Eduardo Serio’s admiration and love for leaders with a murky past is a good indicator of the parallel commonalities he has with them. Osho was implicated in the poisoning of Dallas citizens, in an act of bio terrorism. Eduardo’s outbursts, his threats, his constant use of the words “I will destroy you” are all indicators of his instability and tenuous hold on reality.
“The mayor of Rajneeshpuram, David Berry Knapp (known as Swami Krishna Deva or KD), turned state’s evidence and gave an account of his knowledge of the salmonella attack to the FBI. He claimed that Sheela said “she had talked with Osho about the plot to decrease voter turnout in The Dallas by making people sick. Sheela said that Osho commented that it was best not to hurt people, but if a few died not to worry.” According to KD’s testimony, she played doubters a tape of Osho’s muffled voice saying, “if it was necessary to do things to preserve [his] vision, then do it,” and interpreted this to mean that murder in his name was fine, telling doubters “not to worry” if a few people had to die. The investigation uncovered a September 25, 1984, invoice from the American Type Culture Collection of microbes, showing an order received by the Rajneeshpuram laboratory for Salmonella typhi, the bacterium that causes the life-threatening illness typhoid fever.
According to a 1994 study published in the journal Sociology of Religion, “[m]ost sannyasins indicated that they believed that [Osho] knew about Ma Anand Sheela’s illegal activities.”
Osho left Oregon by plane on October 27, 1985, and was arrested when he landed in Charlotte, North Carolina, and charged with 35 counts of deliberate violations of immigration laws. As part of a plea bargain arrangement, he pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements to immigration officials. He received a ten-year suspended sentence and a fine of US$400,000, and was deported and barred from reentering the United States for a period of five years.
Aug 20, 2016 BJWT Watchdog