Friday, September 25, 2009

138. I guess she really was sick....

Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins dies


28 mins ago
LOS ANGELES – Susan Atkins, a follower of cult leader Charles Manson whose remorseless witness stand confession to killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate in 1969 shocked the world, has died. She was 61 and had been suffering from brain cancer...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

137. Posers, fakes, phonies, et al.

All I can say is that there's apparently just something about the Krishna Venta/Fountain of the World story that brings out the posers, fakers, phonies, et al. in our society.

I can only presume that it has something to do with the fact that the whole story is just weird enough to where people think they can make all kinds of wild claims about things under the presumption that there's no way to prove whether or not they're telling the truth.

The ultimate phony approached me today claiming their parents had been members of the Fountain once upon a time. I was intrigued to hear that they supposedly had Fountain-related artifacts in their possession. However, I was immediately turned-off when - on top of sending their emails to me via an anonymizer of an email system - they stated upfront they were not willing to provide me with their name, the names of their parents (so I could verify their story with the Fountain members with whom I maintain contact), or to mail anything to me.

Sheesh! Again, there's just something about this story, I guess, that attracts all the internet's lurkers and phonies.

Today's email exchange goes into the "poser" folder along with the people I've encountered while writing my book such as:

1. A person who told my friend/a documentarian that they'd found Krishna Venta's driver's license in a tunnel under the Fountain. I told my friend to ask this person what the expiration date on the driver's license was. Six months later, they've yet to answer that question.

2. The person who emailed me to say they'd purchased photos of Krishna Venta at a garage sale. My suggestion that he was more than welcome to scan them and email them to me so I could verify that it was KV in the pictures apparently scared him off.

3. The girl who emailed me claiming she grew up across the street from the Fountain of the World's old facility and possessed Fountain-related documents she was eager to mail to me. Funny but the mail system out there apparently doesn't work.

4. The person who claimed they were a driver for the Fountain of the World in the 1950s and that they'd driven a bunch of Fountain members into town to watch "The Ten Commandments." They lived at the Fountain for months, supposedly, but couldn't recall the names of anyone there.

Of all the things in the world to make phony claims about, what's so attractive about the Fountain story that it brings out every faker in the world?

Again, I guess there's just something about this story...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

136. Krishna Venta lectures for sale on eBay!

I'm in possession of more than half of the lectures Krishna Venta delivered in his lifetime, and I didn't pay a dime for any of them!