The type of unchecked power that comes with starting a cult often seems to translate to sexual relationships as well. Unsurprisingly, that "free love" attitude means there are lots of kids of cult leaders. From Charles Manson to Jim Jones, plenty of notorious figureheads had children who were born into a cult.
Children of cult leaders often struggle with that notoriety throughout their life. They might be expected to take a leadership role in the organization after their parents step down, or maybe they opt to cut those ties completely. But cult leaders' kids have to face issues most children would never even dream of. How do you live down the fact that your father orchestrated the biggest mass suicide in history? And how do you adapt to seeing the outside world for the first time in decades?
If you're the child of cult leaders, the biggest challenge of all is often confronting your own past. Here's how some of the kids of famous cult leaders moved on with their lives.
Jim Jones’ Son: Stephan Gandhi Jones
Charles Manson’s Potential Sons: Charles Jr., Charles Luther, and Michael
L. Ron Hubbard’s Son: Ronald DeWolf
Shoko Asahara’s Daughter: Rika Matsumoto
Warren Jeffs' Son: Roy Jeffs
Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Son: Hyung Jin Moon