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Join me (not in a cult sense), Josh Schell, as we dive into the dark and interesting world of cults! I will take you on a journey of how cults form, who their leaders are, and how they almost always come to an end.

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    • 4.8 • 26 Ratings

Join me (not in a cult sense), Josh Schell, as we dive into the dark and interesting world of cults! I will take you on a journey of how cults form, who their leaders are, and how they almost always come to an end.

    Cultiv8 Presents: The Bohemian Club & The Bohemian Grove

    Cultiv8 Presents: The Bohemian Club & The Bohemian Grove

    This week, the gals try and tackle the history and conspiracy theories surrounding the mysterious Bohemian Club, and their vacation spot - the Bohemian Grove. Tune in to hear all about the beginnings of the club, whose been involved, the Grove, and of course all things weird that are associated with it. As well, make sure you tune in regarding an important show update. Need a distraction? We got you.
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    Resources:
    Book - “The Conspiracy Book: A Chronological Journey Through Secret Societies and Hidden Histories” - written by John Michael Greer - Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. - Published in 2018 - https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/39859658-the-conspiracy-book (https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/39859658-the-conspiracy-book)
    Wikipedia page - Bohemian Club - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohemian_Club#Founding (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohemian_Club#Founding)
    Wikipedia page - J. Robert Oppenheimer - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Robert_Oppenheimer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Robert_Oppenheimer)
    Wikipedia page - List of Bohemian Club members - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bohemian_Club_members (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bohemian_Club_members)
    Wikipedia page - Joseph Coors - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Coors (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Coors)
    Wikipedia page - Haig Patigian - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haig_Patigian (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haig_Patigian)
    Wikipedia page - Manhattan Project - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_Project (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_Project)
    Wikipedia page - Bohemian Grove - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohemian_Grove (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohemian_Grove)
    All That’s Interesting article - “The Little Known History of Bohemian Grove, The Summer Camp for the Masters of the Universe” - by Katie Serena, Checked by Jaclyn Anglis - November 28th, 2021 - https://allthatsinteresting.com/bohemian-grove (https://allthatsinteresting.com/bohemian-grove)
    Vanity Fair article - “Bohemian Tragedy” - By Alex Shoumatoff - April 1st, 2009 - https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2009/05/bohemian-grove200905?currentPage=1 (https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2009/05/bohemian-grove200905?currentPage=1)
    Vanity Fair articles - “A Guide to the Bohemian Grove” - By Julian Sancton - April 1st, 2009 - https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2009/05/bohemian-grove-guide200905#:~:text=To%20join%20the%20Bohemian%20Club,patrician%2C%20Republican%2C%20and%20white (https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2009/05/bohemian-grove-guide200905#:~:text=To%20join%20the%20Bohemian%20Club,patrician%2C%20Republican%2C%20and%20white)
    Who Rules America website - “Social Cohesion and The Bohemian Grove,...

    • 55 min
    Bruno Gröning & The Circle of Friends w/ Lindsay Valenty

    Bruno Gröning & The Circle of Friends w/ Lindsay Valenty

    We did it, Fred! We finally found a cult that isn't horrible! Because today we are going to be talking about Bruno Groning and The Circle of Friends. A cult whose leader died before it formed but whose followers managed to create a worldwide cult that believes in positive thinking to heal its followers.
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    • 56 min
    Aum Shinrikyo | The Military Cult That Injured Thousands

    Aum Shinrikyo | The Military Cult That Injured Thousands

    In 1989, the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo officially recognized “Aum Shinrikyo” as a legitimate religious movement.
    Little did they know that five years later, that same group would carry out a violent terrorist attack on the city, leaving 13 dead and a thousand others severely injured.


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    • 46 min
    Cultiv8 Podcast Network Presents: The Belcher Island Massacre

    Cultiv8 Podcast Network Presents: The Belcher Island Massacre

    What better way to kick off the month of love then with a Canadian true crime case. This week, Alex and Christie discuss the horrid crimes that took place on the Belcher Islands, referred to as the Belcher Islands Massacre. Tune in to learn more about the area, and what took place in the 1940’s that changed a small community. Please note our deepest apologies if we mispronounced anything in this weeks episode! And, note a trigger warning is in effect for this weeks episode due to themes discussed. Need a distraction? We got you.
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    Resources:
    Wikipedia Page - “Belcher Islands” - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belcher_Islands (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belcher_Islands)
    Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. "Belcher Islands". Encyclopedia Britannica, 11 Jun. 2018, https://www.britannica.com/place/Belcher-Islands. Accessed 17 January 2022.
    Youtube video - “The Belcher Islands Massacre|Solved” - uploaded by user DeeDee Baum - November 4th, 2021
    Morton’s Musings website - http://jmortonmusings.blogspot.com/2014/03/when-god-and-satan-battled-in-barren.html (http://jmortonmusings.blogspot.com/2014/03/when-god-and-satan-battled-in-barren.html)
    Open Bible website - https://www.openbible.info/topics/falling_stars (https://www.openbible.info/topics/falling_stars)
    Spine Online - “The Coldest Winter” - by Kira Frazer for the Algonquin College School of Media and Design - http://www.spineonline.ca/screams-from-the-basement/2019/11/25/the-coldest-winter (http://www.spineonline.ca/screams-from-the-basement/2019/11/25/the-coldest-winter)
    Macleans article - “Revisiting a grisly mass murder in Canada’s North” - by Mike Doherty - January 5th, 2017 - https://www.macleans.ca/culture/books/lawrence-millman-revisits-a-grisly-mass-murder-in-canadas-north/ (https://www.macleans.ca/culture/books/lawrence-millman-revisits-a-grisly-mass-murder-in-canadas-north/)
    American Boating website - https://americanboating.org/safety_hypothermia_in_the_summertime.asp#:~:text=In%20water%20temperatures%20from%2070,unconscious%20in%201%2D2%20hours (https://americanboating.org/safety_hypothermia_in_the_summertime.asp#:~:text=In%20water%20temperatures%20from%2070,unconscious%20in%201%2D2%20hours)

    • 51 min
    James Ellison & The Covenant w/ Shots and Thoughts

    James Ellison & The Covenant w/ Shots and Thoughts

    In 1976, James Ellison moved to Arkansas, intending to establish a self-sustaining fundamentalist Christian commune made up of like-minded individuals who wanted nothing more than to dedicate themselves to God.
    But by 1978 – a mere two years later – he and his followers had become domestic terrorists who believed in white supremacy and were willing to resort to violent means to overthrow the government of the United States.
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    • 55 min
    August Engelhardt & The Coconut Cult w/ The Dumb, Found Dead

    August Engelhardt & The Coconut Cult w/ The Dumb, Found Dead

    Cults are not always sinister. Similarly, cult leaders are not always manipulative sociopaths. Sometimes, all they need is one deluded man. August Engelhardt, born with a silver spoon, was many things, and one of them was delusional, something he shared with other cults and their leaders. You might wonder the peculiarities of Engelhardt’s delusion. It is nothing other than the obsessive yet interesting relationship he developed with the fruit with one of the hardest shells. This is a man that decided to give everything up for a life of nudity and a diet consisting of nothing other than coconuts.
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

PineAppPizza ,

Officially indoctrinated!

I had no idea until I started listening to Josh's show just how much I really wanted to know more about cults! These are fascinating stories! I was familiar with some but most are entirely new to me. I love all the weird stories he finds and the way he shares their histories. Sometimes serious, often funny, always entertaining, Josh delivers tales of cults from all over the world with a smooth voice and engaging writing that makes binging easy. I highly recommend this show to any lover of history, true crime, or the just plain weird.

crimejunky444 ,

Politics

I would love to actually listen to a story/podcast without the constant interruptions about politics, white men, and Joe Rogan. It’s all over the world as it is. Let’s just enjoy a nice podcast without it please, we all clearly know where you guys stand

ky1234456 ,

The Left

As you have done one on QAnon, which is well done, why not dive into the cult of the modern day left wing and ANTIFA?

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