November 24, 1985 |
Disciples of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, faced with debts, legal problems and the departure of their guru and chief moneymaker, are disbanding and moving on. "The property is available. Rancho Rajneesh is for sale," Rajneeshpuram Mayor Swami Prem Niren said Friday night after informing the estimated 1,400 disciples remaining at the city-commune of the decision to disband.
July 23, 1986 |
Eight months after Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh's commune dissolved, his former secretary pleaded guilty to attempted murder, electronic eavesdropping, immigration fraud and engineering a salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 750 people. Ma Anand Sheela, 36, was given concurrent, 4 1/2-year federal prison terms and a suspended 5-year sentence Tuesday after admitting her guilt before U.S. District Judge Edward Leavy.
September 22, 1985 |
Guided tours through this commune city used to be, quite frankly, a bore. A manmade lake and state-of-the-art greenhouse were the high points, and there was an overabundance of discourse about the disciples of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh transforming their 64,000 forlorn acres of high desert into an oasis of free thought and fresh vegetables. Last week was different. Last week visitors were shown bullet-proof brassieres and wiretap devices and secret escape tunnels.
February 5, 1986 |
Ma Anand Sheela, former top aide to the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, will be extradited to the United States on Thursday, officials said today. The state prosecutor's office said the Bonn government had ratified a decision by a regional court two weeks ago to approve a U.S. extradition request for Sheela, 36. She was arrested in southern Germany last October after fleeing the guru's since-disbanded Oregon commune. She is wanted on charges of conspiracy to poison the guru's doctor in
September 15, 1990 |
Four more ex-followers of the late guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh have been arrested on charges of conspiring to kill U.S. Atty. Charles Turner, the Justice Department announced Friday. The announcement was made three days after another former disciple of the guru, known for his fleet of Rolls-Royce automobiles and "free love" philosophy, pleaded guilty to the same charges. Alma Peralta, who was known in the sect as Ma Dhyan Yogini, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison.
December 21, 1985 |
A federal grand jury has indicted Ma Anand Sheela and 20 other former disciples of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on charges that they created the largest electronic eavesdropping system in Oregon history, the U.S. attorney's office announced Friday. Sheela, the Indian guru's former personal secretary, and the others are accused of conspiring to intercept telephone conversations at the sect's Rajneeshpuram commune.
December 20, 1985 |
A federal grand jury today indicted 21 followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh for allegedly tapping telephones and bugging other conversations at the guru's commune. The wiretap scheme, uncovered after the Sept. 15 departure of the guru's ex-secretary, Ma Anand Sheela, was "without precedent in the District of Oregon," U.S. Atty. Charles H. Turner said.
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September 29, 1985 |
Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh surprised his followers by telling them they can shed the red clothing and lockets holding his photograph that have been identified with his movement for the last 15 years, a spokesman said. Rajneesh's announcement brought a mixture of tears and laughter, said Ma Prem Sunshine. Rajneesh also renounced the Book of Rajneeshism, a small red volume that outlines his beliefs.
July 29, 1995 |
Two followers of a guru who founded a lavish commune in a remote desert town were convicted Friday of conspiring to murder a federal prosecutor investigating their sect. Sally-Anne Croft and Susan Hagan face a sentence of up to life in prison for plotting to kill Charles Turner when he was Oregon's U.S. attorney. Turner, who was never attacked, was investigating allegations that followers of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh were conducting sham marriages to circumvent immigration law.