APne 06/06 0210 Moonie
DENVER (AP) -- Britta Adolfsson said Friday she forgives her
parents for hiring deprogrammers to snatch her from the
Unification Church, but will never again trust them.
"They (her parents) apologized to me. They promised they
would never do it again and they asked for my forgiveness,"
Adolfsson, 29, told a news conference at a Denver Unification
Church. "I understand where they're coming from. They really
love me and I love them ... but I feel I can't trust them."
She said her parents, Tord and Edith Adolfsson, paid thousands
of dollars to hire a team of deprogrammers to kidnap her from the
Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church on May 26. The woman
said she became a church member about seven years ago after
spending a year as an exchange student at a California college.
Britta Adolfsson told reporters she was not coerced into
becoming a Moonie. She said she joined freely because she
embraced their "ideals and ideas" about God and life.
Frightened by "a lot of negative publicity" surrounding the
Unification Church and rumors that she would marry again in a
mass ceremony, her parents, brother and sister, who live in
Sweden, hired the deprogrammers, Adolfsson said.
"I'm not a kid anymore. I know what I'm doing," she said.
"But they (her parents) are simple people ... I feel very sorry
for them. They had a lot of confusion and fear. They were
worried about me.
"I am shocked this happened. I did not feel they (parents)
would do this to me. We had a good relationship," she said.
She said it was difficult to believe her parents were involved
with Dennis Whelan and his son-in-law, Jimmy Lee Hilzendenger,
who allegedly plucked her off East 14th Avenue in Capitol Hill as
she walked to a morning appointment.
When she was pulled into the van Adolfsson said she was sure
the five men would rape her. But they drove around for about two
hours before arriving at an elegant home with a swimming pool,
jacuzzi and horses. There her parents and about seven
"I was scared, very upset and angry. I was violated. There
was no respect shown for me as a human being," she said.
Tuesday morning, Adolfsson escaped through a bathroom window
while her captors slept in a Kansas house.
A few days later, Whelan and Hilzendenger, private
investigators from Nebraska, were arrested, and her parents were
detained by police. The Adolfssons, who returned to Sweden on
Friday, will not be charged.
Whelan and Hilzendenger are free on bond.
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