Friday, June 3, 2011

Woman Gave Inheritance to Doomsday Prophet, Died Before Doomsday

If you're going to give all your wealth to a doomsday prophet, you should be sure to put a money-back guarantee in your will!

Doris Schmitt loved Harold Camping and his "Family Radio" broadcasts. In case you don't remember, Camping was the doomsday prophet who claimed that the Rapture was coming on May 21st of this year. He has now revised his theory and says it's coming later ("Pay no attention to the man behind that curtain!").

So Doris left almost all of her money, several hundred thousand dollars, to Camping's Family Radio network. Unfortunately, Doris died just before the Rapture was supposed to happen. She never learned that Camping was either an idiot or a fraud.

So here's some advice for the unwary. If you decide to leave your money to an end-of-the-world prophet, talk to your lawyer about a money-back guarantee. There's nothing worse that waking up on May 22 to discover that the world didn't end!

On the other hand ... does it even make sense to give any money to an end-of-the-world prophet? I mean, if he's right and the world ends, then why does he need any money? And if he's wrong and the world doesn't end, then you shouldn't have given him your money anyway.

Predicting doomsday is kind of a bad business model. But somehow it worked – Family Radio still has Doris Schmitt's money and her family has nothing.

1 comment:

  1. The answer to the question of why to give him the money is so he can use it to spread the "Word" and save as many as possible before the "End". A good insight as to how seriously this guy believes his own delusions is whether he drained all his own accounts to spend on spreading the word prior to the end.


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