~ Season Two ~
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As part of our production process for this episode, we recorded new takes of Kirya’s songs about her family - but, as you probably noticed, the versions you hear in the story aren’t the full tracks. You can hear the complete recordings below - and, in the case of “Come Home,” a different version of the song. These recordings feature Kirya Traber on vocals, Emma Alabaster on bass and vocals, Ashley Phillips on guitar and vocals, and Ariana Kala Brame on drums.
Omri, dressed in a pink shirt, with a goatee, at a family gathering in the early 2000’s.
Omri seems to have written down a list of the music artists Renee is encouraging him to listen to in her letters. “Hootie and the Blowhards” appears to be a mis-transcription of “Hootie and the Blowfish.”
A list written out by Omri - context unclear, although some of the phrases may be names of horses.
Discovered among Omri’s personal effects.
Back row: Joe Three
Middle row (l-r): Ryan, Julie (aka “The Black Sheep”), Patty
Front row (l-r): Katie, Michael
We gathered in a bar carved into a boat in hopes of eliciting a confession.
Evidence of deception and skullduggery
An ideal site for a spirited interrogation.
Learn more about the Love Family
If you’re interested in learning more about the Love Family, the following resources might be of interest.
It Takes a Cult - a documentary by Eric Johannsen, whose parents were members of the Family. Click here to watch.
Counterculture Crossover - Rachel Israel’s memoir about growing up in the Family. Click here to read.
The Love Israel Family - a history of the Family by Charles LeWarne.
Photographs from our reporting trip
A document referenced in our story, laying out the idea of “the government of Love,” to be “established in the mind of man.”
The front cover of Jael’s copy of the Love Family Charter
This page designates Love Israel as Christ’s designated representative in the Family.
Family members gave all their possessions to the Family upon joining - these gifts became Family property, and most members didn’t get them back when they left the commune.
The Love Family considered marriages pre-dating the Family to be dissolved once members joined the group. Love Israel had the authority to “sanction” romantic couplings in the group.
The Charter formally designated women as having authority than men in the group.
Draconian punishments for children - and adults - were common in the Family.
A small number of Family members still occupy and maintain a ranch in northern Washington.
The view from the driveway leading to the main building on the Israel Ranch.
The main building on the ranch, containing the Family’s sanctuary.
One of the dwellings on the ranch.
The Family made their own stained glass windows and installed them in the houses they occupied - this design is typical of the style.
The Family’s main prayer room in the current iteration of the ranch.
A painting based on a vision from a morning meeting.
The out-of-tune harp in the Family sanctuary, heard briefly in Part 2 of our story.
Jael’s top-secret birth record, maintained covertly in spite of Love’s distaste for record-keeping.