Here is a story about your average, ordinary, home-grown cult. Enjoy, ladies and gentlemen.
You know, this is a relevant topic, seeing as how I am studying persuasion with my students. Persuasion, as in, how were the cult followers "persuaded" to join the group and follow Rama Bahera/Samantha Roy in the first place? Why do they give him all of their hard-earned money? Why do they stay?
Only time, and a FBI investigation will tell. For now, here are some links and video for your perusal.
Story in the GB Press Gazette
WSAW story and video
Witness account of life in the cult
Witness account of cult abuse
It's unclear who authors this website, but it's arguments discredit the Secrets in Shawano series