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Resource ID: #14168
Subject: Religion
Source: Texas Monthly
Date: 1997-07-08


Draper investigates the House of Yahweh of Abilene, Texas and its leader, Yisrayl Hawkins. He tries to answer the question: another Waco, or simply wacko? Draper finds Hawkins is an experienced con-artist who changed his name from Buffalo Bill Hawkins in 1982. The self-titled holy man has pulled off a lifetime of shady money-making schemes and created a cult based on his interpretation -- or rejiggering -- of Scripture. In his guarded compound, Hawkins preaches that polygamy is acceptable and that the world will end in 2000.

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