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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] CULTS 'R US [Fredric Rice: This file contains only a few claims and commentary about a few "killer cults." Christianity has been and continues to be the killer cult with the highest body count today. For some reason the author didn't mention that undeniable fact nor does the authorship describe what the selection elements he or she used to determine whether a religion is a "cult" by his or her variation of usage.] Killer cults tend to be led by charismatic megalomaniacs who pit themselves and their churches against the rest of the world. There are usually apocalyptic visionaries drunk with lust and power that have physical and sexual control over their followers. In most cases their beliefs stem from twisted interpretations of established doctrines. These self-proclaimed divinities usually amassed a large arsenal of weapons before bringing forth their personal day of reckoning. Reverend Jim Jones & The People's Temple (900+) Jim Jones, the son of a Klansman, considered himself the reincarnation of both Jesus and Lenin. He was also endowd with a huge penis which he used in the name of Christ. He had visions of an impending nuclear holocaust in which only the towns of Ukiah, California and Belo Horizonte, Brazil would survive. He relocated his first People's Temple to Ukiah to await the Armageddon. Tired of waiting, he moved his church to San Francisco where he recieved numerous humanitarian awards and became the Chairman of the city's Housing Authority. There he practiced a ritual called "White Nights" in which he prepared his followers for an act of revolutionary suicide to protest against racism and fascism. In 1977, as things go weirder, he was forced to relocate his church to Guana, in South America. There Jimmy created Jonestown and lost his mind. His dream community seemed to have rapidly deteriorated into a nightmare. On November 18, 1978, when Congressman Leo Ryan visited Jonestown to investigate alledged human rights abuses, the good reverend had him and his party killed. Then he ordered his followers to drink from a tub of Kool Aid laced with cyanide and tranquilizers. All 900+ did. As the ritual suicide progressed, Jim put a bullet through his brain. Some believe that Jimmy was linked to the CIA and that the Jonestown massacre was in fact a mind control experiment. If it was, it was a total success.

David Koresh & ATF (90) On February 28, 1993, when the Storm Troopers of the ATF tried to enter the Branch Davidian compound in the outskirts of Waco, Texas, Dave and the gang answered with a rain of lead killing four ATF agents. This failed rock'n roller turned doomsday prophet and poster boy for the NRA resisted the ATF siege that followed for fifty-one days. He also promised to bring forth a fiery apocalypse for all those with him in the compound. On April 19, 1993, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents under the lead of Bob Ricks launched their assault, the compound broke out in flames killing eighty-six people inside. The government claimed that Koresh ignited the flames and had the compound booby-trapped so the place would go up in a fireball. Some, like the recently infamous Michigan Militia, believe the Feds and Attorney Genereal Janet Reno to be completely responsible for the deaths of the Koresh and his fellow charred Branch Davidians. Order of the Solar Temple(69) As the millenium rapidly approaches, this international apocalyptical cult has claimed 69 victims in bizarre mass suicide rituals. Strangely, most of the members of the sect seem to be highly educated and well-to-do individuals who follow, seemingly a bit too eagerly, the temple's doomsday teachings. The Order itself stems from the Knights of Templar, a secretive medieval organization founded by French crusaders in Jerusalem. How it became a New Age Euro-Yuppie Suicide machine, is a solar mystery. The Temple came to prominence on October 5, 1994, when 53 people committed suicide simultaneously in several chalets in Switzerland and Canada. The two known leaders of the group, the Belgian New Ageist Luc Jouret, and the guru Joseph di Mambro, died in the 1994 ritual. The cult is seems to give great importance to the sun and practices most of its rituals during the summer and winter equinox. The 1994 deaths were meant to take the sect members through fire to a new world on a planet called "Sirius." To assist with the trip, several of the victims, including some children, were shot in the head, asphyxiated with black plastic bags and or poisoned. Luc and Joseph wrote, in a letter delivered after their deaths that they were "leaving this earth to find a new dimension of truth and absolution, far from the hypocrisies of this world." The second mass suicide ritual ocurred about a week before Christmas in 1995. On December 23, on a remote plateau of the French Alps police found 16 charred bodies arranged in a star formation with their feet pointed to the ashes of a fire. Like the rituals of 1994, they all died by stabbing, asphyxiation, shooting and/or poisoning. Like before, the bodies were burned as part of a cleansing ritual. A week before discovering the bodies, Swiss and French authorities suspected the worse when 16 cult members dissappeared from their homes. Some left behind handwritten notes expressing their intentions of committing mass suicide. One of the notes stated: "Death does not exist, it is pure illusion. May we, in our inner life, find each other forever." Two of the dead were the wife and son of French ski champion, Jean Vuarnet who, curiously, made a fortune manufacturing sunglasses. Adolfo de Jesús Constanzo & Sara Aldrete (24) Constanzo, a Cuban-American bisexual cult leader and male model, managed a drug smuggling ring in Matamoros, Mexico. He and Sara Aldrete were very successful in the drug trade because their habit of ritually sacrificing their competition to gain protections from the Gods of darkness. Their gig ran afoul when they decided what they needed was to kill a gringo. They abducted Mark Kilroy, a college student on spring break, and killed him. He was dismembered and they made a magic stew out of his heart, genitals and spine. Constanzo and his killed his male lover were killed by another cult member a Mexico City apartment before the police charged in. The college-student-gone-cult-priestess Aldrete is now in jail in Mexico. Yahweh Ben Yahweh & The Temple of Love (14+) This charismatic black leader of the Church of Love and sixteen followers have been charged with the slayings of at least fourteen people. Yahweh Ben Yahweh (God, son of God) was born Hulon Mitchell. He built a multimillion-dollar business empire in the Miami area through murder, fire bombings and extortion. However, he also managed to join Miami's Chamber of Commerce and was even honored with the proclamation of "Yahweh Ben Yahweh Day" by city's mayor. The secretive Church of Love preached that the American blacks were true Jews living in the land of the "white devil". It's members dressed in white robes, took the last name Israel and followed a kosher diet. The cult is accused of a reign of terror that includes the beheading of an ex member, the fire bombing of a Delray Beach neighborhood and many other acts of violence. It seemed that to become part of the "Brotherhood", a secret group within the sect, one had to smoke a "white devil". Many of the shady details of the sect's activities come from Robert Rozier, a former football player, who was arrested in 1986 in connection to four of the killings. Shoko Asahara & Aum Supreme Truth (18+) This apocalyptic Sect and its charismatic leader are suspected of releasing Sarin, a type of nerve gas developed by the Nazis, in several Tokyo subway stations. The morning subway gas attack on March, 1995, killed 11 people and sickened more than 5,500 others. The religious cult is also suspected of a similar gas attack that killed seven people in June, 1994, in the city of Matsumoto. Furthermore they are suspected of a series of slayings and kidnappings of anti-cult activist. Charles Manson & The Family (9+) Charlie is Reigning King of America's Homicidal Maniacs. The son of a teenage, bisexual, alcoholic prostitute, he was once traded for a pitcher of beer. The product of institutional life, he spent more than half of his days incarcerated before the age of thirty-five. In 1967 this ex-con and aspiring musician drifted to San Francisco just in time to catch the Summmer of Love. There he became the "God of Fuck". Charlie's charisma made him the Messiah of every lost flower child. His odd interpretation of the Beatles' song "Helter Skelter" warned of a coming race war in which "blackie" would win. Then he and his minions, who had been breeding at a furious rate in their Death Valley ranch, would take over and rule the world. Ultimately, the reign of terror perpetrated by this midget genius had nothing to do with his visions of Armageddon. Instead, it was simply an act of revenge against the music industry who ignored him. Between July and August of 1969, "The Family" committed the now infamous Tate and LaBianca murders. Sadly for Sharon and her friends the intended victims had recently moved out of the house she rented with her husband Roman Polanski. Charlie was never proven to have killed anyone. It is believed that "The Family" was probably responsible for dozens of deaths before and after the arrest and incarceration of their leader. If only Charlie had been a better musician, Sharon Tate and the others would probably still be alive. Robin Gecht (8+) In the early eighties Robin a former employee of John Wayne Gacy, and three followers had a Satanic cult dedicated to spreading death and mayhem through the streets of Chicago. Gecht and his gang drove around in a van looking for prostitutes to sacrifice. They would remove their breasts and eat them as Robin read passages of the bible. Gecht and his friends were finally arrested in 1982 for the stabbing of a teenaged prostitute and like every good Satanist they all started squealing on each other. Jeffrey Lundgren (5) As leader of a branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, Lundgren wielded total control over his six-family flock. He beat misbehaving children with poles, trained his followers for war and masturbated while naked female cult members danced around him. A man of strange appetites, Jeb7 enjoyed having excrement rubbed all over his body by his loving wife. In 1984 he settled with his cult in a forty acre farm in rural Ohio. When one of his followers questioned his judgement he executed him and his family. The Avery family was thrown in a pit under the barn of the cult's ranch and were all shot in the head. Lungren and his family fled but were captured in National City, California, with an arsenal in their motel room. His nineteen-year-old son was convicted of four murders, his wife received five consecutive life terms and Jeb7 got death. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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