On 7th January 2005 Rick Rodriguez slit the throat of his former nanny and then killed himself. A few hours previously he had video taped a suicide message; a deeply disturbing record of a life scarred by a childhood spent with The Children of God, a cult notorious for taking the 1960s culture of free love to its wildest extremes.
From childhood, Rick Rodriguez had been groomed to become The Family’s next leader by his mother and the cult’s founder David Berg, who adopted him as a son. It was a role he didn’t want and after escaping The Family, Rodriguez felt compelled to become a leader for those ex members who had suffered abuse as he had done.
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