The Unification Church: “The Moonies”
Known as “The Moonies,” this cult was founded by Rev. Sun Myung Moon in South Korea in the 1970s and known for its mass weddings in which spouses would randomly marry each other to fulfil their “devotion vow” to the group.
Moon preached that “salvation can be theirs only through strict obedience to his statutes,” which apparently included growing the group as large as possible in order to take everyone’s money and evade taxes.
The Peoples Temple
Jim Jones was a Pentecostal minister who established congregations around the U.S. in the 1970s preaching so-called “progressive views” on racial equality.
Jones infamously convinced his 900 followers to commit mass suicide on their compound in South America after they’d shot a U.S. Congressman who’d flown there to meet them. They died by drinking poisoned Flavor-Aid, some allegedly at gun point. No one survived.
Rajneeshpuram was founded in India in the 1970s by an Indian guru named Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who liked money and sex. Allegedly owning 93 Rolls Royces at one point, Rajineesh encouraged his followers to embrace “worldly pleasures.”
After moving to Oregon in the 1980s, Rajineesh engaged in bio-terrorism in an effort to convince the government of his religion’s legitimacy. Along with his sidekick, he poisoned food in restaurants around the town where he lived, leaving over 750 people very sick – and the government shutting him down for good.
The Fall River Cult
A small Satanic cult in the 1970s founded in Fall River, Massachusetts, this group was essentially run by an evil pimp named Carl Drew. He lured young prostitutes into his cult, then forced them to undergo so-called “Satanic rituals.”
These rituals included sex and drugs, but eventually led to the brutal murder of several teenage girls, who Drew used in human sacrifices. Drew was finally arrested and brought up on charges for his horrific crimes, but not before three bodies were discovered mutilated and raped.
The Ripper Crew
Another Satanic cult in the 1980s, the Ripper Crew was founded in Chicago by four deranged men under the leadership of ringleader, Robin Gecht, who previously worked for notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
The cult’s mission was torture and murder, and the group left a trail of bodies in their wake. Between 1982-1883 alone, 4 men and 18 women were abducted, raped, and murdered. This unforgivable foursome was eventually discovered, arrested, and locked up, thanks to a victim who escaped a particularly brutal Satanic ritual.