The Rajneesh Chronicles

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 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers were involved in nefarious activities including prostitution, drug smuggling, sexual abuse of children, and murder conspiracy. The Rajneesh Chronicles explains this behavior--and why the cult that committed the first act of bioterrorism in the U.S. was trying to cultivate a live AIDS virus.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, widely known as the "sex guru," fled India in 1981 and came to settle on a ranch in central Oregon, where he and his followers established the illegal city of Rajneeshpuram. In their effort to preserve the city, the Rajneeshees attempted during the 1984 election to take control of the Wasco County government by poisoning two county commissioners and over 700 potential voters in The Dalles, the county seat, with salmonella—the first act of bio-terrorism in U.S. history. Armed to the teeth with semiautomatic weapons, they threatened to defend the city to the death against any governmental intrusion, and hatched a plot to assassinate a U.S attorney. When the commune finally imploded and authorities arrived on the scene, they discovered that the Rajneesh nurse who had cultivated salmonella bacteria in the commune’s biological warfare laboratory was also trying to cultivate a live AIDS virus—which deranged group leaders clearly hoped to unleash on the rest on the world.The Rajneesh Chronicles is a collection of in-depth investigative and analytical articles published in Oregon Magazine covering the entire period from the time of the cult’s arrival in Oregon in mid-1981 to its dramatic disintegration at the end of 1985 (with an introductory chronology that extends the story up to the present). While most press treated the cult’s antics as a humorous sideshow typified by the Bhagwan’s dozens of Rolls-Royces, editor in chief Win McCormack and other of the magazine’s writers systematically exposed the full range of the Rajneeshees’ depraved behavior, including their involvement in prostitution and international drug smuggling, sexual exploitation of children, abuse of homeless people they imported into Rajneeshpuram to register as voters, and the use of brainwashing techniques bordering on torture. The tale of the Rajneesh has become an amorphous legend few inside or outside of Oregon actually understand. The Rajneesh Chronicles fully illuminates the shocking reality behind that legend.

Baker & Taylor
Collects of series of exposés originally published in Oregon Magazine in the 1980s that revealed the full range of an American cult's depraved behavior, from brainwashing to prostitution, from international drug smuggling to the sexual exploitation of children. Simultaneous. Hardcover available.

Perseus Publishing
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, widely known as the "sex guru," fled India in 1981 and came to settle on a ranch in central Oregon, where he and his followers established the illegal city of Rajneeshpuram. In their effort to preserve the city, the Rajneeshees attempted during the 1984 election to take control of the Wasco County government by poisoning two county commissioners and over 700 potential voters in The Dalles, the county seat, with salmonella—the first act of bio-terrorism in U.S. history. Armed to the teeth with semiautomatic weapons, they threatened to defend the city to the death against any governmental intrusion, and hatched a plot to assassinate a U.S attorney. When the commune finally imploded and authorities arrived on the scene, they discovered that the Rajneesh nurse who had cultivated salmonella bacteria in the commune’s biological warfare laboratory was also trying to cultivate a live AIDS virus—which deranged group leaders clearly hoped to unleash on the rest on the world.The Rajneesh Chronicles is a collection of in-depth investigative and analytical articles published in Oregon Magazine covering the entire period from the time of the cult’s arrival in Oregon in mid-1981 to its dramatic disintegration at the end of 1985 (with an introductory chronology that extends the story up to the present). While most press treated the cult’s antics as a humorous sideshow typified by the Bhagwan’s dozens of Rolls-Royces, editor in chief Win McCormack and other of the magazine’s writers systematically exposed the full range of the Rajneeshees’ depraved behavior, including their involvement in prostitution and international drug smuggling, sexual exploitation of children, abuse of homeless people they imported into Rajneeshpuram to register as voters, and the use of brainwashing techniques bordering on torture. The tale of the Rajneesh has become an amorphous legend few inside or outside of Oregon actually understand. The Rajneesh Chronicles fully illuminates the shocking reality behind that legend.

Book News
Beginning in 1981, thousands of members of a secretive and financially powerful religious cult led by the Indian guru Baghwan Shree Rajneesh began arriving in the tiny Oregon town of Antelope and the surrounding area--along with the guru himself and his fleet of luxury cars. Within short order, cult members took over the local government and began using its powers to help them create the religious city of Rajneeshpuram. Using reporting done at the time by Oregon Magazine, this thick book chronicles the rise and fall of the Rajneesh cult, paying special attention to its battles with its political opponents and alleged poisoning of government officials and residents of the nearby city of The Dalles. Raising important questions about tolerance and freedom of religion, this book will greatly interest anyone concerned with issues of religion in public life. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Tin House Books, 2010
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780982569191
9780982504871
098256919X
098250487X
Branch Call Number: 299.93 R1376 2010
Characteristics: 358 p., 16 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: McCormack, Win

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May 18, 2014

A very good book with great articles from Oregon Magazine. Recommended if you want to learn about the Rajneesh religious movement of the 1980's.

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