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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.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Money & Faith • United States

soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Muneef

    Seems the aunt had seen the increase of faith that this radio increased in her heart that faith and she loved to participate in contribution of enlarging this radio services to reach those in need of it as she needed and loved it....
    She might or must be a wise woman if that radio is as good in what it teach and preach....may God have mercy on this woman's soul since such an act from her could be of those God meant to take to paradise;

    [2:245] Who would lend GOD a loan of righteousness, to have it repaid to them multiplied manifold? GOD is the One who provides and withholds, and to Him you will be returned.
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    [5:12] GOD had taken a covenant from the Children of Israel, and we raised among them twelve patriarchs. And GOD said, "I am with you, so long as you observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and believe in My messengers and respect them, and continue to lend GOD a loan of righteousness. I will then remit your sins, and admit you into gardens with flowing streams. Anyone who disbelieves after this, has indeed strayed off the right path."
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    [57:11] Who would like to loan GOD a loan of righteousness, to have it multiplied for him manifold, and end up with a generous recompense?
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    [57:18] Surely, the charitable men and women, have loaned GOD a loan of goodness. They will receive their reward multiplied manifold; they have deserved a generous recompense.
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    [64:17] If you lend GOD a loan of righteousness, He will multiply the reward for you manifold, and forgive you. GOD is Appreciative, Clement.
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    June 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  2. Muneef

    Wonder if that could happen in Islam although know it is well regulated where no will is needed to divide among those next of kin family....but what I mean is whether if is possible for a man or woman give up their whole wealth for charities depriving those who would inherit ?? Anyway if did happen then the Sharia Law comes to resolve such inheritance issues that may arise....

    June 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Reality

      Sharia law- just more angelic-derived nonsense!!!

      June 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Muneef

      Reality.

      How are friend,hope all well with you..take care now...so much trouble in the world...understand now that green vegetables from Europe found to have a poisonous bacteria that killed many....as well the Google GMail hakedup....
      Every thing becoming false,every thing is becoming a con....the only morals today are money and power...there is noting that they fear no God no laws nothing...[sigh]

      June 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • Adelina

      Anything is better than rule by Sodomites and atheists.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Adelina.
      I love what you've done with your hair. That's a new color, isn't it? We really need to get together soon and have just a girls day. You know, a manicure, a pedicure and gossip about the boys.

      Oh, and don't worry. Nobody will noticed that you've gained 20 pounds.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:20 am |
    • Adelina

      @LinCA, I'm too old for that. You boys and girls just need smacking on your heads to be rid of stupidity.

      June 3, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • Muneef

      Never mind, not much can you expect from a Godless...God is Great...

      June 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  3. milkthebull

    Did anyone see the article on the Jesus Apology???

    http://milkthebull.com/2011/05/25/jesus-apologizes-to-doomsday-preacher/

    June 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Chartreux

      Tres amuse.

      June 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  4. CatholicMom

    If I believed with my whole heart that Camping was a prophet and was telling the truth about the end of the world I would not be concerned about writing a will in the first place! Who would be left to use the money? …..Those who were not saved? So those who received the money are the ones who will not be saved? Isn't that insulting and judgmental?

    June 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @CatholicMom
      Very true!
      I could just imagine the reading of the will:
      "And to my unwashed, hellbound grand-daughter I bequeath my collection of Hummel figurines. Keep them safe from the Horsemen and the marauding bands of heathens sure to sweep the earth immediately following my rapture."

      June 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Stevie7

      Well, if the will was written, say, a year ago, then if the aunt passed away before 5/21, then Mr Camping could have used the money to help spread around the 'good' news. I think you're assuming that she wrote the will with the assumption that she would live until 5/21 the will would not be executed until after that.

      June 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Stevie7,
      I as-sumed she wrote it in contemplation of her death. How long Camping had been preaching this particular end, I do not know, but I as-sume that she was one who heard it from the beginning of his preaching on it since she had her radio on all the time. I also as-sume she wrote it after hearing about ‘the date’ only because it seemed so, just from what I got out of the story. Someone thinks she wrote her will because of Camping, the way the story was written, and blame him for ‘influencing’ her this way.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Chartreux

      From the article it seemed the aunt knew she wouldn't make it to the alleged rapture date, so she left her money to Camping. It's shameful that a false prophet took her in to such a degree.

      June 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  5. sadiesadie

    There is a saying: don't count your chickens before they hatch.
    It seems to me that this woman greedily expected everything from her aunt, forgetting that it wasn't her say in who received the money. Her aunt had every right to leave it to whom ever she wanted to.
    Be happy with your 25 grand and move on.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • Helen's daughter

      Yes, the aunt could leave her money to whomever she wished. What made this woman think it was HER inheritance? Too bad, though, that the aunt was bamboozled by this off-the-wall group. There are plenty of other causes which could help the poor or hungry or hurt and would fulfill any real religious inclinations she may have had.

      The niece perhaps should have been paying more attention to the old lady, and kept her from going dolally.

      June 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  6. Stacie

    Amen Collins!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  7. Dr. Ernie Young PhD

    RAPTURE, A LIE OF SATAN, BE NOT DECEIVED

    To the children of God Almighty who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God Almighty, Those who fail to know God's truth and do believe in the false flyaway teachings of Satan by many churches today. Then Know this as truth in God's Word, when Satan comes 1st on the six trump (666), he will be using the four hidden dynasties (Political, Religious, Educational, and Economical.) He will deceive many, claming to be Christ but he is the (anti-christ)-(instead of Christ in the Hebrew). The True Jesus Christ will come on the last trump (in Hebrew the last one is the farthest away,) the 7th trump (777). Study the book of Revelations for yourself. This is to those who do not know the truth; not to the ones who do know this truth in God’s Word. You, (the Christian) will be here during the 5 months of Satan’s tribulation, not the 7 years you have been taught, read Revelations for yourself. Know God’s Word.

    We all are born from above, from the 1st earth age after the Katabole, through the womb of a woman (the water) John chapter 3 ver. 3, Ephesians chapters 1 through 4, Romans chapter 1,. 2nd Peter chapter 3 vers. 1-10. To this 2nd earth age to choose whom we will serve God or Satan? Unto the 3rd & eternal age to be with God, This now is the fig tree generation, Matthew 24: 1-51

    Call upon the Lord Jesus Christ & be saved, repent. Satan comes (first;) 6 seal, 6 trump, 6 vial (666), then Lord Jesus Christ comes 7 seal, 7 Trump, 7 vial, be not deceived as to the true Christ. A person can take the mark of the antichrist in his mind (in his forehead) or take the (mark in his hand) by doing his works with his hands. Read the six seals, six trumps and six vial in prayer and ask Gods guidance as you do. This fig tree generation started in 1948 read in mark Ch. 13, the end of this earth age is ending, be not deceived.

    (God is against those who teach His children to fly away (rapture) Ezekiel 13: 18-23.) (Hosea 6: 6, God wants your love (mercy) & knowledge of Him not your sacrifices, etc.) (Ephesians 4: 1-7, there is One body, One God and Father, One Lord, and One Holy Spirit of God, One faith, One body, One Hope.) (Their is One Salvation and after that repentance for sin. Read Gods Word) – Mark 13: 28-37, these last days started in 1948 (The fig tree generation.) (Revelations Chapters 6 through Chapter 17, Satan is to come on the 6th Trump, and then comes the True Christ on the 7th Trump.) Amen

    (The three earth and heaven ages, 2nd Peter Chapter 3 verses 1 through 10.) The 1st age ended at the Katabole, bringing forth this 2nd age for us to choose to serve God or Satan. Now, nearing the millennium dispensation & the end of this 2nd age, and into the 3rd Eternal age, (Gods Plan.) Satan comes 1st, at the 6th trump fooling many to fly them away, the True, Jesus Christ will come at the last trump, the 7th. (No, Jesus Christ, there is no salvation, Tell God u love Him today, & accept Jesus Christ as your Savior today and ask for repentance. Amen

    (Foretelling of the birth of Jesus Christ, Isaiah Chapter 7 verse 14,) (The fulfillment of Isaiah of the birth of Jesus Christ foretold to the virgin Luke Chapter 1 verse 26 through 37 & the birth, Matthew Chapter 1 verses 18-25.)

    (There is no other way to eternal salvation except through the Son. 1st. John Chapter 4:14-15.) (14. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.) (15. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.) Note, (The last true prophet was John the Baptist.)
    Also, The Flyaway Doctrine is of the lies and tricks of Satan, study Gods word.
    Israelites went through the plagues of Egypt under Gods protection, the three young Hebrew men went through the fiery furnace under Gods protection, Daniel went through the lions den under Gods protection, Noah went through the flood in the ark under Gods protection and through out the scriptures you can find where Gods people went through this earth age under Gods protection. Why would God change for this generation and fly you away ? Does God change ?

    Please read the following verses and chapters praying for the guidance of God, His Holy Spirit, and our Lord Jesus Christ. With all love in Jesus Holy name, Amen.

    (KJV)

    Ezekiel Chapter 13 verse 18-23

    2nd Thessalonians Chapter 2

    Gospel of John Chapter 17 verse 15

    1st Corinthians Chapter 15 verse 52

    Matthew Chapter 24 verses 29-30

    Matthew Chapter 13 verse 30

    Matthew Chapter 13 verses 41 through 43

    2nd Thessalonians Chapter 2 verses 1 through 5

    2nd Thessalonians Chapter 2 verses 8 through 10

    1st Thessalonians Chapter 4 verses 13 through 14

    1st Thessalonians Chapter 4 verse 15

    1st Thessalonians Chapter 4 verse 16 (what trump? 1st Corinthians Chapter 15 verse 52)

    1st Thessalonians Chapter 4 verse 17 (note: Revelation Chapter 11 verse 15 and 1st Corinthians Chapter 15 verse 52) (note: the word or words EVER)

    Revelation Chapter 4 verse 1 (note: who is being spoken to here as, I and me?)

    Revelation Chapter 6 verses 9 through 11 (note: who are fellow servants and their brethren here?)

    Revelations Chapter 13 verse 7 through 9 (note: the word saints)

    Hebrews Chapter 13 verse 8 (Please note this verse as you may read)

    In the book of Revelations on the six trump comes Satan then on the seventh trump comes Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Matthew 28:18-20, Holy Father in the name of your Only Begotten, Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ, I come before You in prayer. I ask for your forgiveness and repent of my sins in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe the Lord Jesus Christ is your only begotten Son, was crucified on a cross for my sin’s, You raised Him from the dead, He now sits at your right hand. I ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into my life and save me. Amen. Now go be baptized in the name of the Holy Father, Holy Son and Holy Spirit.

    To all U.S. and Allied military forces & Law Enforcement keeping peace around the world please read PSALM 144 verses 1-2.

    For more truth in God Almighty’s Word I recommend
    Welcome to Shepherd's Chapel – Broadband Files
    Watch Our Daily Show on Demand: (broadband only) Windows Media – Real Media – Left Click on the version you want to watch and the file will start to download (3 – 10 ...www.shepherdschapel.com/broadband.htm – Cached

    June 2, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Juggling Squirrel-Jesus

      You'd think Satan would have better things to do than wait 1800 years and then come up with this rapture idea to sell it to a lot of people. I mean, if you're the prince of darkness, couldn't you think of a lot more evil things to do than get a bunch of god-fearing people to believe in some half-brained idea cooked up some 19th century nut? Would you be trying to get people to kill other people and toppling governments and all of that really evil stuff? Frankly, it's taking the easy way out since revelations is about as clear as a Nostradamus prediction. Someone's getting sloppy in their old age.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Artist

      Get help Ernie
      .
      Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations.
      As the illness continues, psychotic symptoms develop:
      • False beliefs or thoughts that are not based in reality (delusions)
      • Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)

      June 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Oh, my deluded believers! There is no devil. No demons of any sort. Nothing under your beds. If there were, I would tell you.

      Satan was invented by men, because they felt "funny" worshipping a god that had just devastated a village of good people via a flood. They didn't want their god to be the one who did evil. So, Beelzebub was born.

      Consider: You believe god is all knowing. Yes?

      You believe god is all powerful. Yes?
      You believe everything written in the bible is true. Yes?

      You believe Satan is at least as intelligent as your average human. Yes?

      You believe Satan can read? Yes?

      Do you think Satan ever read the part, in the King James, where he loses the battle against god?
      Who, more than a fallen angel, would believe/know god was omniscient? Not to mention omnipotent. That would have been a stumbling block to any coup attempt. Right?

      So, rebellion would have been dumb of Satan and his band of angels. God would have said, "You will lose and you will lose your health insurance." End of rebellion, I think.

      These stories are fiction. Do you see that? What ent ity would rebel against an all powerful, all knowing god? You couldn't even sneak up on Him. Sheesh! Use your brain, just a little.

      What's funny, is that believers bestow upon their god, the attributes of being omnibenevolent, omnipotent, and omniscient.
      Never mind that it is impossible for a god to be all those things at the same time.
      But, fundies never stop to think how these attributes affect their fairy tales. They never consider the ramifications resulting from these superlative qualities that they give to their god.

      Some have told me, that Satan knows he will be defeated. His goal is to take as many humans to hell with him as possible.
      But, Christians also say, their god is all knowing. If god can see the future, if the future can be known, He would know exactly how many souls will be lost and how many saved. He would know this, from the beginning.

      If god can know the future, Satan would be locked into his part. Like Judas and Peter, he would have no choice.
      If the predictions of the bible concerning Satan and the end times are true, then all the events and actions leading up to the fulfillment of these predictions, are predetermined.

      Fundies do not believe in Christianity because it is true. To them Christianity is true because they believe it.

      Cheers!

      June 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • LinCA

      I would have to agree with Dr. Ernie Young PhD where he says:"Left Click on the version you want to watch and the file will start to download (3 – 10 ..".

      There really isn't any argument there. The rest of his ramblings are, of course, total nonsense.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • mike

      your argument breaks down here

      "Do you think Satan ever read the part, in the King James, where he loses the battle against god?
      Who, more than a fallen angel, would believe/know god was omniscient? Not to mention omnipotent. That would have been a stumbling block to any coup attempt. Right?

      So, rebellion would have been dumb of Satan and his band of angels. God would have said, "You will lose and you will lose your health insurance." End of rebellion, I think.
      "

      That is like saying Napolean should have read my history book because it clearly states he was defeated... The Scripture came after the event.... the rest of the post goes off this false as sertion.

      June 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Mike

      You said: "That is like saying Napolean should have read my history book because it clearly states he was defeated... "

      I said: ""Do you think Satan ever read the part, in the King James, where he loses the battle against god?"

      You said: "Scripture came after the event.... the rest of the post goes off this false as sertion."

      The scripture exists now. Yes? So it is very relevant. Right there for Satan to read. A future prediction from an all knowing god. History is not the same as prediction. Unless, you happen to be an Omniscient god. Then yes, it is the same. So why doesn't Satan read and believe the bible? LOL

      The part about an angel who lived in god's presence, knowing He was all powerful and all knowing is relevant. That would not be dependent on the bible. Satan would know this.

      And knowing this:

      It would be stupid to try and overthrow an all powerful all knowing god. It, by definition, could not be done. A fallen angel would know that. Yes?

      If god was all knowing – knowing past, present and future – Satan's trying to garner more humans for hell is silly. Because god can see the future, He already knows – Would have known even before humans were created, how many would be saved and how many would be damned. Being OMNISCIENT is one of the attributes Christians insist upon for their god.

      Your argument that the bible was written after the fall of Satan, is a moot point.

      The Christian god, Satan and Jesus are just myths. When you look at them logically, they fade away.

      I like you Mike. You make me chuckle in my belly. Your arguments are lame.

      Cheers!

      June 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • kit8

      What is your point in two words or less?

      June 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • KingdomCome

      Satan loses!

      June 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • LinCA

      @kit8.

      Evidence rules!

      June 3, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • mike

      Then yes, it is the same. So why doesn't Satan read and believe the bible? LOL

      Good question not to be laugh at, they do read the bible they do know but that does not change the historical act of rebellion.
      Do you not remember reading

      "And they cried out, saying, “What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” "

      And again
      "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?"

      He absolutly believes.... but he commit the sin that we all commit, to be like God.

      And do not think you don't do the same thing, claiming to be so learned in the Bible do you not remember reading

      The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

      For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

      June 3, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • KingdomCome

      @ Mike
      “You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18).
      The Greek word translated “show” means “to exhibit,” “demonstrate,” or “put on display.” His point is simple: it’s impossible to verify true faith apart from holy living because doctrine and deed are inseparable.

      June 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • KingdomCome

      @ Mike
      Our bodies are to BECOME the temple of God when we carry the Holy Spirit... thus we should read these verses and commit to live a holy lifestyle... so that we can "BE" His hands/feet in the lost and lonely world... helping others...

      Ephesians 5:1-2
      “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (NIV)

      Luke 6:40
      “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (ESV)

      1 Peter 2:21-22
      “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” (KJV)

      1 John 2:4-6
      “If someone claims, “I know him well!” but doesn’t keep his commandments, he’s obviously a liar. His life doesn’t match his words. But the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love. This is the only way to be sure we’re in God. Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.”

      June 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  8. Adelina

    A lot of people lose or waste their talents in order to keep inheritance...

    June 2, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • LinCA

      Sein oder nicht sein, das ist die Frage. Ob es edler im Gemüt, die Pfeil 'und Schleudern des wütenden Geschicks zu leiden, oder die Waffen gegen eine See von Plagen, zu nehmen und durch Widerstand sie enden?

      Zu sterben, um zu schlafen. Nicht mehr, und von einem Schlaf zu sagen, wir beenden das Herz-Schmerz und die tausend Stöße, dass Fleisch Erbe ist, ist es eine Vollendung andächtig zu wünschen. Zu sterben, um zu schlafen. Um schlafen, vielleicht zu träumen; ja, da ist der Haken. Denn in diesem Todesschlaf was kommen mag Träume.

      Wenn wir schlurfte dieser tödlichen Spule, muss uns zu denken geben, es gibt den Respekt, den Unglück so langes Leben macht, denn wer würde tragen die Peitschen und verachtet von Zeit, der Unterdrücker ist falsch, den stolzen Mannes Schmach, die Qualen der verschmähten Liebe , das Gesetz der Verzögerung, die Übermut der Ämter und die Schmach, dass Patienten Verdienst des unwürdig findet, wenn er sich vielleicht Ruhstand mit einer Nadel bloß machen? Wer trüge Lasten, zu grunzen und Schweiß unter Lebensmüh, sondern dass die Furcht vor etwas nach dem Tod, das unentdeckte Land, von dessen geboren.

      Kein Wandrer wiederkehrt, den Willen und macht uns eher tragen diese Übel haben wir zu fliegen, als andere, die wir nicht kennen? So macht Bewußtsein Feige aus uns allen; und damit die angebornen Farbe der Entschließung wird kränklicheres über die Blässe des Gedankens, und Unternehmen von großer Moment Mark und mit dieser Hinsicht aus der Bahn gelenkt, und verlieren so der Handlung Namen.

      Still! Die reizende Ophelia! Nymphe, schließ In dein Gebet all meine Sünden erinnert werden.

      June 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @LinCA

      Hmmm.... some 'Shakespeare' in there...?

      Peace...

      June 2, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • Adelina

      Germany needed correct theology for the last 150 years. She is not recovered yet.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Peace2All.

      Nur ein bisschen. Meist nur Trollen.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:52 am |
    • Peace2All

      @LinCA

      "Just a little. Used only on the trolls"...? Yes, unfortunately, -Adelina can and does 'troll' quite often.

      And, I really like to see other languages used here, now and again. How many do you speak...?

      BTW- I am a 'fan' of your postings. Love seeing you post here on the blogs.

      Peace...

      June 3, 2011 at 1:59 am |
    • LinCA

      @Peace2All.
      Two, and German isn't really one of them. I know just enough to be dangerous.

      FYI, I will, on occasion use "Peace" at the end of a post. You can consider that an homage to you. I always enjoy reading your well balanced posts. Always the voice of reason, never anger.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:14 am |
  9. Adelina

    Can't she publish the agony of this case and make $300,000 up instantly? I hope she will maintain good health and good spirit. $300,000 is not worth wrecking her life, though judicial justice needs to be done in this case.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:40 am |
  10. Colin

    I have very little doubt that our generation will be looked back upon with jaw-dropping incredulity by future historians who will marvel at how, in the 21st century, having peered at the mind numbing infinity from Hubble, delved into the quantum irrationality of CERN and unraveled the beautiful simplicity of the DNA codons, we still made important life decisions based upon the presumed wishes of some hokey, invisible, all-powerful sky-fairy dreamed up by some illiterate Arab tribesmen in a tent in the Middle East 2,000 years ago.

    I only wish education could trickle down as quickly as politically correct scientific censorship percolates up.

    June 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • myklds

      Colin...

      I think the poor old lady did not base her decision upon the presumed wishes of God, but to the wishes of a false prophet.

      June 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • Colin

      Mykids, I see no difference between the dancing monkey and his make-believe organ grinder.

      June 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • Free

      myklds
      Problem is, we see lots of demonstrations of false prophets like this one, but never a demonstration of a 'true' prophet.

      June 2, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • Robert Richardson

      Spoken like a true Dawkinite, sir. Intolerant, egotistical, misinformed, and ignorant of science and religion.

      The Hubble telescope and COBE satellite have provided us with observations that prove the universe had a definite beginning. That was the death knell of atheism as any pretense of a rational religion. Previously atheists had claimed the universe was eternal.

      All things that have a beginning need a cause. The universe could not have created itself out of a steady state of absolute nothing. The first cause of the universe had to be timeless, spaceless, immaterial, self-existent, powerful, personal, intelligent, and wise. The way the Bible describes God.

      Atheism is a tiny religion that is in worldwide decline. Rational people simply won't believe in the folly that is atheism.

      June 2, 2011 at 12:49 am |
    • myklds

      @Colin..

      He was a hippo who conned as monkey and the tune was Rhumba but the sc-umbag was doing the cha-cha.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Colin

      Hey -Colin !

      Some very good points here, per usual.

      Peace brother...

      June 2, 2011 at 1:33 am |
    • Zeb

      @Colin – You certainly do write good posts. This monkey salutes you, sir!

      June 2, 2011 at 3:00 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      @Robert Richardson

      The universe had a beginning does not equate to "God done it" it just means that the universe had a beginning and we don't have any clear answers as to the nature of the precursors. We will probably never know for certain since the earliest state represents a vanishing point of information. And where did you come up with "atheists believed the universe was eternal? Certainly not from this atheist so obviously your observation is already suspect. So speculation about inflation or M-Theory descibing colliding "branes" or God or whatever is just that...speculation. No conclusions can be derived and given all currently available information the God hypothesis is a seriously low probability. Your anthropomorphic mythology lacks any verifiable data and ultimately just replaces an unknown with biased wishful thinking.

      June 2, 2011 at 6:42 am |
    • Colin

      @Robert Richardson

      You said, “The Hubble telescope and COBE satellite have provided us with observations that prove the universe had a definite beginning. That was the death knell of atheism as any pretense of a rational religion. Previously atheists had claimed the universe was eternal.”

      Not so. Our understanding of the unfathomable size, age and complexity of the Universe was instrumental (along with evolution) in dethroning the Biblical account of creation. You know, the Biblical account – six days and a talking snake.

      I have never heard that atheists claimed the Universe was eternal before the Big Bang! It may well be eternal, by the way, in that the Universe may undergo endless cycles of expansion and contraction, but we simply do not know. If anybody claims to know, then or now, they are fooling themselves, irrespective of their religious beliefs. So what?

      You said, “All things that have a beginning need a cause. The universe could not have created itself out of a steady state of absolute nothing. The first cause of the universe had to be timeless, spaceless, immaterial, self-existent, powerful, personal, intelligent, and wise. The way the Bible describes God.”

      You like to have it both ways, hey? Everything must have a cause, therefore there’s a god (that doesn’t need a cause) and that god happens to be..….yours, straight from the Bible. Enormous assumptions. One immediately contradicted by using god as the answer. You will no doubt claim that god was “always there” thereby breaching the very assumption you used to deduce its existence. Also, even if your assumption were correct, why would this super-being have the personality you attribute to it. The Hindus, Jains, Moslems, Jews, Australian Aboriginals, Inuits, Zoroastrians and Buddhists will be disappointed that “I don’t know” equals the Christian god, not theirs.

      You said, "Atheism is a tiny religion that is in worldwide decline. Rational people simply won't believe in the folly that is atheism."

      Not so. In point of fact, we are the least religious generation there has ever been. As the light of science is increasingly shone upon the natural World, the gods, ghost and goblins are in full retreat. They are forced now to hide in the few dark corners where the illumination of our understanding is yet to penetrate – the origins of the cosmos being one, the uncritical mind of the believer another.

      June 2, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • Colin

      Peace, Zeb – thanks for the kind words. Zeb, whenever I'm called a monkey, I tell the accuser they are only about 95% right........

      June 2, 2011 at 7:57 am |
    • LinCA

      Colin said:"As the light of science is increasingly shone upon the natural World, the gods, ghost and goblins are in full retreat. They are forced now to hide in the few dark corners where the illumination of our understanding is yet to penetrate – the origins of the cosmos being one, the uncritical mind of the believer another.".

      I am soooo stealing that one. The check is in the mail.

      June 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • ColinO

      @Colin

      Couldn't have said it better myself.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Colin
      Yu iz s-m-a-r-t.
      Thumbs up and keep pummeling the fundies with logic!

      June 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • myklds

      @ Colin..

      I assumed that you were referring Camping as the Monkey and God as the make-believe organ grinder. But I was wrong, it has to be you with (your X)LinCA as partners, together with Zeb, DocV, Peace2, Free and (your twin) Colin0 and last but the last your organ grinder Charles Darwin . All of you will make a (literal) he-ll of a dance troop.

      Let's do the CHA-CHA!!

      June 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
    • myklds

      assumed that you were referring Camping as the Monkey and God as the make-believe organ grinder. But I was wrong, it has to be you with (your X)LinCA as partners, together with Zeb, DocV, Peace2, Free and (your twin) Colin0 as back-ups and......last but not the least your organ grinder Charles Darwin . All of you will make a (literal) he-ll of a dance troop of "95% monkeys".

      Let's do the CHA-CHA!

      June 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @mykids

      Why thank you for the 'compliment.' Love to dance... you...?

      Peace...

      June 3, 2011 at 1:52 am |
    • LinCA

      @myklds.
      I don't understand what you mean when you say:"it has to be you with (your X)LinCA as partners". I am confused by the "(your X)" part. Are you suggesting that Colin and I know each other? Can you please elaborate?

      Thank you,
      LinCA

      June 3, 2011 at 2:04 am |
    • myklds

      @Linca...Nope, it was a just a spoof, a satire based on your monikers. Just like as I referred Colin0 as Colin's twin. No big deal.

      @Peace...I also love to dance but I'm not a good dancer. It's explicable, Monkeys are good dancers but unlike you, I didn't come from them. That's why.

      June 5, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  11. T-party

    Anyone who threw their hard earned money away @ Benny Hinn,Jim Bakker,Jimmy Swaggert,Tim Haggert,Jerry Falwell, Oral Roberts,Jim Jones,Koresh and all the rest...your are just as moronic as this lady...

    June 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
    • Free

      You could say the same thing about anybody take in by a Ponzi scheme. Point is, scam artists, snake oil salesmen, and pastors such as Camping are able to con people because they are masters of persuasion, and also because their marks are a bit too greedy to scrutinize what they're being told closely enough. Greed for the afterlife, of being raptured, and of being a part of God's elect is as powerful as being greedy for money, or a miracle cure, if not more.

      June 2, 2011 at 12:11 am |
  12. T-party

    lost your entire life savings ....Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha ...for those who speak Spanish JaJaJaJa Ja

    June 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • Adelina

      Better than losing the lifetime intelligence because of holding on to atheism...

      June 2, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • No One Is Safe

      oh, just shut up, already, dimbulbina..

      June 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Artist

      No One Is Safe

      oh, just shut up, already, dimbulbina..

      ------

      lol why waste your time on a retard with jesus's p%&*k in her mouth. Okay seriously, why waste your time on a retard on crack wearing a shirt that says "I was t- bag ged by Jesus and he loves me".

      June 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  13. Mark from Middle River

    -> “And also i think they can bring the matter in court, to get back whatever rightfully for them plus damages. They can also charge Camping and the entire family radio of fraud.”

    Ok, two concerns. First, the will was the last wishes of the deceased lady. If her family was that close to her the time to challenge the will was while she was alive. That the family did not know sounds more like they did not know her or was that much at her side at the end of her life. It sounds more like they were 25k involved in her life and not 150k involved.

    Second concern. Would there be this much out rage if she had given the bulk f her money to the United Nations Children's Fund ,UNICEF? If it had been that group she gave the money too I wonder if folks would be that outraged.

    Personally I think that if this lady was aware of her aunt having a sizable estate then she should have done more to be in the “loop” of her aunt's finances. If she challenges it in court I do not think she will get the outcome she wants. You would have folks challenging wills from here until forever and you would effectively say that no one would be able to write their families out of wills.

    Can you image if it became a legal path that it would not matter what kind of relationship you and your family have, your estate will go to them?

    Come on folks, this is another one of those situations where in an effort to protect we are infringing on another adults rights. There are times that maybe mom or dad might be mentally incapable to handle their affairs but if you really love and care for them you handle that instance before they die, not after. Part of being a good caretaker of a older parent is to be close enough to see the warning signs. If you do not and get shafted then the blame is on you as a chief caregiver.

    All of us are going to depart this Earth sooner or later but one thing that I would hope that both those of Faith and those not of Faith could agree on is that each of us should have the right to handle our own business affairs and that our wishes in death should be taken as seriously as though we were still alive.

    l'chaim -> “And also i think they can bring the matter in court, to get back whatever rightfully for them plus damages. They can also charge Camping and the entire family radio of fraud.”

    Ok, two concerns. First, the will was the last wishes of the deceased lady. If her family was that close to her the time to challenge the will was while she was alive. That the family did not know sounds more like they did not know her or was that much at her side at the end of her life. It sounds more like they were 25k involved in her life and not 150k involved.

    Second concern. Would there be this much out rage if she had given the bulk f her money to the United Nations Children's Fund ,UNICEF? If it had been that group she gave the money too I wonder if folks would be that outraged.

    Personally I think that if this lady was aware of her aunt having a sizable estate then she should have done more to be in the “loop” of her aunt's finances. If she challenges it in court I do not think she will get the outcome she wants. You would have folks challenging wills from here until forever and you would effectively say that no one would be able to write their families out of wills.

    Can you image if it became a legal path that it would not matter what kind of relationship you and your family have, your estate will go to them?

    Come on folks, this is another one of those situations where in an effort to protect we are infringing on another adults rights. There are times that maybe mom or dad might be mentally incapable to handle their affairs but if you really love and care for them you handle that instance before they die, not after. Part of being a good caretaker of a older parent is to be close enough to see the warning signs. If you do not and get shafted then the blame is on you as a chief caregiver.

    All of us are going to depart this Earth sooner or later but one thing that I would hope that both those of Faith and those not of Faith could agree on is that each of us should have the right to handle our own business affairs and that our wishes in death should be taken as seriously as though we were still alive.

    l'chaim

    June 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • Just Asking

      @Mark...you replied stating: "Ok, two concerns. First, the will was the last wishes of the deceased lady. If her family was that close to her the time to challenge the will was while she was alive. That the family did not know sounds more like they did not know her or was that much at her side at the end of her life. It sounds more like they were 25k involved in her life and not 150k involved."

      If you had read my entire post, I was referring for an existing law that protects the rights of the rightful heirs,

      And you said: "Can you image if it became a legal path that it would not matter what kind of relationship you and your family have, your estate will go to them?"

      Though it hard to imagine but if it's what the law says, then it would be yes, if the law says 50%, then, it should be 50% because the law says so. Otherwise, would be a violation of such law and could be deemed null and void. However, there's always an exemption and remedy in every rule. Had the deceased lady (when she still live) presented to court some circ-u-ms-ta-n-ces and evidence substa-ntial enough to convince the honourable court to take away such right from the heirs, the former could strip such rights from the from the latter and the last will would be deemed legal.

      Also, you said and I quote, "Second concern. Would there be this much out rage if she had given the bulk f her money to the United Nations Children's Fund ,UNICEF? If it had been that group she gave the money too I wonder if folks would be that outraged."

      Allow me to quote some statements from the article that might answer your question. It says and I quote, "I'm looking at these brand new buses drive around with Family Radio's name on them, saying 'Doomsday is May 21', and I said, 'Oh my god, this is who my aunt gave all of her money to," Heuwetter said. "I didn't know he was so crazy, and at this point I was incensed that this man was going to get everything my aunt had left."

      I hope it's a clear "NO" to you. The outrage was all about to whom he gave, NOT to why he gave the money.

      Lastly, the argument that Camping still has listeners and followers neither imply nor take away the fact that he fooled all of (clueless) them to pocket their hard-earned money.

      The sc-u-mbag had defied both the Bible the Co-nst-i-tu-tion that unevitably dragged the entire Christian community down the drain.

      June 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
    • Just Asking

      inevitably*

      June 1, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      –> "I hope it's a clear "NO" to you. The outrage was all about to whom he gave, NOT to why he gave the money."
      Then that is making a judgment on preconceived political correctness. If the woman gave the money to Make a Wish, The Klan, The Nation of Islam, the United Ne'gro College fund or the San Deigo zoo. The outrage is based on Political Correctness gone amuck.
      –> "Though it hard to imagine but if it's what the law says, then it would be yes, if the law says 50%, then, it should be 50% because the law says so."
      So, when you die and say you have a large estate with tons of stocks on Wall Street... you have a child that hates you, worked against you, refused to speak to you, ....basically a kid that states that he or she wants nothing to do with you. You work for a soup kitchen, spend your days helping the community. You die and in your Will, that you had made before you passed away, you felt your estate shall go to the community center... Do you feel that your kid should get any part of your estate, especially after you have stated with out question in a legal docu'ment that they get nothing?
      The wild thing is that I saw these buses coming into New York the week before the date. They streamed in through the Holland Tunnel. Personally I felt that it was a bit of a waste but these folks are adults and have the right to do with their cash as I do.
      To take it away from them or this lady that passed away is just like taking it away from you or me.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:44 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Mark from Middle River

      You said, "The outrage was all about to whom he gave, NOT to why he gave the money."

      I think a will or even a gift given when death is approaching, should be questioned if a lot of money is given to a cat, a young lover, or a church. The dying person may be influenced by the Christian myth of hell – So they buy their way out, a young lover – who finds them hot at the age of 90, or a cat – That will be taken to the pound upon the person's death.

      Being able to void such a will, is win-win for everybody. The family gets the money. The dead person gets the blessing...it's not their fault the church didn't get the money. The young lover learns not to depend on the old, for his livelihood. The cat learns... well, sucks to be the cat.

      Cheers!

      June 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Just Asking

      "Then that is making a judgment on preconceived political correctness."

      Is it politically correct to fool people to milk their hard-earned money using he name of God? I guess not.

      "So, when you die and say you have a large estate with tons of stocks on Wall Street... you have a child that hates you, worked against you, refused to speak to you, ....basically a kid that states that he or she wants nothing to do with you. You work for a soup kitchen, spend your days helping the community. You die and in your Will, that you had made before you passed away, you felt your estate shall go to the community center... Do you feel that your kid should get any part of your estate, especially after you have stated with out question in a legal docu'ment that they get nothing?"

      You just have poorly-quoted my post. In my further statements I mentioned about exemptions and remedies. In your example, the perfect remedy is to disinherit the kid to strip away his right as (rightful) heir. However, proper procedure must be strictly followed and there should be no shortcuts.

      To conclude, Definitely, there is a man who couldn't figure-out the exact date of his birthday but pretended to know things that only God the Father knows. He was making a fool out of all his followers to milk their hard-earned money using the name of God.

      He should have given all the millions from donations back to its owners on the very day of May 22nd to save his integrity. But he didn't, instead made another version of lies to retain his clueless followers to milk more cash from them.

      He is a s-c-u-m-b-a-g! a complete fraud! he should have been waiting now for his rapture, in jail.

      You can call it whatever you want, but the undeniable truth here is a s-c-u-m-b-a-g is on the lose spreading fraud using the name of God to milk his follwer their hard-earned money.

      June 2, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  14. frank

    Doomsday Prophet for UN Secretary General!!!

    June 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  15. Just Asking

    Forgist...you said and I quote, "This poor old woman who died alone considered Family Radio her only and constant companion."

    What made you said that? Where did you get the idea? How do you know that she died ALONE? Do you have personal knowledge about her family? OR, you were just assuming.

    Maybe this "poor old woman"loved the radio station and admired its leader, Harold Camping," and viewed him as a prophet but does it (necessarily) mean that "she was alone and the radio was her only companion"? Don't you find such assumption offensive and unfair to her nephews and nieces? Was there no possibilty that one of them (if not all) had change her (adult) diapers; had woke-up in the middle of the night to feed her or adminiter her medication?

    And I think that old woman wasn't poor, it was her loved for the radio station and to the BIG FAT (LIAR) WOLF CAMPING clothed as the sheperd that made her a "poor old woman" to her grave.

    June 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Asking, it was in the full article

      ""This was not a woman who had anything. She literally had Family Radio on day and night - she went to bed with it and woke up to it," said Heuwetter. "That was all she had."

      Frogist got the statement from the lady herself.

      June 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      –> "And I think that old woman wasn't poor, "

      You are right, she had 300k in the bank until she died. That her niece has 25k in the bank does not sound like she is too poor as well.

      June 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Frogist

      Replied to in the original post.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  16. Muneef

    How much are we talking about ? I mean do not expect some one with a million dollar would give it as a whole to one place if meant as for charity? As for charity should go to as many place as possible such as orphan or elderly houses or building a church or mosque there are many places that deserve assistance but to give it all to one place is a bit strange if a very big amount but if small then there is no problem....
    After all there are many false prophets that conn people from their wealth and savings....they may even kill them to inherit faster before they change their minds....? In this life every thing became possible....!

    June 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  17. jme0598

    Poor baby! You mean your Aunt's money is your money right? NOPE SO SORRY IF YOUR AUNT WANTS TO GIVE HER MONEY TO A CHARITY OR NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT IS HER BUSINESS!

    My grandmother left me $10,000 and you got 2.5 times that much. If I was your Aunt and I heard you whining and complaining about how I stiffed you in my grave, I would rewrite the will to cut you out you ungrateful brat!!!

    June 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • DB

      As I already pointed out, the headline is very misleading...she really DIDN'T phrase it as if she had lost "her" money. Maybe you should read the article before you respond to it.

      June 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Jen

      Thank you!!! When I saw that "my inheritance", my eyes about popped out of my head–what made that woman ever think that money was hers?! It was her aunt's to do with as she saw fit!!

      June 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • DB

      Are you people mentally retarded? What part of "she didn't say that" do you not understand? She's not upset that she DIDN'T get the money, she's upset that a sociopathic liar DID! She knew all along that her aunt was giving all the money away, it only bothered her when she found out who she was giving it to!

      June 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • LinCA

      Just chalk it up to poor reporting. Either she said something along the lines of the headline of the article, but the quote was omitted from the text, or she never said it and the reporter just made up a quote.

      Either way, Blake Ellis or his editor screwed up.

      June 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Muneef

      Well it depends on if she had given it to one place or many places...?
      If only one place then better check if the old aunty was conned out of here money?
      Another thing it could be that aunty made revenged her family for not taking more care of her.?
      All that depends on her state of mind at the time she made her will and if any witnesses....!

      June 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • tallulah13

      The headline may be misleading, but that she did say things like her aunt had a hard life and died alone. Then she commented about how other family members could use help. Not a thing about how the family tried to help her and how they surrounded her with love in her final days.

      It sounds like Family Radio gave her more than her actual family did. Maybe that's why she returned the favor.

      June 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • BD

      Agree with DB, It's about to WHOM she gave the money rather than WHY she gave it.

      And I guess there's an existing law regarding it, that states that at "least" half the property of a deceased person must be reserved to the rightful heirs.

      June 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • BD

      And also i think they can bring the mattern in court, to get back whatever rightfully for them plus damages. They can also charge Camping and the entire family radio of fraud.

      Nobody could fool somebody and get away with it, even in the name of religion.

      June 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  18. DB

    Having made my point, I'd like to also point out that the headline is grossly misleading. This woman isn't really complaining about losing "her" inheritance. She didn't put it in those terms, the headline shouldn't have suggested she did.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  19. DB

    IT'S THE FAMILY'S FAULT! Hey, I have nothing good to say about Family Radio or Harold Camping. But listen to what the niece, the executor of the estate, says:

    ‎"This was not a woman who had anything. She literally had Family Radio on day and night - she went to bed with it and woke up to it. That was all she had."

    Well maybe if you and the rest of your family had given her some freaking companionship, things would have turned out differently.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • ScottK

      As much as I agree with your points on the misleading t itle, you should leave the personal a s s umptions alone. When you say "maybe if you and the rest of your family had given her some freaking companionship, things would have turned out differently." you forget that we do not know the whole story and maybe this woman p u shed everyone away from her because of her mental disorder, that of believing in anyone on earth who is telling you they know what "G o d" wants of you. There are many many many people who would love to have relationships with their family members but are shunned due to religious beliefs. I have many friends whose family's will no longer speak with them after being e x com municated or disfellowshipped for their supposedly inferior religious belief or no belief in G o d at all.

      June 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • DB

      Fair enough, ScottK.

      June 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  20. Frogist

    This poor old woman who died alone considered Family Radio her only and constant companion. Clearly she got comfort out of it more than she did out of her family. I don't blame her for sending them the majority of her money. But I think it's a bit presumptous to think the money would not have gone there had she died after May 21st. Camping still has listeners and followers. They never left. Who is to say Doris Schmitt wouldn't have done exactly what she did anyway?
    I can understand Eileen feeling duped or cheated, but as others said, it was never her money in the first place.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Just Asking

      Forgist...you said and I quote, "This poor old woman who died alone considered Family Radio her only and constant companion."

      What made you said that? Where did you get the idea? How do you know that she died ALONE? Do you have personal knowledge about her family? OR, you were just assuming.

      Maybe this "poor old woman"loved the radio station and admired its leader, Harold Camping," and viewed him as a prophet but does it (necessarily) mean that "she was alone and the radio was her only companion"? Don't you find such assumption offensive and unfair to her nephews and nieces? Was there no possibilty that one of them (if not all) had change her (adult) diapers; had woke-up in the middle of the night to feed her or administer her medication?

      Also, I think that old woman wasn't poor, it was her loved for the radio station and that made her a "poor old woman" to her grave. Hence, it wasn't Eileen who was duped or cheated, but their "poor old" aunt together with the rest who was deceived by the BIG FAT (LIAR) WOLF CAMPING who is wearing the sheperd's clothing.

      June 1, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Just Asking:
      It's actually in the article that she died alone and had Family Radio on day and night. Even her niece admits that was all she had. I don't doubt her family might have done many things for her, but when you consider that Doris left the vast majority of her estate to Camping and very little to her family... Well that alone says something about Doris's feelings, doesn't it?
      Granted, I don't think Doris was a poor woman in terms of money. 300K is a significant amount of cash. Her niece does refer to her as "she wasn't a rich woman". However, I used the term "poor" in its other accepted form: as a term of pity for someone in a difficult situation.
      Again from the article, the headline at the very least, it seems that Eileen feels cheated out of her inheritance, or at least thinks her family was cheated.
      I think you might have lost the point of my post in trying to pick apart each word. The point is Doris put her money where her heart was. Eileen might not like where her heart was, but it doesn't mean she has a say in what happens to Doris' final wish. I'm sure Camping was persuasive in his position, and as most of us knew, faulty at least and fraudulent at most when it came to his prediction. But I don't believe that Doris gave all her money to this charlatan simply because she thought the world would end. She did it because his radio station meant something important to her. That in no way excuses Camping's predatory behaviour, but neither does it completely invalidate Doris' actions.

      June 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Frogist

      You said: "This poor old woman who died alone considered Family Radio her only and constant companion. Clearly she got comfort out of it more than she did out of her family."

      Yep, but it could have been a cat or a gigolo, she got comfort from. I bet most people would not have thought it right, for her to create a trust for Fluffy. Or provide a lavish lifestyle for a young man...

      People do odd things when they are approaching death. Their relatives should not be penalized for dementia.

      Cheers!

      June 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Just Asking

      It's my bad, I should have read the "full article". I stand myself corrected.

      Moving forward however, allow me to quote my wn statement, I said: I think that old woman wasn't poor, it was her loved for the radio station and that made her a "poor old woman" to her grave. Hence, it wasn't Eileen who was duped or cheated, but their "poor old" aunt together with the rest who was deceived by the BIG FAT (LIAR) WOLF CAMPING who is wearing the sheperd's clothing."

      If you have just thoroughly comprehend or have read between the lines
      you might have realize that also, I "don't think Doris was a poor woman in terms of money." I likewise "used the term "poor" in its other accepted form: as a term of pity for someone in a difficult" as well in unfavourable and vulnearable situation. Her belief of the con man put her in the those positions. I even siad that it wasn't Eileen being duped and cheated but Doris.

      Moreover, I don't say that Eleen has something to say with Doris's decision but I think the law has. I didn't condemned Doris of what he did but rather extremely condemned the S-C-U-M-B-A-G camping has done unto her and the rest of the victims.

      Read my post again and comprehend it thoroughly that you may find out that your thought was similarly another version of mine. It only differs to whom we symphatized otherwise condemned more.

      June 3, 2011 at 12:53 am |
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