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Bill Gothard, founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles, has resigned in the wake of an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse.
Sometimes the Prosperity Gospel scam does work. But guess who gets rich of it?
A former Aum Shinrikyo cult member who surrendered after 17 years on the run has now been sentenced to 9 years in prison for his participation in three cult-related crimes.
Cult leader Victor Barnard, who faces abuse charges, is missing.
Plus: The fictional True Detective series may have been inspired by the Hosanna Church child abuse case. [Read more...]
Doomsday cult member Makoto Hirata is charged with involvement in the 1995 abduction and death of a notary official.
Hirata, who in January 2011 handed himself in to police after 17 years on the run, is also charged with involvement in the firebombing of a Tokyo condominium. [Read more...]
Three men who were sentenced to death for their part in the Aum Shinrikyo cult’s 1995 Sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway may be called to testify in the trial of fellow cult member Makoto Hirata.
Hirata faces trial for the fatal abduction and confinement of a notary clerk.
Also: ‘Hot Yoga’ guru Bikram Choudhury faces a sexual harassment lawsuit. Plus, more trouble for Narconon Arrowhead: Lawsuits allege its counselors traded sex for drugs.
Plus: Citizens of a polygamous cult’s town are being watched by surveillance cameras. [Read more...]
The Tokyo District Court sentenced former Aum Shinrikyo member Akemi Saito to 14 months in prison Tuesday for harboring fugitive cultist Makoto Hirata for more than 14 years. [Read more...]
A woman who harbored Aum Shinrikyo cult member Makoto Hirata for 17 years faces a two-year prison term.
Akemi Saito, herself a former member of the cult, pled guilty in court Tuesday to sheltering the former fugitive. [Read more...]
Prosecutors in Japan have indicted Makoto Hirata, a former senior member of the AUM Shinrikyo cult, on fresh charges of involvement in a blast at a Tokyo condominium and the throwing of a firebomb into the group’s Tokyo headquarters in 1995.
The attacks were staged in a bid to disrupt police investigations into the cult. [Read more...]
Former AUM Shinrikyo cult member Makoto Hirata, 46, arrested for kidnapping, will be served a fresh arrest warrant as early as Jan. 31 for alleged involvement in a 1995 bombing in Tokyo.
Meanwhile another former Aum Shinikyo cult member was charged with harboring Hirata while knowing he was a fugitive. [Read more...]