A YOUNG WOMAN SPENDS YEARS IN A CULT
BEFORE ESCAPING AND HELPING PUT THE LEADER BEHIND BARS
‘20/20: In an Instant’ Airs Saturday, July 29, on ABC
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Episode 2 – “In an Instant: Deliver Us From Evil”
The family of Lindsay Tornambe followed Victor Barnard, a charismatic cult leader who ran the River Road Fellowship. The family eventually moved to Minnesota to live an isolated life with the group. There Victor called for families to permit their first born daughters to live with him, and he promised that young girls entrusted to his care would walk in the path of God. In 2000, when Victor wanted 13-year-old Lindsay to come live with nine other so-called “maidens” at his Shepherd’s Camp in Northern Minnesota, her family agreed. Little did they know that Lindsay would end up enduring a decade of sexual abuse by Victor.
Only after allegations surfaced about Victor having relations with married women did his abuse of Lindsay and another girl in the group come to light. Once Lindsay shared details of the sexual assaults, prosecutors were able to bring charges against Victor. By then, he had fled to Brazil.
After an international manhunt, he was arrested and extradited in 2016 and pled guilty to sexually assaulting Lindsay and another victim, resulting in a 30-year prison sentence.
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