Dust is NOT her Destiny: Jean Gauntt, The Immortal Baby.
In 1939 a secretive cult known as the Royal Fraternity of Master Metaphysicians made headlines when its leader, James Bernard Schafer, announced their intention to conduct an unusual experiment … to raise an immortal baby. The infant that was to live forever was blue-eyed, red-haired Jean Gauntt. Her mother, New York City waitress Catherine Gauntt, had indicated that she was too poor to afford to raise Jean, so she gave Schafer permission to take charge of her.
Schafer boasted, “I can think of no child outside of royalty who might have had a better start in life.” However, the experiment only lasted fifteen months. In December, 1940 the Master Metaphysicians returned Baby Jean to her parents who were living in a New York rooming house.
[She was] brought her into their luxurious Long Island mansion when she was three-months old, and they had complete control over every aspect of her life. The plan was to make her immortal by never allowing her to hear mention of death or disease. Nor would she be exposed to any “bad or destructive” thoughts. No unkind words would ever be spoken in her presence. She would eat an all-vegetarian “eternity diet.” As she grew older, she would learn about alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, mustard, vinegar, and spices, but she would never consume any of them.
Baby Jean was brought back to her parents’ home by one of Schafer’s followers. Schafer sent along detailed instructions so that the parents could maintain Jean on the “eternity diet.” Schafer told the press, “Whether Jean goes on being immortal is for her parents to decide.” However, the Gauntts had no intention of raising an immortal child, and they immediately discarded the eternity diet. The press reported that within hours of her return Jean was happily consuming prunes — a food that wasn’t part of the diet.