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7NEWS Spotlight on Channel 7 – 7NEWS Spotlight: The Kidney Cult. A worldwide investigation into the dangerous cult operating from Australia.

Over 900 people died in the infamous Jonestown tragedy in 1978. Cult leader Jim Jones gave his followers a chemical cocktail of cyanide and grape flavouring in what’s been described as one of the biggest mass murder-suicides in modern history.

Now, questions are being raised over whether a little-known Aussie cult is linked to a similar tragedy that claimed the lives of 429 people.

In this confronting worldwide investigation airing this Sunday at 8.30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus, 7NEWS Spotlight goes inside one of Australia’s most secretive cults, the Jesus Christians, operating out of suburban Melbourne.

It’s known as The Kidney Cult, with followers urged to donate their kidneys. For what purpose, nobody knows. But it doesn’t stop there.

Leader David McKay persuades his followers to cut ties with family and friends and limits their communication from the outside world, leaving parents devastated and angry.

7NEWS Spotlight on Channel 7

In a bizarre attempt to prove he is not coercing or manipulating anyone, McKay invites 7NEWS Spotlight’s cameras to spend time with him and the secretive Jesus Christians community, granting unfettered access to their home life, daily routines, beliefs and the inner workings of one of the world’s most controversial religious cults.

This time, however, McKay might have bitten off more than he can chew as he faces off with 7NEWS Spotlight’s Liam Bartlett.  

“What we saw during our time there was bizarre and would eventually lead us to the other side of the world – and a story bigger and more deadly than we could ever have imagined,” Bartlett said.

7NEWS Spotlight on Channel 7 and 7plus – beating the screen addiction – Sunday 19 May, 2024 at 8.30pm

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