CULTS: Out of This World

One day last month Robert Rubin, a transplanted New Yorker living in Newport, Ore., signed over the four houses and ten-acre farm he owned to a friend and then went away. His neighbor Sue Greenberg put her name to a notarized document assigning her two children to a friend's care, and then she went away too. In Eugene, Surveyor Gerald Anderson quit his job and disappeared, as did Dan Staggs, a nurseryman from nearby Springfield. In all, somewhere between 21 and 26 Oregonians simply up and left everything they had after attending a recruiting meeting of a baffling new...

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