ABOUT THIS BLOG
The Sharon Gans Cult was founded in San Francisco in the 70’s by the late Alex Horn and his wife Sharon Gans. For decades it has been secretly operating in New York City and Boston. It is known by several different names which are listed in a side-column blurb (“Ganscult Aliases”). Gans and her second, Robert Klein, are dangerous con-artists who claim to be "spiritual teachers." This cult is alleged to have been involved in rape, child abuse, physical and emotional abuse, arranged marriages and adoptions, slave labor, bilking of members' money and life savings.
This blog provides information for current members and others. It also provides a forum through comments and submissions. The posts are organized in reverse chronological order and can be easily located through the table of contents on the side-column as well as searched through the search tool in the side-column. Some selected foundational posts which give some background on the cult are highlighted in the side-column blurb called “Foundational Posts.” Recent favorites posts are shown in “Poopular Posts.”
Hopefully this blog, as well as the others which are listed in the side-column blurb (“Fellow Survivors”), provide current victims, as well as their friends and family, vital information to help them escape this dangerous cult. I am also hoping to one day condense these posts into a book or other publication. My name is Spencer, I am a survivor, and I can be reached directly by email.
Monday, January 9, 2017
That night Leslie Okladek called me with a message from Sharon that I was not allowed to "miss class" and that "maybe it was time for me to leave school." I was horrified and also felt released. When I called Leslie back to discuss it, I told her I would think it over and get back to her in a couple of weeks. But she told me Sharon wanted me to "be a man" and come into "class" and discuss it in front of my "friends." I corrected Leslie that I am a man and that I would relay my decision on my terms. In about 3 days from this call I realized that in fact, I had been in a cult. I never went. Happy Birthday to me.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
The production (acting, sets, costumes, masks, etc) was impressive and filled with people I liked. It was all the more impressive because the play pretty much stunk - it was preachy, pretentious, and chock full of kooky "work ideas." I did however save a copy of the program which you can view here. I redacted the names of the cast members no longer in the cult. Of the 35 or so names, only about 6 remain. A testament to fact that the "work is not for everyone."
The through-line of the Ganscult is that "school" is part of a long line of esoteric schools with connections to everything from Jesus Christ to Shakespeare to Gothic Cathedrals. But what has the Gans "school" accomplished and/or what has it done to help anyone? Not a thing. So for instance, the "Our Theater" company never put on anything but the Strange production. Other projects and concepts have come and gone, but nothing worth mentioning has materialized. The only tangible thing the cult has done is to make Sharon Gans very very very wealthy. That's it. And I suppose for Sharon Gans, that is a very wonderful thing, as good as a Shakespeare sonnet. But for all the poor souls who long for some meaningful impact, the best you will get is a vague reference to another lifetime and the long road of "evolution."
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Monday, January 2, 2017
Here's a quick and timely story. A few days ago, I emailed Sharon's daughter for an interview to discuss her mother. She responded by email politely declining, but thanking me for tending to Alex Horn when he was dying in 2007. I responded that I had parted ways with her mother and am still "working though a lot of difficult times, pain, and other lasting repercussions of my 20+ years involvement" in the cult. She responded, yesterday, writing,