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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.
||CleanE73: “The Workers' Institute” - Aravindan Balakrishnan||After two "members" escaped in 2013, it was revealed Aravindan Balakrishnan was enslaving women in the basement of his London flat.||2/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE72: “The Sons of Freedom” - Peter V. Verigin||This Cult’s beliefs often steered members to protest against the Canadian government.||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE71: “River Road Fellowship” Pt. 2 - Victor Arden Barnard||Reigning over Shepherd’s Camp throughout the 1990s, Victor Barnard was the king of his own Eden.||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE70: “River Road Fellowship” - Victor Arden Barnard||Victor Barnard started his own cult in the early 1990s and moved off the grid to an isolated campground in Minnesota.||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE69: “Fellowship of Friends” Pt. 2 - Robert Earl Burton||Robert Earl Burton used elements of mysticism to lure vulnerable followers to his group, but his shaky past threatens their future.||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE68: “Fellowship of Friends” - Robert Earl Burton||In 1970, his fellowship began with just two members huddled around a dining room table in Northern California.||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE67: “Kashi Ashram” Pt. 2 - Joyce Green||What started as a mission preaching tolerance and empathy, quickly turned sour when rumors of drug abuse and financial impropriety started to swirl.||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE66: “Kashi Ashram” - Joyce Green||Controversy would eventually strain Kashi Ashram, turning some of Joyce’s closest allies against her.||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE65: "Freemasonry" Pt. 2 - The cult that built America||Masonic ideals helped shape one of the most powerful nations in the world.||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE64: "Freemasonry" - The cult that built America||One of the oldest secret organizations in the world that dates back to 1425.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE63: “The Way International” Pt. 2 - Victor Paul Wierwille||By 1980, The Way International was one of the largest and wealthiest cults on Earth.||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE62: “The Way International” - Victor Paul Wierwille||“The Teacher” appeared to be devoted to God, but actually wanted sex, money, and control.||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE61: “Church of Satan” Pt. 2 - Anton LaVey||How did the Church of Satan fare after his death in 2001?||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE60: “Church of Satan” - Anton LaVey||Anton LaVey would go on to publish the first Satanic Bible which continues to influence people all over the world today.||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE59: “The Church of the Last Testament” Pt. 2 - Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop||Would you follow a cult into Siberia?||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE58: The Church of the Last Testament - Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop||This traffic cop turned cult leader got his followers to believe he is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE57: The Kirtland Cult Pt. 2 - Jeffrey Lundgren||What would happen when the "murmurs" he heard indicated that some of his followers were having second thoughts?||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE56: The Kirtland Cult - Jeffrey Lundgren||He believed that he could talk to God and that he alone could bring about Zion in Kirtland.||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE55: Mankind United Pt. 2 - Arthur Bell||After being shut down by the FBI, Arthur Bell returned and established a tax-exempt church that would allow him to extort his followers for millions.||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE54: Mankind United - Arthur Bell||Imagine only working four hours a day, four days a week, eight months a year.||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE53: The Hernandez Brothers' Cult||The Hernandez Brothers Cult was founded by Santos and Cayetano Hernandez in the early 1960s in a small, northern Mexico village.||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE52: Lumpa Church Pt. 2 - Alice Lenshina||By 1960, the Lumpa Church was the most influential religion in Zambia and seen as a political threat by Prime Minister Kenneth Kaunda.||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE51: Lumpa Church - Alice Lenshina||After a life-changing vision turned her into a prophetess, Alice Lenshina rose from one of the minor tribal houses of Zambia to become the founder and leader of the Lumpa church, one of the most powerful organizations in the entire country.||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE50: Sahaja Yoga Movement Pt. 2 - Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi||How has the cult managed to remain so strong and what role did the death of Shri Mataji play in that success?||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE49: Sahaja Yoga Movement - Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi||Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi is the founder of the Sahaja Yoga Movement, a form of meditation meant to help practitioners unlock an inner awareness.||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome Trailer!||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.||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFind Full Archive of Cults on Stitcher Premium||We now offer our complete AD-FREE archives of episodes six months or older on Stitcher Premium!||12/31/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
I'm bummed, because I'm really interested in the subject matter from a historical and analytical perspective, but this show is all sensationalism and speculation delivered by bland, cable voice-over sounding hosts. The two-parter on the Manson murders might as well just be Helter Skelter as an audiobook. They also don't mind swaying from factual reality in order to achieve their sensationalist bent- they mention in the second part someone "surviving" being given an "almost lethal dose of LSD", when scientifically there is no such thing. If you like getting your information in "Refer Madness" format, this is the podcast for you! As for myself- unsubscribed.
It's Not Good
I'm not quite sure why this podcast has so many 5 star reviews. The hosts are painful to listen to and I don't feel as though they explore all the relevant dimensions of the topic at hand.
I just can't listen to these hosts read and feign interest in the subject. Even their banter is scripted and it is just so distracting. Same with their other podcast. Could've been great...