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SWARM: How a cult leader charmed a following

A charismatic leader, a willing following, and manipulation are the key ingredients for a cult to form. Among the political turmoil and civil unrest in the Solomon Islands in the early 2000’s, one young man managed to cultivate all three. Julie Mae Fenwick reports. 

Story by Julie May Fenwick

This report was created for the Science Gallery Melbourne’s SWARM exhibition with support from All The Best radio.

Producer/reporter: Julie Mae Fenwick

Supervising Producer: Danni Stewart

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