Tag: Charles Dederich

‘The Dream of What It Was’: ‘Born in Synanon’ Probes a Cult’s Legacy Through a Child’s Eye

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From books and docuseries to podcasts and big-screen thrillers, true-crime tales are everywhere. Much of it is thinly researched retreads of well-worn cases and subjects that feel exploitative in the end. “Born in Synanon” is none of those things. The…[Continue Reading...]

Ex-Synanon Members Break Down Cult’s Mixed Legacy and What America Can Learn From It

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Sandra Rogers-Hare and Cassidy Arkin are the mother-daughter duo behind Paramount+’s new docuseries, Born in Synanon. Rather than sensationalize the story of the cult known as Synanon, the series challenges viewers to reflect on what really went wrong in hopes…[Continue Reading...]

Good morning: 1970s Havasu cult Synanon focus of Paramount Plus streaming season

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Many Havasu Pioneers and long-time residents have vivid memories of Synanon, the cult that established roots in Lake Havasu City during the 1970s. Recently, it has reentered the public consciousness, thanks to a new documentary series on Paramount Plus. We’re…[Continue Reading...]

How to watch ‘Born in Synanon,’ the docuseries about a cult led by Charles ‘Chuck’ Dederich

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The internet has been abuzz with the latest release, a Paramount Plus docuseries titled "Born in Synanon." Those who followed the headlines between the 1970s and '90s may recognize the name, as the addiction-recovery-community-turned-cult led by Charles E. "Chuck" Dederich…[Continue Reading...]

Born in Synanon: The disturbing true story behind cult documentary

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Typically speaking, the word “cult” refers to a relatively small group of people who demonstrate unwavering dedication to a set of beliefs and practices set out by a magnetic, self-appointed leader. Archetypes include Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple, Marshall…[Continue Reading...]

This Drug Rehab Center Turned Into a Violent Cult

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Born in Synanon is the story of Cassidy Arkin’s history with California’s Synanon cult—or as she describes it in footage from 2001, “alternative community.” Arkin is not just the subject of director Geeta Gandbhir’s four-part Paramount+ docuseries (Dec. 12) but…[Continue Reading...]

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