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Cults

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Cults

Cults

Parcast Network

4.2K
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36.1K
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Mystery. Manipulation. Murder. Cults are associated with all of these. But what really goes on inside a cult? More specifically, what goes on inside the minds of people who join cults and leaders who start them? Every Tuesday, Greg and Vanessa (co-hosts of the podcast Serial Killers) explore the history and psychology behind the most notorious cults. Cults is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media production.

Latest Episodes

“Gloriavale”: Neville Cooper

Founded in New Zealand in the late ‘60s, Gloriavale was supposed to be a sin-free utopia. But its leader, Neville Cooper, instead crafted a hellish prison rife with immorality. He imposed rigid rules and strict gender norms—and had a penchant for violently abusing his followers.

44 MIN1 d ago
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“Gloriavale”: Neville Cooper

Introducing Crime Countdown, A Parcast Original Series!

True crime fans: There’s a new Parcast original on the roster, and it’s packed with passionate opinions on the worst serial killers, creepiest cults, coldest cold cases, and all things criminal… Every Monday, co-hosts Ash and Alaina from the hit podcast Morbid rank ten true crime stories centered around a common theme—debating each case and their rankings with a hint of humor to lighten the mood. Enjoy this exclusive clip from our first episode of Crime Countdown! Then search Crime Countdown to find more episodes, free on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts!

13 MIN2 d ago
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Introducing Crime Countdown, A Parcast Original Series!

"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 2: Helge Fossmo

In 2004, Swedish Pastor Helge Fossmo used “spiritual shunning” to alienate and manipulate the congregation at his Pentecostal church. He convinced them to do whatever he asked, eventually coercing his mistress Sara into committing a string of wicked crimes.

39 MIN1 w ago
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"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 2: Helge Fossmo

"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 1: Helge Fossmo

In the mid-’90s, Pastor Helge Fossmo was hand-selected by the so-called “bride of Christ” to help lead a Swedish Pentecostal church. As he gained more authority, Fossmo's power went to his head, and he began doing whatever he wanted to get his way… eventually resorting to murder.

44 MIN2 w ago
Comments
"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 1: Helge Fossmo

“Circle of Friends” Pt. 2: Bruno Gröning

By the mid 1950s, Bruno Gröning was famous. Thousands flocked to the "Miracle Doctor" hoping that he would heal them with the power of his faith. However, just five years later, Bruno's mythos was already beginning to break down and he was beleaguered by scandals from all quarters.

44 MIN3 w ago
Comments
“Circle of Friends” Pt. 2: Bruno Gröning

“Circle of Friends” Pt. 1: Bruno Gröning

In 1949, faith healer Bruno Gröning was thrust into the limelight after German newspapers reported he had cured a young boy of muscular dystrophy. However, with fame came increased scrutiny from the legal authorities...

43 MINJUN 16
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“Circle of Friends” Pt. 1: Bruno Gröning

“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 2: Terri Hoffman

As the 1980s began, Terri Hoffman and her followers seemed to be flying high. But after several people associated with Terri suffered mysterious deaths, her organization faced accusations of brainwashing, theft, and murder.

43 MINJUN 9
Comments
“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 2: Terri Hoffman

“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 1: Terri Hoffman

In the 1970s, Terri Hoffman went from high school drop-out to leading New Age mystic. Her Dallas-based organization, the Conscious Development of Body, Mind, and Soul, targeted affluent residents…and their wallets. But as her influence grew, so did suspicions about her shady practices.

45 MINJUN 2
Comments
“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 1: Terri Hoffman

“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 2: John Alexander Dowie

In June of 1888, John Alexander Dowie moved his family to the United States to found the holy city of Zion. He envisioned the Illinois town as a paradise, but soon his immense wealth clouded his judgment, and Dowie came crashing down to Earth.

48 MINMAY 26
Comments
“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 2: John Alexander Dowie

“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 1: John Alexander Dowie

His drive for independence eventually led him to create a spiritual movement all of his own in the late 1800s. After founding the Divine Healing Association, John Alexander Dowie went from a discontented minister to a leading figure in Australia’s faith healer movement. But money and success would eventually be his downfall.

46 MINMAY 19
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“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 1: John Alexander Dowie

Latest Episodes

“Gloriavale”: Neville Cooper

Founded in New Zealand in the late ‘60s, Gloriavale was supposed to be a sin-free utopia. But its leader, Neville Cooper, instead crafted a hellish prison rife with immorality. He imposed rigid rules and strict gender norms—and had a penchant for violently abusing his followers.

44 MIN1 d ago
Comments
“Gloriavale”: Neville Cooper

Introducing Crime Countdown, A Parcast Original Series!

True crime fans: There’s a new Parcast original on the roster, and it’s packed with passionate opinions on the worst serial killers, creepiest cults, coldest cold cases, and all things criminal… Every Monday, co-hosts Ash and Alaina from the hit podcast Morbid rank ten true crime stories centered around a common theme—debating each case and their rankings with a hint of humor to lighten the mood. Enjoy this exclusive clip from our first episode of Crime Countdown! Then search Crime Countdown to find more episodes, free on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts!

13 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Introducing Crime Countdown, A Parcast Original Series!

"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 2: Helge Fossmo

In 2004, Swedish Pastor Helge Fossmo used “spiritual shunning” to alienate and manipulate the congregation at his Pentecostal church. He convinced them to do whatever he asked, eventually coercing his mistress Sara into committing a string of wicked crimes.

39 MIN1 w ago
Comments
"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 2: Helge Fossmo

"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 1: Helge Fossmo

In the mid-’90s, Pastor Helge Fossmo was hand-selected by the so-called “bride of Christ” to help lead a Swedish Pentecostal church. As he gained more authority, Fossmo's power went to his head, and he began doing whatever he wanted to get his way… eventually resorting to murder.

44 MIN2 w ago
Comments
"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 1: Helge Fossmo

“Circle of Friends” Pt. 2: Bruno Gröning

By the mid 1950s, Bruno Gröning was famous. Thousands flocked to the "Miracle Doctor" hoping that he would heal them with the power of his faith. However, just five years later, Bruno's mythos was already beginning to break down and he was beleaguered by scandals from all quarters.

44 MIN3 w ago
Comments
“Circle of Friends” Pt. 2: Bruno Gröning

“Circle of Friends” Pt. 1: Bruno Gröning

In 1949, faith healer Bruno Gröning was thrust into the limelight after German newspapers reported he had cured a young boy of muscular dystrophy. However, with fame came increased scrutiny from the legal authorities...

43 MINJUN 16
Comments
“Circle of Friends” Pt. 1: Bruno Gröning

“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 2: Terri Hoffman

As the 1980s began, Terri Hoffman and her followers seemed to be flying high. But after several people associated with Terri suffered mysterious deaths, her organization faced accusations of brainwashing, theft, and murder.

43 MINJUN 9
Comments
“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 2: Terri Hoffman

“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 1: Terri Hoffman

In the 1970s, Terri Hoffman went from high school drop-out to leading New Age mystic. Her Dallas-based organization, the Conscious Development of Body, Mind, and Soul, targeted affluent residents…and their wallets. But as her influence grew, so did suspicions about her shady practices.

45 MINJUN 2
Comments
“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 1: Terri Hoffman

“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 2: John Alexander Dowie

In June of 1888, John Alexander Dowie moved his family to the United States to found the holy city of Zion. He envisioned the Illinois town as a paradise, but soon his immense wealth clouded his judgment, and Dowie came crashing down to Earth.

48 MINMAY 26
Comments
“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 2: John Alexander Dowie

“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 1: John Alexander Dowie

His drive for independence eventually led him to create a spiritual movement all of his own in the late 1800s. After founding the Divine Healing Association, John Alexander Dowie went from a discontented minister to a leading figure in Australia’s faith healer movement. But money and success would eventually be his downfall.

46 MINMAY 19
Comments
“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 1: John Alexander Dowie
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