The Son, the Goddess, and Leopoldo

Born in a coven of lesbian witches in a Haight-Ashbury commune after the fall of Saigon, young Joshua Safran soon hit the open road with his single mother, Claudia, and things only got stranger from there. A word of warning: this story contains some disturbing moments.

Learn more about Joshua Safran. Learn more about Deborah Peagler's story.

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Joshua, heading to a Rainbow Gathering

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Baby Joshua, bathing in the San Francisco commune sink

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Joshua playing a fife in the New Mexico desert

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Joshua and his mother, Claudia

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The lean-to Joshua called home at 10 years old

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Claudia and Leopoldo’s Egyptian occult wedding

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Joshua and Claudia, finally free from Leopoldo

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Joshua, 16 years old

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Joshua with Debbie in prison

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Joshua with his daughter and Debbie, after Debbie’s release from prison

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Joshua Safran's memoir, "Free Spirit"

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"Crime after Crime," a documentary film about Joshua Safran and Debbie Peagler

 

 

 

Credits

Producer:
Lea Thau