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April 24, 2023 120 mins

Hold onto your butts, it's about to get wild. Lady tells us all about the Cult that set up shop in Oregon, Rajneeshpuram. This Cult quickly built up a commune, amassed a following, then proceeded to hold Oregon hostage for 3.5 years. In this episode, we talk about the cult's change of power, it's numerous attempts to stay in power, and it's eventual downfall. Just...  don't eat during this episode ok?

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