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Paul Morantz


I can answer every kind of general question. But there will be particular groups I may be unfamiliar with.

Experience in the area

I am a lawyer who specialized in suing cults for 30 years. In l980's I was recognized as leading expert on cults. Interviewed over 1,000 cult victims and deposed member and cult leaders. See or google me.


Formerly counseled Cult Awareness Network and other groups. Once on board at Rick Ross Institute


Los Angeles Times Ameican Bar Journal Los Angeles Magazine Rolling Stone Coast Magazine Pigskin Review


Attorney, self taught. Dr. Maraget Singer and Dr. Frederick Hacker were mentors. Expert on Lifton. See above.

Awards and Honors

Ended Synanon. Helped end est. passed law allowing punitive damages against religious organizations. Helped pass law not allowing sex between therapist and patient. Honored by Valley Bar, DA office. I am in 57 books and thousands of newspapers and periodicals. Portrayed in a movie.

Past/Present Clients

clients have right of privacy. I litigated against Synanon, Jonestown, Scientology, Center for Feeling Therapy, Unification Church, John Gottuso, Conversation and many others. I am expert on Manson and SLA

What do you like about this subject?

It was my life work. People need to be educated

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

It would be nice if coercive persuasion were taught in schools. I taught it for awhile at USC

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Cult leaders sales pitches to get followers to do bidding are lies the leader does not believe

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Intelligent people are highly susceptible

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