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Deadly Cults

Deadly Cults

  • Premiered: 
    February 10, 2019
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  • Network: Oxygen
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Using interviews with the investigators, former cult members, and family and friends closest to the victims, DEADLY CUTS is a one-hour docuseries that chronicles unhinged murder cases where investigators uncover and expose the dark world of cults that kill. From a self-proclaimed prophet convincing his followers to murder an innocent family to a vampire coven searching for their next sacrifice, the series shows how power and manipulation can lead to murder. Plus, the series explores the chilling tales of cult leaders and the psychology behind them exploiting fear and hatred in the hearts and minds of their followers, which often leads them to kill. In the series opener, "Vampire Clan," 17-year-old Jennifer Wendorf comes home to find her parents brutally murdered and sister missing. Searching for answers, investigators discover a complicated web tracing back to a cult of self-proclaimed vampires, with one of the suspects claiming to be a 500-year-old vampire.

Season 2 of DEADLY CULTS premiered on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 7pm ET/PT on Oxygen. In the season opener, "Spiritual Warriors," three obedient followers die during an intense sweat lodge ceremony put on by a prominent self-help guru, and police must determine if their deaths were accidental -- or did the guru push the participants too far. Later in the second season, a Kansas cult killer manipulating followers into accidental deaths to gain life insurance payouts to the founder of the Synanon, a violent cult that began as a drug rehabilitation program, conspiring a murder against a Los Angeles lawyer, and more.
On Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 7pm ET/PT, Oxygen premiered "Synanon," the Season 2 finale of DEADLY CULTS. A Los Angeles lawyer is attacked by a poisonous rattlesnake leading police to a bizarre cult veiled as a drug and alcohol rehab facility. The cops uncover a group of blind followers willing to do anything at their leader's urging, even murder.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC)