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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 • 960 Ratings

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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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
960 Ratings

960 Ratings

sequimdaze ,

Franklin Jones was an EVIL MAN!!

I can’t even express the pain that this cult brought to my family. My aunt has been a follower since 1972 and still to this day she believes. Both of her children my cousins were raised in the cult. They endured sexual abuse, neglect, and starvation.
PLEASE PLEASE don’t call that evil man a “spiritual advisor”.

mxm313 ,

Unsatisfied

Well done but did not delve into any details and assumed the listener had adequate knowledge and background of who Franklin Jones was and the associated controversies.

LBS301 ,

Interesting but ….

I would have liked to have known about the background of his parents, what brought them together, what made them susceptible to following a cult leader and putting up with some pretty weird stuff. What about them made them “drink the kool-aid” and for so long.

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