As police and families search for six people missing from the St. Louis area, rumors and half-truths swirl around their involvement with Rashad Jamal, a spiritual influencer now in prison for child abuse.
Before he became the messianic leader of an online spirituality school—and the subject of TV documentaries on Amazon and Netflix—Jeff Ayan aspired to work at Google.
After being chased out, the so-called QAnon Queen of Canada made her way to set up base in an abandoned school in rural Saskatchewan.
The wellness guru and self-proclaimed “witch” is accused of using manipulation and hypnosis to traffic young women.
Amidst the hype over ChatGPT, artists are forming religious movements to worship our future machine overlords—and change them for the better.
“I’m not a cult leader,” said Rashad Jamal, currently in jail on child molestation charges. “I stand for righteousness.”
The Cambodian populist with a growing cult-like following told his followers that a black hole has formed in his spine, warning him of impending biblical-level floods.
Amid the pandemic, a “trance channeling” group from the 1980s has seen a resurgence online. But why now?
Elsje and Jeppe met at a rehab clinic, but what she didn't know was that his life was totally controlled by a charismatic founder of a kung fu sect.
11 bodies were found during a raid of the commune in Thailand, where disciples of the self-proclaimed holy man were consuming his feces and dead skin.
In his mid-50s, a depressed, Yale-trained scientist took a potent psychedelic, saw God, and set out to spread the word. Within two years, he was dead.
One woman claimed she was ushered into the room with her alleged abuser, and given antiseptic lollies to avoid mouth infections.