Thank you to Rosel from the Otago Daily Times for inviting me to contribute to her article on Korea’s Heavenly Mother and her cult’s activities in New Zealand. Rosel’s article is entitled “Korean Cult Recruiting in Dunedin“.
We spoke for about 25 minutes on the phone last week from 7:30 one morning. I’m not at my best then, so frankly, I’m glad just a couple of sentences made it into the piece. I’m more familiar with other Korean cults like JMS and Shinchoni, but I have been collecting bits and pieces about this cult off and on over the years. Here’s the part of my site dedicated to this cult.
I just happily discovered that the JMS cult, along with material I collected and shared as well as an article I instigated, were referenced in the book Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in Cults and Totalitarian Systems by Dr. Alexandra Stein.
I received a nice surprise in my email box last night in the form of this link to an article about the rejection by the UK’s Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) of a complaint filed by the JMS cult about a recent article concerning them. The nice surprise was the inclusion of my name in the piece. The “alternative facts” put forward by the cult weren’t a surprise at all.
The full show was around 30 minutes long, but I’m having trouble accessing that present. For now, here’s a 2-minute teaser:
Like pretty much everyone in Korea these days, I’ve become enthralled by the Choi-Gate saga. From its beginnings in the 70s with the assassinations of Park Geun-hye’s parents and the introduction into her life of a cult leader to the million-strong protest rally held in Seoul the night of November 12, it’s a saga as worthy of eight seasons of TV as George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.
To prove the above, here is a growing and evolving collection of English language articles that explores the history of the saga through its many branches, heroes, horses, crazed earth moving equipment drivers, victims, and villains.
Well, this sure came as a surprise! I received an email from my good friend Professor Tark Ji-il on Saturday night which contained a most unexpected gift: a cartoon about my recent expeirences with Korea’s JMS cult and its Hitler-praising serial-raping leader. It appears in the November issue of his magazine which is devoted to the study of Bible-based cults. The whole thing is available here, and here’s a wee taste:
In October 2016, I was interviewed by Der Standard about the murder of a Korean mother committed by five of her relatives, including her 16-year-old son, in Frankfurt during an attempted exorcism to rid her of demonic possession. The role of demons and Satan in the Korean cults I document on my site is certainly large, and there was initial suspicions that the family were members of a Korean cult. Continue reading “My German News Debut!”
It was such a thrill to hear from CBS TV and have them ask to attend a recent presentation I gave about cults. CBS seems to be one of the few media companies that are not afraid of the numerous criminal organisations that I find endlessly fascinating. Reporter Jon Dunbar, who has also had a few run-ins with Shinchonji, was also interviewed: