Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Krishna Venta and the Fountain of the World

Here's an interesting Article by Shawn Sutherland. 
Turns out, what Venta and Manson preached were pretty similar.
"Click" below to read the article...

ICSA e-Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2008

Krishna Venta


This short article provides a cursory overview of the Cold War era’s self-styled messiah, Krishna Venta (born Francis Pencovic).  It also examines briefly his vision of Armageddon, eerily similar to Charles Manson’s “Helter Skelter,” which he anticipated would befall America in the 1970s.
Earlier this year, Yisrayl Hawkins, who claims to speak for God, declared from his House of Yahweh headquarters in Abilene, Texas, that a nuclear holocaust was to begin on June 12, 2008.  Hawkins’ warning was accompanied by a caveat that anyone joining his fold would be spared from the coming devastation. America responded to this alarm by continuing undaunted with its daily routine.
That such a grim proclamation was met with a shrug should not come as a surprise.  After all, with its rightfully revered First Amendment, this nation has served as the modern world’s premier breeding ground for new religious movements (or cults, as they are more commonly known), prophets, and messiahs for most of its existence.  Such entities and individuals are as much a part of our collective American experience as baseball games and apple pies.  Oftentimes, they are equally forgettable; six months after its prophesied doom, the world is still whole, and Hawkins has faded from memory.
Conversely, would-be prophets and messiahs occasionally become a part of our collective consciousness and—right or wrong—seemingly come to embody the prevailing spiritual and socio-economic nuances of a given decade or generation, such as Charles Manson (1960s), Jim Jones (1970s), and David Koresh (1990s).
Likewise, although not akin to the previously mentioned triumvirate of malevolence, post-World War II America, and particularly the 1950s, is not without its own poster boy—a self-proclaimed messiah with a biography befitting the golden age of both Hollywood and the LAPD.
His name was Krishna Venta, and Monday, December 10, 2008, marked the 50th anniversary of his violent assassination, which all told ended ten lives.
Born Francis Pencovic in the San Francisco of 1911, Venta was an interesting candidate for messiah, having previously lived as burglar, thief, con artist, and shipyard timekeeper.  This changed in 1946 when, following a stretch on a chain gang and a stint in the Army, Pencovic’s body (or so he claimed) became the host vessel for the “Christ Everlasting,” an eternal spirit being who had not only died on the cross at Calvary 2,000 years earlier, but had commandeered to Earth from the planet Neophrates a convoy of rocket ships whose passengers included Adam and Eve.
But in the wake of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, insisted Venta, such ancient history was irrelevant. This time around, his Earthly mission was to gather the 144,000 Elect foretold in Revelation and deliver them from an apocalypse heretofore unseen by mankind.
To draw attention to this cause, Venta donned a monk’s robe, permanently discarded footwear, and thereafter forewent cutting both hair and beard.  In the Truman and Eisenhower eras, Venta, who frequently made headlines for both his luck at the dog track and his repeated arrests for failure to pay child support, cut a unique figure.  His message, however, could not have been more tailor-made for Cold War America.
Armageddon, prophesied Venta, would begin as an armed race war in the streets of America.  (If Venta's vision of the future sounds oddly reminiscent of "Helter Skelter," it must be noted that strong debate exists regarding whether Charles Manson, who periodically lodged at the Fountain of the World circa 1968 and 1969, was privy to the teachings of the dead cult leader during his respites there.)  In this conflict, Communist Russia, with its nuclear weaponry, would render military aid to African-Americans.  But the Soviets would eventually reveal their true stripes, insisted Venta, by enslaving their African-American allies and terminating religious freedom worldwide.  Still, fear was unnecessary, for Venta was actively gathering the 144,000, and knew of a hidden North American valley in which his Elect could hide during the bloodshed until the ordained day came for them to exit their secret refuge en masse, cast out the Soviet empire, free the enslaved, and restore religious freedom to mankind.
Until then, Venta could be found on the road spreading his gospel or at either the Homer, Alaska, or Chatsworth, California, outposts of his WKFL (Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Love) Fountain of the World communal colonies, where his 100-something faithful (primarily females) engaged in such varied works of goodwill as feeding the homeless, offering shelter to battered women, and fighting wildfires.
Tragically, in a twist of irony, Venta, who embodied America’s post-war fear of nuclear weapons, was blown to bits in a Los Angeles suicide bombing, instigated on a December night in 1958 by two ex-followers with twenty sticks of dynamite and two very personal vendettas against their former leader.  One assassin was jealous of Venta’s power and position, while the other insisted Venta had alienated him from his wife.
Today, 50 years after his passing, Venta’s story, although obscured by time, reminds us that, even with messiahs and prophets, there is really nothing new under the sun, but instead mere reiterations of choruses previously heralded.  Nonetheless, it will unquestionably be interesting to see what manner of individuals take up the messiah mantle in the coming years.


LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Shawn Sutherland (Author)

Sutherland is a graduate of Abilene Christian University. He lives in the Dallas, Texas area, where he has worked as a paralegal since 1994. He is also a freelance writer and researcher. His essays on cults have been published by the International Cultic Studies Association and the Jonestown Institute. His first book, "This Night Wounds Time," which the Carrollton, Texas Police Department credits with revitalizing its investigation into a 1988 cold case involving two teenage girls, was released in 2009. He is currently at work on "Barefoot Messiah of the Atomic Age," the definitive biography of Krishna Venta (Francis H. Pencovic).

If anyone wants to get really deep into Krishna Venta research, Sutherland's blog is an excellent resource.
He weaves quite a few "Manson-related" threads into his research, as well.


katie8753 said...

Yisrayl Hawkins? What a name. That's like Fernando Smith. LOL.

sunset77 said...

Thanx for the post, and thanx for the link to the Krishnaventablogspot.

I read through some of it, one thing I noticed and found interesting was the reference to "Kay's Cross" in Utah that may have been built as some type of memorial to Pencovic.

Apparently, the cross was blown up in in the early 90's. A YouTube vid of the story can be seen HERE.

I don't think they ever determined who blew up the cross, but 1 thought crossed my mind, it may have been associates of the people that blew up Pencovic.

katie8753 said...

Thanks Sunset. And thanks Matt for the thread.

It sounds like Charlie most likely got his Armageddon ideas from Francis Pencovic. This guy was preaching the same stuff Charlie was preaching, except that Charlie changed it from "Soviet Russia against the Africans Americans" to "whitey versus blackie".

The result was going to be the same according to Charlie.

Jersydevil said...

I remember reading in one of the MANSON books a cross still stood at the site of this cult in 68 or 69 good ole Charlie wanted to crucify Paul Watkins to the cross

Jersydevil said...

I remember reading in one of the MANSON books a cross still stood at the site of this cult in 68 or 69 good ole Charlie wanted to crucify Paul Watkins to the cross

MrPoirot said...

There was a rather mundane initial connection between Spahn Ranch and the Krishna church. Shorty went to church there.

Charlie's first idea about the Krishna group was as a place his Family could stay at if thrown out of Spahn's. Shorty himself was likely Charlie's first foothold into a failed attempt to gain residence there. The

T the Krishnas were no doubt leary of Charlie as they were but 9 years from the disasterous dynsmite murders so they had every reason to avoid troublemakers like Charlie. Charlie may even have suspected Shorty was badmouthing him to the Krishns thus thrawrting Charlie's designs. A Thwarter Shorty was and pissed off was Charlie. The celibate Krishnas even ignored Charlie's bait when they refused the favors of his women.

Charlie was however, a sponge who soaked up the preachings of the Krishnas borrowed any useful prophecies they preached and installed some of the Krishna tales into his Helter Skelter trip.

katie8753 said...

Boy, Charlie hooked up with several "religious cults". Maybe he should have just gotten baptized in the Baptist Church and been done with it. LOL.

beauders said...

katie many of manson's biological family who raised him were baptists, it just didn't stick.

Cuntry Trash said...

I have an article where Venta's followers were all in awe when he breathed on a cat and brought it back to life. Sounds a lot like Manson and the bird, haha.