The Rajneesshee cult started building their utopian city of the future in rural Oregon during the early 1980s. And while it all began with peace and love, it ended with attempted murder, the exploitation of thousands of homeless people, and cult leaders who ordered the poisoning of an entire town by spraying salad bars with salmonella.
At least 750 people got violently ill during the salmonella poisoning, which was part of a trial run to keep people home on election day. The plan was for the cult to use the thousands of homeless people they’d bussed in from every corner of the US to take over the county government by registering them to vote for candidates installed by the cult. When they were no longer needed, the homeless people were drugged and dumped on the streets of Portland. And that’s not even half the story.