For their help in the preparation of this manuscript, I thank Loretta Chardin, Erica Heftmann, Ermyn France King, Elizabeth Shirey, Allen Tate Wood, my aunt, Joanne Mott Kilpack, and my mother, Barbara Patton. Thanks also to the formal and informal anti-cult networks, without whose help I could not have escaped from the Krishna cult, and to all former cult members who have written and spoken about their cult experiences. They are men and women of courage.