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The Fall of Ruby Franke


Ruby Franke, a former family vlogger, launched her YouTube channel, 8 Passengers, in 2016 and gained over two million subscribers. She shared family videos featuring her husband, Kevin, and their six children: Sheri, Chad, Abby, Julie, Russell, and Eve. Her account was deleted earlier this year, to “save her children”, but Ruby remained active on social media.

Throughout her YouTube career, she’s faced backlash several times because of her controversial and strict parenting style. For example, in one video, she could be seen telling her sons they would “lose the privilege to eat dinner” if they continued play-fighting. In another video, she said her six-year-old needed to be hungry so she could learn to stop forgetting to bring her lunch to school. “Hopefully nobody gives her food and nobody steps in and gives her a lunch, because then she’s not going to learn,” she told the camera. She also made her teenage son sleep on a beanbag chair for seven months, all because he played pranks on his siblings.

On August 30, she and her business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, were arrested on six counts of aggravated child abuse. One of her children, Russell, reportedly escaped Jodi’s home in a city in southern Utah. According to an affidavit, Russell climbed out a window at Hildebrant’s home and went to the neighbor’s house asking for food and water. He was extremely malnourished and had duct tape on his ankles and wrists, as well as open wounds.  The neighbors called the police and when they arrived, they reportedly searched Jodi’s home and found Ruby’s 10-year-old, Eve, who was also malnourished.

Since Ruby was arrested, her eldest daughter Sheri has spoken out, saying, “Today has been a big day. Me and my family are so glad justice is being served. We’ve been trying to tell the police and CPS for years about this, and so glad they finally decided to step up,” on her Instagram story. According to Sheri,  Ruby’s children are now safe and have a “long road ahead” to recovery.

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Tatum Crawford is a junior at Sahuaro High School. She joined The Paper Cut to grow her social and writing skills. When she graduates, she wants to move to Seattle with her older sister. Her dream college is the University of Washington, and she wants to go into the medical field. She likes to listen to music and read in her free time. She loves playing with her two cats and bonding with them. She enjoys traveling and sightseeing. Her favorite places she's been to are Milan and Florence; she loved the food and the art. She loves art museums, her favorite ones being the Louvre and the Uffizi Gallery.  She loves anything blue, as it's her favorite color. She has multiple pieces of blue jewelry she wears every day. She also likes playing games, her favorites being Animal Crossing and Legend Of Zelda. She loves taking pictures; she has over 30,000 photos on her phone, most of them being travel and cat photos. Her favorite place to visit is Seattle, Washington. There, she loves to visit her sister and go to the local aquarium. She also loves going to Japan Town in Seattle for the food and shopping. She also loves making keychains and phone charms as gifts for her friends and family.

Family is also super important to her. She loves visiting her family in Mississippi, and she enjoys spending time with them. She does many vacations with her mom, and they are super close because it was only the two of them for twelve years; that was the only family that was closest to her. She has family scattered all around the world, including eighteen siblings. She only knows about four of them but would be interested in meeting the rest. Out of all of them, she is the youngest, as all of them are in their late twenties.

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