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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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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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October 25, 2001
7pm Music Conductor John Alexander will open the 34th season of the Pacific Chorale with Verdi's mighty "Manzoni" Requiem, written to commemorate the death (May 22, 1873) of the Italian poet, novelist and patriot that Verdi and most of Italy venerated. A large-scale, operatic work, the requiem makes tremendous demands upon the chorus, orchestra and soloists. Assisting here will be soprano Camellia Johnson, mezzo-soprano Robynne Redmon, tenor Philip Webb and bass-baritone Stephen Bryant.
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December 5, 1991
A Hare Krishna devotee convicted of murder in the 1986 slaying of a sect dissident was sentenced Wednesday in a Los Angeles court to life in prison without possibility of parole. Thomas A. Drescher's sentence was imposed by Superior Court Judge Stanley Weisberg, who followed a jury recommendation that Drescher be imprisoned instead of executed. Drescher, 42, was convicted of murder for financial gain, which made him eligible for death in the gas chamber.
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May 15, 2001 | CHRIS PASLES
The Pacific Chorale will open its 2001-02 season with a performance of Verdi's Requiem on Oct. 28 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Soloists will include soprano Camellia Johnson, mezzo-soprano Robynne Redmon, tenor Philip Webb and bass Stephen Bryant. Music director John Alexander will conduct the Chorale and the Pacific Symphony in this 7 p.m. performance. The season will continue: * Dec.
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January 11, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A mistrial was declared Thursday in the murder case against an alleged hit man for a Hare Krishna sect after a Van Nuys Superior Court jury deadlocked, 8 to 4, in favor of acquittal. Thomas A. Drescher, 42, was charged with fatally shooting Stephen Bryant, 33, on May 22, 1986, while Bryant sat in a van parked near a Hare Krishna temple in West Los Angeles. Bryant was an embittered former member of the Hindu sect who traveled the country in his van writing and preaching against the organization.
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December 25, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another holiday season . . . another dull, uninspiring performance of Handel's "Messiah." This time it was Chattanooga Symphony music director Vakhtang Jordania conducting a much-reduced Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale and a quartet of uneven soloists Saturday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Certain period stylistic considerations prevailed, although the work was offered with the usual time-dishonored cuts (perhaps a blessing in this case).
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October 11, 1991 | Associated Press
A Hare Krishna devotee who was convicted of murder in the 1986 slaying of a sect dissident should be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, a jury recommended Thursday in Los Angeles. The recommendation means that Thomas A. Drescher, 42, escapes the death penalty, which had been sought by prosecutors. Drescher was convicted of murder for financial gain, making him eligible for death in the gas chamber. Sentencing is set for Nov. 8.
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December 6, 1990
The prosecution began its closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of a Hare Krishna devotee charged with murdering a critic of the faith. Thomas Drescher, 42, is charged with the March 22, 1986, murder of Stephen L. Bryant, a disillusioned Krishna follower who had called for the death of Kirtanananda Swami Bhaktipada, Drescher's spiritual leader. Prosecutors contend that Drescher shot Bryant twice in the head with a .
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June 2, 1990 | From United Press International
Federal officials say they will attempt to confiscate everything at the Hare Krishna New Vrindaban commune except the temple, alleging that it was all purchased with money obtained through fraudulent means. Three members of the Hare Krishna community--including its founder-leader, Keith Gordon Ham, 54, also known as Kirtanananda Swami Bhaktipada--were indicted by a federal grand jury last week, accused of conspiring to murder two dissident members of the sect in West Virginia and Los Angeles. U.
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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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