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Welcome to Parcast Presents, your new home for special mini-series running across the Parcast Network! This is where you'll find holiday specials, retrospectives on pivotal historical moments, deep-dives into cultural phenomena, and other can't-miss episodes curated from over 40 Parcast shows! Listen for free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
 
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Today’s quote is from Sam Giancana, the mafia boss who controlled the Chicago Outfit from the 1940s to the 1960s. As one of the most powerful mafiosos in the nation, Giancana was a prime target of Attorney General Robert Kennedy’s crusade against organized crime. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
The world looked on in shock when an assassin shot Pope John Paul II in May 1981. The official story was that a crazed lone gunman was to blame, but some theories suggest the attack may have been part of one of the biggest international coverups of all time… For more episodes like this one, follow Conspiracy Theories free on Spotify! Learn more abo…
 
Today’s quote comes from one of the most influential gangsters ever: Arnold “the Brain” Rothstein. A notorious gambler who allegedly fixed the 1919 World Series and helped build a bootlegging empire at the dawn of Prohibition, Rothstein wasn’t known to kill men to get ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Creepypastas, frightful TikToks, online horror stories… Loey Lane and Eleanor Barnes are taking you into the spookiest corners of the web in their new Spotify Original from Parcast, Internet Urban Legends. Meet the hosts and hear their debut episode on the Watcher House — a terrifying saga that unfolded in 2014 after the Broaddus family bought thei…
 
In 1917, three children in Fatima, Portugal received a series of prophetic messages that were kept secret for decades — first at the behest of the heavenly message-giver, and then by the Vatican itself. When all three secrets were finally revealed, they made for an apocalyptic story of war, destruction… and redemption. For more episodes like this o…
 
Today’s quote is from none other than the beloved crooner Frank Sinatra. Throughout his life, Sinatra remained friends with many prominent gangsters. He is also suspected of using his mafia connections to give JFK a leg-up in the 1960 election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Over the centuries, the Vatican Secret Archive has ballooned to millions of documents contained in over 50 miles of shelves. It’s rumored to contain the world's largest collection of pornography, proof of Jesus Christ... even predictions of the end of the world. For more episodes like this one, follow Conspiracy Theories free on Spotify! Learn more…
 
Today’s quote is from gangster Guarino “Willie” Moretti. Though he was known as Frank Costello’s “muscle” he had a sharp sense of humor. And when he testified in the Senate’s Kefauver Hearings in 1950, Willie brought that humor with him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesParcast Network
 
Today, Vatican City is known as an elegant seat of divine power and prestige. But the centuries-long history of the Vatican is marked by bloodshed, corruption — and more secrets than the Church would like to admit. For more episodes like this one, follow Conspiracy Theories free on Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho…
 
Today’s quote is from 1920s and 30s underworld boss, Stephanie St. Clair. During that time, she was engaged in a fierce rivalry with Arthur Simon Flegenheimer, more commonly known as mobster Dutch Schultz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesParcast Network
 
Today, we’re recalling an odd moment in the life of Colombia’s “King of Cocaine,” Pablo Escobar. According to his son, when the family was once holed up in one of Escobar’s hideouts in the mountains of Medellin, his father resorted to drastic measures to keep the family warm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
In the newest Parcast Original from Spotify, comedians and best friends Benito Skinner and Mary Beth Barone discuss all the trends, scandals, pop culture icons and personal stories they can’t shake from their minds. And they have a lot to cover! Listen to their debut episode right here, where Mary Beth shares her top 5 most iconic SNL musical perfo…
 
William Miller gave numerous dates for the apocalypse, starting with October 22, 1844. None resulted in the end of the world. However, his prophecies did result in the eventual formation of the Seventh-day Adventist movement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesParcast Network
 
Pyotr Kuznetsov convinced his followers the world would end on May 28th, 2008. As a result, around 29 to 35 cult members created a man-made cave, and buried themselves in it for six months. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesParcast Network
 
Founded by Saul B. Newton and Dr. Jane Pearce in 1957, the Sullivan Institute was designed to be an alternative to the traditional nuclear family—part therapy center, part polyamorous commune. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesParcast Network
 
In 1986, Ryuho Okawa founded Happy Science to promote love, enlightenment and the creation of utopia. But beneath the surface of this modern sect lie a number of strange, even nationalistic, beliefs that shape their worldview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesParcast Network
 
Established in the early ‘90s, Eastern Lightning—also known as The Church of the Almighty God—believed Christ was reborn, manifesting in the form of a woman named Yang Xianbin. In 1991, followers scrambled to prove how devoted they were to her… even if it meant murder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
He grew up impoverished and had a lonely childhood before finding comfort and belonging in religion. Jimmie T. Roberts took devotion to its extreme, amassing followers and persuading them to sacrifice everything for the sake of salvation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
This month, we’re featuring mini episodes from our hit podcast Cults: Dorothy Martin claimed to receive communications from outer space, warning of disastrous loss of life in 1955. Her wild prophecies attracted Dr. Charles Laughead and a small group of followers known as the "Seekers." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Lee Jang Rim frightened his followers around the world into believing that the Rapture was coming—an apocalypse that would end humanity on October 28, 1992. But after that date came and went, many members of the Dami Mission were left in a different kind of devastating state. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
He was known to his followers as “Moses” but his actual name was Roch Theriault, and he led one of the most infamous cults in Canadian history: The Ant Hill Kids. Theriault fooled many into thinking he was good-natured—but beneath his affable persona lurked a sadistic monster with horrific plans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm…
 
The child of missionaries and grandson of a reverend, David Berg was destined for religious leadership. But as a victim of sexual abuse who never received support, David developed twisted ideas… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesParcast Network
 
In the late 1940s, Krishna Venta opened a religious compound in the San Fernando Valley. He preached about love and knowing oneself, and claimed to be the embodiment of Christ. Then he announced the world would end in 1965, and only his chosen followers would survive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Charles Manson transformed from a troubled child into a now-infamous cult leader, using psychological warfare to control his “Family.” Charismatic and manipulative, he broke members down until they’d do anything to stay in his good graces—including murder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
This month, we’re featuring mini episodes from our hit podcast Cults: In a country torn apart by civil war, Credonia Mwerinde and Joseph Kibwetere were united by their desire for power. Claiming they were messengers of God called upon to save the world from its impending apocalypse, they preyed upon the vulnerable and passionately religious in Ugan…
 
In 1981, 50-year-old Valentina De Andrade convinced her neighbors that God was non-existent. Then she told them that Jesus was an extraterrestrial who would be arriving soon in an alien craft to save them from the end of days. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesParcast Network
 
In 1989, Wayne Bent formed the Lord Our Righteousness Church. He convinced his followers that the end of the world was coming. And by 2007, the members of his church were prepared to die. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesParcast Network
 
They alleged that a close encounter with an undiscovered 10th planet would lead to catastrophic natural disasters and the destruction of humankind. Today’s episode features self-proclaimed prophet Yuko Chino and her Pana Wave religious cult. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
In the fall of 2008, pastor Ronald Weinland announced that the final seventh seal referenced in the Book of Revelation had been opened, signaling the start of a countdown to end times. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesParcast Network
 
She founded The Church Universal and Triumphant and encouraged her followers to dig fallout shelters to prepare for nuclear war in the late-1980s. Discover the peculiar beliefs—and visions—of Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesParcast Network
 
In 1995, Hon-Ming Chen founded a UFO cult in Taiwan. His followers believed he could save them from an imminent nuclear apocalypse. Instead, he led them on a wild goose chase that involved searching for an Abraham Lincoln look-alike, interpreting clouds, and waiting for God to make a nationally televised debut. Learn more about your ad choices. Vis…
 
This month, we’re featuring mini episodes from our hit podcast Cults: Throughout the mid-1980s and ‘90s, Di Mambro and Jouret convinced followers that the apocalypse was near—but salvation could still be found. They ultimately triggered three mass suicides as members “transitioned” into spiritual enlightenment through purification… of fire. Learn m…
 
While on a nature walk in his native France, 27-year old Claude Vorilhon saw a small, alien spacecraft land in front of him. A four foot tall affable humanoid named Yahweh emerged and told Vorilhon to relay the encounter to all mankind… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesParcast Network
 
He controlled the most notorious American cult of all time: the Peoples Temple. In 1978, Jim Jones’ leadership brought on the largest mass suicide and cult murder in modern history, where over 900 people died. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesParcast Network
 
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