About this Episode

Content warning: Frank discussion of abuse and murder

You may vaguely remember the Tokyo Subway Sarin attack, but that's not where the Aum Shinrikyo story begins or ends.

Guest Sarah Hightower explains:

  • How Shoko Asahara was an opportunist and bully from childhood
  • How Asahara was a multiple time grifter before settling on creating a cult
  • The day-to-day lives of adherents
  • What Poa was
  • Why a failed bid to intall Aum members in Japanese Parliament spurred Asahara to pursue chemical and biological weapons
  • And more...