Mother Anna: Survivors of violent cult describe abuse by Cobb woman

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The idea for the House of Prayer for All People started in Zebulon, Georgia, before it eventually moved to its permanent home outside Micanopy, Florida in 1983. It ended about nine years later when its leader Anna Young went on the run for child abuse.

Decades before she made a life in Cobb County, she was the leader of a violent cult in Florida — where police say she beat and starved a toddler to death.

Anna Elizabeth Young went by "Mother Anna" at the House of Prayer for All People cult outside Gainesville, Florida. She goes by that name to this day. She is currently in a Florida jail on a murder charge after being arrested at her Marietta home in late November.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviewed those who said they survived alleged abuse inside the cult, including her daughter who lives near her mother’s home. An AJC reporter visited the former Florida cult site and reviewed hundreds of police and court documents obtained from state and federal agencies.

The paper trail on “Mother Anna” dates back to 1973 and stretches from Michigan to Puerto Rico. Learn how former cult members have dealt with their past and why investigators are looking again at Anna Young's past.

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