cults

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
Comics!

'Midsummer,' Today's Comic by Erik Svetoft

Creepy cults and arguing brothers are taking over this summery island.
Erik Svetoft
10.18.18
cults

The Alleged Plot to Put NXIVM’s Critics in a 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
cults

How NXIVM Ripped Through This Group of Canadian Actors

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

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

Then a nutritionist told me what it was doing to my brain.
Sarah Berman
8.17.18
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
cults

Yes, There Are Women-Led Cults

Meet Teal Swan, a YouTuber who proves selling salvation to desperate people is an equal opportunity racket.
Sarah Berman
8.1.18
cults

Courts Are Rarely Kind to ‘Brainwashed’ Victims

Months ahead of the NXIVM sex-trafficking trial, we take a look at how juries react to cults.
Sarah Berman
7.9.18
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 realized the truth."
Mahmood Fazal
7.6.18
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