The Family Cult: Ricky
John is an ex-member who escaped with his wife, China. He says, "They took away all of our contact with the outside world."
Kristi, who also fled the cult, agrees. "I felt like I was constantly controlled, and constantly beaten into submission," she says.
One ex-member recalls, "It was all just a very physical act. Like cooking an egg, and making toast, you sleep with somebody. They'd go into clubs en masse and pick up men and have sex with them."
Sexually suggestive videos were made to show how other members were recruiting around the world. Berg began to call himself "Moses David," and constructed the "Mo Letters," which were publications of his writings and speeches to serve as guidelines to his followers. In the letters, Berg suggested that women send him videos for his personal viewing pleasure. Many times these videos included children.
Jim, who escaped from the cult 25 years ago, says, "The monsters who run the camps have their
China, a second-generation ex-member, says, "Because we were so isolated, nothing was normal. I didn't go to school. I didn't meet friends."
"The Book of Davidito was a childcare manual of how to raise their kids," explains John. "Rick unfortunately felt a burden that wasn't his to bear. That eventually led to his suicide."
Thinking he could forget the memories of abuse, Ricky left the group in 2001. Before committing suicide, Ricky made a chilling video outlining his plans to seek revenge against his former abusers. It has been reported that anywhere from 10 to 31 ex-members of The Family have taken their own lives.