cults

News

NXIVM President Nancy Salzman Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy

The conviction and new court filings suggest more ex-insiders are cooperating with the feds.
Sarah Berman
3.13.19
The believers

The Controversial Guru Who Wants to 'Upgrade Civilization'

To his devout followers, Bentinho Massaro is an inspiration—but his critics have accused him of “cult-like” practices and peddling fringe conspiracy theories.
VICE Staff
2.13.19
scams

How to Get a Friend Out of an MLM

There are definitely some giant mistakes you shouldn't make.
Caroline Thompson
10.22.18
Australia Today

This Aussie Cult Boss Was Allegedly Inspired by Russell Crowe in Gladiator

The leader of a cult in the Adelaide Hills made his followers salute him like Marcus Aurelius, a court has heard.
Gavin Butler
10.19.18
cults

The Alleged Plot to Put NXIVM’s Critics in Mexican Prison

The FBI is continuing an investigation into a self-help group accused of sex trafficking, racketeering and other crimes.
Sarah Berman
9.26.18
Culture

All the New Horror Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix Before Halloween

From standard teen slashers to cult classics and a horrifying baking show, here's everything you'll be streaming this fall.
Beckett Mufson
9.25.18
entertainment

A Deep Dive into the Absolutely Ridiculous World of Roku Channels

Cults, dogs, foot fetishists—there's a channel for everyone on Roku.
Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
9.12.18
cults

How NXIVM Rippled Through Vancouver Actors’ Friend Networks

“It was like being invited to an Oscar party.”
Sarah Berman
9.12.18
cults

Visiting Jonestown: Site of the Largest Murder-Suicide in Modern History

The cult compound where 918 people ended their lives is today in ruins.
Julie Fenwick
9.7.18
Views My Own

NXIVM, Jordan Peterson, and the Reincarnation of Ayn Rand’s Cult

Lessons from the ‘Atlas Shrugged’ author’s fanatic Objectivist collective.
Sarah Berman
9.5.18
cults

I Followed the NXIVM 'Sex Cult' Diet for a Week

Then a nutritionist told me what it was doing to my brain.
Sarah Berman
8.16.18
cults

Why It Took Me Five Years to Realize I Was in a Cult

A cult survivor outlines the anatomy of an indoctrination.
Renee Linnell
8.10.18
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