This Week on Brian Ross Investigates

Inside the House of Yahweh in Abilene, TX.

ByMegan Chuchmach
July 16, 2010, 12:20 PM

August 6, 2010— -- On this week's episode of "Brian Ross Investigates," ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross takes you inside the House of Yahweh, a controversial compound in Texas run by a self-proclaimed prophet that critics call a "sex cult."

Cult expert Rick Ross joins Brian Ross on Skype, telling him that since an original "20/20" investigation aired, the House of Yahweh is still up and running. He discusses what attracts followers to these types of groups and what happens when they arrive at the compound, including brainwashing and the signing over of property.

"I've done interventions, hired by families to get people out cults, and this one in specific, and I can tell you it's really tough talking with them and getting them out of this group," said Ross.

Yisrayl Hawkins, the leader of the House of Yahweh, declined to appear with Ross on the show.

"Brian Ross Investigates" is a weekly 30-minute investigative news magazine show that features exclusive interviews, undercover videos and extended investigations and story updates.

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This week is the 18th episode of "Brian Ross Investigates." All shows are archived on Hulu for viewing.

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