“The people who read the book will think it’s fiction.” —Wasco County Judge Bill Hulse
Rajneeshpuram follows the unraveling of a utopian dream from its hopeful beginning to its criminal end.
In the early 1980s Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a spiritual leader from India, moved to a 100-square mile ranch in rural Eastern Oregon. Thousands of his disciples, all dressed in red, invested millions of dollars to build an ideal community, Rajneeshpuram.
Peace soon curdled into bitter conflict with neighboring towns. In less than five years the would-be paradise devolved into a bizarre scenario of murder plots and poisoned salad bars, wire-tapping and election fraud.
By the mid 1980s Rajneeshpuram was gone, Bhagwan had been deported, and twenty-five of his followers convicted of crimes.
Released by NETA May 1, 2013. Two years unlimited releases.