Dangerous Persuasions tells extraordinary and terrifyingly true tales of everyday people who were manipulated into horrific situations that changed their lives forever. These innocent men and women became the unsuspecting prey of dark forces, from sociopathic con men to criminal masterminds, and were coerced into activities that horrified them and left them traumatized. Through intimate, first-person accounts, each episode details the captivating stories of survivors lured into a web of deceit by a malicious manipulator. (Source: Discovery)
Teenagers Vernon and Leslie are members of the People's Temple, a Utopian commune set up in Guyana. But paradise turns into hell as head of the group Jim Jones becomes increasingly unhinged and despotic. Both Vernon and Leslie are desperate to leave.
Mark signs a billion year contract with the Church of Scientology, convinced it will help cure his mentally ill brother. He climbs the ranks becoming one of its most elite officers. But Mark is increasingly exposed to the dark, violent side of the church.