21 Incredibly Dark Cults That Will Make You Question Humanity

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Led by Amy Carlson, aka “Mother God,” the Love Has Won “new religious movement” was founded in 2006 and later described as a cult by ex-members and the media. Members of the group believed Carlson was a 19-billion-year-old being who had been reincarnated hundreds of times — including as Jesus, Joan of Arc, and Cleopatra. The group was eventually accused of physical abuse, brainwashing, and fraud, while Carlson herself died in April 2021. According to Rolling Stone, her cause of death was attributed to “alcohol abuse, anorexia, and chronic colloidal silver ingestion” and her body found mummified. HBO recently released a docuseries, Love Has Won: The Cult of Mother God, which chronicles the group and Carlson’s exploits.

Founded by David Berg, and currently led by Karen Zerby, The Family International is a “new religious movement” that’s been around since the late 1960s and has gone through several name changes over the years. Past members include celebrities like River and Joaquin Phoenix (whose family were members of the cult in the ’70s), and Rose McGowan. Berg had told his followers that “God was love and love was sex, so there should be no limits, regardless of age or relationship.” Former members have since accused the cult of engaging in the physical and sexual abuse of children.

The most famous member of this cult was David Koresh. Koresh and his followers were part of the famous Waco siege at their compound near Waco, Texas — there was an intense gun battle with the ATF and the FBI ending in a huge fire that killed around 80 members, including children. The siege lasted 51 days.

The religious-based sect was created in the late 1970s or early 1980s by French founders Luc Jouret and Joseph Di Mambro. They operated on the beliefs of the Knights Templar and eventually put down roots in Switzerland and Canada. In 1994, a 3-month-old baby was violently killed, along with his parents, because members of the cult thought he was the Antichrist. A few days later, several members took part in a series of mass murder-suicides in Switzerland.

Founded by Jim Jones in Indianapolis, Indiana, the cult is most known for the mass murder/suicide at Jonestown, aka the Jonestown Massacre, in Guyana on Nov. 18, 1978. Over 900 people died by drinking cyanide-laced punch (inspiring the phrase, “drink the Kool-Aid”), many against their will. Jones himself died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The massacre was the largest loss of American civilian life in a single, non-natural event (until the September 11 attacks).Founded by Elbert “Gene” Spriggs in 1972 in Tennessee, Twelve Tribes aspires to recreate the “original” Christian Church as described in the Book of Acts. However, much of the controversy surrounding the group stems from accusations of their treatment of children, which allegedly involves abuse and child labor practices.Presenting itself as a multi-level marketing organization that “offers personal and professional development” seminars, NXIVM is generally believed to have been a front for a sex cult that was founded by convicted sex trafficker Keith Raniere. Some of the cult’s members included heiresses, powerful CEOs, and even Hollywood actors like Allison Mack, Grace Park, and Kristin Kreuk among many others. HBO released a docuseries in 2020 called The Vow that delved into NXIVM’s shady practices via former members.

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