Tag: cult

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They Built It. No One Came.

On two gay men in Pennsylvania who tried, and failed, to build a commune of their own.

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The Divine Inspiration of Jim Jones

The rise of the Peoples Temple through the lens of an earlier group: Father Divine’s Peace Mission.

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The Man Who Fought the Synanon Cult and Won

Under the cover of curing addicts, they beat and brainwashed their charges in basements across California. When a cult deprogrammer crossed them, he found a rattlesnake in his mailbox.

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The Torture Colony

A utopian German settlement in Chile had already turned darkly cultish by the time it became a secret torture site for enemies of the Pinochet regime.

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The Man Who Saves You from Yourself

Going undercover with David Sullivan, cult infiltrator.

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The Islamic Sex Cult Supporting Turkey's Prime Minister

Inside Harun Yahya, which promotes a “sexed-up Disney version of Islam,” publishes a 800-page creationist atlas, runs a surreal TV station, and has films it members in orgies that often include high-ranking politicians.

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Sinners in the Hands

A small Texas town suddenly finds it’s the home of a possible cult.

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Sex and Death on the Road to Nirvana

A convert dies in the Arizona desert and the secrets of a controversial guru start spilling out.

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My Life With the Thrill-Clit Cult

Investigating San Francisco’s OneTaste, which promises personal and professional success through the practice of orgasmic meditation.

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Our Radical Future: Cults, Utopias and Rebellions of the 1890s

On the holy city of Canudos, and other attempts at better living “by the dispossessed and marginalized the world over.”

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Shaved Heads, Snipped Tubes, Imperial Marines, and Dope Fiends

The rise and fall of Synanon, an addiction-recovery cult in California, and its charismatic leader, a one-time homeless wino named Chuck Dederich who taught his followers to berate each other for therapy.

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Sun Myung Moon's Lost Eco-Utopia

Before he died, Sun Myung Moon, cult father to massive Unification Church (known better as the Moonies), sent 14 Japanese “national messiahs” deep into the Paraguayan jungle to build an utopian “ideal city.” Thirteen years later, the author catches a trading boat down river in search of their hidden town.