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Former La Luz del Mundo ‘cult’ members protest religious event in Houston

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The leader of La Luz del Mundo, a Mexico-based Christian megachurch with 18 Houston congregations, has been locked up in a California prison since being arrested on child sexual exploitation charges in 2019. Naasón Joaquín García, the 54-year-old self-described "Apostle…[Continue Reading...]

TV Review: ABC News Studios’ “Daughters of the Cult” Tells the Chaotic Story of the “Mormon Manson”

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Daughters of the Cult is a new Hulu docuseries from ABC News Studios that delves into the thrilling story of Ervil LeBaron, a Mormon cult leader who ordered the killings of his opponents. I’m no stranger to documentaries on cults, having learned about such…[Continue Reading...]

Teeter-Lasiter Siblings Open Up About Life in Two Doomsday Cults in Popular Podcast

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In the realm of podcasts, where narratives of resilience and self-discovery take center stage, "The Cult Next Door Podcast" emerges as a compelling story hosted by two siblings, Ashleigh Teeter and Mattie Lasiter. Hailing from the serene town of Russellville,…[Continue Reading...]

Gov’t aid for indigents diverted by Socorro cult

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MANILA, Philippines — Members of the Socorro Bayanihan Services Inc. (SBSI) have admitted to diverting government aid meant for indigent senior citizens and beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to fund the group. They made the admissions during…[Continue Reading...]

‘I got out’: Cult survivors to perform their stories in St. Louis

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Shelly Snow Pordea grew up in a fundamentalist religious sect. Her parents moved from her birthplace of St. Louis to Hammond, Indiana, to be near the First Baptist Church, a fundamental independent Baptist megachurch then run by Jack Hyles. Pordea,…[Continue Reading...]

Survivors of Shakahola cult face stigma as they settle down

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Survivors of the Shakahola massacre in Malindi, Kilifi County are battling social isolation. The little town where the over 1,000 devotees of the cult operate from the forest is now a ghost centre. The economic ruin in the isolated hilly…[Continue Reading...]

Catherine Oxenberg spent 7 years freeing her daughter from a cult. Then her body ‘shut down’.

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Catherine Oxenberg spent seven years desperately trying to rescue her daughter from a cult. Finally when her daughter was safe, Catherine breathed a sigh of relief - but the trauma took an extensive toll on her body. It all started…[Continue Reading...]

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