Evil Web: A True Story of Cult Abuse and Courage

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9780882824406: Evil Web: A True Story of Cult Abuse and Courage

Mary Rich, an average, attractive, reasonably intelligent woman, allows herself and her family to be drawn into a twisted cultist's evil web in this often horrifying and bizarre but gripping and compelling true story. Cutting herself off from relatives and friends, she willingly follows him on a fanatical journey, thereby sentencing herself, her husband and their children to a prison of abuse and terror.

Leading them on their odyssey of torture and torment is Ronald Larrinaga, a charismatic, Bible-waving sociopath. He utilizes religion and fear to trap, enfold and render his victims helpless. As time passes, the Rich family become completely enslaved and follow his every dictate. The tension builds as they endure physical abuse, starvation, despair and suffering as tests of their obedience.

When the FBI and police confront Larrinaga, he eludes detection until Mary breaks the shackles of mind control, freeing herself and her family, then bringing their torturer to justice.

Evil Web depicts a battle for the soul, waged between the forces of good and evil. It is a story of terror, of despair, of struggle and ultimately of courage. Most importantly, it is a story of survival and of rebuilding.

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About the Author:

Mary Rich, whose struggle to rebuild her own and her children's lives is ongoing, is still undergoing therapy and lives in Stuart, FL.

Carol Jose, a writer and award winning journalist, collaborated on Guerrilla In Striped Pants, which has been translated into several languages, The Sign of the Golden Grasshopper and You Are Not Forgotten. A feature writer for Florida Today, she resides in Melbourne, FL.

From Library Journal:

Desperate for spiritual affirmation, Rich voluntarily endured years of increasingly vicious and degrading treatment at the hands of cult leader Ron Larrinaga. She was not alone. A Florida court eventually convicted Larrinaga on 42 counts of child abuse and sexual molestation, imprisoning him for 50 years. In this work, Rich and Jose (Sign of the Golden Grasshopper, LJ 4/15/95) vividly re-create not only the grotesque torments they suffered, but also the myopic, heedless trust that tolerates such abuse. An effectively rendered, emotionally gripping account, this work will surely become powerful ammunition for anticult partisans. It is, however, an admittedly unilateral account based on one person's memories: no corroboration or documentation is offered, and even years of occurrence are never specified. Libraries seeking a reliable, balanced investigation of cults and their problems should consider Madeline Tobias's Captive Hearts, Captive Minds (LJ 7/94) and, for reference, J. Gordon Melton's definitive Encyclopedic Handbook of Cults in America (Garland, 1992. 2d rev. ed.). Possibly for church libraries and, where there is strong interest, in public collections.
Bill Piekarski, Southwestern Coll. Lib., Chula Vista, Cal.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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