Interview Episode: Grace J. Adams and Poia Alpha, Former Branch Davidians

Special Guests: Grace J. Adams and Poia Alpha

Grace J. Adams

Grace Adams joined the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas in 1987 and left in 1991. She is a member of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA). Grace is an author and speaker. She has given many presentations and workshops on cult awareness in Colorado and New Zealand. She lives in New Zealand.

Poia Alpha

Poia Alpha joined the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas in late 1986 and left in early 1990. For over 30 years, she has kept her story in the shadows to allow time for healing and recovery. Poia worked as a social worker and, for most of her career, as an educator in New Zealand schools. She also resides in New Zealand.

You can buy Grace and Poia's memoir 'Hearken O Daughter' here.

To get in touch with their support group for ex-members of high demand groups in Auckland, New Zealand, email:


Grace J. Adams and Poia Alpha are two sisters from New Zealand, who joined David Koresh’s Branch Davidians in the 1980s along with their other sister, the younger Rebecca. Poia left the sect in early 1990, and Grace in late 1991. Rebecca remained with the group at the compound in Waco, Texas, and perished in the fire of April 1993. Grace and Poia have recently released their memoir, called ‘Hearken O Daughter’, and I caught up with them on a recent trip to Auckland.



December 19th, 2018

54 mins 29 secs

Season 2