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6 of the most infamous cults in history

From charismatic leaders to disturbing allegations, the true story of some of history's most infamous cults and religious groups.
La Croix.

LaCroix slams insecticide lawsuit in an over-the-top press release that calls itself a ‘cult’ deserving of ‘patriotism’

LaCroix is embracing its cult status in the face of a lawsuit that claims the drink contains artificial ingredients. "There is an unspoken phrase within a cult – 'We got each other’s back!'" Nick A. Caporella, CEO of LaCroix parent company Natural Beverages, said in a press release.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers

Netflix’s ‘Wild Wild Country’ directors explain how they unraveled the story of a cult famous for sex, Rolls Royces, and bioterroris...

An interview with directors of Netflix's "Wild Wild Country," a docuseries of the Rajneesh cult in the 1980s that tried to build a utopian commune in Oregon.
Sarah Edmondson.

A ‘self help’ club for women allegedly requires naked photos for admission, brands members with a hot iron, and urges them to follow a nea...

Keith Raniere's "self help" group NXIVM is accused of branding its members, among other manipulative tactics, in a bombshell report from the New York Times.

Scientists have found evidence of a mysterious ‘skull cult’ in an ancient temple

A new study published in the journal Science Advances describes at least 691 shards and chunks of bone found at an ancient ritual site in southeast Turkey.

How Scientology leader David Miscavige rose to power, according to insiders

A&E docuseries "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" examines how David Miscavige inherited Scientology from its creator L. Ron Hubbard.

I used to be obsessed with SoulCycle — until I realized how much is wrong with the class

SoulCycle was a great hobby for a while. But I soon found some things I didn't like.

Take a look inside one of America’s most mysterious and abandoned hotels

Philadelphia's Divine Lorraine Hotel has a twisted past, and now it sits abandoned.

Apple is ‘obviously a cult,’ says NYU professor

There is a powerful collective experience that Apple provides, and to understand it, you have to look no further than its iPhone release days.