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Cults

Cults

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42.7K
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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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45 min1 w ago
Comments
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Satanic Panic Pt. 2: Serial Killers

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In the 1980s, “Satanic Panic” was a mass hysteria that consumed communities and ruined lives—all over things that never even happened. In this new five-part series, we’re examining the origins of the panic, tracing back through the decades to see how the fear of Satan’s influence in society swept across North America.

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Comments
“The Palmarian Church”: Clemente Domínguez Gómez

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

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“The Gatekeepers”: Chris Turgeon

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“The Gatekeepers”: Chris Turgeon
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