ABILENE, Texas — Yisrayl Hawkins, 87, died Friday at his home in Clyde, Texas, according to three different sources close to the family.
Hawkins was the leader in a group known as The house of Yahweh. After the Branch Davidian impasse in Waco, he was the focus of national attention.
Hawkins is also known as Buffalo Bill. He founded the group, which was later called a cult, in 1974 after he had been an Abilene police officer.
The leader predicted the end of time many times. The last one dates from 2020.
He warned, “My job is not to preach the Kingdom message to the world. Whether you want to or not is upto you.” “Look at how many people listened Noah. Don’t let this happen to you. Please read this letter and subscribe to our mailing list, so you don’t get caught in the flood.
There were rumors that Hawkins may have had as many as 30 wives in the 2000s.
Hawkins stated, “I have a husband, a wife” in an interview that was broadcast on… 20/20.
Hawkins, who was accused of four counts each of bigamy, was taken into custody in February 2008. Later, the charges were dropped. Hawkins agreed that he would pay a $2,000 fee and be on probation for 15 months for child labor violation.
Many members live in disused caravans. The two-storey home of the leader was well guarded.
Many members have left the group. Kay Hawkins, Hawkins’ exwife, wrote a book about it and appeared on Dr. Phil.
We made it to the House of Yahweh. They have not made a statement.
This story was first reported by Nick Bradshaw, KXXV.