The Anticult wrote:
If Ray gets just a few years, he'll be back running the same seminars as soon as he is out.
Here is something even scarier:
If he is jailed and released after just a few years, he will have spent time in the joint, meeting other scary people. Making connections that will turn him into an even more skilled operator after he is released into the unsuspecting general population.
Twenty years ago, I met a pair of prison guards. They told me that the best and most skilled psychologists in the world are prisoners doing hard time.
'They dont have a thing to do except watch you. They study your every move, verbal, do tiny tests on you that you dont even know about. They figure you out better than your own shrink or priest can ever do, because they have all the time in the world to watch you, 12 hours at a time.'
"And these are guys who dont have consciences and dont have your best interests at heart'.
As TAC put it, Ray already had the seminar training on how to manipulate people and hide money.
Unless he is in the can for a decade or more, he will emerge still vigorous and with new lessons learned from the Big Cons.
A cautionary tale.
A friend of mine, who wrote People Farm
saw his cult leader go to prison for ten years. This was just after Jonestown, when public awareness of cults and their dangers was at an all time high.
His former cult leader was a brilliant psychopath with a legit psychotherapy credential, which he lost.
But, after prison, years and years later, my buddy was mailed a Sunday supplement from a newspaper.
To his horror that supplement carried a profile of his former cult leader. The reporter, a woman, was obviously charmed by him and had failed to do the journalistic Prime Directive--fact check first.
SHe'd have learned the guy had a prison record, had she done that and would have learned his was in prison for having sex with an under aged girl who had been his patient.
But..the journalist didnt fact check. Instead she was charmed by the fellow, wrote a lovely profile of him.
His new occupation was....operating a mail order foreign bride service!
Back in business.
Ray is going to know that people these days are negligent about fact checking, especially in the human potential scene where skepticism and caution are viewed as negative and unloving.
Or as the watchword is, for all who do remember history and past catastrophes produced by human madness and greed:
"People be vigilent"
"Fact Check before you open your heart
"When in any doubt, trust your gut"