I’m not a big fan of psychics, in general. Call me crazy, but I just don’t care for people who charge people money to give them vague answers that can’t be verified. Even the non-charging “psychics” usually get things wrong, or get things just right enough so that they’re about on par with the daily newspaper horoscopes. But then there’s Karl Lang. This guy just may be on to something…
Karl Lang is said to have ‘brainwashed’ two victims into believing being naked would increase their spiritual abilities.
One of them, aged 26, told a court she felt ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ that she was fooled into taking part in nude séances.
Giving evidence by live video link to avoid seeing 49-year-old Lang in the dock, she said she had been desperate to make contact with her grandfather. Describing Lang’s alleged method of improving her spiritual power, she said: ‘To get stronger, he told me I had to do things that mankind was afraid of.
‘This meant I had to get naked and perform a bit like a porn star. He said the more outrageous I performed, the stronger I would become.’
The woman, who first visited Lang when she was 19, carried on the sessions for more than three years, during which time she was instructed on reaching higher levels of ability, described in terms of ‘levels’ and ‘colours’.
She said: ‘If you didn’t dance to his tune, all hell would break loose. Bad things would happen. I’d lose my colours if I didn’t do what he wanted.’
The woman continued: ‘Thinking about it now it makes me feel sick. I’m embarrassed and ashamed about what I had to do, but I was completely controlled. He mentally abused me.
‘I met Karl at a very vulnerable stage in my life. He made me feel special. His eyes were warming and he made me feel safe and comfortable. I saw Karl as my saviour.’
She added: ‘After Karl was arrested, he rang me and begged me not to say anything. He said, “I’m big time in the s***, please don’t hang me”.’
Lang, of Newport, South Wales, is accused of tricking the two women into carrying out sexual acts during the séance sessions.
Newport Crown Court has heard they were also told to send him naked pictures of themselves on their phones.
The other victim, now 27, said: ‘The first time I stripped off my clothes he said “Well done! You’ve gone up a level in the spiritual world”. He told me the more outrageous I behaved, the higher level I would get. It was like a reward system.’
On one occasion after obeying his sexually explicit instructions, she told the court: ‘Karl congratulated me by saying: “I didn’t think you had it in you – you really pleased the spirit world”. I felt uncomfortable.’
She added: ‘He asked me to talk about my sexual fantasies during meditations. I would be naked with my eyes closed. He told me to imagine having sex. He said: “Be as outrageous as you want, don’t just have one man, have five”.’
The alleged victim contacted Lang in an attempt to get in touch with her father, who died ten years ago. She later told police she felt ‘brainwashed, manipulated and groomed’.
The court heard that Lang had warned the woman not to tell anyone about his methods because he was the ‘reincarnation of Jesus Christ’.
He told police he was ‘totally shocked’ when one of his alleged victims stripped in one of his sessions. He denied asking them to strip, perform sex acts on themselves and send him explicit photos, describing their evidence as ‘wicked lies’.
He denies 12 counts of causing women to engage in sexual activity without consent. The trial continues.
Now, get as mad as you like at Mr. Lang. What he did – taking advantage of extremely impressionable women who came to him for help – is deplorable. But honestly, when it comes down to it, how completely stupid are these girls for going along with this? Ultimately it doesn’t matter what was going on in their life at the time or how vulnerable they were. At some point, some sort of red flag or alarm bell should have gone off in their heads. While I don’t agree with what Mr. Lang did (ok, maybe I’m a little jealous), these girls were obviously ignoring the gut instinct of self-protection and willingly put themselves in real danger. As a wise, pre-prequel trilogy man once said, “Who’s the more foolish – the fool, or the fool who follows him?”