Cults are the deviant offshoots of religion — and they often produce horrors. Here are some. Jonestown The most sensational cult catastrophe was the horrific 1978 mass suicide of 900 gullible believers at Jonestown, Guyana. Paranoid preacher Jim Jones had built a throng of obedient followers in California, where he tricked, exploited and abused adherents. […]
I’ll place a wager: If you concocted the most preposterous claim imaginable — I’ll bet some followers would join your movement and give you money.