Escape by Paul Morantz
Escape by Paul Morantz: A deep investigative look at the cults lying under the rug of the American experience, from Synanon and Charles E. Dederich (C.E.D.) to EST and everything in between, by the great investigator, Paul Morantz, who appears in my CEDU documentary. I have a bundle of footage of Paul on these topics that deserve to be featured in a larger documentary about these topics… if there are film-makers or writers working on projects covering the history of cults in American, you have to read and know the work of Paul Morantz.
Now, to make it personal:
When I was freed from the CEDU mess, it took about 6 months for my cracked teenaged head to realize that what I’d experienced was a cult. It was a thought that shook me awake. I got on the phone and started making calls (pre-internet); within three phone calls, I was on the line with a very nice woman who ran the old Cult Awareness Network. (Which was soon to be taken over by Dianetics!) I said, “I think I was.. in a … cult. It was called CEDU.”
She said, “Oh, yeah, yes. You were. CEDU, Charles E. Dederich, offshoot of Synanon. Broken up by the California State Supreme Court. They tried to kill a lawyer named Paul Morantz who was investigating them. Put a rattle-snake in his mailbox…”
My eyes were wide open… Boy, did I have a talk with my mother.
Years later, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing the great Paul. I’ve got footage waiting to be used by a good and serious project; contact me and we’ll talk, but serious professional inquiries only.