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Cults

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Cults

Cults

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35.7K
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Mystery. Manipulation. Murder. Cults are associated with all of these. But what really goes on inside a cult? More specifically, what goes on inside the minds of people who join cults and leaders who start them? Every Tuesday, Greg and Vanessa (co-hosts of the podcast Serial Killers) explore the history and psychology behind the most notorious cults. Cults is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media production.

Latest Episodes

"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 2: Helge Fossmo

In 2004, Swedish Pastor Helge Fossmo used “spiritual shunning” to alienate and manipulate the congregation at his Pentecostal church. He convinced them to do whatever he asked, eventually coercing his mistress Sara into committing a string of wicked crimes.

39 MIN4 d ago
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"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 2: Helge Fossmo

"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 1: Helge Fossmo

In the mid-’90s, Pastor Helge Fossmo was hand-selected by the so-called “bride of Christ” to help lead a Swedish Pentecostal church. As he gained more authority, Fossmo's power went to his head, and he began doing whatever he wanted to get his way… eventually resorting to murder.

44 MIN1 w ago
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"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 1: Helge Fossmo

“Circle of Friends” Pt. 2: Bruno Gröning

By the mid 1950s, Bruno Gröning was famous. Thousands flocked to the "Miracle Doctor" hoping that he would heal them with the power of his faith. However, just five years later, Bruno's mythos was already beginning to break down and he was beleaguered by scandals from all quarters.

44 MIN2 w ago
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“Circle of Friends” Pt. 2: Bruno Gröning

“Circle of Friends” Pt. 1: Bruno Gröning

In 1949, faith healer Bruno Gröning was thrust into the limelight after German newspapers reported he had cured a young boy of muscular dystrophy. However, with fame came increased scrutiny from the legal authorities...

43 MIN3 w ago
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“Circle of Friends” Pt. 1: Bruno Gröning

Introducing SOLVED MURDERS: TRUE CRIME MYSTERIES, A Parcast Original Series!

To commemorate its fourth anniversary, Parcast and the team behind Unsolved Murders are taking a closer look at what it takes to catch a killer. In the new series Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries, you'll follow the clues and uncover the missing pieces to some of history's most gripping cases. Every Wednesday, join hosts Carter and Wenndy as they explore the days, months, and even years leading up to a killer being caught. Each episode plays out like a classic murder mystery—where the final reveal is nearly as shocking as the murder itself. Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries is only available on Spotify. Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first episode on the infamous “in cold blood” murders of the Clutter Family. If you want to listen to the full episode, follow Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries, free and only on Spotify.

14 MINJUN 10
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Introducing SOLVED MURDERS: TRUE CRIME MYSTERIES, A Parcast Original Series!

“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 2: Terri Hoffman

As the 1980s began, Terri Hoffman and her followers seemed to be flying high. But after several people associated with Terri suffered mysterious deaths, her organization faced accusations of brainwashing, theft, and murder.

43 MINJUN 9
Comments
“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 2: Terri Hoffman

“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 1: Terri Hoffman

In the 1970s, Terri Hoffman went from high school drop-out to leading New Age mystic. Her Dallas-based organization, the Conscious Development of Body, Mind, and Soul, targeted affluent residents…and their wallets. But as her influence grew, so did suspicions about her shady practices.

45 MINJUN 2
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“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 1: Terri Hoffman

“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 2: John Alexander Dowie

In June of 1888, John Alexander Dowie moved his family to the United States to found the holy city of Zion. He envisioned the Illinois town as a paradise, but soon his immense wealth clouded his judgment, and Dowie came crashing down to Earth.

48 MINMAY 26
Comments
“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 2: John Alexander Dowie

“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 1: John Alexander Dowie

His drive for independence eventually led him to create a spiritual movement all of his own in the late 1800s. After founding the Divine Healing Association, John Alexander Dowie went from a discontented minister to a leading figure in Australia’s faith healer movement. But money and success would eventually be his downfall.

46 MINMAY 19
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“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 1: John Alexander Dowie

“Endeavor Academy” Chuck Anderson

Founded by Charles “Chuck” Anderson in the Wisconsin Dells in 1992, Endeavor Academy was a religious group claiming to be able to lead its students to enlightenment. But as Endeavor’s public profile grew, so did the controversy surrounding it—with allegations of abuse that some claim drove multiple members to suicide.

40 MINMAY 12
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“Endeavor Academy” Chuck Anderson

Latest Episodes

"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 2: Helge Fossmo

In 2004, Swedish Pastor Helge Fossmo used “spiritual shunning” to alienate and manipulate the congregation at his Pentecostal church. He convinced them to do whatever he asked, eventually coercing his mistress Sara into committing a string of wicked crimes.

39 MIN4 d ago
Comments
"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 2: Helge Fossmo

"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 1: Helge Fossmo

In the mid-’90s, Pastor Helge Fossmo was hand-selected by the so-called “bride of Christ” to help lead a Swedish Pentecostal church. As he gained more authority, Fossmo's power went to his head, and he began doing whatever he wanted to get his way… eventually resorting to murder.

44 MIN1 w ago
Comments
"Knutby Filadelfia" Pt. 1: Helge Fossmo

“Circle of Friends” Pt. 2: Bruno Gröning

By the mid 1950s, Bruno Gröning was famous. Thousands flocked to the "Miracle Doctor" hoping that he would heal them with the power of his faith. However, just five years later, Bruno's mythos was already beginning to break down and he was beleaguered by scandals from all quarters.

44 MIN2 w ago
Comments
“Circle of Friends” Pt. 2: Bruno Gröning

“Circle of Friends” Pt. 1: Bruno Gröning

In 1949, faith healer Bruno Gröning was thrust into the limelight after German newspapers reported he had cured a young boy of muscular dystrophy. However, with fame came increased scrutiny from the legal authorities...

43 MIN3 w ago
Comments
“Circle of Friends” Pt. 1: Bruno Gröning

Introducing SOLVED MURDERS: TRUE CRIME MYSTERIES, A Parcast Original Series!

To commemorate its fourth anniversary, Parcast and the team behind Unsolved Murders are taking a closer look at what it takes to catch a killer. In the new series Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries, you'll follow the clues and uncover the missing pieces to some of history's most gripping cases. Every Wednesday, join hosts Carter and Wenndy as they explore the days, months, and even years leading up to a killer being caught. Each episode plays out like a classic murder mystery—where the final reveal is nearly as shocking as the murder itself. Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries is only available on Spotify. Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first episode on the infamous “in cold blood” murders of the Clutter Family. If you want to listen to the full episode, follow Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries, free and only on Spotify.

14 MINJUN 10
Comments
Introducing SOLVED MURDERS: TRUE CRIME MYSTERIES, A Parcast Original Series!

“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 2: Terri Hoffman

As the 1980s began, Terri Hoffman and her followers seemed to be flying high. But after several people associated with Terri suffered mysterious deaths, her organization faced accusations of brainwashing, theft, and murder.

43 MINJUN 9
Comments
“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 2: Terri Hoffman

“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 1: Terri Hoffman

In the 1970s, Terri Hoffman went from high school drop-out to leading New Age mystic. Her Dallas-based organization, the Conscious Development of Body, Mind, and Soul, targeted affluent residents…and their wallets. But as her influence grew, so did suspicions about her shady practices.

45 MINJUN 2
Comments
“Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul” Pt. 1: Terri Hoffman

“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 2: John Alexander Dowie

In June of 1888, John Alexander Dowie moved his family to the United States to found the holy city of Zion. He envisioned the Illinois town as a paradise, but soon his immense wealth clouded his judgment, and Dowie came crashing down to Earth.

48 MINMAY 26
Comments
“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 2: John Alexander Dowie

“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 1: John Alexander Dowie

His drive for independence eventually led him to create a spiritual movement all of his own in the late 1800s. After founding the Divine Healing Association, John Alexander Dowie went from a discontented minister to a leading figure in Australia’s faith healer movement. But money and success would eventually be his downfall.

46 MINMAY 19
Comments
“Christian Catholic Apostolic Church” Pt. 1: John Alexander Dowie

“Endeavor Academy” Chuck Anderson

Founded by Charles “Chuck” Anderson in the Wisconsin Dells in 1992, Endeavor Academy was a religious group claiming to be able to lead its students to enlightenment. But as Endeavor’s public profile grew, so did the controversy surrounding it—with allegations of abuse that some claim drove multiple members to suicide.

40 MINMAY 12
Comments
“Endeavor Academy” Chuck Anderson
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