This guy was evil, but he knew what he wanted. The guy was almost blind, but accomplished a lot. His name was Shoko Asahara and he founded a religious group based on a few irrational beliefs. All that is real is irrational, but not all that is irrational is real. I guess the obssession with apocalyptic stuff is symbolic, he was trying to realize the apocalypse in himself and his followers. That shows it to the people who think those disciplines that he followed are useless.
The guy started as the leader of a small religious group based on buddhism and tantra and ended up founding a small city with its own stores, houses, chemical laboratories, arsenal, etc... and expanded even to russia. They made chemical weapons and a lot of stuff there. Amazing. If he had not made the decision to murder, he would still be active now. Before he got murderous he even appeared on japanese tv with famous aktor Takeshi Kitano, funny as hell. I like the film "Brother" with this actor, and also "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence". That guy is funny, you can see the interview in youtube, you can see the guy is asking serious questions but there is a very funny humour beneath it all, beneath his actions. I'm guessing it could be because it was all pre-programmed between them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUvrLqXvUsM
Here is some information:http://www.american-buddha.com/shokoasahara.htm
I'm planning to read the book that is quoted in the article, "The cult of the end of the world".