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October 28, 1990 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Among the spiritual leaders of Hare Krishna, embittered former member Stephen Bryant was considered a dangerous man. Outfitted with a rifle, a computer and a small bed, the 33-year-old Bryant traveled the country in his van, writing and preaching attacks on the Hindu religious sect. It was feared that the zealous Bryant might harm, even kill, the swamis who ran Hare Krishna temples in Moundsville, W. Va., and West Los Angeles. But late one night in 1986, death ended Bryant's crusade.
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August 27, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Years before he became a Santa Paula police officer, Jeffrey Breier testified under immunity from prosecution about his involvement in the 1986 murder of a member of a West Los Angeles Hare Krishna temple. Breier "facilitated the murder" by leading the killer, Thomas Drescher, to the victim, Stephen Bryant, and later helped scout out desert locations to bury the body, authorities said. In 1991, Drescher was convicted of Bryant's murder and sentenced to prison for life.
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August 27, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Years before he became a Santa Paula police officer, Jeffrey Breier testified under immunity from prosecution about his involvement in the 1986 murder of a member of a West Los Angeles Hare Krishna temple. Breier "facilitated the murder" by leading the killer, Thomas Drescher, to the victim, Stephen Bryant, and later helped scout out desert locations to bury the body, authorities said. In 1991, Drescher was convicted of Bryant's murder and sentenced to prison for life.
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October 28, 1990 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Among the spiritual leaders of Hare Krishna, embittered former member Stephen Bryant was considered a dangerous man. Outfitted with a rifle, a computer and a small bed, the 33-year-old Bryant traveled the country in his van, writing and preaching attacks on the Hindu religious sect. It was feared that the zealous Bryant might harm, even kill, the swamis who ran Hare Krishna temples in Moundsville, W. Va., and West Los Angeles. But late one night in 1986, death ended Bryant's crusade.
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August 21, 1991 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A lifelong member of the Hare Krishna sect was found guilty of murder for hire Tuesday, five years after a dissident member of the group was slain execution-style near a Krishna palace in Palms. Thomas Drescher--who until his arrest had gone by the name of Tirtha Swami--sat impassively as the jury of six men and six women pronounced him guilty of first-degree murder charge and a special circumstance. The verdict makes him subject to the death penalty.
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