Brother Tony's Boys

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Prometheus Books, Sep 25, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 374 pages
For over twenty-five years, charismatic Pentecostal evangelist Brother Tony Leyva used Christianity, the Bible, and his status as an "annointed prophet of God" to gain access to, seduce, and sexually assault the young sons of his enthralled followers in twenty-three states. How could such heinous acts continue undetected for over two decades? Brother Tony's Boys peels back the multiple layers of this twisted evangelist's double life to answer this and other bone-chilling questions. Read the riveting true story of how Leyva brought his old-fashioned hellfire and brimstone revival to cities and towns from Florida to New York and from Illinois to Louisiana and, under the cloak of God, systematically manipulated and sexually assaulted adolescent boys and procured victims for other "men of God." Using eyewitness accounts of victims, Mike Echols, author of the bestseller and five-time Emmy nominated miniseries I Know My First Name Is Steven, strips bare the world of Pentecostals in the United States today to reveal how, in this unique yet growing Christian sect, impassioned faith and devotion to the "annointed ones" blinded parents to the evil in their midst.
 

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Contents

Foreword
11
Preface
19
He was first called on to preach when he
27
He is truly inspired by sin
40
If Id a gotten close enough to that sonofabitch
55
Hes had many many unusual experiences
77
False prophets shall rise and show signs
89
I aint never lived with my own father
104
It would probably blow peoples minds to find
184
was about sixteen Tony Leyva and the other ministers
195
of my twelfth birthday
211
He said to me Tony and me got a secret
225
straight from the very pits of hell
248
so many people in the name of God
274
The boys Gray sexually assaulted he came to know
290
Brother Tony knew how to treat us
303

Honey when it comes to Tony Leyva
130
Back then it felt good him calling me son
149
At first my thinking was that Tony Leyva
160
There were these government men that Tony knew
173
NAMBLA Revisited the Authors Travails
321
Selected Bibliography
373
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Mike Echols is the author of I Know My Name Is Steven, the true story of the nation's longest stranger abduction of a child who was eventually returned safely. The book was the basis for the five-time Emmy-nominated miniseries of the same title.

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