Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Yeah, no one had ever worn clothing like that before...
The excerpt is as follows:
Nevertheless, a major justification for such vicious murders was provided by Eastern philosophy and texts, a philosophy which is, unfortunately, increasingly permeating Western society: Charles Manson had claimed to be Jesus Christ, but he was also much influenced by Indian ideas which filtered through to him through such sects as OTO, "The Process," and "The Fountain of the World." From these ultimately Indian sources he derived the theory of reincarnation and karma.
Monday, March 23, 2009
1. Erma Winfrey - http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJonestown/WhoDied/bio.php?Id=962
2. David Elbert Vester Smith - http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJonestown/WhoDied/bio.php?Id=718
3. Gladys Smith - http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJonestown/WhoDied/bio.php?Id=720
Sadly, David & Gladys Smith's children also died in Jonestown:
1. Jeffrey Dale Smith - http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJonestown/WhoDied/bio.php?Id=722
2. Kelin Kirtas Smith - http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJonestown/WhoDied/bio.php?Id=725
3. Krista Lynn Smith - http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJonestown/WhoDied/bio.php?Id=729
4. Michael Vail Smith - http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJonestown/WhoDied/bio.php?Id=730
5. Karl Wayne Smith - http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJonestown/WhoDied/bio.php?Id=724
Then there's William H. Kennedy's book Satanic Crime: A Threat in the New Millennium (http://www.williamhkennedy.com/mvmsatanic1006A.pdf) that offers that the Fountain of the World's site was completely abandoned by the time the Manson Family was there. Of the Fountain, Mr. Kennedy writes:
This weird sect flourished in the 1950s and was founded by a religious con man named Krishna Venta (Francis Pencovic) who, like Charlie, thought he was Jesus Christ and demanded to be worshipped as God in sex rituals. He also asserted he was 244,000 years old and insisted he was immortal. Krishna Venta contended he was Christ Everlasting and seduced many of his female followers. In 1958, he died in a massive dynamite explosion ignited by the husbands of the women he was using in sex rituals. Whereas Pencovic only wanted to dominate a few followers for sexual purposes, Manson had much higher ambitions. (p. 21)
Dang! If even half of that were true, my book when published would explode off of bookstore shelves!
This weblink (http://www.chacha.com/question/what-was-the-name-of-the-manson-family-commune) poses the question "What was the name of the Manson family commune?" The answer, per this site anyway, is "The Fountein [sic] of the World commune in Box Canyon, CA."
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Those wanting to learn more about the life and death of George Reeves are encouraged to seek out Jan Alan Henderson's book Speeding Bullet, which is a much more responsible piece of journalism than is Hollywood Kryptonite.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
In the course of researching my book, I've discovered that Ruth & Yule Kilcher (below), the grandparents of singer/songwriter Jewel Kilcher (above) made frequent visits to the Homer, Alaska branch of the Fountain of the World in the 1950s.
Of course, they were not alone. As a registered nurse, Fountain member Neria Kamenoff was about the only medical professional in the area at the time. Hence, a lot of people in and around Homer, including the Kilchers, made the trek to the Fountain just to see her.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Three of the links included at the Wikipedia Krishna Venta page, as well as the above link, are mine:
1. Link to the International Cultic Studies Association article;
2. Link to this blog; and
3. Link to the semi-defunct Yahoo Group.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The artist's son, David Lackstrom, has provided to me several source documents, as well as information and remembrances. This is truly appreciated!
Monday, March 2, 2009
By the way, the week Krishna Venta died, "Charlie Brown" by The Coasters was tearing its way up the music charts.