E52: Sister Credonia Mwerinde (The Kanungu Massacre) Part 2

This week Beth and Wendy dive into Part 2 of our telling and discussion of Sister Credonia Mwerinde, the high priestess and co-founder of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a cult that murdered at least 900 people.

We get into our listener letters and thank all of our supports (5:15) finish out the timeline (9:41).  Then, we get into the investigation (22:22) followed by “Where are they now?”(25:55). We get into our Take Aways and what we think made Mwerinde snap (31:07).

As usual we close out the show with some shout outs (45:44), crime news (42:24) and of course, some tips on how not to get murdered).

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Ghosts of Kanungu: Fertility, Secrecy & Exchange in the Great Lakes of East Africa https://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-Kanungu-Fertility-Exchange-Anthropology/dp/1847010725

Female Terror: Scary Women, Modern Crimes
By Ann Magma https://www.amazon.com/Female-Terror-Scary-Modern-Crimes/dp/B008IR6CW2


Let’s Talk About Sects, Season1 Ep. 2 . published Oct 17, 2017 , https://luminarypodcasts.com/listen/sarah-steel/lets-talk-about-sects-a-podcast-about-cults/the-movement-for-the-restoration-of-the-ten-commandments-of-god/7a0a24ae-1f08-4c51-8eea-61b5edf569b3

Yours in Murder. Episode: Manipulation (Credonia Mwerinde & Gypsy Rose Blancharde).  Radiopublic. Published Mar 8, 2018. https://radiopublic.com/yours-in-murder-G1VJEl/ep/s1!21cb6

Toohill, Kathleen. Why Do People Join Cults? And why do they leave? HOW TO CULT. Medium.com. Jun 26, 2017 https://medium.com/s/how-to-cult/why-do-people-join-cults-ecdf5c6af848


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Shout Outs

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MindHunter Season 2 on Netflix

PHOTO credit

Lawlor, David. “Killer cult – The St Patrick’s Day Massacre”. History With a Twist. Posted on March 17, 2018. Retrieved from https://historywithatwist.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/the-st-patricks-day-massacre/


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