Dead Healer


Mar 5 2003
Man Says: [On June 14, 1970, at the Jack Tar Hotel in San Francisco, police were removing A. A. Allen's body from a room littered with pills and empty liquor bottles. At the same time, listeners in the U.S., the U.K., and the Philippines were hearing a previously recorded message on A. A. Allen’s radio program]: "This is Brother Allen in person. Numbers of friends of mine have been inquiring about reports they have heard concerning me that are not true. People as well as some preachers from pulpits are announcing that I am dead. Do I sound like a dead man? My friends, I am not even sick! Only a moment ago I made a reservation to fly into our current campaign. I'll see you there and make the devil a liar." The man who had once said that "the beer bottle and gin bucket" should have been on his family coat of arms was dead at 59 from what was said to be a heart attack but was in reality liver failure brought about by acute alcoholism (James Randi, The Faith Healers, 1989, p.88). God Says: “. . . whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). [TBC: These verses are particularly important in that expurgated biographies of individuals such as A.A. Allen are being promoted today].