Aired: December 12, 2007
Formerly a sailor called Wayne Bent, Michael Travesser is the leader of a cult in New Mexico called Strong City.In response to this documentary, Strong city leaders are maintaining a website
His 56 followers - men, women and children - hang on his every word, serving him with absolute and unquestioning devotion. They say they are all preparing for death, to go to a better place as Michael claims his days on earth are numbered.
With unprecedented access, this compelling film takes viewers into an undiscovered world, into the heart of a cult whose members are preparing to meet their maker. Film-maker Ben Anthony discovers just how a cult operates and how a leader like Michael exerts his influence. More info