WOMAN VERSUS 1000 CULTS
(Investigator 6, 1989 May)
When Heide-Marie Cammans of Essex, Germany, began battling the local
cults 10 years ago she was aware of only 8 cults. By 1987 she knew of
Cammans, 45 and
mother of 3 sons, has headed "Sekten-Info" since January 1984. Sekten
Info has 15 members whose goal is to guide defectors from cults back
into normal life. By June 1987, 75 persons had been guided and
readjusted back to society.
To a writer for QUICK
magazine (1988 January 5) Cammans explained that when a person joins a
cult his previous personality is completely destroyed. Cammans
described a 23-year old priestess rescued from a Satan worshiping cult:
"She was as an emotional wreck and terrified of being found by other
members. For half a year now she's been under psychiatric care."
occasion Cammans challenged an African witch-doctor where 30 followers
had a meeting place in Bochumer Street, Essex. A single one-syllable
command from "Okonfo" had the young Germans growling, and snapping, and
baring their teeth like animals. Then came the sermon: "I am Okonfo
your master. I am Okonfo. All machines are of the Devil. The spirits
rule your lives. The spirits dwell in me."
listened as if in a trance except Cammans: "But Okonfo, you came here
in a car — a machine. If machines are so devilish and your ghosts so
powerful why didn't they bring you here?"
At stake in this
showdown with the African was the life of a young girl with kidney
disease. Under the witch-doctor' s spell she was rejecting all medical
treatment and had gone off her dialysis machine. "0konfo and his
spirits will heal me," the girl claimed.
formerly a social worker, became interested in cults in 1978 when a
woman she met on an airplane told of a daughter who joined a cult and
To help victims
of cults make the break: "We talk — hours, weeks, months — together.
Everything that happened to the person in the sect is worked out. Only
by such talking together can they be free from their terrifying
warns the public whenever a cult starts a money-raising campaign.
"Hunger Project" for example promised a soon coming world where no one
would go hungry again and aimed to raise DM 1 million. ($800,000) Their
campaign ended when Cammans accused the leaders of pretence and false