April 23, 2008
Dr. Phil continues to examine the aftermath of the controversial Eldorado, Texas raid where 416 children were removed from an extreme religious sect known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a renegade branch of the Mormon faith. Many questions remained unanswered, especially what will happen to the children? Dr. Phil speaks with important players in the biggest custody case in our nation’s history, and hears from two men who left the sect as teens, who describe how they’re coping with life outside the compound.
The FLDS has a branch in Utah with more adherents than in Eldorado. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurleff shares what he says are the biggest hurdles authorities face in Eldorado. Then, Dr. Phil sits down with Franklin and Deloy, two young men who left the FLDS community in their late teens. They are considered members of the Lost Boys ” young men who leave the polygamous community when they reach the age of puberty. Franklin and Deloy say they had no education past the sixth grade and need help dealing with repressed emotions, especially in the wake of the Eldorado raid. Next, Dr. Phil speaks with Michael Piraino, CEO of CASA ” Court Appointed Special Advocates, who tells viewers how they can help these young children secure a safe place to live. And, the fate of the 416 children removed from the compound now rests in the hands of lawmakers. Gib Walton, President of the Texas State Bar and Harper Estes, President-Elect of the Texas State Bar discuss the outcome of the hearings and sort out custody issues. And, the mayor of Eldorado, John Nikolauk, says he was duped when the FLDS moved into his town. Why is he being blamed by the local folks for letting the sect move in?
Get a birds-eye-view of life at the 1700-acre ranch. You won’t believe what these buildings reveal about the activities of the sect!
Dr. Phil shares his final thoughts about the future of the children removed from the Eldorado compound.