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Cult members describe bombing, December 11, 1958

December 11, 2008 |  6:00 am



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"Venta will return and be resurrected."
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Known as "the barefoot people."
Above, followers of Krishna Venta describe life at the Fountain of the World religious compound and the bombing that killed 10 people.

"A tower of blue and white flame erupted into the sky. It seemed to go as far as the eye could see," says Brother Martin, who joined the cult three weeks earlier.

At the sect's compound in Alaska, Venta's wife, Mother Ruth, says: "Don't use the word 'dead,' He is the Christ and we do not believe in death. His body won't be found."
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Leader born Francis Pencovic.
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"We know we are on a mission."
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Missionary objects to being portrayed by "evil woman" Ingrid Bergman.
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NCAA investigates alleged
recruiting violations at USC.


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