Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up & widely alleged sexual abuse

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How were the infamous murders covered-up?

Posted by robertpriddy on August 3, 2009

Two of the victims of the Sai authorities' work - photos courtesy of B. Premanand

Two of the victims of the Sai authorities' work - photos courtesy of B. Premanand

The homicides of six devotees in Baba’s quarters in the temple of Prashanthi Nilayam of 6-6-1993 was never ‘officially’ solved, the investigations having eventually been quashed by the Indian Government in accordance with the ashram’s expressed wishes. The recently published 800-page book, Murders in Sai Baba’s Bedroom by the skeptic B. Premanand, exposes the crimes by presenting all the known facts and their possible significance, including court petitions by Premanand himself and official depositions, plus a vast array of newspaper reports, 16 pages of color photos covering the bloody crime scene, and other relevant materials.

Many facts were left uninvestigated or covered up and prime witnesses were left unquestioned (including Sai Baba, who was present but never answered any questions from the press or investigators on the episode). A fairly brief and consistent outline of the main events that emerge can be summarized, even though it is overwhelmingly evident that the police were shown to have lied and lied and the Central Trust, ashram authorities and the Sathya Sai Organization remained silent about everything.

Above all, no one who reads this with an open mind can deny the depth of compromised involvement of top Sai officials and especially of the identity of a major culprit, Sai Baba’s younger brother, Janaki Ramiah, who thereby demonstrated his control of his brother’s chief affairs and indeed later assumed the overall practical management of the huge assets of the Sathya Sai Central Trust, besides his own millions obtained through property speculation. Since then he has died.

On the night in question Sai Baba’s four attendants on the ground floor of the temple with four persons who possibly tried to force their way in to see Sai Baba when they were denied access (two of the four attendants were as usual to sleep in and guard the temple that night). The exact cause of the fighting, other than that it was an intrusion, and whether or not the killing of any of the defenders were planned, is not definitely established.

The outcome was that two attendants were killed in a knife battle, two seriously injured while a 14 year-old student who was with Sai Baba in his 1st floor bedroom escaped unhurt. Bolting a door, the student boy (or perhaps Baba) set off a loud siren, both leaving the room hurriedly. How the intruders got into Baba’s quarters through the bolted door remains unclear, but once in, they bolted the exits to the whole apartment area and sealed themselves within, if not on the assumption that Baba was still there at least to protect themselves from the angry crowd.

One policeman was nearby at the outset, it seems, but he fearfully left the scene. No police appeared for at least half-an-hour after the alarm siren went off, but meanwhile villagers, residents, foreign visitors and about 60 of Baba’s students surrounded the temple. After about an hour or so of apparent stand-off, during which the police and Seva Dal servitors eventually cordoned the main crowd off from the temple and compound, some of Baba’s MBA students, maybe including some villagers, appear to have broken in the door of Baba’s apartment to get at the four intruders.

Subsequently, according to a consistent eye-witness of the whole affair, a bank official interviewed shortly thereafter by the BBC, the younger brother of Sai Baba (Janaki Ramiah) had a ten-minute discussion with Sai Baba and Colonel Joga Rao in the room at the opposite end of the temple where Baba had fled. The MBA students who had tied and allegedly also beaten the four intruders, left when the police very belatedly arrived, allegedly led by an inebriated officer.

Directly after this, the bank employee eye-witness reported, Janaki Ramiah ordered the killing of the four intruders whom he claimed had tried to murder Baba, saying “Vallani kattesinaru, champeyundira…” “They are tied. Now kill them.” What may we suppose was discussed between Baba, his brother, and Col. Joga Rao for 10 minutes while the four intruders lay bound and bloody in Baba’s bedroom? Whatever it was, not not long afterwards it became a bloody slaughterhouse shambles in Sai Baba’s bedroom.

Then came the total police clamp down and cover-up… that turned out to be a cock-up of Keystone Cop dimensions. What emerged as the best substantiated reports from the whole confused mess of reports was that, after shooting the four alleged assailants’ bound bodies (which had been beaten and were either heavily injured or already dead), the police must have moved the bodies and rearranged clothing etc. This was patently to try to make it seem the shooting was done in self-defense by the police as claimed in the Inspector’s First Incident Report.

This report was contradicted by later official investigations, and on some points even by Sai Baba in a later discourse. According to the analyses of independent lawyers (notably New Zealand barrister Warren C. Pyke) and Indian criminal investigators, the report was certainly faked on many points and the scene of the crime had been rearranged. Some of the evidence remains uncertain or inexact, also because the results of further investigations were eventually kept largely secret through direct governmental intervention.

Contradictory to the local police Inspector’s statements is that of V. Jagadish, who observed the broken door before the police arrived and further that of D. Peddireddy, who said that he broke the wooden plank that was holding the door and saw the deceased in the room after he did so. The absence of injury to the Inspector and the minor nature of injuries to the other policemen does not fit with their story of a struggle and their need to open fire. The position of the deceased after death and the very close range gunshot wounds do not fit the police version.

The nature of the gunshot wounds to the deceased are entirely consistent with a very close range discharge. Nor do the number of rounds discharged and position of bullets fit with the police account of shooting in self-defense at specific close-range targets. Independent and reputable witnesses, Balachandra, Sahani, Vatsava all say the shots were heard at 1 a.m., which fits with the post mortem report as to time of death, but contradicts the police evidence of 11.30 p.m. by a full 1½ hours. Further, the photographs of the corpses taken in Baba’s room show many details that cannot be explained if the police account were true.

One photo shows a bloody police lathi (truncheon), an unexplained length of heavy hosepipe on the floor and two heavy bloody poles on Baba’s sofa (probably used for stretchers to bear some of the corpses to their arranged positions in a different room), for which there is no police explanation. The distribution of blood in the rooms and on the bodies is often at odds with the police version of where and how the victims died. Remains of rope (allegedly used to tie the victims, then cut away after shooting) are seen in another room! And so on… the police seriously bungled the remainder of the investigations, avoided interviewing witnesses, gathering obvious evidence etc., most likely so as to try to cover their own tracks. In this they were signally unsuccessful.

Read on… On whom can one really rely? Press interviews with the families of all four victims and with various others who had known them well during their many years of service of Sai Baba were unanimous in their view that they were all deeply devoted to Sai Baba – two of them had been long-term close attendants of Sai Baba. There is abundant evidence that the four intruders, alleged by the police to be assailants wishing to kill Sai Baba (but this was denied publicly by Baba himself and by sources close to them), that they were still devotees in full faith who had another motive in trying to reach Sai Baba that evening. A question arises in every good devotee’s mind: “Was this sinister Divine Comedy of heaven and hell not also staged and presided over by the Divine Director, as most devotees who believe in Baba’s self-proclaimed omnipotence to be so with all other events at the ashram?

Or does this omnipotence not even extend to his own students and ashram staff (when this is not convenient)?” The bemused devotee’s answer to this will probably be, ‘Swami chooses when to intervene and when not, and we cannot understand his mysterious divine motives.’ This mystification puts Sai Baba above the law (which he claims he always respects) and all human standards, but does it not also makes him seem not even human, but without normal care and compassion or even courage?

The Central Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Dept. eventually had to take over due to public unrest with the police and ashram cover-up, and their investigations began to uncover some of the many irregularities, which ashram authorities and police alike adamantly refused to comment on. Though a prime witness, Sai Baba was never officially questioned! The brother of one of the alleged assailants, a Sai worker and former ashram security boss, Vijay Prabhu, and his co-worker Ravindra (earlier one of Baba’s closest servitors), were suspected of complicity with the intruders because of explosives and poisons found in their quarters and they were then hunted throughout India for a month and eventually gave themselves up at Nagpur so as to avoid the danger of liquidation by the already hopelessly compromised Andhra Pradesh police.

According to the press, they then explained that the intention of the four who were shot by the police had been to present to Baba facts about major corruption in the Central Trust and by Baba’s present attendants. They had no intention of harming Sai Baba, to whom all were devoted and for whom some had sacrificed excellent careers. The whole case was at length quashed by the intervention of the highest internal authority in India, the Home Minister, S. B. Chavan, who had been called to visit by Sai Baba as soon as the police cover-up became transparent so that the Central Bureau CID took over.

Sai Baba claimed in his Gurupurnima discourse that there had been no attempt on his life. He rambled on in a confusing way about exchanges with his attendant Radhakrishna about drinking buttermilk, visiting the village etc., avoiding giving any real explanation by preaching about the cardinal evil jealousy “in all spheres of life in the world today”, which he said was behind the incident. He added, as if in justification for all the murders, “The final end is the only cure for it.” He also defended all the members of the Central Trust against corruption allegations (though I am most reliably informed that he dismissed several of them for just that when the matter had died down sufficiently).

However, Baba may have inadvertently let out some of the truth behind the confrontation in telling in the same discourse that Radhakrishna had said to him, “Swami has perhaps some doubts that I may go out somewhere and talk to others”. Concealed facts about corruption were claimed by various others involved to have been at the core of the matter. In passing, Baba also timed the death of Radhakrishnan to 10.00 p.m., at odds by several hours with the police report. Home Minister S.B. Chavan revisited Baba five times more in the following months before they could rid themselves of the matter through a confidential government order, administered by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh to close the murder case and suppress over 100 photographs (impounded by K.V. Reddy of the police) and also the CB-Criminal Investigation Dept. report.

That this could not even be made public speaks volumes and indicates what astonishing levels of corrupt power brokerage were involved to stop the truth and save Sai Baba’s reputation. The Secretary of the Sathya Sai Trust had asked Chavan to drop the issue as it might harm Baba’s image, which certainly makes honest persons wonder how the truth about it all could hurt Baba’s image? Dramatic new information That the police were pressurized into shooting the four alleged assailants in cold blood by top officials of the ashram and the Central Trust, not least Sai Baba’s own younger brother, Janaki Ramiah, is known to the present author from an extremely reliable inside source, on daily speaking terms with Sai Baba.

That source informed me that ashram authorities knew and could prove that the police had allowed two murderers of a German devotee lady in her new room within the ashram some time previous to 1993 to escape in return for revealing where the money they murdered her for was concealed (about Rs. 80,000.-). The police took the money themselves and this was the ashram’s lever on them. This is known as criminal blackmail. The case of the German lady devotee was never cleared up, her only ‘crime’ having been not properly to conceal while returning through the village the money she had withdrawn from the State Bank in Puttaparthi to pay for improvements to her new room.

Sai Baba had left the day previously, and the ashram authorities cleared the place of all foreign visitors and residents within a very short time in an attempt to conceal the incident, as is their usual practice after murders. The present writer has been involved with sb for decades and has spent much time with him at his ashrams, which is why it took me so many years since 1993 to come to accept and adjust to the otherwise wholly unbelievable facts of the incident described above. At some later date, when it proves convenient, the inside ashram source from which the central facts of this information comes, plus further details, will be made public.

Those top officials and even those MBA students who are more or less ‘in the know’ are still mostly prisoners of their circumstances, often fearing to break faith with such a socially and psychically powerful and imperious ‘godman’. Few of them may so far be free of the bewitchment and fear of possible retribution to dare to speak out, but it is hoped that they will do so eventually. I know that most regular devotees are in much the same boat as to not speaking freely about many facts and their doubts and are, for many personal reasons, unwilling to look beyond Baba’s good words and works, of which there admittedly also have been and still are many.

Meanwhile, let us offer our condolences to all those sorely bereaved and maltreated in this matter, who have been allowed no recourse to justice or compensation of any kind, and not least to the countless followers of Baba who have sacrificed so much time, energy and not least money with such good intentions and trusting faith (not forgetting that the good social services and works are actually financed and carried out by them). The grieving process and self-liberation from the person and symbol of Sathya Sai Baba as the Godhead Incarnate – made unavoidable by the major conflict between his words and his actions in all this – may be long and painful. However, greater self esteem, confidence and further realization can be achieved .MurderBook

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The Death of Sathya Sai Baba’s brother, Janaki Ramiah

Posted by robertpriddy on October 14, 2008

JANAKIRAM – PROPERTY MULTI-MILLIONAIRE, REPORTED BLACKMAILER AND ACCOMPLICE TO MURDERS

“Tears should be shed only for God and not for
anyone else. Whatever one’s grief one should not shed tears. Tears may flow out of joy or
enthusiasm or ecstasy, but not from a feeling of sorrow.”
[Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 28 – Ch. 10, p113]

” (Sathya Sai Baba)… immediately started talking about how Rama felt when his beloved brother Lakshmana fainted on the battlefield. Rama said, “How can I ever find a brother like you? It is not possible!” Swami went on; several times His voice cracked and fathered, and two or three times He had to stop mid-sentence because He actually started to sob! It was a heart-rending moment, the closest Swami has ever come to outright, real crying.”

Sathya Sai Baba’s younger brother, Janaki Ramiah (or Janakiram as he was also known) died in October 2003. Sathya Sai Baba mourned him in public – even tearfully – despite his having imprinted on his followers that tears are never permissible and are but a sign of weakness!

Janakiramiah a major actor in blackmail and resulting executions of 4 devotees

The most shattering information I ever received was from from VKN  in January 1997  was how Sai Baba’s multi-millionaire younger brother, Janaki Ramiah  had – after lengthy negotiations with the Puttaparthi police – blackmailed them into executing the four intruders (armed with knives) who were holed up in Sai Baba’s bedroom apartment.

No one closely involved in that notorious episode dared to tell what they know. However,  Narasimhan told me many details in private and that he was present when Janaki Ramiah was congratulated for the results of his blackmailing activity by the former Home Minister of India, S.B. Chavan, and who replied, “Dead men tell no tales”, upon which these two laughed heartily! Narasimhan was very disturbed,  lowering his voice to a whisper when he told me. Though I tried my utmost to explain this away and somehow clear Sai Baba of any involvement, the evidence was finally too overwhelming.
Janaki Ramiah had been banned by brother Sathya from the Prashanthi Nilayam ashram for years until the murders in Sai Baba’s bedroom in June 1993. The reasons for their estrangement are unclear, other than that Janakiram had amassed a massive fortune through property deals in Puttaparthi as it mushroomed from the 1970s onwards and – allegedly – through shady transactions in running a brothel and drinking dens there. One day when I was walking with V.K. Narasimhan, we happened to meet Janaki Ramiah who had entered the ashram gate to get to the post office and send a parcel. He sidled out again shortly afterwards!

Thereafter his status changed entirely in that Sathya Sai Baba made him one of the Board of directors of the super-rich Sathya Sai Central Trust. The background to this is evident… that Janaki Ramiah insisted that the four intruders who were later trapped and shot down by the Putaparthi police had intended to assassinate his famous brother (despite Sathya’s public statement denying that this was the case!). This helped create the confusion and uncertainty about the event which was never cleared up officially, due to Sai Baba’s political devotees who got the investigation by the CBI quashed (that is, the Indian Prime Minister, the President, the Home Minister and others). (see here)

Janakiramiah was congratulated by the Indian Home Minister, S.B. Chavan, for blackmailing the Puttaparthi police into shooting down the four intruders (who had earlier killed two attendants in a struggle with knives). This he did in the presence of Sai Baba’s editor – the once-famous Indian journalist and editor-in-chief, V.K. Narasimhan. Janaki Ramiah responded by saying ‘Dead men tell no tales’ and he laughed over this together with the Home Minister! This was told me in the strictest confidence by V.K. Narasimhan when I was troubled about the facts around the murders. Only when VKN died in 2000 was I able to consider making know this fact in public… a heavy burden, but one I felt impelled to do in conscience and as an unavoidable public duty.

Sathya Sai's younger brother, Janaki Ramiah

Sathya Sai

Here follows an account of the events around the death of Janaki Ramiah by a deluded devotee.

From: “Luis & Silvia”
Subject: FW: swami’s brother dies

Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 08:47:54 +1000
Forwarded by ‘Rita’

—–Original Message—–
From: Sai Sister in Puttaparthi

Subject: Swami’s last sibling dies; Swami gives discourse
Friday 10 PM

On Thursday, Swami came out as usual in the morning for bhajan. After lunch, He walked all the way up to the edge of the verandah, supported by two assistants, before settling down in the open chair. For some reason, they did not put the footrest on, so His feet were hanging down, inches from the floor!

After bhajan, I was surprised to hear the whole village humming that Swami’s brother (who has been in serious condition in the Super Speciality Hospital since his heart operation) had died! I called up a reliable contact, who told me that there was absolutely no confirmation on that rumour. How tragic that rumours send a person to the grave before their time!

Later, Swami went to the hospital. We all heard that his brother, who has been in a comatose or semi-comatose state, awoke; however he wasn’t able to speak. Swami poured a few drops of water into his mouth. After that, “he was all right,” the rumour spread. But actually, we had no definite reports, only that he is “still alive.”

(This made me remember the last hours of Swami’s two elder sister: both were, at different times, in serious condition and comatose. Only when Swami came to the hospital, they suddenly became awake and aware. They even held Swami’s hand. He gave vibhuti to them and left; after a few hours, they left their bodies peacefully. And of course, the Indian practise is to give a few sips of water, preferably with a tulasi leaf, in their last moments.)

It is an extraordinary thing that droves of people, hundreds and hundreds, (thinking that Janakiram was dead or in the last stages), descended on the Super Speciality hospital to see him, and they were actually let in to look at Swami’s brother through the glass doors of the ICU unit!

Evening was a program of different small school children chanting the Vedas, speaking and singing songs. Swami stood up for a minute or two, at the end of the program.

Friday morning, Swami came early, about 7 AM. The same lady who stood up the other day, was in first line. She again stood and lunged towards Swami, to touch Him! She even managed to touch His arm. Swami looked utterly shocked at this event, then suddenly put on a very harsh look and said, “NO! GO AWAY!” By then, the Seva Dals were dragging her away. Swami, also by then, was smiling and giving a look full of love to her!

It seems that someone from Singapore has donated a large amount, which will be used to build and start a nursing college here. There was some small puja related to that, after which (8 AM), arathi bells were rung.

Later, there was bhajan as usual. Swami came in the open chair as usual. Bhajan ended at 9:20 AM, and Swami came out from lunch and was back at the Poornachandra by 9:45 AM.

At about 10:30 AM, Swami’s brother Janakiram, aged about 73, really did leave his physical coil behind.

Hundreds, even thousands, of people from Puttaparthi and beyond came flocking to the hospital, as word spread. Janakiram leaves behind his wife, two daughters and one son, all comfortably settled in life with children of their own Swami’s elder brother died in 1986; His eldest sister in 1993; His second elder sister in 1996; and now His younger brother. The last of Swami’s siblings is dead!

The entire town of Puttaparthi 100% closed their shops and went like iron fillings to the magnet of Swami’s brother. The place was like a ghost town! He had helped numerous people and was the protector of all the villagers and others in these areas. He was active in politics and also a member of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.

The body was soon brought to their village house (a few houses before the birthplace of Swami, the Siva temple) where pandemonium reigned. I didn’t go there, but I saw the events on the local TV channel: pathetic scenes of his poor wife falling on the body and crying, and of his son sobbing uncontrollably. The body was already alarmingly swollen and bloated.

Hundreds of people then filed past the body. The only movement in Puttaparthi all morning and afternoon, was of people going and coming back from seeing the body. Hundreds of people, from the flower girls and sweepers to the big contactors, were feeling like orphans abandoned. After all, it is not so easy to have close contact with Swami, but Janakiram was always there to help them with their problems and do practical things  to tide over various tragedies. Many people depended on him.

Swami had cleverly organised a function to hold people’s attention! Swami came about 3:30 PM to the Darshan hall. First, there were speakers talking about the nursing college. Even the kind donor talked about how Swami has been protecting his family.

Then, the talks on Janakiram began. Several people talked on his good nature, his equal love for all and what a major figure he was in Puttaparthi. Last was the flowerly-speached Anil Kumar, who spoke eloquently in Telugu. He talked on how he first was introduced to Janakiram in the 1980’s, when he shared a room with him in Kodai Kanal for 40 days. He talked of how he had equal love for all, was always ready to help and be kind, and though he sometimes seemed angry, he would immediately turn sweet and soft again, and forget completely about the harshness.

(Meanwhile, the body of Janakiram was taking in procession at about 4:30 PM and buried as is, as per family custom, on a plot of land near the bypass road, in Enumulapalli.)

After that speech, Swami indicated that He, too, wanted to speak! Anil Kumar couldn’t resist then coming to the mike and formerly inviting Swami to say a few words “to lift our heavy hearts.” The table waS brought and with the help of only one boy, He stood up, at about 5:10 PM, and started to talk.

First Swami sang the poem about the greatness of Indian women, ironically starting with the line about how Savitri brought her dead husband back to life! His voice faltered with emotion several times. Swami then began talking about the power of God that is in man, and how one such great Shakti was Janakiram! He said that although Janakiram may have had harsh speech, inside his heart was soft and calm. He repeated this several times.

Then He immediately started talking about how Rama felt when his beloved brother Lakshmana fainted on the battlefield. Rama said, “How can I ever find a brother like you? It is not possible!” Swami went on; several times His voice cracked and fathered, and two or three times He had to stop mid-sentence because He actually started to sob! It was a heart-rending moment, the closest Swami has ever come to outright, real crying.

To me, this was a message for all of us: perhaps He was showing, by His own show of emotion, that sometimes we may have tragedy occur, but we should overcome it by concentrating on spirituality, filling our hearts with love and sharing that with all.
Suddenly, about 5:50 PM, Swami’s right side seemed to buckle and he faltered, starting to fall to one side.

His assistant helped him to regain balance. Swami then said, “Don’t feel bad that I am put to suffering. I have no inconvenience. In fact, thorough my actions I am an actual example of pure love.” Amidst the applause, He slowly slid down in the open chair and He motioned for bhajans to begin.

After the Ganesh bhajan, and one other bhajan maybe…  Swami wiped his eye and called for arathi! So, the bhajan was ended right there in the middle and Swami went out in the open chair.

Whew! What a day!

From the above one can appreciate how thoroughly extended and  twisted people’s rationalizations become when on still cannot face the facts or make any kind of break with the idea that Sathya Sai Baba is perfect, omniscient, all-powerful, omnipresent, God Almighty the Creator and so on ad. inf.

The uncertainty and reliance on rumours illustrated so well by the above account is endemic at Sai Baba ashrams, where information is carefully hoarded, facts covered-up and disinformation carefully crafted for public consumption – and effectively spread through the entire network of blindly-believing officials in his institutions and the Sathya Sai Organization.

See also about Janakiramiah’s involvement here: https://robertpriddy.wordpress.com/2007/07/31/murders-2/

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V.K. Narasimhan – confidences to Robert Priddy

Posted by robertpriddy on October 13, 2008

V.K. Narasimhan was one of Sai Baba’s very closest confidants from 1980 until his death in 2000,  outstanding journalist and ex-Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Express group of newspapers. A series of blogs on V.K. Narasimhan and my relationship with him will detail the burdensome legacy of facts and inside information about Sathya Sai Baba, his institutions and prominent followers he left me. The unspoken facts were often most disturbing to me at the time, not least since these were given in private as confidences. Nothing I relate here is anything but the truth to the very best of my understanding and recollection, which is based on copious notes made at the time (links will be given to the appropriate scans of those notes, which come from a series of notebooks here.

I eventually came to learn some devastating facts, the worst of which was how, on the direct initiative of Sai Baba’s younger brother, Janaki Ramiah, and other officials of the ashram and Central Trust, the police were blackmailed into executing in cold blood in Sai Baba’s own rooms, four intruders who had killed two of his attendants. These intruders could easily have been captured without murdering them as they had no other weapons than knives and had been trapped inside the apartment of Sai Baba by him locking the door of his bedroom from the outside when he fled the scene.  He was nearby throughout the hours that all this went on, and (a virtual dictator within his ashram) did not lift a finger to stop what he himself has stated in a discourse that he knew to be taking place, and was even aware of what would occur in advance!

The account VKN gave me in confidence (and a lowered voice) I cannot possibly doubt as I knew him so long and so well. It is backed up fully by my extensive investigations of the entire matter. VKN informed me of a discussion to which he was witness between Janaki Ramiah and the Home Minister of India – S.B. Chavan  – (a Sai Baba devotee who visitied his guru frequently during the period when investigations were taking place). S.B. Chavan congratulated the younger brother on his action in the matter whereupon they laughed together over the words ‘Dead men tell no tales.’ I declare that I am reporting all this as it was told me, based on my comprehensive notes made at the time. See scan with comments here.

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