Children of the Underground, an upcoming documentary about FX, revolves around vigilante Faye Yager, who over several years has built a sizeable network to protect children from sexual abuse. The documentary will delve deep into her life and explore, among other things, how she was able to build the sizeable, controversial network. On Friday, August 12, 2022, the show will premiere on FX.
According to the official FX Networks YouTube account, a brief synopsis of the program is as follows:
Children of the Underground is a genuine account of the charismatic vigilante Faye Yager, who has created a sizable underground network to hide hundreds of mothers and children and protect them from alleged abuse at the hands of husbands and fathers when a dysfunctional legal system would not .
The synopsis goes on to say:
“Yager finally found her match when she helped the wealthy banker who invented the ATM make his ex-wife and children disappear, and a loud public reckoning was about to happen.
Here are four things you should know about Faye Yager and her activities ahead of the show’s premiere.
Children of the Underground on FX: 4 essential facts about Faye Yager
1) Faye Yager’s horrifying past
Faye Yager, a vigilante for FX Networks @FXNetworks, has created a sizeable underground network to help mothers and children escape violence. But did her cause have a dark edge? Children of the Underground, a brand new five-part original documentary from FX, debuts August 12th. Watch on @hulu.
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At the age of 17, Yager married a man named Roger Jones. Michelle, the couple’s daughter, is said to have been abused by Jones when she was just two years old. Yager is said to have witnessed the violence and, despite seeking legal counsel, her husband reportedly committed her to an institution because his wife was mentally unstable. She eventually managed to get out of the hospital. She reportedly lost the case twice during the year-long custody battle for her daughter.
2) Increasing popularity in the 1980s and early 1990s
Yager made the decision to actively pursue the matter after reading a news article about a mother trying to protect her children from being sexually assaulted by her ex-husband. During the 1980s and early 1990s, she apparently built a sizeable network to guard children who were being abused by their parents across the country. She became a media sensation at the time and took part in a number of interviews.
She allegedly claimed to have helped over 2,000 families go into hiding in 1992. Yager is accused of creating fake IDs, giving the wives and children new identities, and helping them leave their abusive husbands behind.
3) The case of Bipin Shah
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Bipin Shah, an entrepreneur, reportedly filed a lawsuit against Yager, claiming that she helped his ex-wife Ellen flee the country with their daughters. Shah insisted he had not abused his wife or children.
After his wife and children reportedly returned to the United States, the case, which appeared to have been pending for a year, was dropped. Yager was involved in a series of lawsuits in the late 1990s when several parents accused her of kidnapping and controlling their children. The FBI reportedly spent some time investigating their activities.
4) Living out of the limelight
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Elizabeth Ann Stratton, a parental kidnapper allegedly helped by Children of the Underground’s Billy Faye Yager, is wanted by authorities.
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Faye Yager is reportedly now living a life of secrecy. Yager married a doctor from Atlanta after two failed marriages. The couple reportedly run a 14-room inn in Brevard, North Carolina. Although it’s unclear if she still manages her underground network, she told Newsweek in 2016 that she still supports families and children through her organization.
Don’t miss Children of the Underground on FX on August 12, 2022.