Reyna Chicas is believed to be behind the A single mother of two. It's hardly what comes to mind when you think of a cult leader. David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Charles Manson have provided the template for a manipulative mastermind who brainwashes followers through sexual dominance, violence, and religious fervor. But this weekend, when a search for 13 members of a "cult-like" doomsday group made national headlines, the mastermind was a woman.
Reyna Chicas has been undergoing a mental evaluation for the past 72 hours since she surfaced in a California park with the 12 other missing women and children believed to be preparing for a mass suicide. Not much is known about 32-year-old Chicas besides a few facts consistent with those of a religious cult. She, along with a handful of others, broke off from a local church. Her belief in an end-of-mankind scenario has reportedly been the focus of group gatherings. And she's been accused of brainwashing other women by the two husbands who first reported their wives and childrenRead More »from The cult of the female leader