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Oregon / Rajneesh Defections #98447

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 17, 1985
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REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Rajneeshpuram, OR) Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh reported accusing defecting cult officials of embezzlement and attempted murder; scenes shown. [RAJNEESH - accuses defectors of turning commune into fascist concentration camp.] Defectors said include top Rajneesh spokesperson Ma Anand Sheela who controlled sect's finances. [RAJNEESH - claims defectors tried to kill others close to him.] [Representative James WEAVER - considers possibility that defectors created salmonella outbreak in nearby town as act of terrorism.] Focus of authorities' investigation into allegations outlined. [Cult MBRS. - are shocked.] [Antelope, OR, RESIDENT - thinks Rajneesh's chgs. are scam.]

Jennings, Peter;
Rose, Judd

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