‘None of this occurred to me as a child. I knew the Israels existed, vaguely, but figured they’d forgotten about their kids. Steven, John and Hannah certainly seemed to have erased any memory of them. I was blind to the intricate history of trauma behind each foster-care placement. The trail of broken relationships and bereaved families. The violence that can linger in the mind and body of an abused child.’
After Lech Blaine‘s mother and father adopted the three children of Michael and Mary Israel, the notorious evangelists endeavoured to take them back. In ‘Those who trespass against us’, from Griffith Review 57: Perils of Populism, Blaine records the long and tortuous campaign of stalking and harassment his family was subjected to – and the terrible price it ultimately exacted.