Thirty Years Ago, “Geek Love” Author Katherine Dunn Scored a Jailhouse Interview With Rajneeshee Mastermind Ma Anand Sheela. Fireworks Ensued.
Few characters in Oregon life have been as formidable as Ma Anand Sheela. Sheela was the mouth and mastermind of the Rajneeshee sect. Under her orders, the orange-clad “sannyasins” would take over the town of Antelope, Ore., bus in thousands of homeless people to try to flip a Wasco County election, and poison voters in The Dalles by dousing salad bars with salmonella.