Mind Control Cults and Murderers
The Minds of Cult Leaders and Murderers
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|Mind Control Cults and Murderers
The Minds of Cult Leaders and Murderers
The word cult has a dirty meaning behind it to most
but in reality many religions, governments, countries and jobs can be classified as a cult.
Cults are just a word for controlling people through an outlet which is generally through a person or group of people. The main reason that cults occur are for power and of course money.
The word cult pejoratively refers to a group whose beliefs or practices are reasonably considered strange. The word originally denoted a system of ritual practices.
The narrower, derogatory sense of the word is a product of the 20th century, especially since the 1980s, and is considered subjective, and is a result of the anti-cult movement, which uses the word in reference to groups seen as authoritarian, exploitative and possibly dangerous.
The word implies a group which is a minority in society; for example, the Hare Krishna group was labelled a cult when imported to the West from India. The popular, derogatory sense of the word has no currency in academic studies of religions, where "cults" are subsumed under the neutral label of "new religious movement", while academic sociology has partly adopted the popular meaning of the word.
While most scholars no longer refer to any new religious movements as cults, some sociologists still favor retaining the word as it was used in church-sect typologies. For this value-neutral use of the word, please refer to new religious movements.
Other scholars and non-academic researchers who use the word do so from explicitly critical perspectives which focus on the relationship between cult groups and the individual people who join them. These perspectives share the assumption that some form of coercive persuasion or mind control is used to recruit and maintain members by suppressing their ability to reason, think critically, and make choices in their own best interest.
However, most social scientists believe that mind control theories have no scientific merit in relation to religious movements.
The History of Some of America's most Notorious Gangs
A gang is a group of people, through the organization, formation, and establishment of an assemblage, share a common identity. In current usage it typically denotes a criminal organization or else a criminal affiliation. In early usage, the word gang referred to a group of workmen. In the United Kingdom the word is still often used in this sense, but it later underwent pejoration.
The word gang often carries a negative connotation; however, within a gang which defines itself in opposition to mainstream norms, members may adopt the phrase as a statement of identity or defiance.
The word "gang" derives from the past participle of Old English gan "to go". It is cognate with Old Norse gangr, meaning "journey."
In the United States in 2006 there were approximately 785,000 active street gang members, according to the National Youth Gang Center. Los Angeles County is considered the Gang Capital of America, with an estimated 120,000 (41,000 in the City) gang members although Chicago actually has a higher rate of gang membership per capita than Los Angeles.
Also, the state of Illinois has a higher rate of gang membership (8-11 gang members per 1,000 population) than California (5-7 gang members per 1,000 population). There were at least 30,000 gangs and 800,000 gang members active across the USA in 2007.
About 900,000 gang members lived "within local communities across the country," and about 147,000 were in U.S. prisons or jails in 2009. By 1999, Hispanics accounted for 47% of all gang members, Blacks 31%, Whites 13%, and Asians 6%. Tribal leaders say Native American communities are being overwhelmed by gang violence and drug trafficking.
A Dec. 13, 2009 New York Times article about growing gang violence on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation estimated that there were 39 gangs with 5,000 members on that reservation alone. Navajo country recently reported 225 gangs in its territory. There are between 25,000 and 50,000 gang members in Central America’s El Salvador.
The Mexican drug cartels have as many as 100,000 foot soldiers. More than 1,000 gangs were known to be operating in the UK in 2009. The FBI estimates the size of the four Italian organized crime groups to be approximately 25,000 members and 250,000 affiliates worldwide.
The Russian, Chechen, Ukrainian, Georgian, Armenian, and other former Soviet organized crime groups or "Bratvas" have approximately 300,000 people affiliated with them. The Yakuza are among one of the largest crime organizations in the world.
In Japan, as of 2005, there are some 102,400 known members. Hong Kong's Triads include up to 160,000 members in the 21st century. It was estimated that in the 1950s, there were 300,000 Triad members in Hong Kong.
Most Evil is an American forensics television program on Investigation Discovery presented by forensic psychiatrist Michael Stone of Columbia University.
On the show, Stone rates murderers on a scale of evil that he has developed.
The show features profiles on various murderers, serial killers, and psychopaths.
Stone researched hundreds of killers and their methods and motives to develop his hierarchy of "evil."
The scale ranges from Category 1, those who kill in self defense, to Category 9, psychopathic jealous lovers, to the "most evil" Category 22, serial torturers and killers.
Neurologists, psychologists, and other forensic psychiatrists are interviewed on the show in an attempt to examine and profile the minds of notorious killers. Partial re-enactments are shown along with news footage, evidence, and reports from locals.
Neurological, environmental, and genetic factors are examined to help determine what drives a person to kill. Background history and pre-meditation are considered when placing an individual on the scale of evil. The show indirectly deals with the concepts of morality and ethics.