1 05-29-87 09:41 aed
Moon follower abducted for deprogramming
DENVER (UPI) _ The Swedish parents of a 29-year-old woman
arranged for her abduction so she could be deprogrammed from the
influence of the Unification Church, according to a detective who
has interviewed the parents.
Authorities are searching for Britta Adolfsson, who was
abducted from a sidewalk Tuesday and forced into a van. Two
private investigators from Omaha, Neb., _ Dennis Whalen, 51, and
Jim Hilzendegor, 27, _ were held today under a $250,000 bond each
for investigation of first-degree kidnapping.
Police Capt. James Fitpatrick said Adolfsson's parents flew
to the United States from Sweden last week to hire the
investigators to find their daughter and take her to
deprogrammers. The parents became alarmed after learning she
planned to go to South Korean next month to marry a man she has
not met, the detective said.
"She was going to be shipped out of the country and they were
afraid they'd never see her again," Fitzpatrick said. "They're
very worried about her mental health."
A Denver spokeswoman for the Unification Church could not
confirm a mass marriage by church founder, the Rev. Sun Myung
Moon, was planned next month.
Critics say Moon's church is a cult in which followers are
brainwashed. Deprogrammers are people who try to free members
from the hold of alleged cults.
Fitzpatrick said the woman's parents, Tord and Edith
Adolfsson, have been in contact with the deprogrammers but may
not know exactly where their daughter is. Fitzpatrick said he
decided not to arrest the parents because "they are my best lead
back to the victim and they are assuring me she is all right."
Hilzendegor was arrested Wednesday after he was spotted
driving through the parking lot of police headquarters while the
Adolfssons and Whalen were inside talking with detectives.
Whalen also was taken into custody at that time.
"We're praying the police will find Britta," said Peggy
Yujiri, who described herself as a missionary for the Unification
Church in Denver. "We would like her to do what she wants to do.
We want her to be free and to make a free choice about her life."
Yujiri said the missing woman also is a missionary in the
church and had been working on a conference of Christian clergy.
The spokeswoman said Britta Adolfsson lived in a church house in
Washington, D.C., before moving to Denver about a year ago.