Yahweh Ben Yahweh was a respected religious leader, but behind the facade, he ruled through violence and terror. Survivor Khalil Amani (above) tells his story.

When his mother died in 1980, Khalil Amani was a 19-year-old living in Miami.

Yahweh Nation Cult: People Magazine Investigation Discovery

Jess Cagle with his People Magazine team

Religious sect the Nation of Yahweh took in the vulnerable Khalil, and its enigmatic leader, Yahweh Ben Yahweh, became his father figure.

Khalil gave up college to live with the group in their Temple of Love 
and life was good… until Yahweh started punishing those who opposed him.

In the latest of People magazine’s films about cults, Khalil tells the story of how he escaped this brutal regime that left 14 dead.

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