Top 5 Most Dangerous Cults Ever. Cults are terrible, often of abusive nature, dangerous and violent. These are the 5 most horrible and dangerous cults that we could find.
5. Children of God
Few cults are as creepy as those that call themselves 'the Children of God', which was founded by David Berg. The primary belief practiced by followers of this organization is that sex with children is not only ok, but a divine right. Needless to say, there is an extensive history of sexual abuse within this cult. Crazy fact: Rose McGowan and River Phoenix were raised in this "family", though both eventually escaped and went on to better things.
4. Order of the Solar Temple
It was founded in 1984 by Joseph Di Mambro and Luc Jouret. The group's activities are extremely secretive, but in 1994 cultists brutally murdered an infant because they believed it to be the anti-Christ. What followed was a series of mass suicides. Cultists were ( voluntarily ) shot, poisoned, burned, and suffocated. In the end, over 100 people died, mostly by their own hands or at the hands of their leaders.
3. Branch Davidians
Founder David Koresh claimed he was a voice of a God and even the Messiah and he used his power to regularly engage in sexual relations with his female followers. He moved his followers into a massive compound outside Waco, Texas. In a famous standoff in 1993 the ATF fired teargas into the compound. Fires eventually erupted from the building, though no one was certain who started them. In the end 76 people died in the ensuing chaos, including David.
2. Heaven's Gate
Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles were the leaders behind this strange cult. They prepared videos on how to leave your earthly flesh behind and distributed them to members. Then, in 1997, Haley’s Comet arrived and Applewhite convinced his followers a spaceship was trailing the comet and those who followed him into death would be saved. Applewhite then ordered 38 people to commit suicide in San Diego. They all did…
1. The People's Temple
What started innocently eventually morphed into a strange cult. Founder Jim Jones became more outspoken against the bible and more paranoid about a nuclear catastrophe. Jones' congregation took matters into their own hands and assassinated a US Congressman. Eventually in 1978, on the orders of their leader, over 900 people committed the largest mass suicide in history by drinking poison-laced Kool Aid.