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From Mysterious Property Buyer to Community Presence

Title: From Mysterious Property Buyer to Community Presence
Date: Sunday, 18 December 2005
Publisher: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: Claire Hoffman
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When a mysterious buyer expressed interest in the old, bankrupt Gilman Hot Springs resort in 1978, Richard J. Hoag thought it might be a group of expatriates from Rhodesia. Others whispered that maybe the Mafia or the Moonies were moving onto the 500-acre property near Hemet. Only much later did anyone learn that the buyer — which paid $2.78 million and went by the names Scottish Highland Quietude Society and Western States Scientific Assn. — was really the Church of Scientology. ... [Read the rest at]