Cults

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Jeremy
 Jul 18, 2019
Just a really interesting show. currently my favorite podcast.

Alan
 Jun 24, 2019
compelling

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 May 23, 2019
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 Mar 27, 2019

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Mystery. Manipulation. Murder. Cults are associated with all of these. But what really goes on inside a cult? More specifically, what goes on inside the minds of people who join cults and leaders who start them? Every Tuesday, Greg and Vanessa (co-hosts of the podcast Serial Killers) explore the history and psychology behind the most notorious cults. Cults is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media production.

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E99: “Symbionese Liberation Army” Pt. 2 - Donald DeFreeze
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From within the confines of the Vacaville prison medical center, Donald DeFreeze started recruiting young, idealistic Berkeley radicals for his leftist political cult. The US needed to change. And radical change, DeFreeze knew, demanded radical action. He was willing to do whatever it took to wake Americans up to the revolution, whether that meant murder, theft, or the kidnapping of a newspaper heiress.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Modsy - Go to Modsy.com, start a design project, and use code CULTS to get 20% off.<br>
Aug 20, 2019
Introducing: TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, a new Parcast Original!
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Crime never takes a day off, and neither do we. In our new podcast, TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, every day, we flip back the calendar and examine a true crime event from the same date years ago.<br><br>In this clip, we look back at August 19th, 1970, when John Norman Collins was convicted of the murder of 21-year-old Karen Sue Beineman. Subscribe to TODAY IN TRUE CRIME for a new story every day!<br>
Aug 19, 2019
E98: “Symbionese Liberation Army” - Donald DeFreeze
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Donald DeFreeze was a gun-obsessed drifter throughout the 1960s. But he didn't use his guns — he had nothing to fight for. At least, not until he was radicalized and began to build a coalition to execute his plans.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Billie - Go to MyBillie.com/CULTS for 10% off your razor.<br><br>Embrace Pet Insurance - Get your FREE quote at EmbracePetInsurance.com/ CULTS.&nbsp;<br><br>Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com and use promo code CULTS during checkout!<br>
Aug 13, 2019
E97: “Nation of Yaweh” Pt. 2 - Hulon Mitchell Jr.
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In the early 1980s, Hulon Mitchell, Jr.'s Nation of Yahweh became a fixture in Miami's black community. However, while Hulon used his influence to reduce crime rates, he was committing atrocious abuses on his own followers.<br><br>Parcasters - On today's episode of Mythology, we take on the legendary Odyssey, bringing the incredible journey to life! Subscribe to MYTHOLOGY today to hear the most notable stories in human history as you never have before.<br><br>
Aug 06, 2019
Introducing: CON ARTISTS, a new Parcast Original!
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From counterfeit goods, to fake love interests, and even major financial fraud, you will find it all in our new show. In this Parcast Original, we examine the swindlers behind the scam, and the victims manipulated by their deceit. In CON ARTISTS you will learn about the art of the hustle, and the ways you can spot a con.&nbsp;<br><br>In this clip, we explore the massive Ponzi scheme orchestrated by fraudster Bernie Madoff. Subscribe to CON ARTISTS on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast to listen to the rest of this episode!<br>
Jul 31, 2019
E96: “Nation of Yaweh” - Hulon Mitchell Jr.
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From the moment Hulon Mitchell, Jr. was born in 1935, he was raised to think he was special.&nbsp; But growing up in segregated Oklahoma, he realized that black men and women lacked the same opportunities as their white counterparts. He decided he was the black messiah, destined to lead his people to paradise -- by any means possible.<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Zola - Go to Zola.com/CULTS to build your free wedding website and get $50 toward your registry.<br>
Jul 30, 2019
E95: “The Brotherhood of Eternal Love” - John Griggs
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Just before the Summer of Love, 22-year-old John Griggs discovered LSD and had an epiphany – he would serve as the Hippie Messiah and guide the world to psychedelic revolution. John set out to the beaches of Southern California where he founded a psychedelic cult and international drug ring, while blazing the trail for the recreational use of psychedelics at the height of the hippie era.<br><br>Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts!<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Billie - Go to MyBillie.com/CULTS for 10% off your razor!<br><br>Embrace Pet Insurance - Get your FREE quote at EmbracePetInsurance.com/CULTS right now!<br><br>Modsy - This month ONLY, start a design project at Modsy.com and use code CULTS to get 20% OFF!<br><br>Quip - Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GetQuip.com/CULTS right now, you get your first refill pack for FREE with a quip electric toothbrush!<br>
Jul 23, 2019
E94: “The Wesson Vampire Clan” Pt. 2 - Marcus Delon Wesson
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The more Marcus Wesson retreated from society, the more extreme his behavior became. He lead his family of 16 children deep into the woods, claiming it was for their own protection. But away from prying eyes, Marcus Wesson preyed on his children.<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Gabi - Gabi - Take 2 minutes and see if you can save up to $865 when you go to Gabi.com/CULTS.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jul 16, 2019
E93: “The Wesson Vampire Clan” - Marcus Delon Wesson
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His version of faith, was placing himself on the same level as God and demanding his children serve him as such. But when Marcus Wesson needed more followers to control, instead of recruiting he turned to his daughters. They would grow their cult-family from within.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com/CULTS and use promo code CULTS during checkout!<br><br>Quip - Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GetQuip.com/CULTS right now, you can get your first refill pack for FREE!<br><br><br><br>
Jul 09, 2019
E92: “The Alamo Christian Foundation” Pt. 2 - Tony Alamo
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Along with his wife Susan, they grew The Alamo Christian Foundation from a few dozen homeless teenagers to over 3,000 followers on sophisticated compounds around the United States. Their dreams of stardom were finally achieved, but it still wasn't enough for the power hungry Alamos.&nbsp;<br><br><br>Parcasters - Cults...UFOs...Nazis? If you don’t know about the Vril Society, you’re in for a treat! This group allegedly developed flying saucers for the Third Reich. Search for Extraterrestrials on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast Originals.<br><br><br>
Jul 02, 2019
E91: “The Alamo Christian Foundation” - Tony Alamo
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When he moved to Los Angeles in 1960, Tony Alamo was convinced that his big break as a musician was just around the corner. What he found instead was the voice of God, which commanded him to collect young and homeless followers for Jesus' return.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - This week on The Dark Side Of we dig into the trial of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, and the media frenzy that followed. You might think you know the story, but the truth is much darker! Available now on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast!<br><br>
Jun 25, 2019
E90: “Lord Our Righteousness Church” Pt. 2 - Wayne Bent
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In the fall of 2007, Judgement Day arrived on the Strong City compound. The world didn't end, as their Messiah had predicted, but it was still a portent of things to come.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Gabi - Take two minutes and see if you can save up to $865 a year on car insurance at Gabi.com/CULTS. There are NO fees, NO forms, and NO spam.<br><br>Modsy - Go to Modsy.com to start a design project and use code CULTS to get 20% off.&nbsp;<br><br>Quip - Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GetQuip.com/CULTS right now, you get your first refill pack for FREE with a quip electric toothbrush.<br><br>Zola - Start your free wedding website and get $50 off your registry at Zola.com/CULTS.<br>
Jun 18, 2019
E89: “Lord Our Righteousness Church” - Wayne Bent
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In the early 2000s, Wayne Bent established his following on a compound in New Mexico that he dubbed "Strong City." But their faith would be tested when Wayne revealed God's next command: he required seven young virgins to take as Wayne's wives.<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>The Farmer’s Dog - Get 50% off your two week trial of fresh, healthy food at TheFarmersDog.com/CULTS. Plus, you get FREE shipping!<br>
Jun 11, 2019
E88: “The Children of Thunder” Pt. 2 - Glenn Taylor Helzer
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In July of 2001, this cult declared war on Satan and the forces of darkness. But soon, their plans unravelled around them, and five innocent people would fall victim to The Children of Thunder’s bloody war.<br><br>Parcasters - This week on Extraterrestrial, we take on the mysterious Anunnaki, supposed ancient alien gods. What is their origin? What interactions have they had with our planet? Find out today at parcast.com/extraterrestrial<br>
Jun 04, 2019
E87: “The Children of Thunder” - Glenn Taylor Helzer
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He believed that the voice in his head, which he called "Spirit," was the voice of God. Lead by the lord, Glenn Taylor Helzer gathered his followers in the summer of 2001 to wage a war against Satan.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - You’ve heard of Pandora’s Box, and you know you don’t want to open it. But do you know the myth behind the saying? Check out Mythology today for this anticipated episode! Available now at parcast.com/mythology<br><br>
May 28, 2019
E86: “Church of Jesus With Signs Following” Pt. 2 - Glenn Summerford
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In 1980 he quickly grew his flock through acts of extreme religious affirmation, such as handling poisonous snakes and drinking poison in front of his congregants. But was Glenn Summerford a man with a deep connection to the Lord, protected by his faith? Or a thrill-seeker, on the precipice of madness?<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>The Farmer’s Dog - Get 50% off your two week trial of fresh, healthy food at TheFarmersDog.com/CULTS. Plus, you get FREE shipping!<br>
May 21, 2019
E85: “Church of Jesus With Signs Following” - Glenn Summerford
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He spent most of his life in a boxing ring, trying to prove his worth with his fists. But after nearly dying from an injury in the ring in 1963, Glenn Summerford committed to turning his life around and found God. Then, God started speaking to him. Through snakes.<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Omax Health - Head to OmaxHealth.com and enter code CULTS for 50% off a one month supply plus free shipping and a 60-day money-back guarantee.<br><br><br>
May 14, 2019
E84: "The Process Church" Pt. 2 - Mary Ann MacClean and Robert de Grimston
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After fleeing from a destructive hurricane, in the late 1960s, Mary and Robert de Grimston led their followers on a nomadic journey around the US in search of more converts and the site of their new church. But the stress of constant relocation and pursuit of US immigrations drove a wedge between the couple.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Omax Health - OMAX is offering 60% off a one-month supply of Ultra Pure, plus free shipping and a 60-day money-back guarantee at TryOmax.com/CULTS today!<br><br>
May 07, 2019
E83: "The Process Church" - Mary Ann MacClean and Robert de Grimston
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Mary and Robert de Grimston created a flamboyant cult in 1960s London that attracted outcasts and celebrities alike. But as their communication with God sent them west, the cult soon found itself in constant danger--in the eye of a literal hurricane.<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Quip -&nbsp; Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GetQuip.com/CULTS right now, you get your first refill pack for FREE with a quip electric toothbrush.<br><br><br>
Apr 30, 2019
E82: “The Blackburn Cult” Pt. 2 - May Otis Blackburn
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In 1925 Willa had been dead for months, and yet she wasn't laid to rest. May Blackburn laid her in a tub of ice, mummified her, and buried her beneath her floorboards in Venice, California. The end of the world was coming, and when Willa was resurrected, so would be their queen. And so the cult prepared for the coming apocalypse, over the body of the Blackburn Cult's first victim.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Calm - CULTS listeners get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription at Calm.com/CULTS.<br><br>
Apr 23, 2019
E81: “The Blackburn Cult” - May Otis Blackburn
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Many actors wait tables while they're waiting for their big break; May and Ruth Blackburn started a cult. In 1920s Los Angeles, this mother-daughter duo swindled a fortune from their followers while promising them fortune and immortality.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Quip - Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GetQuip.com/CULTS right now, you get your first refill pack for FREE with a quip electric toothbrush.<br><br>Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Cults a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Cults.Robinhood.com.<br><br>
Apr 16, 2019
E80: “Eastern Lightning” Pt. 2 - Zhao Weishan
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After the cult was dogged with rumors of violent conversion tactics, the Church of the Almighty God blamed the Chinese government for the negative press. A more extreme example occurred in 2014, as the cult would be accused of the murder of a woman who refused to give the group her cellphone number for recruitment purposes.<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>CBS All Access - Visit CBS.com/CULTS to watch The Twilight Zone. Redeem your FREE trial TODAY.&nbsp;<br><br>
Apr 09, 2019
E79: “Eastern Lightning” - Zhao Weishan
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The Church of the Almighty God preached that Jesus Christ had been reborn and walked the Earth. She was here to save their souls before the world ended. In 1991, followers scrambled to prove how devoted they were to her before the apocalypse, even if it meant killing in her name.<br><br>SPONSORS!<br><br>Calm - CULTS listeners get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription at Calm.com/CULTS.<br><br>CBS All Access - Visit CBS.com/UNEXPLAINED to redeem your FREE trial TODAY.<br><br>Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CULTS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!<br><br>
Apr 02, 2019
Bonus: Greg and Vanessa revisit Jonestown
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In this special crossover with Assassinations, Greg and Vanessa give insight regarding the charismatic preacher, Jim Jones, and his congregation’s move from San Francisco to the newly-constructed jungle settlement of Jonestown, Guyana in 1977. The move was intended to keep the Peoples Temple far away from the prying eyes of the U.S. government and media, who'd been looking into Jones' abuses and financial crimes.&nbsp;
Mar 28, 2019
E78: “The Source Family” Pt. 2 - James Baker
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When the cult moved to Hawaii, James Baker never expected his penniless followers to find him. But once it became clear that they were willing to follow to the bitter end, he began planning a dramatic exit of epic proportions.<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>CBS All Access - Visit CBS.com/CULTS to redeem your FREE trial TODAY and watch the new Twilight Zone exclusively on CBS All Access.<br><br>Quip - Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GetQuip.com/CULTS right now, you get your first refill pack for FREE with a Quip electric toothbrush.<br><br><br><br>
Mar 26, 2019
E77: “The Source Family” - James Baker
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When James Baker started his health food restaurant on the Sunset Strip in the 1970s, he had no intention of creating a spiritual commune. But opportunity knocked, and soon, he was the leader of a yoga-based cult in Hollywood Hills that launched Baker to wealth and fame. When the cult came under scrutiny, Baker ran. And to his surprise, his people followed.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>CBS All Access - Visit CBS.com/CULTS to redeem your FREE trial of CBS All Access.<br><br>Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Cults a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Cults.Robinhood.com.<br><br>
Mar 19, 2019
E76: “New Vrindaban” Pt. 2 - Kirtanananda Swami
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For roughly 15 years, this guru was a beloved spiritual leader with hopes of opening a worship oriented theme park. In 1985, everything changed when a vicious attack resulted in a head injury, coma, and ultimately a sinister personality change. He started using brutal tactics to keep his followers in line, including violence, espionage, and his own personal hitman.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Calm - CULTS listeners get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription at Calm.com/CULTS.<br><br><br>
Mar 12, 2019
E75: “New Vrindaban” - Kirtanananda Swami
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For 26 years, he was the guru and leader of the New Vrindaban cult in West Virginia. Kirtanananda Swami would turn this vacant land into a 1200-acre sanctuary for all faiths complete with an enormous gold palace. What seemed like an idyllic paradise, was actually just a plot to steal member’s money. Swami was successful in swindling $10.5 million in just four years.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - To learn about an iconic event in American history, check out our our new episode on John McCain on HOSTAGE, wherever you get your shows. Listen now at parcast.com/hostage<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CULTS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes and won’t affect your credit!<br><br>
Mar 05, 2019
E74: “The Workers' Institute” Pt. 2 - Aravindan Balakrishnan
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By the 1970s, Comrade Bala's small collective had gone completely underground. His followers lived in constant fear of advanced Chinese technology capable of reading their thoughts, and killing them at any moment. Amidst the chaos, Comrade Bala fathered a child who would spend the first 20 years of her life in his strange home, a slave to the Maoist Collective. But when she finally escaped, she would be his downfall.<br><br>
Feb 26, 2019
E73: “The Workers' Institute” - Aravindan Balakrishnan
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His communist cult was started in 1974 in hopes of convincing working class citizens of England to rise up against their capitalist overlords and join forces with communist China. After two "members" escaped in 2013, it was revealed Aravindan Balakrishnan was enslaving women in the basement of his London flat. One woman born into the cult never had contact with the outside world before her release.<br><br>Parcasters - For more stories about captivity and thrilling escape, check out HOSTAGE. This week, we’re covering the abduction of Cynthia Ann Parker and her 24 years spent living among the Comanche. Listen now at parcast.com/hostage<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Quip - Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GetQuip.com/CULTS, you get your first refill pack for FREE with a quip electric toothbrush.<br><br>
Feb 19, 2019
Welcome Trailer!
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Mystery. Manipulation. Murder. Cults are associated with all of these. But what really goes on inside a cult? More specifically, what goes on inside the minds of people who join cults and leaders who start them. Every Tuesday we take a psychological approach to analyzing a cult and its founder. Cults premieres Tuesday September 26th. Here is a sneak peak.&nbsp;
Sep 16, 2017
Find Full Archive of Cults on Stitcher Premium
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We now offer our complete AD-FREE archives of episodes six months or older on Stitcher Premium!&nbsp;<br><br>To get a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to StitcherPremium.com/PARCAST and use the promo code PARCAST.&nbsp;
Dec 31, 2013