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Let's Start A Cult

Let's Start A Cult

Join me (not in a cult sense), Josh Schell, as we dive into the dark and interesting world of cults! I will take you on a journey of how cults form, who their leaders are, and how they almost always come to an end.

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April 24, 2022

Cultiv8 Presents: The Bohemian Club & The Bohemian Grove

This week, the gals try and tackle the history and conspiracy theories surrounding the mysterious Bohemian Club, and their vacati…

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March 1, 2022

Bruno Gröning & The Circle of Friends w/ Lindsay Valenty

We did it, Fred! We finally found a cult that isn't horrible! Because today we are going to be talking about Bruno Groning and Th…

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Feb. 15, 2022

Aum Shinrikyo | The Military Cult That Injured Thousands

In 1989, the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo officially recognized “Aum Shinrikyo” as a legitimate religious movement. Little di…

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Feb. 6, 2022

Cultiv8 Podcast Network Presents: The Belcher Island Massacre

What better way to kick off the month of love then with a Canadian true crime case. This week, Alex and Christie discuss the horr…

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Feb. 1, 2022

James Ellison & The Covenant w/ Shots and Thoughts

In 1976, James Ellison moved to Arkansas, intending to establish a self-sustaining fundamentalist Christian commune made up of li…

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Jan. 18, 2022

August Engelhardt & The Coconut Cult w/ The Dumb, Found Dead

Cults are not always sinister. Similarly, cult leaders are not always manipulative sociopaths. Sometimes, all they need is one de…

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Jan. 11, 2022

The Church of Scientology Part 2: The Indoctrination Process

For many, Tom Cruise is a good-looking actor who rose to fame after starring in blockbusters like “Top Gun,” “Mission Impossible,…

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Jan. 4, 2022

The Church of Scientology Part 1: The Story of L. Ron Hubbard

Super excited to kick off 2022 with this much-anticipated cult! The Church of Scientology may be controversial; however, its devo…

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Dec. 14, 2021

The Hermes Far Eastern Shining Cult | Curing The World One Grift At A…

When Ann Fitzgerald met a group of New Age devotees at a festival in London, she thought that she had found a set of like-minded …

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Dec. 13, 2021

Let's Start A Cult Presents: Best & Worst Of 2021 | Capitol Riots, Mu…

Hey Wikimaniacs! It's my (Josh's) final episode of 2021! Crazy right? Still feels like 2020...Anyways, I thought it would be fun …

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Nov. 16, 2021

The Lafferty Brothers' School of Prophets | A Family Cult

When Allen Lafferty walked into his home on the evening of July 24, 1984, he never expected to find the carpet and drapes soaked …

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Oct. 19, 2021

Saul Newton and The Sullivan Institute

After graduating from Harvard University in the early 1970s, Paul Sprecher decided to head to the Big Apple, in search of excitin…

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