Yahweh ben Yahweh is back

"We were very involved with each other and kept each other laughing all the time," he said in court. "In our neighborhood, [my mother] was like the big sister... She took all the kids to the beach."

But by the time Maurice hit his late teens, life in racially charged Miami was weighing on him. Mariel-era Cuban arrivals were changing the city's complexion, and race riots wracked its street corners. Although he was raised Christian, he started experimenting with Buddhism and Islam. After watching the film based on Alex Haley's book Roots, he migrated to Black Panther-style militancy.

"I was shocked and I was upset, so I became a warrior against the whites," Maurice says. "I went insane." Ricardo passed through a similar radicalization.

They were exactly the kind of disillusioned, angry, young black men Mitchell was looking for. Born in 1935 in small, segregated Enid, Oklahoma, the future cult leader was the oldest of 15 kids fathered by a Pentecostal preacher. A brilliant orator, the younger Mitchell had a fiery presence and mesmerizing blue eyes. He earned a master's degree in economics in Atlanta before reinventing himself, first as a Muslim, then as a Christian preacher, and then as a black activist named "Brother Love."

When he landed in black Miami in the late '70s, many citizens welcomed him as a Malcolm X-style fighter. "He was a bright guy, and a lot of people thought he could help turn these neighborhoods around," recalls Trudy Novicki, an attorney who later prosecuted him.

In 1982, the brothers fell under Mitchell's spell and moved into his fortified Liberty City headquarters; six months later, their mother and two other siblings joined them. Soon a half-brother named Ruben also joined, bringing along a beautiful Bahamian wife and a baby boy named Adolphus. Yahweh renamed the child "Solomon Israel."

From the outside, the group seemed good for the neighborhoods where they settled. Followers helped Yahweh renovate dilapidated homes, open grocery stores, and start clinics. But Mitchell changed. He proclaimed himself the Messiah and gathered a "Circle of 10" — a muscled group of followers armed with six-foot wooden "staffs of life" that were used to beat dissidents. He began controlling every aspect of his devotees' lives.

Inside the Temple of Love, worshippers slept on hard beds with no mattresses and were often limited to one daily meal of rice, beans, and water; women "shared" husbands, who could have sex only in a communal "conjugal room" with Yahweh's permission; they all worked 18-hour days for no pay in the cult's printing shops, stores, and offices. "You had to dedicate your life totally to Yahweh," Ricardo later testified.

Beginning as early as 1981, for a select group called his "Death Angels," that dedication included torture and murder. A follower named Aston Green who argued with Yahweh was beaten to a bloody pulp until semiconscious and then driven into the Everglades and slowly decapitated with a dull machete.

Two years later, a karate champ from Louisiana named Leonard Dupree was cracked over the head with a tire iron, kicked in the groin, and gored through the eyes with a sharpened stick.

White drifters were regularly killed as an initiation rite and their ears given to Yahweh as trophies, witnesses would later testify.

The Miami Herald, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Yahweh coverage, in the mid-'80s began chronicling the cult's links to the murders. But it was the Woodside brothers' falling-out — as well as Maurice's alleged role in the killings — that ultimately helped destroy the sect.

The brothers' feud apparently began in 1985, when their mother was diagnosed with cancer. Yahweh refused to let her seek medical help, prosecutors later said, instead prescribing "vegetables, nuts, and herbs" and his personal prayers. Without chemotherapy, she suffered an agonizing, protracted death.

Ricardo was horrified. He left the cult for good after her funeral.

Maurice kept the faith.

Before he picks up the phone on the other side of a smudged Plexiglas window spiderwebbed with key-scrawled graffiti, Adolphus Symonette carefully wipes the earpiece and mouthpiece with a tissue. He has delicate, almost feminine almond eyes and frizzy hair grown long into a ponytail. In the musty confines of the 12-story, concrete Palm Beach County Jail, he articulately unspools an almost unbelievable conspiracy that he contends landed him here.

"All this goes right back to Maurice," Adolphus says, sadly shaking his head. "I never should have trusted my uncle."

He never wanted to have anything to do with the man his mom warned was a "con man and a snake," he says. But the two have something in common: They're among the few Miamians who fondly remember Yahweh ben Yahweh's Temple of Love.

Granted, Adolphus was just a baby when he moved in. His memories are mostly fuzzy: "feast days" of huge spreads of food with music, white robes, and Bible classes.

But the three or four years Adolphus spent at the temple were about the only time his family stayed together. His dad, Ruben, has a history of drug problems and a lengthy felony arrest sheet. His mom, Laverne, never secured legal papers to live in the United States and suffered mental health problems to boot.

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Aveechayilyisrael
Aveechayilyisrael

Shalom daughter yehuwdiyth,yahweh benyahweh said to come to come to you and eladah yisrael is over us in oklahoma,i live in oklahoma,praiseyby.

Hebrew1063
Hebrew1063

PRAISE YAHWEH the true and just GOD I LOVE YOU. And me and my brother/family love THE NATION OF YAHWEH were with you all the way. Were ready to leave this stange land and return to YSRAEL SHALOM hope to hear from you.

Hebrew1063
Hebrew1063

praise. You Forever. YAHWEHBENYAHWEH. I love YOU from YAY YSRAEL P.S may I be bless with a hebrew name SHALOM FATHER.

Robinscatherine
Robinscatherine

If u understood the history of blacks and how things are now u wouldnt be asking etta that question. Be real and think harder

Yehuwdiyth Yisrael
Yehuwdiyth Yisrael

thanks POPS, MEDAD YAHWEH, FOR YOU ALL'S GOOD WORKS. FOR I AM VERY, VERY PROUD OF YOU ALL; FOR YOU ALL'S LOVE, ATTENTION AND STRENGTH. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND A JOB WELL DONE. LOVE ALWAYS CRYSTAL ; CONTINUE TO BUST THEIR BUBBLES WITH THE TRUTH THAT IS AND TAKE CARE OF YOU ALL'S SELVES I TRIED AND I BELIEVED THAT I POSTED ANOTHER COMMENT BESIDES THAT ONE , SO BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR IT, IF IT IS TRULY POSTED, FOR I WAS HAVING A LITTLE DIFFICULTY WITH IT. POPS, LOVE I'M HOPING THAT YOU HELP SEND IT THROUGH. (LOL!) SHALOM, I LOVE YOU AND FAMILY, THIS HAS BEEN YOUR ANGEL OF LOVE , CRYSTAL A.K.A MARTHA

YH,YHWH
YH,YHWH

There are so many lies out there in Miami about THE YAHWEHS, and only SARAI here and I MEDAD YAHWA (YAHWEH) are the only 2 combating these lies. The Nation, know that they are innocent yet they do nothing about the allegations. page after page of lies, and still mounting, it is absurd! it is horrible yet there we are SARAI and I, reading them and defending the Nation against the filth. She lived in Oklahoma and had no part in nothing but yet she listens to Me who sees all and gets to typing the truth. the rest of the Nation hears me too but do nothing. None of the storys hace anything to do with my sheep but they apparently don't care because they do nothing to prove their innocence. How can they live like that.I would have to stop the world and make everyone confess, those who are makeing these hurrendous false storys for you alls entertainment. Just to make us look bad, and making it so believeable til you the reader find it hard to believe the truth.The Miamians who reside there are not of this Nation, persay, (most of them) and so, they just let things go on, that are against them because they don't want to go back across the waters where living conditios were worse, but they'd be happy to go home just to get away from the lies over here against em'. I am GOD so counting the lies made up about the Hebrews out of Florida are about 25. I am holding the liars accountable but the reputation is enormously hurtful. They may not recover. None of them have killed anybody. the cops off of 62nd Division Precinct they are (some of them ) the ones responsible for the missing victims and the deaths of the lost love ones of the foreigners families. But not many believe this because the Cops went here and there to friends and relatives who work in Newspaper companys, to have them write this and that or else they too would end up at the end of the Cops pistols, since they too now knew too much. so you see there has been a plan all along to destroy the foreigners who came across the waters, their kind are not wanted. They get blamed for the drive by, the arson set, the attacks, murders, and anything else, but I seen it all and have it on record and have been waiting for the guilty to come forward, after me myself have put in so much work to counteract the crimes. Go to my website to see what it is that I do to help the innocent Floridians who are just taking the abbuse and lies. and as for myself; the lies that are against Me and My son, whom I visited him within his shell, (I AM THE HOLY SPIRIT), i do that from time to time I told you all in my Scriptures that this would happen, that they would falsely accuse us and persecute us almost to no end, and it is coming to light. I do not kill, and when I Melchizedeek any of my lambs I do not order death upon any one, those were all lies, but you who read them and quote their storys without kneeling and asking me 1st (since I hear all) I will deal with you and yours, Badluck will come upon you and all thats in your life. you can not call me a murderer and did not witness me doing so with your own eyes. Nor can you accuse mine after reading storys that make you happy to stay away from us so you can go and worship false Jesus, budda or Allah. I AM THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD, and have come down and am still in Heaven, now figure that out. shalom. This has been GOD ALMIGHTY MEDAD YAHWA (YAHWEH) YISRAEL with helper SARAI N. YISRAEL

abiygayil Yisrael
abiygayil Yisrael

praise you MEDAD YAHWEH, I enyoy it, good yob POPS; SARAI I figured I'd like you both know I love it. and keep up the good work; keep it coming. I love you all and shalom for you told them POPS, MEDAD YAHWEH, Almighty

Mazal Yisrael
Mazal Yisrael

Anyone with an ounce of intelligence know that this is the work of SATAN! If all people of the earth would take Yahweh ben Yahweh yolk and,learn of Him for yourself,His Moral teachings would put Devil's such as this on the road. Yahweh ben Yahweh,is always talked about,lied on and, crucified,they never tell you what Yahweh ben Yahweh teaches,they won't tell you about the library of good books that is filled with Moral teachings,they won't tell you the truth.

Tanyaswalker
Tanyaswalker

What does this story have to do with YAHWEH BEN YAHWEH. Why would you shift the story from what actually happened to talking about YAHWEH BEN YAHWEH. Are you being paid to spread lies about YAHWEH?.

It seems easy for you to discredit, destroy, murder, kill and tarnish someone's character, rather than sticking to the story at hand.

WAS YAHWEH BEN YAHWEH CONVICTED OF MURDER? NO. A man was proven innocent yet you are saying he is guilty, with no proof. What if he was white, would you say the same thing?

Try covering the AIDS and drugs that are affecting our black communities and destroying our children.

Unemployment and welfare are killing our people, not YAHWEH.

YAHWEH created jobs and cleaned up the community. What are you doing?

Rose
Rose

Praise The SOVEREIGN ALMIGHTY MOST HIGH GOD Of ALL Creation: And If One Is An Honest True Believer In JESUS CHRIST----One Always Spells One Of The Names Of T.S.A.M.H.G.O.ALL CREATION { YAHWEH }. And One Always Does So. When One Spells HIS Name In small Letterings, It's Showing Disrespect To HIM, and That's A NO! NO!.

How On Earth Can Anyone Put Themselves Way Up Above T.S.A.M.H.GOD OF ALL CREATION, When Anyone Does They Are Scating On Thin Ice. There's No one Above HIM & HIS BeLoved SON JESUS CHRIST. THEY BOTH ARE ABOVE ALL. The Hebrew Children Long Ago Were PUNISHED By The MOST HIGH GOD For Profaning HIS SACRED Name. You ALL Should Read The Holy WORD OF THE MOST HIGH GOD and Get Some WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING, and Learning About WHO HE Is. Glory Be To { YAHWEH }.

THE MOST HIGH GOD---Is Not Deaf, Dumb, or Stupid. HE Sees ALL. Knows ALL. Hears ALLAnd As Sure As The Sun Rises Every Morning and Sets Every Eveing and Has Done For Ever, And ALL---Can Believe and Count On HIM To Reign HIS WRATH, CONDEMNATION, and HIS JUDGEMENT---On Anyone--ALL Who Are PROFANING HIS PRECIOUS NAME and TRAMPLING The BLOOD OF HIS BeLoved SON JESUS CHRIST Underfoot.

BE VERY AWARE and VERY AFRAID AS HE IS NOT HAPPY WITH WHAT's HAPPENING. ALL INVOLVED SHOULD REPENT OF ALL YOUR SINS, TURN BACK TO HIM and BE HUMBLE and ACKNOWLEDGE HIM AS HIS WRITTEN WORD DECLARES IN HIS HOLY BIBLE. JESUS CHRIST Is The TRUTH Not man AMEN:

Kuei
Kuei

I got five bucks that says he can't spell his own name.

Open-Minded
Open-Minded

Keep in mind that this nutcase (who is a witness against his own nephew conveniently after his nephew decided to disassociate himself with his uncle's strict religious group [a.k.a. cult]) is also the same guy that claims Obama was trying to kill him, definitely a hilarious story to google. Wait until you hear this nutcases 'proof' that it was Obama behind the attempted assasination. Anyone who would believe a single word coming out of this fools mouth is an idiot. I also think it's pretty strange that a man who prefers to be called Michael the Black Man, then goes to say that 1/3 of black women are the devil. This man obviously has multiple personalities. Him and his multiple personalities could form a cult by themselves without any followers.

Lin
Lin

All of you are ignoring what the main issue is here: our society has failed to protect us against people like Maurice Woodside a.k.a. Michael Symonette. Did you see the list of crimes he has been charged with? This man is a true menace to our nation and if he continues to get away with these crimes, he will be notorious enough to land in every newspaper in the country.

Open-Minded
Open-Minded

Thank you Lin! Someone knows how to read and analyze what they have read and be able to see what is really going on!

guest
guest

Let them all kill each other and do the world some good. Too much trash in this world.

Open-Minded
Open-Minded

Someone must have never heard the saying "believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see" especially when dealing with corrupt organizations like the FBI that are constantly engaging in Prosecutorial Misconduct.

Etta Rose Terry
Etta Rose Terry

Yahweh ben Yahweh has never taught his followers to hate white people. Matter of fact He taught his followers that Satan is in all colors black as well as whites. White people are running scared because, they know that they went too far with black people during Slavery. Yahweh, gave white people permission to put hard head, stiff neck, disobedient so-called black people into Slavery,but he told them not to harm a strand of hair on their heads,white people went too far, they murdered ( hanged) raped,beat us with whips and did all manner of wickedness to us, now that the 400 years punishment for so-called blacks is over,and white people 6,000 years rulership is over, now you all are trying to come up with lies trying to discredit the ability of the creator himself. It makes one ask the question," WHY DO THE HEATHEN RAGE AND IMAGINE SUCH A VAIN THING AGAINST YAHWEH BEN YAHWEH BEN YAHWEH ,AND HIS MORAL TEACHINGS?

Open-Minded
Open-Minded

The man being charged with these crimes had not even made it into kindergarden by the time Yahweh ben Yahweh was sent to prison, his arrest report lists his year of birth as 1984, so he's not even 28, he is even younger than that. You can't consider a four year old a former cult member. His uncle is the only former cult member that seems to have been getting away with murder literally in the 80's and figuratively (possibly even literally) after the fact as well. Really take a minute to read and digest the information and use your mind to read between the lines. You will also see from public records that he was charged with kidnapping a racketeering, this man has not been charged with any murder or beatings. The co-defendant witnesses have plenty of motive to testify to whatever the prosecutors say given they have plea bargains granting them less time. So time and trial will tell what is to occur in this case.

Cmaustin80
Cmaustin80

Etta, when were you murdered, raped or beaten with a whip? Last I time I checked, slavery had been abolished a while back.

Wildbillhiccups
Wildbillhiccups

ESTHER, ARE YOU HIS LOVER OR MOTHER? OR PERHAPS BOTH?

Dream
Dream

Ignorance is bliss my dear!!!!!

Mikw
Mikw

Ugly ugly ugly

Etta Rose Terry
Etta Rose Terry

The last time I saw Yahweh ben Yahweh ben Yahweh, He was the most handsomest man I have ever seen. The last time I heard his word,it bought pure beauty in my life and it taught me how not to be ignorant,dumb,stupid and crazy. Do you have a mirror? if so look in it, is your appearance as ugly as your wicked, immoral mindset?

Niann
Niann

Another brainwashed Ignant Person

Cochise
Cochise

Do us all a favor......no one really cares to hear anything about this creep. Just take him out of the news, and make a lot of people happy.

Etta Rose Terry
Etta Rose Terry

You should be careful in what you say and who you say it about.Who and what gives you the authority to label a man whom you have never met and it is clear that you don't know anything about him. I know that you are a non-believer and a creep if not,you would be well informed. You are talking off the top of your head and you are without knowledge. Go and learn some sense, then come back.

Yomama
Yomama

Folks this is your brain of Ignance!!!

Wildbillhiccups
Wildbillhiccups

Who gives a flying fk? Wow, this mullet wrapper is really scratching the bottom of the barrel for print. You gay paper people suck! (Pun intended)

Guest
Guest

His name wasnt Yahweh, the Sacred name of God. His name wasYahweh ben Yahweh which means Yahweh the son of Yahweh. Basically saying that he's the son, the messiah in some ways. Not that i agree, but he (Yahweh ben Yahweh) is not God and no one believes him to be.

Etta Rose Terry
Etta Rose Terry

Speak for yourself. Just because you are a none believer in the name,it does not make Yahweh ben Yahweh not be the Son Of Yahweh. The Holy Bible speaks of people just like you with your lying mouth. Tell me,who do you think is the cause of all of these incomprehensible disasters, all of these out of control fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, who or what do you think is causing people with your mindset to lose jobs, foreclosures on your homes,your out of control murderous children's, who do you think is causing all that? for surely you don't have the power nor knowledge to know or understand. Speak for yourself on what you believe in, not that I care.

Thetruth
Thetruth

Etta Rose Terry....I guess you support Black on Black Crime...you stupid bitch!

Wildbillhiccups
Wildbillhiccups

Etta darling, children is plural for child. Childrens is how uneducated, low IQ persons say the word.

Wildbillhiccups
Wildbillhiccups

who or what do you think is causing people with your mindset to lose jobs, foreclosures on your homes,your out of control murderous children's, who do you think is causing all that?

I know the answer : Barack Obama.

Steve
Steve

Yahweh is Hebrew for God. Anyone who calls them self God is a false prophet.

Matthew 7:15 - "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves."

Etta Rose Terry
Etta Rose Terry

Steve, how can you be so blind,or shall I say scared? All wicked, immoral, people are affraid of the name Yahweh ben Yahweh,He is for real. He came first to the lost sheeps of the house of Israel,who happens to be so-called black people,most white people is just scared because they know how wicked they have been. If you don't know what you talking about and who talking about, SHUT UP! for who knows where he may send the next hurricane,tornado, flood, break out the fire, kill your friends and family and let you live to see it and tell it. If you have not taken 2nd Timothy 2:15,and applied it too your life, then you are a liar and don't know what you are lying about.

Wildbillhiccups
Wildbillhiccups

Etta darling, once again I will try and guide you to proper grammar.most white people ARE scared. If you don't know what YOU"RE talking about..lost SHEEP.

And you're empty threats of tornados,hurricanes and floods? Lady you are one dumb black woman.In what grade did you drop out of school? 5th? 6th? Please get an education and a life. FOOL.

Exflesh
Exflesh

What does it say in the bible about call someone a fool. I think you should educate yourself.

Dave
Dave

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Powerpointsofvictory
Powerpointsofvictory

Get your facts straight...The Bahamas went Independant on July 10, 1972 and Sir Lyndon Oscar Pindling was the Prime Minister at that time. Sir Roland has never been Prime Minister of the Bahamas at any time as an Independant Nation.

DaughterOfSAM
DaughterOfSAM

Hello to all, fisrt i want to say the victim in this story is my father Mr. Samuel Ferguson-I know maurice from always coming around my fathers events and passing out his lil flyers for his crappy mansion party- he has many followers young black man in this place of his....they host parties that consist of prositutes, and want to be artist whom he fills there heads up with stardom lies-He's never been a true friend in my opinion, because he has always shown signs of jealously.....I don't know what happen that day....what was said in this meeting prior to my fathers murder- But Maurice, you just don't rub me right !

 
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