Tribune-Herald reporters Alan Nelson and Sandra Gines traveled to Palestine, Texas in 1987 for an in-depth look at the religious commune led by Vernon Howell.
1987: 'We’re hoping to get back home'
1988: The Trial
The celebration was muted Monday at the McLennan County Courthouse when jurors found seven of eight defendants accused of trying to murder self-styled prophet George Roden not guilty.
1981: Lois Roden profile
A soft-spoken grandmother and minister who began preaching that the Holy Spirit is the feminine member of the Godhead has since been featured in newspapers across the country and on Canadian television and radio stations.