First broadcast on 1990-05-07
SBH:Spreading the Cream Cheese Gospel.
William Scanlan MURPHY tells the story of Joseph Weissenberg's Christian cult in 1930's Germany which relied heavily on the efficacy of cream cheese
PRE:Use of cream cheese ordered to cure all illnesses - but it clearly did not do so.
Uniforms, trances & hearing of voices also featured but otherwise doctrine was vague.
Deaths of followers was attributed to lack of faith & people tried to resurrect loved ones by covering dead body with cream cheese.
One widow, on Weissenberg's instructions, cut off her own (cheese-covered) arm.
Court case brought against Weissenberg after child became blind after cheese treatment, but appeal court quashed conviction.
He died in 1932 - cream cheese did not revive him.
TXN/TDT:R4 07-May-1990 CON:MURPHY William Scanlan (spkr)
07 May 1990 21:00-21:15 (RADIO 4)
13 Nov 1990 20:30-20:45 (RADIO 4)
William Murphy (Speaker)
Notes: CAIRS 201485.