The Sharon Gans Cult was founded in San Francisco in the 70’s by the late Alex Horn and his wife Sharon Gans. For decades it has been secretly operating in New York City and Boston. It is known by several different names which are listed in a side-column blurb (“Ganscult Aliases”). Gans and her second, Robert Klein, are dangerous con-artists who claim to be "spiritual teachers." This cult is alleged to have been involved in sexual abuse,child abuse, physical and emotional abuse, arranged marriages and adoptions, slave labor, bilking of members' money and life savings.

This blog provides information for current members and others. It also provides a forum through comments and submissions. The posts are organized in reverse chronological order and can be easily located through the table of contents on the side-column as well as searched through the search tool in the side-column.

Sunday, February 2, 2020


Sharon Gans had a problem. She was a washed up actress at age 40. Married to a NY dentist and with two kids, she was in a rut. So when she met a charismatic Californian named Alex Horn who lived on a Sonoma ranch and was a spiritual teacher and playwright she was swept off her feet.  Alex was 55. So they got quickie divorces and ran away together, moving into a house in San Francisco.

Although they were soulmates, love wasnt gonna pay the bills. They needed a plan. And they needed something to satisfy the mental illness they both shared - i.e., narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). They each had exaggerated feelings of self-importance, outsized needs for admiration, and a complete lack of empathy toward other people. So instead of spending their time just thinking about achieving power and success, they did something about it - they opened a cult. They made a small fortune. And they were the center of attention. But when the San Francisco papers did an expose alleging they were an abusive cult they quickly skipped town. 

They resurfaced in New York, reinvented as teachers of an “esoteric school” of the “Fourth Way.” On the QT, they recruited upper middle class New Yorkers to attend secret classes where ancient hidden knowledge would be revealed. Within a couple of years they had hundreds of members and piles of cash. Rom-Con recounts all the crazy hijinks of Gans and Horn: how they gaslighted everyone into thinking that they had some hidden wisdom; how they persuaded intelligent people to do crazy things (arranged marriages, forced adoptions, gay conversion, forced labor) and think they were doing good things. 

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