Church Universal and Triumphant Leader Dies

By Beacon Staff

BOZEMAN – Church Universal and Triumphant leader Elizabeth Clare Prophet has died in Bozeman. She was 70.

Prophet suffered from advanced Alzheimer’s disease and died at her apartment Thursday night, said legal guardian Murray Steinman.

Prophet was the spiritual leader for a Park County church that at one time boasted 50,000 members. In the late 1980s assault rifles and armored vehicles were amassed in preparation for a nuclear missile strike that Prophet predicted was on the way.

The sect combined icons from the world’s major religions, mixing western philosophy and mysticism.

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