Two Sisters and a Cult

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Jada and Alesia are finally pulling back the curtain on their own experience of growing up in a cult. Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our own research and our own opinions. We are simply sister cult survivors having a conversation about cults and sharing them for you to listen in on. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
This episode contains graphic bodily mutilation. Listener discretion is advised. Roch Thériault’s reign of terror was just beginning. This week, we cover the growth of the Ant Hill Kids and the deprivation of their leader that lead to the death and mutilation of its members.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our own research and our own opinions. We are simply sister cult survivors having a conversation about cults and sharing them for you to listen in on. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
Roch Thériault was a man with a mission: to save himself and his followers from the coming apocalypse. Roch Theriault was a twisted religious extremist who forced his brainwashed followers to endure a campaign of horrific abuse across two decades in Canada.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
This week, we are cover the raid, trial, and aftermath of Tony Alamo's Christian Foundation. Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
During the week after the federal raid and Tony Alamo's arrest in Sept 2008, former members came forward with their stories. Some described difficulty making their own decisions in everyday life; some described a lasting fear of dogs, who Tony Alamo called "evil beings who would weaken children's hearts." Others came forward with stories of spiritual, sexual, and physical abuse. This week, we dive into the human toll of the Alamo Christian Foundation.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
The Alamo Christian Foundation and its founder, Tony Alamo, came under hugely public scrutiny in 2008 when allegations of child abuse surfaced. This week, we’ll be diving into the origins and earliest days of the cult, before the resulting chaos and legal trials.Be sure to tune in next week for part two.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
Glenn Taylor Helzer was a self-declared prophet, former cult leader, and serial killer who founded and led the Children of Thunder. Helzer and his followers murdered five people as part of an extortion plot intended to culminate with Helzer taking over The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church aka Mormons) and hastening the return of Christ.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
Not all cults are gone. This week, Jada tells us about a cult that is alive and well in the backwoods of North Carolina.  The Word of Faith Fellowship is a group founded by Sam and Jane Whaley. With allegations of sexual assault and physical abuse, this cult is not fun at all.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
A search into Biblicist Christianity started when Jada sent me a link to an article titled, “A Christian Husband’s Guide to Grooming His Young Wife”. What started as a quick Facebook message turned into a four-hour rabbit hole combing through a website that made me want to gouge my eyes out. So that’s what we are talking about today on the podcast.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
An ex-traffic patrol officer with a cult following known as The Church of The Last Testament was arrested in his settlement in Siberia at dawn on Sept 21, 2020. His followers call him Vissarion, meaning "he who gives new life", and many (but not all) of them believe him when he claims to be Jesus Christ reborn.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
Twenty-seven years ago, on February 28, 1993, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents attempted to execute a “dynamic entry” into the compound of The Branch Davidians at Mount Carmel. The failed operation then turned into a 51-day standoff. During that time, Koresh and most of his followers had refused to leave the compound, which was surrounded by tanks, armored vehicles, and more than 600 federal agents. The standoff ended when a fire engulfed the complex on April 19, 1993. Only nine people inside survived. This week, we are talking about the Waco Siege that turned into a massacre.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
In the last episode, we left members of the Branch Davidians with their President, George Roden. This situation caused some serious issues with the members and led to the rise of David Koresh. This week, we are covering the life of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians leading up to the siege of Mount Carmel in February 1993.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
Most people can tell you what happened on April 19, 1993, in Waco, Texas when law enforcement laid siege to the Branch Davidian compound. Eventually, the FBI launched an assault and initiated a tear gas attack in an attempt to force the Branch Davidians out of the ranch. Shortly thereafter, the Mount Carmel Center quickly became engulfed in flames. The fire resulted in the deaths of 76 Branch Davidians, including 25 children, two pregnant women, and the current leader, David Koresh. But how were the Branch Davidians formed? That’s the topic for today’s episode.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
Ivo Benda, the founder of the UFO cult known as the Universe People, the Cosmic People, and the Cosmic People of Light, wrote a 28-part essay to The Czech and Slovak presidents, detailing why they should accept his invitation to meet with the Pleiadian aliens he was friends with. They did not accept it.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
What do dinnerware and silverware have to do with cults? Well,  we will find out during this episode as we talk about John Humphrey Noyes, the leader of a late 19th-century cult community known as The Oneida Community. With a mix of free love, perfectionism, eugenics, and utopian society, this community turned into a dinnerware company that is still thriving today.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEAllswell - Your Dream Bed Starts Here Free delivery on your first order over $35.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Anton LaVey took America and the religious world on a rocky trip when he created the first religion to use Satan as their primary symbol. This week Jada is going into the eugenic beliefs of Anton LaVey and the differences between the Church of Satan, . We also chat about eugenics and pedophilia. This episode is a wild ride so buckle up.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
Anton LaVey took America and the religious world on a rocky trip when he created the first religion to use Satan as their primary symbol. This week Jada is going into the early life of Anton LaVey and the start of the Church of Satan. We also chat about eugenics and pedophilia. This episode is a wild ride so buckle up.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
Saul B. Newton was a controversial psychotherapist who led an unorthodox therapy group in New York City. It had no formal name, but outsiders referred to members as "Sullivanians". This week, Alesia takes us on a ride through this 1960s and 1970s NYC cult.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
This week's episode is a little different. Alesia has been seeing a lot of shady language being used in the online entrepreneur space. They reviewed their beliefs around cult behaviors and tactics and dove into the BITE method.Listen in to hear how one industry leader decided she's at the top of their cult leader list.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
Marcus Wesson, also known as the Vampire King of Fresno, was convicted on 9 counts of first-degree murder and 14 counts of rape and molestation. All of his victims were children at the start of the abuse. This week Jada tells Alesia about a cult that is sure to be a massive bummer. This episode is extremely sad and triggering.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEAllswell - Your Dream Bed Starts Here Free delivery on your first order over $35.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
This week Alesia tells Jada about a series of murders that took place between October 1979 and February 1980. The Fall River Cult Murders became the most sensational criminal case to come out of Fall River since Lizzie Borden stood trial for butchering her parents nearly a century earlier.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
This week, Jada's taking us back to pre-Christian Rome, to talk about the ancient cult of “Mithraism”, the Mithraic Mysteries. The Mithraic Mysteries and the cult that kept them has been mostly forgotten by the modern world. Mithra, or Mithras, was an Indo-Iranian sun god, also associated with kings, warriors, war, justice, and contracts.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
Peace Mission, a predominantly black 20th-century religious movement in the United States, founded and led by Father Divine, who was regarded or worshiped, by his followers as God, Dean of the Universe, and Harnesser of Atomic Energy. He was immersed in primitive mysticism and the Holiness and Pentecostal movements. Father Divine was equal parts holy man, charlatan, civil rights leader, and wildly successful restaurateur.Join Alesia and Jada this week as Alesia talks through the man who influenced Jim Jones and didn't believe in race.Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
George Gurdjieff was a cult leader of a small group of people in Europe & Asia who taught about what he called The Fourth Way. Join the sisters as Jada tells us about this hustling cult leader who isn't all bad. Disclaimer: Anything in this podcast is based on our research and our own opinions. Content is not acceptable for children. Listener discretion is advised.To view all sources and notes, visit www.twosisterscult.com/episodesFor a full list of show sponsors, visit www.twosisterscult.com/savingsSupport the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
In this mini-episode, Jada and Alesia talk through the current state of affairs in the United States and the plight of black people. We will resume our normal episodes next week, but this episode is about Black Lives Matter. Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/twosisterscult)
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Podcast Details

Created by
Jada Smith & Alesia Galati
Podcast Status
Hiatus/Finished
Started
Mar 15th, 2020
Latest Episode
Jan 20th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
37
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
Yes
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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