She Was Bullied and Vulnerable
One of the reasons why Elizabeth felt connected to Cummins was because she was interested in the medical field, and he acted as a mentor. Her sister Sarah explained, “It just so happened that she wanted to do the things he was claiming [he did], so she probably idolized [him].”
In addition, Elizabeth was very vulnerable at the point in her life. She had been homeschooled until eighth grade and was bullied the previous year after entering the public school system. Cummins took advantage of Elizabeth’s fragile state of mind and preyed on the young girl, who was easy to manipulate and control.