Gaeland Priebe gives a brief history of Rama Behera, from his childhood in India to the formation of his cult in Shawano, Wisconsin. Ten years after these videos were recorded, Rama Behera made it into the national news when the cult tried to hire a hitman to murder the leaders of the small Wisconsin town that oversees the cult.
For 35 years, Rama Behera has led his group (SIST) from the small town of Shawano, Wisconsin. Members travel from neighboring states to take part in this group which goes by the official name of Followers of the Lord Jesus. Rama’s group embraces parts of Christianity and Judaism while rejecting traditional western organized Christianity.
Former members tell shocking stories of abuse of children and adults. Former Rama followers, Elina Lane and Gaeland Priebe spoke at the Leo J. Ryan Education Foundation Conference in October of 2001 and sat down to share their experiences with me.
Gaelend reads a letter he sent out to people in which he gives his background in the cult and asks for support.