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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2012-08-27 23:30
Subject:Authorities at impasse with apocalyptic cult
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E. EDUARDO CASTILLO

Last updated 13:50 28/08/2012

Mexican authorities have been unable to overcome the resistance of an apocalyptic religious sect in western Mexico that has refused to allow public school teachers to hold classes in their town of Nueva Jerusalen, or New Jerusalem.

Lines of sect followers in brightly-coloured robes lined up at the gated entrance to the town to face down dozens of federal and state police sent in Monday (local time) after an apparent compromise plan to set up schools outside the town broke down.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2012-04-18 19:11
Subject:Cops fail to find Ecleo at cult base
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By Franklin A. Caliguid
Inquirer Mindanao
8:33 pm | Monday, April 16th, 2012


File photo of cult Master Ruben Ecleo jr. showing his name tag while being photographed inside the CIDG jail in Camp Crame, Quezon City after surrendering to police in Surigao del Norte on June 2002. INQUIRER

Policemen going after Representative Ruben Ecleo Jr. following his conviction by a Cebu court for killing his wife a decade ago failed to arrest the fugitive in Dinagat Islands at his home province and stronghold of his religious cult on Sunday.

“Efforts to arrest Ecleo failed. We don’t know his exact location right now, but we are convinced he is only hiding in the Philippines. The long arm of the law would finally fall on him,” Chief Supt. Reynaldo Rafal, police chief for Caraga, told the Inquirer.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2012-04-18 19:08
Subject:Nannup bones not linked to missing cult members
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Updated April 16, 2012 18:47:01


Photo: Police recovered the skeletal remains from a paddock in Nannup earlier this year. (Richard Morrant)

Authorities have ruled out links between human remains found in the South West earlier this year and the unsolved disappearance of four people who were linked to a religious cult.

The bones were found in a paddock near Nannup in February and there were suspicions they could be linked to the disappearance of the four, including Chantelle McDougall and her six year-old daughter, who were last seen in 2008.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2012-04-18 19:04
Subject:Brazilian police swoop on 'cannibal' cult
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Updated April 16, 2012 11:41:58


Accused of cannibalism: Jorge and Elizabeth Pires da Silveira are paraded on TV after their arrest

Brazilian police have arrested a man and two women on suspicion of having murdered and eaten at least two women in what was described as a purification ritual.

The three defendants formed a sect called Cartel that wanted to purify the world and reduce the population, police spokesman Democrito Honorato, from the north-eastern Brazilian town of Guaranhuns, said.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2012-04-02 16:29
Subject:Cult leaders prey on the desperate
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GEORGE TOWN: Cult leaders or mediums are usually good at observing how desperate their intended victims are, according to a Buddhist expert.

Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia secretary-general Sek Chin Yong said they targeted people suffering from sickness, investment failure, marriage problems or psychological disorders.

“For example, if a woman has been suffering from an illness for a long time, she might believe the medium if he claims that she can be healed by having sex with him,” said Sek.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2012-01-10 22:56
Subject:Death of abusive cult leader could free many apostles Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/lif
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By Peggy Curran, The Gazette January 10, 2012

The pope is dead. Will there be a new pope, and how will we even find out?

For 40 years, Jean-Gaston Tremblay - also known as Pope Gregory XVII and Jean-Grégoire de la Trinité - had been the spiritual leader of the Apostles of Infinite Love, a breakaway Catholic cult based in a "monastery" sequestered in the countryside near St. Jovite.

"There's a big fence around the community, but it wasn't clear whether that was to keep prying eyes out, or to keep people in," says Info-Cult's Mike Kropveld, who has been monitoring "les Apôtres de l'amour infini" for decades.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2012-01-05 19:41
Subject:8 killed in renewed cult war in Benin
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On January 6, 2012 ·

By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE

BENIN – NO fewer than eight persons have been killed in a renewed cult war between rival groups in Benin City, Edo State, in the past six days.

The clash is alleged to be between Eiye and the Neo-Black Movement of Africa, aka Black Axe, confraternities.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2011-12-03 10:06
Subject:Woman sues Ballwin treatment center, alleges hypnosis.
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BY BLYTHE BERNHARD bbernhard@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8129 | Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 12:00 am

A woman from Minnesota is suing Castlewood Treatment Center in Ballwin, where she said her treatment for an eating disorder included hypnosis that created false memories of satanic cult activity and sexual abuse.

Lisa Nasseff, 31, spent 15 months between 2007 and 2009 at Castlewood under the care of psychologist Mark Schwartz, who is also named in the lawsuit filed Nov. 21 in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

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Poster:greeneyedsadie
Date:2011-11-30 10:25
Subject:Woman “imprisoned” on Scientology cruise ship for 12 years
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For most people, an extended stay aboard a luxury cruise liner sounds like a dream vacation.

But Valeska Paris says she was held against her will aboard the Scientology cruise ship "Freewinds" for more than a decade. During her stay on the vessel, she alleges, she was forced into hard labor and never allowed to leave the ship without an escort.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2011-11-25 01:23
Subject:Amish Cult Charged with Hate Crimes for Hair Cut Attacks
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By Emanuelle Degli Esposti | November 24, 2011 11:03 AM GMT

A breakaway Amish cult in Ohio headed by leader Samuel Mullet terrorised the local Amish population by forcibly cutting the hair of men and women in night-time raids.

Seven members of his group have been arrested by U.S. authorities for perpetrating physical attacks on other members.

Jefferson Country Sheriff Fred Abdalla said that Amish communities in three states had been traumatised by the attacks.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2011-11-22 20:48
Subject:Can AUM Shinrikyo cult founder Asahara be executed?
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Since the death penalty handed down on 13 former top members of the AUM Shinrikyo cult over a series of crimes including murder has been confirmed, attention is now focused on whether cult founder Shoko Asahara is fit to be executed.

The Justice Ministry will consider executing the 13 including Asahara in accordance with the Code of Criminal Procedure.

However, the lawyer for Asahara, 56, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto, has claimed that the guru is suffering from mental illness. Law enforcement authorities can legally suspend the execution of a sentence if the convict is mentally ill.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2011-11-16 18:33
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Have any of you seen 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'? What did you think about it?

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2011-11-14 23:57
Subject:Revealed: Murder of Canadian cult leader who performed ritual killings and beat children to death
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November 14, 2011. 3:16 pm


The Mounties have refused to tell the public how notorious cult leader Roch Theriault was killed in a New Brunswick prison. So I figured I should. After all, Theriault, the self-styled prophet who called himself Moses, has terrorized too many women to count. It is easier to count his children, all 26 of them. He fathered four of his kids during overnight prison visits from female groupies. This is a guy who disemboweled a woman in a ritual killing with a kitchen knife. They buried her in a secret grave not far from his cult(s) Quebec compound.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2011-10-18 15:54
Subject:London 2011: MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE Review
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by Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg, October 18, 2011 10:38 AM

While cults and communes are not the exclusive domain of the United States, ones located within its borders are great fodder for artistic exploration. In the case of ones that abuse residents either physically or psychologically or both, we are fascinated by both their leaders and their followers. What makes someone fall under the sway of such charisma and (seemingly to us) obvious manipulation? And what happens when (and even if) you escape? Director and screenwriter Sean Durkin explores the trauma on one such commune survivor in his new film Martha Marcy May Marlene, a haunting and disturbing story that leaves you questioning your own values and vulnerability.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2011-10-17 17:29
Subject:Vatican Weighs in on Cult-Like Group in Legion
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AP -

VATICAN CITY October 17, 2011 (AP)

The Vatican has proposed giving hundreds of women who live like nuns within the Legion of Christ order greater autonomy after a Holy See investigation found troubling problems in their communities.

The pope's delegate running the Legion, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, said in a letter published Monday that the problems of the consecrated women were "many and challenging."

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2011-10-04 16:33
Subject:Woman slain in cult case had been shot three times
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STAFF WRITER LANA DOUGLAS

DURHAM -- Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy was shot three times before being wrapped in 10 black plastic bags and buried in a shallow grave, according to an autopsy report released Monday.

McKoy's body was found in the backyard of 2622 Ashe St. in Durham during June along with the body of 5-year-old Jadon Higganbothan. The two were the suspected victims of what police have described as a small polygamous religious cult.

Seven people have been charged with murder in the two deaths: Pete Lucas Moses Jr., 27, Lavada Quinzetta Harris, 40, Larhonda Renee Smith, 40, P. Leonard Moses, 21, Sheila Falisha Moses, 20, Sheilda Evelyn Harris, 56, and Vania Rae Sisk, 25.

The autopsy shows that McKoy, 28, was shot twice in the top of her head and once in her right forearm.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2011-09-28 13:47
Subject:Florida woman, accused of luring teenage boy to his death, claims to be member of vampire cult
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BY Lukas I. Alpert
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, September 28th 2011, 10:53 AM


Bay County
'Vampire' Stephanie Pistey is accused of luring a 16-year-old boy to his death.

A Florida woman jailed in the slaying of a 16-year-old boy says she and her cohorts were members of a vampire cult and that she loves drinking blood.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2011-09-27 21:28
Subject:Girls practise their mother tongue
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Eric Koreen Sep 27, 2011 – 11:00 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 27, 2011 11:55 AM ET


There is a moment on Honey Bunny, the opening track on Girls’ sophomore album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, when frontman Christopher Owens disassembles his trademark schtick. As he often does, Owens is singing about finding love. Jarringly, at the bridge, he stops, and begins singing about his mother. “That woman loved me,” Owens sings. “I need a woman who loves me, me, me, me, me, me.”

It is the kind of moment that could earn Owens a concert hall’s worth of awkward eyes. A segue from finding love to a mother’s love. On the surface, it is all very Oedipal.

“I can think of one person who would be on my side. His name is Lucian Freud,” Owens said last week from Washington, D.C. “Or is that the painter? No, the other Freud [Sigmund], with the mother theories. I wasn’t trying to make a reference to that. It just came out very naturally.”

Indeed, there are a few songs in which Owens slightly alters his woe-is-me, search-for-love formula, and looks at his relationship with his mother. It is not the only change for Girls — the band’s debut was full of intricate, little pop songs, while Father allows the instrumentation to breathe a bit more — but it is the most visceral due to Owens’ personal history.

The Coles Notes version: Owens was born into the Children of God cult, moving around Asia and Europe in his childhood. Before he was born, his mother refused to take his brother to the hospital for the pneumonia that eventually killed him. Owens’ mother was also a prostitute for a time, although Owens clarified that it was not that simple. She eventually left the cult, and now lives in San Antonio as a refugee worker.

Owens didn’t listen to pop music until he was 16, when he broke free from the cult and moved to Texas. A local millionaire took Owens in and encouraged him to immerse himself in the arts. Ten years later, Owens (along with Chet “JR” White) has crafted an album that has earned a 9.3 out of 10 from the taste-making website Pitchfork, a rating not given out more than three or four times a year.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2011-09-25 12:10
Subject:Cult attacks soldiers in Sulu, 17 declared dead
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abs-cbnNEWS.com
Posted at 09/25/2011 12:57 PM | Updated as of 09/25/2011 8:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) - Members of an Abu Sayyaf-linked cult attacked a military outpost in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday morning, leaving 17 dead.

The pre-dawn attack on the Marine outpost left 13 members of the cult Auliah group dead and 2 from the soldiers’ side. Two civilians were also caught in the crossfire.

Six more soldiers were also injured, authorities said.

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Poster:chantalzola
Date:2011-09-23 23:13
Subject:Five Best: Religious Cults In Antiquity
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((X-posted to rememberthepast.))

The Greeks and the Irrational

By E.R. Dodds (1951)

For me, this was a life-changing book. It starts with an encounter in the British Museum in front of the sculptures from the Parthenon. E.R. Dodds bumps into a young man who is unimpressed—he can't bear the ancient Greeks, he explains, because they were all so "terribly rational." Dodds wonders: "Were they really?" And to counter the young man's complaint, he sets out to explore the wild side of Greek culture and religion: shamans, prophets and the decidedly irrational cult of Dionysus. First published 60 decades ago, "The Greeks and the Irrational" is still one of the best accounts there is of ancient Greek religion—and it has convinced generations of readers, like me, that the Greeks were not simply a bunch of calm, staid and possibly slightly dull intellectuals.
A World Full of Gods

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