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Rachel David
Rachel David
Background information
Birth name Margit Birgitta Ericsson
Born (1939-11-04)November 4, 1939
Sweden
Died

August 3, 1978(1978-08-03) (aged 38)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United Sates

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date August 3, 1978
Location(s) Salt Lake City, Utah, United Sates
Killed 6
Injured 1

Rebecca Ericsson David killed six of her children in Salt Lake City, Utah, United Sates on August 3, 1978, before committing suicide.

StoryEdit

With her husband dead of suicide, a woman and her seven children plunged 11 floors from the balcony of a downtown hotel today in an apparent act of religious zealotry. The mother and six of the children died.

Policemen and witnesses said that the woman, Rachel David, 38 years old, had pushed some of the children as they screamed and struggled to hold onto a railing but that at least three older children “jumped of their own volition.”

A 13-year-old girl survived and was in critical condition.

The police said that the deaths came after Immanuel David, 39, a bearded loner, committed suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide.

CultEdit

Rachel's father, Immanuel David believed himself to be a descendent of the House of David. He committed suicide two days before Rachel and her family jumped from the balcony. He died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Immanuel David changed his name from Charles Bruce Longo to Immanuel David because he believed himself to be a prophet of God. Many times he even claimed to be God, Jesus, or the Holy Ghost. He had a small cult of followers called the Family of David. Those who still belong to the Family of David believe that the Star of David belongs to Immanuel, not Jesus. They also believe that when Immanuel killed himself, his family had to be with him because they could not be apart. A former follower said that Immanuel killed himself because he was facing indictment charges of wire fraud or tax evasion. Immanuel's huge ego would not allow him to go to jail so he killed himself.

“All indications are they were religious fanatics and decided to join the father,” said Lieut. Nick Paloukos.

“He believed he was the Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ and God — all three at the same time,” said Sgt. Brent Davis, who said he Was a personal friend of Mr. David.

Sergeant Davis said that the family was, devoted to each other, extremely so.” He said, “These people would be completely lost without the father.”


VictimsEdit

  • Elizabeth David, her daughter, 14
  • Joshua David (born Frank Anthony Longo), her son, 13
  • Deborah David (born Deborah Longo), her daughter, 12
  • Joseph David (born Joseph Benjamin Longo), her son, 9
  • David David (born David Longo), her son, 8
  • Rebecca David, her daughter, 6

Wounded was:

  • Rachel David (born Eva Agnetta Longo), her daughter, 15

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Plunge from 11th floor of hotel kills mother, 6 children in S.L., The Deseret News (August 3, 1978)
  2. Husband and wife were quiet, polite, The Deseret News (August 3, 1978)
  3. Family was obedient to the last, The Deseret News (August 4, 1978)
  4. [], The Deseret News (August 3, 1978)
  5. Davids had money, expesnive tastes, The Deseret News (August 4, 1978)
  6. Fear of jail drove cultist to suicide, The Deseret News (August 4, 1978)
  7. Rachal saw no alternative but death, The Deseret News (August 4, 1978)
  8. From Bruce Longo to Immanuel David, The Deseret News (August 4, 1978)
  9. Longos say Dabvid changed in 1950s, The Deseret News (August 5, 1978)
  10. Immanuel David successful as teacher to his children, Sanpte school officials say, The Deseret News (August 5, 1978)
  11. Parents urged to discuss David deaths with children, The Deseret News (August 5, 1978)
  12. Police sort names, The Deseret News (August 5, 1978)
  13. Survivor of fall doomed emotionally?, The Deseret News (August 7, 1978)
  14. Rachel obeyed, The Deseret News (August 8, 1978)
  15. Behind family suicide, The Deseret News (August 9, 1978)
  16. Davids buried side by side, The Deseret News (August 9, 1978)
  17. Property aucion set, The Deseret News (August 10, 1978)
  18. [], The Deseret News (August 3, 1978)
  19. [], The Deseret News (August 3, 1978)
  20. Surgery on Rachel delayed, The Deseret News (August 11, 1978)
  21. Curiosity seekers barred forom Rachel, The Deseret News (August 12, 1978)
  22. Rachel listed stable, The Deseret News (August 14, 1978)
  23. David follower charged, The Deseret News (August 15, 1978)
  24. Salt Laker owns cult blade collection, The Deseret News (August 15, 1978)
  25. Rachel critical but stable, The Deseret News (August 16, 1978)
  26. Rachel still in coma but gains, The Deseret News (August 17, 1978)
  27. SURVIVOR OF '78 FAMILY SUICIDE JUMP SAYS HER FATHER WILL RETURN TO EARTH, The Deseret News (April 10, 1993)
  28. Cult still alive after '78 deaths, The Deseret News (April 11, 2000)
  29. Rachel on serious list, The Deseret News (August 18, 1978)
  30. Rachel in state hands, The Deseret News (August 19, 1978)
  31. Rachel David
  32. [], The Deseret News (August 3, 1978)
  33. Rachel unchanged, The Deseret News (August 21, 1978)
  34. No change in Rachel, The Deseret News (August 22, 1978)
  35. Rachel responding to arm surgery, The Deseret News (August 24, 1978)
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