Canada’s CTV News on a bizarre breakaway sect of Mormonism tucked away in a remote Ontario valley, ruled by a violent, domineering man dubbed the “Prophet” who inherited control of the sex cult from his father:
Carol Christie was 18 when she says her mother, an unstable religious fanatic, drugged and manipulated her into “marrying” Stan King, a charismatic preacher more than twice her age. In the early seventies Stan established his own fundamentalist Mormon sect. His followers called him The Prophet.
Carol moved into King’s farmhouse, and joined his legal wife, and two other “church wives” — one of whom was only 14. According to Carol, Stan had a fondness for group sex. And as time passed, she says King bedded three more “wives” ranging in age from 10 to 17.
In 1977, the church started a printing company in Mississauga, Ont. Within five years, King and his followers bought a 200-acre property, a bankrupt ski resort, simply rechristened “The Property.” They planned to build a temple there, high on a hill.
Stan King had fathered three sons with his legally-married wife Erna. Upon his death, his youngest, Fred, inherited his father’s mantle “Prophet” and his illicit wives. Life in the church changed under the new Prophet. Carol says the first time he physically assaulted a church member, the congregation hung its head in fear. And that established a pattern of dread, violence and silence.
Four years ago she ran, but left her son Marcus behind. He was too afraid of the spiritual consequences of abandoning the church and the Prophet’s teachings to leave with her. It is Carol’s greatest regret.