Appendix No. 2
Report on the Rama Computer Cult
PROFILE OF CULT MEMBERS
Based on interviews with former members, observation of some known
members of the group, and inquiries made during February of this year,
it has been possible to develop a preliminary profile of the members
of the Rama cult group. The following are some of the characteristics
followers display. Obviously not everyone who exhibits some of these
characteristics or qualities is a member of the group, nor do all
members demonstrate the same profile. But this should be of some help
to personnel and security managers in evaluating newly hired personnel
or in obtaining contract help.
- Use of mail drops (private mail boxes) in lieu of regular
street addresses. Known members of the group almost never give their
actual street address in seeking employment. This is probably the
most salient single characteristic of followers of the Rama cult.
Nearly all followers have cut themselves off from their families and
past friends and use private mail boxes, sometimes a series of them,
to make it more difficult for friends and family to locate them.
- Marital Status. Virtually without exception members of the group
are single or divorced and will not give a family member or relative
as a person to be notified in case of emergency.
- Frequent moves. It is typical of the members of the group to move
as often as each six months and in some cases even more often than
that. If members feel that their actual street address becomes known
to friends, other than group members, or to their family, they will
generally move to a new location within a short time.
- Unlisted phone numbers. Members almost always have unlisted phone
numbers. And, whether the numbers are unlisted, or in those few cases
where they may be listed, the phone is almost always answered by an
answering machine so that it is very difficult to call and get an
actual person on the line.
- Contract work. Members of the group seldom accept permanent
employment with one company. Instead they almost always work as
temporary or contract workers hired through an outside agency. Also,
previous employers or places of employment may be only telephone
answering services or offices which provide only office services. In
a number of cases the employment agency or consulting firm through
which contract employees are hired is, itself, operated by the group
or members of the group.
- Inflated resume's. Lenz encourages his followers/students to
include qualifications and experience on their resume' that they don't
have. This enables them to be employed at positions above that which
their actual level of experience would justify, and at higher rates
per hour, enabling him to take a larger portion of their income.
There are also several dummy corporations or organizations, having
only a post office number or an answering service, which exist only to
provide references and to verify previous employment or experience.
Further circular references are a common practice, that is with
several members of the group giving each other as references and
verifying each other's past employment or experience.
- Personal appearance. The women frequently wear red and black
clothing. These are the "power" colors they are encouraged to
wear. The men will dress quite well, even too well considering the
informal atmosphere of some organizations.
- Automobiles. The more affluent are encouraged to purchase red
Mercedes. This is the power car and power color. Members can only
own or drive the 300 series Mercedes. Lenz saves the 400 and 500
series for himself. Others will drive four wheel drive vehicles.
- Home furnishings. Typically the houses or apartments occupied by
members will be in better class neighborhoods, but will have few
furnishings. At most they will have a computer, some stereo
equipment, and perhaps a futon to sleep on. There are two reasons for
this. First, since they are living in expensive neighborhoods,
driving cars which are more expensive than they can generally afford,
and paying a large portion of their earnings to Lenz they usually have
little money left over for furniture. Further, they are taught that
they should not have more than they can pack up in one car and move
- Martial arts - All the male members are encouraged to become
proficient in some form of martial arts. There is a high proportion
of black belts among them.
- Socializing - Members seldom, if ever, develop any social contacts
or have social activities outside the group. Similarly they seldom
engage in outside hobbies or sporting activities which bring them into
close contact with non-members.
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