Introduction


Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Former Fellowship of Friends member reported missing

[ed. - Oregon House resident and former Fellowship of Friends member, Richard John Malten has been reported missing in the Eastern Sierra. There is a brief discussion of Malten on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog. Though it is merely speculation at this point, I include this article in the blog as the recognized financial and psychological impacts of cult membership may have been a contributing factor in Malten's disappearance.]

Calif. man missing in Buttermilks?

October 17, 2011

The Inyo Register
By Mike Gervais/Register Staff
mgervais@inyoregister.com

Inyo County law enforcement is conducting a search of the Buttermilk area for a man last seen in July.

The man, 64-year-old Richard John Malten of Oregon House, Calif., was reported missing earlier this week, according to Inyo Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, leading investigators to his abandoned vehicle along McGee Creek west of Bishop.

That vehicle, so far, is the only lead investigators have on Malten’s whereabouts.

According to U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer Nancy Upham, Forest Service personnel first took note of Malten’s Jeep in July, but at that time he was apparently camping near McGee Creek.

Upham said that it is unclear when Malten stopped using his vehicle, but Forest Service personnel did recently notice that the Jeep was abandoned – in the same spot Malten was thought to be camping near McGee Creek.

Shortly after that observation, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department received a missing persons report for Malten filed by his ex-wife, Roper said.

Malten is described as five foot, eight inches tall, 144 pounds with curly brown hair and brown eyes.

Investigators are asking anyone who has seen or heard from Malten over the past four months to notify the Sheriff’s Department at (760) 878-0383.

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