The crimes committed by these 4 cults in New York are shocking
I was watching American Greed last night and an episode came up about a cult near Albany, New York. The cult was called NXIVM. This made me wonder about other sects that originated in New York. These four sects have committed crimes (in some cases allegedly) in New York.
NXIVM was started by Keith Allen Raniere. It was a sex cult and a multi-level marketing system. This guy was a job. He founded it in 1998. According to Wiki,
The group claimed to offer personal and professional development seminars through its large group awareness training “Executive Success Programs”.
NXIVM eventually led to the creation of DOS, a “sorority” that was actually a secret society, where women were branded and forced to do sexual things for Raniere and others. In 2018 he was arrested in Mexico, where he had been hiding from the police. Raniere was charged with sex trafficking, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor. He was sentenced to 120 years in prison.
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Word of Life Church
Word of Life Church is based in Chadwicks, New York. The church’s founder, Jerry Irwin, died in 2012. His daughter, Tiffanie Irwin, took over, according to People Magazine. In 2015, the church was investigated after the brutal death of 19-year-old Lucas Leonard, who had been punched, kicked and whipped. He and his 17-year-old brother Christopher Leonard were abused for more than 12 hours on October 11, 2015. Christopher survived the brutal attack. Nine cult members, including the boys’ parents, were arrested in connection with the beatings.
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Odyssey Study Group
Founded by Alex Horn and his wife Sharon Gans, Odyssey Study Group originally launched in San Francisco as the Theater of All Possibilities, according to the New York Post. They were driven out of town in 1978 after negative press, according to the Cult Education Institute. The band eventually ended up in New York. The cult was still operating, as of 2019, led by the aging Gans. According to the Post,
A dozen former members spoke to The Post – telling similar stories to those shared more than four decades ago, including claims they paid huge sums to Odyssey while being abused and emotionally exploited.
Former members claim to have been cheated out of their money, physically abused and deprived of sleep. They also claim the group is openly racist and homophobic, according to The US Sun.
Twelve tribes grew out of Jesus’ movement in Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to Wiki. It was founded by Elbert Eugene Spriggs Jr. in 1972. The New York State Department of Labor’s Worker Protection Unit uncovered child labor violations at the cult’s Common Sense Farm, according to the New York Post. An Inside Edition expose exposed child labor violations,
Secretly recorded video reportedly shows children as young as nine working on an assembly line for the factory – which packages soaps and lotions for major brands including Savannah Bee and Acure.
Spriggs died on January 11, 2021, from complications related to COVID-19.
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