Nation: The Doctor and the Moneyed Monk

A bizarre tale of hypnotism, drugs and death

A wealthy monk. A woman's ashes in the trunk of a green Cadillac. Tales of hypnotism and drug taking at a wealthy physician's Malibu house. These are all elements in a bizarre story that has been unfolding in two Southern California courts. But the tale could serve as the plot of a Dashiell Hammett mystery novel:

CHAPTER ONE. Raymond La Scola, 61, a well-to-do Malibu pediatrician and hypnotist, in 1976 buys the Los Angeles house of Buddhist Monk Ariya Dhamma Thera, 74, and his arthritic wife Georgia, 84. Thera, whose mother was Indian and father...

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