I used to live in the Clearwater area several decades ago. I heard stories and rumors about Co$, many of which were hard to vet for a variety of reasons. For one, no internet. Two, not nearly as many credible, high ranking defectors had come out in the open to challenge the claims it made or expose the abuses. I often had to rely on primary sources that could not publish openly. So awareness and general public opinion was nothing like it is today with the transparency we have available for former members. And the church was very busy either litigating or intimidating its critics into silence. But I quietly persisted until I had amassed enough corroborated or triangulated circumstantial evidence to feel confident most things I had heard were true.