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This dramatic series tells a variety of stories regarding men and women from everyday walks of life who unwittingly were manipulated into participating in situations that changed the course of their lives. Every survivor tells his tale from a first-person perspective, recounting the specific details of how con men or criminals coerced their actions through deceit, leaving them emotionally traumatized.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on ID: Investigation Discovery
2 Seasons, 12 Episodes
January 16, 2013
Documentary & Biography
7.7/10
Cast: Krista Bridges, J. Adam Brown, Megan Fahlenbock, Stephanie Langton
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  • In 1975 Janja Lalich joins an underground political organization. She's soon trapped in a web of abuse, at the hands of leader Marlene Dixon. It's only when she's forced to bring her dying mother into the group that she begins to realize the corruption.

  • Librarian Sarah Rose abandons her family and friends to go on the road with a mysterious spiritual guru "˜Master David'. It soon turns into a horrific journey of brutal violence at the hands of the teacher she worshipped. It's only when she fears for her.

  • Maura Schmierer joins a Christian group to devote her life to God. Instead she's trapped in a militaristic regime that destroys her marriage and separates her from her children. She ends up in solitary confinement with a new name - 'Forsaken'.

  • Angela King is a troubled teenager who falls in with the wrong crowd. She becomes a white supremacist preaching hate and inflicting brutal attacks on innocent victims. It's only when she is sent to prison for armed robbery that she can find redemption.

  • Teenagers Vernon and Leslie are members of the People's Temple, a Utopian commune set up in Guyana. But paradise turns into hell as head of the group Jim Jones becomes increasingly unhinged and despotic. Both Vernon and Leslie are desperate to leave.

  • Mark signs a billion year contract with the Church of Scientology, convinced it will help cure his mentally ill brother. He climbs the ranks becoming one of its most elite officers. But Mark is increasingly exposed to the dark, violent side of the church.

  • Mary Rich and her family follows a missionary to a remote area in northern California but things soon turn violent.

  • A look at a white-supremacist group fronting as a religious organization.

  • 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.

  • An ex-Mormon con-man posing as a prophet plots to manipualte a single Mormon mother after she rejects him and his attempts to break her faith. He takes Christine as a spiritual wife, coerces her to separate from her children and submit to his cruel tests, resulting in a nightmare of deception and danger.

  • In 1977, twenty year old Colleen Stan was kidnapped and imprisoned for up to 23 hours a day in a coffin sized box under a bed. Kept as a slave for seven years, would she ever be free again?

  • A Scientologist goes undercover to spy on her church's enemies in the opener of this documentary series profiling ordinary people who were conned into committing crimes.

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