Inspired by the anti-COVID trucker protests in Canada earlier this year, Didulo has been driving across the country in RVs since February, alongside a rotating cast of followers, and holding gatherings in department-store parking lots. The “mobile government,” as it’s been dubbed, can draw quite a crowd, as it did in Peterborough. Altogether, her fans across Canada almost certainly number in the hundreds.
“She is, I would say, one of the most dangerous QAnon influencers within the movement, if not the most dangerous.”
Every morning at 6 or 7 a.m., the queen would play her favorite song, disco supergroup Boney M.’s smash hit Rasputin, about the well-endowed Russian mystic of the same name. Often, the funky vibes would last an hour. Once, Didulo played Rasputin for the entire duration of a 10-hour drive while her “staff” just sat and listened. (Her followers even recorded their own version of the song with lyrics about her.)
“The abuse was non-stop. It was never-ending. No proper meals, you know? No sleep.”
‘Our military is going to shoot you’
But up until early 2022, Didulo had never appeared in public.That all changed when the truckers began to occupy Ottawa with vague demands that Canada’s freedoms be returned and COVID restrictions be lifted. Didulo saw their popularity and decided to take her life offline. But she needed the help of the people who moderated her Telegram channels, her most trusted allies. These people would become her first “staff,” and none were more important than Corey and Daisy.
“Shoot to kill anyone who tries to inject Children under the age of 19 years old with Coronavirus19 vaccines/ bioweapons or any other Vaccines.”
“The driver, she was crying, she was in tears. She really thought it was her destiny to be there. I felt bad for her. It was sad,” he said. Then, when Cowan took back his personal equipment the convoy was using to produce the queen’s Telegram videos, Didulo accused him of hijacking the RV and kidnapping several of her staff members. “A reminder…” Didulo wrote shortly after on Telegram, “in the Kingdom of Canada...Treason = Death Penalty.” She shared photos of Cowan, along with his phone number and social media profiles. She called him a “Deep State Agent /infiltrator” and implied he was a devil worshipper. “He will not survive what is coming,” one of the queen’s followers wrote in response. “Fan of satan and a traitor," wrote another. "Maybe he should be the first [to] hang publicly, for the other traitors could see what to expect?”“I didn't answer a single phone call, but my phone was constantly blowing up with Telegram messages and text messages,” Cowan said. “Then a few people found my personal Facebook page and commented randomly on some posts. One of them, like a 60-year-old woman, looks really nice, and she was like, 'You will burn!'”
“You can't split up the convoy, otherwise our military is going to shoot you.”
‘I would lay my life down for you’
Diane Benscoter, a former cult member and the founder of Antidote.ngo, which aids people in deprogramming and returning family members or friends, said that the incredible political strife of the past few years and the proliferation of the QAnon conspiracy has allowed groups like Didulo's to flourish. And this one specifically has many markings of a cult.
“A personal message to Queen Romana. love you and I would lay my life down for you.”