The Observer: Cutting Edge: Cult Killer

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OTV: Monday 21st August: SCREENGRABS

The Observer/2006-08-20

By Sarah Hughes

CHANNEL 4 CUTTING EDGE: CULT KILLER 9PM

On 7 January, 2005, Rick Rodriguez slit the throat of his former nanny and then killed himself. Hours earlier he'd videoed his suicide note: a rambling 60-minute tape which provides evidence of a deeply damaged life. It also lifts the lid on The Family (formerly The Children of God), one of the most notorious religious cults to emerge from the 1960s American counterculture.