The bizarre murder of Sutherland policeman Jacob Boleme, allegedly by a French couple with links to a US-based cult, the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, has shone a spotlight on the unusual American organisation.
Notes on the Ramtha School of Enlightenment were found alongside medical supplies, emergency packs and survival guides in the fugitive couple’s farmhouse.
The school was started in 1988 by Judy Zebra (JZ) Knight, a 64-year-old American who claims to be the sole channel for a 35 000-year-old “spiritual entity” named Ramtha.
Web reports estimated in 2008 that the school had around 6 000 members.
Knight was born in Roswell, New Mexico, long regarded as a Mecca for conspiracy theorists because of its history of claimed UFO sightings.