The Sunshine Place

C13Originals

  • 3 minutes 53 seconds
    Presenting Gone South Season 3: The Sign Cutter

    On September 3, 2018, a rancher in Laredo, Texas, discovered a woman’s body shot execution-style on the side of the road. When investigators identified her as a local sex worker, their search for the killer took them into the darkest corners of the city. Then, after days of false starts and dead-ends, another body turned up, terrifying residents and leading law enforcement to conclude a serial killer is at large. More would die before a survivor finally came forward and identified the killer… but his motives proved as confounding as his crimes. 

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    26 October 2023, 7:03 am
  • 1 hour 11 minutes
    E8: The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

    Chuck Dederich's story reaches its conclusion. Whether or not Synanon does is up for debate. 

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    21 September 2022, 7:01 am
  • 52 minutes 2 seconds
    E7: The Holy War

    Chuck is consumed by paranoia and Synanon erupts in violence.

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    14 September 2022, 7:01 am
  • 55 minutes 55 seconds
    E6: Changing Partners

    After Chuck's wife Betty passes away, he quickly finds a new partner, and he instructs his followers to find new ones too, whether they want to or not. 

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    7 September 2022, 7:01 am
  • 49 minutes 3 seconds
    E5: The Breeders

    Chuck declares that there will be no more children born in Synanon, and he goes to great lengths to make sure of it.

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    31 August 2022, 7:01 am
  • 48 minutes 14 seconds
    E4: The Punk Squad

    Chuck breaks one of his two rules for Synanon, no violence, beginning with his youngest followers.

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    24 August 2022, 7:01 am
  • 49 minutes 1 second
    E3: The Trip

    Legend, ritual, religion, LSD. Chuck experiments with all of it on his followers in Synanon.

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    17 August 2022, 7:01 am
  • 45 minutes 43 seconds
    E2: The Miracle on the Beach

    Chuck Dederich hits rock bottom as an alcoholic in the beachside slums of Los Angeles. It's 1958, and he's got nothing but an idea, but it's one that would save countless lives. He calls it Synanon. Others call it the Miracle on the Beach. Through sheer force of will, Chuck's idea becomes national news, and Synanon becomes a household word. 

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    10 August 2022, 7:05 am
  • 47 minutes 49 seconds
    E1: The Kidsnatchers

    Welcome to Synanon. If you're wondering what Synanon is, then you're asking the same question as Celena and Mike, whose lives change forever the moment they arrive. It's the 1970s, and Synanon is a community, a utopia, a cautionary tale, and a cult. But more than anything else, it's a person, the founder of Synanon, a man named Charles E. Dederich, who most people call, Chuck. 

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    10 August 2022, 7:01 am
  • 5 minutes 36 seconds
    Welcome to The Sunshine Place

    Once called “the miracle on the beach,” Synanon began in the 1960s as an experimental rehab facility in Santa Monica, California with a radical claim: It could cure heroin addiction. Before long, it would make an even bolder claim: It could cure any of your problems. All you had to do was move in. What started in a house on the beach, soon spread to compounds across the country. The man who made the miracle happen, Charles E. Dederich, aka “Chuck,” would be the one to destroy it all, along with the lives of many of his followers and millions of dollars in assets. The Sunshine Place tells the mind-blowing, true-story of Synanon - one of America’s most cutting edge social experiments, turned into one of its most dangerous and violent cults - as it’s never been told before: by the people who lived it. Executive Produced by Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Emily Barclay Ford for Team Downey and C13Originals, together with Josh McLaughlin for Wink Pictures and written, produced, and directed by Peabody-nominated C13Originals, a Cadence13 Studio.

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    26 July 2022, 6:09 pm
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