In the fall of 1984, a strange illness befell the town of The Dalles, Oregon. One by one, people were getting sick. Really sick. In the span of about two months, the afflicted numbered in the hundreds and dozens of people had to be hospitalized for what was, essentially, severe food poisoning. The cause? It was a deliberate salmonella outbreak conducted by people of the Rajneesh movement.
It was the largest bioterror incident on US soil, and it was a coordinated effort to strike down voters. In a bizarre story involving the spiritual leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (sometimes called Osho), a contested election, and bags of "salmonella filled slurry" called "salsa," this bioterror strike ended in serious jail time for some. This list explores the scary and strange facts about what happened in The Dalles in 1984, and why.
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It Was All An Attempt To Sway An ElectionVideo: YouTube
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