E132: Anna Young

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This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Anna Young, a woman who led The House of Prayer for All People, about 10 miles south of Gainesville back in the 1980s. There, she tortured and beat people while preaching about Jesus. She ended up killing at least two children.

We dive into the setting (12:40), the killers early life (19:17) and the timeline (21:24).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (49:37), “Where are they now?” (53:29) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (55:51).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (01:03:23) and our shout outs (01:09:56). 

Thanks for listening! This is a weekly podcast and new episodes drop every Thursday, so until next time… look alive guys, it’s crazy out there!


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Adelson, Aaron. (03/31/2021). Cult leader Anna Young dies in state custody. CBS4 News. Retrieved 09/02/2021 from https://mycbs4.com/news/local/cult-leader-anna-young-dies-in-state-custody

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Swirko, Cindy. (02/17/2021). Anna Young gets 30 years in toddler’s death. The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 09/05/2021 from https://www.gainesville.com/story/news/crime/2021/02/17/house-prayer-leader-gets-30-year-term-toddlers-death-micanopy-cult-leader/6784385002/

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Noll, Jessica; Diez, Christie. (12/06/2017). EXCLUSIVE: Torture victim’s sister relives pain family endured. 11 Alive. Retrieved 09/06/2021 from https://www.11alive.com/article/news/crime/exclusive-torture-victims-sister-relives-pain-family-endured/85-497324247

Sederstrom, Jill. (04/09/2021). How Is Joy Fluker, Who Turned In Her Mother Anna Young For House of Prayer Deaths, Helping Others Speak Up? Oxygen. Retrieved 09/05/2021 from https://www.oxygen.com/true-crime-buzz/joy-fluker-anna-youngs-daughter-trying-to-help-others-speak-up

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