Darlene Paris

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In 1990, in the small farming community of Salida in central California, an informal encampment of trailers inhabited largely by poor or down-on-their-luck transients was turning into something frightening.

Gerald Cruz was a master manipulator, raised by his mother to believe he had special powers, cult expert Rachel Bernstein told “Deadly Cults” on Oxygen. And he ran “the Camp” as a quasi-military compound where he was the absolute authority — and the punishments for transgressions grew more and more brutal over time.

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