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Rick Alan Ross (so as not to be confused with the rapper of the same name, or with the drug dealer after whom the rapper was named) is an anti-cult activist. He got into the cult thing when he discovered a Pentecostal cult infiltrating the Jewish nursing-home his grandmother was in, and got just a bit pissed off at that sort of thing.
He used to do deprogramming, but got sued to bankruptcy over a case that went wrong and now sticks to exit counseling and making information available.
His site is a gold mine of good-quality information on all manner of cults, coercive groups and questionable and manipulative organisations.
During the 51-day Waco standoff in 1993 the FBI consulted Ross because of his knowledge of cults. Some cult apologists blamed the violent ending of the Branch Davidian siege on the fact that the FBI took Ross's advice more seriously than theirs.
- Who he sold rickross.com to, in case you're wondering what happened to old links.
- Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, episode 2.07, Yoga, Tantric Sex, Etc. and episode 3.04, Life Coaching.