Tony Alamo, Raid on the Compound 2008, Nikki Farr's Escape
Booking Photo of Tony Alamo, Released by: Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Flagstaff, AZ
Breaking News! -Tony Alamo arrested in Arizona / Dateline 9/25/2008
FBI agents today arrested religious group leader Tony Alamo at an Arizona motel, accusing him of transporting minors across state lines for sexual purposes, which is a violation of the Mann Act.
There are also reports of child abuse and child pornography that are being investigated.
Officals ask for people to step forward with info
Julie Banderas interviews Tony Alamo, Fox News - Tony Alamo declares that it is GOD'S WILL for 10 year olds to marry!
Tony Alamo, Child Molester, Rapist, or Preacher?
Tony Alamo's compound, are children being held as sex slaves?
Alamo compound in the news: FBI and State police in Arkansas have raided compound and children are now in State custody. 9/20/08
Tony Alamo began in the ministry when he married his now deceased wife Susan. This was in the early sixties. It was originally named, "The Tony and Susan Alamo Christian Foundation." It had its heyday in the late sixties and early seventies in Hollywood, CA when it was part of the Jesus Movement that began to sweep the country.
Controversial since its conception, it was after Susan Alamo died, in 1982, that things began to get more and more bizarre.
After going through four or five quick marriages and divorces, Tony Alamo declared a "new" doctrine. God had showed him that polygamy was his call from God. He quickly began to collect wives from among the children of his congregants. Openly admitting it at first, (but now publicly denying it) he even wrote literature and had his obedient followers pass it out publicly.
Nikki Farr - One that got away
Niki Farr is one of the girls that Tony Alamo had move into his home. His purpose was to make her his, wife, concubine, secretary, or whatever name he labels them with now a days. Her story reads like a Hollywood movie. The only problem is that it is real.
In a post on the old factnet board Nkki wrote, - I'm writing on this message board for one reason only and that is to expose Tony Alamo.... someone wrote on here about how Tony beat Amy Eddy, Jeanne Orlando, Jordan (Michele's son by Kenya), and myself this is true and so much more. I lived in Tony's house for almost 3 years (12-15yrs old). I was forced by Tony and my family to live at his house. -
(Nikki's post was originally posted at factnet.org/discus/messages/18619/268. but has since been removed), her post was dated, Friday, October 21, 2005 - 1:53 pm. If you are an internet expert, (I am not), perhaps you can find it.
I am just taking small excerpts, but it is worth reading her whole testimony and others that are posted. Nikki continues, - Anyway I was in his house while he was living there after he got out of prison and I couldn't handle it anymore the all I knew about my supposed "papa tony" was that he was a sex-crazed maniac and that's all he would talk about that's all he would do and that's really all he cared about except for love for controlling a multitude of scared weak people. -
- So June of 99' I was fifteen and I made a phone call to a relative in Chicago to get me out and long story a bit shorter Tony found out and the consequences were horrific he nearly killed (no really) he knocked me unconscious but I was so terrified that he would kill me because I had seen the way he beat the others that I willed myself to stay conscious. He was so furious after the beating he made me sit with all the other ones around me for 2 hours just ripping me apart verbally so very many lies as bad as this may sound it's what saved me.
I sat there in agony but I was smiling I was so relieved heartbroken at the same time I finally knew he was fake and that my whole life had been a waste "papa tony" really did abuse kids, "papa tony" really rape little girls, god really wasn't talking to "papa tony". "papa tony" only wanted to get into my pants and because I wouldn't he trashed me and tried to break me. -
Thankfully, Nikki's next attempt at escape succeeded.
Unfortunately many women have come forward with similar horror stories. These women have to be commended on their courage. With nothing to gain they have come forward to face their nemesis, with the hope of saving other young women from a similar fate.
Charges of rape, and abuse have been frequent
Alamo has been charged by ex-followers of manipulation, fraud, and intimidation in order to sexually exploit his unwilling child brides.
One ex-wife, who managed to escape Alamo's grasp, whose name is Jody, testified that Tony Alamo took her into his home when she was seventeen. This was not with any prior knowledge that he wated her as a wife.
Without her mothers permission she was taken from Arkansas to Palm Springs, California. Once she was in California Tony threaten to have "the brothers" drop her off in the desert, if she did not give in to his demands for intercourse. She wept and plead not to have to do this, but to no avail. The threat of never seeing her family again, and the continual apocalyptic threats of hell and dammnation became overwhelming, and she relented.
Others have stated of dry heaving for days at the thought of having to marry such an old wrinked man. They are reportedly kept by Tony in what he calls, ward, (prison) until they give in. This kind of psychcological and phsyical abuse has been often reported. Others have reported physical abuse, that includes beating his wives until they pass out.
The 1980s lawsuit that Tony Alamo settled for an undisclosed amount was due to a young boy. This child was reportedly beaten with a two by four until blood was oozing thru his pants.
Tony Alamo is accused of sexual perversions
From 1982 until now Tony Alamo has been to court for having a child beaten bloody in California, he was on the run as a fugitive for many years, was arrested, convicted, and served time for tax evasion. He has been accused by women who lived with him of rape and brutal beatings; both of his wives and children of his congregants.
There have been outcries from young women who have escaped from his control for quite a number of years. It seemed as though these cries were falling on deaf eyes. The response was always, "There is not enough evidence yet." It seems that perhaps, they may have what they believe is now enough evidence.
Some history on Tony Alamo with testimonies from ex- members
Associated Press - Alamo raid regarding child pornagraphy and child abuse charges
Children by Three Women
It is well documented that he has fathered three child by three different members of his congregation. Some of his now "unofficial" marriages were to children reported to be 10, and 11 years old.
He also has fathered an undisclosed amount of children in his days before his marriage to Susan Alamo, in the mid 1960s.
It has also been reported in some outlets that he had a run in with the law in his late teens for statutory rape.
Part II, Tony Alamo history
This is a link to literature written by Alamo titled: The Polygamists
Local link to Fouke Arkansas.
Local link to Fouke Arkansas. They talk frequently regarding Tony Alamo and his activities.
Raw Footage: Tony Alamo at Flagstaff Courthouse
Photo courtesy of TonyAlamonews.com
We will be waiting to see the outcome of this current raid.
- Fouke Arkansas, Topix- They are talking about Tony Alamo
More local info on Tony Alamo