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Mystery. Manipulation. Murder.


E94: “The Wesson Vampire Clan” Pt. 2 - Marcus Delon Wesson
Jul 16 • 57 min
The more Marcus Wesson retreated from society, the more extreme his behavior became. He lead his family of 16 children deep into the woods, claiming it was for their own protection. But away from prying eyes, Marcus Wesson preyed on his…
E93: “The Wesson Vampire Clan” - Marcus Delon Wesson
Jul 9 • 53 min
His version of faith, was placing himself on the same level as God and demanding his children serve him as such. But when Marcus Wesson needed more followers to control, instead of recruiting he turned to his daughters. They would grow their cult-family…
E92: “The Alamo Christian Foundation” Pt. 2 - Tony Alamo
Jul 2 • 52 min
Along with his wife Susan, they grew The Alamo Christian Foundation from a few dozen homeless teenagers to over 3,000 followers on sophisticated compounds around the United States. Their dreams of stardom were finally achieved, but it still wasn’t enough…
E91: “The Alamo Christian Foundation” - Tony Alamo
Jun 25 • 53 min
When he moved to Los Angeles in 1960, Tony Alamo was convinced that his big break as a musician was just around the corner. What he found instead was the voice of God, which commanded him to collect young and homeless followers for Jesus’ return.…
E90: “Lord Our Righteousness Church” Pt. 2 - Wayne Bent
Jun 18 • 44 min
In the fall of 2007, Judgement Day arrived on the Strong City compound. The world didn’t end, as their Messiah had predicted, but it was still a portent of things to come. Sponsors!Gabi - Take two minutes and see if you can save up to $865 a year on car…
E89: “Lord Our Righteousness Church” - Wayne Bent
Jun 11 • 46 min
In the early 2000s, Wayne Bent established his following on a compound in New Mexico that he dubbed “Strong City.” But their faith would be tested when Wayne revealed God’s next command: he required seven young virgins to take as Wayne’s…
E88: “The Children of Thunder” Pt. 2 - Glenn Taylor Helzer
Jun 4 • 47 min
In July of 2001, this cult declared war on Satan and the forces of darkness. But soon, their plans unravelled around them, and five innocent people would fall victim to The Children of Thunder’s bloody war.Parcasters - This week on Extraterrestrial, we…
E87: “The Children of Thunder” - Glenn Taylor Helzer
May 28 • 49 min
He believed that the voice in his head, which he called “Spirit,” was the voice of God. Lead by the lord, Glenn Taylor Helzer gathered his followers in the summer of 2001 to wage a war against Satan. Parcasters - You’ve heard of Pandora’s Box, and you…
E86: “Church of Jesus With Signs Following” Pt. 2 - Glenn Summerford
May 21 • 54 min
In 1980 he quickly grew his flock through acts of extreme religious affirmation, such as handling poisonous snakes and drinking poison in front of his congregants. But was Glenn Summerford a man with a deep connection to the Lord, protected by his faith?…
E85: “Church of Jesus With Signs Following” - Glenn Summerford
May 14 • 55 min
He spent most of his life in a boxing ring, trying to prove his worth with his fists. But after nearly dying from an injury in the ring in 1963, Glenn Summerford committed to turning his life around and found God. Then, God started speaking to him.…
E84: “The Process Church” Pt. 2 - Mary Ann MacClean and Robert de Grimston
May 7 • 54 min
After fleeing from a destructive hurricane, in the late 1960s, Mary and Robert de Grimston led their followers on a nomadic journey around the US in search of more converts and the site of their new church. But the stress of constant relocation and…
E83: “The Process Church” - Mary Ann MacClean and Robert de Grimston
Apr 30 • 49 min
Mary and Robert de Grimston created a flamboyant cult in 1960s London that attracted outcasts and celebrities alike. But as their communication with God sent them west, the cult soon found itself in constant danger—in the eye of a literal…
E82: “The Blackburn Cult” Pt. 2 - May Otis Blackburn
Apr 23 • 49 min
In 1925 Willa had been dead for months, and yet she wasn’t laid to rest. May Blackburn laid her in a tub of ice, mummified her, and buried her beneath her floorboards in Venice, California. The end of the world was coming, and when Willa was resurrected,…
E81: “The Blackburn Cult” - May Otis Blackburn
Apr 16 • 53 min
Many actors wait tables while they’re waiting for their big break; May and Ruth Blackburn started a cult. In 1920s Los Angeles, this mother-daughter duo swindled a fortune from their followers while promising them fortune and immortality. Sponsors!Quip -…
E80: “Eastern Lightning” Pt. 2 - Zhao Weishan
Apr 9 • 44 min
After the cult was dogged with rumors of violent conversion tactics, the Church of the Almighty God blamed the Chinese government for the negative press. A more extreme example occurred in 2014, as the cult would be accused of the murder of a woman who…
E79: “Eastern Lightning” - Zhao Weishan
Apr 2 • 46 min
The Church of the Almighty God preached that Jesus Christ had been reborn and walked the Earth. She was here to save their souls before the world ended. In 1991, followers scrambled to prove how devoted they were to her before the apocalypse, even if it…
Bonus: Greg and Vanessa revisit Jonestown
Mar 28 • 15 min
In this special crossover with Assassinations, Greg and Vanessa give insight regarding the charismatic preacher, Jim Jones, and his congregation’s move from San Francisco to the newly-constructed jungle settlement of Jonestown, Guyana in 1977. The move…
E78: “The Source Family” Pt. 2 - James Baker
Mar 26 • 56 min
When the cult moved to Hawaii, James Baker never expected his penniless followers to find him. But once it became clear that they were willing to follow to the bitter end, he began planning a dramatic exit of epic proportions.Sponsors!CBS All Access -…
E77: “The Source Family” - James Baker
Mar 19 • 53 min
When James Baker started his health food restaurant on the Sunset Strip in the 1970s, he had no intention of creating a spiritual commune. But opportunity knocked, and soon, he was the leader of a yoga-based cult in Hollywood Hills that launched Baker to…
E76: “New Vrindaban” Pt. 2 - Kirtanananda Swami
Mar 12 • 48 min
For roughly 15 years, this guru was a beloved spiritual leader with hopes of opening a worship oriented theme park. In 1985, everything changed when a vicious attack resulted in a head injury, coma, and ultimately a sinister personality change. He started…
E75: “New Vrindaban” - Kirtanananda Swami
Mar 5 • 51 min
For 26 years, he was the guru and leader of the New Vrindaban cult in West Virginia. Kirtanananda Swami would turn this vacant land into a 1200-acre sanctuary for all faiths complete with an enormous gold palace. What seemed like an idyllic paradise, was…
E74: “The Workers’ Institute” Pt. 2 - Aravindan Balakrishnan
Feb 26 • 54 min
By the 1970s, Comrade Bala’s small collective had gone completely underground. His followers lived in constant fear of advanced Chinese technology capable of reading their thoughts, and killing them at any moment. Amidst the chaos, Comrade Bala fathered a…
E73: “The Workers’ Institute” - Aravindan Balakrishnan
Feb 19 • 48 min
His communist cult was started in 1974 in hopes of convincing working class citizens of England to rise up against their capitalist overlords and join forces with communist China. After two “members” escaped in 2013, it was revealed Aravindan Balakrishnan…
E72: “The Sons of Freedom” - Peter V. Verigin
Feb 12 • 52 min
This Cult’s beliefs often steered members to protest against the Canadian government. Due to their lack of regard for laws and public policy, officials began rounding up Freedomite children between 1953 and 1959. Two hundred children were brought to a…
E71: “River Road Fellowship” Pt. 2 - Victor Arden Barnard
Feb 5 • 47 min
Reigning over Shepherd’s Camp throughout the 1990s, Victor Barnard was the king of his own Eden. As he becomes more and more abusive to his followers, one of them begins plotting his demise. When she finally strikes, she will prove to be a cunning viper…
E70: “River Road Fellowship” - Victor Arden Barnard
Jan 29 • 46 min
After spending years indoctrinated in the Way International, Victor Barnard started his own cult in the early 1990s and moved off the grid to an isolated campground in Minnesota. With the blessings of their parents, he married a dozen pre-teen and teenage…
E69: “Fellowship of Friends” Pt. 2 - Robert Earl Burton
Jan 22 • 48 min
This alleged cult’s vineyard has produced wines that were served at former President Ronald Reagan’s birthday party, and other illustrious restaurants in the pacific northwest. Robert Earl Burton used elements of mysticism to lure vulnerable followers to…
E68: “Fellowship of Friends” - Robert Earl Burton
Jan 15 • 43 min
In 1970, his fellowship began with just two members huddled around a dining room table in Northern California. But within a few short years, Burton’s influence would reach across the globe, preparing thousands of members for an apocalypse. And while their…
Welcome Trailer!
Sep 15, 2017 • 1 min
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 we take a psychological…
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