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As a true crime lover, learning about cults is one of my favourite things to do. I was very shocked when I came across these cults that I’d never heard of, all of which are a bit spooky.

Order of the Solar Temple

The cult mainly revolve around Christianity, belief in aliens, and New Age philosophy. They were seen as rather harmless until October 1994, when cult leader Joseph Di Mambro ordered the murder of one of his follower’s infant sons – he thought the child was the antichrist. A few days later, Di Mambro and 12 followers had a last supper before committing suicide. Over 50 bodies were found with deaths from drugs, poison, or even a shot to the head. A few months later, 16 other members were found dead in France. In March 1997, 5 killed themselves in a house fire. Investigations show years of sexual and psychological abuse within the cult. However, it still exists today – with over 500 members!

Raelism

Former French race car driver Claude Vorilhon formed the cult in 1974 from the belief that a race of aliens, the Elohim, created humanity. In all fairness, they are rather liberal and advocate for world peace. However, they claim to have cloned a human in 2000 after opening their own cloning organisation in the 90s.

The Children of Thunder

This cult was incredibly small, made up of just three people: brothers Glenn Taylor and Justin Helzer, as well as their roommate. Justin believed that God spoke to him directly so in 2000 they killed 5 people. They attempted to extort $100,000 from the victims in order to set up their cult that would ‘thwart Satan by spreading peace and love.’

The Immanuel David Cult

Immanuel David, formerly known as Charles Longo, believed he was God. His cult consisted mostly of family members, such as his wife and seven children. He soon killed himself, not before encouraging his wife to throw their children out of an 11th-floor Salt Lake City hotel room. One of his daughters survived and believes her father is going to come back for her.

The Narcosatanists

This group are also known as the Matamoros Cult, led by Adolfo Constanzo. They believed if they sacrificed humans that they would gain success and be protected – it is unsure what from. In 1989, they kidnapped and murdered college student Mark Kilroy because of his ‘good brain’ for their rituals.

By Derry Salter

Cardiff University Journalism and Communications student. Intern for MMN.

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