On August 17, 1972, police raided the Futuro compound after an attempt to serve a warrant the week before had been met with gunshots. The shots were fired by Danton Wells himself, who had been the only Futuro allowed to bear arms. His followers did not resist on his behalf, but the central building of the compound, which the Futuros had painstakingly armored with steel and phone books, held for 47 hours. Once breached, the police found Danton Wells curled up beside his computer, a long and rambling screed about the coming Deus by his side and a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the temple.

Curiously, the programming recovered from the computer was markedly different from the basic machine code when it was later analyzed. It was never run, though, and was destroyed with other evidence at trial.

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