The Followers: House of Prayer

A daughter’s call to police about memories of her mother’s alleged crime triggers a year-long investigation into a cult, the disappearance of a child and a murder. Hosted by journalist Leila Day and former prosecutor and investigative journalist Beth Karas (“Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers”), this podcast delves into the alleged torture, abuse and death that occurred at the hands of cult leader Anna Young.

Produced By: Kathleen Goldhar, Leila Day, Beth Karas and Max Miller
Distribution Partner: UCP Audio

About the Hosts


For more than two decades, Beth Karas has offered insight, analysis, and on-the-spot reporting on legal stories across the country. In a 2007 interview, she was called her “one of the best in the business.” Over the years, numerous attorneys and journalists have expressed the same sentiment. Beth is distinguished by her unique expertise and knowledge of law and procedure drawn from experience in the trenches as a trial attorney. Beth is a sought-after analyst, especially when on location at high-profile, competitive stories.


Leila Day is an award-winning journalist and producer. She’s currently a senior producer at Pineapple Street Media, and a former reporter and editor at KALW in San Francisco. Her work has appeared on NPR, 99% Invisible , Women of the Hour , and more. She’s edited and produced award winning pieces and taught audio storytelling inside San Quentin State Prison, and at the Transom Storytelling workshop.

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