In the 1940s, Theodore Rinaldo could've been considered your average Catholic kid living in New York. But his life took a dark turn in 1969, when he moved to Seattle to start "The Group," a drug cult who believed Rinaldo was God. Soon after he started Eden Farms, a compound where he abused his followers in vile ways. From threats to sexual assault of minors, the abusive cult leaders of The Group violated several people.
What happened to the cult called The Group? After an intrepid journalist uncovered what was really happening at the compound, he revealed Theodore Rinaldo's cult crime. Facts about the Group shook the surrounding community. The truth of what really happened at Eden Farms put a sick man behind bars. Thankfully it is not a cult still active today, as Rinaldo was put behind bars in 1979.
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Rinaldo Forced People To Pledge Allegiance To Him And Had Sex With Underage Girls
He Tricked The Locals Into Believing He Wasn't Building A Cult By Hosting Bingo Events
The Court Found That Rinaldo Was A Sexual Psychopath
Rinaldo Intimidated Witnesses In His First Trial
Rinaldo Told People He Was God To Get Money For His Compound