Elkins, Donald T. (1930–1984)
Donald T. Elkins, engineer, pilot, and paranormal researcher,
was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He grew up in
a family of Christian Scientists, though he departed from the
faith as a young man. He served in the Korean War, after which
he completed his education at the University of Louisville. He
earned three degrees in engineering, completing his last degree
in 1960. He took a job at the University of Alaska and created
its mechanical engineering program during his year
there. In 1961 he accepted a position at his alma mater and returned
to Kentucky.
Elkins had become interested in the paranormal and in flying
saucers in the mid-1950s. In 1962 he called together a
group to practice meditation and attempt contact with extraterrestrials,
an idea he had gotten from a UFO contactee group
in Detroit, Michigan. The experiment proved successful, and
in 1963 he published an initial report, Telepathy Data Collected
by Extraterrestrial Communication. In 1965 he left the university
for a higher paying job as a pilot with a major airline based out
of Atlanta, Georgia.
Among the original members of the group was Carla Rueckert.
Following her divorce in 1968, they became close friends
and he began to work with her as a channel, and she assisted
him in his continuing research. Together in 1970 they founded
LL Research to provide structure for their ongoing work.
Through the 1970s Elkins developed a new group of channels,
the first result of his observations being a volume coauthored
with Rueckert, Secrets of the UFO.
In 1980 Elkins invited a member of the meditation group,
James McCarty, to work more closely with Rueckert and himself.
As a result, Rueckert experienced an intensive period of
channeling an extraterrestrial who called himself Ra. He
claimed to have come to Earth many centuries ago, to have introduced
monotheism into Egypt, and to have built the pyramids.
He taught that the basic truth was that All are One. The
material was gathered together and published over the next
years as The Law of One (1981–83).
At the same time as the Ra material was being received,
Elkins’ work was requiring more time. In 1983 he and Rueckert
moved to Atlanta to be closer to his working center. However,
he soon developed a severe mental health problem. They
moved back to Louisville, hoping that it would help. It did not,
and in 1984, he committed suicide. Rueckert and McCarty
have continued to operate LL Research and periodically bring
out new material, including a fifth volume of The Law of One in
the tradition of Elkins’ research.
Elkins, Don T. Telepathy Data Collected by Extraterrestrial Communication.
Clarksburg, W. Va. Saucerian Press, 1963.
Elkins, Don T., and Carla Reuckert. The Crucifixion of Esmerelda
Sweetwater. Louisville, Ky. LL Research, 1984.
———. Secrets of the UFO. Louisville, Ky. LL Research,
Elkins, Don T., Carla Rueckert, and James Allen McCarty.
The Law of One. 4 vols. Louisville, Ky. LL Research, 1981–83.
Reprint, Norfolk, Va. Donning, 1984.

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