Carlos Castaneda died almost 20 years ago. At the time he was ridiculously famous. Back in the day followers of Castaneda were everywhere. His books, including The Teachings of Don Juan sold millions and millions of copies. While back then he was considered a spiritual guru, now many consider him a fraud and con man.
At the time of his death Castaneda was living with 5 women. All of them vanished. While the bones of one woman was found in Death Valley, the other 4 women are still missing.
I talked to Robert Marshall, who has investigated Castaneda and the case of the missing women.
When did Castaneda and his work become an interest to you?
In 2006, I published a novel entitled A Separate Reality. It’s about a New Age crisis of faith. I was interested in the impact of philosophies that advocate the erasure of the ego as a path toward enlightenment on those whose egos are already pretty tenuous – particularly young queer people.… Read the rest