October 14th, 2020 | 1 hr 10 secs
anderson do carmo, cult, flordelis, true crime
A minister. A gospel singer. A member of parliament. This Brazilian political figure made a name for herself even before being elected. But some say that behind the scenes, her ministry was a means for profit and eventually murder. Was this politician a victim of her children’s actions or was she secretly the mastermind who plotted it all to take control?
October 7th, 2020 | 1 hr 47 mins
amy carlson, cult, father god, love has won, mother god
Its website and Facebook streams lure in future members by preaching peace, love, and energy. But inside this tight-knit group, ex-members say they faced abuse and torture. Is their revered leader the one true Mother God bringing energy and peace to the world, or is she nothing more than a scam artist who’s found a new way to fund her lifestyle?
September 9th, 2020 | 1 hr 44 mins
allison mack, cult, keith raniere, multi-level marketing scam, nxivm, true crime
Hey everyone! We're taking the week off, but we'll be back next week with an all-new episode. We decided to re-release this episode since the new HBO docuseries "The Vow" has propelled this story back into the news.
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Self-Help. Personal Growth. Life-improvement. Multi-level marketing schemes promise riches, better lives, and unimagined happiness. But beneath the surface of this organization was a secret society that drained its members of money, personal autonomy, and even their lives.
July 3rd, 2019 | 1 hr 42 mins
cult, keith raniere, nxivm
Self-Help. Personal Growth. Life-improvement. Multi-level marketing schemes promise riches, better lives, and unimagined happiness. But beneath the surface of this organization was a secret society that drained its members of money, personal autonomy, and even their lives. A sex cult where women were referred to as "slaves", branded like cattle, and forced to have sex with a leader they called Vanguard all under the guise of "female empowerment."
March 6th, 2019 | 49 mins 34 secs
chen tao, cult, god's salvation church, true way
On the brink of the new millennium, one man claims to know the day God will return to Earth...and He's doing it on a spaceship. When he and the rest of the UFOlogy cult take up residence in a Texas suburb, decked out in all white and cowboy hats, officials fear they may have a Heaven's Gate situation on their hands. Will it end as badly as everyone thinks, or will Hon-Ming Chen turn out to be just another false prophet?
September 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 4 mins
atlantis, cult, karma
You might think Manhattan's best kept secret is that swanky new underground club you and your friends can't get into. However, it might just be this modern day doomsday cult that meets weekly in a Murray Hill brownstone. Descendants of an Atlantis Aryan super race, a future without stomachs, rampant homophobia - "The Light" really ticks all the crazy boxes! And you probably wouldn't want any of them designing your home...unless you REALLY like owls.