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Join me (not in a cult sense), Josh Schell, as we dive into the dark and interesting world of cults! I will take you on a journey of how cults form, who their leaders are, and how they almost always come to an end.
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Perhaps no other cult has fascinated people more than the Order of the Solar Temple – a group that began in the late 1980s as a community of people who sought to live out New Age philosophies. For some, the organization is interesting because of the mass suicides that spanned continents and made headlines all over the world. But for others, their interest in the Order of the Solar Temples lies in the fact that many of its members were prominent figures at the time. From politicians to journalists and former Olympians, this cult and its two leaders managed to indoctrinate them all. Our Socials:TwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteTrue Consquences:TwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteSourcesSources for this episode include the official History Channel website, Encyclopedia Britannica, The Toronto Sun, Swiss Info, “The Magic of Death: The Suicides of the Solar Temple” by Massimo Introvigne, and a journal article titled “Purity and Danger in the Solar Temple” by Susan Palmer. Research by: Kayla DeleonFree Lunch Coffee They are a social start-up, on a mission to end hunger in the lives of underprivileged children.CULTivate by Pops & Bejou Play as a cult leader working to fill your compound with followers to help you carry out your agendaSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LetsStartACult)
Currently fueled by the millions of dollars that they earn through their several business ventures, many of its members continue to see it as a legitimate Christian group, rather than a cult. Today we will be talking about The Church of Bible Understanding, also known as The Forever Family. Sponsor: https://podgo.co/kind Our Socials:TwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteIgnorance Was Bliss Podcast:TwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteSourcesSources for this episode include Penn Live, the Philly Voice, the Associated Press, the New York Post, a website run by Mike Montoya called “The History of the Forever Family and the Church of Bible Understanding,” Captive Congregation by James LaRue, and a blog entitled “A Day in the Life of a Cult Member.”Research by: Kayla DeleonPhoto by Skull Kat on UnsplashSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LetsStartACult)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LetsStartACult)
The Ant Hill Kids

The Ant Hill Kids

2021-01-2601:16:09

The 1970s was a time of searching and exploration around the world. Following decades of war and unrest, young people yearned for happiness, for meaning, and for peace. They wanted to be enlightened, spiritually awakened. They craved to be part of something bigger and more meaningful than theregular9-5 grind. This desire was the perfect foundation for cults. Flower children devoted themselves to people like Charles Manson and James Jones, who made promises of something bigger and better to come–if they only devoted their lives to serving them. When one man, Roch Thériault, found that his charm had a certain power over people–that on words alone he could draw audiences in and leave them begging for more –he saw an opportunity to start a cult of his own, The Ant Hill Kids. Sponsor: https://podgo.co/fanaticsCult Critique: The Ant Hill Kids Yelp Review Our Socials:TwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteMalice Podcast:TwitterWebsiteSourcesSources for this episode include Very Bad Men, Maclean’s Magazine, and Dark Histories podcast.Research by: lauratownsendPhoto by Donald Giannatti on UnsplashSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LetsStartACult)
The Nation of Yahweh

The Nation of Yahweh

2021-01-1235:34

The Nation of Yahweh, an organization that started out as a charitable movement to help the impoverished citizens of Miami and then turned onto the residents, subjecting them to a series of violent attacks and murders that left at least 13 people dead.Sponsor: https://podgo.co/fanaticsCult Critique: https://www.yelp.ca/biz/the-nation-of-yahweh-san-antonioOur Socials:TwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteFlorida Men on Florida Man:TwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteSourcesSources for this episode include the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Denver Post, Oxygen Crime News, an Oxygen episode entitled “Uncovered: The Cult of Yahweh ben Yahweh,”  Encyclopedia.com, the United States v. Yahweh from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, The New York Times, Fox News, and the Los Angeles Times. Research by: lauratownsendPhoto by Gabriel Miller on UnsplashSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LetsStartACult)
The Christmas Cult

The Christmas Cult

2020-12-2942:58

Christmas - a time for joy, a time for cheer, a time for beatings? That's right the beloved holiday that billions around the world celebrate might be a front for that jolly old man. Behind that white beard lies a dark past that our beloved cult leader hides! For on this episode we will be diving into the Christmas Cult and the leader, Old Saint Nick!In all seriousness, I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday. I know it has been a rough year and some of us might not get to see family or friends but enjoy it any way you can and know that 2021 will be a much better year to come! Thank you for making this podcast what it is today and I look forward to improving and evolving in the year to come! Thank you, Fred!Our Socials:TwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteSourcesSources for this episode include The National Geographic, Santa Claus: A Biography, Life of St.  Nicholas, and The History Channel.Research by: lauratownsendPhoto by Alessio Zaccaria on UnsplashLet's Start A Cult Merch Merchandise to show your support for the podcast!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LetsStartACult)
The Freedomites

The Freedomites

2020-12-1545:17

On today's episode of Let's Start A Cult we will be talking about The Freedomites also called The Sons of Freedom, and their fight to save their children from the government. The Freedomites were a religious, extremist cult that used nudity, arson, and bombing as shocking forms of protest. The self-proclaimed “God’s People” opposed everything from materialism to compulsory education. The Canadian government, in turn, opposed them.Our Socials:TwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteOur Guests' Socials:The Jury Room PodcastTwitterInstagramWebsiteSourcesSources for this episode include Globe and Mail, CBC Digital Archives, Maclean’s, Canada’s History, Project Gutenberg Self-Publishing Press, The University of Manitoba, and the British Columbia online news archive. Research by: lauratownsendCover Image By: Adam WilsonSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LetsStartACult)
The Matamoros Cult

The Matamoros Cult

2020-12-0101:12:20

Unlike other cults, the Matamoros Cult was never in the mainstream; it didn’t amass thousands of followers nor was it a subject of controversy in its heyday. In fact, it was even trusted by the elite and high society of Mexico City, all of whom were captivated by the supernatural powers and magical spells that its leader, Adolfo Constanzo, claimed to have. But then, news broke about what they had really been up to. And the truth was far more shocking than what anyone could have ever imagined. Our Socials:TwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteOur Guests' Socials:Terrible People Doing Terrible Things PodcastTwitterFacebookWebsiteSourcesSources for this episode include The New York Times, “Making a Nganga, Begetting a God: Materiality and Belief in the Afro-Cuban Religion of Palo Monte” by Katerina Kerestetzi, The Associated Press, “The Matamoros ‘Drug Cult’ Murders: Borderland Perception and the Shaping of Belief” by Victor Gomez, Texas Monthly, Oxygen, the Chicago Tribune, the Deseret News, “The Matamoros Cult Killings” by DeLani R. Bartlette, and Crime Library. Research by: Kayla DeleonLet's Start A Cult Merch Merchandise to show your support for the podcast!Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LetsStartACult)
Heaven's Gate

Heaven's Gate

2020-11-1701:11:10

Cults are built on logical, semi-believable premises that often involve religion and the leader as the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. It is these messages that draw hundreds of people in, causing them to commit horrific acts on others and on themselves. But Heaven’s Gate is a bit different. Since its creation in the mid-1970s, this cult has continually baffled experts and researchers because of its disturbing core beliefs. Because Heaven’s Gate believed that our purpose here on Earth was to ascend to a utopia located in outer space.Our Socials:TwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteOur Guests' Socials:Greg Doiron/A Couple BotsTwitterWebsiteSourcesSources for this episode include Encyclopedia Britannica, All That’s Interesting, Film Daily, CNN, Biography, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USC News, “Legitimating Suicide: Heaven’s Gate and New Age Ideology” by James Lewis, “Scaling Heaven’s Gate: Individualism and Salvation in a New Religious Movement” by Benjamin Zeller, “Comet Hale-Bopp, Planet Nibiru, the Mass Landing, and Heaven’s Gate” by Ted Daniels, and “Reconceptualizing the Human Body: Heaven’s Gate and the Quest for Divine Transformation” by Susan Raine.Research by: Kayla DeleonLet's Start A Cult Merch Merchandise to show your support for the podcast!Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LetsStartACult)
Every year on February 15th, locals of the island of Tanna in Vanuatu gather in swarms to celebrate their messiah. It’s the holiest of days for the small island. Some of their celebrations look like standard worship: song and dance, prayer and chanting, cheering and gathering. Most of it, though, is not what one might expect to see on an island in the South Pacific –nearly 7300 miles from the continental United States. That’s because the worshippers, who have travelled from across the island to the village of Lamakara to celebrate, are gathered around the American flag. The men are marching in military-style–led by a “drill sergeant.” The letters U-S-A are painted in bold red strokes on their bare backs and chests. They are armed with bamboo designed to look like rifles –complete with red painted tips to represent bloody bayonets. The leaders are even dressed in authentic USA military uniforms. These worshippers belong to a cargo cult –birthed from a visit from American soldiers in World War II. They are worshipping their American God –John Frum. They are praying for Frumto supply them with cargo. They’ve been praying for this since the end of World War II –but so far, John Frum’s nowhere to be seen. Some say he lives in America. Some say he lives in the island’s volcano. Some say, in spite of hundreds of people worshipping him as their messiah, that he doesn’t know –nor did he ever –exist.Images:Bamboo Satellite Bamboo PlaneOur Socials:TwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteOur Guests' Socials:The Dumb, Found Dead PodcastTwitterInstagramSourcesSources for this episode include In John They Trust by Paul Raffaele, as seen in The Smithsonian Magazine; The University of Victoria; Waiting for John, a documentary directed by Jessica Sherry; and The Jon Frum Movement archives Research by: lauratownsendInstacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LetsStartACult)
Ho-No-Hana Sanpogyo

Ho-No-Hana Sanpogyo

2020-10-2038:26

Ho-No-Hana Sanpogyo targeted desperate people – often housewives with sick husbands and children who were searching for any possible cure to save their loved ones. These needy people would sacrifice their life savings in exchange for the promise that their suffering would end.For every single one of these women, the true suffering was only beginning.All of them believed they were joining a religion led by the third, living saviour after Jesus Christ and the Buddha. They were grateful that this saviour was generous enough to give them his time, his energy, and his powers of healing.By the time they realized they had joined a cult led by a money-hungry businessman, it was already too late.Our Socials:TwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteOur Guests' Socials:Brian Sheehan/TV Trivia PodcastTwitterFacebookInstagramWebsiteGreg Doiron/A Couple BotsTwitterWebsiteSourcesSources for this episode include The Foot Reading Cult of Japan by Anand N Bosmia, Apran NBosmia, and R S Tubbs, The National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Times, The Japan Times,BBC News, World Magazine, Mainichi Daily News, Pennsylvania State University Sites, andThe Chicago Tribune. Research by: lauratownsendInstacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LetsStartACult)
On November 18, 1978, a mass suicide in the jungles of South America shocked the entire world. A total of 909 people were killed on that fateful day, with nearly half of the kids under the age of eighteen. All of them were members of the Peoples Temple, an organization that began as an unconventional church in Indianapolis that sought to serve society’s marginalized before eventually morphing into a cult, thanks to the drug-addled mind of its founder and leader, Reverend Jim Jones. What began as an altruistic path towards an envisioned utopia ended in a harrowing tragedy – one that saw hundreds of people losing their lives at the behest of an unhinged madman who had a limitless appetite for power and control. Follow us on Twitter: @lets_cultSourcesSources for this episode include the Alternative Consideration of Jonestown & Peoples Temple, A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown by Julia Scheeres, The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn, Encyclopedia Britannica, Rolling Stone Magazine, Still Unfold, ThoughtCo, History Magazine, the New York Times, the New West Magazine, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Research by: Kayla DeleonInstacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LetsStartACult)
Welcome to the Let's Start A Cult podcast! We will explore the dark and interesting world of cults and how they get started! Join me, Josh Schell, and my guests every other week as we take on a new cult of interest!Episodes starting October 6th, 2020!To recommend a cult or to submit a question/comment please email me at startacultpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LetsStartACult)
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