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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 a Spotify Original from Parcast.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 12.6K 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 a Spotify Original from Parcast.

    “NXIVM” Pt. 1: The Carrot and the Stick

    “NXIVM” Pt. 1: The Carrot and the Stick

    After acing an IQ test in 1988, 28-year-old Keith Raniere was able to brand himself “The Smartest Man in the World.” The moniker allowed him to seduce unappreciated businesswoman Toni Natalie, who would go on to help Keith grow the first of his predatory companies.
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    • 50 min
    “Rajneeshpuram” Pt. 2 - Ma Anand Sheela

    “Rajneeshpuram” Pt. 2 - Ma Anand Sheela

    Ma Anand Sheela orchestrated Rajneeshpuram’s movement from India to Oregon. As Rajneesh himself faded into the shadows, the cult’s grabs for political power led to wiretapping, poisoning, fraud and murder plots. We examine how Sheela was driven towards chaos by her husband’s death, and Rajneesh’s high expectations. 
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    “Rajneeshpuram” - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

    “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. Over time, his spiritual studies and strong beliefs about capitalism and sexuality led Rajneesh to become a charismatic cult leader. This charisma attracted Ma Anand Sheela, the woman who rose from a 20-year-old devotee to a powerful leader in the cult that launched a deadly bioterrorism attack on over 750 Americans. 
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    • 58 min
    Welcome Trailer!

    Welcome Trailer!

    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 we take a psychological approach to analyzing a cult and its founder. Cults premieres Tuesday September 26th. Here is a sneak peak. 
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    • 1 min
    “Symbionese Liberation Army” - Donald DeFreeze

    “Symbionese Liberation Army” - Donald DeFreeze

    Donald DeFreeze was a gun-obsessed drifter throughout the 1960s. But he didn't use his guns — he had nothing to fight for. At least, not until he was radicalized and began to build a coalition to execute his plans. 
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
12.6K Ratings

12.6K Ratings

Mdonsbach ,

Move to Spotify

Lost me when you moved to Spotify. Not as user friendly/intuitive as apple. Too bad I enjoyed the show.

hannkenn ,

Armchair psychology

This show has a lot of interesting stories and I like the pacing.
But if you’re going to have a show about cult psychology you need to have an actual psychologist. It’s totally not cool for Vanessa to present herself as a psychology expert if she doesn’t have any legitimate credentials, no matter how much “research she’s done for the show.” She should not be diagnosing people with borderline personality disorder or schizophrenia, and especially not without citing her sources (which she doesn’t do enough for my liking). This is my biggest issue with the show.
The monotone voices don’t bother me, but the forced, scripted conversation does. Are y'all a formal, educational style podcast or a casual informational podcast? Pick a side.

Nuclearfightingworm ,

shouldnt have moved

i loved this show. but i am not loyal to you i am loyal to my listening experience. i dont like spotify. sorry you lost a long time listener.

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