A true-crime tale of physical and sexual abuse, cult mentality and mind control, a harrowing story with ties to Brevard County, hits TV screens tonight.
“Diabolical Discipline,” on the Investigation Discovery cable channel, details the crimes of Ronald Larrinaga, a self-proclaimed messiah convicted in June 1990 of 42 counts of physical and sexual abuse against five of his children. The show, which airs at 10 p.m., is the season finale of the “Dangerous Persuasions” series.
Mary Rich and her family meet self-styled missionary Ron Larrinaga at their local church. When Ron convinces them to join his family living in a remote house in northern California, the house soon becomes a violent retreat.
Investigation Discovery takes an inside look at The Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord, a Twin Lakes Area survivalist group broken up in 1985 after a siege by local, state and federal authorities.
Kerry Noble, once second-in-command in the CSA and the group’s spokesman, will be featured in an episode of “Dangerous Persuasions” airing at 9 p.m. Wednesday in ID, an offshoot of The Discovery Channel. Noble has said the CSA, whose compound was located on Bull Shoals Lake in the Oakland area of Marion County, was considered the No. 2 domestic terrorist group in the United States.
Young father Kerry Noble takes his pregnant wife to a Christian commune and after meeting charismatic leader Jim Ellison, they feel this is a devout and perfect place. But soon, Kerry is led into a world of racism and mass-murder.
Susan Hamlin is intimidated by husband Richard into fabricating ‘repressed childhood memories.’ He manipulates Susan into believing she has molested their own children and is at the center of a plot to kill him.
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Even after his family testified how they fear him, loathe him and have disowned him, Richard W. Hamlin, the former Sacramento prosecutor and defense attorney convicted of torturing his wife and abusing his children, shook his head in denial as he was sentenced Friday to life in prison.
Twenty year old Colleen Stan is kidnapped and imprisoned for up to 23 hours a day in a coffin sized box under a bed. Kept as a slave and tortured for seven years, will she ever escape?
As an impressionable college student in 1971, Nancy joined the Church of Scientology in the hopes of making the world a better place. Unbeknownst to her, she would soon become an undercover agent, immersed in espionage activities, waging a secret war against the Church’s greatest critics. It was only after joining the organizations’ elite inner circle that Nancy finally understood the corruption at the center of Scientology’s enormous empire. Little did she know the intimidation and interrogation she would have to endure when her allegiance to the Church came into question. Upon suffering an emotional breakdown, Nancy finally left the Church after living nearly 30 years of her life as a devout Scientologist.