I lost my inheritance to the doomsday prophet!
Eileen Heuwetter was shocked to find out that her deceased aunt left nearly her entire estate to Family Radio, the group behind predictions that the world would end May on 21.
June 1st, 2011
10:52 AM ET

I lost my inheritance to the doomsday prophet!

By Blake Ellis, CNN Money

New York (CNNMoney) - When the world didn't end on May 21, many people who had given up their earthly possessions were left with nothing.

But one believer never lived to see the day. She left nearly her entire estate - around $300,000 - to the group behind the failed prediction, leaving some family members out in the cold.

Eileen Heuwetter was shocked to find out that her aunt left the majority of her estate to Family Radio, the group responsible for the doomsday warnings that the world would end on May 21. She and her sister were each left $25,000 from their aunt's estate. The rest is going to Family Radio.

The network of Christian radio stations based in Oakland, Ca., is almost entirely funded by donations. According to IRS filings, the group brought in $18 million in contributions in 2009 alone.

Heuwetter, the executor of the will, knew how much her aunt loved the radio station and admired its leader, Harold Camping, who is viewed as a prophet by many of his followers.

Read the full story here from CNNMoney.

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soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Houstonheart72

    End of TImes, and Doomsday scenarios are scams by religious groups to make money. There is often a pattern of 5-7 years to allow of the build up, and selling of articles, books and donations to increase church revenue. The control system has pulled people away from God and towards greed.

    No church is required to worship. Money isn't needed to worship. Fancy Idols are not required. Even in the conflicts of many spiritual texts, people cling to groups that want donations to run, and pay their pastors. God will is free. All that is provided WAS free. However taken over for personal gain.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:19 am |
  2. karmamaster

    It saddens me (no not really) that these people lost everything. The woman whose aunt died leaving everything to the group got what she deserved. Both of my parents died, father left everything to my paranoid schizophrenic mother who left everything to my son and nephew (she obviously wanted to punish my sister and I one last time as if life with her wasn't punishment enough); I didn't complain, it gave my son and nephew a break I didn't have; financial security at age 21. She wan't to change her will and leave everything to a cat shelter, but her lawyers told her she would have to have a psych. evaluation and she knew she was crazy so let it slide. Many people of all faiths leave their estates to their church, so the niece in this case can't complain just because its founder was a tad off on doomsday. For those members that gave directly to the church figuring that the world would end I can only ask: Why would a church need the money if everyone was going to meet their maker. In the end you reap what you sow.

    June 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  3. hey what is this


    June 26, 2011 at 6:05 am |
  4. Marie Kidman


    June 23, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • A Werks

      I hate how these religious groups prey on the elderly. Of COURSE people have a right to give their money to whomever, but seeing how the elderly don't get out to go to their own local churches get shut in watching (and getting brainwashed!!) by the those mega churches on TV who rely on support. I will compare that to other forms of media you need to buy this or that product(commercialism–spend money and God will ensure you a place in Heaven!). My mother watches these shows and she feels that God blesses her for giving money to these greedy people who WILL NEVER sit by her bedside while she is sick or after having a major operation–or even to speak with her or pray with her when she wants to pray with someone. They won't fulfill that need like a local church can and is suppose to do. They will never officiate over her funeral service. So when she was sick I answered her phone and this nasty lady calling on her phone DEMANDING to speak with her so she can continue supporting their ministry I told them to take her off the mailing list –my mother did say she did not want to be bothered anymore by solicitors... she's been too sick to deal with these calls. That *nasty lady* (insert other choice words of what she should really be called) spoke to me like I was nobody special and she could bully her way into my mother's pocket book. I handed the phone to my father who told them to take her off their phone list to which the woman refused still demanding to speak with my sick mother. Continually the lady called back in her rude stern (you know she's a Christian therefore she has the authority to speak to the rest of the *heathen* family like that) until finally my mother was well enough to tell them herself to take her off their phone list.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:29 am |
  5. John Pedant

    "Even worse, Heuwetter said, was that Camping's prediction never came to fruition."

    Now wait a minute, I can see that it must be disappointing to see 300k slip away from your grasping hands to the equally grasping paws of a bunch of screwballs, but is it "worse" that the world did not end? If fire had indeed rained from the sky and the four horsemen of the apocalypse appeared, would you really be saying: "O that's alright then, At least the prediction is coming to fruition."

    And what is the point of leaving money to anyone if the world is about to end?

    June 17, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • Marc

      Note that the Aunt's date of demise was not posted. I am certain, that the two family members did not make any effort to reclaim the inheritance until they found out that the radio ministry had discredited itself severly. This seems like an opportunistic attempt to reverse the dying wish of a family member, in a greedy effort to get at some fast money.

      June 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  6. John Pedant

    "I lost my inheritance. . . "

    Strictly speaking, it was never yours to lose, since you never got it.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  7. Jim

    Is there any doubt that these people are thieves?.The worst part is they say they represent God and yet they use peoples love,faith and personal belief for their own gain.
    Mark my words if there is a Satan...these people work for him.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  8. unowhoitsme

    Another cult...when will people wake up.

    June 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  9. adam

    Now I bash myself to sleep, sick of laughing at the sheep. If you die before I wake, no more drama will you make.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Marc

      Wow... (thumbs down)

      June 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Sofian Auctor

    Face it; most people are sheep. People follow religion passively ignorant of its true history and nature, they follow political parties blindly unaware of who is really paying them off, and they will just be led to the slaughter giving away their hard-earned money due to fear for their soul and fear for their own self-interests... We all suffer, as they reap what they sow...

    June 14, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  11. walace

    i think woman who was complaining that she lost her inheritance , the only thing i will cheep in is this , if you really called yourself a Christian start now to read your bible , and know what the bibles says, don't be deceived any prophet or any other one by nature , because if ever you have been follow the words of God in side the bible , you will truly know that no one gonna know when the rapture will take place.

    June 11, 2011 at 3:07 am |
    • xtheist

      word of god. pfft! dream on.

      June 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  12. jason

    When I get into a tight spot, I always pray for Santa, Thor and the Easter Bunny to join forces and come to my rescue. No luck yet, but I have faith in them...

    PS: Who inherits money from their aunt? Not most people.

    June 10, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  13. Lila

    ...as seen in the '80s movie Repoman. Life imitates art again.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  14. Pat

    Perhaps she should have treated her mother better? Just sayin.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  15. Sandra

    It took me almost a lifetime to release myself from the hold that religion had on me. Only in the past several years have I been lucky enough to find numerous books that have answered so many questions involving the origins of Christianity (and other religions). The answers are out there if you're not so indoctrinated that you don't question anything. But what I do remember from my church days is that Jesus told his followers that no man knows the time when the world ends, only the Father. So, if you believe the Bible, then how can you think that you (or anyone else) can know an actual date for the end of time? Unbelievable!!

    June 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  16. yen Phan

    Let's stop to believe other too much. Even bible, some wrong in there then people make up storied....Just because to get your money that you have to work and save for your rainning days or older one day...

    June 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  17. Mark

    Well they say a fool and their money are soon departed. I guess in this case both are true. And thank you Brian for help make my point. I had about much faith in this hoax as I do in most modern day religious group who claim anything if people did read the bible they would know before the rapture can happen Israel has to rebuild their temple on it original soil which is still held by 2 other groups. Being a Sheepeople is what makes for a good mark in the con-man game!

    June 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  18. Brian

    This is what happens when people dont read their BIBLES!!!
    No one wants to read anythings themselves, they want someone to tell them what it says!
    Anyone who studies daniel, revelation prophecy, knows a number of things have yet to happen,
    BTW, the "rapture" will not happen till the second coming of Christ.

    June 4, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • andy

      Well, I can forgive the afflictionof lack of grammar.
      However, Jesus himself said 2Jesus told them that some of them would not see death until they saw the Kingdom, and these three did see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom on the mount of transfiguration. This transfiguration is the true Feast of Tabernacles, and it is the destiny of those who believe in Jesus.
      Peter later wrote about this experience in 2 Peter 1:16. He said, "we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming [literal: abiding presence] of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majest"
      It happened. The bible now is nothing more than a novel, of no more importance than 'The Illyad'
      Yep, read the book, around 10 times, cover-to-cover.
      Next thing, False Prophets don't come out of USA. Oh, wait. Joseph Smith, Moroni, Ellen G. White, L. Ron. Hubbard, Charles Taze Russell (JW's)
      Start your own!! Make A mint!! Religion Starter Kit as low as $19,95!!
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      June 6, 2011 at 4:26 am |
    • Jois

      Exactly, Brian...wake up from your sleep people!!

      June 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • Scott

      What will reading a book full of mythical hogwash change? These people are as insane as anyone else who might believe that the book of "Revelation" is somehow a book that foretells how it all is going to end. I can sincerely and honestly say that anyone who buys into any of this nonsense should reevaluate themselves – whether you fall into the category of those who follow Camping or those who follow Robertson. They're all con-artists and you're selling yourself short by putting your efforts and "faith" into an archaic and downright disgustingly barbaric book.

      June 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  19. no way

    It's not like it was this lady's money anyway. Boo Hoo, I lost my inheritance. Sorry your aunt was a m0ron, lady.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
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