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Cults

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

“The Palmarian Church”: Clemente Domínguez Gómez

In the late 1960s, a listless young man craving significance began claiming he could see and hear messages from the Virgin Mary. With charismatic displays of ecstasy, Clemente Domínguez Gómez developed a following and declared himself the next pope, then set about making life agony for his devotees.

44 min1 d ago
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“The Palmarian Church”: Clemente Domínguez Gómez

Solved Murders: The Story of Helen Potts

Listeners, we’re excited to bring you an episode from one of our favorite podcasts, Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries. Every Wednesday on Solved Murders, we explore the days, months, and even years leading up to the closure of a seemingly uncrackable case. This is part 1 of our episode on Helen Potts, a young girl who gets tangled up with a playboy medical student, with deadly consequences—but not for the reasons you might first suspect. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to check out part 2, available now free and only on Spotify. Follow Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries for more true-crime stories every week!

35 min5 d ago
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Solved Murders: The Story of Helen Potts

“Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness”: John-Roger Hinkins Pt. 2

At the height of his power in 1983, John-Roger Hinkins hosted a star-studded awards show for his “movement.” But behind his glitzy veneer was a dark secret. He was coming unhinged… and within five years, his image was destroyed.

40 min1 w ago
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“Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness”: John-Roger Hinkins Pt. 2

“Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness”: John-Roger Hinkins Pt. 1

After waking up from a nine-day coma in 1963, Roger Hinkins claimed his body was housing a spiritual personality named John. John-Roger went on to found one of the largest spiritual movements of the 1970s and '80s. But behind closed doors, Hinkins preyed on young members of his staff and claimed if they didn't comply, a dark spirit would corrupt them.

39 min2 w ago
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“Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness”: John-Roger Hinkins Pt. 1

“The Gatekeepers”: Chris Turgeon

In 1990s Everett, Washington, a charismatic man named Chris Turgeon started a small group Bible study with a few of his friends. In only a few years, he had turned the group into a cult that followed his every command… even when he ordered them to commit murder.

41 min3 w ago
Comments
“The Gatekeepers”: Chris Turgeon

“The God Squad”: Douglas Metcalf

In 1972, self-appointed bishop Douglas Metcalf had his followers build a new heaven on earth in New Zealand. He called it Camp David… But while the group found peace behind the gates to their compound, they prepared for battle with the outside world.

40 minSEP 1
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“The God Squad”: Douglas Metcalf

“The Chicago Rippers”: Robin Gecht Pt. 2

In the early 1980s, Satanist Robin Gecht and his three followers terrorized the women of Chicago. They attacked, maimed, and tortured at least five victims in an attempt to summon a demon known as "The Dark One."

40 minAUG 25
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“The Chicago Rippers”: Robin Gecht Pt. 2

“The Chicago Rippers”: Robin Gecht Pt. 1

In the early 1980s, contractor Robin Gecht recruited three of his employees to join a violent cult. Using a mixture of intimidation and coercion, Gecht led his followers on a murderous rampage that shocked the city of Chicago.

45 minAUG 18
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“The Chicago Rippers”: Robin Gecht Pt. 1

“Friends Landing”: Whitewind Swan Fisher

When Whitewind Swan Fisher founded Friends Landing in 1985, it was marketed as a safe space for spiritual healing. Instead, it was her personal lion's den where she took advantage of the very people she promised to help.

45 minAUG 11
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“Friends Landing”: Whitewind Swan Fisher

“Concerned Christians”: Monte Kim Miller

In 1985, Monte Kim Miller was an anti-cult activist, speaking at churches to warn against brainwashing and manipulation—until he began using the same tactics he preached against to extort, coerce, and compel his own followers into radical behavior.

39 minAUG 4
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“Concerned Christians”: Monte Kim Miller

Latest Episodes

“The Palmarian Church”: Clemente Domínguez Gómez

In the late 1960s, a listless young man craving significance began claiming he could see and hear messages from the Virgin Mary. With charismatic displays of ecstasy, Clemente Domínguez Gómez developed a following and declared himself the next pope, then set about making life agony for his devotees.

44 min1 d ago
Comments
“The Palmarian Church”: Clemente Domínguez Gómez

Solved Murders: The Story of Helen Potts

Listeners, we’re excited to bring you an episode from one of our favorite podcasts, Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries. Every Wednesday on Solved Murders, we explore the days, months, and even years leading up to the closure of a seemingly uncrackable case. This is part 1 of our episode on Helen Potts, a young girl who gets tangled up with a playboy medical student, with deadly consequences—but not for the reasons you might first suspect. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to check out part 2, available now free and only on Spotify. Follow Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries for more true-crime stories every week!

35 min5 d ago
Comments
Solved Murders: The Story of Helen Potts

“Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness”: John-Roger Hinkins Pt. 2

At the height of his power in 1983, John-Roger Hinkins hosted a star-studded awards show for his “movement.” But behind his glitzy veneer was a dark secret. He was coming unhinged… and within five years, his image was destroyed.

40 min1 w ago
Comments
“Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness”: John-Roger Hinkins Pt. 2

“Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness”: John-Roger Hinkins Pt. 1

After waking up from a nine-day coma in 1963, Roger Hinkins claimed his body was housing a spiritual personality named John. John-Roger went on to found one of the largest spiritual movements of the 1970s and '80s. But behind closed doors, Hinkins preyed on young members of his staff and claimed if they didn't comply, a dark spirit would corrupt them.

39 min2 w ago
Comments
“Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness”: John-Roger Hinkins Pt. 1

“The Gatekeepers”: Chris Turgeon

In 1990s Everett, Washington, a charismatic man named Chris Turgeon started a small group Bible study with a few of his friends. In only a few years, he had turned the group into a cult that followed his every command… even when he ordered them to commit murder.

41 min3 w ago
Comments
“The Gatekeepers”: Chris Turgeon

“The God Squad”: Douglas Metcalf

In 1972, self-appointed bishop Douglas Metcalf had his followers build a new heaven on earth in New Zealand. He called it Camp David… But while the group found peace behind the gates to their compound, they prepared for battle with the outside world.

40 minSEP 1
Comments
“The God Squad”: Douglas Metcalf

“The Chicago Rippers”: Robin Gecht Pt. 2

In the early 1980s, Satanist Robin Gecht and his three followers terrorized the women of Chicago. They attacked, maimed, and tortured at least five victims in an attempt to summon a demon known as "The Dark One."

40 minAUG 25
Comments
“The Chicago Rippers”: Robin Gecht Pt. 2

“The Chicago Rippers”: Robin Gecht Pt. 1

In the early 1980s, contractor Robin Gecht recruited three of his employees to join a violent cult. Using a mixture of intimidation and coercion, Gecht led his followers on a murderous rampage that shocked the city of Chicago.

45 minAUG 18
Comments
“The Chicago Rippers”: Robin Gecht Pt. 1

“Friends Landing”: Whitewind Swan Fisher

When Whitewind Swan Fisher founded Friends Landing in 1985, it was marketed as a safe space for spiritual healing. Instead, it was her personal lion's den where she took advantage of the very people she promised to help.

45 minAUG 11
Comments
“Friends Landing”: Whitewind Swan Fisher

“Concerned Christians”: Monte Kim Miller

In 1985, Monte Kim Miller was an anti-cult activist, speaking at churches to warn against brainwashing and manipulation—until he began using the same tactics he preached against to extort, coerce, and compel his own followers into radical behavior.

39 minAUG 4
Comments
“Concerned Christians”: Monte Kim Miller
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