A former actress and accused cult leader separated her two children from a $3 million fortune for “betraying” her, according to court documents.
Sharon Guns-Horn, who had a small role in the film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five,” died in January 2021 at the age of 85.
For decades, Guns Horn and her late husband Alex Horn ran the Odyssey Study Group. This is a cult that allegedly siphoned cash from its devoted followers to support their wealthy lifestyles, including luxury homes in the Hudson Valley and ranches in Montana.
The Odyssey meets twice a week to study philosophers who say work and intentional suffering lead to self-development, said former members, who allege they were forced to work on properties owned by Horn. There was also
Guns Horn wrote in his suicide note that he “deliberately excluded” his son David Culko, 60, and daughter Ilsa Lee Kay, 59, “for reasons known to David and Ilsa.” there is
In 2015, Kulko sued Kay, brother-in-law Michael Horne, and Daveil Co., the partnership that owns the family’s Montana ranch.
In her will filed in Manhattan proxy court, her mother claimed that she “deeply regretted that Ilsa had so grossly betrayed her and followed in David’s footsteps,” and that the pair “should not be considered.” increase. [her] Children. “
Guns Horn distributed cash from his $3.275 million fortune to cousins, friends, Odyssey leaders and even her housekeeper, court documents show.
The cult was co-founded by the Horns in San Francisco in the 1970s. Moving to New York in the 1980s, accusations of abuse and financial misconduct became public. Two New Yorkers who claimed to have become Odyssey’s unpaid servants sued the group in Manhattan Supreme Court in September.
Kurko and Kei did not return messages requesting comment.