In this episode we discuss a number of legendary and infamous cults, and the terrible atrocities they are known for.
The People’s Temple, lead by the notorious Reverend Jim Jones, was a socialist minded, tightly knit religious congregation. Though the People’s Temple and Jones himself was initially known for striving for social equality, this cult would unfortunately go down in history for a more sinister event. Jim Jones would lead his dedicated, or brainwashed, followers into what he called an act of ‘revolutionary suicide’ against the cruelties of the outside world. He convinced over 900 people to “drink the kool-aid,” in reality a mixed concoction of poison, resulting in the largest instance of mass suicide in modern history.
The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments was a strict religious cult that was based of the Roman Catholic church. The Movement was what is known as a doomsday cult, known for predicting the apocalypse and preparing its members for it. When the date of the end times came and went, the leaders of the movement were forced to make a new plan to prevent their mass of members from fleeing. Instead of admitting they were wrong, those in command would set plans in motion that would see that all of their followers would perish in a fiery trap that would claim the lives of over 300 innocent people.
The Order of the Solar Temple was a secret organization that traced its origins to the Knights Templar. This group celebrated a bizarre mix of ceremonies borrowed from Christianity, UFO religions, and the Freemasons. Just as this group was starting to unravel from the inside, a tragic series of suicides and murders would cause it to leave its mark as one of the strangest cults in history.
Scientology is a current religious group that has reached popularity over the years for its celebrity members and strange science fiction like beliefs. The darker side of this religious cult is its supposed use of brainwashing, fraud and financial means to force its members into submission and complete loyalty.
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