Emperor of the Universe


Reverend Sun Myung Moon: Emperor of the Universe
a 47 minute version of the 60 minute documentary

Transcript of the full 60 minutes below.

Reno, Nevada

Narrator: “The body of a 21-year-old Korean male was found on a casino skywalk after apparently falling 17 floors. A hotel guest spotted the body shortly after dawn. He had checked in the previous day around 8am. It sure looks like suicide.”

Narrator: “In the press the young man’s death stirred barely a ripple of interest, until it emerged who he was. He lived on a palatial estate. His father was famous – a modern day messiah.”

Bo Hi Pak (special assistant to Moon): “He is a great teacher. He is a great prophet, and the messiah.”

0:42 Antonio Betancourt (Unification Church): “We see him as the lord of the universe, the first person coming as God’s representative.”

Narrator: “A convicted felon, he controls wealth beyond imagination.”

0:55 Allen Tate Wood (ex senior member): “At the heart of Moon’s psyche is the drive, the need for power.”

1:00 Narrator: “He thinks he can literally buy countries?”

Herb Rosedale (lawyer and founder member of ICSA): “Absolutely”

1:08 Narrator: “He leads a church or a cult?”

1:10 Allen Tate Wood: “He [Moon] is quoted as saying ‘We want absolute control of the mind,’ and to me that means brainwashing”

1:20 Narrator: “He marries off total strangers.”

1:23 Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon is the world’s finest matchmaker.”

1:30 Allen Tate Wood: “They are given a kendo stick. The woman has to bend over and the man hits her three times as hard as he can with the kendo stick.”

1:40 Narrator: “He crusaded against communism.”

1:42 Bo Hi Pak: “Who did liberate communism? To me, it is very clear. It is Rev. Moon.”

1:48 Narrator: “His stated aim is world domination.”

1:50 Donna Collins (ex follower): “You have to be prepared to die for him, and he says that.”

2:00 Narrator: “He is Sun Myung Moon, leader of the Moonies”

2:02 Allen Tate Wood: “He’d clap his hands and he’d say: ‘Where I am going is to the Kingdom of Heaven, and I want you to come with me, all of those of you who want to come with me, come ahead. The rest of you, out of my way.’”

2:20 Allen Tate Wood: “One of the things they say in their prayers is ‘Crush Satan, Out Satan, Crush Satan, Out Satan.’ It was tremendously exciting. These were the end times. These were the ‘Last Days’ and we had the great blessing to be on the side of the son of God. I loved him, I adored him.”

2:45 Antonio Betancourt: “It is an awesome feeling when you are near him.  You feel in the presence of an enormous power.”

2:50 Allen Tate Wood: “This is a man who is going towards his destiny regardless of what anybody else thinks, says or does.”

3:02 Narrator: “Moon says that from soon after his birth in 1920, in a village in North Korea, he was clairvoyant and could see the future. His legend is strange and fascinating. At age 15, his followers believe, he walked up into the mountains one Easter morning to pray. There were clouds tipped with gold. Jesus stepped out of the clouds.”

3:32 Bo Hi Pak: “Put his hands on his head, and the voice was very clear: ‘Now you are to take over my undone mission. I will be walking every step of the day with you.”

3:55 Narrator: “Moon protested that he was unworthy, but Jesus insisted.”

4:00 Bo Hi Pak: “To me, Rev Moon come into this world is the second coming of Christ.”

4:05 Antonio Betancourt: “Well his power is greater than Jesus’ because Jesus is working with him, so two is better than one. And many people have seen this spiritually, when Rev Moon is speaking they have seen Jesus next to him.”

4:19 Narrator: “Then, his followers believe, other prophets appeared.”

4:22 Bo Hi Pak: “He met with Buddha, met with Mohammed, met with Confucius. He had many, many incredible spiritual encounters.”

4:40 Narrator: “So Jesus and the Rev Moon are working together?”

4:41 Antonio Betancourt: “Absolutely, absolutely. Jesus is working with Rev Moon in America. In the Islam, it is Mohammed. In Asia it is Buddha.”

4:55 Narrator: “He came down from the mountain transformed. In his village Moon was supposed to have wisdom beyond his years. He was seen to wrestle trees on the hillside in a state of trance. Before World War II, Korea was under Japanese occupation. Koreans were ordered to follow the Japanese Shinto faith. Now nearly 20, Moon says his struggle was ‘not with the Japanese, it was with the devil.’”

5:40 Bo Hi Pak: “I have never seen any man so dedicated to God.”

Narrator: “Legend has it that at his home in Seoul. overwhelmed by the suffering of God, he would cry for days on end. Once his tears leaked into the room below. As Japan made ready for World War II Moon went to Tokyo to study engineering.”

6:05 Chung-hwan Kwak (senior leader, Unification Church): “I asked him, why you don’t go to missionary school, seminary school, why do you go to engineering course. He’s laughing, smiling and he explained. He’s not necessary to go to theological seminary…”

6:24 Narrator: “Because God had told him that he was the messiah.”

6:28 Chung-hwan Kwak: “Absolutely, of course.”

6:33 Narrator: “As Moon saw it, evil began in the Garden of Eden. Eve tasted the forbidden fruit. She had sex with Lucifer, the archangel. Then she had sex with Adam.”

6:55 Cesar Zaduski (Unification Church): “But for Rev Moon, it is quite clear there was a sexual relationship. Why so? That is very simple because what is the part of Adam and Eve they hide after that. If they had eaten an apple they would hide the mouth, but they hide the sexual parts.”

7:15 Narrator: “Her original sin was passed to future generations, hence the ‘Fall of Man.’ There was famine and pestilence. As Moon told his followers, he was the third Adam, here to restore the perfect world that God had designed.”

7:55 Bo Hi Pak: “You have no way to know if Rev Moon is the messiah just by looking at him. He was praying more than 17 hours every day. He is a man of prayer. Through him I feel elevated close to God.”

Narrator: “Ironically, Moon’s church was born out of suffering. After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese surrendered and pulled their troops out of Korea.”

Douglas MacArthur: “I now invite the representatives of the Emperor of Japan to sign the instrument of surrender.”

Narrator: “Now there was religious freedom in Korea. Back in Seoul, Moon got married. According to legend he told his wife he was going out to buy rice for their new baby. He never came. God told him to go to North Korea – to preach.”

9:20 Bo Hi Pak: “His way of teaching, it was simply fascinating. All the conventional questions resolved automatically, like the snow melting.”

Narrator: “His belief that Korea had spawned a new messiah outraged many Christians.”

Bo Hi Pak: “Rev. Moon was accused as heretic.”

Narrator: “Worse still, Soviet troops were swarming into North Korea, stifling freedom of worship almost as soon as it began. Today Moon’s followers are told that he was framed by the new communist regime of Kim Il-sung – punished for speaking the word of God.”

Bo Hi Pak: “He was absolutely incredibly tortured by the communist police. Incredibly. He was virtually beaten to death.”

Narrator: “He was sent to North Korea’s Heungnam Death Camp.”

Bo Hi Pak: “None of the prisoners survived in that prison more that 18 months.”

10:15 Narrator: “In his book, Divine Principle, which lays out his theology, Moon says he endured suffering unimagined by anyone in history. He suffered so much he atoned for the sins of mankind and became perfect.”

Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon was sentenced to that death camp for five years imprisonment.”

Narrator: “In 1950 North Korea invaded the South. The cold war had begun, a long confrontation between the Soviets and the West. Perversely, the Korean War saved Moon’s life. UN bombers pounded the city where he was held. In the chaos Moon was freed.”

11:14 Bo Hi Pak: “The day before they were systematically killing all the prisoners, knowing that UN forces coming now. Before Rev Moon’s turn UN forces rushed the gate.”

11:40 Narrator: “He joined thousands of refugees fleeing south to escape the communists. His followers speak with awe of how he carried an injured man across Korea.”

Bo Hi Pak: “Roughly 200 miles walking and walking in a mountain he carried him on the back. 80kg man on the back, all the way to the south. To me that alone that shows him the messiah to me.”

Narrator: “For years the Moon organisation used this photo as evidence, before quietly conceding it was of someone else. In a tiny shack made of US army ration boxes Moon founded his Unification Church. He and his followers often went hungry.”

Chung-hwan Kwak (Church elder): “Our tiny group, very poor, under that circumstances, he trained us to overcome temptations of food. In the decades that followed Moon would become rich and powerful. His anthem, inevitably, Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ He would be accused of breaking laws and seeking influence. He’d make friends in high places.”

Allen Tate Wood: “To me that is the heart of Moon’s psyche, it is the drive, the need for power. He is not interested in people developing and finding themselves. He is interested in people finding him and kneeling to him, and bowing to him and then giving him all their strength, all their energy, all their power.”

Narrator: “His church would be accused of brainwashing teenagers and taking their assets.”

Allen Tate Wood: “All of your money, somebody else’s money, their land, their property, any kind of real or material goods they have. Your job is to get a hold of that and bring it into the organization, because outside of the organization it has no meaning. It has no value. It is property owned by satan.”

Narrator: “Moon would talk openly of controlling the earth.”

Moon: “The whole world is in my hands and I will conquer and subjugate the world.”

14:05 Herb Rosedale: “Just as he claims to be a man of love, and yet if you look at any of his speeches, his speeches will exude hatred towards those who disagree with him.”

Narrator: “From the beginning Moon believed that rival churches, the media, even the Korean government, were out to get him.”

Bo Hi Pak: “Just like Jesus Christ came 2000 years ago, he encountered incredible opposition of those days of the existing religions.”

14:40 Narrator: “In Seoul in the 1950s there were stories that Moon was having sex with female converts to purify them.”

Antonio Betancourt (Unification Church): “There were women coming to lectures, who – they’d rather be at lecture than being with their husbands or with their families – so the husbands could not understand what was going on. So for them they must be having some kind of sexual relationship. There must be something wrong. There must be something going in that place.”

15:00 Narrator: “However a later FBI report claimed ‘that women students had been expelled from university in Seoul because of sexual initiation rites with Moon and some others.’”

15:20 Nansook Hong (Moon’s ex daughter-in-law): “Moon claimed, since he was the perfect man, a perfect Adam, by sleeping with women he would purify women. And he did tell me that he did those things – it was God’s work.”

15:55 Narrator: “Divorcing his first wife, he married a woman 20 years younger than himself, Hak Ja Han. He and his new wife would be the ‘True Parents of all mankind.’ He told his followers: ‘Love True Parents more than your own self, spouse or children.’”

Donna Collins (ex follower): “He said, you know, ‘You must know that I am your only parent, and your father is bad for you. You must forget about him. We are the True Parents. I am the true parent.’”

Narrator: “In the early days, Moon lived above his church. His speeches would go on for half the night.”

Chung-hwan Kwak (Unification Church): “He never slept.”

Narrator: “Never?”

Chung-hwan Kwak: “He continue until usually until 1:00am, 2:00am. Never slept. His sleeping time is always less than three hours. Only two or three hours.”

Narrator: “The Korean War had ended with a bizarre face-off between North and South. Surreal, yet deadly. It was a microcosm of what was happening all over the world. Moon was made by the new Cold War.

Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon frequently said ‘The communist goal is to kick off God from the planet.’ The communistic ideology if it take over the entire world, then there is no room for God. We cannot allow God going out of this planet. We need God. Rev Moon from day one is truly an anti-communist.”

Narrator: “To Moon, communist North Korea was satanic, and its Stalinist leader, Kim Il-sung, the devil.”

Bo Hi Pak: “If communists win in the Cold War, and if the entire world is communised, then no room for free men to stand.”

18:00 Narrator: “In Seoul, nobody laughed at Moon anymore. The word now was that he had powerful new friends, including Kim Jong-pil founder of Korea’s ferocious new intelligence agency, the KCIA. It crushed dissent. In Washington, the Americans heard that Kim Jong-pil was using Moon’s church as a political tool. America was where Moon would make his future.”

Bo Hi Pak: “He looked at America as the chosen nation, as in the most crucial role that must get played by America.”

Narrator: “Rather fortunately for Moon, he arrived in America at a time of great anguish. The Vietnam war had divided the generations. American cities were full of teenagers looking for answers. Few knew why Americans were dying in Vietnam, or raining death on a country they had barely heard of. Moon built his church on their self doubt.”

Allen Tate Wood: “Here was a guy that seemed to be just totally sure. There was just this tremendous energy, tremendous force which he communicated. It was as though his whole body was going to one place, to one point.

Moon: “We are not just ordinary Christians.”

Narrator: “Teenagers would be intercepted on the street by Moonies. Often they would be invited to some innocuous seminar.”

Cathryn Mazer (ex follower): “These individuals were just unusually open and honest and friendly and caring and playful and sweet.”

Narrator: “Cathryn Mazer was taken to a house on Long Island.”

Cathryn Mazer: “The name Rev Moon never came up. I actually asked when I was first going with them to the site, if they were the Unification Church, and I was told ‘no.’”

20:25 Narrator: “An FBI analyst wrote: ‘Moon’s success depends on very subtle … deceptive tactics.’ Finally Cathryn Mazer was told about Moon. He was her ‘True Parent.’ It would be dangerous to contact her real parents…”

Cathryn Mazer: “… because they could be used by satan to take away the amazing gift of having met the messiah. Satan uses the ones you love to influence you away from the remarkable and unsurpassable gift you have been given.”

Narrator: “She says the Moonies encouraged her to lie to her mother on the phone, not telling her where she really was.

Cathryn Mazer: “But it was really important that whatever I told her that I did not tell her that I was involved with the Unification Church.

Narrator: “And they were perfectly happy for you to lie?”

Cathryn Mazer: “Oh, I was encouraged to lie. I was asked to lie.”

Narrator: “Cathryn’s worried family traced her to the house on Long Island.”

Moonie: “She is not here.”

Lawyer: “But you are not prepared to let her see for herself.”

Narrator: “They were too late.”

Mazer family: “If you cannot prove to us that she is not here, then why should we leave?”

Narrator: “She had been moved, but the Moonies would not say where.”

Cathryn’s mother: “Oh my… you talk with her.”

Narrator: “So you actually thought that your mother projected satan.”

Cathryn Mazer: “Yeah, I actually thought that for all intents and purposes she was possessed.”

Narrator: “In trying to find you.”

Cathryn Mazer nods in agreement.

Narrator: “From the early seventies, Moon would be accused of brainwashing, mind control. Neil Salonen, once president of the church in America, says the messiah never brainwashed his followers, or cut them off from their parents.”

Neil Salonen (Unification Church): “Because we are family based, in many cases members for the first time begin experiencing a deeper and closer relationship with their parents.”

Group at mansion guardhouse: “They’re worried about their daughter.”

Narrator: “But when Cathryn Mazer’s parents arrived at Moon’s mansion outside New York, guards called the police.”

22:44  Allen Tate Wood: “He is quoted as saying that we want absolute control of the mind, and to me that means brainwashing.”

Narrator: “And this brainwashing comes directly from Moon?”

Allen Tate Wood: “Absolutely, Yeah.”

Narrator: “Ex-Moonie Ron Paquette says he spoke to Moon’s son about brainwashing.”

23:00 Ron Paquette (former executive Moon organisation): “And I said in many ways it reminds me sometimes of the communist camps, and at that point he said: ‘Yeah I know,’ he said, ‘and Father learned that when he was in prison camp,’ and I kept trying to make the point that no, no, the way we bring in people, and the way we control people is kind of like the way this goes on in North Korean prison camps, and he kept saying ‘I know.’”

Narrator: “Belvedere was the first of Moon’s magnificent estates in America. Once it was owned by America’s wealthiest families. In some cases recruits would make over everything they owned to Moon, then they would go out selling trinkets at inflated prices.”

Cathryn Mazer: “I was sent out on the streets, sometimes for 14 or 16 hours at a time. Sometimes in very dangerous neighborhoods.”

Narrator: “Wandering big cities, Cathryn Mazer lives on hamburgers and donuts.”

Cathryn Mazer: “There were many, many times we were on the side of basically a highway alone with hundreds of dollars of cash on our persons.”

24:10 Narrator: “In the end she decided to leave the Moonies.”

Cathryn Mazer: “I was told stories about other people who had betrayed the messiah, or who had walked away. Something really, really bad could happen to me, whether it be illness or a random act of violence. I mean I was scared. I was terrified.”

Narrator: “Cathryn went back to her mother. Others stayed, giving Moon their all.”

Ron Paquette: “They like to talk in the church about the blood, sweat and tears of Moon. Well I think, by and large, he’s living off the blood sweat and tears of a lot of members.”

Antonio Betancourt: “He receives the treatment of a messiah, and therefore we have the rituals of the court. And in this court it is as pompous, it is as beautiful as being in the presence of an earthly king, or queen, for example the Queen Elizabeth. It is not Hollywood. It is real. That is the court of the messiah, but after this is finished, he becomes a very, very ordinary man. He goes and digs his hands in the dirt. He examines pebbles. He goes into the mud. He goes and eats in McDonalds.”

25:40 Narrator: “The greatest honour for a Moonie, is to be married by Moon.”

25:45 Allen Tate Wood: “It is like a pyramid marketing scheme, and it is embedded in the theology. You, in fact, cannot be married by Moon, which is the ultimate blessing according to their theology, until you have brought three people into the church who ready to die in your place. Once you have brought three people in, then you have the right to be married, you have the right to be blessed by Moon.”

Narrator: “He would even find you a partner, a total stranger.”

26:10 Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon see the family background and the future. So Rev Moon is the world’s finest matchmaker.”

Narrator: “Sometimes Moon would choose marriage partners from their photos.”

26:30 Nansook Hong: “Sometimes there is a picture matching, and sometimes the people are rows of men and women sit together and he just pick you, you, you, you – and you are supposed to be husband and wife. A lot of times it does not work.”

Bo Hi Pak: “That marriage is far more durable, and lasting longer. Of course there are some breakages, but not like the 50 percent in the world.”

M.C. “Welcome to Blessing ’97. World Peace through ideal families.”

Narrator: “The church claim that millions of couple have been blessed by Moon in ceremonies from Seoul to Washington, even at the 2000 room New Yorker Hotel, bought by Moon for a few million dollars.”

Robin Marsh (Unification Church): “He looked down into my eyes, and I felt that he knew everything about me. And he guided me to where my wife was already standing. And he looked at us, and he just beckoned to us to go. We went to another room and discussed whether we would like to continue with this match. And I really felt that this was God’s choice. And I felt a lot of God’s happiness and joy at that time.”

Narrator: “Sometimes the matchings took a bizarre turn.”

Allen Tate Wood: “If they accept it and they come back in the room, the first thing that they do in their relationship is they are given a kendo stick. And the woman has to bend over and the man hits her three times as hard as he can with the kendo stick. And the audience then judges that. If they didn’t hit hard enough, the man has to hit her again, until the audience accepts the strength of the beating. Then the woman turns around and she beats the man. It is the same thing. So this is how these marriages made in heaven begin.”

Narrator: “Moon seems convinced of his own divinity.”

Donna Collins: “But he was kind of innocent in some way. I mean he was very like a child among all these big important people.”

Narrator: “Donna Collins’ parents led the church in Britain.”

Donna Collins: “You know he seemed sweet at times.”

Narrator: “Moon seemed anything but sweet to Allen Tate Wood, summoned to his home is South Korea. A man lay prostrate on the floor in front of the messiah.”

29:00 Allen Tate Wood: “And from that position he made some kind of greeting to Mr. Moon. And Mr. Moon then barked something back, and they had a conversation. This man never raised his head off the ground. He was looking into the rug. And when this was going on, I began to understand that this is how I am to relate to Mr. Moon, and through me they are teaching all Americans how we are to relate to Mr. Moon.”

29:30 Narrator: “By the 1970s Moon was beginning to enjoy fame and fabulous wealth. In Asia he was building an industrial empire, processing titanium and ginseng, making machinery and guns. Over the years his church income would grow phenomenally.”

Neil Salonen: “I do think we are talking of hundreds of millions of dollars. I don’t know beyond that how specific I could be.”

Narrator: “In the United States the Moons would spend a fortune buying hotels newspapers, fishing fleets and property. In a bleak Massachussets town they even made machine guns. Meanwhile Moon had found friends in high places. He sprang to the aid of Richard Nixon, accused of ordering the Watergate coverup.”

Richard Nixon: “Let me explain to you what I did about Watergate. After the break-in occurred, so that you can better understand…” [August 15, 1973]

Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon made a crusade for the rescue of President Nixon.

Narrator: “As Washington bayed for his resignation, Moonies demonstrated for the President.

Allen Tate Wood: “Meanwhile ABC, NBC and CBS covering this as if this were some spontaneous demonstration of Americans supporting Nixon, when in fact every single person in the park was a Moonie who had been ordered to be there by Moon.”

31:00 Narrator: “Meeting Nixon at the White House, Moon advised him to burn the Watergate tapes.”

Bo Hi Pak: “And the Rev Moon saying, Mr. President what you have to do is ask for the forgiveness of the people.”

Narrator: “At congressional hearings, Moon was accused of conspiring with Korean intelligence to buy influence in Washington.”

Michael Hershman (Congressional Investigator): “Never before or since had we seen such a blatant attempt to influence our political, social, cultural institutions.”

Narrator: “So there was no doubt to you that the KCIA and Moon were hand in hand?”

Michael Hershman (Congressional Investigator): “There was no doubt.”

Narrator: “The South Koreans were terrified the Americans would abandon them, just as they had abandoned South Vietnam.”

Bo Hi Pak: “Korea would be a second Vietnam. If Korea becomes a second Vietnam, Korea collapses, then there is no way, no way the free world can survive.”

Narrator: “The South Koreans believed that Moon had the power to influence events in Washington. And according to a CIA source, were willing to pay for his help. The source claimed the money had been channeled through a company in South Korea. Congressional investigators found that the head of Korean intelligence once held a meeting with Moon’s American leaders at a hotel in San Francisco.”

Bo Hi Pak: “The public and the media misunderstood him, and they thought Rev Moon is act upon Korean government front or Korean CIA front. He must be funded.”

Narrator: “In the mid seventies, Moon was at the pinnacle of his power, holding enormous rallies in American cities. The church claimed 300,000 people attended this rally in Washington.” [September 18, 1976]

Moon: “Today America is plagued with problems: racism, juvenile delinquency and immorality. Christianity is declining. Communism is rising. The menace of communism is everywhere. Of all these problems….”

Narrator: “Privately, investigators believed, Moon was part of a KCIA plan to win over the Washington establishment. He told Allen Tate Wood to find friends in the military and intelligence community.”

Allen Tate Wood: “His key strategy was, we will find some powerful man or some powerful organisation, and we will find out what their agenda is, and we will attend them and serve them, and eventually they will come to recognise in us their greatest ally, and at that point we then begin to be able to dictate to them.”

Moon: “We shall never let him down. Never, never, never. Thank you.”


Subcommittee on International Organisations. April 20, 1978

Bo Hi Pak: “The Lord is my shepherd, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for though art with me. Thank you Mr. Chairman.”

Narrator: “Bo Hi Pak denied allegations that his master was controlled by the KCIA.”

Bo Hi Pak: “They were trying to crush our movement through the Congressional Hearing.”

Narrator: “Incredibly, Pak accused the committee chairman of being a Soviet spy. The committee in turn accused Moon of violating US tax, immigration and banking law.”

Michael Hershman (Congressional Investigator): “If you were against him, if you were threatening his objectives, you were the devil.”

Narrator: “As the committee saw it, no-one realised how dangerous Moon was, because they didn’t bother to listen to his speeches.”

Moon: “There will come a time when my words almost become law. If I want a certain thing it will be done.”

Narrator: “On the Korean border Moon seemed to expect a bloody apocalypse, out of which he would emerge leader of a united Korea, and then of the world.”

Allen Tate Wood: “He said in this final battle, the only way for the forces of good to win maybe to force the world to wake up. He said the way we will do that is to send thousands and thousands of Unification Church members and place them on the border, on the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. And he said if the North Koreans attack then the Unification Church members will be the first people to be killed. If we can have a lot of young people killed who are from England, France, Germany, the United States that will force those nations to come in on the side of South Korea. He would talk to us for hours and hours and hours about how God is searching for a nation. He wants to get Korea, but if he can’t get Korea, then he will try to get the United States. If he can get the United States then he will get Japan. If he can get the United States and Japan and then England, if he can get those three nations that he will quickly grab seven. And once he has got seven, then he will swallow the whole world.”

36:15 Donna Collins: “Loyalty at the end of the day is to him. You have to be prepared to die for him, and he says that.”

Narrator: “In 1982 a young Korean girl arrived at Moon’s estate outside New York.”

Nansook Hong: “It was actually beautiful. Big mansions, big rooms. The room that I stayed in was like a princess room.”

36:30 Narrator: “Moon had chosen her to marry one of his sons. She was barely 15.”

Nansook Hong: “Every time we saw him we had to do full bows. He was God. He was really God for everybody.”

Narrator: “Inside the estate a fortress mentality prevailed.”

Nansook Hong: “There was inside world and outside world. There were outside people and there were us. We were the chosen people and outside people are satanic people.”

Narrator: “She saw church leaders arriving from Asia with bags of cash for the Moons.”

Nansook Hong: “I saw sometimes a million dollars, sometimes two million dollars, sometimes 200,000 but for them it is really not a lot of money. It was for their own personal use.”

Narrator: “Publicly Moon railed against gambling. But Nansook says he took her and the rest of his entourage to Las Vegas. An assistant would place bets for him. Did you say to him, ‘Father, I thought we were supposed not to gamble.’”

Nansook Hong: “No, of course not. Haha. If I wanted to die, maybe. No, no, we never raised any questions or doubts. We just had to be there accepting.”

Narrator: “If Moon thought he was safe from earthly law, he was to be disillusioned. He was accused of tax evasion.”

Ron Paquette (former executive Moon organisation): “Not paying your taxes, withholding payroll taxes, paying people under the table cash so that you didn’t have to pay the government money that saved Father money, so therefore it was OK it was doing God’s will. Anything that supported Moon, or supported the agenda, was doing God’s will.”

Narrator: “He asked God for deliverance.”

38:55 Nansook Hong: “We prayed on the holy rock every morning and so did a lot of us. We were there all night praying for Moon, but it seems like nothing worked.”

Narrator: “In 1984 Moon was sent to jail.”

Lawyer: “The trial judge himself said quite openly of course were his religion less controversial the government would have had less interest in pursuing the matter.”

Singing: “Justice will be done. Justice will be done.”

Narrator: “To the Moonies their master was a victim of his beliefs. Martyred by a bigoted and racist Justice Department.”

38:55 Nansook Hong: “But we all knew it was just tax evasion.”

Narrator: “Released 13 months later, Moon celebrated in his own particular way.”

39:05 Nansook Hong: “Moon crowned himself as the Emperor of the Universe. It was quite odd. Pictures were forbidden. Nobody could take pictures, because it had to be an absolute secret. At that point he became God, in his eyes.”

Narrator: “The chastened Moon realised that he needed more than hotels and fishing fleets to achieve power in America. He needed his own voice in Washington. He founded the Washington Times.”

39:40 Nansook Hong: “That was one way to control this country, that was through the newspaper. That’s how he saw it.”

Narrator: “It would counter the liberal Washington Post. The Times would become the voice of the Republican right.”

Ronald Reagan: “The American people know the truth, and you my friends at the Washington Times, have told it to them.”

Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon never side with the political party, only side with God.”

William Cheshire (former Editor, Washington Times): “It was like the messiah had ridden into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and Moon would say ‘Rah rah rah’ And Pak would say ‘All men are brothers.’”

Narrator: “Except for Bill Clinton. The Times worried that he might have had KGB connections, then that he was an asset of the CIA. It raised $100,000 for the Contras fighting the left in Nicaragua.”

Michael Hershman (Congressional Investigator): “I believe they lose tens of millions of dollars a year, perhaps as high as 40 million dollars a year.”

CAUSA presentation: “One man has seen the…”

41:00 Narrator: “Moon spent millions more funding right wing foundations and pressure groups.”

CAUSA presentation: “He has tasted the bitter evils of communism in North Korea…”

William Cheshire: “I mean the amount of money Moon has invested in the Washington Times alone, it just staggers the imagination.”

Narrator: “What you are saying is that nobody else has ever spent as much money lobbying in Washington as Moon?”

William Cheshire: “No one I am aware of.”

Narrator: “The paper declined to let us film its operations.”

Narrator: “Has the Washington Times always been independent?”

Neil Salonen (Unification Church): “I do think so. In fact every editor, that I have known, and I have known them all, has made the point at different times, that they receive much less pressure from the owner, than the owners of any other newspaper might.”

Narrator: “But is 1987, editor Bill Cheshire resigned, accusing the paper of augmenting news agency copy, in Moon’s favor.”

William Cheshire: “I said this has never been an acceptable or ethical performance anywhere I have worked. It is totally irregular, totally improper and totally dishonest, and reprehensible. Well didn’t do any good…”

President George Bush: “And the editors of the Washington Times have told me that never once has the man with the vision interfered in the editorial policies of the Washington Times. Rev Moon never tried to tell them what to say, who to endorse.”

Narrator: “Moon invited George Bush to celebrate the birth of another new paper in Latin America.”

President George Bush: “You know a lot of my friends in South America don’t know about the Washington Times, but it is an independent voice.”

William Cheshire: “I doubt very seriously if George Bush has any real understanding of Rev Moon and the Unification Church, and what they represent in terms of crazy theology and all the other things that are part of the Moon story.”

42:50 Narrator: “Some of Moon’s contacts were far to the right of the Washington Times. In Japan, after the war, he had met Ryoichi Sasakawa, a rich and powerful fascist. He had been imprisoned by the Americans as a war criminal.”

43:17 Allen Tate Wood: “I heard him say to us, referring to himself, he said ‘I am Mr. Moon’s dog.’ This is the most powerful man in Japan who is essentially saying he is under Mr. Moon. He is serving Mr. Moon’s purposes.”

Narrator: “Another of Moon’s Japanese contacts was Yoshio Kodama, an extreme right-winger with ties to the Japanese underworld.”

Allen Tate Wood: “Kodama is reported as saying ‘People say Mr. Moon is the messiah, well that is fine but Mr. Moon can’t be the messiah without me, because I am the man who supplies him with the money.’”

Narrator: “Moon and the Japanese poured cash into the World Anti-Communist League (WACL), which included neo-Nazis, facists and even death squad members form South America.”

44:00 General John Singlaub (former Chairman of World Anti-Communist League): “His organisation, from my point of view was more of a political effort, that is to save the world from the ‘evil empire’ than it was to save individuals from the devil.”

44:17 Narrator: “Moon preached love, but aligned himself with murderous Latin regimes that tortured or killed their left wing opponents. Latin America, he believed, would be the graveyard of communism. He was deeply disillusioned with the United States. ‘Satan created this hell on earth,’ he said.”

Inauguration: “I, Ronald Reagan, do solemnly swear that I will…”

Narrator: “Moon had spent many millions supporting Republican causes.”

President Ronald Reagan: “that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, so help me God.”

Narrator: “But the Reagan administration declined to pardon him for his tax offence:

Michael Hershman (Congressional Investigator): “He was extremely bitter, and decided that he could better grow his organization, better grow his influence, outside our shores.”

Narrator: “In poor Uruguay the army had won a wasting war with Tupamaros guerrillas. The capital, Montevideo, was an off-shore banking center were rich foreigners could hide their cash. For Moon it held other attractions too.”

45:30 Michael Hershman: “A friendly legal environment. That is laws and regulations that were not as well developed as here in the United States. A fairly uneducated and poor population, who was ready to accept a message of anyone who made promises for a better life.”

Narrator: “Moon called Uruguay his oasis. Today he owns newspapers and sponsors radio programmes that preach family values. As Moon sees it, if only the world would listen, all its problems from AIDS to racial hatred would simply vanish.”

Chung-hwan Kwak (senior leader, Unification Church): “If all peoples would follow our leader, why not?”

Narrator: “War?”

Chung-hwan Kwak: “War also. This is messiah’s law.”

Narrator: “Moon built Uruguay’s first luxury hotel. He also bought a bank. On one occasion bank employees claimed that 4,000 Japanese Moonies had suddenly showed up, depositing millions of dollars in cash.”

Juan Ramos (Bank Worker’s Association): “The money still had the U.S. Federal Reserve band around it. More than $80 million was deposited over the course of a week.”

Narrator: “More than once the authorities accused the bank of breaching banking rules. A local journalist asked embarrassing questions. Some time later, as he told the judge, he was grabbed by two men in a car who stuck a gun in his mouth. They said they had no connection with Moon, but warned him off. Even in his new haven, Moon was under fire.”

Unknown (Jose Goldenzof?): “I remember Rev. Moon’s wife saying ‘How long are they going to think we’re bad?’ I felt humbled because there was no trace of resentment or bitterness in him. No part of him was asking why he had to suffer. It was like Jesus on the cross.”

Narrator: “One of Moon’s key men in Uruguay Jose Goldenzof, a veteran of the dirty war with the left. A former communist, he joined the secret police.”

Jose Goldenzof: “The Rev Moon is my saviour. My life was literally saved by him. It’s as simple as that, Rev. Moon is my saviour.”

48:08 Narrator: “By the late 1980s Moon owned so much property in Montevideo that locals wryly renamed it ‘Moontevideo.’ Moonies say that this palatial building was going to be his home, his Latin American sanctuary. Instead he chose a lush resort on the ocean, and a ranch by a river where he could fish. Here he hoped to find peace.”

Antonio Betancourt (Unification Church): “He fishes for the physical fish, but this is symbolic of many things. One fish could be a great leader who listens to him.”

Narrator: “He said he would like his own fleet of submarines to free him from national boundaries. In 1989 one of Moon’s greatest dreams came true, the fall of the Berlin Wall. To him it seemed as though he had won his lifelong struggle against communism.”

Bo Hi Pak (Unification Church): “Who did liberate communism? To me, it is very clear the Rev. Moon, as the messiah.”

Narrator: “In Latin America Moon would spend millions. He said he gave the bait to Uruguay, then the bigger fish of Argentina and Brazil kept their mouths open.”

Narrator: “He thinks he can literally buy countries?”

Herb Rosedale (anti-cult lawyer): “Absolutely”

Narrator: “Several countries did take the bait, including Brazil. In 1994 Moon bought a swath of its Pantanal region, a vast area known for its extraordinary beauty. Here would be the new Garden of Eden, where Moon would have absolute dominion.”

Cesar Zaduski (Unification Church farm manager in Brazil): “Rev Moon came here because he wants this place to be as pristine and as natural as it was in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were created by Heavenly Father. And Rev Moon said that this area could be in the same shape like in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were created.”

Narrator: “According to the church it would have an airport big enough for wide  body jets and millions of acres of fertile land.”

Bo Hi Pak: “This is why he is engaged in millions and millions of acres in Brazil to cultivate those wasted lands into beautiful fertile farmland, producing millions and millions of tons of food.”

Narrator: “It would teach the Brazilians new farming methods, educate the area’s mainly Catholic population and unite religions. People on the farm hope that Moon, now in his 80s, will spend his last years in Brazil. From here he can communicate with his other 200 projects around the world.”

Antonio Betancourt: “I have been with him there, in the Pantanal, which he considers one of the gates, one of the earthly gates of the Kingdom of Heaven. Going at three o’clock in the morning, with no reason except a compelling spiritual reason to go into places that nobody will go because they are not tame yet. He could get lost and nobody would find him in ten years.”

Narrator: “To be near their messiah, Moonies are bused in after a gruelling flight from Asia.”

Cesar Zaduski: “And these families living with the nature, they can learn their original aspects of God, that was lost after the Fall of Man.”

Narrator: “His followers fish like Father Moon, work on the land, pray and procreate in small air-conditioned rooms.”

Cesar Zaduski: “And for Rev Moon especially, this place is the place where the families should do what they were supposed to do in the Garden of Eden, and was done wrong – so we should do it right.”

Narrator: “Moon as other great dreams, like a road from London to Tokyo, but it is just a dream. At New Hope there is no airport for wide body jets. It’s manager says it rains erratically so it is hard to grow crops. Despite Moon’s talk of uniting religions, local Catholics dismiss his creed as junk theology.”

Cesar Zaduski: “But it is quite clear that in the history of mankind, always someone who came with a big idea, or a new understanding was stoned, and after his death they made a statue and proclaimed a saint. That always happens.”

Narrator: “Sealed inside his many fine houses, gazing out over tropical gardens or great oceans, Moon has had many sorrows. In 1989 a teenage son Heung-jin was killed in a car crash.”

Nansook Hong: “Moon’s child went to heaven and became the ruler of heaven. Even Jesus came and bowed down to this child.”

Narrator: “Moon’s followers said they had seen visions of his son taking the place of Jesus.”

Nansook Hong: “Because he was Moon’s child, he can have this kind of position in the spiritual world, in the heaven.”

Narrator: “A higher position than Jesus?”

53:40 Nansook Hong: “A higher position than Jesus, and he was going to hold that position until his Dad comes.”

Narrator: “As Moon saw it, to achieve his proper place in Heaven his dead son needed a wife.”

William Cheshire (former Editor, Washington Times): “And so they took his body, I suppose in a coffin and went ahead with the marriage ceremony. The corpse was married to Bo Hi Pak’s daughter.”

Narrator: “Julia Moon, the daughter of Moon’s right hand man, leads his international ballet company.”

Nansook Hong: “And so she married with his picture in her arms. And it was strange, but we simply accepted the fact that was the case.”

Narrator: “A baby was found and given to Julia Moon to bring up with her dead husband.”

Nansook Hong: “We had the wedding ceremony. We had entertainment.”

Narrator: “So it was an ordinary wedding except the bridegroom wasn’t there.”

Nansook Hong: “Exactly”

Narrator: “Much of Moon’s wealth flowed to his children. Nansook says her husband, Hyo-jin, spent it on cocaine in Harlem. High on drugs, he would threaten her.’”

55:00 Nansook Hong: “There were a lot of times he kept saying he was going to kill me, he was going to kill me. There was a point that I knew he was going to kill me. I knew when he was drunk enough, he was high enough, he was capable of doing anything.”

Narrator: “Physically abused, she left the Moon compound with her children.”

Narrator: “At the beginning of the year 2000, Moon celebrated his 80th birthday, and some saw him as a prophet out of step with time.”

Donna Collins (ex follower): “In one speech he said that it would be better for men to cut off, their privates, penises, and he said penis, than to engage in a homosexual act. Over time he became more embittered, more angry with the western world for not accepting him, for not realizing and bowing down to his messianic role.”

Unknown: “May God bless you.”

Narrator: “The world’s statesmen who speak at his conferences are a dwindling band. They include Dan Quayle, Kenneth Kaunda and Sir Edward Heath. They applaud his work for peace, but Sir Edward can’t say what he’s actually achieved.”

Sir Edward Heath: “I can’t name anything, no. But what I have done is to address their conference. I think this is the third occasion. No, I have no connection with Dr. Moon.”

Narrator: “But Moon can lay claim to one crowning achievement, a reconciliation with his old enemy, Kim-il Sung, the leader of North Korea. Moon agreed to invest millions in a country he once thought satanic.”

Bo Hi Pak (special assistant to Moon): “Rev Moon, in his own lifetime has done more than any individual I have ever known in history.”

57:00 Narrator: “Why Moon’s son, Young-jin, fell to his death from the seventeenth floor of a hotel in Reno remains unexplained. So finally is the drive and true nature of his father. Some say their assets and lives were stolen by a megalomaniac.”

Ron Paquette: “You know sometimes when I think about it, the loss of time and the violation is so great that…”

Narrator: “Others say Moon has enthused their lives with meaning, and for that, by some, he is revered.”

Bo Hi Pak: “Rev Moon will be known, far more, far greater in next hundred years, next thousand years. And he will be known as the man who truly brought the truth and changed the world. Not by the bullet and fire, but by the spirit of God and the truth of God. He brought more change here on earth than anybody else.”

Moon says that after his death, he will lead his Church from the spirit world.