Let's Start A Cult

Let's Start A Cult

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.... Show More

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February 23, 2021 44 min

Perhaps no other cult has fascinated people more than the Order of the Solar Temple – a group that began in the late 1980s as a community of people who sought to live out New Age philosophies. 

For some, the organization is interesting because of the mass suicides that spanned continents and made headlines all over the world. 

But for others, their interest in the Order of the Solar Temples lies in the fact that many of its members w...

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February 9, 2021 78 min

Currently fueled by the millions of dollars that they earn through their several business ventures, many of its members continue to see it as a legitimate Christian group, rather than a cult. Today we will be talking about The Church of Bible Understanding, also known as The Forever Family.

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January 26, 2021 75 min

The 1970s was a time of searching and exploration around the world. Following decades of war and unrest, young people yearned for happiness, for meaning, and for peace. They wanted to be enlightened, spiritually awakened. They craved to be part of something bigger and more meaningful than theregular9-5 grind. This desire was the perfect foundation for cults. Flower children devoted themselves to people like Charles Manson and James...

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January 12, 2021 34 min

The Nation of Yahweh, an organization that started out as a charitable movement to help the impoverished citizens of Miami and then turned onto the residents, subjecting them to a series of violent attacks and murders that left at least 13 people dead.

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December 29, 2020 41 min

Christmas - a time for joy, a time for cheer, a time for beatings? That's right the beloved holiday that billions around the world celebrate might be a front for that jolly old man. Behind that white beard lies a dark past that our beloved cult leader hides! For on this episode we will be diving into the Christmas Cult and the leader, Old Saint Nick!

In all seriousness, I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday. I know it...

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December 15, 2020 43 min

On today's episode of Let's Start A Cult we will be talking about The Freedomites also called The Sons of Freedom, and their fight to save their children from the government. The Freedomites were a religious, extremist cult that used nudity, arson, and bombing as shocking forms of protest. The self-proclaimed “God’s People” opposed everything from materialism to compulsory education. The Canadian government, in turn, oppose...

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December 1, 2020 70 min

Unlike other cults, the Matamoros Cult was never in the mainstream; it didn’t amass thousands of followers nor was it a subject of controversy in its heyday. In fact, it was even trusted by the elite and high society of Mexico City, all of whom were captivated by the supernatural powers and magical spells that its leader, Adolfo Constanzo, claimed to have. 

But then, news broke about what they had really been up to. And the truth wa...

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November 17, 2020 69 min

Cults are built on logical, semi-believable premises that often involve religion and the leader as the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. It is these messages that draw hundreds of people in, causing them to commit horrific acts on others and on themselves. 

But Heaven’s Gate is a bit different. 

Since its creation in the mid-1970s, this cult has continually baffled experts and researchers because of its disturbing core beliefs. 

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November 3, 2020 43 min

Every year on February 15th, locals of the island of Tanna in Vanuatu gather in swarms to celebrate their messiah. It’s the holiest of days for the small island.

Some of their celebrations look like standard worship: song and dance, prayer and chanting, cheering and gathering. Most of it, though, is not what one might expect to see on an island in the South Pacific –nearly 7300 miles from the continental United States.

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October 20, 2020 37 min

Ho-No-Hana Sanpogyo targeted desperate people – often housewives with sick husbands and children who were searching for any possible cure to save their loved ones. These needy people would sacrifice their life savings in exchange for the promise that their suffering would end.

For every single one of these women, the true suffering was only beginning.

All of them believed they were joining a religion led by the third, living saviour ...

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October 5, 2020 45 min

On November 18, 1978, a mass suicide in the jungles of South America shocked the entire world. A total of 909 people were killed on that fateful day, with nearly half of the kids under the age of eighteen. All of them were members of the Peoples Temple, an organization that began as an unconventional church in Indianapolis that sought to serve society’s marginalized before eventually morphing into a cult, thanks to the drug-addled ...

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September 22, 2020 1 min

Welcome to the Let's Start A Cult podcast! We will explore the dark and interesting world of cults and how they get started! Join me, Josh Schell, and my guests every other week as we take on a new cult of interest!

Episodes starting October 6th, 2020!

To recommend a cult or to submit a question/comment please email me at startacultpodcast@gmail.com



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