The cult allegedly killed at least three members, including a child.
Netflix‘s latest docuseries, In The Name Of God: A Holy Betrayal, has horrified viewers with the terrible acts committed by Korean church cult leaders.
The series documents the stories of four leaders, including Jung Myung Seok and the Aga Dongsan church cult leader, Kim Ki Soon.
The cult was founded in 1982 and was a religious community of collective farms and factories in Gyeonggi Province, Korea. Kim Ki Soon placed herself as the head of the cult and referred to herself as a baby, which she claimed made her without sin.
The docuseries interviewed several involved with the cult, including the mother of Choi Nak Gwithe seven-year-old child beaten to death after being tied up in a pig pin. The child’s aunt confessed to being involved in the beating that led to his death.
The investigation made international news when it was discovered that Synnara Record was owned and operated by the cult. Synnara Record was the largest distributor of albums in Korea at the time, partly due to its low prices, which many news sources alleged was because of cult members working for free.
Ultimately, a total of three murder charges were brought up against the cult’s leader but were dismissed after a lack of evidence was found, including Nak Gwi’s mother testifying that her son instead of died of a heart attack.
Kim Ki Soon did receive prison time for tax evasion, embezzlement, and exploitation and a ₩5.60 billion KRW (about $4.53 million USD) fine.
While this should have been the end of the Aga Dongsan, K-Pop fans have discovered that Kim Ki Soon is allegedly the chairman of Synnara Record, with several cult members holding higher-up positions in the company.
Aga Dongsan’s alleged former secretary, Shin Ok Heeis listed as the CEO of Synnara Records on the album distributor’s website.
Since the debut of the docuseries, K-Pop fans have expressed shock at the actions of the cult that Synnara Records is still allegedly affiliated with.
If you want to see how Synnara was built, go watch the documentary on netflix, eps 4-6 (if i’m not mistaken it was explained in eps 5).
It was built by using the money of agadongsan’s followers who had to work as slaves for the chairman, Kim Kisoon https://t.co/5MLLZuJanf
— AU NEIGHBORS: 066 UPDATED (@doobidubabb) March 5, 2023
*please DO NOT buy any k-pop albums from SYNNARA RECORD*
According to Netflix documentary ‘In the name of god: a holy betrayal’, the founder of a cult named agadongsan, kim ki-soon founded Synnara Record.
She bought land using the money earned from Synnara Record + https://t.co/TSjc917ws4
— bao on the street 🪞(ia) (@korecloud) March 5, 2023