Oct 18, 2021

CultNEWS101 Articles: 10/18/2021 (Colonia Dignidad, Chile, Documentary, NXIVM, LuLaRoe, R. Kelly, LDS, Podcast, ICSA, Call For Papers)

Colonia Dignidad, Chile, Documentary, NXIVM, LuLaRoe, R. Kelly, LDS, Podcast, ICSA, Call For Papers

"A Sinister Sect: Colonia Dignidad is a true-crime documentary series that was released on Netflix on October 1, 2021. The series is based on the isolated colony established in Chile lead by German fugitive Paul Schäfer during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile in the 1970s."
"After escaping and blowing the whistle on NXIVM, married couple Sarah Edmondson and Anthony "Nippy" Ames are channeling their lessons learned into the Acast podcast, A Little Bit Culty, which explores abuses of power and cult-like practices through conversations with people who have experienced it firsthand. Ahead of its return with season 2, ET has an exclusive preview of the all-new episodes, which includes guests, like former LuLaRoe retailer Roberta Blevins, who shared her story in the Amazon docuseries LuLaRich; Stolen author Elizabeth Gilpin and more.  

When it comes to speaking to Blevins, Edmondson reveals the two shared a laugh over their similar experiences. 'You know, the patterns are so obvious now. Like, even just the similarities between the sociopathic behavior of both of our respective leaders and the names of the different ranks that you have to climb," she says, adding they were able to "find the humor in this dark content.'

"It all started with a pair of leggings. 

"LuLaRich," the limited docuseries on Amazon Prime, shines a terrifying and borderline satirical light on the world of multi-level marketing and pyramid schemes. It exposes LuLaRoe, a massive clothing retailer that mysteriously amassed over $3 billion in profits in 2016, just one year after the company was founded. 

The four-part series follows LuLaRoe co-founders Deanna Brady and her husband Mark Stidham, and it features exclusive interviews from several former LuLaRoe consultants who lost everything by falling prey to the enticing promises of getting rich quickly. 

LuLaRoe's legality and existence are muddy in the eyes of the law, as the retailer is classified as a "multi-level marketing company," which are currently legal in all 50 states. 

Bryan Hochstein, an assistant professor of marketing at The University of Alabama, said that being a multi-level marketing company isn't always a bad thing."

Online Conference: June 24-26, 2022

Conference Theme: Exploring the Needs of People Who Leave Groups and Controlling Environments

The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is conducting its 2022 Annual International Conference jointly with Info-Secte/Info-Cult of Montreal. The conference will be online and will take place from June 24-26, 2022. The conference will address the needs and interests of ICSA's four main constituencies: former group members, families, helping professionals, and researchers.

The Committee will consider proposals on the theme of the conference as well as other aspects of the cult phenomenon, including victims' perspectives, psychological and social manipulation, coercive control, religious fanaticism, terrorism, law enforcement, treatment, prevention, and legal, social, and public policy aspects of manipulation and victimization.

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