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Natacha Tormey

WRITER AND ADVOCATE AGAINST RELIGIOUS ABUSE

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Karen Zerby's Guilt

Posted by Natacha Tormey on 24 September, 2016 at 10:45

 

Background


Karen Elva Zerby legally changed her name to Katherine Rianna Smith in 1997 and uses the following pseudonyms: Mama, Mama Maria, Queen Maria, Maria David, Maria Berg, Maria Fontaine.

 

She is the current leader of The Family International, formerly known as The Family of Love and The Children of God. She proclaims herself to be one of Jesus’s favourite lovers and a prophetess who will lead God’s true Christian army in the last days of the world’s existence.


She succeeded her husband, David Berg, and is now married to Berg’s former right hand man, Steven Douglas Kelly, who legally changed his name to Christopher Smith and who uses the following pseudonyms: Peter Kelly, Peter Amsterdam and King Peter.


Karen Zerby’s location has been kept a secret for over 40 years, though she was last rumoured to be living in Ajijic, Mexico. She has been accused of being involved in the abuse of her son, Ricky Rodriguez, who went on to murder another of his abusers, his former nanny, before killing himself. Details of the abuse he suffered is described on xfamily.org


‘In photographs and written accounts published by The Family in the Story of Davidito, Sara Kelley documented the sexual abuse of Ricky Rodriguez and other children by a number of adults, including Karen Zerby. The Story of Davidito indicates that Zerby intentionally had sexual intercourse in her son's presence, permitted others to photograph his sexual abuse, permitted these photographs and written accounts of the abuse to be published in Family publications distributed to thousands of Family members, and allowed Kelley and other adults to sexually abuse him, including allowing and encouraging adult women to fondle his genitals and perform fellatio on him.


‘In chapter 61, “Return to Madrid!”, Sara described a number of acts of child sexual abuse that occurred one night in the David Berg household in 1978, when Ricky Rodriguez was 3 years and 2 months old. Among other things, Kelley described how Karen Zerby had sexual intercourse with Michael Sweeney (Timothy Concerned) on the floor as her son watched. Kelley also noted that while she was sexually molesting Zerby's son later that night, Zerby, Sweeney and Alfred Strickland Kelley stood outside the door listening.’


She was also accused of having sexual intercourse with her son when he was twelve years of age.


For legal reasons I am forced to add here that Karen Zerby has repeatedly denied all allegations of abuse, despite the photographic and literary evidence in ‘The Story of Davidito’ book, and despite her son’s testimony (amongst others) in the suicide video left behind.


A copy of the video can be found here, though I must warn you, it is not for the faint hearted and is certainly not suitable to be viewed by children: http://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Ricky_Rodriguez_video


Zerby’s Role in the Abuse of Minors


In the 90s, when the cult’s practices were exposed and several international judiciary bodies began to investigate allegations of child abuse, Karen Zerby conveniently placed all the blame on her recently deceased husband, David Berg.


After all, Berg was the founder and leader of the cult when sexual abuse was most rampant. His name was written in black and white on several compromising letters to his followers, in which child abuse was encouraged.


But Zerby’s role was well known within the cult, and is the reason so many ex-members are furious that she is currently living a carefree, wealthy life, rather than one behind bars, which is exactly where she belongs.


Zerby confirmed her status in a letter she wrote to her followers in 1994, in which she announced Berg’s death and quoted his words, ‘Maria is already my manager and tells me what to do’. These words came as no surprise to cult members as she had long been Berg’s secretary, muse and the primary influence behind his writings. In fact, for at least two decades it was understood that she was in fact running the cult behind the scenes. Her aging, alcoholic husband had long been unfit to run the organisation and she had taken over the daily management of the cult with Steven Kelly.


Nothing was published and sent out to cult members without Zerby’s involvement and approval, which is why it was incredulous that she went on to claim that she had played no part in the child sex letters that Berg sent out...or the ‘Story of Davidito’ book, in which she featured heavily.


In fact, Zerby would just like us all to forget about everything that happened prior to her official takeover in 1994.


No chance.


My Message to Zerby


For as long as I live, I will continuously remind the world of your involvement in the crimes that YOU, The Family International’s leaders and some of its members committed in the past. The past does not disappear, nor can it be erased, no matter how many phony, insincere apologies you make - in which you take every opportunity to insist that you are blameless.


You are to blame. You were actively involved in the writing, editing and publishing of all the letters that were sent out throughout the 70s and 80s, in which child sex was promoted and encouraged - letters which gave the green light to every pervert in the cult to abuse children in their care. Thousands of children were sexually, physically and emotionally abused consistently, over a long period, and you and your management team were not only fully aware of this, but condoned such practices. To deny it is an insult to every one of your victims, as is your lame attempt to hide behind your deceased paedophile husband, David Berg. You were present when he abused minors and the words and images in The Davidito Book provide ample evidence that you too were directly involved in the sexual abuse of your son and his childhood friend, Davida.


I do not know if the law will ever catch up with you. You have played a clever game and have gotten away with it so far, but one day you will pay, be it via the hand of justice or karma.


Until then, our voices will continue to rise up against you. You cannot silence or intimidate us because we know who you truly are and the crimes that you have committed. That is why you fear those of us who speak out. You issue statements through your lawyers, just like you did when I appeared on the ‘This Morning’ show, and yet you stop short of taking legal action against people like me, whom you claim to be liars. Why is that? Because you are guilty and you dare not step forward with a legal case for defamation because you know that we are just waiting for a chance to meet you or your representatives in a court of law.


That is why you will never again be able to walk around in public without looking over your shoulder - because you just don’t know who will spot you next.


That is why you will never be able to settle into a peaceful retirement – because you don’t know when will you get that knock on your door.


What a life full of anxiety you must live...perhaps that is karma already at work.

 

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