Cults are notorious for convincing people to do
the unthinkable. In March, a member of the
now-defunct One Mind Ministries pleaded guilty to
starving her son to death. Allegedly, she and other
cult members stopped feeding the 1-year-old because
he wouldn't say "amen" at mealtime.
Back in 1993, David Koresh's Branch Davidian sect
ended in a conflagration after a 51-day standoff with the FBI. In
1978, over 900 members of the People's Temple died at
Jonestown, Guyana, in a mass murder-suicide; and in
1997, scores of Heaven's Gate followers killed
themselves in California.