Rachel David, sole survivor from her family's suicide plunge from a downtown Salt Lake hotel balcony in 1978, says she still believes her father is God and will return to Earth.
"I remember my father said he will be back. I know he will," David said in an interview to be broadcast Monday on the TV magazine program "Inside Edition." "My father never lied," she said.The program said she has continued to try to follow the suicide order and has attempted to kill herself several times.
David was 15 when she, her mother and six brothers and sisters plunged from the 11th floor of the then International Dunes Hotel on Aug. 3, 1978. The family had been living in a room at the hotel for more than a year. The jump came three days after the family's patriarch, self-proclaimed prophet Immanuel David, took his own life by carbon-monoxide poisoning.
The children either jumped or were thrown from the balcony by their mother, Rebecca, before she herself jumped as morning commuters, pedestrians and construction workers looked on in horror. Rachel was hospitalized for months, then state Family Services officials said she was being placed with a foster family.
She had not been heard from until tracked down by "Inside Edition" correspondent Dan Noyes.
She is confined to a wheelchair and lives with an uncle, Lennart Eriksson, according to a release late Thursday. Their location was not disclosed.
David, 39, who had changed his name from Charles Bruce Longo, claimed to be a descendant of the House of David. The children did not go to school and the source of the family's income was never clear, but authorities said it apparently had run out at the time of the suicides.
Rachel, who said she jumped willingly, believed her death and those of her family were ordained, according to the interview.