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Deprogramming even assumed a macabre sense of the absurd. New York deprogrammer Galen Kelly - who was sentenced to seven years in jail in 1993 for staging a kidnap on a Circle of Friends devotee, and mistakenly snatched the wrong girl off the street - apparently told a story about how a deprogrammer "snapped" a young girl out of her "cult mind" and returned her home. "You'll be glad to know", crowed the triumphant deprogrammer, that your daughter is a Christian again.
"But", gasped the parents, "she used to be Jewish".