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New Age Cult Followers Wanted for Murder

A French couple involved in a worldwide cult known as the Ramtha School of Enlightenment are being sought in South Africa for the shooting death of a policeman. The Weekend Argus is reporting that Philippe and Agnis Neniere shot and killed a young police constable who came to the farm where they were staying after the property owner tried to evict them for their bizarre behavior. Jacob Boleme, 27, was said to have died instantly after being shot in the head by Philippe Neniere. Another police officer, 42 year old Glenwall du Toit was shot in the back as he ran for cover, and is listed in serious condition in a Cape Town hospital. The Nenieres escaped into the bush after shooting out the tires of the police vehicle. Police found notes on the Ramtha School of Enlightenment inside the farm house alongside medical supplies, emergency packs and survival guides. The Ramtha cult was started by a Tacoma housewife named J. Z. Knight (born Judith Darlene Hampton) who claimed the spirit of a 35,000 year-old Lemurian warrior appeared in her kitchen and began channeling messages through her. The teachings revolve around the belief that everyone is God and that consciousness and energy create the nature of reality. Ramtha also teaches about coming catastrophes on earth such as floods, earthquakes and epidemics and advises students to build underground bunkers and store up to two years’ worth of food and water to prepare for these events. Knight has built a small fortune by channeling Ramtha's messages and lives in a 12,800 square foot home on an 80 acre compound in Washington which is located next door to the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, which she founded. Knight, who claims to be a clairvoyant with telepathic abilities, is currently promulgating her bizarre teachings in 22 countries. Former disciples of Ramtha who have left the organization say it employs mind-control tactics such as daily mental exercises designed to focus the brain and access parts of the brain not normally used in daily life. Many people who have been injured by these cult-like practices started their own group called Life After Ramtha School of Enlightenment (LARSE). An intense search for the Nenieres, who are believed to be experts in survival, is currently underway. More information about Ramtha can be found here.