Camping 'Bewildered, Mystified' at Lack of Rapture

No official statement today, wife tells board member

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 23, 2011 6:16 AM CDT | Updated May 23, 2011 8:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – Harold Camping came out of hiding briefly yesterday after his predicted rapture did not come to pass, appearing at the front door of his Alameda home to tell the San Francisco Chronicle he had "a really tough weekend." Nearly 18 hours after his May 21 rapture failed to materialize, Camping said he was "flabbergasted," "looking for answers," and praying a lot, but that he had "nothing else to say" at the moment.

Though he said he would be "back to work Monday and will say more then," his wife told a board member of Camping's Family Radio that her husband is at their home and will not issue any statements today. She also said Camping is “somewhat bewildered” and “mystified” about this turn of events, the board member tells ABC News, adding that he believes the public deserves an apology. He wants the board to meet with Camping tomorrow to plan the next move. (Click to read the sad story of a teen who died celebrating the non-rapture.)

In this Dec. 12, 2002 file photo, Harold Camping speaks while holding the Bible, in San Leandro, Calif.
In this Dec. 12, 2002 file photo, Harold Camping speaks while holding the Bible, in San Leandro, Calif.   (AP Photo, File)
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