Call me crazy, but I don’t think the worst ones are the ones that lead to death. Those ones at least get prosecuted. They may not get nearly enough jail time, but they will fall. Just like James Arthur Ray fell.
The scary part is that just like people with power and control issues are often drawn to jobs that give them a uniform and weapon, people who have dark triad traits are often drawn to the role of the guru. And they are charming.
If you’re interested in the types of people that set themselves up as false gods and false gurus, usually through indoctrination or a mishmash of cultural beliefs you might like the book Feet of Clay by Anthony Storr.
Nice piece. Good to see you in my feed. :)