Cult

Australia Today

Court Finds This So-Called Healer Swindled Cancer Patients out of Millions

The founder of Universal Medicine thinks he's the reincarnation of Leonardo Da Vinci. Others think he's the leader of a cult.
Gavin Butler
11.13.18
Moveable

A Tesla Is Not Just a Car for Elon Musk’s Superfans

As electric-vehicle rebates dry up, would-be Tesla owners are facing an existential crisis.
Tracey Lindeman
7.23.18
personal essay

When I Met the Now-Arrested Leader of a 'Feminist' Cult and His 'Kittens'

After the recent news of Turkish televangelist Adnan Oktar's arrest for fraud, sexual assault, and espionage, I look back on what it was like to meet him and the women of his "Islamic Creationist" cult.
Meher Ahmad
7.17.18
cults

What it Was Like Growing Up in the 'Children of God' Cult in Thailand

"There was a quiz in a magazine titled 'did you grow up in a cult?' I answered 'yes' to every question and realised the truth."
Mahmood Fazal
7.5.18
Australia Today

Australia's 'IHE' Cult Dealt in Mansions, Ferraris, and Alleged Sexual Assault

As the leader of the "Ideal Human Environment" movement stands accused of sex with a minor, the group's inner workings come to light.
VICE Staff
6.19.18
Church

The Terrible Tales of a Lizard-Smoking, Blood-Drinking Satanic Cult in India

In a town with a reputation for religiousness, a group of Satan worshippers are among the faithful.
Zeyad Masroor Khan
6.11.18
The VICE Guide to Right Now

That Alleged NXIVM Sex Cult Is Already Getting Its Own TV Show

The 'New York Times' exposé on the group is getting adapted into a one-hour scripted series.
Drew Schwartz
4.28.18
The VICE Guide to Right Now

'Smallville' Actress Allison Mack Arrested for Ties with Alleged Sex Cult

Mack was arrested on sex trafficking charges for allegedly blackmailing women into having sex with the group's leader, Keith Raniere.
Allie Conti
4.20.18
It's the end of the world as we know it

Hanging With the Followers of a Doomsday Cult in Indonesia

According to a woman named Lia Aminuddin, a UFO will save only true believers.
Arzia Tivany Wargadiredja
4.12.18
Australia Today

Australian Bush Cult Family Face Court Over Incest Charges

Six years ago, NSW police discovered the Colt family living in squalid conditions. The story just got worse.
VICE Staff
4.6.18
Your 2017 Guide to Cults and Fringe Religions

On the Tiny Pacific Island Where They Worship American Materialism

How the tiny Vanuatuan village of Tanna became devoted to a mythical American soldier named John Frum.
Maggie Coggan
10.3.17
Your 2017 Guide to Cults and Fringe Religions

A Day With the Australian Couple Who Say They're Jesus and Mary

We talked a lot about self-assurance.
Julian Morgans
9.26.17
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