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 Robert Hale / The Pilgrims

Monday May 26, 2008
Robert Hale / The Pilgrims:
Robert Hale presented himself as a pious, Scripture-thumbing patriarch who just wanted to raise his 15 children far from the sin and temptations of the modern world. He was revealed in the end as a manipulative tyrant who kept his family illiterate and twisted his Bible teaching to justify torture and the violent sexual abuse of his oldest daughter.

Sunday December 9, 2007
Robert Hale / The Pilgrims:
Robert “Bobby” Hale, the Scripture-quoting “Papa Pilgrim” who used the Bible to pound subservience into his 15 children, went before a judge in Alaska last month, looking old and frail beyond his 66 years as he learned his punishment — 14 years behind bars — for sexually assaulting one of his daughters.

Wednesday November 28, 2007
Robert Hale / The Pilgrims:
For three hours Tuesday, Robert Hale blamed his wife and family for his troubles, denied ever assaulting his children, and said he only “gave corrections” out of biblical duty and a father’s love. Then the judge cut him off, called him a liar, and sent him to prison on a 14-year sentence for rape, coercion and incest.

Tuesday November 27, 2007
Robert Hale / The Pilgrims:
For four harrowing hours, Hale’s wife and 14 of his 15 children spoke to the court of life inside what they now say was a “cult.” They said their father kept them isolated, ignorant and under his control.

Sunday December 24, 2006
Robert Hale / The Pilgrims:
The Pilgrim family’s life in the place they called “Hillbilly Heaven” ended in September 2005, when a Palmer grand jury handed up 30 felony charges of rape, assault and incest against Robert Hale involving one of his daughters. Hale, 65, the son of a famous FBI agent, who grew up in a country club lifestyle in Texas before disappearing into a vagabond life of the 1960s, was arrested outside Eagle River after 12 days on the run.

Wednesday October 5, 2005
Robert Hale / The Pilgrims:
Robert Hale, the McCarthy-area patriarch known as Papa Pilgrim, was taken into custody in Eagle River around 1 p.m. Wednesday after a manhunt of nearly two weeks, Alaska State Troopers said. He was wanted on charges of raping and assaulting one of his daughters.

Tuesday September 27, 2005
Robert Hale / The Pilgrims:
Robert Allan Hale, the McCarthy-area homesteading patriarch who calls himself Papa Pilgrim, has been indicted by a Palmer grand jury on 30 felony charges including sexual assault, kidnapping and incest.

Sunday October 5, 2003
Robert Hale / The Pilgrims:
The Pilgrims are used to making a strong first impression: the 15 children raised on horseback bearing biblical names, such as Bethlehem and Moses, with their flowing hair, hand-me-down clothes and home-tooled leather hats, fanning out in wings beside their parents and listening attentively as Papa speaks.


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