What is it like to live in a cult? Just a brief google search brings up lists of the creepiest, weirdest cults known to history. Many of them start as religious organizations, stretching and morphing people’s beliefs to those of the leader. It is reported that people become delusional and are fully entrenched in their view of the world. Some of the most famous cults in recent history are those involving human sacrifice – including suicide of its members. In the United States in 1997, 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult were found dead in California. (Creepy fact – you can still visit their website). 900 members of the People’s Temple were found dead in a jungle in Guayana in 1978.
But cults don’t go from zero to suicide pact instantly. There is a build up of trust between followers and leaders that needs to happen. Those followers might not even know that they are involved in a cult until they are so far in that their entire world is intertwined with it. Elizabeth, a cult survivor, tells the story of how she got involved in a cult…and how she eventually got out.
Take a listen here.