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288: What if you didn't know you were in a cult?

288: What if you didn't know you were in a cult?

Update: 2023-07-2511


Going from a highly privileged family to college at Princeton to a career as the first male supermodel, Hoyt Richards was truly living the dream, but as he fell deeper under the influence of magnetic mentor, he started living a secret life that threatened to consume him.

Today’s episode featured Hoyt Richards. If you want to dive deeper into many of the elements Hoyt touched on in this episode, and hear more from him, he also has his own incredible podcast called WhaTheFlok?! – Cult Survival Stories, co-hosted by Chele Roland, where they feature experts, guests and speak to their personal histories, sharing cult survival stories and exposing the underbelly of how cults use indoctrination to kidnap the mind and hijack the soul. You can check out the podcast wherever you listen or on You can also find out more about Hoyt on Instagram @hoytrich and if you would like to contact him, you can email him through his manager Rebecca Kitt at


Producers: Whit Missildine, Andrew Waits, Jason Blalock


Content/Trigger Warnings: verbal abuse, religious trauma, cult experience, death and dying, explicit language


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288: What if you didn't know you were in a cult?

288: What if you didn't know you were in a cult?