Most of us are so loyal to our family members that we would go to the ends of the earth to protect them. This means keeping their darkest secrets to ourselves and throwing away the key.
But, what if someone in your family had a secret so terrible that you’d be hurting innocent people by not exposing it? The following story depicts a daughter struggling to come to terms with exposing who her mother really is…
Joy Fluker grew up on a farm in north Florida and she led a life filled with religion. Her parents founded the House of Prayer for All People and invited many others to their compound, where they promised people a better life through Biblical teaching.
It Started As Something Good
Joy believed her parents had the very best intentions. It seemed they wanted to help others in their community, including those who had problems that were too big to handle alone. While they seemed like everyday saints, Joy knew something wasn’t right…
Helping Recovering Addicts
Joy’s mother, Anna Elizabeth Young would minister to people who were trying to get over drugs and alcohol. Sometimes the adults would even bring their children. One particular woman brought her son, John Neal and her daughter on a visit to the Youngs’ compound.
He was about 6-years-old at the time and Young offered to care for him and his younger sister while their mother worked. Their mother was elated and took Young up on her offer. Initially, the Youngs were very kind…
Too Young To Make Sense Of It
John recalls that Young believed that his sister, Katonya, had a demon inside of her. He was so young so it was pretty hard for him to understand this, but Young told John that Katonya would need to be punished.
Young, also known as “Mother Anna,” instructed John to beat his own sister, who hadn’t even reached her 3rd birthday. She was effectively turning John against his sister. “I remember she would have Katonya running in place saying, ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,’ over and over again, talking about the demons in her.” Young even deprived baby Katonya of food and very soon she started having seizures…
She Killed Her
Young took Katonya to the doctor but she refused to give her any medication. In the fall of 1983, the 2 ½-year-old had a massive seizure and went into cardiac arrest. She later died in the hospital after being on life support for two days. It was clear to John that Young was responsible for killing his sister.
Since this was the same “holy” woman who his mother trusted to care for her kids, John was afraid no one would believe him. John, himself, was being abused and beaten every day. He was forced to hide when others were at the farm and he knew he had to tell his mom about the torment he was enduring…
John was at least happy to have a friend by his side whose name was Emon Harper, but everyone called him Moses. Moses was about 3-years-old when he was living with Young.
Given To Monks?
Young’s own daughter Joy noticed that one day Moses was alive and well and the next he was gone. When Joy asked her mom about what happened to him she told her that Moses had been given to monks who would raise him. John was also told that Moses was in a better place, and at the time, he also believed it…
He Knew Something Bad Would Happen
John was in charge of caring for Moses and the two had spent a lot of time together. But, the last time John saw Moses, they were together in the garden when Young called for Moses. Moses grabbed tight onto John’s legs to resist Young as she picked him up and took him away.
Joy Searched For Answers
Although Young never told those on the farm that Moses was dead, Joy suspected it. She always wanted answers about what happened and she believes that her own mother starved, tortured and caged Moses until he died. But, what about John?
Scarred For Life
John wound up surviving the abuse but his scars won’t let him forget what happened to him. Eventually when John was 12, his mother found the courage to take him away from the Youngs and the two moved to Georgia. Then, in 2017, Joy finally built up the courage to go to the police.
Putting A Stop To It
After watching her mother torment children for years, Joy and several others came forward in November 2017 and told officers that 75-year-old Young had murdered a little boy named Moses and probably countless others. Officers had enough to arrest Young but could they prove she was a murderer?
Young was arrested the next day at her Cobb County, Georgia home where she had been residing in for the past 15 years. She was using Anderson, her husband’s last name and a local TV station reported she’d already started decorating her lawn for Christmas.
Under The Radar
The media was describing Young as a “former cult leader” and that’s when others learned she was formally charged with felony child abuse in 1992. Somehow, she stayed under the police radar for 8 years and she went on the run…
FBI’s Most Wanted Women Fugitives
Young was using the name Elizabeth “Mother Anna” McDuffie and said she worked as a home health care worker. Her cover was reportedly backed up by authentic-looking documents, but her cover was blown when a co-worker saw her face in a National Enquirer article about the FBI’s most wanted women fugitives.
She wound up being convicted in 2001 of abusing a 12-year-old girl after she forced the girl to bathe in a tub filled with caustic chemicals. Over the course of 2017, the sheriff’s office in Alachua County, Florida, acted on a tip and began digging through Young’s past. A single allegation of murder was only the tip of the iceberg…
Besides Joy coming forward about her mother, other victims told police of exorcisms, of chemical baths and of beatings. Then, as police traced Young’s path across the US since the 1960s, they discovered evidence of a long trail of vanishing kids.
Sick And Twisted Woman
If Young is indeed such a cruel and vicious killer, police are also considering the possibility that she didn’t stop with just children. In 1988, Young’s husband Jonah died under suspicious conditions. He was working on a truck when it slipped of the jack and crushed him. If she is convicted all of the murders she is being accused of, she will spend her life in prison.