Cult Intervention Expert Explains Why He Got Involved in the Tricky Business
Cults, conspiracy theories and fringe belief systems have always been around, and Joe Szimhart’s job is to help people out of them. Szimhart is a cult interventionist and has been working in the field since the 1980s, when he left a harmful group. “The leaders didn’t seem to be living according to the strict code of ethics,” he said. Ever since, he has been helping others find information, including Rick Larsen, who now also volunteers his time supporting people like him after he saved his wife from an organization’s dangerous influence. Inside Edition Digital’s Johanna Li has more.