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What happened at OneTaste?
What happened at OneTaste?
Twenty-five years after 82 Branch Davidians and 4 federal officers were killed, the lead negotiator at the scene is still arguing about what happened.
Inside the disturbing “cult” of young acolytes that catapulted conductor James Levine’s career.
“You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom. … [Kelly] is a master at mind control. … He is a puppet master.”
A jailhouse interview.
Paris Hilton, Princeton phonies, and the prince who blew through billions—a collection of articles on young money.
“They cruise the city in chauffeured cars, blasting rap, selling pot to classmates. How some of New York’s richest kids joined forces with some of its poorest.”
Georgia and Patterson Inman, 15-year-old twins, are the only living heirs to the $1 billion Duke tobacco fortune. They are also emotional wrecks who have barely survived a hellacious childhood.
On the brother of the Sultan of Brunei, Prince Jefri Bolkiah, who has “probably gone through more cash than any other human being on earth.”
An overachiever on what he did and didn’t learn at Princeton.
A profile of Paris Hilton at the height of her fame.
An invite-only social network for Georgetown assholes.
How two sisters, heirs to the Bronfman fortune, may have blown $100 million supporting the cult-like group NXIVM.
A profile of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the Malibu-dwelling, “fantastically corrupt” dictator-in-waiting of Equatorial Guinea. Teodorin, as his friends call him, is considered by U.S. intelligence to be “an unstable, reckless idiot.”
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How a former member of Jesus People USA exposed its history of sexual abuse.
The black messianic leader, known as Father Divine, that Jim Jones admired.
A tornado causes physical and psychological turmoil in a religious community.
"The next morning, I ran through the streets in my pajamas, screaming for somebody, anybody. I finally found Daddy standing at the edge of the detention pond behind the church. It was full of all sorts of stuff: cars, tree trunks, gas grills, hot water heaters, and two bodies. The bodies were naked, and I didn’t recognize them at first. But then I saw their faces. It was Brother Mack and the second Hillyer girl. They were facing each other, impaled by a metal post from the chain link fence, pushed together like two pieces of chicken on a kebab."
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
Going undercover with David Sullivan, cult infiltrator.
The secretive group that owns the venerable magazine.
On the FBI's failed negotiations with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians in Waco.
Previously: Malcolm Gladwell on the Longform Podcast.
Strangers unleash a mysterious mantra upon a weary traveler.
"From his glove box he pulled a laminated flyer no bigger than a bookmark. I took it with hesitation and studied the print. The first sentence said DID YOU KNOW HOPE AND DESPAIR ARE SISTER AND BROTHER AND YOU THEIR DISTANT COUSIN? There was a picture at the top of two people tugging a rope. There was a woman and a man and they looked like hieroglyphic people who had been locked in eternal struggle."
Memories of the magical, enlightened daughter of a religious leader.
"It was in this moment that we began to wonder when her father might sense these happenings and descend upon us; when we turned to look, he had only just begun his approach, had only just caught sight of his daughter. He betrayed no surprise but drew himself up, preparing to mete judgment, and quickened his step as though eager to commence the necessary violence—"
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.
The Branch Davidians today, 20 years after the deadly standoff.
A reporter recounts her weekend as an undercover Juggalette.