Waiting for a family — A happy ending to a sad story

Source: Cult Help and Information Original article from Syracuse Herald American, Sunday, April 13, 1997. After eight years on the run, her sons are home again.  Reclaiming kids from cult took Scriba woman across America. By Janet Gramza and Todd Lighty When the phone call finally came, Laurie Johnson’s heart soared.  After an eight-year search…

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A sad echo from across the seas: “They’re still at it!”

Source:The Chronicle, Vermont, 17 September 2013 by nataliehormilla  In this Chronicle file photo, a Vermont state trooper carries a bundle of wooden rods out of a restaurant owned by the Island Pond community on June 22, 1984.   “They’re still at it!” That’s what we said when we read the astounding news that on September…

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From Commune to College: One Young Woman’s Road to Independence

Samantha Brosseau was raised in a strict Christian commune. At age 18, she decided to run away to escape her oppressive lifestyle and go to college – but leaving wasn’t nearly as simple as she’d hoped. Tonic, California/July 19, 2010 By Lisa DeBenedictis Samantha Brosseau twists her ring around her finger absentmindedly. It consists of…

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Oona’s renovations: Two years is too long

Brattleboro Reformer, Vermont/December 5, 2008 By Howard Weiss-Tisman Rockingham – The Basin Farm is in violation of the town’s zoning bylaw and stands to be fined $100 a day for its failure to renovate the former Oona’s restaurant in downtown Bellows Falls. The Rockingham Zoning Board of Adjustment on Wednesday rejected the religious group’s appeal…

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