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Photograph article dated December 10, 1958 partially reads, "A bomb concealed in a duffel bag blew up the headquarters of the Fountain of the World religious sect in Box Canyon, Chatsworth, early today killing at least six persons, including cut leader Krishna Venta. Three others were reported missing and believed dead. The thunderous explosion, which dissolved the stone building, imperiled 11 children sleeping 20 feet away and set off a brush fire that burned to within yards of Rocketdyne's secret-rocket engine test facility. Three persons were seriously hurt. Krishna Venta, who claimed to be a second Christ, was heard involved in an angry exchange of words with a stranger who brought the duffel bag inside the house. Five minutes after the mystery man left, the explosion rocked the entire West Valley." Photograph caption reads, "Blast survivors - Brother Robert, 13, holds pet dog 'Brownie' after escape from flaming dormitory. Bishop Nekona, shown with him, was only person to escape from upper floor of bombed headquarters building. Brother Robert awakened sleeping children in time for them to flee."; See images #00133622 through #001336125 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
00133624 ValleyÂ Times Collection HCNVT_d040_f12_i20 CARL0005579077 http://22.214.171.124/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/63918
WKFL Fountain of the World Mass casualties--California--Los Angeles Bombings--California--Los Angeles Bombs--California--Los Angeles Women--California--Los Angeles Boys--California--Los Angeles Pets--California--Los Angeles Cults--United States Sects--United States Chatsworth (Los Angeles, Calif.) Group portraits Portrait photographs Valley Times Collection photographs