The thief who destroyed my family, Dawn McSweeney, is employed as a yoga guru by Happy Tree Yoga in Montreal, Quebec. I have been reporting the crimes of Dawn McSweeney openly for many years. I can't understand why people follow gurus, even when their wrongs have been revealed. How can people give over their money and their minds to leaders whose actions have done so much harm?
I decided to review history - to research the question of why people follow evangelists and gurus without question, even when their misdeeds are well known. Here is what I found.
There was Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker
Tammy Faye Bakker
American televangelist Tammy Messner was born on March 7, 1942, in International Falls, Minnesota. She married fellow devout Christian Jim Bakker, and together they hosted television ministry shows in the 1960s and '70s, including The 700 Club and the Praise the Lord Club. In 1980, scandal ensued when Jim Bakker was caught having an affair with his church secretary, Jessica Hahn. Numerous other affairs surfaced, and the Bakkers fell from grace. In 1989,
(Roman Catholic clergy and high-profile leaders from New Religious Movements are not within the scope of this list.)
Jim Jones, byname of James Warren Jones (born May 13, 1931, near Lynn, Ind., U.S.—died Nov. 18, 1978, Jonestown, Guyana), American cult leader who promised his followers a utopia in the jungles of South America after proclaiming himself messiah of the Peoples Temple, a San Francisco-based evangelist group. He ultimately led his followers into a mass suicide, which came to be known as the Jonestown Massacre (Nov. 18, 1978).
On Nov. 14, 1978, U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan of California arrived in Guyana with a group of newsmen and relatives of cultists to conduct an unofficial investigation of alleged abuses. Four days later, as Ryan's party and 14 defectors from the cult prepared to leave from an airstrip near Jonestown, Jones ordered the group assassinated. When he learned that only Ryan and four others (including three newsmen) had been killed and that those that had escaped might bring in authorities, Jones activated his suicide plan. On November 18, he commanded his followers to drink cyanide-adulterated punch, an order that the vast majority of them passively and inexplicably obeyed. Jones himself died of a gunshot wound in the head, possibly self-inflicted. Guyanese troops reached Jonestown the next day, and the death toll of cultists was eventually placed at 913 (including 276 children).
But I still don't know why people give their lives into the hands of gurus.
All I want from Dawn McSweeney is the return of everything she stole from me and from my family, with the help of those she called her "partners in crime" on her own blog - and the Montreal Police. I am offering a $5,000. reward at http://dawnmcsweeney.blogspot.com