March 29, 2005

To Whom It May Concern;

Since, Ricky Rodriguez’s death brought on national publicity and a Law and Order episode; people have begun to inquire about the group known as The Children of God or The Family. I realized that I have been “outed” online as a former member.

In order to quash any rumor or speculation, this is what I have to say on the issue:

My parents met in the group. I’m a second generation. We lived in 10 countries all over Europe and South America. My parents left when I was five years old and we went back to the states. The way I see it – my parents are hippies. Your parents embarrassed you when you were a teenager? So did mine.

My uncle, Rick Dupuy (AKA Watchman) was one of the leaders at one time; he killed himself 10 years ago. I have in my possession the “purged” literature which belonged to him. You had a strange uncle? So did I.

I have met and talked with many other second generations. I left the group when I was very young. Some things we have in common (i.e. anger, alcohol abuse and the fact that we all bawled uncontrollably when we found out about Ricky). Other things we don’t have in common. With that being said, I’m not a good spokesperson for former members and don’t desire to be. I feel there are others better qualified.

Since I am a stand up comic, I like to tackle these things on my own terms. I deal with events in my personal life through humor. Everything that I have gone through in my life I use as material, because let’s face it – public figures can’t do stupid things everyday.

I would like to be known for my humor and not for my association with a child abusing, prostitution encouraging – good old fashion Christian cult.

Thank you,
Tina Dupuy