Michael Hawron

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Michael Hawron appearing as Michael Anthony on Larry King Live. 1993-10-20
Michael Hawron receiving a book award in 2018.

Michael J. Hawron, (also known as Isaac Numbers, Ike, Tony and Michael Anthony) was a long-time member of The Family. During the 1980s, he reportedly helped manage the organization's finances from Hong Kong where he lived until 1989 when he returned to the United States. In the early 1990s, he used the name "Michael Anthony" when acting as a spokesperson for The Family and appeared on U.S. national television in a Larry King Live interview with Rick Dupuy and others. [1] [2]

In recent years, Hawron has self-published several books including memoirs in which he recounts his travels and life as a "missionary" without ever mentioning the decades he spent in The Family.

Alleged child abuse

in the late 1980s, The Family began to face an existential crisis as teenagers born and raised within the group began to rebel against the abuse and isolation imposed upon them by the cult's structure, beliefs and practices. Some of them had a thirst for knowledge that led them to defy the cult's strict prohibition on any outside publications and start reading "Systemite" novels and encyclopedias while others were not enthusiastic about the expectation that they should share sexually with adults old enough to be their parents and grandparents. In response, The Family's top leadership, then concentrated in Japan where David Berg lived, developed a number of new programs in an attempt to retain control of their children to ensure the cult's survival and continued existence.

One of their responses was the Victor program in which problem children were subject to an intense regimen (lasting for several years in some cases) of severe physical and psychological abuse often combined with forced hard labor and imprisonment at "detention homes" and "Victor camps" around the world. Michael Hawron, then known as Isaac Numbers, was one of its key architects along with other leaders at the HCS. One of its first victims was Hawron's son, "James," who was condemned by the cult for being too intellectual, reading encyclopedias, collaboratively writing short fiction with teenage "pen pals" living in other Family Homes and having a negative attitude towards sex. [3][4]

In a Family publication dated July 1988, Michael Hawron recalled in detail how he beat and terrorized his son "James" with a "big plastic cane" before personally escorting him to an illegal "Teen Detention Home" in Macau where "James" and other children were subjected to further abuse for long period of time. Others sent to the same facility included David Berg's granddaughter, Merry Berg. In a 1995 UK child custody case ruling, Lord Justice Ward described the treatment of children at this facility as "a form of torture", "barbaric and cruel" and "a form of physical and mental atrocity mercilessly dished out to young, often already emotionally damaged children."

Michael Hawron's "Teen James" account along with other Family publications, such as The Last State, were used as model guidelines for the psychological and physical abuse and torture of children raised in The Family as Family Homes around the world began to establish new "Victor" programs for their problem teens. Much as the Story of Davidito was used as a model childcare manual that legitimized and promoted pedophilia and the sexual assault of children, the "Teen James" story, the Mene Series and related publications resulted in the abuse of many children all over the world.

An article in The Telegraph, “Hollywood sex cults before NXIVM the story of the Children of God” [1] published June 25, 2019, contains a brief statement from Michael Hawron denying any current involvement with the group, but failing to address his past membership and role as spokesperson.

[Tina Dupuy's] uncle Rick Dupuy, who left the group in 1992, was one of the people who spoke out most prominently about the cult, calling David Berg a child molester on Larry King Live! in 1993. On the programme he says that the Family told him to have sex with a 10-year-old – an act he confesses to having carried out (though he says there was no penetration) because the grip of the cult was so strong. For this admission he is called a liar by Promise Rimes, a member of the cult. Michael Hawron, then known as Michael Anthony, sits in the studio and disputes Dupuy's every accusation. Dupuy committed suicide less than three years after the episode aired. Hawron now writes about his time in the group with no reference whatsoever to its name or its sexual practices. In an email to me, he says, “I am afraid that I cannot be of much assistance to you as I have nothing to do with the organisation(s) you mentioned.””


Family Publications

Self-published books

  • Entertaining Detours: Unique Tales from My Journey Along the Road Less Traveled (True Tales Trilogy Book 1) — 2015-09-17
  • The Little Town with the Big Heart (True Tales Trilogy Book 2) — 2016-11-15
  • Awesome Footsteps: A Missionary's Memoirs (The True Tales Trilogy Book 3) — 2018-02-05
  • Just Good Clean Fun: A Spy's Life Adventure — 2017-07-30


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