Sure, there's the TV show, but modern day cults don't get really get taken seriously anymore. Nobody thinks they're a threat. But then people just disappear: similar to what happened to the ladies in this story. Now, this is real, but you can take them on your own journey, with a much more interesting ending.
I'm pretty sure it's not what it looks like.
Did you know that in India, there is a golden lizard shrine at Kanchipuram that cures you from the bad luck that follows from touching lizards? Superstition is the gift that keeps on giving, and here we have a ton of them from the subcontinent. Pick one and wrap a story around it, or use these odd but true details in your story.
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