Dangerous madmen or divinely inspired prophets? From murdering religious sects like the Assassins and the Thugs, to the orgies of the little known Khlysty and the self-mutilations of the Skloptzi; including modern day killers like the vicious Manson Family and the violent racism of the Ku Klux Klan - this book shows how cults and fanatics had such a powerful effect on the world.
Colin Wilson, renowned criminologist, TV and radio personality, was one of the most popular and respected writers on both criminology and psychology. He was the best-selling author of more than sixty books, including The Outsider, The Criminal History of Mankind, A Plague of Murder, The Mammoth Book of True Crime and many other works of non-fiction and fiction. He died in 2013.