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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 Suicide Catalyst” Teal Swan

    “The Suicide Catalyst” Teal Swan

    In 2011, Teal Swan began making YouTube videos claiming she was an extrasensory alien tasked with healing the world of its miseries. Her followers hoped that by taking her counsel, they could attract happiness into their lives. Instead, they were drawn into a belief system that preached that death was delicious, and suicide: the ultimate reset button.

    • 56 min
    Cults Rewind: Anne Hamilton Byrne Pt. 1

    Cults Rewind: Anne Hamilton Byrne Pt. 1

    On the last Sunday of every month, Parcast Rewind replays a classic episode of Cults that you might have missed! 

    Accused of imprisoning and brainwashing children, Anne Hamilton Byrne convinced her almost 500 followers that she was the female reincarnation of Jesus Christ.

    • 34 min
    Cults Bites: Mothers Misbehaving

    Cults Bites: Mothers Misbehaving

    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're taking a closer look at women who subverted their maternal expectations to lead a life of crime. We'll analyze these instances with clips from shows across the Parcast Network, and discuss the different ways these mothers misbehaved.

    Clips featured: The Dark Side Of: Stage Mother, Con Artists: Sante Kimes Pt. 2, Serial Killers: The Giggling Granny Pt. 1, Female Criminals: Torture Mother Pt. 2

    • 24 min
    “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

Customer Reviews

Newsworthie ,

Very interesting!

I know the Cliffs Notes versions of most of the cults discussed, but it’s been fascinating to learn the in-depth details. Really well researched and fascinating!

6Odiesel ,

STOP WITH THE NOTE SHES NOT A PSYCHIATRIST

Just lost a star, don’t need the rewind crap. If people wanted to listen to it they can go back in the archives and binge it or pick and choose. Now I’m going to have to delete/mark played every month on every parcast show. Wicked annoying.

Just like with serial killers podcast, I like it but you can tell they make up some filler information. Like saying what someone was thinking while they died, when there was no way to know since it’s not like they were able to write it down, since, ya know, they’re dead.

The other issue is they contradict themselves sometimes or change information between each other. On one of the podcasts they said “the cult never passed 100 followers” and in the next breath “now with the followers numbering over 150”.

Craig801 ,

LDS church

I think when it comes to the Mormon,and fundamentalist off shoots.
The host shouldn’t be so quick as to separate the two!
The LDS is also a very corrupt cult in itself,if the were to dig a little deeper,I’m sure they would find ugly crimes at the highest levels.
The Church takes advantage of many of its members in every way possibles

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