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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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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 House of David” Pt. 2: Benjamin Purnell

    “The House of David” Pt. 2: Benjamin Purnell

    In the 1920s, the House of David baseball team was taking the nation by storm with their entertaining style of play. However, there was more to the group than just their athletic abilities. They were members of a cult led by a man named Benjamin Purnell, and he was harboring some very dark secrets.

    • 39 min
    Cults Bites: Psychological Manipulation

    Cults Bites: Psychological Manipulation

    In addition to new episodes of Cults each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast.

    Today we explore the idea of Psychological Manipulation—the tactics criminals use to deceive, coerce, and exert control over their victims. We'll dive into clips from shows across the Parcast Network, and discuss how these methods work, and most importantly, their dangerous consequences.

    • 30 min
    “The House of David” Pt. 1: Benjamin Purnell

    “The House of David” Pt. 1: Benjamin Purnell

    Benjamin Purnell arrived in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 1913, claiming to be the seventh and final messenger of God. He planned to build a compound for his followers to wait for the end of the world, but he had an enigmatic past, where he learned to abuse the power he was given.

    • 43 min
    “The Virtual Reptilian Cult”: Sherry Shriner

    “The Virtual Reptilian Cult”: Sherry Shriner

    Sherry Shriner believed Satan disguised himself as Jesus and subsequently tricked the world into praising him. So she became the virtual leader of an online Reptilian ET Cult that believed demonic, alien reptiles were sent by Satan to take over the world.

    • 46 min
    Best of 2019: “The Source Family” Pt. 2: James Baker

    Best of 2019: “The Source Family” Pt. 2: James Baker

    Here’s one of our listeners’ most requested episodes of 2019: 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.

    • 56 min
    Best of 2019: “The Source Family” Pt. 1: James Baker

    Best of 2019: “The Source Family” Pt. 1: James Baker

    Here’s one of our listeners’ most requested episodes of 2019: When James Baker started his health food restaurant on the Sunset Strip in the 1970s, he had no intention of creating a spiritual commune. But opportunity knocked, and soon, he was the leader of a yoga-based cult in Hollywood Hills that launched Baker to wealth and fame.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

need to know Polish ,

Very interesting, but not perfect

I love this show and highly recommend it. But, I’d say there are two issues. The first is the misuse of certain terms. For example, ‘communist’, ‘Marxist’ and ‘socialist’ are not synonyms, but the presenters routinely use them interchangeably. When discussing certain groups the differences between these terms is important, but homogenising them gives a different image of the group. Secondly, in the beginning they say they focus on ‘destructive’ cults, but a few later episodes focus on groups that are not ‘destructive’ cults, such as The Church of Satan, Gerald Gardner, and The Cult of Euthanasia. This can lead to these groups being misrepresented.

JohnPablo. ,

Cults

I absolutely love this show.. told all my friends it get involved.. Jim Jones especially fascinating.. great show keep up the good work.

Theworm001 ,

Load of Tosh !

Full of miss-information and incorrect usage of terms to push their own narrative/agenda. They seem to be using less than reputable sources for their “Research”, a term I use loosely here.
Some of their “Cults” arn’t even a Cult !

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