Misogyny, horrific abuse and ‘free love’ in cults explored in new book
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Journalist and author Anke Richter’s new book about Kiwi cults will certainly open eyes. But perhaps, it will open doors for those trapped behind closed doors.
Richter’s Cult Trip is billed as “an investigative personal deep dive into Aotearoa New Zealand’s most notorious present and former cults such as Centrepoint and Gloriavale”.
The journalist spoke in a recent Nelson Arts Festival event about the book. She was interviewed by author and broadcaster Noelle McCarthy.
The best definition of a cult, she argues, is that of a “high demand group” or a high control group, “people sort of bound by their passion for common cause or for that, that admiration of a charismatic leader”.