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I Survived Living in a Cult - A True Story by Ruby Garnett

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I left home at the age of 16 to join a cult, and became one of the "wives" of the cult leader, Malachi York at the age of 19. I left at age 23 after finding out he was sexually abusing the girls and boys of cult members, including the children of his "wives". Currently, he is in prison, serving 176 years however many of the children who stepped forward were harassed to no end by fanatics who don't believe Malachi York is guilty and by members who know he’s guilty but don't want the publicity. Many victims have retracted their statements because of intimidation and are now viewed as liars, betrayers, or demons for going against the leader.

I helped raise many of those children and I can't express how angered/heartbroken I am for them and that so many still follow him and don't believe the abuse actually happened. Many were pulled out of school after 8th grade and are struggling to find their way as young adults.

This is my story.


Ruby S. Garnett (her pen name) is the ex-co-wife of one of the nation's largest occult leaders, Dr. Malachi York, of the Nuwaubian movement.   For nearly six years Ruby committed herself to an isolated and inexplicable lifestyle that included a 3-year polygamous marriage with the cult's leader and participation in abnormal activities that were far beyond anything she was taught as a child.  As a result, Ruby suffered emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual bondage and suffered with depression for many years after.