From Mass Suicides To Mass Murders: 6 Most Horrifying But True Stories About The Leaders of The Deadliest Cults

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For centuries people have been drawn to leaders. And for one really worthy leader, there were a dozen deceivers who declared themselves to be messiahs. Most of such cults ended in the same way – mass suicide or murder.

Nexter.org brings you a list of the deadliest cults and their leaders.

: The People’s Temple
Leader: Jim Jones

Source: Crime Viral

In April 4, 1955, Jim Jones along with a number of his supporters the “The People’s Temple”. People mostly followed him because he convinced them that only they will be saved in case of  a nuclear war.

In November 1978, Jones ordered them to kill the US congressman, and then ordered his followers to drink cyanide for “the great revolutionary act of suicide”. Most of them agreed, those who refused were forced to drink or killed. As a result, more than 900 people died, including about 200 children and Jones himself.

: The Family
Leader: Charles Manson

Source: Youtube

Born in 1934 from a 16-year-old girl who later became a prostitute, Manson spent almost all the 60s in San Francisco correctional facilities and prisons. In prison his wild charisma attracted followers who became the “Family”. Manson and his disciples (who called him “God” and “Satan”) came to Los Angeles in 1968 to realize their ambitions in the field of music.

In pursuit of his musical career, Manson ordered several of his followers to kill their “enemies.” Armed with hunting knives, they broke into two houses – one was randomly chosen, the other turned out to be the house of a producer who refused to record Manson’s music – and killed everyone who was there at that moment. Among the dead was the pregnant actress Sharon Tate – the wife of the famous director Roman Polanski.

: Branch Davidians
Leader: David Howell

Source: Herald Sun

Raised as a Seventh-day Adventist, Vernon Howell became addicted to the teachings of a sect that called itself the “Branch Davidians”, which moved to Waco, Texas to wait for the end of the world. Taking over the leadership of the , Howell changed his name to David Koresh and began preaching the apocalypse, which awaits all unbelievers …

Law enforcement authorities planned to raid Koresh’s home, believing that he kept illegal weapons there. But the raid did not go as planned, and turned into a real siege. The attempt of the police to seize the building turned into a fire, when the followers of the “Branch Davidians” set the building on fire. As a result, 80 people were killed, including 20 children and Koresh himself.

: Aum Shinrikyo
Leader: Shoko Asahara

Source: The Star Online

Born partly blind, a Japanese acupuncturist and yoga teacher, Tizuo Matsumoto, formed a new religion called Aum Shinrikyo – “The Supreme Truth.” His followers (about 10,000 people) believed that their leader had the ability to levitate, and that he had uncovered the US anti-Semitic plans and that the end of the world would come before 2000.

Apparently, in an attempt to implement their own prophecies (that the end of the world will come with the arrival of clouds of poisonous gas) followers of Asahara released a deadly sarin gas in the Tokyo metro. As a result, 12 people died and about one thousand were seriously poisoned. Denying his responsibility, Asahara fled, but was caught and sentenced to death.

: Order of the Solar Temple
Leader: Joseph Di Mambro

Source: Dramatic

In the 1980s, the Belgian therapist who was born in Congo organized the Order together with Joseph Di Mambro, a French-Canadian jeweler. They propagated faith borrowed from Roman Catholicism, from the Templars, from the Rosicrucians and from astrology – and all this was reinforced by the fears of an ecological catastrophe. They positioned death as a way of interplanetary flight.

At the culmination of the order, there were about 500 members who were mired in internal disagreements and accusations of deception. Jura and Di Mambro had a fight. In October 1994, a series of suicides, murders and fires dared almost the entire Order. (Di Mambro left behind a note scoffing at Jure and his actions). A year later, the surviving members of the Order committed another mass suicide. In total, 74 people died.

: Heaven’s Gate
Leader: Marshall Applewhite & Bonnie Lu Nettles

Source: Chaostrophic

A former music teacher, Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Lu Nettles (a nurse who took care of him during illness) considered themselves two messengers of the Revelation. They called themselves Bo and Pip and said that the UFO would fly for all believers will save them. This movement had many followers. However, soon the fever passed, and in 1985 Nettles died …

Missing his love, Applewhite resumed recruiting into his sect in the 1990s and even organized a headquarters on a ranch in Santa Fe, near San Diego. In March 1997, believing that the comet Hale-Bopp was a cosmic sign to action, Applewhite and 38 of his followers committed mass suicide, taking a large dose of sleeping pills and putting plastic bags on their heads.


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