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Ep. 52 - What Drove One Man from the Children of God Sex Cult to Murder Suicide?

It's 4th Tuesday, time to talk about adult children of cults. From Children of God, the Family International, let's review the story of Davidito. "I've fainted in my mind and I can't find the smelling salts to wake up" Davidito aka Ricky Rodriguez stated on a video before his murder suicide. Dito made a video in 2005 before his last acts on earth. He wanted to make a statement for all the abused children in Children of God, the Family International. His video may still be seen via There is a lot of info there, and it's very informative.I also use to flesh out the story. How did this happen right on our soil? How is it still going on? Here is the story.

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