a year ago
Over the weekend, an exposé published by New York Magazine literally shook the internet. The article reveals the shocking truth about "a group of college students at Sarah Lawrence who were manipulated into following the teachings of a sex cult ringleader." According to the exposé, Lawrence Ray, 59, an ex-con, "has brainwashed his daughter and her friends into allowing him to become the puppeteer of their personal transformations." The Typical Student team learned the details.
The Original Story
In 2010, after being released from prison, Ray moved into a student dorm in the Upper East Side of Manhattan where his daughter Talia lived. Over time, he became closer with each of his daughter's friends and roommates. He would often give them advice that was allegedly meant to better their lives. As told in the article, Ray picked students who "had demonstrated suicidal tendencies."
The situation got worse when Larry "started giving the children advice, punishing them for making routine mistakes, and rewarding their behavior with expensive meals and gifts. " Then, he became in control of students' personal information, he demanded to learn everything, even the childhood trauma. He used this information to alienate the kids from their friends and family forcing them to distrust their closest people.
Larry did horrible things to the students he was trying to manipulate. Daniel Barban Levin was one of the students Ray tried to manipulate. During his senior year, Daniel began to question his sexuality and told Ray about that. As a punishment, Ray told Daniel "to wear a dress while penetrating himself with a dildo in front of the other students," the author writes.
Ray spent years "grooming" the students. He made the female students have sex with him, and get thousands of dollars from their parents for supposedly "damaging Larry's property." Sadly, some students are still loyal to Ray, as he often threatened his victims should they wish to speak out. The author of the expose writes: "For years, he has silenced his victims by intimidating them physically, psychologically, legally, and, when all else fails, by public shaming and harassment."
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