Bhaktipada, Swami

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Bhaktipada, Swami Gender: M
Keith Gordon Ham
born on 6 September 1937 at 19:00 (= 7:00 PM )
Place Peekskill, New York, 41n17, 73w55
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 13°54' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 08°08 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 07°03'

Portrait of Swami Bhaktipada 
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Swami Bhaktipada
photo: Henry Doktorski, license gfdl


American member of the Hare Krishna religious cult who took the name "Kirtananda Swami Bhaktipada." The 4,000 acre commune was founded over 25 years ago by Bhaktipada, a Baptist minister's son from Peekskill, NY. The commune houses over 300 faithful followers. Ham was implicated in the murder of Steven Bryant (a.k.a. "Sulocana Das") on 5/22/1986, Los Angeles. He was suspected of having ordered the murder.

Ham was excommunicated from the Order in early 1987 because of alleged ruthless tactics, an overly independent nature and general callousness to the spiritual well-being of the movement. In 1991 he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for authorizing the beating, kidnapping and cover up of Steven Bryant's death and allegations of neglect and sexual abuse of children in the sect. A federal court order restricts Ham to his apartment in Wheeling, wearing an electronic ankle bracelet, pending the outcome of his appeal.

A victim of childhood polio, he walks with the assistance of canes.

Mr. Bhaktipada, who was released from prison in 2004 after serving eight years of a 12-year sentence, moved to India in 2008.

He died on 24 October 2011 in a hospital near Mumbai. The cause was kidney failure, his brother, Gerald Ham, said. (Source: NYT)

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 22 May 1986 (Suspect, implicated in Bryant murder)
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  • Social : Left group 1987 (Excommunicated from Hare Krishna)
  • Crime : Trial dates 1991 (Sentenced to 30 years, appealing)
  • Death by Disease 24 October 2011 in Mumbai (kidney failure)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Shyam Sundar Das quotes him to AFA DX


  • Traits : Personality : Difficult/ mean spirited (Ruthless, callous)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Polio (Crippled legs)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Child sex abuser (Accused of abuse and neglect)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide single (30 years pending appeal)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Cult follower (Hare Krishna sect)
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Took a Hare Krishna name)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Crime Collection