Remember how the world didn’t end on May 21? Unfortunately for the loved ones of one woman who passed away May 2, in addition to the loss of a family member, they also found out she’d left most of her estate to Family Radio, the group driving those Doomsday buses around and predicting The Rapture.
CNN tells the story of Eileen Heuwetter, who at first was shocked but understanding that her aunt had left almost everything — around $300,000 — to Family Radio. She and her sister got $25,000 and the rest went to the Christian radio station. That was okay by Heuwetter, because her aunt found solace in listening to the station. She said her aunt, Doris Schmitt, admired its leader, Harold Camping.
So when her aunt died, she didn’t contest the will. But then she started seeing what they were really about.
“I’m looking at these brand new buses drive around with Family Radio’s name on them, saying ‘Doomsday is May 21’, and I said, ‘Oh my god, this is who my aunt gave all of her money to,” Heuwetter said. “I didn’t know he was so crazy, and at this point I was incensed that this man was going to get everything my aunt had left.”
She didn’t want the cash for herself, but other family members could’ve used the financial help. By the time she realized that The Rapture wasn’t going to happen and that Family Radio wasn’t so great, it was too late — the estate closes soon and lawyers have said there’s no case.
“It’s just so frustrating because I know there’s nothing I can do about it — this man is going to get hundreds of thousands of dollars from my aunt,” she said. “And she wasn’t a rich woman.”
She adds that if her aunt had lived to see May 21 come and go with the world still turning, she never would’ve left her money to Family Radio or Harold Camping.
“It was a good amount of money that would have helped a lot of people live better today — but now it’s not helping anyone.”