David Depape: Paul Pelosi’s alleged attacker Identified

David Depape
David Depape

The attacker of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, has been identified as David Depape.

The name was first released by Demian Bulwa, news director for the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.

He tweeted that David Depape is a Berkeley resident.

According to, online records give Depape’s age as 42.

His family lives in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada where he grew up – the family lost in touch with him after he left Canada to follow a girlfriend to the U.S.

His twin sister Joanne Robinson lives in New Zealand.

He is the stepson of Gene DePape, who is RonDePape‘s brother and Teresa DePape‘s husband.

After graduating from high school in Canada, he moved to Hawaii, USA then to California.

Since 2002, he and his twin sister have not communicated with each other.

In 2012, he joined a group of nudist activists who went to the streets of San Francisco, California to protest restrictions on public nudity, which were approved by the Board of Supervisors that year.

Joe Eskenazi, of Mission Local, tweeted, “My sources also name the suspect in this morning’s hammer attack on Paul Pelosi as David DePape, born 1980, of Berkeley. He would appear to be a former Castro nudist protester. Things appear set to be bizarre for a while.”

A 2013 article in the San Francisco Chronicle mentions Depape, although his name is spelled wrong.

It describes him as a “hemp jewelry maker.

That article reported that Depape was the best man at the naked wedding of Gypsy Taub.

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David Depape in Berkeley, CA, Friday, December 13, 2013.Michael Short/The Chronicle

A 2008 article in the Oakland Tribune, accessed via, reported that David Depape and Gypsy Taub have three children together.

Instead of cooking Thanksgiving dinner in their Berkeley home, they “chose to join 350 others at the Two Star Market for a community meal,” the article stated.

“We like to meet our neighbors,” Taub, a pro nudity activist, told the news

Taub’s Facebook page says she is from Moscow, Russia, and is “the homeless youth director at Jerry Garcia Family Healing Clinic.”

There is no indication that Taub has any connection to the Paul Pelosi attack; the inclusion is meant to flesh out the bio of Depape.

Taub has told the media she believes 9/11 was an inside job, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

In 2013, in an article on Indy, Taub mentioned Depape as a photographer at a nudity ban protest in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood.

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