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Stuart Baylin

from Peter - Friday, May 06, 2005
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I've been meaning to write something here about this sadistic creep for awhile now.

Stuart Harris Baylin joined the Family sometime in 1981 in Austin, Texas.
In 1985, he changed his "Bible" name to James. In later years, he was also known as Josh and Sam. His hair started turning grey at age 25 and if he doesn't dye it, it is probably all white now. The last time I saw him (in 1997, when he returned one of the children he had kidnapped) he had a long, unkempt beard. He is still in the Family and was last known to be living in Mexico. His violence against women and children was reported to regional Family leadership when it happened and also again by me at the 1987 SATTC in Lima, Peru where I filled out a detailed questionaire in which I recounted numerous incidents where he had physically abused me and other children. Despite his history of violence against women and children which the Family International's top leaders have known about for decades, he is still a member in good standing. The Family has sheltered and protected him for years. In 1993, they helped him kidnap two children and flee with them from Argentina to Uraguay and subsequently to Brazil and Mexico.

Stuart Baylin was born March 12, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York. His father died of pneumonia when he was 11 and he was raised by his mother, Goldie, and his older brother. By his own account, he was violent and abusive towards women and children before he joined the Family. He often told us the story of how he once beat up his girlfriend, who was then preganant with his child, repeatedly kicked her in the stomach and threw her down a flight of stairs. The result was that she had a miscarriage. At least the world wasn't defiled with the spawn of this evil monster. He also frequently beat his first wife, Claudia. He tried to join other communes but none of them tolerated him for very long. It was only in the Family where he was welcomed with open arms despite his documented history of violence against women and children. My mother made the horrible mistake of falling in love with him and selecting him as a new father for her children. It was a decision that came to haunt her and something she regretted for the rest of her life.

My mother and Stuart Baylin often fought violently, screaming, yelling and hitting each other (although my mother occasionally fought back, it was Stuart Baylin who did most of the hitting). At the slightest provacation, Stuart Baylin would beat us savagely with whatever implement he could find. When that wasn't enough, he used his fists. It became almost a daily routine for our mother to check us boys for marks, bruises and injuries that outsiders might find suspicious. On some days, the injuries were slight enough that she was able to cover them with beige base foundation makeup. On other days, the black eyes, swollen lips and other injuries were so obvious that we were not allowed to go outside. Sometimes, even during the hottest days of summer, we had to wear long pants to hide the criss cross patterns of welts and bruises covering our legs. My mother also frequently had black eyes and other visible injuries and had thus become quite adept at finding ways to conceal them or explain them away.

I could write a book about all the times Stuart Baylin beat the crap out of my mother and her children. But I will just list a few incidents here.

In 1981 when I was 6 years old, Stuart Baylin grabbed me and started punching me in the face. This happened in a stairwell at an apartment complex at 615 W. St. Johns Ave. in Austin, Texas. The result was a bloody broken nose that never quite healed properly. In February 1982, shortly after my 7th birthday, Stuart Baylin hit me with a leather belt while I was lying on a the bed in a trailer parked on a farm in Lytle, Texas. As I turned to avoid the blows, part of the metal belt buckle became embedded in my hip resulting in a painful and bloody wound that took weeks to heal. I still have the scar as a permanent reminder. In 1985, in Corrientes, Argentina, Stuart Baylin became enraged when I broke a light switch. He punched me in the face and broke one of my front teeth. They told the dentist it was the result of a soccer accident. This was the only I time I recall that Stuart Baylin was ever required to apologize to me for his violence. It didn't stop then, of course, and I was punished even more severely for getting him in trouble. In Corrientes, Argentina, Stuart Baylin also once beat two young children bloody with a piece of wood (from a crate) that had nails sticking out of it. Another one of his victims (who wishes to remain anonymous) also wrote me that he was "hit by Stuart with a heavy wooden stick on my hand, then I passed out for a few minutes" ."

In 1988, in Montevideo, Uraguay, Stuart Baylin beat me severely while two others (Mateo and Andres, If I recall correctly) held me down. After breaking a wooden spoon on me, he switched to the wooden handle of a toilet plunger. When I moved my hand out of position, the plunger handle came down with full force on my hand and broke one of my fingers. After the beating, my hand was swollen and I found it very difficult to walk. Fortunately, I didn't need to walk that much as they forced me to fast for three days and lie in bed reading MO Letters. It should be noted that Stuart Baylin claimed this beating and others around the same time were specifically authorized by Joseph (aka Micahel Poe), the district shepherd in Montevideo at the time.

Michael Poe was last known to be living in Chile and has received funding from the Family Care Foundation.

In 1988, Stuart Baylin took me on road trips to various cities in Uraguay. I dreaded these trips because whenever we were alone, Stuart Baylin always managed to find some excuse to beat me. I never knew what might set him off - whether it would be something I said or because I didn't raise enough money or pick up his clothes from the cleaners fast enough. These beatings weren't spankings just him beating me with his fists. By this time, he was clever enough to not hit me in the face so there wouldn't be obvious signs. Stuart Baylin also took me to whorehouses in Montevideo in 1988. None of the "sisters" in the home wanted to sleep with him because he was a nauseating ugly fat bastard with venereal diseases. So he would go to the whores. I remember being very miserable in these whorehouses listening to Stuart Baylin trying to provision their services. Of course that never worked and he always had to pay. Stuart Baylin also tried to get me to have sex with the adult women in the home. This was in 1988 and I was 13 years old. I had to remind him that adult-child sex had been prohibited by the Family in 1987. He didn't seem to think it was such a big deal. Apparently he had not gotten the message because he said he would check with the leaders. They told him it was not allowed but I think it probably would have happened if I hadn't objected. Around the same time Stuart Baylin would ask me frequently about what I fantasized about when masturbating. I never wanted to talk about this but he constantly pressured me and I was afraid he would beat me if I didn't answer.

I left the Family in November 1988. In late 1990, my mother filed a complaint with an Argentine court seeking the return of her other four children. After her death, an Argentine court ordered Stuart Baylin to return all four children. Instead, in April 1993 he and Claire Borowik returned only the two older children then aged 17 and 20. Despite Stuart Baylin's request for custody, these children were returned to their father and relatives in the United States. The Family knew Stuart Baylin would never be granted legal custody of any of the children so rather than allow the justice system to resolve the matter, Stuart Baylin fled with the two younger children to Montevideo, Uraguay. After the Sepetember 1993 raids, Stuart Baylin fled with the two younger children to Brazil and then to Mexico where they lived for several years before finally being reunited with their surviving parents and relatives.

I hear Stuart is an "invalid" now and someone wrote me that if I saw him now and knew how much he is suffering I would feel sorry for him and not want to put him in prison where he belongs. As far as I'm concerned, no matter how much he suffers it will never be enough.

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from elisha717
Wednesday, May 07, 2008 - 07:09


I know this is a very late comment, I just finally got the nerve to be able to talk about things that happend to me in my past, so I am new to this site(3 or 4 wks). Nice to see you are making the most of your life anyway dispite the incredible abuse.

I live in Tx too. DFW. I started school a couple years ago, so I am not as far advanced as you are. I have complete admiration for my generation who are going to school. I can't imagine how my thought process will change in even a year from now. (Since what I thought a year ago is VERY DIFFERENT)!!!

From a psychological point of view I am very INTERESTED in how you got from point A to point B?? Meaning that everything you go through as a child (i.e. ABUSE), has to be mourned and internally awcknowledged for you to be able to truly move on. So, I am interested in knowing what your catalyst was that got you moving in the right direction, like being able to really look in the mirror and be honest about what happend to you personally, and then being able to talk about it.

I am just recently being able to come to this point and I still feel quite scared about revealing too much. My catalyst was meeting the right person who truly loves me and HAS A LOT OF PATIENCE!! Once that point was covered, I could feel my wings trying to fly, I always wanted to go to school and I ALWAYS KNEW that I would need professional help (psychiatrist / psychologist) to help me work out what happend to me.

Anyway, I hate that guy who treated you like that, and there is no excuse, I hope he rots in jail. I am equally mad at the leadership that allowed him to stay and continue his reign of abuse. I had the same thing happen to me in Spain with a national called Andreas. I used to have to go on road trips with him and (well we all know what perverts do) and right around that time "Flirty Little Teens Beware" came out with Zerby putting the blame on us girls, and saying it would be our fault. So, this went on for quite awhile (too scared to tell good ol mom, she was the schedule maker).

Well, he finally left the home (yes!!). So, I wrote a letter explaining what happend (feeling guilty that I was making this pervert get excomunicated), well, I got a letter from him (really, the last person I wanted to ever hear from) saying SORRY.

A couple years later when I was in Eastern Europe, him and his wife and 2 kids came to live there!! Talk about feeling uncomfortable. And he would still try to give me these hugs!! Ugh!

I was so excited to finally be in a "teen home" yet I felt so uncomfortable that I went back to living in a small home in Bulagaria. Far away from that creep!

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from elisha717
Wednesday, May 07, 2008 - 06:44


I know this is a very late comment, I just finally got the nerve to be able to talk about things that happend to me in my past, so I am new to this site(3 or 4 wks). Nice to see you are making the most of your life anyway dispite the incredible abuse.

I live in Tx too. DFW. I started school a couple years ago, so I am not as far advanced as you are. I have complete admiration for my generation who are going to school. I can't imagine how my thought process will change in even a year from now. (Since what I thought a year ago is VERY
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from fabianswinger
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 20:58


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From fabianswinger
Wednesday, September 14, 2005, 22:25


from Montevideo,Uruguay :

I am agnostic, but I like to know about religions,occultism,sects and cults.

In my teens,I tried to contact with CHILDREN OF GOD in order to have sex with the girls and women.

I finally get to know some of them in 1989 in the flea market FERIA DE VILLA BIARRITZ, and had an interview in the CAFE SOROCABANA,but didnīt had intimacy with those girls/women.[

br] from 1986 I was unseccusfully trying to contact this were many of my classmates,we used to tell a lot of jokes about the flirty fishing...

in 1991 or 1992 ,they were investigated by police intelligence DNII,and,because of my military contacts (I was a naval reservist,a member of ultra-right wing fascist groups friendly with Army Intelligence S-2,like the ALN ALIANZA LIBERTADORA NACIONALISTA),asked me for info about the sect.
About a month later,when I delivered a dossier to the DNII,they told me that

"there was an order from the political autorities to not molest that people," and they refused the dossier...

so,they were protected by some politics or high ranking police officers...(reply to this comment

from ameliaus
Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 08:05


Peter - didn't you have on your writing, on your blog, that Claire Borowick was heavily involved in abuse of your family and with keeping you guys away from your mother? Why is she seen as credible spokesperson to this day, why do they continue to project her blocking and obfuscating fact and histories?

I was thinking about this when reading the Japan thread today, that the entire rebuttal is quotes from her. That's it, no proof, just 'family spokesperson' rejects the versions the Japanes mags published. Too bad HER name can't be smeared publicly because she seems to be the only one that can speak to the press.
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From xolox
Wednesday, June 01, 2005, 10:10

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Oh but it can...

There are many people who have lived around her and seen her darker side.

Personally, I'm glad she's the spokesperson. Someone had a gigantic brain-fart and allowed that incompetent woman to repesent them, fine by me, would you prefer someone who acctually did a good job? Her credibility is so shot that it's a favor to us that she's kept on in that capacity. And when her past is exposed, the bigger the blow to TFI.(reply to this comment

from makesmesick
Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 00:15

I meant to also add that I am sorry for the torment you had to go through....I cannot believe that there are this many sick f*cks out there actually believing that they are doing this "in God's name". I feel so horrible for all the children born into this cult, and pray that they can grow to live a productive (don't know that I can say happy in all honesty, none of my brother's children seem to be) life outside the COG.
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from makesmesick
Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 00:05

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I lost my brother to this miserable cult in the late 60's...and believe me he has "reaped what he has sewn"....this man should not be reproducing....he has too many children to count...they were turned out to the streets before they were teenagers...three have died (that I'm aware of) two to suicides, one to a medical condition...two of the girls are prostituting themselves in order to survive, another girl was gang-raped, two of his children have Down's syndrome. Disasters of this magnitute just don't happen in "normal" families. He is a sick, sick man, who will likely never receive the psychiatric care that he so desperately needs. With every child's death or disaster comes a plea for money, so that "we can give them a proper burial". Should've thought of that a long time ago, asshole.

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from publicity!!
Monday, May 23, 2005 - 19:43


Good. We'll know him from this one. He can be the Icon of the Creeps photo section.

You have an unprecidented amount of verifiable info too.
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from radiator
Friday, May 13, 2005 - 19:11

Did you have a brother named Daniel Paul?
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From Peter
Friday, May 13, 2005, 20:14

No. I have a brother named Daniel and another who used the name Paul for about a year but none named Daniel Paul (that I know of). (reply to this comment
from publicity
Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 20:30


How about, for pictures, a "Most Wanted" section? Include whatever's known: the where's, some of what happened, the last known location, all relevant info.

Especially with the name changes & hiding, supporting details and photos are all there is.


A pillar of the community in Crystal Beach, Tx. shot my daughter's 4 mo. old dog, with buckshot, in the face, killing her. The police said don't bother pressing charges, he'll beat it. A friend who owned a popular restaurant there said: don't worry about it, I'll tell everyone that comes in here Don Cobb shot her dog. I'll blacken his name.

What I'm saying, is getting this out is a BIG step; don't underestimate the power of this site.
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From publicity
Saturday, May 07, 2005, 20:32

I meant to add, I'm sure SOMEONE has his picture, and this idea could be a venue for exposing him and others.(reply to this comment
From Peter
Monday, May 23, 2005, 15:19

I have added a recent picture of the creep to this article.
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from conan
Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 15:06

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While unfortunately, nothing I hear about life in TF surprises me anymore, I have to say that your story was one of the worst I've heard. I want to thank you for sharing it in a public forum with us as well. I hope we get a chance to use these horrible life stories to lead to some convictions and horrible life sentances.
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Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 14:45

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Peter, I am infuriated that anybody could treat such a gentle soul that way, much less when you were a defenseless child.

But what is even harder to feel than the anger is the sickening sadness this gives me in the pit of my stomach. I have told you that I remember your mother seeming strikingly subdued, even in a culture that prized "yieldedness," "obedience" and "submission" and that as late as March 2005 published a GN titled "The Art of Dependence" (see I am surprised the CVC doesn't have a diploma in "Dependence Arts"!

Before knowing the hell that monster Stewart put you through I also told you how quiet I remember all of your brothers being. I remember working in the kitchen when one of your brothers used to do some of the food-related work too.

I have terrible survivors guilt about the physical abuse that my stepbrother went through when we were about 9 or so. He also could not wear shorts one summer because of the welts down his legs. My so-called mother and his father were more "spiritual" in how they went about it and cloaked the whole experience in very Family, Mo-letter consistent tones. Unlike some of the early runanways, he survived when he got the hell out of dodge at 13. To me, he is Superman.

It was kept hush-hush that you had left The Family and I never knew. I would have had 2 role models to leave if I had known. About Manoli, my brother was told that he had hung himself after backsliding.

Unfortunately, I am not surprised that nothing was done when you told leadership. When I was sent to the 1986 Mexico TTC, I reported the routine sexual abuse I was going through "at home" (which of course was not considered sexual abuse at the time). This abuse had been arranged by one of the "Shepherds" of my "team" at the TTC, her then husband being the beneficiary. She went back to continued leadership "at home" and is now a big shot spokesperson for The Family, flatly denying everything she did to screw up the lives of children sent to her care. I hope that she is allowed visits in her cell in Hell. I will go see her with Ricky. We'll then stop by Stuart's.

If there is ever a legal case, I will identify Stuart on the stand for you and I will testify about everything that I know.

We're all grown up now Peter, and nobody will ever take advantage of us again.
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Saturday, May 07, 2005, 15:14


I meant to say as well that that Michael Poe aka Joseph guy was verbally and psychologically cruel to me as well when I passed through his Montevideo home during a "Faith Trip." At the time I was being pretty badly exploited as well as molested. It just enhanced the sense that there was nowhere to turn, no benevolent adults around. Meanwhile, I should not have even been allowed to cross the border. TF used some bogus papers that some contact helped them get, the same way they got me to Mexico for the TTC.

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