Status
Ended
Network
Netflix
SEASON
EPISODE

Documentary

DESCRIPTION

When a controversial cult leader builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal.

Season 1

Aired 7 months ago - Mar 16, 2018

The Bhagwan flees the ranch. Sheela and several followers are arrested in Germany. The Bhagwan's devotees -- and his enemies -- reflect on his legacy.

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they had every bit as much firepower as the Rajneeshees.
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The agents were able to bring everybody off the plane without a shot being fired.
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The police officers informed us that they had arrest warrants
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- That's all I have. - Can you tell us the charges?
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one of the offices looks like a flower shop.
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Last week, the Bhagwan was indicted for immigration fraud.
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The best precaution was to detain him, return him to Oregon,
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The leg chains went on.
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Uh... There was an arrogance about it that's almost breathtaking.
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They take as long as legally possible
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I don't want the man to die in jail.
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You cannot betray people for their own freedom.
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And when I was in prison, Peter came to visit me.
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And I said, "These other men are experts in this area of the law.
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The biggest one occurred just a couple of hours ago
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Mr. Turner, let me ask you this.
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They've loaded the plane with various pieces of luggage and boxes.
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have produced a situation where it is no longer viable
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And because we were so raw, you know, it was just like such an explosion.
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with profound implications for really the whole course of my life.
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And I don't want for people to meet me
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Bhagwan called Rajneeshpuram a beautiful experiment that failed.
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trying to give my life energy to him.
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And then it was taken from there to the burning ghats.
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there was still an international arrest warrant hanging over my head.
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And therefore, he was sentencing me to time served.
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and telling the truth about what happened."
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But in the moment before his death, he became enlightened.
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and my children showed remarkable courage and strength to come through all of that
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Aired 7 months ago - Mar 16, 2018

The bitter feud between Sheela and the Bhagwan divides the community -- and opens the door for the FBI. At the ranch, a task force amasses evidence.

Aired 7 months ago - Mar 16, 2018

Local officials try to build a case against the Rajneeshees. When Sheela's thirst for power turns violent, the Bhagwan finally breaks his silence.

Aired 7 months ago - Mar 16, 2018

Sheela emerges as a provocative spokeswoman. As Election Day approaches, the Rajneeshees recruit thousands of homeless people to fortify their ranks.

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It is a political victory for followers of the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
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He was gone.
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I couldn't see them, but could hear them.
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cars with lights on them and the lights would be flashing
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and took him to Wasco County jail.
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I've seen them come out of Dachau.
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Bhagwan told me to be very, very strong in the media.
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You seem to be enjoying it, almost giving them your finger.
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When you include Bhagwan's followers who are not Sannyas...
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and you've got food and people are buying stuff.
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You bet I did.
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taking all I could grab.
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I could fire off a letter to Dave and say, "Hey, here's what's happening."
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was that the two were inextricably linked.
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and then they staged elections, but it was all a show.
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the Establishment Clause of the Constitution,
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were a huge majority and totally ran the government.
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Everybody knew that their loyalty was not to their badge,
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that would repeal the city charters in both Rajneeshpuram and Rajneesh-Antelope.
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And so with time, I just became more and more devoted to her.
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At some point, I was woken in the night. Eleven o'clock, I was fast asleep in bed
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Any indication of the magnitude of that announcement?
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The latest controversy is a program to recruit the down and out, the homeless.
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Up till now, society had abused these people all their lifetime,
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Well, you don't have no crime.
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says five more busloads of the homeless arrived there today.
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Antelope started to change when the ranch doubled in size.
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So you want to control Wasco County?
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They told me they wouldn't have me.
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How is it legal for people to step off a bus and literally vote?
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There's no crime. That's what I said, there is no crime.
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was not paved with money.
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to fraudulently register people in Wasco County to vote
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It was really as though a bomb went off in the middle of the community.
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And the whole Peace Force,
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The conversations were taking a very bizarre turn.
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Aired 7 months ago - Mar 16, 2018

The Bhagwan's flamboyant followers irk the tight-knit locals, who pursue legal action against the commune. But Sheela retaliates with a cunning plan.

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I got picked up by a guy in a bus and drove out to the ranch.
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because a prominent Indian guru and his followers bought it
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a shrine for Bhagwan while he's still alive.
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We were in a grand experiment to create something from scratch. From scratch.
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we built everything you would have to build.
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It was city planning on a level that nobody had ever seen,
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I say this is Shangri-la that everyone dreamt of.
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We make this land alive with our sweat and our hard work.
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Such a-- Such a reflection of love from his eyes towards me.
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Almost like under the influence.
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Oh, absolutely. Just really destroyed.
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As soon as the reality of us came in...
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but basically it wasn't until they really started throwing their weight around.
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the so-called therapy, which took many forms
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The work we were doing was really God's work.
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Yeah, he said something about rob and choke and kill,
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and he would have been totally supportive.
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it conjured fear.
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And tonight, are the Rajneeshees dangerous...
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We didn't like being told how to believe, how to pray, how to live.
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This Wolfgang, he takes the hidden camera in one of the therapy group,
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Well, the Bowerman history in this region goes back to about 1869,
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He won four collegiate national championships
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designed the famous waffle shape sole.
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They wanted to keep Oregon, Oregon, so to speak.
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I said we will come in and seek action to require you to remove those buildings
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They need to drive over me, it's their choice.
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Until last month, this was the Antelope Café,
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"I'll never sell to them."
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And it would be very easy for them to have control of our town.
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And you start bowing down to a man, why, you're just letting Satan push you.
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They wanted literally for us to pack our bags and leave.
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You get that helicopter and you get that helicopter out of here!
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Form of harassment.
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Their only defense they decided is to commit municipal suicide
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Can't really talk about that.
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And while federal and local bomb teams
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However it comes, we're going to be prepared for it.
Aired 7 months ago - Mar 16, 2018

Under the watchful eye of his secretary, Ma Anand Sheela, spiritual guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh relocates his ashram from India to Oregon in 1981.