Episodes
When Baylor University students Sean Morris and Ryan Ringnald met in the mid 2000s, they both felt the world around them was spiritually empty. They leaned into a strict, uncompromising version of Christianity, joined by fellow literalist Jacob Gardner. The trio eventually formed a small congregation that settled in a small town. But for residents of Wells, Texas, the move was more like an invasion… and their lives would never be the same. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Published 07/27/21
Imagine living with a secret so big, if anyone were to find out, it would change everything. From love affairs and fake identities to heists and murder — do you think you could take a secret like that to the grave? Discover the most explosive things people have admitted to just moments before the end in the new Spotify Original from Parcast, Deathbed Confessions. Listen to an exclusive clip from the first episode right here, then search and follow “Deathbed Confessions” to hear more. New...
Published 07/26/21
By the 1980s, The Work was a real estate empire worth millions. But Julius didn’t concern himself much with the business. Instead, he focused on preaching armageddon and engaging in “special work” with his young female followers. Several lawsuits, a disastrous TV interview, and a brutal murder marked the beginning of the end.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 07/20/21
They’re some of the most iconic figures of all time, celebrated in death for their individual achievements and impact on society. But in life, the relationships they kept tell a different story — one of unexpected connections that yielded extraordinary change. In this new Spotify Original from Parcast, explore the shared legacies of prolific pairs from the past. Listen to an exclusive clip from the first episode right here, then search and follow “Obituaries” for new episodes every...
Published 07/14/21
While stationed in the South Pacific with the Navy during World War II, Julius Schacknow had a divine vision. Armed with the knowledge of his supposed destiny, he established a devoted following in New England in the 1970s.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 07/13/21
As the Adventist movement spread across the United States, and as the date of Miller’s predicted apocalypse approached, his followers prepared to leave the world behind. With the fervor came scorn and smear campaigns.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 07/06/21
This summer, sift through the files of America’s most covert organization in a special collection from Parcast Network. From secret alliances to global cover-ups, uncover the cold, hard facts and unproven theories surrounding the CIA. Listen to a clip from the first episode here, on the domestic mind control program known as Project MK-Ultra. Then search and follow “Conspiracy Theories: CIA Edition” for declassified episodes every Thursday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Published 07/01/21
The origins of the 19th-century preacher who founded Millerism, revived belief in Jesus’ imminent return, and landed himself at the center of a historic religious crisis in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 06/29/21
By the late 1990s, the Providence movement had expanded its reach internationally. But when word got out about Jeong Myeong-seok abusing his “spiritual brides,” he fled. The prophet was exposed as a predator — but that didn’t stop the group from growing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 06/22/21
Ashley Flowers explores 15 of the world’s worst crimes in the new Spotify Original from Parcast, International Infamy. The first episode takes you to Mexico and the true story of Juana Barraza — a pro wrestler who became a serial killer known as the “Little Old Lady Killer.” Listen to an exclusive clip right here, then follow International Infamy for the full episode. New episodes every Tuesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 06/16/21
After cutting his teeth in the rapidly growing unification movement in South Korea in the 1970s, Jung Myung-seok began having grander ambitions — as the new messiah of a religious movement.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 06/15/21
In the 1960s, Faizrakhman Sattarov experienced a holy vision when sparks shot down from a trolley car in Russia. Having been raised a devout Muslim, Sattarov went against his upbringing by calling himself a prophet. His message attracted hundreds who eventually settled in a secluded underground compound in the city of Kazan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 06/08/21
Revisit ten of the worst fathers in true crime history in this special collection from Parcast Network. From the father who turned his son into a spy, to the dad whose long business trips turned out to be mafia hits, these dads will definitely not be getting any Father’s Day gifts this year. Devious Dads is a Spotify Original from Parcast. Listen free on Spotify!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 06/07/21
By the late ‘80s, Stanton had fully embraced military metaphors in the Bible, mobilizing his Jesus Army to wage war against sin and save British souls. Their recruiting tactics earned them the nickname “kidnap cult.” But it wasn’t until four years after Stanton’s death that the true extent of the Fellowship’s wicked ways were revealed.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 06/01/21
During WWII, while serving in the British Royal Navy, Noel Stanton had an encounter with an evangelist that changed his life. He started on a path toward Christian devotion that became increasingly divergent — featuring charismatic worship, communal living, and holy visions of expanding his radical message across the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/25/21
After amassing wealth and influence as a spiritual advisor in the 1980s, Adolfo Constanzo set his sights on the lucrative drug trade in Matamoros. To claim a piece for himself, he needed more power. And for that, he turned to one thing: human sacrifice.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/20/21
Schooled in the darkest corners of his family’s Afro-Carribean religion, Adolfo Constanzo decided to make his fortune using magic granted through animal sacrifices. In Mexico City, he grew his power and esteem — but he wanted something more. He wanted revenge.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/17/21
For over a decade, a self-described rabbi ran a seminary in an orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem. From the outside, nothing seemed different about Aharon Ramati’s religious school for young women. But Ramati demanded complete devotion — and he was willing to break families apart to get it.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/11/21
Wayne Simmons had a dramatic 27-year career with the CIA taking down cartels and busting arms smugglers — or did he? The ex-CIA military analyst and cable news star stands accused of being a fraud. Hosted by the reporter who broke the story, Impostors follows the investigation into who Wayne Simmons really is… Hero, or conman? Impostors is a Spotify Original from Parcast. Produced by Topic Studios and Transmitter Media. Hosted by Alex French. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Published 05/05/21
Increased government scrutiny in the early 2000s didn’t stop Hermes Far Eastern Shining from growing into a small business empire. Attrill used his local influence to shield the organization, even as stories of manipulation, exploitation, and abuse began to spread.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/04/21
A fast-growing cult in Australia absorbed hundreds of people into its fold in the late 1990s. Gerald Attrill promoted himself as an alchemist and the spiritual kin of Jesus Christ, attracting devoted followers with expensive products that claimed to purify energies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/27/21
Deep in the heart of the Black Woods on the border between Switzerland and Germany, an eccentric spiritual medium named Uriella set up a commune for her growing community of fanatical followers. She claimed to receive messages from Jesus Christ and grew into a media sensation. But she also warned about the coming apocalypse, and told her followers that their only salvation would come from space. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/20/21
This awards season, pull back the curtain on Tinseltown’s most infamous controversies in the new Spotify Original from Parcast, Hollywood Scandals. You can hear the first episode on Hollywood’s sordid beginnings right here, then follow Hollywood Scandals for an episode every Monday. Listen free, only on Spotify!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/19/21
Creepypastas, frightful TikToks, online horror stories… Loey Lane and Eleanor Barnes are taking you into the spookiest corners of the web in their new Spotify Original from Parcast, Internet Urban Legends. Meet the hosts and hear their debut episode on the Watcher House — a terrifying saga that unfolded in 2014 after the Broaddus family bought their dream home in New Jersey. Listen free on Spotify, and follow Internet Urban Legends for new episodes every Tuesday! Learn more about your ad...
Published 04/14/21
In the 1990s, Ronald Weinland began issuing doomsday prophecies from his online pulpit. Despite being indicted for tax evasion, Weinland, now in his 70s, is still sermonizing to — and collecting tithes from — his followers on YouTube, where his videos have amassed hundreds of thousands of views.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/13/21