NBC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 18, 1979
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(Studio) Cult in Missouri Ozarks reported.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(Saint James, Missouri) [Cult leader Joseph JEFFERS - claims to have thousands of space ships.] Jeffers called cult leader of Yahweh cult. [JEFFERS - predicts USSR bomb attack on May 13, 1979. Says spaceships will save those who want to be saved.] Jeffers prison record recalled. Yahweh City commune pictured, described. Pyramid as mystical object in cult worship noted. Commune residents shown. [Cult member Hadley JOHANSON - tells of giving money to cult.] Johanson and wife, Cassandra, said cult members since 1974. [JOHANSON - speaks of members freedoms.] [Cult member Ralph JOHNSON - praises cult.] Esther Wilson Price case cited; her gift reported as $5 million. Contesting of Price's deathbed will by Price's relatives reported [Price family lawyer Melvin CARNAGHAN - talks of Price's devotion to cult.] Jeffers' accusation that his estranged wife, Connie (pictured) ran off with most of Price money noted. Cult officials Phillip Evans and Don. Rist's being under criminal indictment for conspiring to murder Connie Jeffers reported Evans shown. [GROUP - prays.] Jonestown situation said paid little heed by Yahwehists. Effects of Jonestown on Yahweh City cult discussed.
REPORTER: Norma Quarles