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The House Of David

July 13, 2021

Unlike the majority of other cults, the House of David didn’t isolate itself from the rest of the world. In fact, its members even opened their commune to visitors, welcoming up to half a million of them during peak season. They also formed their own...

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Charles Manson And The Family

June 15, 2021

He may be long dead, but Charles Manson continues to strike fear in the hearts of many. This gaunt, unshaven man with wild eyes can be seen in dozens of photographs from the late 1960s and early 1970s – a period in American history that, interestingly...

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The Matamoros Cult

Dec. 1, 2020

Unlike other cults, the Matamoros Cult was never in the mainstream; it didn’t amass thousands of followers nor was it a subject of controversy in its heyday. In fact, it was even trusted by the elite and high society of Mexico City, all of whom were captivated by the supernatural powers and magical…

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Heaven's Gate

Nov. 17, 2020

Cults are built on logical, semi-believable premises that often involve religion and the leader as the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. It is these messages that draw hundreds of people in, causing them to commit horrific acts on others and on themselves. But Heaven’s Gate is a bit different. Since i…

Guest: Greg Doiron
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John Frum and The Cargo Cults

Nov. 3, 2020

Every year on February 15th, locals of the island of Tanna in Vanuatu gather in swarms to celebrate their messiah. It’s the holiest of days for the small island. Some of their celebrations look like standard worship: song and dance, prayer and chanting, cheering and gathering. Most of it, though, i…

Guests: John , Patrick
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Ho-No-Hana Sanpogyo

Oct. 20, 2020

Ho-No-Hana Sanpogyo targeted desperate people – often housewives with sick husbands and children who were searching for any possible cure to save their loved ones. These needy people would sacrifice their life savings in exchange for the promise that their suffering would end. For every single one …

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Jim Jones And The People's Temple

Oct. 5, 2020

On November 18, 1978, a mass suicide in the jungles of South America shocked the entire world. A total of 909 people were killed on that fateful day, with nearly half of the kids under the age of eighteen. All of them were members of the Peoples Temple, an organization that began as an unconvention…

Guest: Justin Ness
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Let's Start A Cult: Trailer

Sept. 22, 2020

Welcome to the Let's Start A Cult podcast! We will explore the dark and interesting world of cults and how they get started! Join me, Josh Schell, and my guests every other week as we take on a new cult of interest! Episodes starting October 6th, 2020! To recommend a cult or to submit a question/co…