The Public Access Films Broadcast By This ’80s California UFO Cult Are Totally Freakin’ Bizarre

On the TV screen in the 1980s, a middle-aged woman addresses a rapt crowd. She wears a golden headdress and espouses a message of peace and love. This bizarre broadcast was part of a series shown across the U.S. – but just what is the truth behind these strange scenes?

The story began in California in February 1954. Ernest Norman, a clairvoyant and spiritualist, apparently met a 53-year-old woman named Ruth at a psychic event and regaled her with outlandish tales about her past lives.

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