The Boston Herald American, p.1, March 26, 1978
By Katharine Paine, Staff Writer
...David Felton, who wrote a two-part series on the family for Rolling Stone said that "the violence was an act, they probably never really beat any one up but it was very effective, particularly to outsiders."
The Boston Phoenix, Section Two, July 16, 1985
by Michael Matza
...The winter of '71 brought those devastating back-to-back issues of Rolling Stone, in which copy editor David Felton presented a scathing, exhaustively unflattering picture of Lyman family life. His damning bill of particulars drew on the comments of ex-family members who told him they had had to sneak away from the group to get free of its awful grip, and on his own observations during visits to family homes on both coasts. Among other pointed allegations, the Rolling Stone articles suggested that Lyman had become something of a deranged master to a bunch of stoned-out zombies - the malleable lost souls of a lost generation, who gravitated to the family and were easily exploited in its name. The articles strongly suggested that there was no freedom of thought on the Hill and that Lyman kept his flock under control through strategic administrations of hallucinogens and through manipulative psychological games.
The Kansas City Star, p.1B
Thursday, March 27, 1986
Quiet survivors from the 1960s:
The Lyman Family sets own course on a Kansas farm
by Brian Burnes
... A few years later, in 1971, Rolling Stone devoted two issues to a darker side of Lyman Family life.
Bay State Banner, June 19, 1997
Roxbury commune survives on Fort Hill
...However, the '70s were not kind to the Lyman Family. Lyman's charismatic personality began to draw negative media attention. In 1971, Rolling Stone Magazine ran a sensationalistic two-part series entitled "The Lyman Family's Holy Siege of America."