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True Crime


Jo Thornely

+10 FANS
A podcast about cults.
Zealot 32: Universal Medicine with Alison Piotrowski

1:23:46 | Aug 17th

Jo Thornely talks to Alison Piotrowski about a cult that loves the twin themes of reincarnation and boobs: Universal Medicine.
Zealot 31: DeVernon LeGrand with Jeremy Davidson

49:09 | Jul 21st

Jo Thornely talks to Jeremy Davidson about a murderous cult leader whose only assets were fake nuns and sartorial style : DeVernon LeGrand.
Zealot 30: John De Ruiter with Natalie Norman LIVE at Toronto True Crime Film Festival

53:00 | Jul 6th

Jo Thornely talks to Natalie Norman live at the Toronto True Crime Film Festival about a guy who balances on the twin pillars of okayness and staring: John De Ruiter.
Zealot 29: The Source Family with Simone Holtznagel

52:13 | May 29th

Jo Thornely talks to Simone Holtznagel about (probably) the only cult that started with health food and ended with hang gliding: The Source Family.
Zealot 28: R Kelly with Chris Deal

1:09:59 | Apr 25th

Jo Thornely talks to Chris Deal about a guy accused of both running a sex cult and dropping killer jams: R Kelly.
Zealot 27: NXIVM with Brock Wilbur

1:05:00 | Mar 25th

Jo Thornely talks to Brock Wilbur about a cult-slash-multi-level-marketing organisation inspired by Scientology, Amway, and deep misogyny: NXIVM.
Zealot 26: The Little Pebble with Dan Ilic

1:10:04 | Mar 16th

Jo Thornely talks to Dan Ilic about a cult led by a guy who calls himself “The Little Pebble” but who others call “a convicted paedophile”: The Order of St Charbel.
Zealot 25: Full Circle with Alex Monnig

1:01:21 | Feb 19th

Jo Thornely talks to Alex Monnig about a cult full of grown up child celebrities and bad financial management: Full Circle.
Zealot 24: Synanon with Myf Warhurst

1:01:52 | Nov 7th, 2018

Jo Thornely talks to Myf Warhurst about a cult full of dope fiends and squares, visited by jazz cats and celebrities: Synanon.
Zealot 23: Twelve Tribes with Bec Charlwood

1:19:06 | Oct 21st, 2018

Jo Thornely talks to Bec Charlwood about a café-operating cult that makes veggie burgers out of tofu, sprouts, and relentless corporal punishment: Twelve Tribes
Zealot 22: Order of the Solar Temple with Bec Shaw

57:32 | Sep 27th, 2018

Jo Thornely talks to Bec Shaw about a cult that shows giving medieval re-enactment nerds capes and power is never a good idea: The Order of the Solar Temple.
Zealot 21: Universe People with Patrick Lenton

59:52 | Sep 12th, 2018

Jo Thornely talks to Patrick Lenton about a cult that really knows their way around a spaceship and a box of coloured pencils: Universe People.
Zealot 20: Tony Alamo with Adam Richard

1:09:54 | Aug 14th, 2018

Jo Thornely talks to Adam Richard about a cult famous for bedazzled denim and tax evasion: Tony Alamo and his Christian Ministries.
Zealot 19: House of David with Colin Delaney

1:10:20 | Jul 28th, 2018

Jo Thornely talks to Colin Delaney about a cult synonymous with hair, balls, and syncopated rhythm: House Of David.
Zealot 18: FLDS with Jan Fran

1:17:56 | Jul 1st, 2018

Jo Thornely talks to Jan Fran about a cult that puts the prayer into prairie dresses but otherwise makes you feel a bit sick: The FLDS.
Zealot 17: The Family with Shelley Stocken

1:06:34 | Jun 18th, 2018

Jo Thornely talks to Shelley Stocken about a cult that hits its lows in the twin categories of child-rearing and hairdressing: The Family.
Zealot 16: Unarius with Mat Whitehead

1:17:06 | May 25th, 2018

Jo Thornely talks to Mat Whitehead about a cult that blames minor ailments on past lives and heals via improv and costuming: Unarius.
Zealot 15 Roch Theriault with Dan Barrett

1:02:12 | Mar 10th, 2018

Jo Thornely talks to Dan Barrett about a drunk sadist who enjoys a bit of experimental surgery but also bakes a mean baguette: Roch Theriault.
Zealot 14 Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps with Michael Beveridge

1:13:34 | Feb 15th, 2018

Jo Thornely talks to Michael Beveridge about a cult that dresses like an army but makes Youtube videos like a teenage boy: The Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps.
Zealot 13 Prince Philip Movement with Rowdie Walden

1:06:00 | Jan 26th, 2018

Jo Thornely talks to Rowdie Walden about a cult on a remote volcanic island that has a doddering old racist as its deity: The Prince Philip Movement.
Zealot 12: Sherry Shriner with Dan Debuf

1:11:47 | Dec 28th, 2017

Jo Thornely talks to Dan Debuf about the possible cult leader who’s blowing the cover of reptilian shapeshifters worldwide: Sherry Shriner.
Zealot 11: Aum Shinrikyo with Andrew P Street

1:12:42 | Nov 25th, 2017

Jo Thornely talks to Andrew P Street about the cult that ruined train travel and hair tea for everyone: Aum Shinrikyo.
Zealot 10: Branch Davidians with Greg Morrow

1:17:22 | Nov 11th, 2017

Jo Thornely talks to Greg Morrow about the cult that was good news for fire but bad news for Vernons: The Branch Davidians.
Zealot 9: Jonestown with Lorin Pickup

1:09:31 | Oct 27th, 2017

Jo Thornely talks to Lorin Pickup about the cult that started with a Brylcreem messiah and ended with one of the biggest mass suicides of all time: Jonestown.
Zealot 8: Heaven's Gate with Russ Tainton

1:06:57 | Oct 16th, 2017

Jo Thornely talks to Russ Tainton about the cult that stopped a sneaker line and abandoned its testes: Heaven's Gate.
Zealot 7: Colonia Dignidad with Nadine Von Cohen

54:43 | Sep 16th, 2017

Jo Thornely talks to Nadine Von Cohen about an evil Chilean Nazi torture cult so heinous they made a bad movie about it: Colonia Dignidad
Zealot 6: The Moonies with Kerri Sackville

56:35 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Jo Thornely talks to Kerri Sackville about the cult well known for mass weddings and less well known for disgusting sex handkerchiefs: The Moonies.
Zealot 5: Rajneeshees with Rachael Mogan McIntosh

47:07 | Aug 9th, 2017

Jo Thornely talks to Rachael Mogan McIntosh about the cult that inspired luxury car ownership, salad bar terrorism, and tough titties: The Rajneeshees.
Zealot 4: Hollow Earth with Eddie Sharp

43:11 | Jul 29th, 2017

Do we live inside the Earth or is it full of racists and waterfalls? Are they the same thing? Jo Thornely wonders with Eddie Sharp
Zealot 3: Raelians with Katie Jamieson

44:42 | Jul 8th, 2017

Jo Thornely talks to Katie Jamieson about the go-to cult for man-buns and active wear: The Raelians
Zealot 2: Children of God with Tristan Lutze

48:23 | Jun 28th, 2017

Jo Thornely talks to Tristan Lutze about Children of God, a cult responsible for the world's creepiest boob comics.
Zealot 1: Scientology with Jacqui Kassulke

53:02 | Jun 7th, 2017

Jo Thornely talks to Jacqui Kassulke about everybody's favourite cult for short people and aliens: Scientology,