Secret Societies

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Thomas
 Jun 20, 2020
entertaining series. mostly informative but at times somewhat presented with a left wing agenda. As the series evolves time will tell how successful this slant will make the series.

Thomas
 Apr 30, 2020
Really enjoy this podcast,great presenter chemistry.They obviously do their homework,very informative.Well done guys.

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They’ve been around for thousands of years…orchestrating some of history’s most controversial events. And if not for their radical actions, you may never have even known they existed. Every Thursday, take a journey through hidden passageways and become a member of Parcast’s diabolical series, SECRET SOCIETIES. Each society is explored in 2 episodes—exposing the people and context responsible for its founding, and analyzing the psychology behind their beliefs.

Episode Date
Introducing: Impostors
698
Wayne Simmons had a dramatic 27-year career with the CIA taking down cartels and busting arms smugglers — or did he? The ex-CIA military analyst and cable news star stands accused of being a fraud. Hosted by the reporter who broke the story, Impostors follows the investigation into who Wayne Simmons really is… Hero, or conman? Impostors is a Spotify Original from Parcast. Produced by Topic Studios and Transmitter Media. Hosted by Alex French. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2021
LA County Sheriff’s Gangs Pt. 5: The East LA Banditos
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In East LA, a group of deputies named the Banditos stand accused of running the sheriff’s substation like a gang, institutionalizing a culture of fear and retaliation. And while they’re intimidating civilians and colleagues alike, they may be protected by the very top of the department.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2020
LA County Sheriff’s Gangs Pt. 4: The Compton Executioners
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The Compton Executioners allegedly control every aspect of life at the LASD Compton substation. Gang members have been accused of assaulting fellow deputies and even killing civilians, claiming, often without evidence, that they were acting in self-defense. And although they’ve faced several lawsuits, somehow, the Executioners have evaded prosecution — and any accountability. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2020
LA County Sheriff’s Gangs Pt. 3: Wild West Roots/Jump Out Boys
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By the 1850s, Los Angeles was one of the most dangerous places to live in the West. Extrajudicial killings, unchecked racial violence, and vigilante groups like the Los Angeles Rangers prevailed. This “Wild West” culture seeped into and was propagated by the Sheriff’s Department — and it hasn't gone away. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2020
LA County Sheriff’s Gangs Pt. 2: The Lennox Grim Reapers
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The community of Lennox in Los Angeles is just one square mile, but it has an enormous problem. Alongside violent gang activity, there’s a secret organization adding terror to the neighborhood. Their symbol? The Grim Reaper. Their ranks? Los Angeles sheriff's deputies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2020
LA County Sheriff’s Gangs Pt. 1: Little Devils & Lynwood Vikings
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Deputy gangs have been embedded in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department since 1971. In the first of our five-part collaboration with Parcast series Kingpins, we delve into the earliest of these violent gangs that shaped the current culture within the LASD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2020
The Righteous and Harmonious Fists Pt. 2
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The group staged a violent uprising in 1900, determined to rid Imperial China of foreign influence. It later became known as the Boxer Rebellion. Western diplomats and Chinese Christians were forced to defend themselves against the militants, while an international alliance moved to counter-attack…  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
The Righteous and Harmonious Fists Pt. 1
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In the late 1800s, groups of working-class Chinese citizens became frustrated by their dire economic straits and the rampant Western influence over their country. They formed a revolutionary secret society, and resolved to reclaim China for themselves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2020
Thule Society Pt. 2
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In 1919, the Thule Society led a revolt against the communist government that had taken control of Munich. In the shaky political aftermath, Thulists joined a new fascist political party, and influenced a burgeoning dictator: Adolph Hitler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2020
Thule Society Pt. 1
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Before there were the Nazis, the Thule Society sprang up as a secret order dedicated to Aryan superiority. Followers of Thule believed the future of Germany lay in returning to the past and practicing the magic of the old Norse gods. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2020
Order of the Nine Angles Pt. 2
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Since the dawn of the internet, the ONA and it's non-religious counterpart, the Dreccian Way, have exploded across the world. Dozens of white-supremacist groups have adopted the ONA's messages, with deadly results. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
Order of the Nine Angles Pt. 1
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First founded by a mysterious figure in the 1960s, the O.N.A. has made it their mission to use black magic to create their white supremacist dreamworld. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2020
Camorra Pt. 2
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In the mid-1800s, the Camorra utilized a time of great political turmoil to raise their stature. But when an Italian minister realizes how much they've infiltrated into Neapolitan society, he begins a war against them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
Camorra Pt. 1
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In the early 1800s, a secret society of criminals known as the Camorra formed in the jails of Naples. Once released, they became pivotal players in the Italian struggle for independence from the Bourbon Regime. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2020
Freemasons Pt. 2
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Since they were first founded, the Freemasons' secretive nature gave rise to rumors and conspiracy theories: According to some, Freemasons worship the devil, have a headquarters under the Denver airport, and are planning to rise up and establish a dystopian New World Order. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
Freemasons Pt. 1
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With ties back to the stonemason lodges of the Middle Ages, Freemasons just might be the world's oldest secret society—or as they say, society with secrets. Their arcane rituals, esoteric symbols, and celebrity membership have attracted members—and critics—for hundreds of years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2020
Odd Fellows Pt. 2
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Membership in the Order of the Odd Fellows dwindled after the Great Depression, making it hard for the society to keep their sordid past a secret—like how the Order may have been involved with one of the most notorious murder cases in history. Meanwhile, skeletons are literally falling out of abandoned Lodge closets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2020
Odd Fellows Pt. 1
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Dating back as far as 79 C.E., the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows is a society built on charitable efforts. Yet behind closed doors, the Order has dark secrets and rituals that are closely guarded by members to this day.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2020
The Black Hand Pt. 2
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NYPD Detective Joe Petrosino, an Italian immigrant and master of disguise, led the charge against the Black Hand. When a backlash arose against ALL Italian-Americans, his fight to protect his community transformed into a battle against bigotry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2020
The Black Hand Pt. 1
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At the turn of the 20th century, a criminal group began terrorizing New York’s Italian immigrant population. The Black Hand was insidious, but Detective Joe Petrosino—aka “the Italian Sherlock Holmes”—fought for justice, with a task force known as “the Mysterious Six.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2020
Cosa Nostra Pt. 2
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In Sicily, the Cosa Nostra acted like a shadow government, controlling local lawmakers, priests, and law enforcement. They ruled the island until the 1980s, when a brave group of magistrates finally put the mafia on trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2020
Cosa Nostra Pt. 1
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In the mid-1800s, criminal gangs sprang up in Sicily, using violence to extort farmers in the island's lucrative citrus trade. By the end of the century, the gangs organized into the Cosa Nostra: the all-powerful Sicilian mafia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2020
Order of the Golden Dawn Pt. 2
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At the turn of the century, the Order of the Golden Dawn was born… and then died. In the decades since, several mystics have resurrected the order, founding numerous competing chapters, influencing political elections, and maybe even causing the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2020
Order of the Golden Dawn Pt. 1
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In 1888, three Rosicrucians and Freemasons—William Robert Woodman, William Wynn Wescott, and S.L. Mathers—allegedly found an ancient manuscript detailing rituals of a long lost Golden Dawn. They resurrected the order and perpetuated its magical secrets… but were they really mystics? Or was it all an elaborate hoax? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2020
The Sons of Liberty Pt. 2
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Some of America’s most historical figures, from Samuel Adams to John Hancock to Paul Revere, were members of the Sons of Liberty. But their methods for securing independence weren’t always pure. Alternate histories suggest they may have incited the Boston Massacre and sold opium to fund their cause. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2020
The Sons of Liberty Pt. 1
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In 1765, nine middle-class businessmen began meeting under Boston’s Liberty Tree. Over time, merchants, artisans, shopkeepers, even politicians joined the secret society known as the Sons of Liberty. Not only did they orchestrate the Boston Tea Party, they inspired the American Revolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2020
O.T.O. Pt. 2
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He inspired the Beatles, sacrificed goats, and faked his own death. Aleister Crowley is one of the most controversial figures in modern history, and his name has become synonymous with the O.T.O. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2020
O.T.O. Pt. 1
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The occult society of magicians, Ordo Templi Orientis, has divided public opinion since its founding in Germany around 1890. Are they innovative philosophers, or do they worship Satan? Take a walk into the O.T.O.'s world of blood, rituals, and sex magic.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2020
The Bilderberg Group Pt. 2
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Knowledge about the Bilderberg Group hit the mainstream in the 2000s. Since then, conspiracy theorists have accused the group of handpicking world leaders, deposing uncooperative governments and even creating implements for mind-control. However, the true danger posed by the group is much more harmful than any wild, unfounded claim. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2020
The Bilderberg Group Pt. 1
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Since its founding in 1954, the Bilderberg Group, an association made up of the world's richest and most powerful people, have met in secret in luxury hotels around the world. Nobody knows what these heads of state and CEOs discuss behind closed doors though several journalists have tried to find out... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2020
The Hashashins Pt. 2
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With Hasan-i-Sabbah now dead, the Assassins looked to someone to carry on his legacy. They found it in Rashid al-Din Sinan. With Sinan as Grand Master, the Assassins would become legendary, and their deeds would capture the imagination, and horror, of Christian Crusaders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2020
The Hashashins Pt. 1
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Throughout the history of Islam, schisms led to the formation of different branches or sects. In 1090, after the death of an Imam, a missionary would set out to form his own branch of Islam. In the process, he would create one of the deadliest secret societies in history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2020
The Cathars Pt. 2
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Many historians believe that the last Cathar died in 1321. They had been slaughtered in a decades-long inquisition led by the Catholic Church. But has the religious society managed to keep alive in the shadows? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2020
The Cathars Pt. 1
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They first appeared in Europe sometime during the 12th century. But unlike other secret societies, the Cathars didn’t choose to hide—they were forced to. They believed the pain we experience in this world is because we've been trapped here, in physical form, by a sinister God. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2020
Molly Maguires Pt. 2
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They were famous in the coal mining region of Pennsylvania. Before the end of the 19th century, twenty of the Molly Maguires’ alleged leaders would be hanged for their heinous crimes. But the question remains, did this menacing Irish society even actually exist? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2020
Molly Maguires Pt. 1
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In the 1800s, Irish farmers began protesting against greedy landlords and excessive tithes. But before long, these protests turned violent—even murderous. As the Mollies began popping up in coal-mining Pennsylvania, the death toll would only continue to grow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2020
Crossover Week: Dictators (Joseph Stalin Pt. 1)
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If you enjoy the stories told in Secret Societies, check out this episode from our series Dictators: Before he became the leader of one of the most powerful countries in the world, Joseph Stalin was an idealistic, but ruthless revolutionary. A Marxist from a young age, he devoted much of his life to overthrowing Imperial Russia. But as his star rose among the Russian socialists, so too did his list of enemies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2020
Crossover Week: Dictators (Joseph Stalin Pt. 2)
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If you enjoy the stories told in Secret Societies, check out this episode from our series Dictators: Now in total power, Joseph Stalin went on to transform the Soviet Union into a modernized country—but at the cost of millions of lives. In order to fulfill his vision of communism, the deaths of peasants and political enemies were required.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2020
The Rosicrucians Pt. 2
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Recent allegations and revelations about the Rosicrucians have accused them of mind control, ritual suicide, and white supremacy. Some even believe they're part of a global conspiracy to hide the truth about Jesus Christ. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2020
The Rosicrucians Pt. 1
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Between 1610 and 1614, a series of anonymous letters claimed to reveal hidden knowledge about a mystical secret society. Were the missives divine revelations—or hoaxes? And did a fourteenth-century Christian monk unlock the key to immortality? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2020
The Council on Foreign Relations Pt. 2
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Their power allowed them to attain a nearly impossible reach in politics, big business, and the media after the end of World War II. Some have even accused the Council on Foreign Relations of using the U.S. government...to create a New World Order. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2020
The Council on Foreign Relations Pt. 1
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Since its founding in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations has claimed to be an independent political think-tank. But they have had a direct hand in crafting some of the most divisive policies in United States History. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2020
The Triads Pt. 2
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From blood rituals to massacres to drug rings, the Triads are still making headlines around the world. A group that was created with a sense of greater purpose has now come to worship one thing: money. And they'll do anything to turn a profit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2020
The Triads Pt. 1
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Brotherhood. Political rebellion. Mutual aid. The origin of the Triads in the 17th century is almost virtuous. How, then, has their name become synonymous with corruption, crime, and bloodshed? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2020
The Knights Templar Pt. 2
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The Knights Templar grew in wealth and power for several centuries, becoming what many have labeled as the first multinational corporation. That is until French King Philip the Fair accused them of practicing secret, heretical rituals behind closed doors. The Knights, he pronounced to all of Medieval society, were not what they seemed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2020
The Knights Templar Pt. 1
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It was a Medieval order of Christian warriors, founded on principles of chastity and commitment to the word of God. Their rituals of the Knights Templar were in keeping with their godly public image—on the surface. But even the most honorable of organizations can be corrupted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2020
The Hellfire Club Pt. 2
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When Francis Dashwood founded the London Hellfire Club, he was primarily interested in partying and starting quarrels. But by the early 1760s, the group's hijinx had destabilized the British Parliament, and threatened the course of England's future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2020
The Hellfire Club Pt. 1
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Black masses. Human sacrifice. Satanic rituals. Are these the practices of an 18th century secret society, or merely legend? The answer may never be known, as the members of the Hellfire Club cloaked their practices in shadow and rumor from the time it was founded. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 06, 2020
The Carbonari Pt. 2
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By 1820, the Carbonari had enough influence within Naples to launch their long-awaited revolution. However, they soon realized that leading a government was much harder than overthrowing one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2020
The Carbonari Pt. 1
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In the early 1800s, the Italian Kingdom of Naples fell under the control of a succession of autocratic rulers. Desperate to have a say in their own governance, a group of Neapolitan citizens created the Carbonari—a revolutionary secret society that had their fair share of initiation ceremonies, complex symbols, and hierarchical organization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2020
Skull and Bones Pt. 2
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There are numerous theories about how actively engaged Yale’s Skull and Bones alumni are in implementing a “New World Order.” The Bonesmen may have already taken control of some of our most influential institutions, including high-ranking positions in government, but just how diabolical are their plans? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 16, 2020
Skull and Bones Pt. 1
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Some people believe it’s basically just a fraternity. But others believe it’s something more sinister. Founded at Yale University in 1832, members of the Skull and Bones Society include titans of industry, business elite, and world political leaders—including three U.S. Presidents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2020
Welcome to Secret Societies
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Welcome to SECRET SOCIETIES, Parcast’s newest original. Every Thursday starting January 9th, we shine a light on history’s most exclusive organizations. From the Illuminati and the Black Hand to the Order of the Nine Angles and the Hellfire Club—we’ll explore the impact each society actually had on the world around them. So get ready to discover the diabolical beliefs and radical actions you were never supposed to know about in the Parcast original series, SECRET SOCIETIES. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2019