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Cults

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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.

Latest Episodes

“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 1: Terri Hoffman

In the 1970s, Terri Hoffman went from high school drop-out to leading New Age mystic. Her Dallas-based organization, the Conscious Development of Body, Mind, and Soul, targeted affluent residents…and their wallets. But as her influence grew, so did suspicions about her shady practices.

45 MIN1 d ago
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“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 1: Terri Hoffman

“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 2: John Alexander Dowie

In June of 1888, John Alexander Dowie moved his family to the United States to found the holy city of Zion. He envisioned the Illinois town as a paradise, but soon his immense wealth clouded his judgment, and Dowie came crashing down to Earth.

48 MIN1 w ago
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“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 2: John Alexander Dowie

“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 1: John Alexander Dowie

His drive for independence eventually led him to create a spiritual movement all of his own in the late 1800s. After founding the Divine Healing Association, John Alexander Dowie went from a discontented minister to a leading figure in Australia’s faith healer movement. But money and success would eventually be his downfall.

46 MIN2 w ago
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“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 1: John Alexander Dowie

“Endeavor Academy” Chuck Anderson

Founded by Charles “Chuck” Anderson in the Wisconsin Dells in 1992, Endeavor Academy was a religious group claiming to be able to lead its students to enlightenment. But as Endeavor’s public profile grew, so did the controversy surrounding it—with allegations of abuse that some claim drove multiple members to suicide.

40 MIN3 w ago
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“Endeavor Academy” Chuck Anderson

“The Rama Cult” Frederick P. Lenz

Founded by software guru Frederick Lenz in 1981, the Rama Cult operated in the Los Angeles and Tri State areas until 1998. Lenz referred to himself as "Rama," and claimed to be able to lead his acolytes to wealth and enlightenment—but has been accused of psychologically manipulating those who trusted him most.

44 MINMAY 5
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“The Rama Cult” Frederick P. Lenz

“Access Consciousness” Gary Douglas

Founded by Gary Douglas in the 1990s, “Access Consciousness” went from a mystical meditation clinic to an international media empire. This movement attracted tens of thousands of followers a year, and eventually earned Gary an estimated net worth of $1.5 million dollars.

47 MINMAY 2
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“Access Consciousness” Gary Douglas

“The New Lighthouse Movement” Arnaud Mussy

We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of Cults today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. Operating in France from 2001 to 2004, members of the New Lighthouse Movement believed that after the apocalypse, humanity would ascend to heaven with the help of Aliens. This ascension could only be possible with the help of their founder, Arnaud Mussy.

43 MINMAY 1
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“The New Lighthouse Movement” Arnaud Mussy

“Dera Sacha Sauda” Pt. 2: Gurmeet Ram Rahim

He built the Dera Sacha Sauda by exploiting the people who trusted him most. Though news of Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s abuse first reached Indian authorities in 2002, his political connections kept him safe from arrest. But over the years, his violent fanaticism continued to escalate—until he couldn't hide anymore.

42 MINMAY 1
Comments
“Dera Sacha Sauda” Pt. 2: Gurmeet Ram Rahim

“Dera Sacha Sauda” Pt. 1: Gurmeet Ram Rahim

In 1990, Gurmeet Ram Rahim became the leader of Dera Sacha Sauda movement. Originally, the group promoted charity and taught meditation practices, but under Gurmeet, its activities became significantly darker. Eventually, Gurmeet had over 60 million followers, who he exploited for his every desire.

41 MINMAY 1
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“Dera Sacha Sauda” Pt. 1: Gurmeet Ram Rahim

Crossover Week: Female Criminals (Linda Hazzard Pt. 2)

If you enjoy the stories told in Cults, check out this episode from our series Female Criminals: In 1911, Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard took her cruel alternative medicine practices to a new level by opening her infamous sanitarium in Washington—which locals would dub "Starvation Heights.” There, Linda continued her abuse and fraud by financially exploiting and starving wealthy British heiresses, Dora and Claire Williamson.

51 MINAPR 30
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Crossover Week: Female Criminals (Linda Hazzard Pt. 2)

Latest Episodes

“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 1: Terri Hoffman

In the 1970s, Terri Hoffman went from high school drop-out to leading New Age mystic. Her Dallas-based organization, the Conscious Development of Body, Mind, and Soul, targeted affluent residents…and their wallets. But as her influence grew, so did suspicions about her shady practices.

45 MIN1 d ago
Comments
“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 1: Terri Hoffman

“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 2: John Alexander Dowie

In June of 1888, John Alexander Dowie moved his family to the United States to found the holy city of Zion. He envisioned the Illinois town as a paradise, but soon his immense wealth clouded his judgment, and Dowie came crashing down to Earth.

48 MIN1 w ago
Comments
“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 2: John Alexander Dowie

“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 1: John Alexander Dowie

His drive for independence eventually led him to create a spiritual movement all of his own in the late 1800s. After founding the Divine Healing Association, John Alexander Dowie went from a discontented minister to a leading figure in Australia’s faith healer movement. But money and success would eventually be his downfall.

46 MIN2 w ago
Comments
“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 1: John Alexander Dowie

“Endeavor Academy” Chuck Anderson

Founded by Charles “Chuck” Anderson in the Wisconsin Dells in 1992, Endeavor Academy was a religious group claiming to be able to lead its students to enlightenment. But as Endeavor’s public profile grew, so did the controversy surrounding it—with allegations of abuse that some claim drove multiple members to suicide.

40 MIN3 w ago
Comments
“Endeavor Academy” Chuck Anderson

“The Rama Cult” Frederick P. Lenz

Founded by software guru Frederick Lenz in 1981, the Rama Cult operated in the Los Angeles and Tri State areas until 1998. Lenz referred to himself as "Rama," and claimed to be able to lead his acolytes to wealth and enlightenment—but has been accused of psychologically manipulating those who trusted him most.

44 MINMAY 5
Comments
“The Rama Cult” Frederick P. Lenz

“Access Consciousness” Gary Douglas

Founded by Gary Douglas in the 1990s, “Access Consciousness” went from a mystical meditation clinic to an international media empire. This movement attracted tens of thousands of followers a year, and eventually earned Gary an estimated net worth of $1.5 million dollars.

47 MINMAY 2
Comments
“Access Consciousness” Gary Douglas

“The New Lighthouse Movement” Arnaud Mussy

We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of Cults today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. Operating in France from 2001 to 2004, members of the New Lighthouse Movement believed that after the apocalypse, humanity would ascend to heaven with the help of Aliens. This ascension could only be possible with the help of their founder, Arnaud Mussy.

43 MINMAY 1
Comments
“The New Lighthouse Movement” Arnaud Mussy

“Dera Sacha Sauda” Pt. 2: Gurmeet Ram Rahim

He built the Dera Sacha Sauda by exploiting the people who trusted him most. Though news of Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s abuse first reached Indian authorities in 2002, his political connections kept him safe from arrest. But over the years, his violent fanaticism continued to escalate—until he couldn't hide anymore.

42 MINMAY 1
Comments
“Dera Sacha Sauda” Pt. 2: Gurmeet Ram Rahim

“Dera Sacha Sauda” Pt. 1: Gurmeet Ram Rahim

In 1990, Gurmeet Ram Rahim became the leader of Dera Sacha Sauda movement. Originally, the group promoted charity and taught meditation practices, but under Gurmeet, its activities became significantly darker. Eventually, Gurmeet had over 60 million followers, who he exploited for his every desire.

41 MINMAY 1
Comments
“Dera Sacha Sauda” Pt. 1: Gurmeet Ram Rahim

Crossover Week: Female Criminals (Linda Hazzard Pt. 2)

If you enjoy the stories told in Cults, check out this episode from our series Female Criminals: In 1911, Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard took her cruel alternative medicine practices to a new level by opening her infamous sanitarium in Washington—which locals would dub "Starvation Heights.” There, Linda continued her abuse and fraud by financially exploiting and starving wealthy British heiresses, Dora and Claire Williamson.

51 MINAPR 30
Comments
Crossover Week: Female Criminals (Linda Hazzard Pt. 2)
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