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In , after much agonizing, Tim, now 36, and Sarah, now 34, left the church and abandoned their Identity beliefs. The Intelligence Report interviewed Tim and Sarah about their experiences, including double-dating with accused serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph and finally rejecting the Identity faith.
There was not a lot of contact with the outside world. We were home-birthed and home-schooled. I was like, what's that? In the early days, when I was really young, there was a lot of activity there — the Klan and [anti-Semitic] Posse Comitatus people and tax protesters. Jack Mohr and James Wickstrom. That was back in the s and early s. By the mid-'80s, my dad did a turnaround, because the government was cracking down on that kind of thing. He started preaching more like a fundamentalist, a Jerry Falwell type.
Now he says he doesn't hate blacks or anything. But his writings say otherwise. But that's not what was said in his home, or in his writing. We have letters from him and some of the others that show that he doesn't really believe what he's saying. TIM: The whole family lived around the church, but there were people scattered in a mile radius who attended. Also on feast days, three times a year, people would come from all over the nation to attend.
Basically, we had a farm life — hard work from dawn to dusk. We had cattle and milked cows and put up hay. It was a really hardworking environment. Most people had day jobs, and many of them had other farms around here. When I was a kid it was 40 acres here and 80 acres there. Now, there's hundreds and hundreds of acres they have bought over the years.
And the technology has come so far that work now is probably not nearly as hard as it was then. SARAH: After I left and read about cults, I realized that that was the point — keep everybody busy so they don't ask questions, so they're too exhausted to cause trouble. All we did was eat and work and gossip.
That was all. TIM: My dad has five brothers and he always had them under control. They would do whatever he wanted. I mean, there would be Hatfield-and-McCoy type of fights, but it was always stick up for each other in the end. So when I was growing up, there was this sense of security and a lot of pride. I was a Gayman. I felt secure, but at the same time I felt there were things that weren't right. But being my family and being as strong-minded as they were, I didn't put up a fuss. When I finally did leave, I had a lot of guilt because I was leaving the family and my father had always drilled into me that this is the church, this is your heritage, don't leave it.
Don't leave the faith. I carried this guilt for years. It was all based on Christian Identity. White Caucasian people were the chosen people of God, and blacks and Jews were something else. My dad preached the separation of all the races. Everything we did was related to the theology. It was more like there was this sense of pride. Still, Identity people don't necessarily like one another. It was more like group evil.
It gave them a sense of belonging and direction. They're all living there together and talking about how great they are, these great white people. I don't know what they were thinking, but they were seeking something. They were definitely very right politically, very, very conservative. I was probably 15 at the time, and they started listening to Dan Gayman's tapes. The tapes he sent were not way out there in right-wing-fringe land — more like conservative Christian tapes, so they thought at first that Identity was like the PTL [fundamentalists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Praise the Lord] Club.
Anyway, when I was 16, my parents took my two younger brothers and I up there from South Carolina, where we were living at the time. We were all so impressed with Tim's dad. He was so charming — very, very charming. We were honeymooned. Dan had his children all in uniforms, navy pants and white shirts, and they got up and sang. My parents were thinking, "What a wonderful family! I spent my last year of high school being home-schooled there. Then my parents moved out there at the end of the year and immediately saw it for what it was.
They thought Dan was way too far out there. But by that time, I was completely under Dan's control. There's no other way to say it: I was brainwashed. Tim and I had already started dating. Basically, what Dan did was started pulling me over to his family more and more. Finally, he said, "This is a fork in the road of your life, Sarah. You can marry Tim and be a part of this family and have us forever, or you can leave here and never see Tim again and not graduate from high school.
This was a big thing for me. It was my last year of school, it was April, and I thought if I left, I'd have to repeat my senior year — how humiliating! I thought, "Well, my parents are real right-wing and so they must be thrilled about this budding relationship between Tim and me. They were upset when they found out. In the end, it worked out beautifully. Tim and I are very close and we have four children. But for years, it was really hard. IR: It was around this time that the two of you double-dated with Eric Rudolph [an Identity adherent and fugitive who has been charged with murdering a police officer while bombing an Alabama abortion clinic, as well as bomb attacks on the Atlanta Olympics, a lesbian bar and a Georgia clinic].
What was that like? Dan was just beside himself. He just thought Eric was great. Eric's younger brother, Jamie, was also there at the time. We also met another brother, Dan, but he only came out there one time. TIM: Eric lived with us for a short time, maybe three or four months, when he was Eric, his mother and his brother had come out from North Carolina. My dad thought he was going to mold Eric into whatever he wanted him to be, but Eric had a mind of his own.
He saw through my dad, although he believed in that kind of stuff. Eric was really charming, a charismatic type. But he was also different, a loner who didn't make a whole lot of friends. TIM: Yes. Pat [Eric's mother] had been a strong Catholic and at one time she had been a nun. Then she got into this. Davis and my dad had their differences, but she had seen some of my dad's literature, so she came out.
He had taken Eric under his wing. Smith [a famous but now deceased extremist]. She was about my age and a really beautiful girl. Eric fell head over heels in love with her — she was really into Identity — and they were engaged for a while. But they ended up not getting married. She eventually committed suicide after being married to somebody else. I think she was really screwed up by Identity and by Tim's dad. Dan spent probably 50 or 60 hours counseling her.
He kept laying the guilt on, telling her she had demons and all kinds of things. A lot of tragedy comes from Identity. Dan has them pretty well under control. They live to gain his approval, which they will never do completely. TIM: My parents are so strong about what they believe that they have lost 11 of their grandchildren, two daughters-in-law and a son. They won't get to see those grandchildren ever again, and yet they still believe this stuff.
It's not like when we left they said, "We know you're going and we respect that. He was on his England kick. Digital Products on Checkout, all other products filled in 1 business day. Some of the first settlers of this family name were: Gayman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century Christian Gayman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about , passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.
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