Dr. Phil exposes suspected New Mexico cult

The cult was the subject of an in-depth episode of Wednesday’s Dr. Phil show.

The leader is a man who goes by the name of “Golden Elk,” also known as Clemente Suriano.

Parents of the young adults he’s recruited say he’s brainwashed them.

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Concerned moms Iris and Leisa say they have not seen their children in more than a year. Iris’ son, Elon, 26, and Leisa’s daughter, Ashley, 27, have cut off contact with their families in order to live together with Suriano.

The show — or a transcript of Is This a Cult? — is available on DVD.

Experts say an estimated 5000 cults operate in the United States.

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