- FBI found Huma’s emails on laptop she shared with Weiner
- Two Childhood Rape Survivors Just Ended a Cult Leader’s Terrifying Reign
- DA: Kaplan sexually abused 6 girls living with him in Bucks home
- Horror story: Timeline of sexual-abuse allegations against Kaplan
FBI found Huma’s emails on laptop she shared with Weiner
Investigators got their hands on Huma Abedin’s emails when they searched a laptop that she jointly used with her husband, Anthony Weiner.
But the FBI will have to go to court to obtain a warrant in order to examine those emails, NBC reported Friday.
It’s unknown when that warrant will be obtained – and how long it’ll take the FBI to go through thousands of Abedin’s emails if it’s granted.
Weiner allegedly used the laptop to exchange sexually explicit messages and photos with an underage teen in North Carolina.
Investigators have been looking into Weiner’s relationship with that 15-year-old girl....
Two Childhood Rape Survivors Just Ended a Cult Leader’s Terrifying Reign
By Catie L'Heureux October 28, 2016
Of all the abuse, manipulation, and horrifying crimes that religious cult leader Victor Barnard committed, no one could have predicted his youngest victim would wield the most damning evidence against him. In court documents, her name is C. When she was 13, she started drawing a tiny X on her calendar every day Barnard raped her....
Barnard, now 55, rose to power in the 1990s as the charismatic leader of the River Road Fellowship, an offshoot Christian sect he founded and later transformed into a cult. He convinced 150 people to sell their homes and move to Shepherd’s Camp, an isolated 85-acre campground in Finlayson, Minnesota. Life was simple and entirely self-sustaining: Families sewed their own clothing, planted gardens, and traded goods and services like butchering, cabinet-building, and soap-making. There was no internet, no cell phones.
At Shepherd’s Camp, Barnard told everyone he represented Jesus Christ, dressing in billowy robes and carrying a staff....
In the summer of 2000, Barnard announced the names of ten first-born daughters, ages 12 to 24, whom he selected to live apart from their families at his private camp within Shepherd’s Camp. The “Ten Maidens,” as he called them, would be the congregation’s chaste, exemplar virgins, taking a vow of celibacy in a ceremony Barnard called the “Salt Covenant,” in which they promised to never marry and devote their lives to Barnard. Parents considered it an honor, as if their daughters were nuns. C and B were 12 and 13 then, the two youngest maidens, close friends, and guitarists in the church band. They would later remember moving to Barnard’s compound initially felt like a trip to summer camp.
Cloistered, the ten maidens allegedly cooked, cleaned, and sewed for Barnard between scheduled days of sex with him, though no one said a word to one another about the abuse....
“Nobody joins a cult,” Shaw said. “You join a community that you believe will have positive benefits and goals.” Galanter agreed, noting people who feel vulnerable, displaced, or unhappy are at the highest risk of joining a cult — they’re searching for a lost connection.
For many members of River Road, this was true: They first knew Barnard as a fellow member of the Way International, a nondenominational Christian sect that fell apart in the mid-1980s, after the group’s founder and his successor were both accused of brainwashing and having sex with female followers. When Barnard founded River Road years later, he promised them it would be different. He lied....
DA: Kaplan sexually abused 6 girls living with him in Bucks home
October 31, 2016
by Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Revealing horrific new allegations, officials on Monday charged a Bucks County man already accused of impregnating a teenager who allegedly had been "gifted" to him with sexually abusing six girls in total, including one as young as 6.
The sisters allegedly told authorities they believed they were wives of Lee Kaplan, 51, who was arrested in June on charges of rape of the oldest. The case drew national attention this summer when 11 females were discovered at Kaplan's Feasterville home.
In announcing new charges Monday, authorities detailed alleged sexual assaults against six of the sisters beginning in 2008.
Kaplan "groomed them to believe that he was a religious, cult-like figure to whom they should submit their will," Bucks County District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub said at a news conference in Feasterville, adding that Kaplan styled himself "a prophet from God."....
Horror story: Timeline of sexual-abuse allegations against Kaplan
October 31, 2016
Here is a case synopsis from the Bucks County District Attorney's Office affidavit of probable cause in the alleged sexual abuse case of Lee Kaplan, 51, of Feasterville. 2008...
2016: In January, Sister No. 6 turned 8, and Kaplan began having sex with her. By now, nine sisters and their mother were living in the home. The abuse of all six girls is reported to have continued until June 2016, when they were discovered by authorities thanks to a tip from a neighbor.