Amish Cult Victim Divulges ‘Behind-the-Scenes’ Details in Recent Book
MEDINA, N.Y., Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — As astonished Americans puzzle over the arrests of seven men from an Amish breakaway group in Bergholz, Ohio, Amishman Wil Hochstetler, a former victim of another cult that broke from the Amish in the 1990′s, says the loyalty displayed by Mullet’s followers is alarming.
“I recently visited my friend, Mr. Schrock, a victim of a Bergholz haircutting attack,” Hochstetler related. “Schrock shared how his son, Emmanuel, persuaded him and his wife to come for a visit. However, upon preparing to leave, Schrock was wrestled to the floor by his son who rudely cut off his beard and head hair.”
“My heart aches for the victims, especially the children. It’s deeply troubling when you hear the reports of drugs, violence, and abuse,” said Hochstetler, whose own incredible story of seduction and eventual escape is told in Out of Deception, an arresting book that details the bizarre events of an excommunicated Amishman morphing into an abusive and manipulative cult leader who convinced members of the local Amish community to follow his absurd teachings.
When asked how to best help the remaining Bergholz members, Hochstetler responded, “In a crisis like this followers tend to devoutly defend their cult leader. It’ll take time for them to build trust in people outside their domain who can help them. They tend see everybody ‘out there’ as wrong. I know how it felt.”
According to Nathan Miller, author of Out of Deception, the rampant abuse, greed, mind-control, and molestation that occurred in Hochstetler’s case is typical of many cult leaders. While the circumstances surrounding Hochstetler’s story may differ from the Bergholz situation, the dynamics are same. The leader of this cult was finally charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and has recently been released after serving an eight-year sentence.
Astonishing and compelling, Out of Deception, which is available at www.ridgewaypublishing.com, exposes the subtle deception of cult leaders’ tactics and delivers an urgent warning to people searching for spiritual answers. “It’s disturbing to know there are more cult groups in America than people realize,” Miller informed. “Getting caught up in a cult is easier than a person thinks and breaking free is much more difficult. It takes a long time for someone to re-learn basic truths, once brainwashed.”
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