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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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    • 4.5 • 1.1K Ratings

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.

    “The Church of the Creator” Ben Klassen and Matthew Hale Pt. 2

    “The Church of the Creator” Ben Klassen and Matthew Hale Pt. 2

    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. 

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    • 46 min
    “The Church of the Creator” Ben Klassen and Matthew Hale Pt. 1

    “The Church of the Creator” Ben Klassen and Matthew Hale Pt. 1

    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.

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    • 47 min
    “Miracle Healers” Pt. 4: U.S.A.

    “Miracle Healers” Pt. 4: U.S.A.

    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.
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    • 44 min
    “Miracle Healers” Pt. 3: Tanzania

    “Miracle Healers” Pt. 3: Tanzania

    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. 
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    • 37 min
    “Miracle Healers” Pt. 2: Brazil

    “Miracle Healers” Pt. 2: Brazil

    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.
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    • 36 min
    “Miracle Healers” Pt. 1: Russia

    “Miracle Healers” Pt. 1: Russia

    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.

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

marialobassova ,

Great podcast

Extremely interesting content and the hosts are very pleasant. Great audio, just a really fun listen!

MandieMooPoo ,

Not a psychologist...

I will continue to listen to this podcast because the content is interesting, but they need to quit it with the ‘Vanessa is not a ... but does a lot of research for this show’. It’s super irritating, and in the end credits they always credit someone else with writing the episode, so does she do the research or does somebody else? Even if they do the research for the episodes, this thing they do in every episode is sooooo annoying.

Kbuds ,

Well researched stories

I didn’t really mind the pseudo psychology but the weird, distracting underlying music made it difficult to enjoy the podcast as much as I would have liked.

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