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Secret Societies

A weekly True Crime, History and Society podcast featuring Greg Polcyn
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Parcast’s newest show takes you into the minds of history’s greatest detectives during the biggest cases of their careers. Every week, follow in their footsteps as they hunt down suspects and solve “perfect” crimes. Scotland Yard Confidential i
This week we’re sharing an episode from Sinister Societies, where co-hosts Hannah and Suruthi share the story of Sweden’s Knutby Filadelfia. The small Pentecostal sect rocketed to cult infamy in the early 2000s after “texts from God” greased th
After the Civil War, multiple caches of Confederate gold were discovered around the country. Were they buried by the Knights of the Golden Circle? Was the pro-slavery organization behind multiple assassination attempts on Abraham Lincoln’s life
In 1854, as tensions between the American North and South were brewing, a physician named George Bickley called his closest friends to a secret meeting. His agenda: form a fraternity that would aid Southern states and protect the institution of
Have you ever discovered something you wished you hadn’t? A secret… a lie… a crime, even? What if that discovery opened up a Pandora's box of corruption? Would you keep your mouth shut? Or take the risk, and blow the whistle? Whistleblowers is
In 2020, the founder of the World Economic Forum proposed a new set of policies called The Great Reset. The initiative was a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but conspiracy theorists smelled a power play. It begged the question: How might a N
What if our leaders weren’t elected, but installed? Today we’re investigating relationships that positioned people for power and re-shaped our world. From the Bilderberg Group ushering politicians into the White House, to Citizens United and th
Today, we take a rapid-fire tour through the psychological factors that make us susceptible to misinformation. And ask: How would a New World Order take advantage? This minisode originally aired on Unexplained Mysteries, a Spotify Original from
How would a New World Order covertly seize control of power? We don’t have to look far to find precedents. This episode originally aired on Unexplained Mysteries, a Spotify Original from Parcast. Follow Unexplained Mysteries to catch the whole
For two centuries, secret societies, elite families and wealthy individuals have worked to consolidate power and wield their influence in and over the U.S. government. Has it become the perfect front for a New World Order?  Learn more about you
Are secret groups of elites working in the shadows to take over the world? Over the next few weeks, we’re exploring the most likely candidates for global dominion. Up first: the Illuminati, and how this private club in Bavaria became a catch-al
As we look ahead to the new year, we want to take one last chance to say thank you for the year that was — and present our "Best of 2021"! Please enjoy this episode from our fan-favorite podcast, Solved Murders.In August 1969, actress Sharon Ta
It's a well-known fact that pirates like to party. It's all part of the job - commonly called the 'Merry Life.’ Rum, music and dancing were part of the allure of going 'upon the account' in the 18th century. But what did the Pirates of the Cari
We head to the Arizona desert to investigate how a couple lured hundreds to their spiritual retreats. This episode is a collaboration between Cults and Crimes of Passion, two Spotify Originals from Parcast. Every week, Cults analyzes the minds
How does a yoga teacher become a terrorist? We turn to Japan and the story of Shoko Asahara, his cult Aum Shinrikyo, and his journey from scamming people in the ‘80s to “saving” people from their bad karma in the ‘90s. This is the final episode
Today we’re sharing a three-part special from Cults, a Spotify Original from Parcast, looking at yoga gurus and guides who were loved — then loathed — for their practices. We start in Romania, charting the rise of Gregorian Bivolaru: an alleged
Starting today, unpack the epic dramas of history’s most infamous buccaneers. Real Pirates takes you right into the heart of the action with immersive storytelling and pulse-racing tales, charting the lives of the legendary men and women who ro
You might recognize them from the hit true crime podcast RedHanded, but now, Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire are serving up cults analysis like you’ve never heard it before. Every week, they’ll examine the unbelievable crimes and everyday insid
We’re gazing deep into the crystal ball to meet the leading figures — and tireless skeptics — of the 19th-century Spiritualism movement. Come for the history, mystery and lies. Stay for the Halloween séance. Listen to an exclusive clip from the
In 2018, an investigative journalist traveled to the compound of an elite spiritual organization called the Fellowship of Friends. Their leader had predicted global catastrophe — but the end-times prophecy was just the beginning. Jennings Brown
In this special collection of Parcast episodes, we’re revisiting the lore and tackling the tallest of tales from an era that’s endlessly mythologized in American pop culture — the Wild West. From bloody feuds to gunslinging bandits, unsolved mu
In the early ‘90s, investigative journalist Danny Casolaro claimed he’d stumbled upon a clandestine organization made up of top government officials. Just as he was preparing to publish an exposé, he was found dead in his hotel room. Learn more
Was Danny Casolaro murdered for getting too close to The Octopus? What had his investigations uncovered? And were his sources framed and defamed for helping him?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
For the past 150 years, members of the Leopard Society in West Africa dressed in leopard skins and brutally murdered over six-dozen victims. The murders were so gruesome that at first, it was speculated actual leopards caused these deaths. It w
What if Mr. Right turns out to be Mr. So Wrong? On season 2 of Impostors, Abby Ellin tells the story of one conman who entangled his lovers, friends, family, and coworkers in an identity fraud scheme that stretched all the way to the Pentagon. 
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