Maria Tsvigun was the leader of the White Brotherhood cult based in the Ukraine which predicted the 'end of the world' in 1993. Tsvigun was convicted of hooliganism and extortion in connection with a planned mass gathering around the predicted end of the world.
Stuart Walker started a cult called 'The Pod' in Mona Vale near Sydney with him claiming to be the reincarnation of Christ and Buddha as well as having the power to talk to whales.
Serial killer and cult leader Charles Manson was imprisoned on multiple life sentences following a murderous rampage in 1969 with a group of followers.
83-year-old cult leader Ken Dyers was charged with 22 sex offences against two teenage girls in 2001 and 2002. Kenneth Emmanuel Dyers, was co-founder of the self-styled spiritual healing group Kenja and committed suicide in 2007 as more investigations into sex assault commenced.
A scene at the Jonestown mass suicide site where 918 people died after Jim Jones led his followers to their deaths
Former leader of Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinri Kyo Shoko Asahara. Asahara was sentenced to hang for masterminding the 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway that killed 12 and sickened thousands.
Victims are attened to by policemen following the Tokyo sarin gas attack in 1995.
The leader of the Heaven's Gate cult Marshall Applewhite, who led 39 people in a mass suicide in Southern California.
The bodies of members of the Heaven's Gate cult, at the Rancho Santa Fe in California. The cultists reported believed they would be taken to a spaceship following the Hale-Bopp comet.
David Berg founded the Children of God Christian sect in 1968 heading the cult despite allegations of sex assault until his death in 1994
Luc Jouret founded the Order of the Solar Temple cult in Switzerland a organisation linked to neo-Nazi’s which hopes to resurrect the ancient order of the Knight of the Templar from the crusades. Jouret committed suicide in 1994 which led to a mass suicide of his followers.