[Beth Erlich] and her sister, Kristi, grew up in the Church of Scientology. It was a shattering experience that, in ways big and small, forced them apart from their parents and each other. Critics of Scientology say their story is not unusual. In a church that demands total devotion, they say, family life and children often come in second. So the story of Beth and Kristi is the story of many of Scientology's children.
Beth and Kristi's parents, both Scientologists, had divorced in the early 1970s. The girls lived in California with their mother, who snapped a photo of Beth and Kristi staring at each in a church training routine.
COLOR Kristi and Beth Erlich; In a photo taken by their mother when Kristi and Beth were children, the two girls perform TR-Zero.; Kristi and Beth Erlich as children.