Creffield and the Dispensing of Existence
the most significant characteristic of totalistic
movements is what I call 'dispensing of existence,'" Dr.
Lifton writes. "Those who have not seen the light and
embraced the truth are wedded to evil, tainted, and
therefore in some sense, usually metaphorical, lack the
right to exist. That is one reason why a cult member
threatened with being cast into outer darkness may
experience a fear of extinction or collapse."
If someone lacks the right to exist, not only is it permissible for you to kill them, it is your duty to kill them. That was the unfortunate conclusion some in Franz Edmund Creffield's cult came to.
- "When Franz Edmund Creffield placed
his hands on his followers heads they were absolutely in
his power and did anything he told them," Burgess Starr,
an in-law of his said. "Had he told them to jump in the
river they would not have hesitated a moment, but plunged
in." And when he order them to, they did more than jump
in a river. When he ordered them to burn cats and dogs
and to do worse, they burned cats and dogs and did
Alas, to tell you exactly what "worse" they did would give away the last third of the book Holy Rollers. To find those details out, you'll just have to read it for yourself.