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Adopted Son of Tony Alamo Exposes Cult Life in New Memoir from WildBlue Press

Survivor Reveals Childhood Stories and Details His Escape from the Tony and Susan Alamo Christian Foundation 


Denver, CO, March 18, 2021 – The Son of Seven Mothers: A True Story by ‘Cult Survivor’ Benjamin Risha will be published on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, by WildBlue Press in ebook and trade paperback formats, with an audiobook coming soon. Risha’s memoir details his childhood as the adopted son of cult leaders Tony and Susan Alamo, as well as his eventual escape from the Tony and Susan Alamo Christian Foundation and journey to find his birth parents in an unfamiliar world.

In The Son of Seven Mothers, Benjamin Risha takes readers on a harrowing journey that few in the United States can imagine. And eventually he must choose between the life he knows, and was “chosen” to lead, and his freedom.

As the adopted son of two cult leaders, Benjamin Risha was raised to someday assume a place of leadership in the Tony and Susan Alamo Christian Foundation with the Bible, and his parents’ interpretation of it, as his guide. He believed the prophecies of his adoptive mother and father, which included them being the two prophets foretold in the Book of Revelations as preceding the second coming of Jesus Christ, them raising from the dead when they died, and such dire warnings as the ground opening up to swallow non-believers into hell. He was sure that Susan Alamo could raise the dead as promised.

However, when none of it happened, and the foundation slid from bucolic communal lifestyle to insufferable criminality that included absolute obedience to the Alamos, and polygamous marriages with girls as young as eight years old, Benjamin knew he had to escape. If he was caught trying to escape he would be beaten nearly death, forced to go without food and water for his sins, and he would be shamed in the community. He embarked on a journey to locate his birth parents, discover the truth about a world he knew nothing about … and find himself.

Benjamin Risha is a survivor of the Tony and Susan Alamo cult. He is the first survivor of the cult to write about his experiences. His story has been told on the Dr. Oz Show, The Today Show, Sundance TV, Investigate Discovery, and People Magazine.

WildBlue Press is the premier independent publisher of true crime, thrillers, mysteries, sci-fi/fantasy, business books, and history books, in print, digital, and audio formats. Their list of bestselling authors includes John J. Nance, Steve Jackson, M. William Phelps, Burl Barer, and more.

The Son of Seven Mothers releases Tuesday, March 23 from WildBlue Press. To request a review copy or arrange an interview with the author, please contact WildBlue Press at [email protected].

Book Details

978-1-952225-08-6 Trade Paperback ISBN
978-1-952225-07-9 eBook ISBN
Publisher: WildBlue Press
Publish Date: March 23, 2021


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