The Rajneesh Chronicles: The True Story of the Cult that Unleashed the First Act of Bioterrorism on U.S. Soil

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The Rajneesh Chronicles is a collection of in-depth investigative and analytical articles published in Oregon Magazine covering the establishment of the city of Rajneeshpuram in Central Oregon in mid-1981 to its dramatic disintegration at the end of 1985. While most press treated the Rajneeshees' antics as a humorous sideshow typified by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s dozens of Rolls-Royces, editor in chief Win McCormack and other of the magazine’s writers systematically exposed the full range of the cult's depraved ...
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The Rajneesh Chronicles: The True Story of the Cult that Unleashed the First Act of Bioterrorism on U.S. Soil

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Overview


The Rajneesh Chronicles is a collection of in-depth investigative and analytical articles published in Oregon Magazine covering the establishment of the city of Rajneeshpuram in Central Oregon in mid-1981 to its dramatic disintegration at the end of 1985. While most press treated the Rajneeshees' antics as a humorous sideshow typified by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s dozens of Rolls-Royces, editor in chief Win McCormack and other of the magazine’s writers systematically exposed the full range of the cult's depraved behavior, including its involvement in prostitution and international drug smuggling, sexual exploitation of children, abuse of homeless people imported into Rajneeshpuram to register as voters, and the use of brainwashing techniques bordering on torture. The tale of the Rajneeshees has become an amorphous legend few inside or outside of Oregon understand. The Rajneesh Chronicles fully illuminates the shocking reality behind that legend.
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"Win McCormack has put a penetrating spotlight on Indian guru Bhagwan Rajneesh and his bizarre and very dangerous cult. An utterly fascinating work." —Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter

“Dense with facts, and meticulous in its explanation of cult psychology, The Rajneesh Chronicles will turn your knuckles white as you grip it.”—Willamette Week

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982569191
  • Publisher: Tin House Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: "Moses Five" Revisited 1

Foreword: The Biggest Criminal Conspiracy in the History of Oregon 7

Chronology of the Rajneesh Cult 10

The Chronicles

Articles from Oregon Magazine, 1981-1985

Range War: The Disciples Come to Antelope 50

Sagebrush Gothic: Antelope's Last Stand 52

Zorba the Baker 72

Sleeping with the Bhagwan 75

Painting Oregon Red 76

Cultivating Cultists 78

Raising a Red Flag 80

Bhagwan Bucks 83

Burnin' Desire 87

Bhagwan's Jewish Problem 89

Last Year at Rajneeshpuram? 92

Bhagwan's Flight from India 95

Death of a Dream: Memoirs of an Ex-Sannyasin 98

Bhagwan's Hypnotic Spell 113

A Mind's Eye View of 1984 117

Bhagwan's Mind Control 120

Sex: Bhagwan's Biggest Trick 123

Bhagwan's Flock 127

Bhagwan's Devious Trap 130

Rajneesh's Pseudo-Religion 135

Checkpoint Central Oregon: Rajneesh's Police State 141

Valley of Death?-The Rajneesh Cult Turns to Arms 147

The Will of Bhagwan: Drugs and Prostitution 153

Ticking Time Bomb? 158

Bhagwan's Death Wish 161

Rajneesh and Money: Bhagwan's Bottom Line I 164

The Land-Use Issue: Bhagwan's Law-Stretching I 171

The Land-Use Issue: Bhagwan's Law-Stretching II 178

Bhagwan's Strange Eugenics 183

Bhagwan's Child Rearing 187

Bhagwan's Drug Runners I 192

Bhagwan's Drug Runners II 195

Bhagwan's Power: The Human Potential Movement Gone Awry 199

Bhagwan's Biggest Gamble: The Attempted Takeover of Wasco County 203

Bhagwan's Medical Corporation I 210

Bhagwan's Medical Corporation II 216

Ma Prem Hasya 219

Is the End Near? 221

Bhagwan's Final Year 226

Articles written after the implosion of the Rajneesh cult

Bhagwan's Sexism 232

Bhagwan's Rich Folk 241

The Rajneesh Theft of the Church of Religious Science of Laguna Beach 244

Afterword: How Close Was Disaster? 294

Appendix 1 The Anti-Semitism Letters 304

Appendix 2 The Town That Was Poisoned 309

Appendix 3 The Rajneesh Cast of Characters 318

Index 338

Acknowledgments 357

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