Monastery founder’s death ruled a suicide

Date Published: 11/28/2007

BLANCO — Blanco County Justice of the Peace Terry Carter has ruled the Sept. 16 death of Samuel A. Greene Jr. a suicide based on autopsy findings of a large amount of prescription drugs in the stomach of the disgraced founder of Christ of the Hills Monastery.

Beside painkillers, sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs, the report from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office indicates Greene, 63, consumed a large quantity of alcohol the night he died at his trailer on the grounds of the monastery outside Blanco , which closed after a police raid in 2006.

It also notes Greene faced trial on charges of sexually abusing novice monks, and a Sept. 21 hearing where prosecutors planned to seek his imprisonment for violating the terms of a plea deal struck in 2000 on indecency charges. Carter said he filed the death certificate on Wednesday ruling Greene’s death a suicide caused by drug intoxication.