After a member of the Church of Wells abruptly left the group (which may or may not be a cult), many held out hope. A week later she went back, and the church’s elders are eager to explain why.Previously: Sinners in the Hands
On two gay men in Pennsylvania who tried, and failed, to build a commune of their own.
The rise of the Peoples Temple through the lens of an earlier group: Father Divine’s Peace Mission.
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.
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.
Going undercover with David Sullivan, cult infiltrator.
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.
A small Texas town suddenly finds it’s the home of a possible cult.
A convert dies in the Arizona desert and the secrets of a controversial guru start spilling out.
Investigating San Francisco’s OneTaste, which promises personal and professional success through the practice of orgasmic meditation.
On the holy city of Canudos, and other attempts at better living “by the dispossessed and marginalized the world over.”
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.