Alice Maeder lived for years in hope that her daughter would come back home. Gail Maeder left Sag Harbor, New York at age 21 for California, and after one visit with her parents in her new home, she seemingly disappeared off the map. She had taken up with a strange, cult-like group of UFO enthusiasts called Heaven’s Gate sometime in 1993.
The eleventh of fourteen siblings, Briell Decker grew up in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS)—an offshoot of the Mormon church that practices polygamy and upholds a belief that only one living person can share God’s word with the faithful.
The niece of Lori Vallow, the Idaho mom who was arrested last week, months after two of her children vanished, knows where the children are, the niece’s ex-husband alleges in court documents related to the couple’s custody fight over their own children.
Why do cults have to be so intense?