APnv 06/19 0428 Bhadra Released PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A woman who pleaded guilty to tryin
APnv 06/19 0428 Bhadra Released
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A woman who pleaded guilty to trying to
kill the personal physician to Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
has been released from federal prison so she can return to her
native Australia and attend her sick parents.
Ma Shanti Bhadra, 42, who has resumed the name Catherine Jane
Paul Elsea, was granted an early parole Thursday from the Federal
Correctional Institute at Pleasanton, Calif., authorities told
Portland television station KATU.
Bhadra, born in Perth, was sentenced July 22, 1986, in U.S.
District Court in Portland after pleading guilty to her role in a
plot to murder Swami Devaraj, also known as George Alexander
Stowell Wynne-Aubrey Meredith, the doctor and aide to Rajneesh
while the guru presided over a commune in the desert of central
Bhadra also served as vice president of Rajneesh Medical Corp.
and as treasurer of Rajneesh Foundation International until she
resigned Sept. 13, 1985, shortly before fleeing the country with
several other high-ranking Rajneeshees as the commune collapsed.
She was arrested Oct. 28 in Hausern, West Germany, along with
Ma Anand Sheela, the former personal secretary to the guru, and
Ma Anand Puja, who served as secretary-treasurer of the Rajneesh
The three women were extradited to Oregon and all were
eventually sentenced to prison terms at Pleasanton.
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