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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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Introducing: Impostors

Introducing: Impostors

2021-05-0511:38

Wayne Simmons had a dramatic 27-year career with the CIA taking down cartels and busting arms smugglers — or did he? The ex-CIA military analyst and cable news star stands accused of being a fraud. Hosted by the reporter who broke the story, Impostors follows the investigation into who Wayne Simmons really is… Hero, or conman? Impostors is a Spotify Original from Parcast. Produced by Topic Studios and Transmitter Media. Hosted by Alex French. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Increased government scrutiny in the early 2000s didn’t stop Hermes Far Eastern Shining from growing into a small business empire. Attrill used his local influence to shield the organization, even as stories of manipulation, exploitation, and abuse began to spread.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A fast-growing cult in Australia absorbed hundreds of people into its fold in the late 1990s. Gerald Attrill promoted himself as an alchemist and the spiritual kin of Jesus Christ, attracting devoted followers with expensive products that claimed to purify energies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“Fiat Lux” Uriella

“Fiat Lux” Uriella

2021-04-2040:502

Deep in the heart of the Black Woods on the border between Switzerland and Germany, an eccentric spiritual medium named Uriella set up a commune for her growing community of fanatical followers. She claimed to receive messages from Jesus Christ and grew into a media sensation. But she also warned about the coming apocalypse, and told her followers that their only salvation would come from space. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the 1990s, Ronald Weinland began issuing doomsday prophecies from his online pulpit. Despite being indicted for tax evasion, Weinland, now in his 70s, is still sermonizing to — and collecting tithes from — his followers on YouTube, where his videos have amassed hundreds of thousands of views.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When Ben Klassen died by suicide in 1993, Matthew Hale picked up his mantle as leader of the sputtering Church of the Creator. Hale was a young college student from Illinois, whose own plans to enact a racial holy war erupted in violence in 1999.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After a short but controversial run in politics, Ben Klassen founded the Church of the Creator in 1973. The avowed white supremacist used this new venture to spout racist rhetoric, foster hate amongst his followers, and attempt what he never could in office: igniting a racial holy war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From creating costly “healing instruments” to engaging in group sex activities, the Gentle Wind Project claimed to address traumas through spiritual energy work in the 1980s and ‘90s. When former members spoke out about the cult’s abuse, it disbanded, only to reemerge in 2007. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Known as “Babu” to locals, former pastor Ambilikile Mwasapile gained international attention after claiming in 2010 that he had found a cure for cancer, diabetes and AIDS. His alleged medical breakthrough was inspired by divine dreams — but it cost potentially thousands of people their lives.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Around 2007, a new miracle healer stepped on stage in Brazil, claiming to cure cancer, heart disease, and HIV. Followers flocked from all over the world… But the healer wasn't a traditional preacher, or even a flashy snake oil salesman. She was a 3-year-old girl named Alani Santos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ukrainian psychotherapist Anatoly Kashpirovsky led hypnotic TV healing sessions in the late 1980s and ‘90s, drawing millions of viewers across Eastern Europe. He laid low after a series of controversies — but made his comeback in 2009, and is still allegedly healing the masses on his hit YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Described as “hypnotic” and “disarming,” George Feigley used his silver tongue to convince countless people that he was a scholar and religious figurehead. In 1976, he was charged with statutory rape and imprisoned — but it was far from the end of his cultish offenses.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 1959, George King traveled to Los Angeles to complete his interstellar mission. He spent decades cultivating faithful followers as he traveled to astral planes, channeled alien entities, and battled against galactic beings beyond comprehension.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When an angel appeared before him in a dark forest, George King knew his life would be special. That mystical meeting was just the start: Over the years, King began communicating with beings from other planets, all while building a devoted following. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the 1980s, rigorous training and illegal weapons turned Ellison’s once peaceful commune into a murderous militia. As they carried out acts of terrorism and plotted attacks on the government, their actions did not go unnoticed — or unanswered.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Expelled by Lincoln Bible College in 1962 for being too radical, James Ellison spent the next decade preaching about God’s judgment and establishing a commune in Arkansas, where he transformed his followers into a heavily armed white supremacist terror organization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 1947, a 31-year-old sign painter experienced a supernatural event that left him convinced he was the newly anointed savior of the world. Allen Michael spent the following decades creating a political party, compiling a gospel, and doing the will of the all-powerful “Galactic Logos.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When her doomsday prophecies failed to materialize in the early aughts, Yuko Chino faded from the headlines. But after two unsettling deaths and another apocalyptic prediction, she announced one last out-of-this-world plan to her followers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As a young woman in 1960s Japan, Hidemi Masuyama took nightly walks in the nude, talking to entities only she could see. Later, she changed her name and hatched a religious sect that obsessed over electromagnetic waves and extraterrestrials.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For decades, family members and sleuths have tried to determine what really happened the night of the fire. As of yet, they have been unsuccessful. But the clues remain, the questions linger, and the case unofficially stays open…  This episode is presented by Unexplained Mysteries, a Spotify Original from Parcast. For more of history’s greatest puzzles, follow Unexplained Mysteries free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Noah Chapman

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May 5th
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Grunkle Hatter

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May 5th
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May 4th
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Grunkle Hatter

Yet another AD packed with ADs please do not download

Apr 19th
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Peter Chaloner

"Perspective buyers"? Learn to pronounce English or you will never pergress.

Apr 19th
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Grunkle Hatter

this is a AD not. episode, honestly am sick of this so fuck you parcast :)

Apr 14th
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Peter Chaloner

Great Bridge-builder = Pontifex Maximus. Read a book.

Apr 6th
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Lisa Smith

I love your podcast I'm thinking of starting a pidcast not about this subject but I only wish someday I'm half as good you you both thank you for all your hard work

Mar 29th
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Grunkle Hatter

honestly I'm getting tired of these multi part episodes, with the amount of actual info relating to the cases you could condense these down to 1 episode, your shows have devolved into poor research and often culturally offensive acting sessions

Mar 17th
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CattyTracy

A lot of religions emphasize seeing positive events as “blessings” and negative events as “tests” from the divine. This isn’t new. What is baffling is that these people caused the very things they consider “tests” then wonder why God tested them so!

Mar 16th
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Jerry Stauffer

I was half expecting MarJo

Mar 16th
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CattyTracy

So this cult didn’t have a chance to get off the ground. Huh, interesting.

Mar 15th
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Tammy D. Schmidt

Forgot poor Steven Parent in the list of the lost at the end. He was neither rich nor famous, but deserves to be remembered!

Mar 2nd
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Grunkle Hatter

this is a AD not a episode fuck Parcast

Feb 25th
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CattyTracy

Why do cults usually have a deviant, manipulative sexual component? I understand it’s about power and control. But it’s still WEIRD.

Feb 25th
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Mohsen Shafaeian

ooopppps

Feb 20th
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Benjamin Fisher

This is a very poorly edited episode. Several times during the episode the audio cuts in the middle of a sentence and jumps back or forward several seconds. Is anyone reviewing post edit, before uploading?

Feb 18th
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Jeremiah C.

I thought with her dying breath She was going to say " just...kidding..."

Feb 10th
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Grunkle Hatter

loot it is the same ad they just put into the new episode! incase you missed it here it is again.... parcast what losers

Feb 2nd
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jim gonzalez

Get rid of the commercials if it's a recording!!

Jan 27th
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