Below is from Christopher’s Daily Journal today.
The defamation case is turning into something good for the Marvelous Work and a Wonder® and the Humanity Party®. Christopher will be able to cross-examine and depose Mr. Rick Ross, who touts that he is one of the world’s foremost experts on cults.
Mr. Ross might have done a lot of research on cults, cult leaders, and cult behavior, but he has never interviewed, nor confronted, nor been confounded by a True Messenger.
He will now.
Christopher’s Daily Journal, October 17, 2018:
Echthros’ witnesses have been revealed. Challenging Rick Ross, a so-called Cult Expert.
Pursuant to the Court’s Order setting deadlines for discovery for the upcoming trial, through his attorney, Echthros submitted his witness list.
Yeah, it’s cool who’s coming to the trial … NOT!
Guess who the witnesses for Echthros are going to be?
Well, I’ll just let you see for yourself what Echthros filed with the Court:
DEFENDANT/ COUNTERCLAIMANT’S DISCLOSURE OF WITNESSES
- Capt. David Bishop, 2028 East Ben White Blvd. No. 240-4668 Austin, TX 78741
- Bryce Blakenagel, 6246 NE Radford Drive Apt. 2321, Seattle, WA 98115, (801) 558-1972
- Lola Blanc (Look her up. She’s a celebrity … Yeah, Really!)
- Keldon Brown, Orem Police Dept. 95 Center St.,Orem, UT 84057, (80 l) 229-7070
- Stephen Dark, The City Weekly, Salt Lake City, UT (801) 414-5433
- Curt Ence
- Duane Erickson
- Kimberlee Galaxxy, f/k/a Kimberlee Briggs, 1125 South Slate Canyon Drive, Provo, UT 84606
- Linda Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D. 231 North 6th Ave., Pocatello, ID 83201, Dr. Hatzenbuehler received her B.A.(1969) in psychology from John Carroll University, her M.S. (1971) from Kent State University, and her Ph.D (1977) in clinical psychology from Kent State University. Dr. Hatzenbuehler is a board certified forensic psychologist. Dr. Hatzenbuehler has been retained to conduct an independent mental examination on the Plaintiff. Her anticipated testimony will concern the results of the examination, and an assessment of Plaintiffs outrageous, malicious, and/or oppressive actions towards [Echthros]. This disclosure will be supplemented upon completion of the independent mental examination. (Yeah, Really!)
- Nick ltsopoulos, Trident Group, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (321) 403-4962
- Glenn Iverson
- Jon and Sue Kammerman
- Christine Marie Katas, 4952 South Rainbow Blvd. No. 195 Las Vegas, NV 89118, (818) 319-0391
- Barry Knudsen, c/o Alpha House, 2300 East Division Street Springfield, MO 65803, (413) 243-0663.
- Hon. Denise P. Lindberg, c/o Third District Court 450 So. State St.,Salt Lake City, UT 84111, (801) 578-3806 (Yeah, Really!)
- Det. John R. Llewellyn, Bluffdale, UT 84065, (801) 254-4033
- Shawn McCraney, Heart of the Matter, 137 West 4640 South Salt Lake City, UT 84107, (801) 590-8413
- Det. Daniel W. McKown, Orem Police Dept. 95 Center St., Orem, UT 84057, (801) 229-7070
- Cory and Linda Nemelka
- Jackie and Sariah Nemelka
- Joel Nemelka
- Joseph Lee Nemelka, 6806 South 1300 East Salt Lake City, UT 84121, (801) 568-9191
- Sheryl A. Nemelka, 2609 West Lingard Street Lancaster, CA 93536-6415, (801) 755-5797
- Lt. Kevin Ostler, Power County Sheriff’s Office 550 Gifford Street, American Falls, ID 83211 (208) 226-2311
- Robert G. Pace, 6693 Gina Road, Herriman, UT 84096, (80 l) 971-6402
- Craig W. Parrish, P.O. Box 4321 Pocatello, ID 83205 (208) 234-1234
- Vicky and Rachel Prunty, Sacramento, CA (916) 856-7807
- Alan and Marcee Quirk
- Diana Rhyne
- Rick Alan Ross, The Cult Education Institute 1977 North Olden Ave., Ext. 272, Trenton, NJ 08618,(609) 396-6684. Mr. Ross is a nationally recognized expert on cults. He has been retained by the Defendant as an expert witness in this case at the following rates: $75.00/hour for travel time, $150.00/hour for preparation and consultation time, $200.00/hour for deposition and court testimony time. A preliminary report as well as detailed information about Mr. Ross’ qualifications and experience are attached as Exhibit A to this disclosure.
- Laura Saiki, 234 Garden Park, Orem, UT 84057, (801) 870-1303
- Tony Saiki, 234 West Garden Park Orem, UT 84057, (775) 296-5551
- Joey Scoma, Mapleton, UT 84664, (760) 579-3619
- Andrew Sproge, Eagle Mountain, UT, (801) 318-8502
- Kurt and Monica Smith, 2587 Southside, Melba, ID 83641, (208) 941-1245
- Mark Sorenson, Orem Police Dept., 95 Center St., Orem, UT 84057, (801) 229-7070.
- Julie Taggert, 335 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, (801) 577-1928
- Denton and Sydney Thiede, 1687 Mills Lane, Heber City, UT 84032, (801) 243-0519
- Sgt. Nicholas G. Thomas, Orem Police Dept., 95 Center St., Orem, UT 84057, (801) 229-7070
- LeeAnn Turpin, LCPC Center Counseling, 265 East Chubbuck Road Chubbuck, ID 83202. LeeAnn Turpin is a licensed clinical professional counselor. She has a B.A. degree (elementary education and teaching) from Idaho State University, and a masters degree (mental health counseling/counselor) from Idaho State University. She wasa counselor and teacher with the Blackfoot Idaho School District from August 1994 to July 2005. She has been a mental health counselor at Center Counseling from December 1999 to present. LeeAnn Turpin has had several counseling sessions with [Echthros] in which [Echthros] has informed Ms. Turpin about the facts of this case, as set forth in Defendant/Counterclaiman’ts Verified Second Amended Answer and Counterclaim, filed August 6, 2018. Based upon those facts, and her observations of [Echthros] at the counseling sessions, Ms. Turpin will testify that [Echthros] suffers from PTSD due to the outrageous, malicious, and/or oppressive actions of the Plaintiff, and that Plaintiff’s actions have aggravated [Echthros’] OCD. Ms. Turpin will also testify about how many counseling sessions will be necessary with [Echthros] to treat the PTSD and OCD issues, and the expense involved. At this time, Ms. Turpin cannot offer an opinion on how many counseling sessions will be required, and [Echthros] reserves the right to supplement this disclosure upon determination of the same. Ms. Turpin’s hourly rate is $85.00. She has not testified in trial or in deposition the past four (4) years. (Yeah, Really!)
- Kyle D. Williams
- Any witness disclosed by Plaintiff / Counterdefendant
- Any witness previously disclosed by Defendant / Counterclaimant
(End of Echthros’ Witness List.)
I added another who Echthros had listed in one of his first responses to Interrogatories was treating him for psychological damage: Shannon Brown, Clinical Social Worker specialist in Pocatello ID. Shannon Brown is a Clinical Social Worker Specialist in Pocatello, Idaho. He graduated with honors in 2011. Having more than 7 years of diverse experiences, especially in CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK, Shannon Brown affiliates with no hospital and cooperates with other doctors and specialists without joining any medical groups. Call Shannon Brown on phone number (208) 232-6260 for more information and advice or to book an appointment. [See Def Response First Set of Interrogatories … other number: (208) 226-2822.]
And for your reading pleasure, here is EXHIBIT A … Yeah, Really!:
Rick Ross is the founder and Executive Director of The Cult Education Institute (CEI), formerly known as the Ross Institute of New Jersey. CEI is a nonprofit corporation and tax-exempt educational institution devoted to the study of destructive cults, controversial groups and movements. Researchers and the media around the world have often cited the CEI Internet archive as a meaningful resource. CEI is a member of both the American and New Jersey Library Associations. Rick Ross is also an expert consultant, lecturer and intervention specialist regarding destructive cults, controversial groups and movements. He has worked with hundreds of families, mental health professionals, attorneys, clergy, law enforcement and each year responds to thousands of inquiries. Ross has been qualified and accepted as an expert witness across the United States in numerous court cases. His testimony has typically focused upon the behavior of destructive groups, their persuasion techniques and undue influence.
2003-Present Executive Director, The Cult Education Institute, formerly known as the Ross Institute of New Jersey
1986-Present Private Consultant, Lecturer and Intervention Specialist
1984-1986 Instructor for the Bureau of Jewish Education, Phoenix, Arizona regarding destructive cults, radical, controversial and potentially unsafe groups for high school and adult education.
1983-1986 Jewish Family & Children’s Service Phoenix, Arizona as Coordinator for the Jewish Prisoner Program and agency resource person regarding destructive cults, potentially unsafe and controversial groups.
1970 Graduated from Phoenix Union High School, Phoenix Arizona
1969 Attended Camden Military Academy, Camden, South Carolina
2011 Certificate of recognition from U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert S. Mueller, III, Director Community Service Citation from B’NAI B’RITH International, Washington D.C.
1983-86 Instructor for the Bureau of Jewish Education
Adult and Hebrew High classes course titled “Cults and Crusades–Conversion through Coercion”
PUBLIC POLICY ACTIVITIES
2010 Advised the State of Israel, Ministry of Welfare and Social Services concerning “An Examination of the Phenomenon of Cults in Israel”, published 2011
1993 Advised both Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding the Waco-Davidians
1986 Chairman, Religious Advisory Committee for the Arizona Department of Corrections
1986 Chairman, International Commission for Jewish Prisoner Programs
1984 National Committee on lnterreligious Affairs for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations
1983 Religious Advisory Committee for the Arizona Department of Corrections
1983 National Committee on Cults and Missionaries for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations
1982 The Community Relations sub-Committee on Cults and Missionaries
“Cults Inside Out: How People Get In and Can Get Out,” “(CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform October 16, 2014). Peace Books, Hong Kong (Chinese translation 2015), Antao Edizionl, Rome (Italian translation 2015)
“Ex-Cult Members Can Be Derpogrammed”, Chapter 4 Part 1 “Cults: Opposing Viewpoints”, Greenhaven Press, Gale/Cengage Learning 2012
“Cults: Assessment”, Presented at the International Symposium on Cultic Studies held at Assumption University, Thailand. Published by the Institute of Religious Studies Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China 2011
“Cult Deprogramming: An Examination of the Intervention Process”, Published by the Shenzhen International Symposium on Cultic Studies sponsored by the Institute of Religious Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China December 2010
“Is Falun Gong a Cult?” Published by the Centre for the Study of Destructive Cults Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, China December 2009
“In the Name of Love: Abusive Controlling Relationships,” 2004
“Cults: An Educational Volume,” 2001
The Missionary Threat, published by the Institute for First Amendment Studies 1995
Guidelines for a Community and Congregational Response, Cults and Missionaries, published by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations 1984
What in God’s Name is going on in Arizona? published by the Jewish Federation of Phoenix 1982
An analysis of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda 2001
The Emergence of New Hybrid/Composite Groups and Counseling Approaches: A Study of Friends Landing 1999
Has Madonna Joined a Cult? 1997
Bigotry Lurks in born-again Christian Doctrine, published by The Arizona Republic Newspaper 1982
Cults Inside Out: How People Get In and Can Get Out by Rick Alan Ross, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2014
Cults: Opposing Viewpoints Chapter 4: “How Can Cult Members Be Helped,” by Rick Alan Ross, Greenhaven Press 2012
Prominently quoted within Hollywood lnterrupted by Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner, John Wiley & Sons 2004
Interview within The Power of Cult Branding, by Matthew Ragas and Bolivar Bueno, Prima Publishing 2002
Cited case intervention work within The Walking Wounded: A Look at Faith Theology, by Jeremy Reynalds, Huntington House Publishers 1996
Cited within Snapping: America’s Sudden Personality Change, by Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman, Second Edition by Stillpoint Press 1995
Forward to See No Evil: Blind Devotion and Bloodshed in David Koresh’s Holy War, by Tim Madigan, published by Summit Group 1993
See No Evil, Chapter Rick Ross Takes One Back, by Tim Madigan 1993
Cited within Cults and Consequences: The Definitive Handbook, published by the Community Relations Committee: Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles 1988
Letters to Editor
What Happened at Waco, published by The Washington Post 1995
Waco: A Response to an Article by Dean Kelley, published by First Things Magazine
Numerous letters published regarding destructive cults, controversial groups and movements in publications such as the following:
The Nation, The Humanist Magazine, Penthouse Magazine, The Arizona Republic Newspaper, The Phoenix New Times, The Phoenix Gazette, The Scottsdale Progress and The Boston Phoenix
PRESENTATIONS AT CONFERENCES
“Cults: Assessment”, Presented at the International Symposium on Cultic Studies held at Assumption University, Thailand. Published by the Institute of Religious Studies Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China 2011
Is Falun Gong a Cult? International Forum on Cultic Studies sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Shenzhen, China 2009
Survivors of Harmful Treatment Programs 2003 Conference
Criminal Cults and their Violent Acts at the 38th Annual Dickinson College Public Affairs Symposium Crimes and Punishment, Dickinson College, PA, February 18-21, 2001
Cults: Conversion through Coercion, Maricopa County Medical Center, Phoenix 1994
Cults and Missionaries, the Biennial Conference of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations 1985
Conversion through Coercion, panel presentation sponsored by the Department of Communication at Arizona State University, 1984
Mind Control: The Fundamentalist Syndrome, An Ecumenical and Professional Community Conference sponsored by the Phoenix Jewish Federation and Jewish Family and Children’s Service 1983
Rick Ross has been qualified and accepted as an expert witness in United States Federal Court and also within the courts of —
- North Dakota
- Washington C.
Rick Ross has been deposed, testified and/or submitted testimony by affidavit as an expert within —
- South Carolina
LIST OF LECTURES
Arizona State University Auburn University Baylor University
Carnegie Mellon University
Catawba Valley Executives Club, Hickory, NC
Central Oregon Community College/Cascadia College, Oregon State University
Clark University, Worcester, MA
Georgia State University, Atlanta
GuangXi International University, China
Heilongjiang University, China
Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix
Jewish Federation of Boston
Laredo Community College, Laredo, Texas
Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania
Maricopa County Medical Center
Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio
McCallie School of Chattanooga
Mississippi State Legislative Committee
Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI
The Oklahoma City Men’s Dinner Club
Pennsylvania State University, Dunmore PA
Philadelphia College of Textiles of Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix Bureau of Jewish Education
Shandong University, China
Southern Connecticut State University
Southern Utah University
State University of New York at Cortland
Temple Beth Shalom, Las Vegas
Town Hall of Morris, NJ
University of Chicago
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
University of Portland
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Washington at Pullman
Wuhan University, China
WV West Virginia State College
Women’s Club of Wheeling, West Virginia Zhengzhou University, China
MEDIA CONSULTING WORK
CBS News 1999
FOX News 1999
CBC Canada 1995
Nippon Japan 1995
The Dr. Oz Show
ABC 20/20 2017
“The Lead with Jake Tapper” CNN
The Ricki Lake Show 2013
The Joy Behar Show, HLN 2010, 2011
“Dr. Phil Show” 2008, 2009, 2013
Nancy Grace CNN 2008, 2013, 2014
Bridges Television Network
VH1 News Special Hollywood Religion 2005
A Current Affair 2005
Fox News: “The O’Reilly Factor” 2005
Good Morning America 1993, 1997, 2005, 2008
Showtime: Penn & Teller 2004, 2005
“Smoking Gun,” Court TV, 2004
“Unscrewed,” Tech TV, 2004
Court TV Catherine Crier 2003, 2005
Court TV News 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
ABC Nightline 1993, 1996, 1997
ABC Prime Time 1995
ABC Evening News 1993 , 1997
The Today Show 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2006,
CBS 48 Hours 1989, 1992, 1993, 1999
Day and Date 1995
CBS News This Morning 1993
MTV News 1995
Oprah Winfrey 1989, 1994
Extra 1997, 1999
Fox Television 1993, 2003
E Entertainment Network THS Investigates
The Learning Channel
Fox News 2006, 2007, 2008
The Fox Files 1999
Hard Copy 1999
Personal Stories CNBC 1991
Jerry Springer 1993, 1994
Good Morning America 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2008
Dateline NBC 1997,2018
NBC Evening News 1993
CNN 1993, 1999, 2005
Court TV-Cochran & Company 1997
MSNBC News 1997, 2003
CBS Street Stories 1993
Day One 1993
Sally Jesse Raphael 1989, 1991
Inside Edition 1991, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012,2018
Attitudes on Lifetime 1992
Geraldo Rivera 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996,1997
MSNBC Special Report 2000 , 2008
MSNBC Scarborough Country 2005, 2006
MSNBC Catherine Crier 2006
Fox News, “Heartland ” with John Kasich
Geraldo At Large, Fox News 2007
CNN Anderson Cooper
Learning Channel “Heaven’s Gate”
“Deadly Devotion” Investigation Discovery 2014
“DeadlyCults” Codes and Conspiracies American Heroes Channel 2015
Geraldo CNBC 1996, 2000, 2001
Phil Donahue 1989, 1992, 1993
lVP Telewizja Polska, Polish Television
“Sunday Night”, Australia Seven Network
CClV International Network, China
Phoenix Television, Hong Kong 2009, 2015
M 6, French National Television
PRO 7 Television, Germany
BBC Great Britain, 2004
BBC2 Great Britain, 2005
Daily Planet, The Discovery Channel, Canada
TV 2 National News of Denmark, 2001
CNN 1993, 1999, 2006
Nippon TV Japan 1995
Canadian Broadcast Corp. 1993, 1995
Asahi TV Japan 1995
CNN Special Report 2000
BBC Panorama, 2005, 2007
CNN International News 2008
KOCO ABC News Oklahoma City
Fox News 5, Washington D.C.
KSHB-TV Kansas City, Misssouri
WTTJ Fox News Washington D.C.
Channel One, New York City
ABC affiliate Fargo
ABC affiliate Grand Forks
ABC affiliate Philadelphia
Comcast CNS Regional News
Fox “Good Day LA,” Los Angeles
KATU lV Portland, Oregon
KLAL Los Angeles
KOAT Albuquerque, NM
WB 11 News, New York
WSAW News Wausau, Wisconsin
KTUV News, San Francisco
KYTV Springfield, MO
News 10 Sacramento, CA
WCBS New York City
WRTV 6 Indianapolis
WSLS-lV Roanoke, VA
KCRG Cedar Rapids, Iowa
WBNS TV Columbus, Ohio
“Holy Smoke” a film directed by Jane Campion 1999, Miramax/Disney, technical consultant to actor Harvey Keitel
“Inside the Criminal Mind” episode 3 “Cult Leaders” Netflix 2018
“Truth and Lies: Jonestown Paradise Lost” ABC News 2018
“Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes” Fox 2018
ABC Documentary Special “Truth and Lies: The Family Manson” 2017
“Holy Hell” Directed by Will Allen 2016
Deprogrammed, a film by Mia Donovan, Eye Steel Film 2015
Witness to Waco, MSNBC Documentaries 2009
Polygamy: Religion or Mind Control?,MSNBC 2008
THS Investigates: Cults, Religion and Mind Control,2008
Mind Control, A&E Netowrk 2007
Heavens Gate: The Definitive Story Lincloln Square Productions, The Learning Channel 2007
Yogi Inc., John Philp 2007
Join Us, Interloper Films & Lustianby Ondi Timoner 2007
Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard, Symon Productions 2006
Crimes In The Name Of God, BNN/Court TV 1999
Waco: The Rules Of Engagement, 1997
Cults in America, NHK Japan 1995
In The Name Of God, Post Newsweek 1983
Town & Country Magazine
Vanity Fair Magazine
Knight Ridder Newspapers
Blender Music Magazine
FHM Magazine, US edition
The American Lawyer
Scripps Howard News Service
Soap Opera Digest
Pentecostal Evangel Magazine
Media General News Service
Columbia News Service
China Today Magazine
Ta Kung Pao, Hong Kong
Wen Wei Po Daily News, Hong Kong
Macleans Magazine, Canada
Woman’s Day Magazine, Australia
Daily Post North Wales, UK
China Dally News
DS Magazine, France
Courrier International, France
HAARETZ Magazine, Israel
GQ Magazine, Germany
PRZEKROJ Weekly, Warsaw Poland
The London Times
FHM, Great Britain
Scotsman, Great Britain
The Observer, London
Globe and Mail
The Daily Telegraph, London
The Hamilton Spectator, Canada
Processo Magazine, Mexico
Jewish Press International
The Guardian, London
Telegraf Weekly Belgrade, Yugoslavia
South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
Sunday Times, Johannesburg South Africa
Facts Magazine, Switzerland
Courier Mail, Australia
FHM Magazine, British edition
Hurontaria – Canadian Czech-out Monthly
Revu Magazine, the Netherlands
Bizarre Magazine, UK
Bizarre Magazine, Great Britain
The Ottawa Citizen
The New York Observer
The Appeal-Democrat, California
The Journal News, Westchester, New York
The Shawano Leader, Wisconsin
Cleveland Jewish News
San Antonio Express
The Journal News, Westchester, New York
Kansas City Star
The San Francisco Examiner
The San Francisco Chronicle
Creative Loafing, Atlanta
Salt Lake City Tribune
The Palm Beach Post
The Star-Ledger, Jersey City
The New York Daily News
The Village Voice
Pioneer Press St. Paul, MN
The Las Vegas Sun
New York Magazine
The Pioneer Press, Aetna California
The Star Journal, Ventura, California
CityLink Magazine, Palm Beach
New York Times
New York Post
Newsday New York
Eastside Weekly, Seattle
Dallas Daily News
Austin American Statesman
The Phoenix New Times
Anchorage Daily News
The Chattanooga Times
The State News, Lansing Michigan
Metroland Albany, New York
The Mesa Tribune
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Tempe Daily News
The Arizona Republic
Phoenix Jewish News
Arizona Daily Sun
The Daily World, Aberdeen
Grand Forks Herald
Richmond Times Dispatch
Scottsdale Progress Tribune
The San Diego Union Tribune
Los Angeles Times
Fort Worth Star Telegram
The Journal Times
Portland MA News
Ravilli Republic Montana
The Daily Pennsylvanian
The Stranger Seattle
The Republican- PA
The Chicago Maroon
Echo Magazine, Phoenix
Chicago Sun Times
Willamette Week Portland
Herald American Post
The Arizona Daily Star
Danbury News Times
Legal Times, Washington DC
New Jersey Law Journal
Portland Press Herald
Foster’s Sunday Citizen, NH
Miami New Times
Los Angeles Independent
Cleveland Plain Dealer
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
San Francisco Weekly
CBC podcast series “Escaping NXIVM” 2018
Book of Man
Coconuts, Thailand 2018
Lions of Liberty podcast
LipTV “Media Mayhem”
Time Magazine on line
Rediff on the Net
Hurontaria-Czech Canadian monthly
ABC News on line
Naomi Judd “Think Twice”, Sirius Satellite Radio
KURV McAllen, Texas
“Overnight America,” Jon Grayson
Montel Williams Air America
Rational Radio, Jack Jett Show
ABC National Radio, NY
Air America, “Majority Report”– The Janeane Garofolo Show
ABC Radio Satellite Sisters
Voice of America
ABC Mitch Albom Show
The Michael Reagan Show, Premiere Radio Network
American Freedom Network
CBS National Radio, N.Y.
KABC National Network, L.A.
National Public Radio
Pacifica National News
Sirius Satellite Radio
WMAL Washington D.C.
Rolanda Watts Show
Bill Press Show, Sirius Satellite Radio
702 Talk Radio, South Africa
570 News, CKGL Ontario, Canada
Radio 2UE Sydney, Australia
Spin Radio Dublin
Deutche Welle Gennany
CJOB Winnipeg Canada
NATC Network Sydney, Australia
BBC National Radio, Great Britain
Deutsche Welle, Gennany
CHQR Course Network, Canada
Radio Capital, Italy
National Radio RAI- Rome, Italy
Calgary, Canada QR77 WICK Network
567 Cape Town Talk, South Africa
Australian Broadcast Corp.
CKO National Network Canada
CKW, Vancouver, Canada
Radio 650 NTR Saskatchewan, Canada
Radio Onda Caro-Spain
SAFM/National English Broadcaster, South Africa
Toronto 640 News
702 Talk Radio Johannesburg, South Africa
WUTQ-FM Utica, New York
WOOD Radio Grand Rapids, Michigan
Fox News Radio 600 KCOL, Colorado
WABC New Jersey
WCTC New Jersey
WTKF North Carolina
WJNC North Carolina
WPLY Philadelphia, PA
WXPR Rhinelander, WI
WERL Eagle River, WI
KTSA, San Antonio
WELJ FM, Mobile, Alabama
WMET Washington DC
WOWO AM Fort Wayne, Indiana
KCMO AM, Kansas City
WLNK Charlotte, North Carolina
CBS Radio, San Diego
WGHT, New Jersey
WMET, Washington, DC
KOGO, San Diego
710 Talk Radio, Kansas City
KRLA, Los Angeles
KCNN, Grand Forks, North Dakota
WDAY, Fargo, North Dakota
KFI, Los Angeles
WOWO Fort Wayne, Indiana
KSFO San Francisco
KTRS St. Louis
Canadian News Talk, Saskatchewan
CBS Radio, St. Louis
KHVH Honolulu, Hawaii
KNIX Los Angeles
KPRL San Luis Obispo County, CA
KTOK Grand Forks
KTOK Oklahoma City
WAMJ South Bend
WCGL AM Jacksonville, Florida
WOAI San Antonio
WOND Radio Atlantic City
WVRV St. Louis, Missouri
I have been qualified, accepted and testified in the following court cases:
Jennifer Campbell v. Phillip Campbell DR-2016-90016 ln the Circuit Court of Cullman County, Alabama
McCaffrey v. McCaffrey DR-2015-900434 ln the Circuit Court of Cullman County, Alabama
Grand Jury testimony in New York:
I testified as an expert before an Oneida County Grand Jury as an expert witness in October 2015 regarding the criminal prosecution of leaders of the Word of Life Christian Church connected to the death of a teenage boy. The four defendants – Tiffanie Irwin, her brother Joseph Irwin, Linda Morey and her son David Morey plead guilty without a trial subsequent to their indictments.
I was deposed as a proposed witness in the following lawsuit:
Scacetti v. Yehuda Berg, Kabbalah Centre Case No. BC 533 556 Superior Court State of California Los Angeles County September 2015
I was qualified and accepted, but did not testify in the following case due to a settlement:
Cowan v. Nu DRB 1602 — Washington D.C.
I have been qualified, accepted and testified subsequent to a Daubert bearing in the following US Federal Court case:
Noyes v. Kelly Services No. 2:02-cv-2685-GEB-CMK United States District Court, E.D. California.
Now check out Ross’ “Expert Witness Report” on good ol’ me …
Yeah, Folks, Really! 🙂
The Cult Education Institute
For the study of destructive cults, controversial groups and movements
1977 Olden Ave. Ext #272 Trenton, NJ 08618
Phone (609) 396-6684 Fax (609) 964-1842
October 16, 2018,
Expert Witness Report
Re: Christopher Nemelka and the “Marvelous Work and Wonder”
I am the founder and Executive Director of the Cult Education Institute (CEI). CEI is a nonprofit tax-exempted educational 501 (c) (3) institution devoted to the study of controversial groups and movements, many considered destructive cults. CEI’s online library contains thousands of documents and hundreds of subsections about various groups and movements and is an institutional member of both the American and New Jersey library associations.
My work in the area of authoritarian groups, controversial groups and movements began in 1982. I am a widely known expert and my opinions are often cited in news reports, broadcasts and documentaries. I have also been invited to lecture at universities and colleges across the United States including Rutgers, Dickinson College, the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, Baylor University, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
I have also presented papers at international conferences concerning authoritarian and destructive groups, some that have been called “cults” in both Thailand and China, which have been published in peer reviewed journals.
I am the author of the book Cults Inside Out: How People Get In and Can Get Out, which has been published in Chinese and Italian.
My professional work as a consultant has included helping hundreds of families, assisting mental health professionals, attorneys, clergy and law enforcement. Each year I typically respond to thousands of inquiries.
I have worked with law enforcement both on the local and federal level, such as the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (BATF), the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
My Curriculum Vitae is attached.
I have been qualified and accepted as an expert witness across the United States in court proceedings. This has included expert testimony at courts in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington D.C. I have testified in United States Federal Court after being qualified and accepted through a Daubert Hearing. I have also been deposed, and/or submitted testimony by affidavit as an expert within Arkansas, Connecticut, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.
My court testimony has included divorce and child custody proceedings, criminal prosecution, expert testimony before a grand jury and personally injury claims. Typically my testimony is centered upon the behavior of authoritarian groups and/or leaders that gain undue influence over people through deception and the use of coercive persuasion techniques and then use that influence exploit and do damage to them. This undue influence can be seen when those affected act against their own best interest, but consistently in the best interest of the authoritarian leader and/or group.
Defining a Destructive Cult
A charismatic individual may attract what can be seen as “cult following.” That is, intensely devoted followers or fans that ardently embrace certain musicians, actors, artists. Certain products, companies and exercise or diet regimens might also have such a cult-like following. But when most people use the word “cult” they are referring to something less benign than enthusiastic listeners or consumers.
There is an entire chapter within my book Cults Inside Out discussing various historical definitions of what constitutes a destructive cult. Many of these definitions coalesce and/or intersect upon three basic criterion. These three primary characteristics are described in a paper written by psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton titled “Cult Formation.”i In my book I describe these three core criterion as the nucleus for a definition of a destructive cult.
Lifton’s three criteria are as follows:
- A charismatic leader who increasingly becomes an object of worship as the general principles that may have originally sustained the group lose their power;
- A process [Lifton calls] coercive persuasion or thought reform;
- Economic, sexual and other exploitation of group members by the leader and the ruling coterie.
I first became aware of the growing controversy surrounding Christopher Nemelka in 2007 when a news report was published about him in Salt Lake City.ii
In 2011 another report would detail the undue influence Nemelka exercised over Ida Smith, which caused concern amongst her family and friends.iii Nemelka garnered attention due to his singular claims of authority and supposed revelation. He was also repeatedly accused of using such claims to gain undue influence over people that became his followers.
Nemelka acknowledged in one news report that “Ida Smith turned over her estate to me.”iv
According to one of his followers Nemelka received “revelations” and “he’d persuaded her of his status as a prophet.” The woman felt that her efforts to help Nemelka through financial gifts and support was in response to “instructions from God.”v
Elderly Ida Smith at 79 was convinced that Nemelka was the reincarnation of her great-great grandfather, Hyrum Smith, the brother of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church.vi
These claims of special revelation and reincarnation place Christopher Nemelka well within the framework of Lifton’s criteria of a charismatic leader that becomes an object of worship. Because of his unique claims of authority Nemelka became the defining element and driving force of his band of followers. He once proposed that through him people had “the opportunity to know the truth.”vii .
Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton explains thought reform in his book Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism.viii Lifton states, “I wish to suggest a set of criteria against which any environment may be judged — a basis for answering the ever-recurring question: ‘Isn’t this just like ‘brainwashing?'”ix
Lifton’s criteria to define thought reform consist of eight psychological themes which are predominant within the social field of the thought reform milieu. These characteristics described by Robert Jay Lifton are in Chapter 22 of his book.x
Here are four brief examples from the eight criteria proposed by Lifton for the purpose of this preliminary report, which illustrate how Christopher Nemelka used thought reform techniques to gain undue influence over his followers.
- Milieu Control
Lifton says, “The most basic feature of the thought reform environment, the psychological current upon which all else depends, is the control of human communication. Through this milieu control the totalist environment seeks to establish domain over not only the individual’s communication with the outside (all that he sees and hears, reads or writes, experiences, and expresses), but also – in its penetration of his inner life – over what we may speak of as his communication with himself.”xi
Nemelka did this by largely dominating their lives by monopolizing their time. Subordinating their needs to Nemelka vision became their primary purpose.
- Mystical Manipulation
Lifton says that mystical manipulation is “the inevitable next step after milieu control.” Lifton states that this constitutes “extensive personal manipulation.” And that ”this manipulation assumes a no-holds-barred character, and uses every possible device at the milieu’s command, no matter how bizarre or painful. Initiated from above, it seeks to provoke specific patterns of behavior and emotion in such a way that these will appear to have arisen spontaneously, directed as it is by an ostensibly omniscient group, must assume, for the manipulated, a near-mystical quality.”xii
Lifton further explains, “This is a systematic process through which the leadership can create in cult members what I call the psychology of the pawn. The process is managed so that it appears to arise spontaneously; to its objects it rarely feels like manipulation. Religious techniques such as fasting, chanting and limited sleep are used. Manipulation may take on a special intense quality in a cult for which a particular chosen’ human being is the only source of salvation.”xiii
Nemelka mystically manipulated his followers through his spiritual and prophetic claims of authority. They felt as if his words were equal to ” instructions from God.”
- Sacred Science
Another feature of thought reform as described by Lifton is what he calls the “Sacred Science” of the group. There is no room for doubt or meaningful questioning. Lifton explains, “The totalist milieu maintains an aura of sacredness around its basic dogma, holding it out as an ultimate moral vision for the ordering of human existence. This sacredness is evident in the prohibition (whether or not explicit) against the questioning of basic assumptions, and in the reverence which is demanded for the originators of the Word, the present bearers of the Word, and the Word itself.”xiv
Nemelka proposed that his ability as a translator and interpreter of ”truth” absolute and beyond question. No one that followed Nemelka was able to stay within the group under his leadership if they challenged these basic assumptions, which formed the foundation of his work and the ordering of human existence.
- Dispensing of Existence
Lifton explains, “The totalist environment draws a sharp line between those whose right to existence can be recognized, and those who possess no such right.”xv
Anyone that doggedly criticized Nemelka and persisted despite his objections was subject to not being recognized as relevant within his world and therefore essentially they ceased to exist within that context. Those who walked away from Nemelka as dissenters thus became non existent to those that remained loyal to Nemelka. The only way to return to existence within Nemelka’s world is to agree with him and renounce past criticism, admitting that you were wrong..
MIT professor Edgar Schein first summarized the three basic stages of coercive persuasion as “unfreezing,” “changing” and “refreezing.”xvi
Unfreezing is the process of breaking a person down and creating a sense of powerlessness, covert fear and dependence. In this phase of the coercive persuasion process much of the person’s old behavior and attitudes are suppressed. The following changing phase of coercive persuasion is devoted to instilling new behavior and attitudes. Refreezing is the final phase, which effectively locks in a closed system of logic that is resistant to any meaningful input or criticism.
These descriptions of Schein’s stages of coercive persuasion and how each stage can be correlated to the eight criteria cited by psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton to identify a thought reform program is charted by psychologist Margaret Singer in her book Cults in Our Midst.xvii
For example unfreezing utilizes the thought reform characteristic of milieu control, to break down or unfreeze the individual. The changing phase is then accomplished in part through mystical manipulation and refreezing, the final phase, is then completed through acceptance of the sacred science and further reinforced by fear concerning the dispensing of existence.
Each disciple was dissembled or unfrozen by Nemelka, changed through his manipulation and then refrozen into the role of his submissive servant.
This can readily be seen by the actions of Nemelka devotees, which frequently was against their own best interests, but consistently in the best interest of Christopher Nemelka.
Nemelka used his undue influence to exploit his followers. This can be seen by his financial exploitation of lda Smith in which he essentially emptied her estate including a gravesite, a house and other assets all used for his benefit and aggrandizement.xviii Despite the concerns and wishes of her family and old friends Ida Smith used her personal burial plot and its location near the grave of Hyrum Smith to erect a plinth proclaiming Nemelka “as the reincarnation of Hyrum Smith, along with boasting two trademarked Websites inscribed in bright blue at the base of the plinth, which promotes his work.””xix Under the undue influence of Nemelka Ida Smith also signed over all her assets to the “Marvelous Work and Wonder Trust” run by Nemelka.
Another former follower Marie says she gave Nemelka $5,000.00.xx
Christopher Nemelka tacitly admitted to one reporter in an interview concerning one of his victims, “What I did do was I deceived her religiously. I played with her religious beliefs and mind, which I do not think a person should do.”xxi
Nemelka stated, “When I deal with people, I am amazed at the ignorance and stupidity of most. People are so easily manipulated and deceived. Knowing this has made me a near master of manipulation. I try only to use this art, to however, to help people [sic], Sometimes I do seem terrible at the time, but usually the manipulation works to accomplish that which I intended.”xxii
Christopher Nemelka has virtually rationalized almost anything seemingly with the deeply flawed philosophy that “the end justifies the means” though he freely admits, “All the revelations are bullshit, of course, I made em up.”xxiii
Christopher Nemelka has a long history of harassing his perceived enemies with lawsuits. After his divorce Nemelka was charged with kidnapping his son. He responded by threatening a multi million dollar lawsuit against the state of Montana for taking his children. The charges against him were dropped.xxiv
Historically so-called “cult leaders” have often used litigation to harass their critics. I have been sued five times by various groups called “cults.” All of those lawsuits were dismissed through motions for summary judgement. One of those litigants was Keith Raniere the leader of NXIVM who sued both his critics and former members. Raniere is now criminally charged with sex- trafficking and being held pending trial and has repeatedly been denied bail.xxv Ironically, one of Nemelka’s victims Marie was also apparently a follower of Raniere who commented that “he never met or dealt with Nemelka firsthand. But he can vouch for the fact that the man had a deep grip on Marie. Her conversations about Nemelka consistently revolved around his demands on her, Raniere said. ‘It was like peeling back the layers of an onion in order to get to the core of rationality . There was no rationality to be had,’ Raniere said.”xxvi
One purported “cult” leader in Australia Serge Benhayon, the founder of Universal Medicine, who claimed to be the reincarnation of Leonardo da Vinci, sued a critic over blog posts and tweets. But Benhayon lost his lawsuit this month when the jury found that he leads socially harmful cult.xxvii
The purpose of such lawsuits filed by authoritarian leaders of purported cults is to silence criticism and harass their perceived enemies.
It is my opinion that Christopher Nemelka fits well within the framework of a destructive cult leader, who has manipulated and exploited people through undue influence. Nemelka no doubt feels that whatever end he desires and has predetermined somehow justifies the damage he does through his manipulation. This type of rationalization is a historical hallmark of destructive cult leaders from Charles Manson to Jim Jones and Keith Raniere.
i Robert Jay Lifton, “Cult Formation,” Harvard Mental Health Letter, February 1981.
ii Ben Fulton, “True Believer: A fabled portion of the Book of Mormon made a one-time believer out of Christine Marie. The author says he only gave her what she was looking for,” Salt Lake Weekly, June 11, 2011.
iii Matthew Kalman,” A Burning in Ida Smith’s bosom leads her to Christopher Nemelka’s new spiritual order,” Salt Lake City News, January 26, 2011.
iv Stephen Dark “Christopher Nemelka to confront his critics,” Solt Lake City News, March 16, 2011.
v Ben Fulton, “True Believer: A fabled portion of the Book of Mormon made a one-time believer out of Christine Marie. The author says he only gave her what she was looking for,” Solt Lake Weekly, June 11, 2011.
vi Matthew Kalman,” A Burning in Ida Smith’s bosom leads her to Christopher Nemelka’s new spiritual order,” Salt Lake City News, January 26, 2011.
vii Stephen Dark “Christopher Nemelka to confront his critics,” Salt Lake City News, March 16, 2011.
viii Robert Jay Lifton, Thought Reform and Psychology of Totalism (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012).
ix Ibid. p. 420.
x Lifton, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, 419-437.
xi Ibid. p. 420.
xii Lifton, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, p. 422.
xiii Robert Jay Lifton, “Cult Formation,” Harvard Mental Health Letter, February 1981.
xiv Lifton, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, p. 427.
xv Lifton, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, p. 433.
xvi Edgar H. Schein, Coercive Persuasion: A Socio-psychological Analysis of the Brainwashing of American Civilian Prisoners by the Chinese Communists (New York: W.W. Norton, 1971).
xvii Margaret Singer, Cults in Our Midst, (San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 1996), p. 58-59.
xviii Matthew Kalman, “A Burning in Ida Smith’s bosom leads her to Christopher Nemelka’s new spiritual order,” Salt Lake City News, January 26, 2011.
xx Ben Fulton, “True Believer: A fabled portion of the Book of Mormon made a one-time believer out of Christine Marie. The author says he only gave her what she was looking for,” Salt Lake Weekly,June 11, 2011.
xxv Andrew Keshner, “Judge denies NXIVM sex cult founder’s $10 million bail bid in sex trafficking case,” New York Daily News, June 12, 2018.
xxvi Ben Fulton, “True Believer: A fabled portion of the Book of Mormon made a one-time believer out of Christine Marie. The author says he only gave her what she was looking for,” Salt Lake Weekly, June 11, 2011.
xxvii Margaret Scheikowski, “Defamation loss for NSW spiritual healer,” Australian Associated Press, October 15, 2018.
Well, Folks, when I’m done with Echthros, I will be filing a defamation lawsuit against Rick Ross in Federal Court, allowing me to take on someone who purports to be an expert. Check out his own website listing me as a dangerous cult leader:
I wrote the following to Mr. Ross:
Fwd: Defendant’s Witness Disclosure
2:11 AM (3 hours ago)
I am proceeding pro se in a lawsuit of which you have been named a witness. Representing myself, I have a right to contact you and ask you questions. Of course, you have the right to remain silent … * 🙂
As the good ‘ol saying goes: “You can buy anything in this world for money.” … Especially expert witness testimony.
Besides Echthros, Ross will not be able to find one person on this Earth who can competently and substantially testify that I am anything like what he has written in his “Expert Witness Report.”
Nothing would please me more than to cross-examine Ross at trial, which I hope to get the opportunity to IF he actually attends the trial. Before the trial, I intend on deposing him and video recording it for all to see. Wouldn’t it be cool for the world to see an actual True Messenger take on an Expert, trained for the ministry?
Well, Mr. Ross, it will be you and me, Dude! Expert and the guy who is going to make you look like an opportunistic fool who would do anything for money.
But anyways …
I’ll keep you up-to-date on the trial. It’s going to be so cool!
I don’t think I’ve done anything for the MWAW and the Bros that has excited and motivated me more.