However, this often means they have an amazing ability to dominate, manipulate, intimidate, influence and indoctrinate their followers.
"Lastly, these type of offenders have distorted and wicked minds who lure and ‘feed’ mentally, and often psychically, on the murders or victims."
The followers in such groups, Hesselink said, have low self-esteem, low self-worth, lack a sense of belonging, and are often isolated loners.
She said the followers believe they too can harness such amazing powers and abilities and are often terrified of opposing the leader.
"These members are susceptible to influence and manipulation and may exhibit underlying personality disorders, history of childhood abuse, neglect and rejection, subjection to bullying behaviour, are emotionally and mentally vulnerable, if not unstable, often being ostracised by peers or the community."