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An agreement signed by Samuel Park, Annie Choi, and Bo Hi Pak in which Park and Choi agree to keep Park’s parentage a secret in exchange for money.
Kenji ‘Daikan’ Ohnuki
In 1987, my husband told me something shocking he had kept secret for about 2 or more years. Steve was close to the Ocean Church national director, Kenji “Daikan” Ohnuki … Daikan began to confide in him as he had planned to leave the church and concentrate on supporting his family. He offered my husband this advice, “Steve, don’t have a beggar’s mind”.
What he confided in Steve shocked him when he first heard it. They were in Daikan’s car leaving the New Yorker Hotel for Tarrytown. During the drive suddenly Daikan began to reveal something Steve never expected to hear. Daikan related his experience back in the 1960s in Washington DC. He had driven a young Korean woman to see Sun Myung Moon at a private home. When he returned to pick her up and drive her back to her home, she confided that she had just had sexual intercourse with Mr Moon.
Steve was shocked and confused in hearing this explosive claim and he sat on it, never sharing it with me until years later when we left New York for Santa Barbara, California. Daikan paid us a visit and this stirred up Steve’s memories. We lived in our own home and were were not in contact with the church at that time and I suppose he felt it was safe to share this information with me.
I was gobsmacked and I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was just Daikan’s invention, but little did I know how right he was. I now believe he drove Annie Choi to have sex with SM Moon at the Pak home, which is where I believe Sammy Pak Choi Moon was conceived.
This incident should make all UC members question every part of the beliefs they have upheld. Was Mr Moon a sinless man? Did he practice what he preached? Should members simply believe everything they are told, or have they been deceived?
I believe it’s time for objective examination and the end to decades of deceit.
Karen Alleyne Taylor
Kenji “Daikan” Ohnuki travelled with Moon to Gettysburg, north of Washington DC, on June 25, 1965.
Daikan took the photos of Moon with ex-President Eisenhower when they met there.
Kenji “Daikan” Ohnuki is listed as an 1800 couple here (couple 49)
Watch Rev. Kevin Thompson admit to the existence of Moon’s love-child Sam Pak.
Another year, another birth certificate.
January 28, 1966. Arlington, Virginia
Bo Hi Pak and Ki Sook Yoon both lied on this legal document.
Sam’s parents were Sun Myung Moon and Soon-Wha Choi (Annie Choi).
Sam Park (left) with the Pak family Courtesy of Samuel Park
Moon, the founder of the South Korea-based Unification Church, which had hundreds of thousands of adherents at its peak, claimed to be on a divine mission to salvage humanity by rebuilding the traditional family. Before his death last year at age 92, the self-proclaimed messiah—who was known for marrying off his followers in mass weddings—presided over a multibillion-dollar business empire. And he plowed huge sums of money into politics, launching a vast network of media outlets and front groups that promoted conservative family values and left a lasting mark on the modern-day GOP.
But this family values crusader harbored a secret. While he was promoting marriage as the solution to society’s woes and inveighing against “free sex,” his personal life was full of philandering—including at least one adulterous relationship that produced a son. To hide the boy’s identify from his followers, Moon instructed his right-hand man, who was also the founding president and publisher of the Washington Times, to raise the child. Moon’s illegitimate son, Sam Park, who is now 47 years old and lives in Arizona, also helped guard his father’s secret, by staying silent. Until now.
Published by MotherJones, written by Mariah Blake
Nan-sook Hong interviewed by Rachael Kohn
Rachael Kohn interviewed Nansook Hong in January 1999. A section of this interview was broadcast on Rachael’s ABC Australia radio show ‘The Spirit of Things’ on February 5, 2006.
Rachael Kohn: Here’s a clip from someone who knew the Moonies intimately.
About six years ago, I interviewed Sun Myung Moon’s daughter-in-law, Nansook Hong, who became a child bride to Moon’s son. After 14 years as a member of the True Family, and virtually imprisoned in the headquarters of the Unification Church, north of New York City, Nansook Hong made a harrowing escape with her children.
Nansook Hong: The first day I came into the compound from that moment from the time that I left, every aspect was controlled, where I lived, and where I went to school, the people that I associated with, but it was more a superficial relationship. I couldn’t tell anybody who I was.
The one thing I learned very early, I learned that I couldn’t trust anybody in the compound. I always had to watch out every word that I uttered. I had to think what this was going to do to me later on. It was very much the mediaeval court, I guess lifestyle, everybody’s there for their political agenda, they’re all there stabbing each other’s back to get what they wanted.
Rachael Kohn: So you were in a kind of constant state of fear, as to whether you were saying the right thing or paying obeisance in the right way? Indeed, how did you pay obeisance to the Divine Mother and Father?
Nansook Hong: First of all I was basically their maid. I was there before they got up, I served their breakfast, I was there from the morning till they went to sleep. And the Reverend Moon has his meetings at his breakfast table, after that they watch some Korean soap opera, and I’m there serving them.
Rachael Kohn: So you had to sit and watch the soap opera with Mrs Moon?
Nansook Hong: Oh, and the Reverend Moon as well, yes. And when they went for trips, well I had to go. Whenever they felt like calling me, then I had to be there.
Rachael Kohn: Well Nansook, you had children, indeed five children, and they provided a great deal of emotional support for you.
Nansook Hong: Well I was first of all supposed to produce Reverend Moon’s grandchildren, and that was one of my missions, which I did. I had a certain belief of how I wanted to raise my children, that didn’t always follow Reverend and Mrs Moon’s ideas of how children should be raised. And there was conflict, but I couldn’t really go against what they were saying. And I had my way of asserting some of my ideas, but that was very difficult. Whenever they wanted to take the children to a different country, then they could, we couldn’t really say anything.
The grandchildren were more like ornaments to them. When they went to Alaska, when they went to Korea or different countries, they took their little grandchildren to show the members that it kind of provided a good picture of being loving grandparents.
Rachael Kohn: There was also a curious attitude that he showed towards your parents, who had done a great deal for him, financially. You describe his need to humiliate the people who did good things for them.
Nansook Hong: That was the way for Reverend Moon to put people in place, especially people who are capable. A lot of people are there just taking money, and they’re very incompetent, and my father, he brought a lot of money and he gained a lot of respect, and I think Moon felt some threat, and he always had to put people in place by humiliating people in public, that was his tactic.
He yelled, he called names, about my Dad, in front of everybody, and that’s what he did to me too, especially after my parents left, he, in front of my kids, Moon just yelled at me, called me names and it was basically a torture being there every Sunday, having to listen to what he had to say.
Rachael Kohn: Nansook, how did you manage to overcome your fear, the fear of being punished, the watchful eyes everywhere, to finally make your break from the group?
Nansook Hong: Whenever you talk about fear, you are too attached to fear, physical and also psychological. Psychologically I think the fear was there since I was born. I was told it was God’s rule and we absolutely had to obey it, and being a religious person, a person who has faith in God, you cannot conceive the idea that you will go against God.
So I was in a psychological trap, and that was a very frightening thought. And also the physical fear, I constantly had to watch what my ex might do to me, there was always concern, especially a year before I left, I knew that one day I was going to end up being dead.
When I finally realised that I had to leave for my safety - and also the big part was my children’s safety as well - I did plan very carefully, going to lawyers, at the same time going through a lot of soul-searching, whether I was going against God. And I had help, I had support, my family helped, my best friend helped, so I was one of the lucky ones.
Rachael Kohn: But the Moons did not give up so easily.
Nansook Hong: Well financially I really didn’t know how I was going to survive. I knew that Moon and the family and the church, they were going to fight to get the children back, and the major way of doing that is pressuring me financially. It was a long, legal battle, they used every tactic you can possibly think of. My ex declared bankruptcy to not to pay the money, and grandparents were telling lawyers not to pay a penny.
Rachael Kohn: Nansook, it’s one thing to break away from a life that has been something of an elongated torture, but then to write about it takes another kind of courage. Why did you feel you wanted to write this book?
Nansook Hong: When I realised that I decided that I had to write a book about my life, as a perspective from inside, it was very centred on family, and not that many people have access to that. The idealism, the theory the church has that of loving family, loving parents, and children and brothers and sisters, and establishing the society and eventually the world for God, it makes very good sense, and they have a lot of truths in it, but Moon and the family, they do not practice what they preach, and not that many people have access to the reality.
I felt some sense of obligation and it wasn’t just for the Unification Church members, there are a lot of cults, very destructive cults, out there, robbing people’s I think innocent idealism. It’s basically a cautionary tale for members, for future members, and also for the relatives or friends whose loved ones are in that kind of situation.
Rachael Kohn: Nansook Hong’s story of her life in the Moon compound is called In the Shadow of the Moons.
Listen to the whole show here:
As much as I would love to see In Jin as wounded and a victim, (because I have no doubt that this would help me move on from the Unification Church) I cannot.
I cannot because she chose to take upon the responsibility of being a leader despite her broken life—a life which she chose.
She chose to have a long-term affair with Alistair Farrant, knowing that this could potentially tear apart his family. And it did.
She chose to start a new extramarital relationship with Ben Lorentzen during her ministry. And he was married at the time. (And it wasn’t his first time cheating on his now ex-wife.)
She also chose to not come forward with her ‘sin’, even after getting pregnant AND giving birth.
Why are we trying to empathize with this woman?
Bo Hi Pak’s house in Arlington, Virginia.
Moon got Annie Choi pregnant in the US in 1965.
Moon’s command for the American UC couples to abstain from sexual relations was given at the same time, in 1965, that Moon got Soon-hwa Choi, Annie Choi, the mother of Sam, pregnant. This is said to have happened in Bo Hi Pak’s Arlington house in Virginia. Soon-hwa Choi had moved from Korea to the US in 1964, and had her own apartment which was not so far from the Pak’s house. Moon stayed with the Paks from the end of March to the end of August 1965. “By the time he left, Choi says, she was carrying his child” as reported in Mariah Blake’s article in The New Republic, Nov 25, 2013 edition (link below).
Why did Moon tell the couples to abstain from sex for seven months? Perhaps Moon’s reason for ‘no sex’ was that he did not want Mrs Pak to get pregnant at the same time that Soon-hwa Choi was pregnant. In the 1950s both Dal-ok Chong and Myung-hee Kim had been pregnant at the same time. Their babies were born five months apart. Myung-hee Kim was sent to Japan to have her baby, thereby avoiding awkward questions in Moon’s small congregation. Moon was the father of Myung-hee Kim’s son, Hee-jin Moon. Moon could also have been the father of Dal-ok Chong’s daughter, Dong-sook. For further details about Moon’s 1955 activities, see the link below.
from the book 40 years in America:
“Having completed the full circuit [of making Holy Grounds in the USA], Rev. Moon arrived back in the San Francisco Bay Area on March 30th. At that point, he flew to Washington, D.C. which was his base of operations for three months until July 1, 1965, when he departed for Europe. In Washington, he convened a twenty-one day training session, continued touring, and spoke often. By June, members were ready with the first edition of The Master Speaks, seven edited, in-house transcriptions of question and answer sessions with Rev. Moon taped at various centers throughout the country.”
These questions and answers have been transcribed from tapes made during our Leader’s sessions with members and guests at centers throughout the United States during his trip in March and April 1965.
Master’s Comments in America:
You must consider your chastity as the most important thing from now on. Forget about the past. But from now on, be careful! Couples, strictly observe abstention for more than seven months. Single people, be careful!
Question: I don’t understand the reason behind physical abstinence in the marriage relationship. It is impossible to achieve spiritual separation when you have lived with someone for a length of time. The relationship is part of you and has been for years. You’re not like brother and sister at all. What, then, is the point of physical abstention?
Answer: Adam and Eve’s fall was on the physical level. Therefore, physical abstention is necessary in order to make restitution. You may still incline to one another spiritually, but the physical abstention is important.
Question: Didn’t the fall also take place spiritually? They were spiritual and physical beings, and when they united it was both spiritual and physical. That’s what love is.
Answer: You must abstain from the sexual relationship both spiritually and physically. That is, if you abstain physically but spiritually continue your relationship sexually, that is imperfect. Therefore, the spirit world requires you to be completely separated on both levels.
When a man loves God more than his wife, and a woman loves God more than her husband, then even though you live together and sleep in the same bed, you feel like brother and sister. No matter how many years you have lived together, nor how close you are, still your love for God is stronger than that toward your partner.
Jesus said he was the Bridegroom. The Lord of the Second Advent is to be your Bridegroom. You should love him more than your partner. As you feel closer to him, you will not feel as close to each other, even though you live together. Otherwise you cannot be restored. The fall was the fall of love. Therefore, love must be re-channeled. If a man loves the Lord more than the woman, she should follow the man as Abel. If she loves the Lord more than the man, then he should follow her as Abel. You must come to this point, even for a short period.
Adam fell while he was still imperfect. Now a perfect Adam has appeared. Eve must be united with this perfect Adam in order to be restored. So Jesus said, “Whoever does not love me more than husband or wife, mother or father, is not worthy of the kingdom of heaven.” Husband and wife must love the Lord more than anyone else. Restoration is the restoration of heart and love. Husband and wife must feel stronger love toward the Lord than between themselves. Your present relationship of love is satanic. The new relationship of your love will be divine and heavenly. It will be reoriented through the Lord. Your love for God, and accordingly for the Lord, must be stronger than the love between you. Those who have spiritual experiences will know this very easily.
Question: If, in order to do work for the Father, you must cut yourself off from your own family, will the suffering they endure during this separation help them later on when they come to understand?
Answer: Yes. They will be protected by God and will receive benefit through you.
First International Training Session – Master Speaks
Sun Myung Moon – January 19, 1973 Translated by Mrs. Won Pok Choi
With the sacrifices of those animals, those human beings, we are brought here under God, under the True Parents. You are someone so valuable that you will not take anything else in exchange for yourselves. You must be well aware of that fact. You must know how valuable you are. All the female folks here, when you are being tempted, you must tell yourselves with dignity, “God, my Father, has been sacrificing all those animals and human beings, for the sake of my salvation. I am going to be stained again in dirty blood.” When you are at the verge of committing sin, you must always carry a sword, a knife, a dagger with you. You must pluck out your eyes if your eyes are liable to commit sin. If, after knowing all these facts, after studying the Divine Principle, you commit a dirty sin again, you have no way to be forgiven of that sin. Especially the blessed couples. You must keep yourselves pure. If you may have to be stained in some way or another, it is better for you to kill yourselves than to remain alive. It is a grave matter.
Moon had two women pregnant at the same time in 1965
Moon with Sam’s mother in 1965
Dal-ok Chong and Myung-hee Kim were both pregnant at the same time in 1955
The New Republic: ‘The Fall of the House of Moon’ by Mariah Blake
Moon, Dong-sook and her mother, Dal-ok Chong.
It has been reported that Moon quickly married Dal-ok Chong to Won-pil Kim during her pregnancy with Dong-sook. There is no known date of any marriage between Won-pil Kim and Dal-ok Chong. There are no photographs of their marriage. Years later, at the ‘blessing’ of the first three couples in April 1960, Won-pil Kim was classified as ‘already married’. There is a strong resemblance between Moon and Dong-sook, as seen in the above photographs. In Korea there have been persistent rumors that Moon was the father of Dong-sook.
Dong-sook visited Moon at the hospital in Seoul in August 2012, two weeks before he died. She was one of a limited number of visitors. She was listed as a True Child:
Dr. Joon Ho Seuk (then International Vice President of the Unification Church) made this announcement at the time:
“Currently, True Mother and the True Children (Hyung-jin nim’s family, Kook-jin nim’s family, Hyo-jin nim’s family, Heung-jin nim’s family, In-jin nim’s family, Kwon-jin nim’s family, Sun-jin nim’s family, Ye-jin nim, Eun-jin nim, Yeon-jin nim, Jeong-jin nim, Dong-sook nim and Shin-mi nim’s family) are by True Father’s side offering prayer and jeongseong.” (August 17, 2012)
Dong-sook was born on March 7, 1955
Hee-jin Moon, the son of Myung-hee Kim, was born on August 17, 1955 in Japan.
Both these birthdays are given on the Moon family tree on the Tongil Org website.
Is the real reason why Myung-hee Kim was sent to Japan to give birth because Moon had got Dal-ok Chong pregnant at the same time? It could have been compromising for Moon to have two young women both pregnant at the same time in his then very small congregation. Myung-hee Kim was never married to Moon. And if both children resembled Moon…
For a period of about four months, from November or December 1954 to March 1955, both these women were pregnant. It has been accepted that Hee-jin Moon is the son of Moon, and it is entirely possible that Moon was also the father of Dong-sook.
Later Moon married Dong-sook to Moon’s own son who was born on April 16, 1946. Sung-jin Moon and Dong-sook were ‘blessed’ on July 18, 1973. Moon would only have married them together if Dong-sook had been of a cleansed lineage.
The mid 1950s were a very difficult time for Sun-kil Choi. She was still married to Moon when the Ewha sex scandal broke in 1955. It was a headline story all over Korea. Sun-kil Choi had a strong Christian ethic.
“Her family was relatively well-to-do and were members of the Jaegun [Reconstruction] Church, a fundamentalist Presbyterian Church in Cheolsan, North Pyong-an Province.” Michael Breen in Sun Myung Moon, the early years
Sun-kil Choi was deeply hurt and outraged at Moon’s sexual rituals with these other women. Once she caught Moon in the act of a pikareum ceremony with two women in his ‘church’. She went and got Moon’s baseball bat and smashed the church sign.
최선길(본처) 서울 청파동교희에서의 횡포장면
Scenes of the church in Cheongpa-dong, Seoul, after Choi Sun-kil (Moon’s lawful wife) had vented her anger. (rough translation)
Sometimes Moon was scared of his wife; he had fled from Pusan to Seoul to escape her. Once Moon fled and left his bible and all his notebooks behind. Chong-hwa Pak rescued them, but wondered why Moon didn’t value them more, and how Moon could be the messiah for the world but “not be able to evangelize one wife”.
In October 1993 Sun-kil Choi was interviewed and asked why she divorced. She replied: “My husband made relationships one after another by deceiving those women. I kept thinking that I couldn’t bear such a life any longer – so, this was the reason for my divorce.” See below for links to her full interview in both English and the original Japanese.
Sun-kil Choi did not divorce Moon until Jan 8, 1957. If she had pressed adultery charges because of the pregnant women Moon could have been jailed for adultery, which was a jailable crime in South Korea. Previously Moon had been arrested and jailed for bigamy in North Korea and sent to Heungnam. See:
Moon’s Second Wife: Bigamy: “I hate him so much I want to kill him.”
Interview with Moon’s First Wife – English
Interview with Moon’s First Wife – Japanese
Ewha sex scandal