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Cultiv8 Presents: The Bohemian Club & The Bohemian Grove

April 24, 2022

This week, the gals try and tackle the history and conspiracy theories surrounding the mysterious Bohemian Club, and their vacation spot - the Bohemian Grove. Tune in to hear all about the beginnings of the club, whose been …

Bruno Gröning & The Circle of Friends w/ Lindsay Valenty

March 1, 2022

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 The Circle of Friends. A cult whose leader died before it formed but whose followers managed to c…

Aum Shinrikyo | The Military Cult That Injured Thousands

Feb. 15, 2022

In 1989, the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo officially recognized “Aum Shinrikyo” as a legitimate religious movement. Little did they know that five years later, that same group would carry out a violent terrorist attack o…

Cultiv8 Podcast Network Presents: The Belcher Island Massacre

Feb. 6, 2022

What better way to kick off the month of love then with a Canadian true crime case. This week, Alex and Christie discuss the horrid crimes that took place on the Belcher Islands, referred to as the Belcher Islands Massacre. …

James Ellison & The Covenant w/ Shots and Thoughts

Feb. 1, 2022

In 1976, James Ellison moved to Arkansas, intending to establish a self-sustaining fundamentalist Christian commune made up of like-minded individuals who wanted nothing more than to dedicate themselves to God. But by 1978 –…

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

Jan. 18, 2022

Cults are not always sinister. Similarly, cult leaders are not always manipulative sociopaths. Sometimes, all they need is one deluded man. August Engelhardt, born with a silver spoon, was many things, and one of them was de…

The Church of Scientology Part 2: The Indoctrination Process

Jan. 11, 2022

For many, Tom Cruise is a good-looking actor who rose to fame after starring in blockbusters like “Top Gun,” “Mission Impossible,” and “Risky Business.” But for Scientologists, Tom Cruise is a demigod who has become “Operati…

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

Jan. 4, 2022

Super excited to kick off 2022 with this much-anticipated cult! The Church of Scientology may be controversial; however, its devotees have nothing but praise for its teachings. For instance, actor Tom Cruise once called it “…

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

Dec. 14, 2021

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 and supportive friends. Never did she imagine that she would spend the next decade in their gri…

Let's Start A Cult Presents: Best & Worst Of 2021 | Capitol Riots, Musk, and More

Dec. 13, 2021

Hey Wikimaniacs! It's my (Josh's) final episode of 2021! Crazy right? Still feels like 2020...Anyways, I thought it would be fun to do a recap of all the wild and crazy things that happened this year. We touch on some very r…

The Lafferty Brothers' School of Prophets | A Family Cult

Nov. 16, 2021

When Allen Lafferty walked into his home on the evening of July 24, 1984, he never expected to find the carpet and drapes soaked in blood. Nor did he imagine that he would be the first to find the corpses of his beloved wife…

Saul Newton and The Sullivan Institute

Oct. 19, 2021

After graduating from Harvard University in the early 1970s, Paul Sprecher decided to head to the Big Apple, in search of exciting opportunities. Instead, he stumbled upon a group led by an increasingly erratic authoritarian…

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Multi-Level Marketing | The Cults Of The Business World

Oct. 5, 2021

In‌ ‌today’s‌ ‌episode‌ ‌of‌ ‌Let’s‌ ‌Start‌ ‌a‌ ‌Cult‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌discussing Multi-Level‌ ‌Marketing‌ ‌companies ‌or‌ ‌pyramid‌ ‌schemes.‌ ‌From‌ ‌leggings‌ ‌to‌ ‌essential‌ ‌oils‌ ‌and‌ ‌kitchen‌ ‌knives,‌ ‌these‌ ‌…

The Church of Almighty God | China's Most Dangerous Cult

Sept. 21, 2021

The Chinese government is often criticized for its harsh policies against groups that undermine it. However, many have welcomed the measures that it has taken to repress the Church of Almighty God, due to the cult’s involvem…

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Colonia Dignidad | Chile's Secret Nazi Cult

Sept. 7, 2021

In today’s episode of Let’s Start a Cult – the story of Colonia Dignidad, a religious commune established on the foothills of Chile’s Andes Mountains. To outsiders, it seemed like a self-sustaining Christian community that s…

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The Ripper Crew | Chicago's Satanic Cult

Aug. 27, 2021

The Ripper Crew, a group that terrorized Chicago with a series of abductions and horrific killings between 1981 and 1982. Later, it would be revealed that they would eat the amputated breasts of their victims as part of thei…

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The Family An Australian New Age Cult

Aug. 10, 2021

In this episode, we are talking about an Australian New Age Group called The Family. This group forcefully adopted children and raised them on a compound in Australia. Sponsored by Db Journey: https://bit.ly/37cP8YP Our Soci…

The Cult Of Podcasts Presents: Exercise Tiger

Aug. 9, 2021

Thank you everyone for such a huge success in our first week! Keep the reviews and tweets coming, they help blow up our egos. For today's episode, we will be discussing Exercise Tiger, a WWII training exercise for D-Day that…

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The Children Of Thunder

July 27, 2021

In this episode of Let’s Start a Cult – the story of the Children of Thunder, a trio led by a fanatic who believed that it was his mission to kill the leaders of the Mormon Church. To carry this out, he brainwashed his young…

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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. …

Let's Start A Cult Presents: Reddit On Wiki - What Are Aswang?

June 29, 2021

Aswang are horrible shape-shifting creatures from Filipino folklore! Listen to this test episode as John gives Josh and Sean an in-depth look into these terrible creatures! Get ready to listen weekly starting August 2nd! Sub…

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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 …

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The Cult Of QAnon

June 1, 2021

In this episode of Let’s Start a Cult – we will be talking about QAnon, a movement born from an Internet messaging board that – in the space of four years – managed to infiltrate the United States Presidency, leading to a sl…

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Cult News: Love Has Won

May 18, 2021

In today’s episode of Let’s Start A Cult we are talking NEWS! That's right we are a news channel now... Just kidding but in there has been a recent incident involving the cult Love Has Won. We will dive in and find out how a…