Ruby Franke’s husband tells police bizarre tale of how Jodi Hildebrandt upended his life, pushed him out of his family

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — The husband of Ruby Franke, the disgraced parenting vlogger convicted of child abuse, told investigators that his wife’s business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, was a religious “cult leader” who emotionally manipulated people under the guise of therapy and ultimately separated him from his wife and children.

“I was completely cut off,” Kevin Franke told police, describing his life of isolation roughly a year leading up to the arrests of his wife and Hildebrandt. Last month, both women were sentenced to up to 30 years in prison for torturing two of Franke’s children.

In a nearly hour-long interview released Friday morning in a trove of documents connected to the case, Kevin Franke detailed how his life was thrown into turmoil after Hildebrandt became connected to his family, especially in the wake of a major controversy involving the 8Passengers YouTube page in 2020.

The details of Kevin Franke’s story veer into the bizarre, with religious visions, secret papers and unexplainable phenomena, such as plates flying across the room and breaking themselves against the wall. Kevin Franke, an engineer and college professor, told police he couldn’t make sense of some of the things he experienced.

“I can’t explain it, but I saw it with my own eyes,” he said. “I don’t have any way to explain it other than that there’s some crazy s— going on.”

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