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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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In 1980 he quickly grew his flock through acts of extreme religious affirmation, such as handling poisonous snakes and drinking poison in front of his congregants. But was Glenn Summerford a man with a deep connection to the Lord, protected by his faith? Or a thrill-seeker, on the precipice of madness?Sponsors!The Farmer’s Dog - Get 50% off your two week trial of fresh, healthy food at TheFarmersDog.com/CULTS. Plus, you get FREE shipping!
He spent most of his life in a boxing ring, trying to prove his worth with his fists. But after nearly dying from an injury in the ring in 1963, Glenn Summerford committed to turning his life around and found God. Then, God started speaking to him. Through snakes.Sponsors!Omax Health - Head to OmaxHealth.com and enter code CULTS for 50% off a one month supply plus free shipping and a 60-day money-back guarantee.
After fleeing from a destructive hurricane, in the late 1960s, Mary and Robert de Grimston led their followers on a nomadic journey around the US in search of more converts and the site of their new church. But the stress of constant relocation and pursuit of US immigrations drove a wedge between the couple. Sponsors!Omax Health - OMAX is offering 60% off a one-month supply of Ultra Pure, plus free shipping and a 60-day money-back guarantee at TryOmax.com/CULTS today!
Mary and Robert de Grimston created a flamboyant cult in 1960s London that attracted outcasts and celebrities alike. But as their communication with God sent them west, the cult soon found itself in constant danger--in the eye of a literal hurricane.Sponsors!Quip -  Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GetQuip.com/CULTS right now, you get your first refill pack for FREE with a quip electric toothbrush.
In 1925 Willa had been dead for months, and yet she wasn't laid to rest. May Blackburn laid her in a tub of ice, mummified her, and buried her beneath her floorboards in Venice, California. The end of the world was coming, and when Willa was resurrected, so would be their queen. And so the cult prepared for the coming apocalypse, over the body of the Blackburn Cult's first victim. Sponsors!Calm - CULTS listeners get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription at Calm.com/CULTS.
Many actors wait tables while they're waiting for their big break; May and Ruth Blackburn started a cult. In 1920s Los Angeles, this mother-daughter duo swindled a fortune from their followers while promising them fortune and immortality. Sponsors!Quip - Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GetQuip.com/CULTS right now, you get your first refill pack for FREE with a quip electric toothbrush.Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Cults a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Cults.Robinhood.com.
After the cult was dogged with rumors of violent conversion tactics, the Church of the Almighty God blamed the Chinese government for the negative press. A more extreme example occurred in 2014, as the cult would be accused of the murder of a woman who refused to give the group her cellphone number for recruitment purposes.Sponsors!CBS All Access - Visit CBS.com/CULTS to watch The Twilight Zone. Redeem your FREE trial TODAY. 
The Church of the Almighty God preached that Jesus Christ had been reborn and walked the Earth. She was here to save their souls before the world ended. In 1991, followers scrambled to prove how devoted they were to her before the apocalypse, even if it meant killing in her name.SPONSORS!Calm - CULTS listeners get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription at Calm.com/CULTS.CBS All Access - Visit CBS.com/UNEXPLAINED to redeem your FREE trial TODAY.Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CULTS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
In this special crossover with Assassinations, Greg and Vanessa give insight regarding the charismatic preacher, Jim Jones, and his congregation’s move from San Francisco to the newly-constructed jungle settlement of Jonestown, Guyana in 1977. The move was intended to keep the Peoples Temple far away from the prying eyes of the U.S. government and media, who'd been looking into Jones' abuses and financial crimes. 
When the cult moved to Hawaii, James Baker never expected his penniless followers to find him. But once it became clear that they were willing to follow to the bitter end, he began planning a dramatic exit of epic proportions.Sponsors!CBS All Access - Visit CBS.com/CULTS to redeem your FREE trial TODAY and watch the new Twilight Zone exclusively on CBS All Access.Quip - Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GetQuip.com/CULTS right now, you get your first refill pack for FREE with a Quip electric toothbrush.
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Gabe Marsan

how accurate is this podcast? Vanessa messed up who the President was after the Civil War, it was Andrew Johnson, not Jackson. Maybe it's just because the Freemasons are extra secret but I felt like they passed off a lot of rumors and stories as facts this episode.

May 15th
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Yakawa ZS

Are all episodes so poorly researched? This is the 4th or 5th ep I've listened so far, if all are so misguided damn...

Apr 12th
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John Great

Awesome episode. Loved it!

Apr 5th
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Nikki Ess

I’ve enjoyed these podcasts overall. I hadn’t heard of the majority of these cults. I’m unsubscribing because either their using popular media and not academic sources for their research or they don’t know how to interpret what they’re reading . They often imply that the symptoms of severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, are the cause of the behaviours that led them to murder, manipulate and abuse others. To defile children, the elderly and animals. The links they make are tenuous at best however, that isn’t my main concern. They are perpetuating the stigma these people experience on a daily basis. I have worked and lived with people who suffer from these illnesses and others. What they are suggesting is simply not the reality of these disorders. I’ve really enjoyed these podcasts and I want to keep listening. I was going to unsubscribe a little while ago but held on. I just can’t anymore. I’m not saying there aren’t clearly cases where mental illness is potentially driving some of these people’s abnormal behaviours. They’re just applying the wrong disorders to the wrong behaviours. Side note - I actually like the little disclaimer skit where she thanks him for letting people know that she hasn’t any formal training in what she’s talking about. I appreciate the hard work they both do. Might rejoin the series another time.

Apr 4th
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Derek Bates

Nikki Ess yeah it also always sounds like they aren't really talk TO US, but more AT US... and it sounds fake and impersonal. I like you

Apr 29th
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Rob Clarke

does alot of research for the show... uses the term judo chop.. these 2 are jokers

Mar 27th
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Ian Peters

you can really tell that they are stretching the actual information this podcast out. it must have been painful trying to make this 40+minutes. I feel like they are running out of cults to cover.

Mar 22nd
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LB Sabo

"parcast podcasts" is probably the dumbest name for a business I've ever seen....

Mar 20th
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sagar pandey

This Guy Bhaktipad has written a version of Gita which is quite popular in India, I've read it but after listening to the full story I have to say this guy can't lecture me on spirituality. This Father fucker is so low that I literally want to kill him by stoning.

Mar 19th
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Mar 25th
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Andrew Price

why has the previous episodes all disappeared? I was working my way through and now it starts at episodes 70 onwards.

Mar 18th
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Walton Skelley

you have the worst voices ever

Mar 18th
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Tea tea

when was freemasonry a cult

Mar 17th
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Tea tea

the church of satan and freemasonry are not cults

Mar 14th
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Crispin Dan Kabangu

I grew up in Zambia and studied thier history but never heard of this story 🤔

Mar 11th
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RDubs

Such a disappointment. Fascinating material delivered by 2 automatons. This male/female pairing is so awkward and phoney sounding. What's with the "Thanks Greg" whenever "Vanessa" shares her *research. ". PLEASE get new hosts (preferably one) who sounds like a real person. And stop talking down to your audience!

Mar 2nd
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Katie Bullard

wow. calling freemasonry and the church of satan a cult? how ignorant.

Feb 27th
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Hannah Morgan

Brilliant podcast, I loved how you analysed the cult's thought processes.

Feb 26th
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Hannah Morgan

Fascinating how he controlled people.

Feb 26th
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karsa orlong

I'm not comparing cults I'm just making a general statement. based on misleading people into believing in something that is non existant and sucks their lifeblood for the purpose of perpetuation. btw the mormons are the richest cult of all and spend billions building gold cathedrals. your nonexistent leader's son would cringe at what the mormons have built. people are starving and dying from sickness while you worship in your golden castles and throw peanuts to them. fuck the mormons and their laughable book and secret underwear. you're in a freaking cult but nothing anyone says will make you believe that.

Feb 24th
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Risa Frantz

secret organization does not equal cult. I didn't hear anything that would make me consider this a cult

Feb 8th
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GKing

You don’t know how many times I had to pause and take a break from this second episode. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about his forms and acts of abuse

Feb 8th
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