Episode 202:

Live at the Sony Centre in Toronto (Night Two)

The Ant Hill Cult


The Murder of Renee Sweeney


Episode 202: Live at the Sony Centre in Toronto (Night Two)

Karen and Georgia cover the Ant Hill Cult and the murder of Renee Sweeney.

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The Ant Hill Cult

The Ant Hill Cult Notes:

Header Image Source: Photo by Kevin Bluer on Unsplash

Image Sources:

Roch Thériault (via JournalDeMontreal.com)

The Ant Hill Kids (via CvltNation.com)

Roch on the Commune (via CvultNation.com)

Roch and his wives (via CvltNation.com)

Community Bakery "Operating Table" (via SkepticInk.com)


"Roch Thériault (May 16, 1947 – February 26, 2011) was a Canadian cult leader who led the small religious group the Ant Hill Kids in Burnt River, Ontario, between 1977 and 1989. Thériault, a self-proclaimed prophet under the name Moïse, founded the doomsday cult in Quebec based on Seventh-day Adventist Church beliefs. Thériault maintained multiple wives and concubines, impregnating all female members as a religious requirement, and fathering 26 children. Thériault's followers, including 12 adults and 22 children, lived under his totalitarian rule at the commune and were subject to severe physical and sexual abuse.

Thériault was arrested for assault in 1989, dissolving the cult, and was convicted for murder in 1993 for the death of follower Solange Boilard. He had previously killed an infant named Samuel Giguère, while two of his disciples, Geraldine Gagné Auclair and Gabrielle Nadeau, died following homeopathic treatments administered to them by Thériault. Thériault received a life sentence, which he was serving when he was murdered at Dorchester Penitentiary in 2011. Thériault, along with Robert Pickton, Clifford Olson and Paul Bernardo, has been considered one of Canada's most notorious criminals since the 1980s..."

— Source: Roch Thériault Wikipedia

The Murder of Renee Sweeney

The Murder of Renee Sweeney Notes:

Header Image Source: Photo by wendel moretti from Pexels

Image Sources:

Renee Sweeny (via TorontoSun.com)

Renee's car in front of video store (Greater Sudbury Police Service via CBC.ca)

The High Sierra Brand jacket worn by killer + diaper pin found in jacket (via AlreadyGonePodcast.com)

Robert Steven Wright — digital render (left) original artist's sketch (right.) (Greater Sudbury Police Service via CBC.ca)

Robert Steven Wright (photo from Facebook via SudBury.com)


"It's been almost 20 years since 23-year-old Renee Sweeney was brutally murdered in January. Sweeney was a Laurentian University student who was working at Adults Only Video on Paris Street when the suspect came in and stabbed her repeatedly.

Though the 20-year mark is coming up, Chief Pedersen says the police force is still working hard on this cold case.

"The word cold doesn't mean uninvestigated," he says. "There has never been a time since 1998 that the investigation hasn't moved forward and investigators haven't looked at new tips. This highlights investigators keeping their eyes open to techniques going on around the world, and bring it back and use it here in Sudbury."

— Source: CBC.ca article by Samantha Samson


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