of the leaders teachings. Half the teachings come from the bible, the other half from the cult leader Gene Spriggs, left, an American and Eddie Wiesman (second in command.)

I cannot fight this cult alone. Some ex-cult members are leading the charge like this lady who got out after 20 years and still has a daughter inside. Here is her video.  Some of the ex members i have spoken with, tell of their sexual abuse, and it is so gut wrenching I can not help but cry.

A copy of this letter/article will be provided to all Child and Family Services, and to all police agencies, but please DO NOT think that will make the difference. The cult has had a mountain of bad press, but they are still allowed to exist. They are con artists at best; at worst they are a organized criminal gang. They have their own ocean going boat to transfer cult victims world wide with no trace, they move people across borders.

Meanwhile , this cult just continues to dish up food at their restaurants in Winnipeg and Nelson B.C. and the public is none the wiser, but people are starting to catch on. I am told WWOOF Canada, an organization that provides free farm workers to the cults farms woke up and stopped doing just that, stopped helping to create more victims. When you join the cult, they take everything you have, rip apart your family and turn you against your family. It is insane this is going on really.

east-gate-winnipeg.jpg(left, Winnipeg group)

I will continue to try to help the mother of my child and all the children that are being systematically abused by these men who claim to be god fearing, and denounce the troubles of the world as they create the worst troubles anyone could imagine. They take hypocrisy to an absurd and extreme level. Beyond hypocrisy they are simply criminals pretending to be pious and pure. Where have we heard that before?

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Mother’s Testimony Lifts Lid on Commune

Makow comment-  I suggest Joe raise money for a good lawyer and go for full custody on the basis that his son is in danger.

First Comment from Austin:

I sympathize very much with Joe Hawkins, as I spent two-and-a-half years in a communal situation myself as a younger man. The commune was Bible-based, and it looked at first, like a piece of heaven on earth – because that’s what everyone is looking for – peace, nirvana, ‘garden of Eden’ type setting, but such places do not exist in this life.

Nobody wants the humdrum daily reality of life in the suburbs, with huge problems – crime, transport and housing issues, cost of living hikes, insecurity about what the future holds. So many opt out of the burbs, and go out bush to a retreat or commune or whatever is on offer, because of their vulnerability towards modern living.

Cult leaders recognize these perceived needs and wants, and take advantage of them. Towards the end of my time on the commune, I realized that the leaders had been virtually deified by the followers. No one could speak against them, but after I had gotten out from under their mesmerizing influence, I could see clearly how wrong the whole setup was. It was a complete con job that controlled people’s lives and money, so that the leaders could build their own ‘country club’ style existence, at the expense of their followers. They paid no rent and shared in no costs – everything was prepaid for them, and they were worshiped by the followers for their gross wrongdoing.

I still have strong Christian beliefs to this day, but cannot deny that as a young believer, I was totally deceived by the “Farmily” as the locals used to call them. Jesus Christ Himself gave us strong warnings about false prophets, dressed in sheep’s clothing – take the warnings seriously, as these places do exist, and they wreak havoc on unsuspecting but well meaning people.

Keep your friends and family safe from cults and the occult – read Matthew 7:13 to the end of the chapter, and realize that God does care about you – all of you. Joe – I will say a prayer for you and pass on the link to your story as a warning to others, and I do hope that you are able to recover your family situation and start over again. My thoughts are with you.

Mathew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
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4 Comments On “Help! A Cult Stole My Wife”

  1. I’ll be posting this tonight Jo! Great piece!

  2. My daughter made friends with one little girl in this cult. Me and my two children had dinner with them one evening. I thought they were nice. Later I ask my daughter about her friend. She told me they were not friends any more. When I ask why she told me the same thing.

  3. I was also traumatized by the twelve tribes community and have much info on them. we need to band together and demand that action be taken.I will help in any way I can.a lawyer and the right people can get your child out of this torture chamber. please email

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