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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“Rajneeshpuram” Pt. 2 - Ma Anand Sheela
Ma Anand Sheela orchestrated Rajneeshpuram’s movement from India to Oregon.
58 min
"Rajneeshpuram” - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Prophesied to die young and surviving near-death-experiences, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh felt discomfort with his own mortality from a young age.
52 min
“Church of Euthanasia” Pt. 2 - Chris Korda
In 1992, musician and computer programmer Chris Korda founded the Church of Euthanasia with a goal to control population through suicide, abortion, sodomy, and cannibalism.
33 min
“Church of Euthanasia” - Chris Korda
At just 10 years old, Chris Korda began to feel deeply fearful of climate change, and she worried greatly about the future of Earth.
39 min
“Apostles of Infinite Love” Pt. 2 - Michel Coll...
Michel Collin and Jean-Gaston Tremblay, the two excommunicated self-crowned popes of the Apostles of Infinite Love, gained a following after presenting themselves to have mystical powers and visions.
36 min
"Apostles of Infinite Love” - Michel Collin and...
After having a religious vision when he was seven years old, Michel Collin set on a path to become Pope.
40 min
“Sect of Nacozari” Pt. 2 - Silvia Meraz Moreno
It’s hard to believe that human sacrifice still exists today.
37 min
“Sect of Nacozari” - Silvia Meraz Moreno
From 2009 to 2012 in Sonora, Mexico, Silvia Meraz Moreno put together a plan to receive good fortune from Santa Muerte, or Saint Death.
47 min
“Nuwaubian Nation” Pt. 2 - Dwight York
In November 2014, a baby struggling for his life was left at an ER in the Atlanta area.
36 min
“Nuwaubian Nation” - Dwight York
We explore the life of Dwight York, a manipulative cult leader who used his members for financial gain.
49 min
"True Russian Orthodox Church" - Pyotr Kuznetsov
Pyotr Kuznetsov, the leader of the radical “True Russian Orthodox Church” cult, convinced his followers the world would end on May 28th, 2008.
54 min
“The Peoples Temple” Pt. 2 - Jim Jones
Jim Jones was a farm boy who later turned into America’s deadliest cult leader.
57 min
“The Peoples Temple” - Jim Jones
Jim Jones controlled the most notorious American cult of all time — the Peoples Temple.
53 min
“The Branch Davidians” Pt. 2 - David Koresh
In 1993, The Branch Davidians—under David Koresh’s leadership—were raided by ATF agents just outside of Waco, Texas.
60 min
“The Branch Davidians” - David Koresh
David Koresh, born Vernon Wayne Howell, became an internationally name in 1993 as he led many of his followers in The Branch Davidians, and himself, to violent deaths after a 51-day standoff with the FBI.
47 min
"Aum Shinrikyo" Pt. 2 - Shoko Asahara
In part two of Aum Shinrikyo, we take a deeper look at the members of one of the most notorious cults in modern history.
42 min
"Aum Shinrikyo" - Shoko Asahara
In 1980’s, a Japanese Buddhism-inspired cult, called Aum Shinrikyo, formed under a leader who tried to end the world.
41 min
“FLDS” Pt. 2 - Warren Jeffs
Greg and Vanessa further examine how Warren Jeffs’ leadership impacted the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
47 min
“FLDS” - Warren Jeffs
Greg and Vanessa explore the twisted life of Warren Jeffs and his influence on the Fundamentalist Cult of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
47 min
“The Children of God” Pt. 2 - David Berg
As the Children of God grew, David Berg began passing his own perverse thoughts on to his followers as scripture in what were deemed the “Mo Letters”.
51 min
“The Children of God” - David Berg
The child of missionaries and grandson of a reverend, David Berg was destined for religious leadership.
39 min
“The Ant Hills Kids” Pt. 2 - Roch Thériault
Leader of the Ant Hill Kids, Roch Thériault, took advantage of Canada’s cultural mosaic to cut his followers off from society as they awaited doomsday.
46 min
“The Ant Hills Kids” - Roch Thériault
The Ant Hill Kids, one of the most notorious cults in Canadian history, was lead by Roch Thériault.
34 min
“The Family” Pt. 2 - Anne Hamilton Byrne
Anne Hamilton’s “Family” commonly called The Great White Brotherhood of Initiates and Masters - operated for 30 years, raising stolen children, planning for the apocalypse, and taking LSD.
37 min
“The Family” - Anne Hamilton Byrne
All Anne-Hamilton Byrne wanted was a family, with children.
28 min
Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Command...
Over a thousand people were lured into Credonia Mwerinde and Joseph Kibwetere’s cult, believing that Credonia had spoken to the Virgin Mary herself.
42 min
Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Command...
In a country torn apart by civil war, Credonia Mwerinde and Joseph Kibwetere were united by their desire for power and reverence.
40 min
“Heaven’s Gate” Pt. 2 - Marshall Applewhite & B...
Members of the Heaven’s Gate UFO cult believed they were meant to shed every scrap of humanity they had.
56 min
“Heaven’s Gate” - Marshall Applewhite & Bonnie ...
Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettle believed their bodies were merely hosts for extraterrestrial angels, and that they would one day ascend on a UFO to the “kingdom-level-above-human.”
38 min
"The Manson Family" Pt. 2 - Charles Manson
Before, during, and after the Manson Family Murders, Charles Manson used psychological warfare to control his “Family.”
50 min
“The Manson Family” - Charles Manson
In the first episode of “Cults” Greg and Vanessa explore the life of Charles Manson.
42 min
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