*In the 70s, if your kid somehow got caught up in a cult and needed to be deprogrammed, Ted Patrick was your guy. Today, he’s the guy for Orlando Jones.
The “Sleepy Hollow” actor and his Drive-By Entertainment partner Noam Dromi have optioned the rights to Patrick’s story and intend to write the screenplay as a starring vehicle for Jones, reports Deadline.com.
Patrick was known as the “father of deprogramming” and seen as savior to many parents who had seemingly lost their children to cults. The Special Assistant for Community Relations for then Governor Ronald Reagan, the civil rights activist’s life was upended when his 14 year-old son was nearly converted by the Children of God cult. Subsequently, Patrick reached out to those families with relatives who had joined the group.
As described in his book Let Our Children Go, Patrick even pretended to join Children of God to learn how they operated. Despite the lack of professional training, Patrick was hired by parents and family members to help deprogram their loved ones.
Patrick’s methods found him standing trial several times on kidnapping charges – a part of his technique he ceased, though he continued trying to deprogram cult members like those who had joined Scientology. Patrick was convicted on a number of felony charges over the years due to his methods.