Friday, November 14, 2008

The Hometown Cult

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

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