In the News: Terrifying Cults Updates

Dangerous Cults list from CBS News

Cults have made headlines around the world for many years and continue to fascinate in documentaries and popular podcasts. The stories behind these cults’ origins, leaders and demises are riveting – and often disturbing.

Many of these Cults come from Christianity. Watch out and Take Notice

1. NXIVM: The founder
NXIVM founder Keith Raniere is accused of running an abusive sex cult through his Albany seminar company. He has denied the charges, but a judge ordered him held without bail.

2. Rajneeshpuram: The mystic
Indian mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh attracted followers by the thousands in the 1970s. He preached a “religious-less religion” that embraced sexual liberation.

3. Heaven’s Gate cult: The leaders
In the early 1970s, Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles renamed themselves Bo and Peep and took a road trip across the U.S., assembling a group they called “the crew.”

4. The Manson Family: Charles Manson
The Manson Family was a commune and cult created by Charles Manson in California in the 1960s.

5. The Peoples Temple: The founder
The Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ was founded by Jim Jones in Indiana in 1955.

6. Aum Shinrikyo cult: The leader
Aum Shinrikyo was a Japanese doomsday cult founded by Shoko Asahara in 1984.

7. Matamoros human sacrifice cult
In 1989, authorities found 12 male bodies on a ranch in Mexico, near the U.S. border. They would later find three more. Five drug smugglers were arrested in connection with the murders. They told police they thought the human sacrifices would protect their drug smuggling operations. Mark Kilroy, they named Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo, 26, the leader of the cult, and Sara Aldrete, a student at Texas Southmost College, known as “the witch.”

8.  Order of the Solar Temple
1984 by Joseph Di Mambro and Luc Jouret. The cult, based on New Age spiritualism, drew followers in Switzerland, France, and Canada.

9. The Branch Davidians
originated in 1955 from a schism among the Shepherd’s Rod/Davidians, which stemmed from Seventh-Day Adventist teachings. David Koresh began leading the group in 1987, abandoning many of the original teachings and adopting the belief that the end of the world was near.

10. Russian doomsday cult: The leader
The Russian doomsday cult was founded by Pyotr Kuznetsov. The group broke off from the Russian Orthodox church.

11. Children of God: The beginning
The Family International, also known as the Children of God, was founded in Huntington Beach, California, by David Brandt Berg in 1968.

12. Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God: The founding
The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God was a breakaway movement from the Roman Catholic Church founded in Uganda in the 1980s. The group believed that the apocalypse would occur on Dec. 31, 1999, and to avoid damnation, members had to follow the Ten Commandments very strictly.

Source: CBS News Picture Gallery June 15, 2018

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