NCCG is a small
polygamic group or "cult" with a compound (communal residence) near
The cult was first created in England in 1984. It been active on the
internet since late 1996, and presently uses it as a recruiting,
fundraising, and brainwashing tool. During the past few years, many of
the people who are being affected by this cult have an internet-only
relationship with the cult's members and leaders. Some of the women who
become involved this way may be invited to live at the compound as one
of the male cult leader's wives. Other than that, the internet-only
members' visits to the compound tend to be brief, lasting a few months
NCCG had an early Mormon background, but its religious
beliefs continue to change over time. It will generally comprise
aspects of Mormonism, Judaism, Christianity, "Messianic" Christianity,
as well as members' own created beliefs. NCCG members believe that they
visions and revelations directly
from God (Yahweh).
NCCG's primary leader has always
been Christopher C.
Warren, who is 55 years old at the time of this writing.
NCCG moved from
England to Norway for a number of years, and then moved again to
Sweden in 1997. NCCG's membership and size has not been stable
throughout it's history, as it split up several times. It has also
changed names repeatedly.
Currently, the cult appears to have two people
living at the compound
who function as leaders, and a few others live with them. The
relationship between the two leaders is
not clear to me. Christopher C. Warren is one of them, and the other is
a woman known by a number of internet aliases (including Rayna, Avah)
but whose name I believe to be Sharon Harvey.
MANIPULATION OF FACTS AND EVENTS
I've observed Christopher C. Warren to be a
manipulator of facts and situations. One example of this is his
handling of so-called "prophecies". Former members have reported, and I
have observed, that he will come up with some
"prophecy" which is predictable based upon his knowledge of
the situation. He will base the "prophecy" upon knowledge gained either
from the cult members
themselves, or, from news about world current events. Then, when the
event he predicted comes true, he proceeds as though he is a prophet of
God. If a prophecy like this does not come true, he makes excuses to
get his group members to not change their loyalty. This is to effect
and, ultimately, control over NCCG members.
DANGEROUS, FAKED, ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS USING INTERNET MESSAGING
On two occasions, I've observed a female NCCG-related cultist contact
victims on the internet using email and "instant messaging" software
(IM) to pretend that she was somebody else. It appears to me to have
Harvey doing this. In these two instances, the cultist
had invented ficticious personas and used them to engage in what was
intended as long-time, online relationships. IM and email were the
primary means of communication, with occasional telephone contact.
The cultist would pretend in IM and email to be in need
of some sort of rescue or counseling. At first she would pretend that
the victims were talking her through her rescue/counseling problems and
succesfully helping her. Then, the nature of the contact would change,
and the cultist would pretend that the victims' attempts at counseling
her were now failing. The intent was to induce stress in the victims
ultimately, cause mental illness and instability. Then, in specific
moments when the victims appeared to have been made mentally
vulnerable, she would inject the cult's ideas and
precepts into the conversation to try to gain undue influence.
A great many of the incidents like this that I am aware of were focused
on the cultist posing as a female "satanist" who was involved with a
"satanic coven". The cultist would either pretend to be an aggressive
"satanist" or a satanist who desires to leave the coven, but needs
help. Alternate ficticious storylines could easily have been used,
READING MATERIAL WITH HYPNOTIC EFFECTS
Christopher C. Warren has written a large amount of material related to
his cult since its inception, and continues to do so. A portion of
these writings was reviewed by a cult
expert who advised me that that it is capable of inducing a hypnotic,
suggestible state in
the reader. The cult expert explained that it's not uncommon for cult
leaders to write
material that affects people this way.
In past years, this writing used to be self-published in pamphlet form,
it is generally put on the internet, mostly on the cult's main web site
INTERNET MESSAGE BOARDS AND CHAT USAGE
NCCG uses freely-available message board systems and
chatrooms for group-at-once communication. Some of the chatroom names
have, in the past, been "Deliverance From Demons" and "NCCG Cyber
Community". The cult leadership dispenses with "deliverance" sessions
using these chatrooms, as well as other group-at-once, cult-related
PARANOIA ABOUT SATANISTS
For several years leading up to 2006 and potentially from that time
forward, one or more NCCG cultists has pretended to be "satanists" over
the internet. This is done with the effect of brainwashing victims into
believing the cult's precepts.
As of 2006, the cult was spreading falsehoods
among its members that a group
of enemies who
worship Satan (called "satanists") were attacking them. These attacks
were indicated to be both supernatural,
telepathic-resembling attacks as well as physical stalking of their
members in the USA and Sweden. On two weekends in particular (March 12
- 16, 2006, and May 5 - 7), the cult claimed that many "satanist"
attackers had surrounded their compound in a group attack, and those
attackers had been killed by God and rendered into "ash piles"
throughout the surrounding area. In reality, there were no deaths or
disappearances noted by the authorities in the Arvika area during or
after those periods.
At that time, the cult had named several individuals whom it accuses of
"satanist" enemies. Some of the accused individuals live in the Arvika
area (one of them is a local convenience store owner). The accused
people generally do not have any direct association with NCCG and are
probably not aware that the cult refers to them as "satanists". The
cult has also stated that the local police and government has been
infiltrated by "satanists."
EFFORT TO MAINTAIN LOW PROFILE IN LOCAL SWEDISH TOWN
NCCG makes an effort to maintain a low profile within
community (Arvika Kommun). In the past years it has not been seen to
recruit in its hometown or
otherwise make its presence known other than as a quirky family or a
home schooling operation. It does not advertise its polygamic nature to
anyone except NCCG members or known sympathizers of polygamy.
children currently living at the compound were noted to not have legal
fathers listed in the public record. However, it is known among NCCG
members that the father is Christopher C. Warren. I note that omission
of the father's name from the birth certificate in polygamic cults is
not uncommon. It enables the cult to not bring attention to itself
through the nature of the public records, as well as allows the father
to dodge child support responsibilities should the mother leave the
INTERNET MEMBERS VS. MEMBERS WHO LIVE AT THE COMPOUND
Many people who act as members of NCCG do not live on the cult's
property, but instead, they learn about and participate in the cult's
activities over the internet. The cult can have a large impact on the
personal lives and families of these internet-only members. Members who
are involved in this way tend to adopt rigid habits and beliefs
regarding male dominance in the family, polygamy, clothing/headwear,
and quasi-jewish (Messianic) habits. These members have been seen
to visit the compound for temporary visits usually lasting 3 months or
fewer. They are also known to send the cult money.
In the past, certain internet-recruited members been invited to move to
Sweden to live as permanent members at the compound. These people have
generally been single women who were being arranged to be one of
Christopher C. Warren's wives. In one case, an employment visa was
being arranged for a young woman to move from a non-EU country. In
another, a legal marriage was apparently performed to allow the woman
to stay in Sweden. Moves for either sex in which there are no visa
issues (EU or Swedish residents, specifically) should be taken
seriously, as well as any moves on the part of single women anywhere in
the world, especially women between 18 - 24 years of age.
A relatively small number of people live at the compound as of this
writing. To the best of my understanding, this is generally limited to
Christopher Warren's wives and his children with them, plus a few
The cult has, for many years, claimed to have members in India who are
part of a charity/orphanage. This India involvement is apparently a
sham, and former members report that during their time with him, they
believe that Christopher C. Warren was keeping the donated "orphanage"
money for himself.
SIGNS OF NCCG CULT INVOLVEMENT
It is possible for an
individual to be involved with NCCG in a way that is dangerous to their
mental health, but show limited
outward signs to
family members or friends. The individual can be having
and making major,
life-changing decisions while hiding the situation as best as they can.
One of the precepts
that has historically been developed within NCCG members is that of
psychologically abandoning their biological family and
non-cult friends. One of the activities an involved cult member make
take is disowning their parents during an online chat session, and
proceeding to view themselves as
adopted children of a husband and wife pair within NCCG. The usual
husband and wife pair noted as adoptive "parents" have been Christopher
Warren and one of his wives.
NCCG recruits may or may not explain NCCG's religious
beliefs to family
members or friends. Efforts by a
newly-recruited fringe member to convert his or her family and friends
may be brief. From what I have seen, NCCG does not generally focus on
getting its internet-located
members to recruit their biological family unless that family is a
female spouse or the member's own children. Parents and
boyfriends/girlfriends are unlikely to see recruitment efforts.
Some signs of NCCG involvement are (but not
neccessarily limited to):
rejecting Christmas and other typical holidays, insisting
instead upon celebrating holidays that will appear more in-line with
- Time spent
using the internet may increase. The extra time may be due to extended
conversations with individuals, or, communication in the group-at-once
medium. Internet use may be rigid at certain days and times (due to
attending internet cult sessions at pre-determined times) .
- May demonstrate a "Saturday Sabbath" observance
pattern in which the
recruit will refuse to do work, trading, or travel on Saturdays.
- Disregard or
disrespect for parents may increase (attitude: You're not really my
- Attitudes of
recruits of both sexes may change to be more in-line with male
chauvinism/polygamy. For example, a husband may begin to claim to his
wife that the Bible gives him the right to a polygamic family.
- Women may begin to wear headscarves.
- May visit the
compound for a religious holiday or other extended stay.
DANGERS OF NCCG CULT INVOLVEMENT
Being involved with the NCCG cult can result in the victim:
In regards to mental health,
was seen to make use of the following dangerous mental distortions (as
seen in 2006):
- becoming mentally ill, diagnosable as such by a mental health
professional. I am aware of 2 cases like this, and there is
evidence of more.
- neglecting to get medical help for a medical condition which puts
the victim's life in danger. I am aware of two cases like this.
- being stalked on the internet through IM clients and email.
- an induced
simulation of Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). I have read that
this practice is extremely dangerous, and people who have this done to
them can have lifelong mental problems as a result.
- an altered
state of consciousness called "The Garden". "The Garden" appears to
resemble a highly suggestive or perhaps even hypnotic state where vivid
visualization and suggestion is used. Several people can be in the same
"Garden", using communication over the internet as the base for a
cooperative kind of suggestive state. "The Garden" is used for a number
purposes within NCCG, only one of which is encountering deities such as
- Some of the members believe that they receive
and revelations directly from "Yahweh" (God). These visions and
revelations include information about many different topics, such as
the activities of enemy
"satanists", predictions about the future, and insights into what is
supposed to be the truth about present events or individuals.
If you are reading
this web site due to concern about the well-being of an NCCG-involved
person, this web site author suggests that you proceed this way:
your involved person's status as it matches up against the observed
NCCG recruitment demographic:
- A unmarried female in the 18 - 25 age bracket,
regardless of citizenship, has historically been the most vulnerable
demographic for recruitment that could result in an intended permanent
move to the cult's compound. The
plans for such a move may be hidden from family members
and friends, and if the move is announced to the
family, the real reasons behind it may be
withheld. It may be represented as a "teaching" employment opportunity
at a small school.
- Men who live in a region that would allow them
to live and work in Sweden legally without special arrangements (such
as legal residents of EU countries) may be at risk of making that sort
of permanent move. This category does not usually include United States
citizens. In the past, this demographic has not been a focus for the
NCCG cult to have relocate to the compound, but since that time, the
addition of Sharon Harvey as a compound-dwelling cult co-leader might
- A married man with a relatively normal
marriage whose wife and family are not participating in NCCG seems to
typically be targeted as an internet-only member who may visit the
compound for various cult-declared holy periods, but then would be
expected to return home. The degree of family strife caused by the
chauvinistic perspectives and religious rigidity has been seen to
escalate to a point where I would expect the relationship
between the man and his wife to be under strain. If the man is
employed, he might be sending monetary donations to NCCG.
- A married man whose wife is psychologically
either vulnerable or dependent on him has a likelihood of
eventually making a serious effort to recruit the wife.
- Regarding married
females with relatively normal marriages: I've not seen this member
demographic be involved with NCCG to speak of.
- If you
based on the demographic and descriptions on this web site, that the
individual is being negatively impacted by NCCG:
- In the case of an unmarried woman in the 18 -
25 age bracket, I do not recommend approaching the person with
questions as your first step. Instead, your first step should be to use
other means to determine if she is in the process of moving to the
cult's compound in Sweden. If plans to move are underway, alerting the
individual or NCCG's leadership of your concern could result in those
plans being accelerated or other actions being taken to
interfere with your ability to help. This was observed in one case.
- It may be necessary to familiarize yourself on
the details of what cults are, how they work, and why they work. You
might try the following internet links to get you started: http://www.rickross.com/help.html
, http://www.factnet.org/Recommended_Books.htm .
- Be aware that NCCG members have in some cases experienced
delusions, psychotic episodes, and suicidal thoughts as a result of
their cult involvement. When these things have happened, they have not
always been apparent to family
members and friends due to the person hiding the experiences from them.
In some cases it has been in the person's interest to get mental health
- If I'm contacted personally, there are certain
things that I can do to help, but other things that are not within my
reach. For example, if you are arranging an "intervention" with a
professional exit counselor, I can help your exit counselor research
the cult and get his or her hands on the materials that will be needed
to do the intervention. I can provide health care professionals with
what I know about other cases where victims' mental health has been
impacted. I may be able to refer your doctors to other health
professionals who have worked with NCCG victims, if that is helpful to
them. I can contact law enforcement agencies and do what I can to
assist with cases they are investigating. On the other hand, I probably
am not useful for directly straightening out the victim's mind. I can't
personally direct you on how to do it except to suggest professional
help if, in your estimation, the person's NCCG involvement is having a