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What Makes a Group a Cult

Cult survivors and writers Karla McLaren and Janja Lalich PhD (author of Take Back Your Life) outline the following four components that, in their opinion, create a cultic group: charismatic authority, transcendent...

Donato’s Past & Private Investigator

Donato’s Marriage(s) This image is labeled August 29, 1968, however their marriage certificate is dated July 15th 1964 in Los Angeles County Below are pictures of Patricia and Donato at Disneyland. That’s...

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Who Joins Cults?

People do not join cults - they are recruited. Cult members are not stupid or weak-willed - large majority are highly intelligent, open-minded, adaptable, and often very idealistic.

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IS MORNINGLAND A CULT, AND WHAT DOES THAT REALLY MEAN?

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Some of the groups below were founded in as early as the 1930s and 50s. Their belief system includes a mix of Eastern philosophy, Christian doomsday (judgment day), and UFOs. It was a popular combination that began in...

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The purpose of this website is to honor and share the experiences of Morningland Monastery’s former members. Morningland is also sometimes referred to as the Urban Monastery or the Monastery, located in Long Beach, CA...