Leah Remini and the Mystery of the Scientology Leader's Missing Wife

Last month, Leah Remini announced that she was leaving the Church of Scientology. She plans on writing a tell-all memoir about her experiences in Scientology, including "everything that's taboo to talk about." And now, word is the actress has filed a missing person report for Shelly Miscavige, the wife of the church's… » 8/08/13 3:40pm 8/08/13 3:40pm

Greta Gerwig on the Cultish Tendencies of Ballet Class

When future humans look back at the era of gender normative child-rearing, when parents watched their girls stumble around a dance studio and watched their boys try to decapitate a tee-ball stand, they’ll probably draw misguided conclusions, conclusions distorted by a preponderance of archived Dance Moms clips. “Wow,… » 7/13/13 6:00pm 7/13/13 6:00pm

A Scientologist's Horrifying Memories of Child Abuse and Exploitation

The world has become increasingly aware in the last decade or so that Scientology isn't just part of a punchline about closeted homosexual celebrities, but an actual cult that believes that humans are reincarnated aliens and uses mind control, physical abuse, and indentured servitude to not only keep its members in… » 2/07/13 7:00pm 2/07/13 7:00pm

Sun Myung Moon, Founder of Mass-Marriage Church, Dies at 92

Entrepreneurial messiah and mass marriage instigator Sun Myung Moon has died at age 92 in the South Korean capital of Seoul. In 1950s South Korea, Moon established the Unification Church, which attracted millions of followers and became famous for marrying a Luxembourg's worth (more or less) of people in a single… » 9/02/12 6:00pm 9/02/12 6:00pm

Polygamist Cult Building Giant Warren Jeffs Statue

Though Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting children earlier this week, his followers in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints remain loyal to him — so loyal that they're planning to erect a 38-foot statue of him at the FLDS compound on the Utah/Arizona… » 8/11/11 12:15pm 8/11/11 12:15pm

When An Online Community Becomes Your Only Community

At 18 years old, the world begins to change. High school ends and the real world begins, and though the strange transition into adulthood and independence happens somewhere around that time, most of us will have some connection with our families, either continuing to live under our parents' roof or maintaining a… » 11/15/08 10:15am 11/15/08 10:15am

This Week We Loved Our Moms, Our Undies, Ourselves

Cult Leader's Son Tells Larry King About Dad's Affair With Ex-Wife

Michael Travesser, formerly known as Wayne Bent, the cult leader accused of sexual molestation, sent his son, Jeff Bent to Larry King last night to do some damage control. King asked Jeff about the National Geographic documentary, Inside A Cult, during which Michael talks about boning Jeff's wife. Jeff claims that… » 5/09/08 2:30pm 5/09/08 2:30pm

Teen Cult Member: "Michael Has Washed My Brain Of All My Own Corrupt…

Remember yesterday's post about Wayne Bent, aka Michael Travesser, the prophet of a cult called the Lord Our Righteousness Church who was arrested on charges of child molestation? Well last night, the National Geographic Channel aired a documentary about Travesser and the LORs, and lordy lordy, it was bonkers. This… » 5/08/08 11:00am 5/08/08 11:00am

New Mexico Cult Leader Jailed For Child Molestation

Meet Wayne Bent, aka Michael Travesser aka the Messiah. The Charles Manson-looking yahoo is the prophet and leader of the Lord Our Righteousness Church, and he was arrested on Tuesday on three counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor at the church's… » 5/07/08 9:30am 5/07/08 9:30am

Child Abuse Hearings On Texas Polygamist Sect Start Today

Child custody hearings begin today in Texas for the 416 minors who were taken from the polygamist sect Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints' compound near Eldorado. According to CNN, logistics will be decided upon today, like which cases take precedence, while the actual fates of the children will be determined… » 4/14/08 9:30am 4/14/08 9:30am

This Week We Hung Out With A Lot Of Child Molesters

Polygamist Sect Raided On Charges Of Abuse Of Girls

Acting on a tip from a 16-year-old church member, Texas Child Protective Services arranged a raid on Friday at the compound of the polygamist sect The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 200 miles outside San Antonio. According to the AP, the teen caller said she was married and had a baby at… » 4/07/08 9:30am 4/07/08 9:30am