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
Sex cult

NXIVM President and Heiress Arrested for Allegedly Running Illegal Pyramid Schemes

Clare Bronfman, Nancy Salzman and other so-called "sex cult" insiders have been charged with racketeering conspiracy.
Sarah Berman

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

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

In a town with a reputation for religiousness, a group of Satan worshippers are among the faithful.
Zeyad Masroor Khan
It's the end of the world as we know it

Hanging Out with the Followers of a Doomsday Cult

The world is going to end. It's bad news for most of us, but, for a select few, a ride on a UFO to a new Earth awaits.
Arzia Tivany Wargadiredja

Bullseye Wasn't Just About Darts, It Was About Compassion

A eulogy to the no nonsense game show presenter, Jim Bowen, who passed away this week.
James McMahon
Charles Manson

Remembering Charles Manson's Attempt at Rock Stardom

The notorious cult leader – whose "family" killed seven people – has died aged 83.

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

We talked a lot about self-assurance.
Julian Morgans

Visiting the Cafe That's So Good You Forget it's Run By a Cult

Katoomba's Yellow Deli is owned and operated by the Twelve Tribes. Amongst other things they're about "producing an army of 144,000 male virgins, who would prepare the way for Christ's second coming."
James Courtney
VICE Guided Tours

Visiting the Vegan Restaurant Chain Owned by a Cult

The Loving Hut is an international chain of more than 140 restaurants, which has been called the fastest-growing vegan franchise in the world and many consider to be operated by a cult.
Justin Caffier
Soft Cell

Looking Back at Soft Cell's "Sex Dwarf," the Notorious Single that Never Was

Reflecting on the landmark cult record that rattled the News of the World and beyond on its release.
John Lucas

I Grew Up in a Religious Cult in Essex

Singer Joseph Coward was brought up as part of a church in Essex, known then as New Frontiers International. His experience was one of homophobia, control tactics and a system that bore "all the calling cards of a cult".
Joseph Coward, as told to Cherry Casey