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          Cults?

          May 22, 2008

          Imagine living in an extreme religious group where your every move is controlled. Dr. Phil recently examined the aftermath of the raid on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and now he shines a spotlight on one woman who says she left a religious sect but struggles with life in the outside world.


          A Mother’s Sorrow

          Anna joined Tony Alamo ministries in 1989. In 2000, she escaped what she calls a cult with her seven children. Her ex-husband, Don, visited the family several years ago in December, and Anna let him take four of their kids Christmas shopping. She hasn’t seen them since.

          “I felt like my life was in danger.”



          Search inside the Sect
          Private investigator Harold Copus goes on the hunt for Anna’s children. You won’t believe what his search yields.

          “These people are heavily armed and dangerous.”



          A Surprising Turn
          Two months after Anna’s meeting with Dr. Phil, Child Protective Services stepped in. Dr. Phil asks her if she uses corporal punishment on the children currently living with her. Anna denies abusing her kids, but what do Dr. Phil cameras placed in her home show?

          What does the future hold for this anguished mom?

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