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Charles Dederich Cultivates 'Imperial Marines'

Charles Dederich Cultivates 'Imperial Marines'

Cult leader Charles Dederich, who had become paranoid about outside influence, promoted violence and told his Synanon members to protect themselves by any means necessary, specifically against media and attorneys looking to expose them. Dederich later cultivated a private militia of members trained to serve as his “Imperial Marines” that kept order across Synanon’s facilities.