21 Incredibly Dark Cults That Will Make You Question Humanity

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1.Love Has Won

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.

2.Children of God aka The Family International

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 Branch DavidiansThe 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.

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