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Producer Jonathan Hirsch had a childhood much like yours -- except his family had a secret. They were followers of a controversial spiritual leader named Franklin Jones. To Jonathan’s parents, Franklin Jones was a god, but to people outside the group, Jones was a cult leader. Now, Jonathan is going back, trying to find out what happened -- and whether the group really did become a cult.

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Producer Jonathan Hirsch had a childhood much like yours -- except his family had a secret. They were followers of a controversial spiritual leader named Franklin Jones. To Jonathan’s parents, Franklin Jones was a god, but to people outside the group, Jones was a cult leader. Now, Jonathan is going back, trying to find out what happened -- and whether the group really did become a cult.

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4.4 out of 5
825 Ratings

825 Ratings

ShirleyJackson5 ,

Wrong about Jonestown

This is an interesting podcast but you misrepresented the MASSACRE at Jonestown in ep 3. Those people were murdered by Jim jones. Guns were held to their heads and they were forced to drink. Their children were taken away and murdered before they were forced to drink, themselves. They were victims and it is a disservice to them and their families to refer to it as “the largest mass suicide” in history. There are several interesting documentaries about that tragedy if you are interested.

Sin City Stephie ,

Absolutely Fascinating!

If you like learning about cults, and the psychology of how people both join and exit, I can’t recommend this enough. Seeing it through the eyes of someone who was indoctrinated from a very young age gives us a glimpse on how mainstream religions shape their young people as well, for good or for I’ll.

Steph Bachi ,

Great

Started listening yesterday. This is gut wrenching. It is sad how the history repeats itself. This is very similar to the recent revealed bizarre story about the brazilian gury “Joao de Deus”.

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