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Carl and Holly are mother and son interested in finding out about cults, how they operated, and letting others know the history of them. We are normal people, one with a job and one retired, and have no degrees in theology, sociology, or psychology. Our opinions are our own this is for entertainment purposes only.
We have covered the following groups: Rajneeshees, Independent Fundamental Baptists (IFB), Tony Alamo, People's Temple (Jim Jones), Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) , Heavens Gate, Branch Davidians, Aum Shinriko, the Buddhafield, Synanon, Zendik Farms, and Westboro Baptist Church.
Our newest podcast series is Holy City, The Perfect Christian Divine Way.
Father William Riker was the founder of The Perfect Christian Divine Way, which was not perfect, Christian, or divine! Set in the 1920s - 1940s in his heyday, Holy City is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California, between Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley) and Santa Cruz. A couple of things that were not mentioned in the podcast: 1.) Melvin Belli was a prominent American lawyer known as "The King of Torts" and by insurance companies as "Melvin Bellicose". He had many celebrity clients, including Zsa Zsa Gabor, Errol Flynn, Chuck Berry, Muhammad Ali, The Rolling Stones, Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker, Martha Mitchell, Maureen Connolly, Lana Turner, Tony Curtis, and Mae West. During his legal career, he won over $600 million in damages for his clients. He was also the attorney for Jack Ruby, who shot Lee Harvey Oswald for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 2.) Riker died on December 3, 1969 at Agnews State Hospital, in Santa Clara, California. **WARNING: REFERENCES TO RACIST STATEMENTS MADE BY WILLIAM RIKER ARE IN THIS PODCAST.