Queens woman wills fortune to doomsday ‘prophet’ Harold Camping, family outraged (NY)

A Queens homemaker left the bulk of her roughly $250,000 estate to debunked doomsday “prophet” Harold Camping, infuriating her relatives.

In her final years, Doris Schmitt told her nieces she planned to give the massive gift to Camping’s Family Radio World Wide.

But it wasn’t until last month – a year after Schmitt died – that they realized Camping was the guy predicting the world would end on May 21.

“My whole family was mad and upset,” said Eileen Heuwetter, 64, who was bequeathed $25,000 along with her sister. “If it had been a cancer organization, fine. God bless them. But \[Camping's\] just not a good person.”

Schmitt’s life was marked by tragedy.

One of her sons died of cancer at the age of 16 and the other struggled with drugs and alcohol.

The Rosedale widow turned to Family Radio for comfort, Heuwetter said.

“It became her entire life,” Heuwetter, of Jupiter, Fla., said Friday.

Schmitt told Heuwetter she planned to give most of her estate away to the station because her closest nieces were well-off – a plan they didn’t object to.
But after they learned about Camping’s zany beliefs, they spoke to her lawyer who said nothing could be done.

“It’s what she wanted,” a resigned Heuwetter said.


Queens woman wills fortune to doomsday ‘prophet’ Harold Camping, family outraged
Rich Schapiro
June 3, 2011
New York Daily News