From Mysterious Property Buyer to Community Presence - 2005-12-18
When a mysterious buyer expressed interest in the old, bankrupt Gilman Hot Springs resort in 1978, Richard J. Hoag thought it might be a group of expatriates from Rhodesia. Others whispered that maybe the Mafia or the Moonies were moving onto the 500-acre property near Hemet.
Only much later did anyone learn that the buyer -- which paid $2.78 million and went by the names Scottish Highland Quietude Society and Western States Scientific Assn. -- was really the Church of Scientology.