Robert Earl Burton founded The Fellowship of Friends in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970.

Burton modeled his own group after that of Alex Horn, loosely borrowing from the Fourth Way teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. In recent years, the Fellowship has cast its net more broadly, embracing any spiritual tradition that includes (or can be interpreted to include) the notion of "presence."

The Fellowship of Friends exhibits the hallmarks of a "doomsday religious cult," wherein Burton exercises absolute authority, and demands loyalty and obedience. He warns that his is the only path to consciousness and eternal life. Invoking his gift of prophecy, he has over the years prepared his flock for great calamities (e.g. a depression in 1984, the fall of California in 1998, nuclear holocaust in 2006, and an ominous, yet unspecified new threat late in 2018.) While non-believers shall perish, through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (including his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers will be spared, founding a new, and more perfect civilization.

Many regard Robert Earl Burton a narcissist and sociopath, surrounded by a largely greed- and power-driven inner circle. The following pages offer abundant evidence supporting that conclusion.

This archive draws
on official Fellowship publications and websites,
news archives, court documents, cult education and awareness forums, the (former) Fellowship Wikipedia page, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wiki project, and the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

Presented in a reverse chronology, the Fellowship's history may be navigated via the "Blog Archive" located in the sidebar below.

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.]

California man missing in Buttermilks?

October 17, 2011

The Inyo Register
By Mike Gervais/Register Staff

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.

[ed. - The following legal notice appeared in the Appeal-Democrat January 30, 2013:]
A-4349232 01/16/2013, 01/23/2013, 01/30/2013


To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of; RICHARD J. MALTEN, RICHARD JOHN MALTEN.

A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by HEIKE SELL in the Superior Court of California, County of Yuba. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that HEIKE SELL be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court.

THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on February 19, 2013 at 9:00 am. in Dept. 2 located at: Superior Court of California, County of Yuba 215 5th Street Marysville, CA 95901

IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above.

YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk.

ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER; BRENDA C. SMITH 1445 Butte House Rd., Suite K Yuba City, CA 95993 (530) 674-7405 Jan. 25, 30, Feb. 5, 2013

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