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Cheryl Hole and Nikki Druce are on a whistle stop tour of the weirdest corners of the universe. They’ll be stopping to learn about the craziest true crime cases in history, spooky paranormal activities, truly bonkers internet mythology, very convincing cults and much much more. So don't be a killer or join a cult... just be a Queen.

Killers, Cults and Queens Audioboom Studios

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 80 Ratings

Cheryl Hole and Nikki Druce are on a whistle stop tour of the weirdest corners of the universe. They’ll be stopping to learn about the craziest true crime cases in history, spooky paranormal activities, truly bonkers internet mythology, very convincing cults and much much more. So don't be a killer or join a cult... just be a Queen.

    The worst cult you’ve probably never heard of, The Ant Hill Kids

    The worst cult you’ve probably never heard of, The Ant Hill Kids

    Nikki Druce and Cheryl Hole are travelling to Canada to meet the WORST cult leader to have ever existed. After growing up in the stereotypical cult leader way (being told he was really smart and eventually dropping out of school), Roch Theriault spent his early 20s hell bent on creating a world for himself, one that he could control with all of his might… containing the most disturbing details Nikki and Cheryl have ever heard, they’re about to find that this ‘equalism’ community was not all that it seemed. Expect earth shattering revelations, horrific living conditions, and the story of one very very brave woman.

    This episode contains graphic details of violence, mental and physical abuse, including abuse against children and babies. It is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is strongly advised.

    For those who would like to skip mentions of physical abuse, please skip the following time codes:
    30:30 - 34:19: Amputation
    33:00 - 35:00: Child abuse
    37:00 - 40:30: Severe physical abuse
    43:00 - 46:36: Severe physical abuse and amputation


    For all things Killers, Cults and Queens, head over to @killerscultsqueens on Instagram. And follow Cheryl Hole @cherylholequeen and Nikki Druce @nikkimacabrelondon.

    Produced by Alexandra Jueno at Audioboom Studios. 

    This episode is sponsored by…

    Skin+Me. Head to www.skinandme.com and use the code QUEENS at checkout to try your first month for just £3.50, normally £24.99.

    Wine52. Go to www.wine52.com/QUEENS to claim your free case of wine. Just over £8.95 postage.

    If you have been affected by any of the themes in this episode, please consider contacting the following resources:

    The Samaritans helpline: 116 123
    Confidential Emotional Support Line: 01708 765200
    Refuge domestic abuse helpline: 0808 2000 247 (live chat is also available at https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/Contact-us *times apply)
    Safeline domestic abuse helpline: 01926 402 498 
    Safeline national male survivor helpline: 0808 800 5005
    Sexual Assault Support Line: 01708 765200
    Sane mental health line: 0300 304 7000

    The knowledge out there on this topic is vast, so if your interest is peaked by this episode please take a look at our sources:

    Chilling insight into doomsday cult where members were forced to break their own legs
    Roch Theriault | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers
    Roch Thériault - Wikipedia
    The Most Disturbing Cult of All Time: The Ant Hill Kids 
    THE ANT HILL KIDS: Break your legs with a sledgehammer or go to Hell - CVLT Nation. 
    Cult Leader Roch Moïse Thériault - The Deadly Messiah Crime Documentary

    • 59 min
    The chilling secrets of the Bermuda Triangle

    The chilling secrets of the Bermuda Triangle

    Grab your passport and pack your life jackets because Nikki Druce and Cheryl Hole are heading to the Atlantic Ocean to the deadly Bermuda Triangle. The location of dozens upon dozens of missing boats, planes and ships, the true story behind the mysterious disappearances are tough to nail down. Are wormholes caused by electrical fog behind the deaths? Could waterspouts be launching up from the sea and swallowing planes from out of the sky? Or maybe, just maybe, could a whole ancient civilisation be down there? Nikki and Cheryl are about to find out. Expect eerie tales that will make you scared of open water forever, a fair amount of ocean related puns, and a full circle moment thanks to our friends, the Aliens.

    This episode contains details of death and disappearances. It is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is strongly advised.

    For all things Killers, Cults and Queens, head over to @killerscultsqueens on Instagram. And follow Cheryl Hole @cherylholequeen and Nikki Druce @nikkimacabrelondon.

    Produced by Alexandra Jueno at Audioboom Studios. 

    This episode is sponsored by…

    Skin+Me. Head to www.skinandme.com and use the code QUEENS to get your first month for just £3.50, usually £24.99.

    If you have been affected by any of the themes in this episode, please consider contacting the following resources:

    The Samaritans helpline: 116 123
    Confidential Emotional Support Line: 01708 765200
    Sane mental health line: 0300 304 7000

    The knowledge out there on this topic is vast, so if your interest is peaked by this episode please take a look at our sources:
    The Strangest Disappearances In The Bermuda Triangle
    Bermuda Triangle: what happened to Flight 19? - BBC
    Top 5 Facts about the Bermuda Triangle
    Flight 19 - Wikipedia
    Bermuda Triangle: six conspiracy theories about the mystery | The Week UK
    Bermuda Triangle | Description, Location, Disappearances, & Facts | Britannica
    Top 7 Theories Behind the Mysterious Bermuda Triangle - 30A
    7 Chilling Conspiracy Theories About the Bermuda Triangle
    Bermuda Triangle - Wikipedia
    Bermuda - Wikipedia
    Newcomers' Guide: The Bermuda Triangle » Explorersweb
    Bermuda Triangle - Underater Area 51
    The Bermuda Triangle 
    Flight DC-3 Disappearance in Bermuda Triangle
    Five of the most mysterious Bermuda Triangle disappearances | Sky HISTORY TV Channel  

    • 53 min
    The horrific sex cult inside NXIVM

    The horrific sex cult inside NXIVM

    Cheryl Hole and Nikki Druce are heading down a road they’ve never been before to the heinous sex cult Dominus Obsequious Sororium of NXIVM. Promoted as a self improvement community, NXIVM was an MLM of gargantuan proportions, allegedly giving advice to The Bronfman Sisters and even Richard Branson… but no one could have guessed the cruel underside ruled by sick leader Keith ‘Vanguard’ Raniere and Smallville actress Alison Mack. Who was Keith Reniere, and how did a self improvement company lead to the mutilation of almost a dozen women? Cheryl and Nikki are going to find out. Expect modern day cult behaviour, a very confused Chez, and some SERIOUSLY messed up behaviour.

    This episode contains graphic details of violence, mental and physical abuse. This episode also comes with a trigger warning for those who are currently living with or recovering from an eating disorder. It is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is strongly advised.

    For all things Killers, Cults and Queens, head over to @killerscultsqueens on Instagram. And follow Cheryl Hole @cherylholequeen and Nikki Druce @nikkimacabrelondon.

    Produced by Alexandra Jueno at Audioboom Studios. 

    This episode is sponsored by Typology. Head to uk.typology.com/queens to claim a free lip and cheek balm worth £16 with your first purchase. 

    If you have been affected by any of the themes in this episode, please consider contacting the following resources:

    The Samaritans helpline: 116 123
    Confidential Emotional Support Line: 01708 765200
    Refuge domestic abuse helpline: 0808 2000 247 (live chat is also available at https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/Contact-us *times apply)
    Safeline domestic abuse helpline: 01926 402 498 
    Safeline national male survivor helpline: 0808 800 5005
    Sexual Assault Support Line: 01708 765200
    Sane mental health line: 0300 304 7000
    MLM Checker: www.isthisanmlm.com
    MLM Master List: www.mlmtruth.org
    Beat Eating Disorder Support Lines, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/get-information-and-support/get-help-for-myself/i-need-support-now/helplines/

    The knowledge out there on this topic is vast, so if your interest is peaked by this episode please take a look at our sources:
    NXIVM - Wikipedia
    NXIVM. What the Media Won't Report.
    The Rise & Fall of Allison Mack | Documentary
    The Lost Women of NXIVM: Rumors vs. Reality
    20/20 Apr 27 Part 1: Woman recalls being branded as part of joining secret society
    Escaping NXIVM: Behind the investigation of the alleged sex cult
    Catherine and India Oxenberg Recall NXIVM Experience & Recovery
    The Man Who Blew the Whistle On Alleged Sex Cult Inside NXIVM (HBO)
    Keith Raniere - Wikipedia 
    Nancy Salzman - Wikipedia
    Allison Mack - Wikipedia
    Emiliano Salinas - Wikipedia
    Clare Bronfman - Wikipedia
    Mega Society - Wikipedia 
    Multi-Level Marketing Businesses and Pyramid Schemes | Consumer Advice. 
    Sarah Edmonson, the Woman Branded 
    Nxivm Branding Was Scripted by Sex Cult Leader to Be ‘Like a Sacrifice’ - The New York Times 
    How NXIVM Seduced Hollywood Stars and America's Most Powerful Elite Into a Barbaric 'Sex Cult' 
    Allison Mack Forced NXIVM Sex Cult Members to Follow 500-Calorie-a-Day Diets, Witness Testifies 
    How NXIVM Used the Strange Power of Patents to Build Its “Sex Cult” | Vanity Fair 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The cursed hotel of H.H Holmes

    The cursed hotel of H.H Holmes

    Cheryl Hole and Nikki Druce are turning back the clock to travel to Chicago and learn about America’s most prolific serial killer H.H Holmes. The inspiration behind American Horror Story’s Hotel season, this wiley and manipulative killer started his dodgy and murderous ways way back as a young 20 something. After people went missing wherever he went, he decided to open up a horror hotel, filled with traps, rooms like something out of a Halloween house, and a body chute that went all the way to the basement… but how did a simple pharmacist go from helping people to doing the worst things imaginable to people? Cheryl and Nikki are going to find out. Expect a very caffeinated Chez, and the kind of hotel that you can check out of, but never leave… 

    This episode contains graphic details of violence, and murder, including violence against children. This episode also includes mentions of suicide and suicide notes. It is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is strongly advised.

    For all things Killers, Cults and Queens, head over to @killerscultsqueens on Instagram. And follow Cheryl Hole @cherylholequeen and Nikki Druce @nikkimacabrelondon.

    Produced by Alexandra Jueno at Audioboom Studios. 

    If you have been affected by any of the themes in this episode, please consider contacting the following resources:

    The Samaritans helpline: 116 123
    Confidential Emotional Support Line: 01708 765200
    Sane mental health line: 0300 304 7000

    The knowledge out there on this topic is vast, so if your interest is peaked by this episode please take a look at our sources:
    THE MURDER CASTLE! AMERICAS FIRST SERIAL KILLER- H.H. HOLMS
    H H HOLMES & THE MURDER CASTLE
    H. H. Holmes - The Most Horrific Serial Killer in US History?
    How They Were Caught: H.H. Holmes
    What's Inside HH Holmes Murder Castle
    America's Mysterious Murderer: H.H. Holmes 
    Serial killer H.H. Holmes is hanged in Philadelphia - HISTORY.
    H. H. Holmes - Wikipedia
    H.H. Holmes - Childhood, Crimes & Facts - Biography.
    9 Things You Didn't Know About America's First Serial Killer, H.H. Holmes | Mental Floss
    Married to Murderer H.W Mudgett
    Victims - The Life of H. H. Holmes
    Alice Pitezel (1880-1894) - Find a Grave Memorial

    • 58 min
    The haunted halls of the Eastern State Penitentiary

    The haunted halls of the Eastern State Penitentiary

    Dust off your Ouija boards, because Cheryl Hole and Nikki Druce are holding a seance to contact the lost souls of Eastern State Penitentiary. Built in the early 1800s, the unique prison was designed to make it’s inmates find God and repent for their sins… that was until overcrowding and riots resulted in horrific torture and brutal killings. But how did a plan to help troubled souls atone turn into one of the most violent prisons in the USA? Cheryl and Nikki are going to find out. Expect lots of Father, Son and House of Gucci, learn where Cheryl and Nikki will haunt as ghosts, and prepare yourself for spooky scary skeletons.

    This episode contains graphic details of violence, torture, and murder, including mentions of suicide, and is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is strongly advised.

    For all things Killers, Cults and Queens, head over to @killerscultsqueens on Instagram. And follow Cheryl Hole @cherylholequeen and Nikki Druce @nikkimacabrelondon.

    Produced by Alexandra Jueno at Audioboom Studios. 

    If you have been affected by any of the themes in this episode, please consider contacting the following resources:

    The Samaritans helpline: 116 123
    Confidential Emotional Support Line: 01708 765200
    Sane mental health line: 0300 304 7000

    The knowledge out there on this topic is vast, so if your interest is peaked by this episode please take a look at our sources:
    Notable Inmates | Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
    Eastern State Penitentiary - Wikipedia
    Eastern State Penitentiary
    Eastern State Penitentiary: A Prison With a Past | History| Smithsonian Magazine
    The Captive Spirits Of Eastern State Penitentiary
    Exploring Eastern State: The world's first true penitentiary
    The Silent Hell of Eastern State Penitentiary
    Eastern State Penitentiary in 1929
    Orange is the New Black: The Prequel | Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.
    Charles Dickens on Solitary Confinement: "Immense Torture and Agony"
    Timeline | Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
    Willie Sutton - Wikipedia 
    Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia – Legends of America.
    Riot at Eastern State Penitentiary, September 1933. Courtesy of Temple University Libraries. 
    Is Eastern State Penitentiary really haunted?
    The Haunted Files – Case #1 – The Eastern State Penitentiary – The Weekly Rambler 
    Inside Eastern State Penitentiary

    • 56 min
    The Russian Sleep Experiment

    The Russian Sleep Experiment

    Cheryl Hole and Nikki Druce are diving back into the world of Creepypastas to uncover the science behind the internet's most popular spooky sleep story… The Russian Sleep Experiment. After researching a new stimulant on prisoners of war, soviet researchers find themselves in a gruesome tryst with violent and sleep mad creatures… but was it all as it seemed? And what actually happens when you deprive yourself of sleep for say, 11 days? Cheryl and Nikki are going to find out. Expect two very sleep deprived hosts, an extra helping of delirium and some seriously ooky spooky behaviour. 

    This episode contains graphic details of violence and murder, including mentions of suicide, as is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is strongly advised.

    For all things Killers, Cults and Queens, head over to @killerscultsqueens on Instagram. And follow Cheryl Hole @cherylholequeen and Nikki Druce @nikkimacabrelondon.

    Produced by Alexandra Jueno at Audioboom Studios. 

    If you have been affected by any of the themes in this episode, please consider contacting the following resources:

    The Samaritans helpline: 116 123
    Confidential Emotional Support Line: 01708 765200
    Sane mental health line: 0300 304 7000

    The knowledge out there on this topic is vast, so if your interest is peaked by this episode please take a look at our sources:
    Russian Sleep Experiment - EXPLAINED
    Human Sleep Experiment That Went Horribly Wrong
    Russian Sleep Experiment - Wikipedia
    What Was the Russian Sleep Experiment?
    The Truth About the Russian Sleep Experiment - What Probably Happened
    The Sleep Deprivation Publicity Stunt That Drove One Man Crazy
    Peter Tripp - Wikipedia
    Morvan's syndrome - Wikipedia
    Mammoth Cave - Discovering the Beauty and Charm of the Wilderness - The University of Chicago Library
    Nathaniel Kleitman - Wikipedia
    Mammoth Cave National Park - Wikipedia
    Cave studies: Isolation from night and day provided insight about circadian rhythms | Trickle.app
    The boy who stayed awake for 11 days - BBC Future
    Shattered (British TV series) - Wikipedia
    Shattered: legacy of a reality TV experiment in extreme sleep deprivation
    How the CIA tortured its detainees
    Awake: The Million Dollar Game - Wikipedia

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

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Luvvv!

Love this podcast! Listen to many of them and this one is lovely!! Even my husband who almost never listens to podcasts enjoys listening to this one when we’re chilling out before bed.Can’t wait for more….💗

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Fascinating & Fabulous!!

Who knew THE Cheryl Hole was into this stuff as much as lil’ ol me?!? Great show! Great chemistry with both hosts. Clearly witnessing a beautiful friendship in the making!
Am telling anyone who loves true crime, crazy true history &/or RPDRUK to listen! Xoxo

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Amazing!!

Great podcast by great people! 💗💗

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