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Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence (2023)

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An exploration of the Sarah Lawrence cult's origins in 2010 on the Sarah Lawrence campus until its recent demise, when the last members find their own paths to survival.

E01 · The Arbiter of Truth
Feb 9, 2023

Eight sophomores arrive at college to find the dad of a student on their dorm-step: ex-con Larry Ray; before long, Ray becomes their ninth roommate and lures them into a dangerous cult.

E02 · Truth Wins
Feb 9, 2023

As the students fall deeper under Larry's spell, they follow him to New York City, where he co-opts an apartment uptown; as Larry grows more controlling and even violent, the students' realities are upended.

E03 · Larryland
Feb 9, 2023

After Larry is evicted, the cult relocates to New Jersey, where Larry commits his most hideous crimes yet; when he is finally arrested, the two women closest to him choose disparate paths to survive.

Directors: Zach Heinzerling
Producers: Jon Bardin, Dan Cogan, Liz Garbus, Kate Gill, Zach Heinzerling, Andrew Helms, Page Marsella, Krista Parris, Kitty Samuels, Nick Shumaker
Country: USA
Language: English

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p81Zit72Yao

Comments

This is actually 3 episodes, but I couldn't find a write up for the 3rd...

First episode is an interesting how-to guide for aspiring narcissists. It's pretty awesome the way Larry sets up his daughter to make sure his reputation precedes him.

Second episode gets really dark in the second half. Apparently the third is worse so I haven't watched it yet.

It's interesting how many cults there are in the world where the vulnerable are preyed upon by narcissistic psychopaths. It's also interesting to note that psychopaths represent about 1% of the population and could be thought of as essentially sub-human parasites, of a sort...