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Memoir by NYC cult member of Sharon Guns reveals fight club and broken life

In 1991, 31-year-old corporate lawyer Spencer Schneider met Morton, the "Ivy League Nebish," in a boxing ring. He was a shocking barbarian and suddenly hit his face.

"I looked down at the blood-soaked brown gloves," Schneider wrote in his book.(arcade). Schneider's nose broke. Glenn, a doctor and companion at the school, a secret cult that hired Schneider last year, banned Schneider from seeking medical help and counseled "using pain" as an "opportunity to practice unidentification." did. body.

This kind of masochism is for Shalongans, a charismatic cult leader, to attract hundreds of young professionals in Manhattan and Boston and build her compound in Kalispell, Montana. Made it possible to provide slave labor. , And northern New York. Often, they worked 24 hours a day without breaks, and men stripped logs, installed plumbing and electricity, but neither was trained. (One man was seriously injured and almost lost his arm). The women cooked and cleaned for free. Cult members are also recruiting new members and bankrolling her luxury lifestyle, including a $ 8 million Plaza Hotel apartment. (This was an 86-year-old apartment where shedied in COVID-19 in 2021. Guns' reign over her exploited students lasted more than 40 years, and the cult continues today.

Alex Horn and Sharon Gans who ran a local theater program, are accused of running a cult.
Hurst newspaper with Getty images

According to Schneider, its supporters Many of them are big names in New York City. The fascinating school exposition (also known as the Odyssey Research Group) was first published by survivors.

Guns and her husband, Alex Horn, began culting in San Francisco in the late 1970s as a theater of all possibilities. They reportedly forced people to sell tickets for plays that were critically panned with a physical abuse penalty, and instructed members to marry and duplicate.

gans lodge
Guns forced members of the cult to help build a lodge in Falls Creek, Montana.

By the early 1980s, they had decamped in New York, where they changed their brand and started meeting in their apartments, after which they remember Schneider going to a "class" on Broadway low. I met in the loft. 

Former redhead actress Guns was a magnetic pseudo-intelligent social path that Schneider judged "totally crazy" at her first meeting.

Nevertheless, he fell into her spell for 23 years.

Courtesy of Spencer Schneider

Schneider is a school student by an MBA student named Bruce. It was groomed for. She met at a bar in the late 1980s. He was also drawn in for lunch at the trendy Blue Water Grill restaurant on East 16th Street. There, both Bruce and Heather, a beautiful investment banker, asked him about himself. "Heather and Bruce listened very enthusiastically. In my life, I heard this." It seems to be wrapped in a fascinating secret, and "to fall in love." felt.

Schneider was then invited to attend a class he was forbidden to speak, with esoteric Russian philosophers George Gurdjieff and Pyotr Ouspenski (Degree of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis). Despite getting it, Schneider had never heard of it). Similar to the "ancient verbal wisdom" distributed by Guns, Guns described himself almost at "the level of Christ and Buddha." He paid $ 300 a monthly "tuition fee"in cash. This included boxing classes, acting classes, fishing trips, parties and retreats that were supposed to teach "the meaning of courage and heroism". ..


Schneider is a reclining ritual, one year after the Guns were indoctrinate. Has passed. Convincing, with a platter of fruit, cheese and vodka beside her. Dispelling extravagant praise and dull and cruel disgust, Guns acted like a domineering and abusive parent.

Guns turned primarily wealthy people to her cult. Some heirs and heirs had the money of her family, while others were high-paying professionals. A young executive boasted about his $ 20,000 bonus — and Gunns had him sign it on the spot.

Gans death
Courtesy of Spencer Schneider

Roughly in the personal life of her "student" He regularly provided people with annoying advice about invading Guns sex (she ordered a married man to "find a young girl jogging and having [oral sex]", a woman in a married family. "Go to Italy. Stand in the fountain. Waiting man. Have an affair.") She arranges a marriage (including Schneider) and even impregnates Schneider with his 19-year-old stepdaughter. Told. (Thankfully, he refused her advice).

At some point, Gunns offered her wealthy student Carroll her choice of "whatever man she wanted," and she was happy with another cult member, Alice. Arranged to marry Bob, who was married. Guns held her engagement party and praised Alice for letting go of her husband. Alice's humiliating tears "flowed down" when her students applauded.

Manhattan Cult Story by Spencer Schneider

Gunns chose "Beth", who has one son in Schneider, as his wife, but still "valued marriage." For 13 years he hesitated to leave the cult. His gradual awakening, and withdrawal from the group in 2012, read her online account on the escape of other members and her cry to the dignified and respected actress who hosted the festival. In the Republic of Georgia, prompted by Gunns' own increasingly volatile behavior, such as attacks ("It's like doing this to Helen Mirren," Schneider says). Gunns' forcible invasion of Schneider's divorce in 2010 also postponed him.

Schneider, now called "Research," the cult is headed by four who inherited it from Gunns, who had been estranged from their two children when she died. Is called. These new cult leaders have been nominated in aclass action proceedingfiled last year by two women who allegedly provided slave labor to Gunns.

"Sharon stopped controlling people's lives, and it wasn't anyone," Schneider says. "It was your doctor, lawyer, architect, money manager, owner of your child's private school."