Amalia Marquez, was born Amalia Monserrate Marquez Marin on April 4, 1955
in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After reading Carlos Castaneda's books she moved to California where she became part of his inner circle of close associates. Under the name of Talia Bey, she was made the president of Cleargreen Incorporated, a for-profit corporation that Castaneda created in 1995 to give workshops on Tensegrity movements. Shortly after Castaeda’s death in April 1998 she disappeared and has not been heard from since.
Life with Castaneda
When Amalia was still a young businesswoman, she moved from Puerto Rico to Los Angeles in order to follow Carlos Castaneda
. How she actually met Castaneda is unknown. What is known is that she became one of his closest associates. The followers of Castaneda were encouraged to undergo the process of what he called “erasing personal history”, which often invloved cutting all ties to their families and taking on new names. Amalia began going by the name of Talia Bey. When Castaneda started giving workshops on Tensegrity
, Amalia became a workshop organizer. In 1995, when Castaneda founded Cleargreen Incorporated
, Amalia, as Talia Bey, was made both a corporate director and president of the corporation. During a December 1995 interview for the Los Angeles Times
, Castaneda was asked if he and Talia Bey were a couple, which provides some indication of how close the two of them had become.
Death and disappearance
On April 27, 1998 Castaneda died of complications resulting from liver cancer. Shortly thereafter Amalia, along with Patricia Partin
, Florinda Donner
, Taisha Abelar
, and Kylie Lundahl all had their phones disconnected on the same day and disappeared.
Castaneda’s death certificate states that he was cremated the day he died and the remains were given to Talia Bey. Among other bits of misinformation, the certificate also lists Talia as his niece.
Castaneda's will, executed three days before his death, leaves everything to an entity known as the Eagle's Trust. According to Richard Jennings, who obtained a copy of the trust agreement, the missing women, including Amalia, had a considerable amount of money due to them. For an interview published by Salon on April 12, 2007, Deborah Drooz, Castaneda's laywer and the executor of his estate, said that she has had no contact with the women. She added that she believes they are still alive.
Castaneda’s death was not reported to the public for two months and it was only after the news became public that a statement was added to the Cleargreen website about Castaneda. Regarding the missing woman Cleargreen has offered no definitive statements. In a comment that addresses only Florinda Donner
and Taisha Abelar
(and Carol Tiggs
, whose whereabouts are known) the Cleargreen website states: "For the moment they are not going to appear personally at the workshops because they want this dream to take wings."
The remains of one of the five missing women, Patricia Partin
, were found in the Death Valley desert in 2003, and three years later were positively identified using DNA testing.
Attempts to find Amalia
For years Amalia’s family tried to report her missing. Amalia's brother Luis first tried to file a missing person report with the Los Angeles Police department in 1999, but was repeatedly ignored. The next year Luis and his sister Carmen wrote a letter to the missing-persons unit, but they were again ignored. Luis convinced Richard Jennings, who created the Sustained Action website after Castaneda’s death, to post her picture and contact information on his website.
It was only after Patritia Partin’s remains were identified in 2006 that the family was finally able to get a report filed with the LAPD. Cleargreen continues to resist helping the Marquez family locate their sister. When Luis contacted them, all they would say was that his sister was “traveling”. Luis remains doubtful regarding the LAPD's efforts as well. In a Salon article published April 12, 2007, he said, "they still refuse to ask any questions or visit Cleargreen;" however, Detective Lydia Dillard, who was assigned to the Marquez case, said she couldn't comment on whether anyone from Cleargreen had been interviewed because this investigation was still open.