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For decades, the US intelligence community has devoted substantial resources to studying mind control: subverting an individual's free will and placing it under the influence of others. One of the most well-known such programs is the CIA's MKUltra project, which has often become synonymous with all US government research into mind control. In reality, there have been numerous overlapping mind control programs by several different US intelligence agencies, including the OSS, CIA, and military intelligence. The CIA has claimed that its research ended in the early 1970s and was met with little other than failure. There is, however, a substantial amount of evidence suggesting that mind control research was quite successful, has been employed in covert operations abroad and at home, and secretly continued beyond its official termination, frequently using cults as deniable fronts. For the US intelligence community, the end goal of mind control is not merely controlling individuals, but shaping entire societies, a doctrine epitomized in the Phoenix Program and Michael Aquino's concept of "Mindwar".


Before the CIA

Early CIA research

MKUltra operation

Continued execution


Drug dosing


Forced dissociation

E/M interference

Known programs




Main article: Project MKUltra


Sexual blackmail

Related articles: Franklin child sex ring, Washington DC call boy ring, Pat Sullivan, Operation Gladio


Involved parties

Government agencies

CIA officers

Military officers

  • Charles Winans? - identified as a hippie infiltrator and the handler of Manson Family member Tex Watson
  • Colston Westbrook - a former Phoenix Program operative who ran the program at Vacaville which led to the creation of the SLA
  • Bill Plemmons - implicated as a Monarch commander at Offutt AFB
  • Michael Aquino - several mind control victims, like Paul Bonacci and Cathy O'Brien, have identified him as a programmer


Military bases

  • Edgewood Arsenal - conducted classified human experiments from 1948 to 1975
  • Offutt Air Force Base - headquarters of the Strategic Air Command; located near Omaha and connected to the Franklin scandal, with one victim Paul Bonacci claiming it is home to a mind control program under the name "Monarch"
  • Presidio of San Francisco - the military base where Michael Aquino was stationed, and Paul Bonacci claimed to have been taken
  • Montauk Air Force Station (a.k.a. Camp Hero)? - allegedly involved with the "Montauk Project"; David Berkowitz had the phone number of the Montauk Golf and Racquet Club, a country club located adjacent to the base, in his possession
  • Minot Air Force Base? - yet another Strategic Air Command installation; "Son of Sam" cult member John Carr was stationed at the base, allegedly involved in narcotics activities there, and was murdered close to the base itself
  • Lookout Mountain Air Force Station? - in Laurel Canyon, whose 1960s counterculture was suspected by Dave McGowan of being a government operation
  • Fort Detrick - located in Maryland; home to a bioweapons program
  • Moody Air Force Base? - outside of Valdosta GA, which is home to an alleged pedophile ring; had notable incidences of weapons thefts and employees (both military and civilian) being arrested on pedophilia charges; aviation training company FlightSafety International operates a flight school at the base
  • Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake? - linked to Charles Manson according to Fritz Springmeier; source of military technology used by Drew Thornton's Kentucky drug smuggling group "The Company" (as detailed in The Bluegrass Conspiracy); adjacent to Trona CA, where former US Navy officer Macky Boykin (one of the abusers of JonBenet Ramsey murder witness Nancy Krebs) lived
  • MacDill Air Force Base? - near Clearwater FL, which is home to a powerful Scientology presence (including the Fort Harrison hotel, a major Scientology training center whose phone number was found at the home of David Berkowitz), a Straight Inc. institution, and alleged illicit sex clubs running up US 19 (the same route John Couey took to escape to Georgia undetected by police)


Research institutions

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory - involved in human experimentation research during the time that Union Carbide was running it
  • Yale University
  • Harvard University - site of mind control experiments conducted on "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski
  • Tulane University - linked to the activities of David Ferrie
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford University - home to Dr. Donald Lunde
  • University of Washington - home to Roy Prosterman (of the Phoenix Program) and mind control psychologist Dr. Donald Dudley
  • University of Denver, Colorado

Prisons and jails

  • Chillicothe Correctional Institution? - where Charles Manson was incarcerated in the 1950s, experienced a major turnaround in his life, and purportedly learned mind control techniques such as hypnosis; also where Henry Lee Lucas was incarcerated in the 1950s
  • Ohio State Penitentiary at Columbus
  • Louisiana State Penitentiary
  • California Medical Facility (a.k.a Vacaville Prison) - where Donald DeFreeze was incarcerated before getting his new identity as "Cinque"

Mental hospitals

Housing and rehab

Cult organizations

Alleged subjects

Former victims

Deceased victims


  • Jack Ruby?
  • Sirhan Sirhan - purported gunman in the RFK assassination
  • John Hinckley Jr.
  • Lois Lang[2]
  • Walter Gerald Ellis? - murdered Council Bluffs school administrator Harmon Tucker, in what is claimed to be a suspicious death connected to the Franklin scandal; in a weird parallel to Sirhan Sirhan, who was likely treated by the same doctor who hypnotized Albert DeSalvo and subsequently referenced DeSalvo in his diaries as well as his initial statements to police, Ellis made reference to serial killer Richard Speck, another probable hypno-programming victim

Cult leaders

Serial killers

Main article: Serial killers

As Dave McGowan argues in Programmed to Kill, the standard profile of serial killers as lone nuts driven only by their inner demons is often wildly inaccurate. When the evidence from numerous high-profile cases is assembled, there are an astounding number of parallels that create a much different image of the serial killer. Many serial killings are in fact murders of political significance, used to protect criminal enterprises such as drug trafficking or sex rings. Even more disturbingly, there is often evidence of mind control programming by intelligence fronts: the military, prisons, mental hospitals, doctors, Satanic cults, etc. Such programming is used to condition these "serial killers" to commit crimes they otherwise would not or confess to crimes they did not actually commit. The treatment of serial killers by law enforcement and the courts is filled with irregularities as a result. Before committing the crimes that brought them notoriety, many serial killers received extremely lenient treatment to the point of cover-up, evidently enjoying protection as a government asset. Once they were no longer needed, they were railroaded into taking the fall as a lone killer, prevented from maintaining their innocence or revealing accomplices.

Here are some of the serial killers who are most compellingly argued as being under mind control:

Here are some more speculative cases of mind-controlled serial killers:

Domestic terrorists

  • Ted Kaczynski - the "Unabomber", who was subjected to MKUltra experiments at Harvard University
  • Brett Kimberlin? - convicted of the "Speedway bombings" near Indianapolis
  • Eric Harris? and Dylan Klebold? - the two perpetrators of the Columbine school shooting
  • John Allen Muhammad? - the alleged "DC Sniper" mastermind
  • Nikolas Cruz - the perpetrator of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting


  • Kenneth Parnell? - the kidnapper of Steven Stayner, who was said to be a skilled manipulator; received absurdly lenient treatment by the criminal justice system; was incarcerated during the 2000s at Vacaville
  • Pedro Hernandez? - the convicted abductor and murderer of Etan Patz
  • Danny Heinrich? - confessed in 2016 to abducting and murdering Jacob Wetterling, who was previously suspected to have been kidnapped by the same ring involved in the Johnny Gosch abduction; according to Jim Rothstein's investigation, Sam Soda worked for Ruan at the same Fingerhut in St. Cloud MN where Heinrich was employed, which is an interesting parallel to how Cary Stayner, an employee at the Cedar Lodge, almost certainly took the fall for the Yosemite murders which were committed by other suspects, one of whom also worked at the Cedar Lodge
  • John Couey? - abducted, raped, and murdered Jessica Lunsford; most likely involved in a larger Florida/Georgia pedophile ring

See also


  1. ISGP, "Beyond Dutroux ties to 1950s-era CIA covert operation: Plus: The mysterious "Dr. Green" identified", 2009/11/25 - how the CIA's sexual blackmail program began in the 1950s and was exported to other countries
  2. Salon, "James Bond and the killer bag lady", 2012/12/02

External links


Mind control

  • ARTICHOKE documents, "Outline of Special H Cases", 1953/01/07: "In all of these cases, these subjects have clearly demonstrated that they can pass from a fully awake state to a deep H controlled state via the telephone, via some very subtle signal that cannot be detected by other persons in the room and without the other individual being able to note the change. It has been shown clearly that physically individuals can be induced into H by telephone, by receiving written matter, or by the use of code, signals, or word and that control of those hypnotized can be passed from one individual to another without great difficulty. It has also been shown by experimentation with these girls that they can act as unwilling couriers for information purposes and that they can be conditioned to a point where they can believe a change in identity on their part even on the polygraph." (from p.87 of The CIA Doctors)
  • "SI and H experimentation", 1953/09/25 and "H experimentation", 1954/02/10 - discusses the creation of hypnotized subjects who respond to triggers and who are willing to shoot people when they ordinarily wouldn't (i.e. Manchurian candidates)
  • Mind control survivor testimony at the Human Radiation Experiments hearings
  • H.P. Albarelli Jr., "Cries From the Past: Torture's Ugly Echoes", 2010/05/23
  • Napa Sentinel, "Mind Control" by Harry V. Martin and David Caul, 1991 (duplicate)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Narut disclosures
    • New York Times, "NAVY DENIES CHARGE IT TRAINS ASSASSINS", 1975/07/07: "A United States Navy spokesman categorically denied today a London newspaper report of a program in which the Navy allegedly prepared convicted murderers to carry out assassinations. The report in The Sunday Times was based on an Interview with a Navy staff psychologist, Lieut. Comdr. Thomas Narut, in Oslo, Norway, where he delivered a paper on anxiety and stress at a conference sponsored by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Dr. Narut was quoted by a reporter, Peter Watson, as saying that the Navy training involved forcing men who were selected for their “passive‐aggressive personalities” to watch Increasingly horrific films of killing and maiming so as to generate detachment toward violence. According to the newspaper, Dr. Narut said that Navy psychologists had picked men for commando‐type operations from among submarine crews, paratroops and “convicted murderers from military prisons.” Dr. Narut said that the training took place at the Navy Neuropsychiatric Laboratories in San Diego and at the United States Navy Hospital in Naples, Italy, where the doctor works, according to The Sunday Times."
    • It is quite possible that the father of Charles Andrew Williams, who was a 2001 school shooter at Santana High School in San Diego County CA, worked at Navy Neuropsychiatric Laboratories (New York Times, "Student Held in Shootings Is in Court as School Resumes", 2001/03/08): "He said Mr. Williams's father, Charles Jeffrey Williams, a technician in the laboratory of a Navy hospital, had seen his son just once, for roughly 30 minutes, on Tuesday."
  • New York Times, "C.I.A. Data Show 14‐Year Project On Controlling Human Behavior", 1977/07/21: "The Central Intelligence Agency conducted a 14‐year program to find ways to “control human behavior” through the use of chemical, biological and radiological material, according to agency documents made public today by John Marks, a freelance journalist. Mr. Marks, an associate of the Center for National Security Studies, asserted at a news conference that Adm. Stansfield Turner, Director of Central Intelligence, in a letter to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week, “seriously distorted” what the C.I.A. research programs involved. Mr. Marks said that, based on documents about the program he had received under the Freedom of Information Act, he had concluded that Admiral Turner “seems to be practicing what used to be called ‘a modified limited hangout’” when he called the agency's activity “a program of experimentation with drugs.”"
  • Probe Vol. 7 No. 3, "Mind-Control Part 1: Canadian and U.S. Survivors Seek Justice" by Arlene Tyner, 2000/03-04
  • Probe Vol. 7 No. 5, "Mind-Control Part 3: The Blowback Effect of Brain Tampering" by Arlene Tyner, 2000/07-08
    • "Before being delivered into the clutches of Sidney Gottlieb, director of the MK-ULTRA program, [Carol] Rutz had a history of being sexually abused by her father and grandfather. She had already developed an alter personality named Little Girl to endure her torment. Her mother had birthed eight children and was institutionalized twice after trying to run away from her husband. The CIA arranged access to Rutz by blackmailing her grandfather, a producer of child pornography along with one of her uncles. Her grandfather was also paid a large sum of money. On different occasions she was taken by plane to Wright Patterson Air Base, the Montreal Neurological Institute, and luxurious private estates."
    • "Like Rutz, [Claudia] Mullen relates how she was used as a sexual toy in blackmail schemes targeting military officers, doctors with ethical squeamishness, and elected officials, anyone who might possibly stop the seemingly unlimited flow of tax dollars to their projects. [...]"
    • "Below is a list of suspicious cases spanning more than 20 years:
      + 1978: David Berkowitz [...]
      + 1978: 911 U.S. men, women and children were massacred in Jonestown, Guyana. [...]
      + 1980: : Civil rights activist Dennis Sweeney killed former NY Congressman Allard Lowenstein, then waited to be arrested. Sweeney had been complaining for more than a decade of being tormented by voices coming from an electrode implanted in his teeth by the CIA. “I am simultaneously attuned to and programmed electronically...(unable) to sort out my own thoughts from the impulses running through my skull. I am fairly certain that I have software that I wasn't born with,” he said.
      + 1982: Wayne Williams, a bizarre, spaced-out young man, was convicted on circumstantial evidence of murdering two African American children in Atlanta, Georgia and sentenced to life. [...]
      + 1989: Ted Bundy was executed in Florida for three murders but suspected of killing 36 young women across the U.S. from 1961 to 1978. Milton Kline, psychologist, hypnotist, and CIA consultant on construction of Manchurian Candidates, testified at Bundy's 1979 trial.
  • Associated Press, "Autistic man wins suit against doctor", 2001/01/14 - the lawsuit alleged that Dr. Donald Dudley attempted to use drugs and hypnosis on his patients to turn them into killers; says that Dr. Dudley claimed to be working for the CIA; points out that Dudley graduated from medical school at the University of Washington and later become a professor there from the mid-1960s (when law professor Roy Prosterman, involved in the Phoenix Program, was also there, and Egil Krogh was being taught by Prosterman) until his 1991 resignation
  • List of involved institutions from Bluebird: Deliberate Creation of Multiple Personality By Psychiatrists by Colin Ross
  • Derren Brown's episode "The Assassin" (part of his show, The Experiments) demonstrates the creation of a programmed killer
  • Michael Le Flem, "Through a Glass Darkly: An MK-ULTRA Primer", 2018/07/16 (Black Op Radio interview on 2018/07/26 with the author)

Dissociation and hypnosis

False memory advocates

  • Emery County Progress, "'False Memory Syndrome' taking its toll", 1992/05/05: ""John" misses his grandchildren. He misses their smiling faces, their playful natures and their friendship. He misses their letters and their phone calls. Most of all, he misses their love. [...] For John, "False abuse, as far as I know, is far more destructive than real abuse. It would be nice if I had abused somebody so I could apologize for it and we could get on with our lives — not nice, but it would be better.""
  • John Backus and Barbara Una Stannard, "YOUR MEMORIES ARE NOT FALSE: A Reply to the False Memory Syndrome Foundation Revised Edition", 1994
  • Baltimore Sun, "One family's tragedy spawns national group", 1994/12/09
  • Ch.3 ("THE FALSE MEMORY HOAX") from Psychic Dictatorship in the U.S.A. by Alex Constantine (1995) - parts I, II
  • Psychotherapy Networker, "Marshalling the Media" by Katy Butler, 1995/03-04
  • Toronto Star, "Beware of false prophets peddling false-memory hype" by Michele Landsberg, 1996/02/11
  • Columbia Journalism Review, "U-turn on memory lane" by Mike Stanton, 1997/07-08
  • Deep Politics Forum thread on the False Memory Syndrome Foundation: pages 1, 2, 3, 4
  • ISGP article on the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF) board members
  • Anna Holtzman, "Harvey Weinstein’s “False Memory” Defense and its Shocking Origin Story", 2020/02/13
  • The Cut, "The Memory War" by Katie Heaney, 2021/01/06
  • Peter Freyd and Pamela Freyd
    • Early life background
      • Chicago Tribune, "PARTY TO OPEN HYDE PARK ART CENTER STUDIO", 1942/06/21: "The new studio of the Hyde Park art center will be opened Wednesday evening with an informal party. The studio, where children's and adult art classes are held, is located at 1507 Cable court, off Harper avenue between 56th and 57th streets. The children's class, taught by Mrs. Ethel Crouch Brown, is held from 9 to 11 o'clock Saturday mornings. Emil Armin conducts the adult class, which meets twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 8 to 10 o'clock. It is open to any per son interested in learning to draw or paint. A number of south side artists will be present. Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Philip S. Allen Jr., and Mrs. Paul Freyd have been active in setting up the studio, and Mrs. J. M. Everett is chairman for the opening party. The art center, which no longer has a gallery, will concentrate its activities this summer at the studio, but plans in the fall and winter seasons to have a program of lectures, probably at the University of Chicago."
      • Chicago Tribune, "YOUTHS BALK AT CONVENTIONAL IN SUMMER ART", 1942/08/30: "The Hyde Park art center sponsors a free class in drawing and painting for some 30 youngsters from Hyde Park and adjacent communities which meets once a week. The class is taught by Mrs. Ethel Crouch Brown of 5830 Stony Island avenue, assisted by Mrs. Paul Freyd of 5525 Kimbark avenue. There is no charge for instruction and materials used by the students are provided without cost. The war has a definite influence on the work of the children, Mrs. Brown said, especially on the boys."
      • Chicago Tribune, "A little, admiration always helps artistic effort", 1942/08/30: "Peter Freyd, 6, of 5525 Kimbark avenue, intently works out the design of his project while Carol Everett, 7, of 5526 Everett avenue, looks on approvingly."
      • Psychotherapy Networker, "Marshalling the Media" by Katy Butler, 1995/03-04: "She said he referred to himself as a "kept boy" when describing a year of sexual abuse, at the age of nine, by a nationally known male artist"
      • The Cut, "The Memory War" by Katie Heaney, 2021/01/06: "Pam and Peter Freyd are husband and wife; they are also stepsiblings. They met as children in Providence, Rhode Island: Pam’s mother married Peter’s father when Pam was 12 and Peter was 14. Their married parents settled in New York while Pam and Peter stayed behind in Providence — she lived with her father and stepmother, and he lived with his mother. They attended the same high school, which is where they began dating. Before they became intimate, Peter told Pam about his involvement as a younger boy with a much older male artist, then famous in Providence. The man taught weekend art classes to children, a number of whom became his victims. The artist began sexually abusing Peter when he was 11 years old and continued for two or three years until Peter began to mature. [...] Peter, in fact, professes to be nonchalant about what the older artist did to him when he was 11 years old. It was “technically abuse,” he tells me, but he isn’t angry or upset about it. “Studies have been done,” he insists, that show “many, many people aren’t terribly bothered” by the sexual abuse they suffered as children. He and Pam entertained the artist who molested him as a guest in their home, and Peter says he was “quite open” about it with Jennifer and Gwen when they were children. “This was an extremely important person to him,” Jennifer recalls. “Maybe his most important person.”"
      • Boston Globe, "Brown Debaters Risk Wrath of Mothers-in-Law", 1957/02/19: "It was resolved, and proved, during a debate at Brown that "Uncle Sam is the mother-in-law of the world." Arguing for the affirmative were Meirion Lloyd Davies of University College of Wales and Gareth M. K. Morgan of the University of Bristol. Challenging them were John P. Lew and Peter J. Freyd of Brown."
    • Abuse of Jennifer Freyd
    • University of Pennsylvania tenure as a mathematics professor
      • Baltimore Sun, "35 AT PENN THREATEN TO SHUN U.S. AID", 1967/09/21: "Thirty-five University of Pennsylvania faculty members said today they would not accept National Science Foundation research grants unless the agency explains why it refused to renew the research contract of a controversial California mathematician. The science foundation has held up the $247,900 grant of Dr. Stephen Smale. of the University of California at Berkeley, on grounds that its "administrative arrangements are unacceptable." [...] But Dr. Peter J. Freyd, chairman of Penn's mathematics department, said the case has "the appearance, at least" of a political reprisal for Smale's outspoken opposition to United States Vietnam policy."
      • Camden Courier-Post, "Grant Delay Protested by Penn Faculty", 1967/09/21: "The protest pledge at Penn was drafted by Dr. Peter J. Freyd, associate professor of mathematics. He contended the delay has the appearance, at least of a political reprisal for Smale's outspoken opposition to the U.S policy in Vietnam."
      • The Cut, "The Memory War" by Katie Heaney, 2021/01/06: "Former colleagues say Peter enjoyed pushing people’s buttons. “He liked tweaking his fellow left-of-center types by staking out positions slightly out of the mainstream for the American left, either seriously or just as a devil’s advocate,” recalls David Yetter, a mathematics professor at Kansas State University who knew Peter well in the ’80s."
      • The Cut, "The Memory War" by Katie Heaney, 2021/01/06: "A former student I’ll call Stephen, who grew close to Peter, describes the provocations differently. Peter, he says, was “always pretending to be a sociopath.” Peter bragged about having cheated on a test at Brown — not because he needed to but because he wanted to know what cheating felt like. In 1974, after enrolling as a graduate student in mathematics at Penn, Stephen met Peter at a party, and the two quickly became friends. Stephen and a fellow student began visiting Peter at the Freyds’ home. [...] With Pam out of earshot, Peter often shifted the conversation to his sexuality. He acknowledged that he was gay and tried to convince Stephen that he was, too. “No, you really are,” Stephen recalls him saying. “You have that wounded-stag look about you.” A few years later, Stephen says, Peter propositioned him after a night of drinking. When Stephen declined, Peter began going through the kitchen drawers and pulling out knives before finally backing off. [...] Peter admits to having propositioned Stephen, though he says he did so only because he felt Stephen had been wanting it for so long. “It’s no secret he is one of the few people I ever inquired about whether he was interested in having a relationship,” Peter tells me. He assumed Pam knew, since he had always been open about being attracted to men as well as women."
      • Selim Dincer case in 1986
        • Philadelphia Daily News, "Tests Ordered for Penn Aide In Student-Terrorizing Case", 1986/04/24: "The president of the University of Pennsylvania yesterday recommended that a Penn teaching assistant be jailed for a psychiatric examination for allegedly terrorizing a 19-year-old woman student. A federal magistrate did order psychiatric testing yesterday for Selim Dincer, a Turkish citizen, but said he did so solely on the basis of FBI evidence linking Dincer to threatening letters and phone calls. [...] Dincer, 32, a graduate student and assistant in the math department, has been in jail since last Friday, when the FBI arrested him for sending threatening letters and making threatening phone calls to the student. The woman, 19, a sophomore biology student whose name has been withheld by the Daily News, had been one of his students last summer, but otherwise had no relationship with Dincer, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph T. Labrum III. The FBI says one of Dincer's fingerprints was found on a Christmas card the student received at her home in upstate Pennsylvania. The card carried an explicit death threat with sexual overtones, Labrum said. "You'd better watch out," the card warned. "Santa Claus is coming to town to run an electric drill through your -------, to remove your ------, to give you a death-kiss by sucking blood out of your mouth." Two other letters sent to the student's dormitory carried gory magazine photographs and captions describing brutal murders. She also had received numerous telephone calls, starting in November and ending in January, from a man with a British accent who threatened to kill her. [...] Dincer's court-appointed lawyer, Louis Ruch, a former top federal prosecutor, objected to Hackney's letter, but the objection was overruled by Hall, who said it had "probative value." Ruch had called three colleagues of Dincer's who testified he had an excellent reputation as a teacher and student. Dr. Peter J. Freyd and Dr. Sybilla Beckmann, who worked with Dincer in the math department, and Janet C. Talvacchia, a graduate student and teaching assistant, said they were surprised by the charges and did not believe Dincer was a threat to anyone."
        • Philadelphia Daily News, "Ex-Teacher Held in Threat Found Dead", 1986/06/19: "A former teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, who was awaiting trial on charges of terrorizing a student, was found dead yesterday in his West Philadelphia apartment, an apparent suicide. Selim Dincer, 31. of Walnut Street near 42nd. was found about noon by a member of the university's public safety department. A source in the medical examiner's office said Dincer apparently had died of a "pill overdose ... of possibly two or three types . . . but we won't know exactly until we conduct toxicology tests." He said Dincer had in his apartment a copy of the Physician's Desk Reference, which details various types of medication and their effects, and "he underlined the medication he wanted to take." He said he did not know how long Dincer had been dead. He said Dincer, a graduate student who lived alone, had left three suicide notes, one to university President Sheldon Hackney, a second to an individual he would not identify and a third to "friends." The source would not disclose the contents of any of the notes."
        • Almanac (University of Pennsylvania), "DEATHS", 1986/07/15: "Selim Dincer, a 31 year‑old graduate student at Penn, died suddenly on June 18. Mr. Dincer, a Turkish citizen, had been a teaching assistant at Penn in the mathematics department for the last six years. He has no known relatives in the United States."
      • From a December 11, 1996 posting to WITCHNT@MITVMA.MIT.EDU, Dr. Peter Freyd wrote "Since we all want to be open about any money we might have received from military-related sources, let me confess. I too must go on record. Starting in 1988, I’ve been getting a lot of money from the U.S. Office of Naval Research." (Colin Ross, The C.I.A. Doctors, 2006)
    • Pamela Freyd background
      • Boston Globe, "Stephanie Rogers, Scituate, Marries John Thompson Jr.", 1964/08/16: "Miss Stephanie Rogers and John Wesley Thompson Jr, were married by Rev. Lee Fletcher in North Community Church, Marshfield Hills. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Verne Rogers, Jr., Scituate. Parents of the bridegroom are Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, Scituate. [...] Similarly dressed were the bridesmaids Mrs. Peter Freyd, Philadelphia, and Miss Mary Jo Connelly, West Homestead, Pa. Miss Jennifer Freyd, Philadelphia, was flower girl. She wore floor-length yellow-linen with fitted bodice and full skirt. She carried yellow roses."
      • Boston Globe, obituary for Frederic J. Parker, 1969/02/23: "Services for Frederic James Parker, 60, of 11 Young's la., Scituate Harbor, a teacher at the Coyne School of Electronics, Boston, will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Harbor Methodist Church. Mr. Parker died Friday morning at his home. He was born in Nashua, N.H. and grew up in Hudson, N.H. He was a graduate of Nashua (N.H.) High School, Wentworth Institute, Boston, and the Hawley School of Electronics, Boston. Before moving here in 1956, Mr. Parker resided in Providence, where he was for 29 years a relay supervisor for the Narragansett Electric Co. He was a member of the Providence Engineering Society and a trustee of Harbor Methodist Church. Mr. Packer leaves his wife, Mildred S. (Young); a daughter, Mrs. Peter Freyd of Zurich, Switzerland; a son, Frederic F. of Scituate; a brother, Edward M. of Nashua, N.H., and two grandchildren."
      • Philadelphia Inquirer, "Program power: Children learn to 'teach' their computers", 1984/01/27: "A year ago, the Albert M. Greenfield School had just one computer for a few pupils doing special projects, and Stan Sheckman wasn't sure the school needed any more. [...] But as principal of what is perhaps the city's most prestigious public elementary school, at 23d and Chestnut Streets in Center City, Sheckman knew that he could not ignore computers, either. So he started looking into what other School systems were doing with them. And gradually he came to the conclusion that the time was right at Greenfield for a full-fledged computer program. [...] All of the school's 915 students, from kindergarten through eighth grade, spend one 45-minute period a week in the lab, learning to make geometric shapes on the computers by using a simple programming language called Logo. And the center is staffed full time by a teacher, Pamela Freyd, who has been trained to teach students to use Logo and another programming language called Basic. As a model, according to Sheckman and Mrs. Freyd, this much can be said for the benefit of parents citywide: It works."
      • Philadelphia Daily News, "10 Teachers Get Awards", 1984/05/11: "Ten Philadelphia public school teachers yesterday were honored with the annual Rose Lindenbaum Teacher of the Year Award for outstanding service. They were: Greta Cohen, John Marshall school, a kindergarten teacher, Charles R. Davis, Cooke Junior High, special education; Virginia S. Duffin, Henry R. Edmunds School, a sixth grade teacher; Dr. Pamela P. Freyd. Albert M. Greenfield School, computer laboratory instructor; Charles Gavin, Germantown High, art teacher; Robert Jones, William C. Longstreth School, music teacher; Jane Oates Lichman, Stetson Junior High, special education; Fernanda Molino, John Greenleaf Whittier School, a teacher 16 years; Gladys Schultz, Lincoln High, English; Edward Williams, E. Spencer Miller School, math literacy."
    • Alcoholism later in life
      • Psychotherapy Networker, "Marshalling the Media" by Katy Butler, 1995/03-04: "But at the same time, she revealed intimate details about her parents' private life. She said her parents continued to minimize her father's history of heavy drinking, and that he had been a "late-stage alcoholic" by the time he was treated for alcoholism in the 1980s and quit entirely."
      • The Cut, "The Memory War" by Katie Heaney, 2021/01/06: "By then, Peter Freyd, a renowned mathematician, had been through rehab at Silver Hill, an elite psychiatric hospital in Connecticut favored by the famous and the wealthy. Still, Peter’s years of heavy drinking weighed especially on Gwen, who is six years younger than Jennifer. She had lived at home, without her sister, for the worst of it."
  • Ralph Underwager and Hollida Wakefield
    • Paidika interview with Hollida Wakefield and Dr. Ralph Underwager in June 1991 by editor-in-chief Joseph Geraci
      • "PAIDIKA: Is choosing paedophilia for you a responsible choice for the individuals?

        RALPH UNDERWAGER: Certainly it is responsible. What I have been struck by as I have come to know more about and understand people who choose paedophilia is that they let themselves be too much defined by other people. That is usually an essentially negative definition. Paedophiles spend a lot of time and energy defending their choice. I don't think that a paedophile needs to do that. Paedophiles can boldly and courageously affirm what they choose. They can say that what they want is to find the best way to love. I am also a theologian and as a theologian, I believe it is God's will that there be closeness and intimacy, unity of the flesh, between people. A paedophile can say: "This closeness is possible for me within the choices that I've made." [...] What I think is that paedophiles can make the assertion that the pursuit of intimacy and love is what they choose. With boldness, they can say, "I believe this is in fact part of God's will." [...]"
      • "RALPH UNDERWAGER: (laughing) Of course, I'm not privy to God's will. I do believe it is God's will that we have freedom. I believe that God's will is that we have absolute freedom. No conditions, no contingencies. When the blessed apostle Paul says, "All things are lawful for me," he says it not once but four times. "All things are lawful for me." He also adds that not everything works."
    • Australia 60 Minutes, "WITNESS FOR MR. BUBBLES", 1990/08/05 (video)
      • Possible larger group responsible
        • Sydney Morning Herald, "Tony Deren’s nightmare: ‘There goes Mr Bubbles’" by Ben Hills, 1992/10/26: "And something else on which they agree with the parents – the Derens say that a Royal Commission should be held, and they are appalled at the Government’s refusal to hold one. They believe such an inquiry is the only way the mystery of what really happened at Seabeach will be solved. Tony Deren has his own suspicions about this. He believes there really was a ring of pedophiles operating on the peninsula and that at least two of the children attending Seabeach had in fact been involved in pornographic video-making. “That is the tragedy of the whole thing. There really is a Mr Bubbles – I know who he is,” says Tony Deren, naming the parent of a child at the kindergarten, whom he says came along to gloat when the Derens were in court. “While they have been trying to frame us for this, the real criminals are laughing.”"
      • Alleged connection to the murder of 14-year-old girl Michelle Pogmore in New South Wales in 2004
    • Sunday Times, "Child abuse expert says paedophilia part of 'god's will' - Dr Ralph Underwager" by Liz Lightfoot, 1993/12/19: "Last night Underwager admitted that his credibility had been damaged by the interview, in which he urged paedophiles to defend themselves publicly. He denied that he approved of the behaviour, but added that "scientific evidence" showed 60% of women sexually abused as children reported that the experience had been good for them. He contended the same could be true for boys. [...] "The solution that I'm suggesting is that paedophiles become much more positive. They should directly attack the concept, the image, the picture of the paedophile as an evil, wicked and reprehensible exploiter of children." [...] [The False Memory Society (FMS)] told Underwager he could remain a member only if he was prepared to state that any sexual contact between a child and an adult was always destructive. "I am a scientist and I could not agree to that because it is not a statement based on scientific research," he said this weekend [...] Underwager said he believed feminists were jealous of men's ability to love other men or children and had stirred up hysteria over paedophilia. "The point where men may say that maleness can include the intimacy and closeness of sex may make women jealous," he said in the interview. "This would hold true for male bonding, and paedophile sex too.""
    • Alex Constantine compilation of judicial decisions excluding Underwager's testimony
  • Harold Lief - psychiatrist for the Freyd family who went on to help them found the FMSF
    • FMSF advisory board profile for HAROLD I. LIEF, M.D.: "Dr. Lief earned his medical degree from New York University in 1942. After serving in the Army Medical Corps during World War II, he completed training in psychoanalysis at Columbia University and then became a professor of psychiatry and neurology at Tulane University. In 1967, Dr. Lief joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Family Study, where he remained until 1982 when he became Professor Emeritus. After retiring from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lief served as psychiatric consultant at Pennsylvania Hospital and continued his private practice in Wayne, Pennsylvania."
    • Baltimore Sun, "One family's tragedy spawns national group", 1994/12/09: "They contacted Dr. Harold Lief, a Philadelphia psychiatrist who had counseled them a decade earlier when Peter Freyd's alcoholism was straining their marriage. His drinking ended in the early 1980s, he said, when he checked into a rehabilitation center. Dr. Lief, now a member of the foundation's advisory board, said he began to suspect that Jennifer Freyd's therapy had been anything but neutral when he contacted her psychologist. "The therapist said almost all her clients were women, and I asked what percentage had been sexually abused as children. She said, 'Oh, about 85 to 90 percent,' and that raised my level of suspicion.""
    • Psychotherapy Networker, "Marshalling the Media" by Katy Butler, 1995/03-04: "To Pamela, who believed her husband's denials almost immediately, the changes in her formerly affectionate and compliant daughter amounted to a shocking and frightening "personality change." She and her husband consulted her former psychiatrist, Harold Lief, who suggested Peter Freyd take a lie detector test and came to believe the eider Freyds."
    • CKLN-FM 88.1 Toronto, lecture by Dr. Colin Ross on CIA and military mind control research, 1997/03: "Who is this guy Robert Heath? Well, we are going to see him in a future slide too. My secretary has actually interviewed him, and I might go down and interview him myself at Tulane in New Orleans. He did brain electro implant research for the CIA and he would put brain electrodes in human brains for non-therapeutic purposes, and he would pour in psyllicibin(sp), mescaline, LSD, and other chemicals to see what would go tingle-tingle in the electrodes. And I will tell you more about that. He's funded by the CIA and the military. In one of his papers, he thanks Harold Lief for referring in one of his brain electrode implant research subjects. Harold Lief is on the Advisory Board of the FMSF, and in fact, was personal psychiatrist to the Freyd family."
    • From p.63 of A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History by Joan Mellen (2013):

          [...] As Garrison had begun to investigate, Tulane psychiatrist Harold Lief was treating a homosexual patient.
          He had seen Lee Harvey Oswald at one of the parties of Clay Shaw, his patient told Lief. After the assassination, he had recognized him at once on television. “Oswald was there!” he said, as he described Clay Shaw's house in minute detail, including the wooden beams upstairs in the master bedroom, to which pulleys had been attached. Lief knew he was telling the truth because at one point Lief himself had rented Clay Shaw's house.
  • Martin Orne
  • Margaret Singer
  • Elizabeth Loftus
  • Richard Ofshe
  • Paul McHugh
    • FMSF advisory board profile for PAUL R. McHUGH, M.D.
    • Catholic Church abuse "investigation" panel
      • New York Times, "Bishops pick lay panel to probe abuse / Victims' advocates not among members", 2002/07/25: "The nation's Roman Catholic bishops announced Wednesday the appointment of a sexual abuse review board that is made up entirely of active Catholic laypeople, including some who work for church organizations but does not include anyone belonging to the victims' advocacy groups that have been most critical of the church. Among members are Leon Panetta, former chief of staff for the Clinton administration; Dr. Paul R. McHugh, former chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Nicholas Cafardi, the dean of Duquesne University Law School in Pittsburgh, who has also served as legal counsel to several church bodies. The chairman of the board, Gov. Frank Keating of Oklahoma, and some of the appointees, said that their main mission was to restore confidence in a church they love, and not to seek the discipline or prosecution of bishops who failed to remove abusive priests. [...] McHugh said that while he believed that most of the priest sexual abuse cases did not involve false memories, his expertise in that issue could help inform the panel's work. "It may have played a role in them choosing me, and I'm pretty proud of it, " McHugh said. David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said he was appalled at McHugh's inclusion on the board. He added that SNAP members were disappointed that the only person identified as a victim on the panel was Dr. Michael Bland, a former priest who now works in the victim assistance ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago."
      • Tampa Bay Times, "Bishops appoint sexual abuse review panel", 2002/07/25: "Several other board members have close ties to the church. Jane Chiles is vice president of the National Association of State Catholic Conference Directors, an umbrella organization of groups that lobby for Catholic causes in state governments. Cafardi served for 13 years as legal counsel for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, sometimes handling sexual abuse cases, and still represents several religious orders. They join the previously announced members of the group: Keating; Robert S. Bennett, President Clinton's former defense lawyer; Justice Anne M. Burke of the Illinois Court of Appeals, and Bland. [...] All the members were approved and informed of their selection by Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Keating said Gregory had suggested a board of as many as 20 members, which could include non-Catholics, nuns and priests. But he said the initial core group of four board members preferred to keep the board smaller, with 13 members, and limit it to practicing lay Catholics."
      • New York Times, "Member of Sex Abuse Panel Upsets Some", 2002/07/26: "The psychiatrist, Dr. Paul R. McHugh, is former chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He has been one of the strongest critics of psychiatric therapy based on the technique that traumatic experiences, especially in young people, can be subconsciously repressed for years. Dr. McHugh has testified on behalf of accused sexual abusers, including at least one priest, who faced the statements of adults who said they had repressed memories of molestation for years before recovering them. In one case that went as far as the Supreme Court, Dr. McHugh testified that the accusers' memories of abuse were, in fact, false. [...] Dr. McHugh is one of 12 lay Catholics appointed to the board, which Gov. Frank Keating of Oklahoma heads. Among the other panel members named on Wednesday are Jane J. Chiles of the Catholic Health Association; Pamela D. Hayes, a lawyer and former assistant district attorney in Brooklyn; and Nicholas P. Cafardi, dean of the Duquesne University Law School. [...] Although he has testified on behalf of people accused of abuse, Dr. McHugh said, he will be able to look out adequately for the interests of the victims of priests who come forward. He has served on a lay board of the Baltimore Archdiocese that reviews child sexual abuse cases. Dr. McHugh testified in 1995 at the trial in Baltimore of the Rev. A. Joseph Maskell. Two women said that Father Maskell had raped them 20 years earlier, but that they were unable to recall the incident for two decades. Maryland courts rejected the use of recovered memory as evidence in the case. The women appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which declined in 1997 to hear the case."
        • Note that Maskell is the priest whose abuse is covered in the 2017 documentary series The Keepers
      • Washington Post, "Psychiatrist on Catholic Panel Criticized", 2002/07/27: "The only psychiatrist appointed this week to serve on the Roman Catholic Church's national sexual abuse review board is closely affiliated with a controversial group devoted to combating what it believes are false memories of childhood abuse that never occurred. [...] "People are upset by this because he's clearly someone who wants to downplay the horror of sexual abuse," said Paul Fink, professor of psychiatry at Temple University and past president of the American Psychiatric Association, who described false memory syndrome as "junk science." Fink said he did not believe McHugh's views were representative of clinicians, most of whom accept the notion that traumatic memories are sometimes repressed as a way for victims to cope. [...] McHugh, who chaired Hopkins's psychiatry department for 25 years, was among eight new appointees named this week to the 13-member National Review Board. Chaired by Oklahoma Gov. Frank A. Keating, it was set up by the bishops in June to monitor implementation of new guidelines for handling child sexual abuse."
      • New York Times, "Psychiatrist Says He Was Surprised by Furor Over His Role on Abuse Panel", 2002/08/05: "Dr. McHugh said that to his knowledge his involvement in the debate over recovered memories, one of the most freighted controversies in modern psychiatry, had nothing to do with his appointment. In any case, he added, the debate was not pertinent, because hardly any of the sexual abuse charges against priests involved such memories. [...] Msgr. Francis J. Maniscalco, a spokesman for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the bishops did not discuss Dr. McHugh's association with the recovered memory issue when they selected the panel's members. [...] [According to McHugh,] His willingness to stand up for people falsely accused of sexual abuse, he said, should be viewed as an asset. ''If the victims are serious about wanting people who are brave enough to confront the powers that would victimize them,'' he said, ''then they should see that my record is a record of confronting power. And therefore, they shouldn't worry about me.'' [...] Born in Lowell, Mass., the son of a high school teacher and a housewife, Dr. McHugh describes himself as religiously orthodox, politically liberal (he is a Democrat) and culturally conservative -- a believer in marriage and the Marines, a supporter of institutions and family values. [...] Dr. McHugh went to Harvard, receiving his undergraduate degree in 1952 and graduating from medical school in 1956. He then completed residencies in neurology and in psychiatry."
  • James Randi
  • Paul Eberle and Shirley Eberle
    • The Record (Hackensack NJ), "Judge denies mistrial in sex-abuse case", 1988/01/22: "NEWARK A state judge yesterday refused to declare a mistrial in a 7-month-old child sex-abuse case over the remarks of a prosecutor, who had called the authors of a book recommended by a defense witness "child pornogra-phers." The ruling was the latest twist in the trial of Margaret Kelly Michaels, 26, charged with forcing more than a dozen 3- to 5-year-old children at a now-defunct nursery to perform sexual acts on her. [...] [Johns Hopkins University associate professor Dr. Jonas] Rappeport, who runs a Baltimore clinic for sex offenders, appeared as an expert witness on Ms. Michaels's behalf. On cross-examination, Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Glenn Goldberg sought to undermine Rappeport's credentials as an expert and hence his credibility. "We established that some of the literature he relied on as an expert was written by child pornographers," Goldberg said outside the courtroom yesterday. He was referring to a book titled "The Politics of Child Abuse," by Paul and Shirley Eberle. In pretrial hearings, Rappeport called the volume "an intriguing new book," and he has acknowledged that he recommended the book to prosecutor Sara Sencer McArdle. On Wednesday, Goldberg, in front of the jury, called the authors "child pornographers" because of other publications linked to the Eberles: the newspaper L.A. Star, which Goldberg said advertised sex services and contained the Eberles' writings, and the sexually explicit magazine Finger."
    • Ms. Magazine, "Paul and Shirley Eberle: A Strange Pair of Experts" by Maria Laurina, 1988/12
    • Tampa Tribune, "SUFFER THE CHILDREN" by Jan Hollingsworth, 1993/07/25: "But that's not all. "For a period of time during the '70's, Paul and Shirley Eberle were the most prolific publishers of child pornography in the United States," says Sgt. Toby Tyler, a San Bernadino deputy sheriff who is a nationally recognized expert on child sexual abuse and child pornography. ACCORDING to an undercover vice detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, the Eberles' own children were often featured in their hard-core publications. The Eberles themselves are pictured nude on one magazine cover, each copulating with a life-size blow-up doll. Their numerous underground publications included "Finger" a defunct magazine that is still regularly seized in caches of kiddie porn. Scattered among articles -bearing titles like "Sexpot at Five," "Little Lolitas," "My First Rape" and "New Adventures in Incest" are photographs and drawings of children involved in sodomy, oral copulation and other activities beyond the imagination of mainstream America. Interestingly, many of the acts depicted are similar to ones described by the child witnesses in the McMartin case which the Eberles claim were too "bizarre" or "physically impossible" to be believed."
    • TODO: are there any connections to Guy Strait's operation?
  • Jonas Rappeport
    • Baltimore Sun, "Dr. Jonas R. Rappeport, retired forensic psychiatrist who worked on cases of attempted presidential assassinations, dies", 2020/09/09: "Dr. Jonas R. Rappeport, the retired chief medical officer of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City [...] died Tuesday at the Broadmead Retirement Community in Cockeysville. He was 95 and lived in Park Heights and Bolton Hill. [...] A nationally known and esteemed forensic psychiatrist, he founded the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and was its first president. He trained numerous future forensic psychiatrists as a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. [...] Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Abraham Rappeport, a real estate developer, and his wife, Edna. He was a 1942 graduate of Forest Park High School and entered the University of Maryland, College Park that fall. He was drafted in June 1943 and served in the Army in Europe. He was a 1952 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He interned at Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital, where he met his future wife, Joan Gruenwald, the chief psychiatric nurse. [...] As a 15-year-old, he babysat for Manfred Guttmacher, a noted forensic psychiatrist and chief medical officer at the Court Clinic for Baltimore City’s Supreme Bench.1 [...] In 1959, Dr. Rappeport also opened a general private practice in clinical psychiatry in the Latrobe building in Mount Vernon. He also became the psychiatrist for the Baltimore County Circuit Court, then a part-time position. Dr. Rappeport then established the office of court psychiatrist for Baltimore County. In 1967 Judge Dulaney Foster named Dr. Rappeport the chief medical officer for the Supreme Bench in Baltimore City. In this role, he interviewed people who came before what is now the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. He retired in 1992. In 1969 he became the first president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. His advice was sought when Arthur Bremer shot Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace in a Laurel shopping center parking lot in 1972. He was also called upon to study the case of Sara Jane Moore, who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford in San Francisco three years later. Dr. Rappeport was one of a team of forensic psychiatrists who worked the aftermath of an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981. He interviewed John W. Hinckley Jr., who dangerously wounded Reagan at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue. [...] “Jonas and I interviewed Hinckley at the Butner Federal Detention Center in North Carolina,” said Dr. Park Dietz, a forensic psychiatrist who was trained by Dr. Rappeport at Johns Hopkins."
  • David Raskin
    • Converus science team bio for David C. Raskin, Ph.D.: "Dr. Raskin has served on the faculties of UCLA, Michigan State, and the University of Utah. He has authored more than 150 scientific articles, chapters, books, and reports, including Scientific Methods in Criminal Investigation and Evidence and Credibility Assessment: Scientific Research and Applications published in 2014. He has received research grants and contracts on the subject of deception detection from the National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, US Secret Service, and National Institute of Mental Health. He frequently consults and does training for many US federal agencies and foreign governments. The laboratories of Professor Raskin and his colleague, Dr. John Kircher at the University of Utah, are recognized worldwide as leaders in research and development of polygraph methods and computer techniques for the conduct and analysis of polygraph examinations. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA."
    • Curriculum Vitae for DAVID C. RASKIN, Ph.D. (updated 2005/09/01) - mentions being a Research Engineer at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (1960-1961)
    • Work on the Jeffrey MacDonald case
    • Emery County Progress, "'False Memory Syndrome' taking its toll", 1992/05/05: "David Raskin, psychology professor at the University of Utah, said irresponsible psychotherapy is "a combination of overzealousness, poor training, lack of knowledge of the literature, and a personal agenda. I think a lot of people can end up believing these false memories." The psychotherapists involved with John's children and grandchildren, he said, "are the worst" in Utah. He said they offer therapy for imaginary problems that they often help create. "In the long run they (patients) have been very much disserved. They've been dealt with, basically, incompetently and fraudulently," Raskin said. [...] Raskin said he has no doubts that John is telling the truth when he denies having committed any abuse. Raskin, who has more than 10 years experience studying sexual-abuse interview techniques and their effect on memory, is also an authority on polygraph examinations. While a score of 15 would indicate a truthful response, Johns score of 23 indicated "a very, very strong positive" score, said Raskin, who administered the test. In a letter to John's attorney, Raskin said: "On the basis of the polygraph examination, it is my professional opinion that (John) was truthful when he denied having engaged in any type of sexual act with any of his children or grandchildren.""
    • Deseret News, "TASK FORCE CO-CHAIRMAN SUES OVER PROVO SPEECH", 1992/10/27: "The co-chairman of a state task force on ritualistic abuse has filed a $1 million suit against a University of Utah professor she says defamed her during a speech. Noemi Perelman Mattis has sued David C. Raskin for remarks Raskin made about her and therapists generally in a June 25 speech before the False Memory Syndrome Foundation in Provo. Raskin, a psychology professor, and Mattis, a psychologist, have publicly disagreed over the existence of ritualistic abuse of children. Mattis believes the problem is widespread. Raskin claims no hard evidence points to the practice. [...] "Ms. Mattis is not reluctant to discuss issues and discuss them robustly, said David K. Isom, her attorney. "If this were a disagreement about issues or politics, she wouldn't have filed a lawsuit. But this is about defamation." In his speech, Raskin said when Mattis applied for a position in the U. department of psychology, many of the faculty looked at her qualifications and said they wouldn't even invite her to join the department as a graduate student. Mattis cited that remark and several others in her suit, claiming the remarks impeached her reputation and exposed her to contempt and ridicule."
    • Deseret News, "RETIRED PROFESSOR SUES U. FOLLOWING DEFAMATION SUIT", 1995/09/10: "Retired University of Utah psychology professor David Raskin has sued the school for not defending him against a defamation suit. Raskin, who retired this summer, was sued by Salt Lake City psychologist Noemi P. Mattis after he criticized her views on the reliability of so-called "recovered memories" of child abuse. Mattis called his 1992 speech a mean-spirited personal attack and sought $1 million in damages. After Utah's Division of Risk Management refused to defend Raskin, his homeowner's insurance companies paid Mattis a settlement in April. Details of the amount of the settlement were kept confidential. Now Raskin and the companies who insure him, Fire Insurance Exchange and Farmers Insurance Exchange, are suing the university for the amount of that settlement and for attorneys' fees totaling $80,000."
  • Debbie Nathan
  • Harvey Silverglate - was also the attorney for Jeffrey MacDonald
    • National Center for Reason and Justice list of advisory board members: "Harvey Silverglate is a criminal-defense lawyer and civil liberties litigator. He is of counsel to the Boston firm Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP. Mr. Silverglate contributes regular columns to Forbes.com’s “Injustice Department,” as well as occasional columns to the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Reason Magazine, and the National Law Journal, among others. He has also taught at Harvard Law School. In 1971 Silverglate was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court and has been admitted to the Bars of six U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, and others. Mr. Silverglate is a past President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and a current adjunct scholar at the CATO Institute. He is author of Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent and co-author of The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses. He is also a co-founder and chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a civil liberties organization devoted to academic freedom and fair process issues in higher education."
  • Rigorous Intuition thread from 2008 on the pedophilia and intelligence background of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF)
  • Stephanie J. Dallam, "Crisis or Creation: A systematic examination of false memory claims", 2002
  • Dr. Jim Hopper's website on recovered memories of sexual abuse
  • Nick Bryant, "Sympathy for the Devil: Ritual Abuse, "False Memories," and the CIA", 2010
  • Brian Moss, "Disinformation and DID: the Politics of Memory", 2013/06/22
  • Ross Cheit, Recovered Memory Project: "Legal Cases (53)", "Clinical Cases (25)", "Other Corroborated Cases (33)", "Inclusion Criteria", "Responses to Criticisms of the Archive"
  • S.M.A.R.T., "False allegations of child sexual abuse by children are rare": "Research with children whose sexual abuse has been proven has shown that children tend to minimize and deny abuse, not exaggerate or over-report such incidents." and "Allegations made by child victims of sexual abuse closely match the confessions of perpetrators. In addition, physical exams are unreliable indicators of sexual abuse. Children’s testimony more reliable than physical exams in cases of sexual abuse" and "[...] on children’s retraction of their disclosure of having been sexually abused. The evidence indicates that very few lied originally."
  • American Psychological Association (APA) background

Involved institutions

  • Harvard University
    • Dr. Henry Murray
        • "Dr. Murray, who taught at Harvard University for almost 40 years until his retirement in 1962 was, among other things, one of the early American-born psychoanalists, a selector of agents for the Office of Strategic Services in World War II, a scholar and a leading authority on the life and works of Herman Melville."
        • "In the 1920's and 1930's, when psychoanalysis was not widely accepted in this country, he was one of a small group who fought detractors to establish it as a worthwhile branch of science. He had been drawn into psychoanalysis while doing research in biochemistry at the Rockefeller Institute in New York before he joined the Harvard faculty in 1926."
        • "In 1943 Dr. Murray was recruited by the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency, to apply his knowledge of psychology in selecting undercover agents. He was given a commission in the Army's Medical Corps in 1933, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel and being decorated with the Legion of Merit."
  • Stanford University
  • Tulane University
    • Probe, "License and Registration, Please" by Bill Davy (from p.208-209 of The Assassinations by Jim DiEugenio and Lisa Pease (2003)):

          In 1978, John Marks published his groundbreaking work, The Search for the Manchurian Candidate. Using CIA documents he obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Marks described a massive project undertaken by the Agency to control human behavior. Known as MKULTRA {as well as other code names), the project’s most insidious effort at mind control was the administering of LSD to (mostly) unsuspecting victims. Marks, also describes how the CIA would fund LSD projects at some of the mOSt in?uential and prestigious medical and educational institutions. Although Marks does not mention Tulane or East Louisiana State Hospital in his book, it appears that both institutions were conducting research along these lines. In 1975, the General Counsel to the Army, Charles D. Ablard, testified before a Senate Committee and said, “We have learned of a 1955 contract with Tulane University, which involved the administration of LSD, mescaline, and other drugs to mental patients, who then had electrodes implanted in their brains as a part of their medical treatment unrelated to an Army contract.”33 Also, Dr. Robert Heath, the former Chairman of Tulane University Medical School’s Department of Neurology and Psychiatry used LSD and electrode implantation in his research.34 Most of Heath’s subjects were from the East Louisiana State Hospital where a 133-bed ward was assigned specifically for his research.35
          Direct confirmation of these experiments comes from a former clinical director of East Louisiana Hospital, Dr. Alfred Butterworth, who conducted a number of LSD experiments in the 19605.36 From 1960 through 1963, Butterworth administered LSD not only to himself but also to criminal patients from Angola Prison. As Marks reveals, Sandoz Chemical would provide the LSD free of charge to MKULTRA researchers. Butterworth admitted that he received his LSD directly from Sandoz for free. In fact while at Fort Detrick, Butterworth worked with the infamous Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, the head of the CIA’s Chemical Division. Although Butterworth would not work at Jackson until after Oswald’s visit there, he nevertheless remembered that doctors and administrators wanted experience in using these drugs. In fact, instructing other doctors in the use of LSD for the treatment of mental disorders was Buttrrworth’s specialty. Butterworth remembered seeing not only Dr. Silva (Oswald’s supposed friend) at Jackson, but Clay Shaw’s close associate Dr. Alton Ochsner as well. Butterworth recalled that Tulane University had a psychiatric unit at Jackson and that specifically people from Tulane were using LSD at Jackson. Recall that Dr. Ochsner was on the board of the Tulane Medical School and Dr. Silva was working directly for Tulane. It is also worth noting that a Dr. Rabenet from the hospital would frequently talk about the New Orleans Trade Mart, imparting the impression that he knew people there.37 Of course the Trade Mart was where both Clay Shaw and his boss Lloyd Cobb worked.
    • Dr. Carl Bernofsky, "U.S. Government-Sponsored Mind Control and Tulane"
    • Dr. Carl Bernofsky, "An Interview with Valerie B. Wolf, Claudia S. Mullen, and Chris deNicola Ebner"
    • Dr. Alton Ochsner - was the chairman of surgery at the Tulane medical school before establishing his own Ochsner Clinic
      • TODO: document his role in establishing the Information Council of the Americas (INCA) with Ed Butler
      • Son's connection to the Council for National Policy (CNP)
        • Council for National Policy", Biographical Summaries for "Delegation to the Far East", 1982: "Dr. and Mrs. Alton Ochsner, Jr. Dr. Ochsner is a prominent New Orleans cardio-vascular surgeon. He was associated for many years with the world famous Ochsner Foundation Hospital, which was founded by his father, Dr. Alton Ochsner, Sr. Dr. Ochsner has spent a great portion of his life fighting the growth of Communism in Latin America. His wife's name is Barbara."
    • Dr. Robert Heath
  • East Louisiana State Hospital - in Jackson LA; the facility where Lee Harvey Oswald tried to apply for a job in 1963 during his time with the New Orleans intelligence network of Clay Shaw, Guy Banister, David Ferrie, and others
    • As discussed in the above section on Tulane, Dr. Robert Heath did experiments with LSD and electrodes on mental patients, most of them from East Louisiana State Hospital. This was concurrent to a 1955 Army contract with Tulane for mind control research. Dr. Alfred Butterworth, a former clinical director of the Jackson state mental hospital (and previously a colleague of Sidney Gottlieb at Fort Detrick), also confirmed the practice of LSD experiments on patients. Another doctor at the hospital gave the impression that he knew people at the International Trade Mart.
    • Dr. Alfred Butterworth
      • American Bar Association, "Trick or Treatment?", 2019/07/16: "Since his initial commitment at ELSH and while at Angola, Mr. Howard received treatment from Dr. Alfred Tucker Butterworth, chief psychiatrist at ELSH and clinical director at Angola, for his schizophrenia. Seemingly, Dr. Butterworth’s story is one of science fiction and horror; the tale of a man preying on the weak and vulnerable for his experimental pleasures—most notably, his fascination with LSD experimentation on his nonconsenting patients."
  • Esalen Institute - played a major role in the Human Potential Movement and New Age ideas
  • Straight Inc. - run by Bush family ally and major GOP donor Mel Sembler
    • Mother Jones, "The Cult That Spawned the Tough-Love Teen Industry", 2007/09 - said that the Seed (a Straight predecessor) used methods "similar to the highly refined brainwashing techniques employed by the North Koreans" against teens
    • Jeff Wells, "Sembler for the Defense", 2005/12/08 - Mel Sembler ran drug rehab facilities for children that employed abuse and brainwashing
    • Political connections
      • Associated Press, "PRINCESS DIANA AND NANCY REAGAN VISIT DRUG ABUSE CENTER WITH AM-ROYALTY, BJT", 1985/11/11 - occurred at the Springfield VA facility, where George Paul Bishop worked for a while
      • Sun Sentinel, "DRUG TESTS FOR THE TAKING", 1999/11/15: "Drug Free America, along with former U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig and U.S. Rep Mark Foley, will distribute 4,000 kits to police departments and community groups in Broward, Palm Beach, Orange and Martin counties today and Tuesday."
      • Wesley M. Fager, "Flow Chart of the Straights and opening and closing dates for Straight, Inc.", 2000/03/08 - shows that the "grandfather" of Straight was Synanon, which spawned organizations like Phoenix House and the Seed, whose St. Petersburg branch run by Mel Sembler ended up becoming Straight; some of the earliest Straight Inc. branches after the one in St. Petersburg were the Sarasota FL, Atlanta (in Marietta GA), and Washington DC (in Springfield VA and then Columbia MD)
      • Wesley M. Fager and Ginger Warbis, "George W. Bush, The Drug Free America Foundation, Inc., (formerly Straight Foundation, Inc.) and the Republican Party", 2000
      • Wesley Fager, "The Conspiracy Theory: Is Straight some sort of Richard Nixon CIA-NIH mind-control experiment gone awry?", 2005/02/25
        • "Guy M. Tunnell, Commissioner, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (Florida's state police) and former FDLE commissioner James "Tim" Moore are also on the board. Former White House drug czars Rober DuPont, MD (a former paid Straight consultant) and Donald Ian MacDonald, MD (Straight's former national medical research director) are members of the International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse (a DFAF subsidiary). Richard Schwartz, MD, former medical research director for Straight - Springfield is another forum member." - worth noting that Guy Tunnell was formerly the sheriff of Bay County FL (whose county seat is Panama City FL) and his name was on the FDLE letter about John Couey that was sent to the wrong address for the Citrus County Sheriff's Office
        • Describes brainwashing by communist reeducation camps that sounds exactly like what Straight does to its charges
        • "Many newage (one word rendition of "New Age", rhymes with sewage. Coined by cult buster and magician The Amazing Randi) cult leaders have read these accounts of brainwashing (just as this author has) and some have attempted to use some of these techniques on members of their own organizations. Cult apologists, citing findings in Lifton's own work, argue that you can't really cleanse someone's mind. Whether brainwashing truly works or not, I'll leave that to the cult apologists to convince a judge. But I will tell you there is no denying that brainwashing is cruel, physically and psychologically damaging, and can lead to death by suicide from humiliation and depression. And, I can also tell you that, many cult leaders use it because they think it works, or at least they don't know of any better way to exert total control over their subordinates. Some cults, claiming they can make sane men saner and smart men smarter, have been accused of using thought control in their program. This is the so-called human potential movement."
        • "Thus were experimental "brainwashing" programs begun in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the Marion, Springfield, and Butner federal prisons."
        • "The Seed was a synanon for kids-only. It was unusual in that as a start-up, experimental program founded by a high school graduate and recovering alcoholic, it got a grant for $1 million (in 1970 dollars!) from the federal government's NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse )--a subsidiary of the sprawling NIMH (National Institue of Mental Health). Psychiatrist Robert L. DuPont, Jr. was then the director of NIDA. The CIA had experimented with LSD on prisoners at the NIH's lock-up hospital in Lexington, Kentucky where NIH had set up its own experimental synanon which it called MATRIX. This has made more than one conspiracy theorist wonder whether The Seed was some sort of CIA-backed mind control experiment to turn long-hair, pot smoking American teenagers into mindful and obedient, clean-cut kids with button-down, collared shirts who would fight our wars and vote for Richard Nixon's Republican Party. The theory gets even more intriguing when, in 1974, the U.S. Senate published a report which likened The Seeds methods to the brainwashing techniques employed by the North Koreans against American servicemen during the Korean War. The Senate report was a principal reason for The Seed to stop its expansion programs."
        • "[...] [Look at the people who endorse Straight on the flier at top left. George Bush is the former director of the CIA during the Nixon administration. Robert DuPont is the founding director of NIMH'S NIDA. In World War II Congressman Charles Bennett had been an intelligence officer assigned to the secret Counter Intelligence Corps. And Dr. Maxie Maultsby taught Rational Emotive Therapy to Straight's Dr. George Ross at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY., the same city where the NIMH operated an experimental, federal lockup hospital on addictions and where the CIA conducted LSD experiments on inmates.]"
      • Rigorous Intuition thread in November 2005 about Straight, Inc. (pages 1, 2)
        • "I grew up in inverness/point reyes and remember the fear and alarm in the community even though i was only 10 or 11 when the real wierdness was happening. I still recall my mom warning me to be careful of the synanon people." - note that Inverness FL is the county seat of Citrus County FL
      • Maia Szalavitz, "TOUGH LOVE QUACKERY: Maia Szalavitz’s Presentation to The Cato Foundation", 2006/04/20
        • "[Senator Sam] Ervin’s investigators discovered that the federal government admitted to funding a great deal of diverse research in the area; only later would covert funding for other mind control research come to light. But one of the programs that came under Ervin’s scrutiny was a federally-funded Florida program for teens known as “The Seed.” His investigators described the methods of such treatment this way:

          “…individuals are required to participate in group therapy discussions where intensive pressure is often placed on the individuals to accept the attitudes of the group. More intensive forms of encounter groups begin first by subjecting the individual to isolation and humiliation in a conscious effort to break down his psychological defenses. Once the individual is submissive, his personality can begin to be reformed around attitudes determined by the program director to be acceptable. [It is] similar to the highly refined brainwashing techniques employed by the North Koreans in the early 1950’s5.”"
        • "But The Seed had two powerful backers: Mel Sembler, who would go on to chair campaign finances for the Republican party in the 2000 presidential election and who, even back then, was a major campaign donor, and another Republican financier, Joseph Zappala.

          Sembler and Zappala were smart enough to recognize that The Seed itself was no longer saleable. But, believing that it helped fight drugs and that any means necessary were OK so long as it did that, they simply copied the Seed, took a bunch of its staff (who were untrained former participants and parents who often didn’t even have a high school degree) and opened a new program. It was called Straight Incorporated."
      • Jeff Wells, "Fight the Real Enemy", 2006/10/11 - alleged connection between Mel Sembler, Mark Foley, and Paul Bishop (of Johnny Gosch fame) through Straight Inc.
      • Website of Kelly Matthews, the woman behind the Rigorous Intuition allegations
      • Allegation that Rick Scott was a lawyer for Straight Inc. in Dallas
      • Mother Jones, "GOP Gov. Rick Scott Raising Big Bucks With Founder of Abusive Teen Boot Camps", 2014/04/01
    • Background of Mel Sembler
      • "The unauthorized biography of Melvin Floyd Sembler"
      • AlterNet, "Ambassador de Sade", 2005/11/07
      • Talking Points Memo, "Eh, small world, small conspiracy" by Joshua Micah Marshall, 2005/12/06 (Tampa Tribune, "St. Petersburg Republican Takes Charge Of 'Scooter' Libby's Legal Defense Fund", 2005/11/24): "This news has been out for a few weeks and I just hadn't noticed. But the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Fund is being headed up by none other than Mel Sembler, the Cheney-fan and the big-ticket GOP fundraiser from Florida who was the US Ambassador to Italy when all the secret meetings took place and when the forged uranium papers showed up at the US Embassy in October 2002.

        Since I've reported on this story for almost two years and am still writing a series on it, I need to say explicitly that I've never seen any evidence tying Sembler to any bad acts related to the forgeries. So the 'conspiracy' crack is mainly a jest. But there's a lot that's still really murky about what was happening at the US Embassy in Rome after 9/11 with the forgeries and other matters. That was on Sembler's watch. And Libby's bad acts stem from the whole forgeries bamboozlement. (Whacking Wilson was part of the larger White House effort to keep the forgeries scam covered up -- a cover up that's still underway.)

        So Sembler just seems like a pretty big part of this story to be collecting money for the one person under indictment for their role in it."
      • Side note: considering that Sembler was the ambassador to Italy from 2001-05 during the reopened Monster of Florence investigation, which pinned it on a high-society Satanic cult connected to the intelligence services before that theory was discredited (partially thanks to the involvement of an American journalist), it's worth asking whether Sembler had a role in covering up the truth of that case.
      • Support for neoconservative Democrat Joe Lieberman
        • Lindsay Beyerstein, "Lieberman's Fundraiser Ran the Abu Ghraib of Rehab", 2006/09/22: "This week, Joe Lieberman enlisted a Republican operative with a background in brainwashing and a problem with a penis pump. Mel Sembler is a former RNC finance chairman and the chair Scooter Libby’s legal defense fund. The Florida real estate tycoon calls Dick Cheney a close friend. No doubt the bond between Sembler and the VP is strengthened by an optimism about the potential for torture to solve problems. If anything Sembler is even more optimistic than Cheney–he believes that torture can cure diseases like addiction. Any principled Democrat would recoil from Sembler, but it gets worse. Sembler is also a self-styled drug treatment entrepreneur who founded Straight, Incorporated, a residential drug treatment program for teenagers."
        • The Atlantic, "Bankrolling the Next War", 2007/11/19: "In addition to being really rich, Mel Sembler -- and a few other relatives in Florida -- is a very generous donor to sundry Republican politicians and Joe Lieberman."
    • Background of Mark Foley (a big supporter of Straight Inc.)
  • Montauk Project allegations

LSD supply

Sexual blackmail

Known survivors

  • Carol Rutz
    • ...
  • Claudia Mullen
    • ...
  • Christine Ebner
    • ...
  • Kathleen Sullivan
    • Wayne Morris interview with Kathleen Sullivan
    • Jeff Wells, "Interview with Kathleen Sullivan (Part One)", 2005/02/22 - mentions a mind control handler who was a "PsyOps expert/lawsuit-happy “Satanist”/flaming pedophile" (Michael Aquino), a CIA director who "knew what was going on, but never seemed happy about it" and "was later terminated" (William Colby), and a "“NSC staff member” mentioned in [John DeCamp's book]" who was a "covert operative" with a "public persona as a moral right-wing hero and political commentator" (Oliver North) that enjoyed raping female sex slaves

Monarch project

SLA and Patty Hearst

Jonestown Massacre

Satanic crime

  • Satanic Crime: A Threat in the New Millennium by William H. Kennedy (2006) - covers Satanic connections to the Columbine school shooting and Dutroux affair
  • Fabian Dee, "Satanism and the Far Right", 2016/01/20
  • Dave Emory radio broadcasts in the late 1980s
  • Alex Constantine, "The OTO & The CIA -- Ordis Templis Intelligentis"
  • One user on Deep Politics Forum suggests that trauma-based mind control originated with occult groups, which inspired the Nazis, whose scientists were subsequently brought over to work in the US intelligence community
  • Peter Levenda explains in Sinister Forces that Satanic groups are usually not nefarious themselves, but attract those who wish to brutally exercise power: "The Church of Satan was at best a gimmicky New Age operation.... The OTO couldn't organize a box lunch much less a nationwide program of human sacrifice. And the Process does not exist any longer, and hasn't for almost thirty years.

    On the other hand...

    It is a fact of life that many people who join or are attracted to organizations like the three mentioned above are much more serious than their leaders.... To the outside world, these people are all "Process" or "Church of Satan" or even "OTO," but in fact most of them have severed any formal links with these organizations before they begin their criminal activity. What the occult Orders have done, however, deliberately or not, is provide these individuals...with the philosophical basis for their actions; in many cases, providing them with the ritual tools, jargon and psychological conditioning necessary not only to perpetuate their crimes, but to scare the living daylights out of the rest of the population."
  • Historical witchcraft accusations
    • J.B. Hare, "The Works of Margaret Murray", 2001/01/17 - Murray started the witch-cult hypothesis
    • In one of Freud's letters to a colleague, he compared witchcraft confessions to the accounts by female patients of his who suffered from abuse: "But why did the devil who took possession of the poor things invariably abuse them sexually and in a loathsome manner? Why are their confessions under torture so like the communications made by my patients in psychological treatment?"
  • SRA allegations trace back to at least 1959, not Michelle Remembers
  • Chicago Tribune, "Satanism Haunts Tales Of Child Sex Abuse", 1985/07/29 - ritual abuse cases in Bakersfield CA, Mendocino County CA, Denver CO, etc.
  • Murder of Steven Newberry a.k.a. Steve Newberry - in 1987 in Joplin MO
    • Los Angeles Times, "Satanists' Trail : Dead Pets to a Human Sacrifice", 1988/10/19
    • Los Angeles Times, "Human Sacrifice : 'Fun' Killers Now Paying Devil's Dues", 1988/10/20
    • Ch.2 ("Murder on Main Street") of Painted Black by Carl Raschke (1990)
      • "It was a strange case and an even more unusual style of homicide. Two girls at the high school had been eavesdropping on one of the suspects, who bragged about having rubbed out a nerdy underachiever named “Steve” who was rumored to deal drugs occasionally. The girls contacted police, and within a very brief stretch of time detectives and sheriff’s deputies swooped down on Ron Clements, Theron “Pete” Roland, and Jim Hardy – familiar school chums of Newberry. The arrests were complicated, and local scandal-mongers were emboldened by the fact that young Hardy happened to be Carl Junction High School’s senior class president."
      • "A handful of kids around school “knew” that Hardy’s minimafia was eventually going to get Newberry. Hardy, the reputed capo, already had positioned Newberry at the top of his hit list, according to various tales then circulating. One account tucked inside the Joplin police reports held that Newberry was marked for failing to pay his bill to a local cocaine trafficker. To investigating officers, such a motive seemed straightforward and far more cogent than satanism."
      • "Yet the tale was already coursing in the community – and was regarded as unvarnished truth by a few hangers-on – that Newberry had been the long-planned victim of a sacrificial killing. The scandal even more pronounced because Hardy’s father was a prominent accountant who did business with the Small Business Administration. Hardy’s mother had been the secretary to the local state senator, who was a very prominent legislator and who was closely related to the Missouri attorney general."
      • "Within a week some rather curious items began cropping up in local police logs. An offense report dated December 9 mentioned an informant who “came to the station [and] said his little sister has been getting bad phone calls about him – he thinks it is some of the satanic occult group that is not in jail – he said he used to be one of the occult worshipers at one time but he quit and now they are mad at him.” On Friday the eighteenth, Carl Junction police officer J.F. Dean noted a case of grave tampering at one of the local cemeteries. The grave turned out to be Newberry’s. The bouquets of flowers laid by mourners had been removed and tossed in a northerly direction from the burial site. In the fantastic lore of adolescent satanism, north represents the kingdom of darkness. There were also unexplained shoe prints of a man and a woman pressed into the soft earth beside the gravestone."
      • "The week before Christmas, detectives interviewed a kid known as “Mark” whom a clerk in a Joplin convenience store had overheard whispering about Newberry. The kid claimed he had first-hand knowledge of the murder and that Newberry’s “execution” had been ordered by a mysterious body designated the “Council of 18” who had “handed down the death verdict.” The youth also maintained that the council had required Newberry to be slowly and severely bludgeoned because it was necessary in satanic ritual to drink the victim’s blood and “taste the brain.” Although such scuttlebutt may have seemed preposterous to investigating officers at the time, it was completely in keeping with what was later learned at Matamoros."
      • "On December 16, Carl Junction officer Tom Brown interrogated a teenage girl named Tina. According to notes compiled by Brown, Tina had expert acquaintance with active satanic cults in southern Missouri. One cult called itself the Midnight Angels – an obvious mimickry of the Hell’s Angels. The second group was headquartered out of town and proved to be more mysterious, authoritative, and sinister than its Joplin counterpart. Referred to simply as “the Crowd” and boasting about thirty members, the cult reportedly was comprised not just of adolescents but of young adults and middle-aged women and men."
      • "School records showed that Hardy had been docked many times for disorderly conduct, including breaking through a rear emergency door, using profanity, throwing objects at the bus driver, and spitting tobacco on the floor. A confidential police informant, identified in the files only as “L.N.,” confirmed that Hardy was a drug abuser and that he was particularly fond of LSD, or “acid.” The informant portrayed Hardy as both unpredictable and sadistic. He recalled one incident in 1985 or 1986 when Hardy had deliberately run over with his car a fellow on a bicycle because it “was fun.”"
      • "One commonplace [rumor] bouncing around in conversations among Joplinites was that the Newberry slaying could be explained rather simply as a Mafia hit. Nobody knew, of course, who the Mafia might be or whether the ancient underground empire of the Sicilians had ever opened a branch office in the Ozarks. But in light of the south Texas findings, the hypothesis does not seem all that implausible.

        Indeed, it was no secret that the Hardy boys were not only locked into every conceivable form of substance abuse; they were also small-town sales reps within the drug trafficking conglomerate. “Everybody” in Joplin, a number of teenage witnesses said, used and condoned drugs – even the patrons and matrons of the civic establishment. Cocaine allegedly wafted about, like a midJanuary Ozark snow squall, at virtually every gathering of socialites. As much nose candy was supposed to be partaken on any given Saturday evening in Jasper County than in all the mansions and villas of Beverley Hills. That was most likely an exaggeration, but even local police would admit the rate of consumption was extraordinarily high for a place with its particular demographic profile. The lawyers and accountants placed orders and scarfed the stuff. The bikers and backwoods brokers ran it along the interstate from Los Angeles, Texas, and Colorado. A known drug dealer with the moniker of “Robert Adams,” convicted a few years earlier for putting out a contract on a Jasper County sheriff’s deputy, said Newberry had been killed for double-crossing the syndicate. He remarked that “Pete and Jim were paid well for their part.” Adams, who sported a 666 tattoo, claimed Newberry had been singled out because he was believed to have stolen a stash of coke and two pounds of marijuana. Adams said a number of interested parties, who were never identified in the police investigation, had stopped by the well right after the killing to confirm that the deal had been consummated."
      • "The mystique of the Crowd in southwestern Missouri was almost as formidable as the legend of the Illuminati – the alleged, great satanist conspiracy for all the ages. The Crowd, which elected the Council of 18, was rumored to be billeted at the local junior college and the adjoining national guard armory in the neighboring town of Neosho. The title “the Crowd” was derived from the name of the army facility in Neosho – Camp Crowder. The Crowd reportedly had ties to several major covens, or occult groups, just across the state line in Kansas. Jim Hardy’s phone bill indicated that he had called various towns in Kansas on different occasions. He had also put in repeated calls to Neosho.

        Neosho itself is a sleepy community snuggled amid rolling, oak-clogged hills and hollows with meandering streets and rambling, ochrebrick storefronts that resembles most Ozark municipalities. The town is grappling for economic survival, and the city fathers have gone out of their way to offer just about any kind of economic incentive to firms that might locate there. A largely undeveloped office park has been mapped out near the junior college. The Chamber of Commerce says it is interested in luring firms doing defense work, and it points with pride to a planned expansion of the armory in the next decade. The armory was used as one of the leading internment camps for German prisoners right after World War II, according to local history records."
      • "In the course of investigating cult activity in the vicinity of Joplin, a young man with peripheral links to the Hardy group, who is also a former member of the Crowd, agreed to an interview on the condition that his real name not be used. “Eddie,” as we shall call him, is in his late teens or early twenties and at the time of the interview was employed as a retail clerk at a shopping mall in Joplin. Contact with Eddie was made through one of the paralegal assistants assigned to the court trial of Pete Roland. The paralegal had met Eddie during his own pretrial inquiries.

        Eddie claims he was recruited into the Crowd in 1977 at about age seven. An unidentified “prominent” member of the Joplin social hierarchy made discreet overtures to Eddie and said he was willing to “offer the world” if only the child would give his life over to the Prince of Darkness. At the time Eddie’s mother and father were going through a tumultuous divorce, and as with any child of that age suffering the trauma of family upheaval, Eddie was susceptible to whoever might play the role of surrogate parent. The man, according to Eddie, promised him everything of which a child could dream – distant travel, exotic friends, and “loving” companions. The man turned out to be a satanist."
      • "The linkage between the rise of satanism and the drug culture is so transparent it is often overlooked by most experts. Even the revelations about Matamoros have not solidified the connections in people’s minds the way they should. “People think they know so much,” Eddie said, laughing.

        > They really don’t know what’s going on. [The cult] gave me everything I wanted when I wanted it. We would go out into the countryside and have these rallies. I remember a big rally in 1979 or 1980 with thousands of people there. And the leaders of the group would arrive in a semi-truck, and they would distribute free drugs to whoever showed up. There would be high school kids, bikers, truckers – you name it. And the people who organized the rally would say they would come back and there would be more.

        According to Eddie, the Crowd managed most of the day-to-day drug operations in southern Missouri:

        > They didn’t just own the trucks. They owned planes and trains. If you were a druggie, you associated the good things of life with satanism, and that is how they began to recruit. It started many years ago. It’s a network just as large as the federal government has for transporting its own goods. The trucks would bring in the drugs if you requested them.

        After Matamoros, such a statement seems far less speculative than before."
      • "Eddie’s tendency toward sensation and hyperbole might lead to the hasty judgment that he has trotted out the overworked specter of a worldwide satanic conspiracy. Eddie thinks there is no satanist conspiracy per se. There are, nonetheless, drug cartels, which are conspiracies in the legal sense of the word. Satanism is the preferred belief system of those who commandeer the trucks and planes."
  • Chicago Tribune, "Satanic Crime: Police Say The Devil Made Some People Do It", 1988/04/18
  • (Very sensational and tabloid-esque, but might have valuable material) Geraldo Rivera, "Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground", 1988
  • Los Angeles Times, "Expert Tells of Finding Some Physical Signs of Satanic Child Abuse", 1991/04/03: "A Chicago research psychiatrist testified in a satanic-abuse trial Tuesday that he has examined about 130 patients who remember similar childhood sexual abuse and has found some physical evidence to substantiate their claims. [...] Braun testified as an expert witness in the trial of a 76-year-old Mission Viejo grandmother accused of abusing her daughters and her granddaughter during bloody and murderous satanic rituals. [...] Braun testified that he has seen more than 300 patients who suffer from multiple personality disorder. Research has shown that more than 95% of these patients report childhood sexual abuse, and up to one-third report ritual abuse with cult or quasi-satanic overtones, Braun testified. [...] Braun testified that he has researched 130 cases in which patients have during psychotherapy remembered ritual child abuse with satanic overtones. Patients described incidents that included black-robed people, satanic symbols, drugs, blood, animal and human sacrifice, and violent sexual abuse--tales nearly identical to those told by the Orange County women. [...] The psychiatrist said that he initially dismissed such tales but that he has heard consistent accounts from patients in different states who have never met and has had several instances in which patients have identified other cult members on the wards and that their stories have been corroborated. Braun said he subscribes to "the rule of five," meaning that he will not seriously consider such a report unless he hears it from five unrelated people. "Some of the stuff I hear is so bizarre it defies belief . . . ," Braun said. "I didn't want to believe it." Braun testified that some of the patients have scarring and other physical evidence that appears to support their stories. Several women have been sexually mutilated and suffered severe internal scarring, while other victims have satanic words, symbols or profanity burned into their bodies, he said. [...] Braun told the jury about two brothers, ages 4 and 5, who were hospitalized along with their mother, who exhibited multiple personalities. Though the three were on separate psychiatric wards with no contact, they began to remember and describe similar events, Braun said. The 5-year-old described slitting a man's stomach open with a knife, with anatomically correct descriptions that Braun recognized from his own experience in surgery. [...] Another 4-year-old described the workings of a crematorium for one of Braun's colleagues, Braun testified. The psychiatrist, who had no idea whether such a tale could be true, then visited a crematorium and came back reporting that "the kid had it down pat," Braun said."
  • San Diego Reader, "So many demonic sightings in East San Diego County" by Mary Lang, 1991/12/05
    • "Rick Post works for Brauner, Post & Granado, San Diego private investigators. Over the past five years, he has become increasingly involved with cases of reported Satanic activity. It all began when he received a call from a Los Angeles woman whose niece was missing. The woman had found a trunk containing photos of the six-year-old being, as she put it, “ritually raped.” Investigation of the case led Post to discoveries of devil worshippers, he says. “The woman got the kid back ... a state senator was involved. I suspect the woman has since been killed.” By now, Post receives a dozen phone calls a day about such matters and has developed a network with local law-enforcement groups and the FBI."
    • "Satanists come in all ages and from all backgrounds, says Post. There are “some local elected officials” involved, but he won’t name them. He says he is currently investigating a person who is “a church pastor on Sunday and a Satanic cult leader during the week.” He knows of a former SDSU professor, he says, who heads a local cult. San Diego County is crawling with Satanic cult groups, in Post’s view, including the Ordo Templi Orientis, the Order of Thelema, the Temple of Set, the Brotherhood of the Mind, the Rainbow Children, a group that meets in Balboa Park called the Knights of Satan, and a Satanic “enforcement arm” of a group of bikers in the meth trade known as the Crystal Circle. A local motorcycle gang, the Mongols, “have contact with Satanists” as well, according to Post" - TODO: is the Rainbow Children the same as the Masonic organization known as the Rainbow Girls that Patsy Ramsey and Nancy Krebs were part of?
    • "The woman, call her “Red Bird,” claims her three-year-old grandson was abducted and murdered by a cult. His body was found in a Spring Valley dumpster. According to Red Bird, his heart and liver had been removed. His eyelids had been cut open or removed, and his eyes had been replaced with “something blue.” His feet were painted black. Symbols were painted on his hands, though she doesn’t know what kind. The suspect apprehended in the case hanged himself in jail. (Local law-enforcement officials say the investigation is still open, so they cannot comment on Red Bird’s account.)"
    • "Mike Howard, an investigator with the El Cajon Police Department, says he “constantly” hears stories about the sorts of criminal activities Satanists are supposedly involved in but has seen almost no physical evidence to link crimes in El Cajon with Satanic activity in El Cajon. For example, Howard has even heard unsubstantiated claims about “people being ground up and added to dope to make superdope.” The only case “in which the subject of the occult has come up over and over again in what people tell us” is the as-yet-unsolved 1988 disappearance of Jamie Peters. “The only factual evidence in the case is that he is missing and that suspicious circumstances pointed to an occult element.” Pressed for details, Howard says, “There was dope involved, which is consistent with occultic activity.” (A photo of the Peters boy in Rick Post’s possession shows him wearing an Iron Maiden Tshirt and making the “devil’s horns” sign with one hand.)"
    • "Howard indicates that criminal activity in El Cajon by people who are involved in occult practices includes drug manufacture, pedophilia, and pornography. “Very frequently we don’t have the proof, but just because we don’t have the proof doesn’t mean we won’t investigate stories people tell us.” He sees that as a law-enforcement obligation. Law-enforcement agency resources, time, and money have come to be used to investigate such claims by citizens simply because of the frequency with which those claims are made."
    • "Believers in the existence of widespread Satanic activity claim that government agencies are already infiltrated by Satanists; as a result, the agencies suppress evidence and refuse to attribute documented crime patterns to Satanists for fear of coming under fire from the ACLU for violating the rights of a religious group. A San Diego County deputy sheriff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, admits the latter claim but also says he “has yet to see a good, firm case” of any criminal activity by Satanists. [...]"
    • "Satanism experts have been circulating a photocopy of what is purported to be a Seattle Police Department memorandum, dated January 24, 1989. In it, vice section personnel are advised “not to seek or accept the role of ‘Department Expert’ on Satanism,” not to keep files, books, pictures, or other printed material on the subject, to screen with a supervisor “any Satanic information” brought up during an investigation, and to forward such information to criminal intelligence. Clearly, such measures can be viewed merely as attempts to curb hysteria. Believers in the Satan conspiracy, however, classify them with veterinarian reports on animal killings — as evidence of governmental cover-ups."
    • "A product of what is referred to as “intergenerational Satanism,” John says he was molested by an uncle and by a second grade teacher at ages six and seven. He explained this as the beginning of a process of induction into the cult. Eventually he rose to the position of necromancer, conjuring up the spirits of dead people and demons. He wouldn’t explain how he did this but said it worked. He claimed to have witnessed the murders of “about 75 people” of all ages, including, he thinks, children. He also mentioned numerous kidnappings but wouldn’t give details other than to say they occurred in Massachusetts. He would not say whether he was personally involved in the kidnappings, because “there are Satanists within organizations of police who would love to attack me.” John escaped Satanic Attack in 1989, he said, by “creating my own death.” He would not go into detail for fear of leading closer those Satanists still after him. Why did he get out? “I was tired of killing. I was tired of the stupid ways that people would take total control of others.” He is glad the subject is finally getting some attention. A new ministry for ritual abuse victims has started up locally, and he attends it. As for the secular aspect, John says, “Psychiatrists and MFCCs are just beginning to see the tip of the iceberg.”"
    • "Some of the incidents she places in Navy housing in Lakeside, others occurred outside. She remembers a “fish water” smell. She remembers a word that sounds like “paydone” often repeated. The activities took place around the full moon, often while she was menstruating. Rick asks if she ever sought help for her physical injuries. She says she went to the Navy hospital for sore knees and elbows, bruises. Her husband, she says, would instruct her in what to say to hospital personnel."
    • "Ricardo Weinstein is one San Diego psychologist in private practice with a number of clients he believes have been ritually abused. They have told him about rapes, mutilations, murders, and being buried alive with snakes. “I have no reason to disbelieve things my clients tell me,” Weinstein says. “These are people from remote areas, who have no access to information or to others who describe similar crimes.” And what professionals are seeing more and more of, Weinstein claims, are cases of multiple personality disorder resulting from ritual abuse."
  • Deseret News, "RITUAL ABUSE DOES EXIST, VICTIM SAYS", 1995/04/25 - pseudonym Rachel Hopkins, real name Anne Johnson Davis: "Like most victims of satanic ritual abuse, Hopkins remembered the abuse many years later. But her case is significantly different from others. She has the signed confessions of her parents - both of whom admitted abusing her during satanic rituals - that corroborate every memory she has of the abuse. The confessions offer much greater detail of events Rachel could not have known. Hopkins' parents also confessed in detail to two investigators from the Utah attorney general's office and to leaders of the church they attended."
  • Ritual abuse skeptic Evan Harrington gives his observations of a 1995 conference
  • Jeff Wells claims that John Doe 60, a ritual murder victim with a pentagram carved into his chest, is the one on the cover of Programmed to Kill
  • Jon Nödtveidt - lead vocalist for a Swedish black metal band; accessory to the murder of a gay man
  • Huffington Post, "Mythical Numbers and Satanic Ritual Abuse" by Ross Cheit, 2014/07/11
  • Jasun Horsley, "Repackaging Satan: Satan Schools, Secularism, Superstition, & Neoliberal Scapegoating", 2016/08/03
  • The Secret Sun, "Stranger Things: (Real Life) Eighties Horror", 2016/09/28: "Consider this: what if a highly visible, loathesome, visually distinct and unforgettable cartoon villain like Michael Aquino was conveniently onsite to draw fire away from a Baptist minister and the priests who ran Boy's Town, ensuring that the boat would not be rocked and that business would carry on as usual? Meaning of course that the supply chain of vulnerable children to abusers would not be disrupted. After all, most Satanists don't have ready access to kids. Clergy do. Nothing much would come of the accusations against Aquino and he'd later shrug it all off as the product of scapegoating and witch-hunting. Remarkably effective diversionary tactics, when all is said and done. You'd almost think it was the brainstorm of someone involved in psychological warf… Oh. Speaking of diversionary tactics, we will see in a future post that the widely-controversial "Satanic Panic" of the 1980s and 90s directly coincided with a growing panic within the Catholic Church over priestly abuse. In fact, a decades-long study had produced a 1985 report within the Church alerting leadership that they were sitting on a timebomb. The Satanic Panic not only helped to divert attention away from the abuse cases that were beginning to emerge in local media in the 80s and 90s, it would also discredit the use of hypnosis and recovered memory in treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and intimidate many individuals into silence." AND "You see, the problem with Satanism is not the Bohos and hipsters flirting with Satan for the lulz and the shock value, the problem is when the inherent Satanic implication of absolute license and transgression crosses over from irony to action. More often than not this happens with the more marginal and lower-educated, but there's all kinds of evidence that Satanic depravity can effect the rich, jaded and bored with an equal intensity (see Savile, Jimmy et al). And there's all kinds of evidence that Satanism often dovetails with- and feeds into- extreme right politics as well. This implied license is embedded into every scrap of Satanic symbolism, iconography, scripture and lore. This is what the unconscious mind actually processes. It's why I personally find Satanic imagery so hard to digest."
  • MS-13 drug gang
    • Los Angeles Times, "Intervention Offers Hope Where Police and Border Crackdowns Fail", 2005/12/26: "After his father died of cancer when he was 7, his mother raised him on a coffee plantation near Santa Ana, one of El Salvador’s largest cities, where she cleaned the owner’s home. When civil war broke out in 1980, the area became a battleground between government forces and leftist insurgents. Deras recalls admiring the government soldiers, who wore matching green, U.S.-issued uniforms and carried M-16 rifles. When he was kicked out of a Catholic school at 16 for fighting, he joined the army. He was selected for special forces training, and his instructors included U.S. military advisors. He became a rifleman in one of the Salvadoran army’s most fearsome and ruthless infantry units, the Ramon Belloso Battalion. Looking back, Deras tells the boys at juvenile hall, he sees that his commanders manipulated him. “There were officers who told me to ‘go kill that family,’ ” he says. “And I would do it, even though I didn’t want to.” His army buddies nicknamed him “Satan,” Deras says, because before battle he practiced black magic rituals of burning incense, lighting candles and placing curses on the enemy."
    • El Faro, "El origen del odio", 2012/08/06: "Ernesto Deras, que con ese nombre nació el Satán, jamás fue un Rambo de película salvo tal vez por su voz cansada, porque susurra más que habla, porque parece alguien infinitamente triste. Salvo porque quienes lo conocen dicen que nunca lo han escuchado gritar, ni reírse a carcajadas. Salvo porque se formó con el entrenamiento de Boina Verde que impartían los asesores gringos a los Batallones de Reacción Inmediata durante la guerra civil salvadoreña."
    • The Independent, "Most feared gang in America 'sacrifices teenage girl to Satan'", 2017/03/10
    • Daily Beast, "MS-13 Was Born in the USA", 2019/02/28: "In the 1970’s, Central American immigrants or first generation young men who were imprisoned here found themselves at the not-so-tender mercies of African-American, Aryan and Mexican gangs, especially La Eme, the "Mexican Mafia" made up of members from southern California. Robbed, extorted and raped, the Central Americans–at first Salvadorans– had to organize to survive, and they transformed an old L.A. street gang, Wonder 13, into Mara Salvatrucha–MS-13. The gang quickly spread from the prisons to the streets of LA, from there to other California cities, and then across the country. It became more organized, militarized and violent in the 1990’s under the leadership of Ernesto Deras, a veteran of the notoriously brutal Salvadoran special forces who was trained by American Green Berets."
  • Atomwaffen / Order of the Nine Angles
    • Daily Beast, "Satanism Drama Is Tearing Apart the Murderous Neo-Nazi Group Atomwaffen", 2018/03/21: "White nationalists are disavowing the murderous neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division—not because of the murder, but because the group can’t shake persistent rumors that it’s a gateway organization for a satanic cult. Atomwaffen is an extremist group that received national attention after being implicated in five murders from May 2017 to January 2018. But even before the most recent slaying, Atomwaffen was under fire from others on the far right who claimed the group was actually a mouthpiece for the Order of Nine Angles, a satanic group that encourages members to infiltrate extremist political movements, whose members might be susceptible to conversion. It doesn’t help that, until recently, Atomwaffen pushed the satanic group’s literature on one of its websites."
    • Canadian Anti-Hate Network, "Suspect In Fatal Stabbing Outside Toronto Mosque Appears To Follow Hitler-Worshipping Satanist Movement", 2020/09/18: "The man suspected of killing 58-year-old Mohamed-Aslim Zafis while he was minding the door at his mosque has been arrested by police. The Toronto Police Service say they have arrested 34-year-old Guilherme “William” Von Neutegem of Toronto and charged him with first-degree murder. According to NewsTalk1010, "police say the killing appears to be random, with no motive and no known relationship between the victim and the suspect." However, his social media accounts suggest he was a neo-Nazi occultist. Searches of people databases show there is only one Toronto resident with that name, and the social media accounts associated with it are connected to a variety of known racist and Nazi-inspired occult movements, including the Order of the 9 Angles (O9A). The Order of the 9 Angles is a neo-Nazi death cult and it's believers are told to carry out murders to establish a satanic empire."
  • FOX 13 (Salt Lake City), "Lawyers resist speedy deposition of LDS Church president in lawsuit", 2019/01/05
  • Websleuths post by shefner on 2008/04/14 claiming that a pet store owner refused to sell a black cat on Halloween because in previous years cults would sacrifice them: "I once was on a waiting list to receive a solid black kitten for my children. We had a couple cats of different colors and the kids had read a book about a little black kitten and wanted one. A black kitten did become available, unfortunately around halloween. The pet store would not let me purchase the kitten until after the holiday, and only after I came in and gave my ID and personal information (address, phone, etc) so they could check up on me. I thought this was crazy....I didn't mind doing it but I couldn't understand why it was necessary. The owner finally told me about their problem in previous years, with certain cults and animal sacrifices. I heard details I didn't care to hear...."
  • Jeffrey MacDonald family murders - frequent confessor Helena Stoeckley claimed involvement in a satanic cult which committed the murders
    • A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald by Errol Morris (2012)
      • TODO: get important insights and notes from pages 98 107 116 128 225 253 275 280 291 295 299 302 321 327 390 407 416 429 434 451 474 482 495 501 508
    • Alternet, "How I Changed My Mind About the Jeffrey MacDonald Murder Case", 2012/11/30
    • Deep Politics Forum discussion on the MacDonald case
    • Attorneys and investigators for MacDonald
      • Christina Masewicz, "CHRISTINA'S CORNER", 2009/06/29
        • "Several contacts recently have asked about Dennis Esiman and if he is still in anyway involved in the case. Esiman died in a parking garage in Philadelphia April 23, 1991 from a gunshot wound to the chest. It was ruled a suicide. Prior to his suicide, the government issued an Associated Press report stating that the Justice Department was going to indict Esiman along with several other named attorneys for money laundering and trafficking in narcotics. An article in the Philadelphia Enquirer on April 26, 1991 reported that Esiman was allegedly involved with five others in disturbing 300 pounds of cocaine and five tons of marijuana between 1974 and 1989. In addition it was alleged that Esiman created a system to launder approximately $154,000 in profits from illegal drugs. A confidential source of known reliability told me that prior to his death, Esiman was going to turn states evidence."
        • "As much as it pains me to mention the name Ted Gunderson, he had no respect for Esiman and said "I have established in my mind that he was lacking in character, and had no principles." That, to me, is the pot calling the kettle black."
        • "I did some research on John Markham, who at the time was an attorney with Silverglate Law Firm. His name has appeared on several motions filed by that firm on behalf of MacDonald. Markham is a former U.S. attorney with the Department of Justice. He did have ties with the Process Church from 1974 to 1980. Gunderson considers the Process Church to be responsible for many murders. I did find records in the state of New York that on January 17, 1974, the Process Church of Final Judgment was formally incorporated in that state, and that the attorney for the church was John Markham. Additional legal documents were filed for the church on May 23, 1974, and again Markham was the attorney. Another article in the Executive Intelligence's Review on June 2, 1989 raised the following question, "Was Markham just an outside counsel, or was he himself a member of Process Church? According to the Process Church's own literature, Markham appears to have been a 'lay member.'" The church magazine that mentions Markham was The Processean, January 1974 issue."
        • "I do know for a fact that Gunderson arranged for F. Lee Bailey to handle an appeal at the time MacDonald hired Brian O'Neill. Gunderson had an intense dislike for O'Neill. According to Gunderson, MacDonald told him that Bailey had the reputation of being a drunk and he didn't want him. Records show Gunderson told MacDonald that Bailey was a brilliant attorney, who is loyal and dedicated to his clients, that he would never deal underhandedly with the opponents in a law suit; that he called a spade a spade and would never back down."
    • Connection to Golden Triangle heroin trafficking
      • Letter from MacDonald about drug use and trafficking operations in Southeast Asia
      • US Army master sergeant Ike Atkinson was a major importer of heroin into the US from Southeast Asia between 1968 and 1975 (when he was arrested). A large number of his incoming heroin was distributed by Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas. Back in the early 1970s, narcotics informant Helena Stoeckley knew about Atkinson's operation and told her supervising officer Prince Everette Beasley about it, but it was outside of Beasley's jurisdiction. Stoeckley also implicated Atkinson in connection with cult activities. (TODO: link Beasley affidavit)
    • Eastburn murders in 1985 - another massacre of a Fort Bragg military family
      • Fun Trivia page on the Eastburn family murders
        • "Julie Czerniak. To find out the truth about the Eastburn murders, Beaver and Richardson hired Bob Nelligar, a private investigator. Nelligar started off his investigation with Julie Czerniak, the Eastburns' babysitter, because Julie had told the police that she and Katie were receiving harassing phone calls, that started as soon as Gary Eastburn (Katie's husband) left to go to school. Julie had even told the police about her fascination with Jeffrey MacDonald, and told them that he called her for her birthday.

          Nelligar figured that the harassing phone calls and Julie's fascination with MacDonald couldn't all be a coincidence. Julie told Nelligar that during the month, she and Katie had received no less than 20 harassing calls, and that they were all hang-ups except for two, one of them being when the caller asked how large Julie's breasts were, and the other being when the caller told Katie that he knew where she lived and that he's coming over. Julie then talked about MacDonald and her fascination with him and his case. Julie, born in Womack Army Hospital, the same hospital that MacDonald was taken to after the murders of his wife and daughters, became convinced of his innocence and wrote to him any chance she got. Julie told Nelligar that MacDonald had called her for her birthday, and that two months prior the Eastburn murders MacDonald's chance at parole was turned down and he wrote to her. She also mentioned that after Hennis' arrest for the rape and triple murder, that MacDonald had wrote to her, telling her never to write to him again because all of her talking was ruining any chance he had at parole and receiving a new trial.

          Julie told Nelligar that her two stepbrothers resembled Hennis, but when Nelligar found it hard to believe, she produced photos of them. Julie then went on to say that the morning after the murders she saw the front door swinging open. Then she told Nelligar something that was a key to the entire case against Hennis, she said that on Monday, May 13, 1985, a blue van followed her home after she visited with little Jana. She said that the driver had pulled up next to the car and glared at her; she described the driver as being freaky, kind of hippie looking. Julie also told Nelligar how she helped Keith Smith, a narcotics officer for the City-County Bureau of Narcotics, in setting up drug busts of local drug dealers.

          Nelligar then contacted Keith Smith, who told him that Julie was fascinated with mass and serial killers, especially Lizzie Borden and Jeffrey MacDonald, and that she talked to him in-depth about their cases. Smith then told Nelligar that Julie had helped him set up a drug bust on man named "Ox," who drove a blue van with no license plates. Smith told Nelligar that Ox was always with a skinny male, with shoulder length, ratty-looking blonde hair, who drove a Vega. Smith then said that Ox and Smith went underground shortly after the Eastburn murders.

          Is it a coincidence that Julie described the driver as being "freaky, kind of hippie looking," the same terms that MacDonald used when describing the so-called intruders who attacked him and murdered his family? Is it a coincidence that Julie was a drug informant for a narcotics officer, just like Helena Stoeckley of the MacDonald case? Is it a coincidence that MacDonald, after Hennis' arrest, forbade Julie from ever contacting him again, saying that she would ruin any chance he had at parole and receiving a new trial?"
  • Laci Peterson case
    • SFGate, "Eerily similar case languishes in obscurity", 2003/04/21: "A vibrant young woman -- pregnant in her third trimester with a baby boy -- vanishes. Police suspect foul play. Doubts swirl around the man she loves, whom police neither name nor rule out as a suspect.

      Finally, the grim discovery: A woman's remains are pulled from San Francisco Bay.

      The saga of Laci Peterson captivated America's attention. The 27-year-old Modesto mother-to-be was reported missing on Christmas Eve and became the subject of daily news reports capped by the arrest Friday of her husband, Scott Peterson.

      But it is also the story of 24-year-old Evelyn Hernandez of San Francisco, who vanished last May 1 with her 5-year-old son, a week before she was to deliver a baby boy. Her torso was found in the bay three months later and identified, while her son remains missing. No arrests have been made.

      Hernandez's case barely registered in the community and in Bay Area television news shows and newspapers, while the eyes of the nation seemed to be fixed on the search for Laci Peterson.

      There are many, sometimes subtle, reasons why some cases become major news stories -- while the vast majority languish in obscurity, according to law enforcement officials, relatives of the missing, journalists and citizens.

      Peterson seemed to be the all-American girl next door, the most innocent of victims. She also has a vocal family advocating on her behalf, and the financial and public relations help of a well-connected crime victims group in Modesto, the Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, formed during the search for the Yosemite murder victims in 1999.

      "This girl (Laci), she's white, they have money, and there is a family behind her," said Twiggy Damy, a friend of Hernandez, a single mother who moved to San Francisco from El Salvador when she was 14."
    • Modesto Bee, "Is cult linked to Peterson killings?", 2003/09/14
  • Richard Thomas Smith murder - page here

Matamoros cult murders

  • Should eventually be moved to this page: Matamoros cult
  • Crime Library, "Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo" by Michael Newton: chapters 1, ...
  • VISUP, "Latin American High Weirdness: The Cults", 2012: parts IV, V, VI
  • Cauldron of Blood: The Matamoros Cult Killings by Jim Schutze (1989)
  • Across the Border: The True Story of the Satanic Cult Killings in Matamoros, Mexico by Gary Provost (1989)
  • Hell Ranch: The Nightmare Tale of Voodoo, Drugs, & Death in Matamoros by Clifford Linedecker (1989)
  • Ch.1 ("The Horror") of Painted Black by Carl Raschke (1990)
  • Buried Secrets: A True Story of Drug Running, Black Magic, and Human Sacrifice by Edward Humes (1991)
  • Adolfo Constanzo background
    • TODO document
  • Sara Aldrete background
    • TODO document
  • Celebrity followers of Constanzo - TODO document
    • Irma Serrano - note that she had previously been close to another Mexican drug lord, Alberto Sicilia Falcón
  • Florentino Ventura Gutiérrez - former head of the Federal Judicial Police (FJP) and subsequently head of the Mexican branch of Interpol; an admirer and cult member of Constanzo's who helped connect him with drug trafficking gangs
    • New York Times, "Standoff at Matamoros", 1991/10/06: "In 1989, Federal Judicial Police officials were identified as direct accomplices of the most notorious criminals of recent Mexican history, the narcosatanic drug cult that killed at least 15 people, 13 of whom were dismembered in black-magic rites on a ranch outside Matamoros. According to cult members, the group bought protection, drugs and weapons from Federal Judicial Police commanders. The cult's leader and self-styled "witch," Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo, carried a Federal Judicial Police badge, and he counted among his close friends and spiritual followers Comdr. Florentino Ventura Gutierrez, who was appointed to lead the Federal Judicial Police in the aftermath of the Camarena scandal."
  • Salvador Vidal Garcia Alarcón - commander of the Federal Judicial Police (FJP) narcotics squads; member of the cult
    • Associated Press, "Drug Charges Filed Against Federal Narcotics Agent Linked To Bizarre Sect", 1989/06/02: "Alarcon, 39, a Federal Judicial Police officer, told authorities his involvement with the sect was limited to witchcraft and had nothing to do with drugs or the gruesome murders uncovered at a ranch in Matamoros in April. [...] The indictment filed Friday charges Vidal Garcia with the theft of 4.4 pounds of cocaine from a dentist in the western city of Guadalajara last year. He, Constanzo and Constanzo’s right-hand man allegedly stole the cocaine in a complicated scam that involved posing as U.S. drug agents. [...] Several members of the gang, including Ms. Aldrete, told authorities that Vidal Garcia used his position on the federal drug task force to provide protection to the smugglers. Ms. Aldrete also said that Constanzo told her he killed two men as a favor to Vidal Garcia. Their bodies were later discovered at the Matamoros ranch. When Vidal Garcia was questioned by fellow federal police agents after the gang’s arrest, he admitted knowing Constanzo and other cult members but denied any wrongdoing. He said his relationship with Constanzo and the others was limited to religious matters. Vidal Garcia said he had been possessed by three spirits since birth. He said the spirits were useful in his witchcraft but that when they took hold of him, it could be violent and painful."
  • Hernandez family - a drug gang that effectively owned the city of Matamoros and was part of the Gulf Cartel under Juan García Abrego; several fell under Constanzo's influence, becoming members of the cult
    • Associated Press, "New Suspect Arrested In Ritual Slayings Case", 1989/04/17: "U.S. authorities Monday arrested the son of the owner of a Mexican ranch where human sacrifice was performed by a drug-smuggling cult suspected in 15 killings. Serafin Hernandez Rivera Sr. of Brownsville was one of three men charged in federal warrants Monday with marijuana importation, possession and conspiracy. The other two were Martin Quintana and Mario Fabio, both Mexicans. Authorities believe Quintana and Fabio took part in the sacrificial slaying and mutilation of University Texas student Mark Kilroy, who disappeared while vacationing at the border during spring break, said Oran Neck, chief U.S. Customs agent here. [...] Hernandez, the fifth suspect arrested in the case, was apprehended at a Houston residence by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Texas Department of Public Safety agents, Neck said. [...] Hernandez’ father, Brigido Hernandez, owns Rancho Santa Elena near Matamoros, Mexico, where human sacrifices allegedly took place. Brigido Hernandez has not been charged in the slayings. The Hernandez family has a long history of drug smuggling, Neck said. Serafin Hernandez is the brother of Elio Hernandez Rivera, 22 - considered one of the top cult figures - and the father of Serafin Hernandez Garcia, 20. Both Elio Hernandez Rivera and Serafin Hernandez Garcia were in custody in Matamoros. The younger Serafin Hernandez is suspected of drug activities but was not believed to have taken part in cult activities."
    • Texas Monthly, "The Work of The Devil", 1989/06: "What the family needed, Elio decided, was protection. In the world of the Hernandezes, the best protection was magic. Witches and curanderos were as much a part of their daily lives as lawyers and doctors were to, say, the Kilroy family. [...]

      Elio contacted Constanzo at a luxury apartment in Mexico City that the Cuban shared with a circle of male companions. Constanzo was a shadowy, duplicitous, charismatic young man who frequented the gay bars of the city’s Zona Rosa and affected a flashy lifestyle. He was 26, older and far more sophisticated than Elio and others in the Hernandez gang. He was glib, relatively well educated, and highly persuasive. There was a Manson-esque intensity about him, an aura that was partly rehearsed, partly instinctive, and fully evil. The Cuban offered to act as the Hernandez gang’s high priest, protecting its members from all enemies and promising riches beyond their dreams — in return for a share of their drug profits.

      It was less than a mile from Rancho Santa Elena to the Rio Grande. Periodically, the Hernandez gang gave thanks to the Palo Mayombe gods, then smuggled hundreds of pounds of marijuana into Texas. [...]"
    • EIR, "Don't close the Matamoros file!", 1989/11/10: "A year before Adolfo Constanzo took over the Hernandez drug family, Saul Hernandez, the founder of that gang, which had a full distribution branch for cocaine and marijuana in Houston, was killed in a double assassination in Matamoros. Murdered with Saul was his partner, one Toms Morlet, a former official of the Mexican DFS (Directorate of Federal Security), who had once been accused, but was later cleared of suspicion, in the Camarena murder. Morlet had a number of unusual jobs in the DFS, including assignments as Henry Kissinger's bodyguard whenever Kissinger was in Mexico. After being fired from the DFS, Morlet moved to Matamoros and became a key player in the Hernandez family drug operations. With the death of Saul and Morlet, the control of the family's drug operations went to Elio Hernandez, who became a devotee of the witch doctor Constanzo and his high priestess, Sara Aldrete, known in the cult as "La Bruja" (the witch)."
  • Drug smuggling and contract murder activities
    • From p.90 of Programmed to Kill: "These victims included the owner and secretary of a company that served as a front for a cocaine-processing lab, an informant for the Federales and his mistress, two federal narcotics officers, three former police officers, and the American nephew of a U.S. Customs agent [Mark Kilroy]. [...] ” In addition to the victims found at the ranch, the cult was also said to be responsible for the deaths of at least seven members of a drug trafficking family [the Calzada family] who were killed in a mass slaughter because they had evidence of police complicity in the drug trade that they had threatened to expose. That massacre occurred on, of all days, Walpurgisnacht of 1987."
    • Associated Press, "New Suspect Arrested In Ritual Slayings Case", 1989/04/17: "The bodies of two suspected drug traffickers missing since May were unearthed Sunday on a collective farm two miles south of the Rancho Santa Elena. The two victims, Moises Castillo, 52, of Houston and Hector de la Fuente, 39, who lived on a small communal farm west of Matamoros, did not appear to have been tortured or mutilated like the others, officials said. [...] Although relatives disputed the description, officials said the two newly found victims were drug dealers somehow involved with the cult. [...] Across the Rio Grande in Brownsville, Cameron County Sheriff Alex Perez described the two newly discovered deaths as drug-related, ″revenge-type killings.″ At least three of the 13 victims found earlier have also been said to be tied to the group by the drug business."

Juarez cult murders

Church of Scientology

Process Church

  • The Family by Ed Sanders (1971) - deleted Ch.5 on the Process Church, deleted Ch.10 on the Solar Lodge of the O.T.O.
  • Louisiana business filings for the organization - first registered on 6/21/1968; name changed to THE PROCESS, CHURCH OF THE FINAL JUDGEMENT on 5/21/1974; name changed to THE FOUNDATION - CHURCH OF THE MILLENNIUM on 3/1/1976; name changed to THE FOUNDATION FAITH OF THE MILLENNIUM on 2/27/1978; name changed to THE FOUNDATION FAITH OF GOD on 8/12/1993; name changed to BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SANCTUARY sometime thereafter; became inactive sometime after the last report having been filed 6/16/2011; most of the directors are based in Kanab UT
  • New Orleans CIA connections
  • Sirhan Sirhan connection
    • From p.266-267 of Sharon Tate: A Life by Ed Sanders (2016):

          [...] acquired. An FBI report with the information linking Sirhan with the English Satanists, though with virtually all of the information blacked out, was received by the Yonkers police department during the Son of Sam investigation decades later. Investigators in Yonkers verified what was in the blacked out sections, and it corresponded with what the INS officer wrote in his 1974 report, regarding Sirhan Sirhan attending parties on behalf of the Satanist English cult, including one at Sharon Tate's place.
          CBS television reporter Carl George, whom I met at the Tate-LaBianca trial, alleged that a sheriff's office homicide detective stated he could link Sirhan Sirhan in Pasadena to a member of the English satanic cult.
          INS criminal investigator Richard Smith's report stated that an LA law enforcement agency had a female informant who averred that the English Satanist group had commissioned Manson to kill Sharon Tate. Larsen asked Smith about the informant and was told it was a person who alleged that she had been in the same room at the time the Satanists let out an order for a contract to Manson to kill her. The reason for the contract, as Larsen stated in a report to me, was "something that she unfortunately overheard that she was not supposed to overhear either in regards to Sirhan Sirhan or about Sirhan Sirhan."
          At this point in the conversation between Larry Larsen and Richard Smith (the conversation had gone on for one-half hour or longer, and Smith had answered every question freely and had shown Larry Larsen every document he had with him), Larsen reported the following: "And then I asked the obvious question, 'What did Sharon Tate allegedly overhear?' and he said, 'I cannot discuss that. It's a matter of national security."
          Smith elaborated, after a question by Larsen, that it had nothing to do with Colonel Paul Tate and Tate's intelligence activities.
          Smith remained in government service and confirmed the facts of his investigation, including follow-up interviews, in subsequent months and years, that were conducted by Larry Larsen. The INS officer was questioned at least twice, in the 2000s, about the assertions of the document, once in 2000 and another time in 2004. During those years I was working on a project with Maury Terry, author of The Ultimate Evil. Maury and I figured out a way to approach Richard Smith. Accordingly, I helped prepare a list of questions submitted to Mr. Smith in 2004 in 2004, at which time he was an INS officer in a large Western city. Smith, thirty years after his original report, still refused to say what Sharon Tate had allegedly learned about the Robert Kennedy assassination that was of such magnitude that it caused her murder and could not be revealed because of "national security."
    • From p.164-165 of Broken Glory: The Final Years of Robert F. Kennedy by Ed Sanders (2018): "There was an INS investigator, Richard Smith, who researched and prepared a report (in 1974) which stated that members of an English satanist cult invited Sirhan Sirhan to a number of parties that were sponsored by "television people" in the LA area, and that one of the parties took place at Sharon Tate's residence. At these parties, it was averred, sexual and ritualistic rites were reported to have occurred. In Smith's report, it was written that Sirhan Sirhan "had attended some parties given by television personalities in behalf on the organization, where rites took place usually dealing with sexual deviations and heavy drug use. One of these parties took place at Sharon Tate's home." Such a party involving Sirhan had to have occurred in early 1968 or possibly late '67."
  • Four P cult (a Process splinter group led by the "Grand Chingon") a.k.a. the Four Pi cult, the Children, or "the Twenty-Two Disciples of Hell"
    • kidkenoma, "UPDATE: MR REAL ESTATE", 2019/01/01 - suggests that Alfred Hunt Howell was "Mr. Real Estate" for the Son of Sam cult; notes that Howell was an investment banker at Citibank from 1937 to 1972, a director of the YMCA from 1950 to 1984, and a trustee of the American University of Beirut; draws parallels to how Mark David Chapman, also of New York City, was also very much connected to Lebanon and the YMCA; points out that Howell was president of the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation which was an alleged CIA money conduit; mentions how Nicolaj Amman confessed in 1998 to being involved in murdering Howell, who was reported in 1996 to have died of natural causes; claims that a young artist named Billy who attended rituals at Untermyer Park later identified the cult leader "Moloch" at the 1996 funeral of Howell; one comment identifies "Peter Shane", described in Terry's book as a Yonkers police officer who worked with the cult, as likely being John McCabe, the former husband of Wheat Carr; one comment by the blog author James says that Howell was Naval intelligence and another comment by him says that Howell was vice president at Citibank during the time that the bank was melting down Nazi gold to recast into US gold bars; one comment by James refers to FBI reports in which various informants called the Process Church "the strong arm of the church of Scientology"; discusses how Mary Brunner, a member of the Manson Family, moved back to Eau Claire WI after he was incarcerated; one comment by James claims that Harold Weisberg said a waiter or cook at the Ambassador Hotel during the time of Bobby Kennedy's assassination was a Process member; also notes that the daughter of Alistair Cooke, himself at the Ambassador Hotel when Kennedy was killed, was a Process member; one comment claims that NYPD detective Leonard Delassandro, an investigator of the Cropsey murder case, believed a satanic cult was involved and that ritual abuse / satanic murder was rampant on Staten Island; notes that Process Church founder Robert de Grimston lived in Staten Island; one comment tentatively identifies "James Camaro" as James Marino (in connection with Richard Bandler and Corine Christensen) after initially supposing that he could have been Rodney Alcala; a comment by Thomas Henry Horan suggests that many of Manson's girls were not truly controlled by him but made him believe that he was a master brainwasher
    • crimeZZZ.net article on Four P that appears to be written by Michael Newton - mentions Stanley Baker, the German shepherd sacrifices documented by Ed Sanders, Arlis Perry, Son of Sam, and the "Black Cross"
    • From p.132-133 of The Family:

          It is known that the Process had, among its “chapters" three closed chapters, the locations of which are kept secret. In California there were Process activities in Marin County, Santa Barbara, the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Santa Ana Mountains.
          It is regarding activities in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco beginning in late fall 1968, that ghastly reports of occult sacrifices have been received. The same people indicate that the Process stopped using the name Process and began to use other names.
          Police beam reporting finding exsanguinated animals and decapitated animnals, in the remote Santa Cruz wilderness. One human has recounted witnessing ritual executions in a grove on Route 17 south of Santa Cruz. The ceremonies involved use of a portable crematorium to dispose of the bodies, a wooden altar adorned with dragons and a wooden morgue table. There were as many as forty people in attendance at these sacrifices. The instrument of sacrifice was a set of 6 knives welded into a football shaped holder. The heart was eaten.
          The group was called the Four Pi movement, and was dedicated to the "worship of evil." Later, the group moved ceremonies to the Santa Ana Mountains south of Los Angeles where they continued their barbaric abhorrencies. The leader of this human sacrifice group, a large man, held the cult title Grand Chingon. It was not Manson.
          However, at least five times in this writer's presence Manson has been called The Grand Chingon or the Head Chingon by members of his family.
    • Arlis Perry murder - at the Stanford Memorial Church in 1974
      • Steve Crawford as a suspect
      • John Arthur Getreu as a suspect
        • In Mae Brussell episode #516 on 1981/10/25, starting around 15:00 on side 2, she tells the story of briefly meeting a man who was likely Getreu. A woman who had previously indexed a book for Peter Dale Scott came down to help Mae with her research, and despite promising to come alone, she brought a man with her. Mae got upset that she brought this man, whom she said was a friend that just wanted to take Mae's picture and was then going to go skin diving at Point Lobos. Because Mae was mad, the man agreed to leave, and then he came back that afternoon to pick up the woman and they left. Some time later, the woman contacted Mae to apologize, saying that the man she brought along had talked about killing Leslie Perlov. Mae noted that the description of the man who purportedly said he killed Leslie Perlov precisely matched the description, told to her by Maury Terry, of the man who visited Arlis at the law office. After the Reagan assassination attempt in early 1981, she was under the impression that John Hinckley Jr. was the man, which is interesting because Getreu, who was matched to the Perlov murder by DNA, bore a strong resemblance to Hinckley.
      • Brian McCracken story
    • North Fox Island pedophile ring connection
      • TheraKoon on /r/conspiracy points out a link between the Son of Sam cult and North Fox Island: "So the Son of sam murders happened. Anyone questioning the Son of Sam murders look to the Ultimate Evil 2nd edition [actually the original hardcover from 1987]. It will help show the cult activity involved in those murders. But only the rarest edition, the second, has a conversation with a jail informant. According to him, it was about child pornography, and the high ups were shipping it in through a church in Jersey to Long Island. Unless another CP operation was doing exactly that (see North Fox Island church of new Revelation), that informant connected Son of Sam to the NFI racket." (TODO: find)
      • TODO: look into Dyer Grossman, a wealthy man who hailed from a well-to-do Long Island family and taught science at a private school in Westchester County NY
    • Allen Branson, "The assassination of Robert Kennedy, Part 5 -- Sirhan Sirhan", 2008/06/14 - puts the RFK assassination in context with the additional occult bloodbath going on throughout California, heavily citing Programmed to Kill
  • Jimmy Savile appeared in the "Sex" issue of the Process Church magazine
  • VISUP questions whether the Process Church was involved in Satanic crime: parts I, II, III, IV
    • Interestingly, a commenter on part II says that there were references to the Process Church in the archives of the Unification Church
  • Ed Opperman interviews with Jim Rothstein
  • Speculative series about the behind-the-scenes operation of the Manson murders
    • HELTER SKELTER - CHAPTER TWO: California Dreaming (archive) - names Bill Mentzer as the underling of Ronald Stark with Charles Manson and Billy Doyle (who drove the black Mercedes-Benz) as two of his distributors
    • HELTER SKELTER - CHAPTER THREE: The Summoning (archive) - claims that the high priests of the California branch of the Process Church included Bill Mentzer, Laney Jacobs, Anita Pallenberg, and Ronald Stark; further asserts that Mentzer was Manson's boss; considers the "Grand Chingon" to be a title held by leaders of local cults, with Manson as one Grand Chingon and "Mr. Real Estate" as the Grand Chingon for the Son of Sam cult

Charles Manson

  • The Family by Ed Sanders (1971) - deleted Ch.5 on the Process Church, deleted Ch.10 on the Solar Lodge of the O.T.O.
  • X. Dell 2009 blog post on intelligence connections to Manson and Watson - says there were "political/legal connections" including "a number of high-profile people extending back to Manson’s brief stint at Boys Town", mentions his Hollywood contacts, questions why several elite lawyers would defend Manson and Watson, suggests that Watson somehow received military-style training
  • Paul Krassner, "The Mystery Behind the Manson Murders", 2009/08/10
  • Mind Control Missile Murder Madness blog post on the Manson murders
  • Paul Krassner, "He Was No Hippie: Remembering Manson, Prison, Scientology, and Mind Control", 2017/11/26
  • Carwreck deBangs, "Charles Manson: Music Myth Murder Mysticism Magick Magus Mayhem-A Look Back at the Untold Story of the Manson Family (or, More Manson than You’d Ever Want to Know)", 2017/11/30
  • Jan Kowalski, "Cielo Drive Forever", 2019/03/18 (updated 2019/04/02)
  • Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O'Neill and Dan Piepenbring (2019)
  • Law enforcement records (TODO: catalogue)
  • Contemporaneous news articles on the Tate and LaBianca murders (many archived by Mae Brussell)
  • Mae Brussell broadcasts
  • Gibault School for Boys stay (TODO document)
  • Boys Town stay
  • According to p.113-114 of Sinister Forces—The Nine by Peter Levenda, Manson was significantly changed by his prison stay at Chillicothe Correctional Institution in Ohio, perhaps having been subjected to an MKUltra-type program dedicated to making him a "controlled controller":

        It is a mystery. What happened to Manson in Chillicothe, that he suddenly became studious (he was still illiterate when he was transferred there), learned to read and write and do simple arithmetic, mellowed out, and became a star “prisoner”? His psychiatric reports were all negative up to that point; even during the first month at Chillicothe the doctors were despairing of him, believing that he needed a closed environment and not the relatively “open” ambience of Chillicothe. Then, suddenly, Manson became a different person and maintained that identity for over a year and a half, until his release. That degree of conscious control—especially in a disturbed, uneducated, illiterate, violent, criminal, sodomitic bastard child of an unmarried, alcoholic mother—is suspicious, if not alarming. Was Charlie “helped” by someone at Chillicothe? According to Manson himself, in his own words, “I stopped thinking in 1954.”13
        John Gilmore, in his critically-acclaimed 1971 biography of Manson and the “family”—The Garbage People, retitled Manson: The Unholy Trail of Charlie and the Family—says that Manson met a “boy named Toby” at Chillicothe, from whom he learned hypnosis and mental manipulation. That may be so, but the dates in Gilmore's book seem to be wrong. He has Manson at Chillicothe as early as October 1951, but according to Bugliosi he didn't make it to Chillicothe until September 1952. Perhaps it is only a typographical error in Gilmore's book, because October 1952 is a very likely date for Manson to have met the mysterious “Toby,” a person Manson refers to as “definitely satanic,” and the only person of whom Manson ever speaks in tones both of fear and awe.
  • Scientology connection
  • Process Church connection
    • Paranoia Magazine, "The Process Church of the Final Judgement and the Manson Family" by Adam Gorightly, 2005
    • According to Vince Bugliosi, when Manson was asked if he knew Robert de Grimston or Robert Moore, he replied "You're looking at him. Moore and I are one and the same."
    • From p.132-133 of The Family, some of Manson's followers referred to him as the "Grand Chingon", the same name mentioned by Stanley Baker and others as the leader of the Process-spawned "Four P" cult:

          The group was called the Four Pi movement, and was dedicated to the "worship of evil." Later, the group moved ceremonies to the Santa Ana Mountains south of Los Angeles where they continued their barbaric abhorrencies. The leader of this human sacrifice group, a large man, held the cult title Grand Chingon. It was not Manson.
          However, at least five times in this writer's presence Manson has been called The Grand Chingon or the Head Chingon by members of his family.
    • From p.138 of Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon is an interesting link between Tex Watson and two Strategic Air Command (SAC) installations in Minot ND and Omaha NE: "According to Vanity Fair, Tex Watson was also “a regular patron of the Whisky,” which isn’t too surprising given that Elmer Valentine’s club was well known to be a major drug trafficking site during the late 1960s. Watson’s frequent sidekick Dean Moorehouse, by the way, hailed from Minot, North Dakota, identified by Maury Terry as the longtime home of a Process faction with deep ties to Offutt Air Force Base."
  • Solar Lodge of the OTO connection
  • Protection by the authorities
    • Los Angeles Free Press, "Former Sheriff Raps Guns Girls And Grass", 1969/12/19 (pages 2, 11 part 1, 11 part 2, 16) (from THE MURDERS OF AUGUST '69, "The Family by Ed Sanders", original link, now inaccessible)
    • Paul Krassner's interview of LA County deputy sheriff Preston Guillory (also on p.148 of The Shadow Over Santa Susana by Adam Gorightly): "A few weeks prior to the Spahn Ranch raid, we were told that we weren't to arrest Manson or any of his followers. We had a sheaf of memos on Manson - that they had automatic weapons at the ranch, that citizens had complained about hearing machine guns at night, that firemen from the local fire station had been accosted by armed members of Manson's band and told to get out of the area. Deputies started asking, "Why aren't we gonna make the raid sooner?" I mean, Manson's a parole violator, we know there's narcotics and booze. He's living at the ranch with bunch of minor girls in complete violation of his parole. Deputies at the station quite frankly became very annoyed that no action was being taken about Manson.... Now here's the kicker. Before the Tate killings he had been arrested at Malibu twice for statutory rape. Never got [imprisoned for parole violation]. Manson liked to ball young girls, so he just did his thing and he was released, and they didn't put any parole on him. But somebody very high up was controlling everything that was going on and was seeing to it that we didn't bust Manson."
  • Dr. Roger Smith connection (TODO document)
  • Charles "Tex" Watson background
    • According to Ed Sanders, Watson grew so close to Manson that he complained at times "that he actually thought he was Charlie"
  • Charles Winans (alleged ONI officer) connection
    • Deep Politics Forum post discussing Manson and the killed Paul Krassner article about Winans (pages 1, 2, 3, 4) (old forum printable version, original link, now broken)
    • Deep Politics Forum thread on the Mae Brussell episode about Winans' lawsuit against Krassner and Rolling Stone (pages 1, 2) (old forum page 1, original link, now broken; old forum page 2, original link, now broken) - describes Brussell's broadcast #317 on 1978/04/16 ("Charles Winans vs. Krassner and Rolling Stone. CIA-Louise James, Mind Control of primary witness. Memory Erased of Activist"); reveals that Winans was represented by CIA-friendly lawyer Melvin Belli; the episode discusses how Brussell was called as a witness in the lawsuit, and her activist friend Louise James had seen members of the Manson Family at Winans' home along with military vehicles coming and going from it; also mentioned in the thread is Brussell's theory that Interpol was a fascist network involved in the drug trade after World War II
    • MSU Exponent, Paul Krassner column on the Manson family, Tex Watson, and Charles Winans, 1975/05/02
    • Rolling Stone, "My Trip With Squeaky: Just One of Charlie's Girls" by Paul Krassner, 1975/10/23
    • From p.237 of Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut by Paul Krassner (1993):

          Mae gave me the heaviest lead in my Manson research. She told me that an agent for Naval Intelligence, Nathaniel Dight (not his real name), had been meeting with Tex Watson. Naval Intelligence—of course! L. Ron Hubbard was in Naval Intelligence. During World War II, imprisoned Mafia boss Lucky Luciano was pardoned at the urgent request of Naval Intelligence. The Committee to Investigate Assassinations stated that Lee Harvey Oswald had worked in Naval Intelligence. Even the infamous Zodiac Killer used obsolete Naval Intelligence ciphers in his notes.
          Nathaniel Dight was taking courses at Naval Postgraduate School, and Mae claimed that only intelligence officers could do that. Mae said Dight had posed as a hippie artist, orchestrating the scenario of violence and witchcraft in meetings with Tex Watson, who then fulfilled the prophecy of this agent provocateur with all that shooting and stabbing.
          Dight had done the artwork for a magazine which predicted that the counterculture would turn to violence and witchcraft. It was published by a corporation, which, Mae said, "was a conduit of CIA funds for medical research in mind control, intelligence money for electrode implants, and for LSD experiments, according to documents I got from the Pentagon."
          Mae introduced me to Louise, a neighbor of Dight’s, who told me she had recognized Tex Watson's photo in the newspaper as the one Who had visited him. She told me about Dight's alleged strange behavior: "I would occasionally find a noose in my backyard, and it was always hanging from a tree or shrub. The nooses were made of a nylon type rope or cord, and were of varied weights. The nooses gradually crept closer to my house. The closer they were placed the smaller they became."
    • Anonymous blog comment claims that the cover art for The Children of Change by Don Fabun (1969) was done by Winans: "The artist that illustrated the cover art for Fabun's "Children of Change" is Charles Francis Winans. Charles was always an erudite long-haired, bearded spear point probing at "the Establishment." Charles was the "done that, been there" creative consultant and guide for Don's little book in 1969. Charles started the first "head shop" in South Texas in 1966 in the front room of his art gallery (Gramma's Tea House: San Antonio). More underground newspapers from the East & West coast were distributed than Zigzag cigarette papers. He considered himself as a "watcher" or modern member of the Counter-Culture Committee of Correspondence, spreading news of the military industrial complex and their war in Viet Nam. Charles also created The Electric Kiss Light Show at the Mind's Eye night club in San Antonio in 1966. Did light shows for band like the 13th Floor Elevators, Conqueroos, and Jefferson Air Plane. Charles passed away in 2007. He was an creative enigma genius."
    • San Antonio Express-News, obituary for Charles Francis Winans, 2007/03/18: "After growing up in the Texas oil fields, he became an instrumental figure in the burgeoning SATX Biker and Hot Rod culture of the 1950's. He did a tour in the Air Force where he worked in cryptography and signal communication. In 1962, he married Caroline Scriven Winans. Throughout the early 1960's they ventured with their family between California and Texas. In 1967, Charles opened Grandma's Tea Shop and Jomo Gallery, in San Antonio where he again became a pivotal figure in the evolving Beat culture scene. Since such a business venture as this was a little ahead of its time for mid'60's South Texas, in late 1967 he moved with his young family to Hollywood California where Charles Winans again played an important role in the evolution of the Psychedelic cultural movement. There he was professionally associated with Chet Helms, Wavy Gravy, the Sir Douglas Quintet, Janis Joplin, Lenny Bruce, Frank Zappa, Jefferson Airplane among many others. Charles was an exceptionally gifted artist in virtually all media and his visionary aesthetic was critical to the development to the unique style of the period. Charles returned to San Antonio where he came into the orbits of the renowned architect O'Neil Ford and the artist Tom Stell both of whom would have dramatic impact on his life. He would eventually marry Ford's daughter Linda."
    • Lost Coast Outpost, obituary for Carolyn Scriven Kelly (1942-2017), 2017/10/01: "She was married to Charles Winans in 1962, and together they had three children. In 1963, they went to Hollywood, and lived in Monterey where she worked in a milk factory in Cannery Row. Returning to Texas, they were part of a group who opened Grandma’s Tea Shop in San Antonio: a mojo art gallery, poster, and button shop where she also sold vests that she sewed and peace bead necklaces. It featured Grandmas’s Remedies and Art-Chem paint invented by George Warmack. It was one of the first head shops in Texas. They lived for awhile at MountainTop, outside of San Antonio. They did light shows and posters for many famous bands such as Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Co., The Velvet Underground, and The Sir Douglas Quartet. The Winter Wonderland Time Machine at Joske’s Department store was one of their most impressive accomplishments. In 1967, they moved their family to California, spending some months in the Log Cabin in Laurel Canyon before settling in Carmel Valley and Pacific Grove. As part of Puppeteers of America, they traveled, performed, taught workshops, and created a collection of exquisite puppets. Punch and Judy was their most famous show. After an excursion between Cotati, CA and San Antonio, she married Robin Donald and returned with her children to Pacific Grove."
    • City-Data forum thread about San Antonio history: "Some fantastic history died with Charles. Not only his own history, but he did get around, and he remembered it all. He was Doug Sahm's manager before Huey Meaux (I think it was) took over. He worked with and hung out with Lynn Ford. Was married to O'Neil Ford's daughter. I'm trying to remember the name of the author he sued over a misleading article about him in Rolling Stone magazine."
    • Photo of Charles Winans at the Log Cabin in Laurel Canyon: "Steve Hyman, Eddie Douglas, Richard Williams, and Charles Winans inside the Tom Mix Log Cabin, 2401 Laurel Canyon Blvd. - 1967"
  • Mary Brunner background (TODO document)
  • Squeaky Fromme background (TODO document)
  • Bobby Beausoleil background (TODO document)
  • Bruce Davis background (TODO document)
  • Susan Atkins background
    • From p.140 of Programmed to Kill: "Of particular significance, perhaps, are the myriad levels on which the killers and the victims [in the Manson case] were connected. One of those connections was provided by none other than Anton LaVey. At least one of Charlie’s girls, known locally as the “Witches of Mendocino,” was recruited from LaVey’s Church of Satan. Susan “Sexy Sadie” Atkins was one of many dancers in LaVey’s stable, collectively known as the “Topless Witches Review.” Atkins later credited LaVey with starting her down the road to murder."
    • Susan Atkins, Child of Satan, Child of God (1977), p.65-73 - describes her experience as a topless dancer for Anton LaVey's Satanic church, concluding: "The show was a smash hit along the strip. Garnet had scored big. But the witches' sabbath, and my total sellout to LSD, marijuana, and hashish, and to sex with virtually any attractive man, landed me in the hospital in four months. I was half dead from gonorrhea and had a complete physical breakdown."
  • Ronald Stark connection
    • From p.598-599 of The Ultimate Evil:

          However, the source confirmed the relevance of the black car Manson was seen driving two days after the murders. According to information we uncovered, the black car apparently was a Mercedes-Benz that was owned by a wealthy individual who lived part-time in Berkeley, California, during the Manson era. Sources say that the car owner, whom I will call Chris Jetz, was a narcotics "middleman" who distributed hallucinogenic drugs from secret LSD and MDA laboratories to dropoff points for pickup by elements of the Hell's Angels biker gang, who controlled most of the street-level distribution of chemical narcotics in the L.A. area at the time.
          The source's name and Jetz's real name have been turned over to authorities. And the biker connection, from the Process and Manson to the New York prison statements, had now appeared several times during the overall investigation.
          Sources also said that Jetz had ties, in the form of funding, to the upscale, self-awareness Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.
          The Los Angeles drug scene in 1969 could be likened to a field of pyramids which roughly divided the marketplace into various specialized segments. Near the top of one pyramid, the chemical dope edifice, was a man connected to Jetz; a superior, so to speak. This man [Ronald Stark] was said to have been a former Israeli who had strong links to the international intelligence community. He wasn't employed by U.S. or Israeli intelligence, at least not at the time of the murders. Rather, he was regarded as a rogue who, in addition to his elevated narcotics ranking, was suspected by some of being an operative for the Soviet Union; perhaps free-lance.
          This information, which I unearthed in 1986, apparently explained something Ed Sanders earlier told me: "There were so many investigations going on out there after the murders that I began to wonder if the Process was a front for some intelligence operation."
    • From p.163 of The Shadow Over Santa Susana by Adam Gorightly: "Berkowitz informed a fellow inmate that Manson, who belonged to the Los Angeles chapter of the cult, was working 'on orders' when he directed his Family to commit the Tate/LaBianca murders. In The Ultimate Evil, Terry places Manson --two days after the Tate murders --driving a Mercedes-Benz belonging to a big-time LSD dealer, who, in Terry's description, was 'said to have been a former Israeli who had strong links with the intelligence community.' Terry took this to be one of the truly fascinating players in LSD history: Ronald Hadley Stark. In The Ultimate Evil, Stark is identified under the alias of Chris Jetz. Although not an Israeli, Stark posed as one upon occasion, as he was fluent in several languages, and fond of assuming multiple identities."
    • In his biography, Tex Watson claims that he embraced Manson's apocalyptic vision of Helter Skelter after taking Orange Sunshine, a stronger variety of acid produced by the Brotherhood of Eternal Love
    • Robert Sterling, "The Web and the Pentagon", 1999 (p.80 of Cyberculture Counterconspiracy: A Steamshovel Web Reader edited by Kenn Thomas):

          The kingpin of LSD during the late sixties, Ronald Stark, would often brag of his connections to the CIA. The boys of Langley, predictably, are silent on Stark's claim, but an Italian judge was convinced by the evidence in 1979 that he was, and dismissed a major case against him because of this conclusion. Stark hardly is the last major drug dealer to be closely tied to the CIA (as Danilo Blandon would be revealed in Gary Webb's groundbreaking "Dark Alliance" series), but there is one linkage to Stark that is most fascinating: he certainly fits the description of a "Mr. Big" LSD dealer who was believed to be the supplier for the Manson Family. The wealthiest victims of the Tate-LaBianca slayings were likely heavily involved in the LSD market, and their deaths probably had more to do with drug debts than they did with causing a race war, despite what Vincent Bugliosi may implausibly insist.
          Unsurprising, the evidence has never been properly investigated by authorities, so the answers remain an enigma. Yet the possible link between Manson and Stark raises a serious question: was the Manson Family a hit squad for hire for the ugly underbelly of CIA assets gone amuck, a gang of thugs hired to do dirty deeds dirt cheap? If so, the hit squad may have had even higher contacts than Stark: in 1974, Mansonite Squeaky Fromme failed an attempt to kill President Gerald Ford, which would've made a Rockefeller Commander-in-Chief. Michael Milan, a reputed hit man for J. Edgar Hoover, claims he was offered a contract to take out Ford before this by those high up in the establishment, and he argues the Manson Family took the contract instead.
  • Larry Larsen investigation for Ed Sanders
    • THE MURDERS OF AUGUST '69, "The Family by Ed Sanders"(original link, now inaccessible): "Larsen didn't need to be paid much because he probably didn't DO much legwork of his own. Instead, he had an inside line--a source, a buddy--within the LASO or LAPD who was feeding him tidbits. Then the question becomes were the higher-ups aware of this inside man, and why would they tolerate him? I suspect that LE was playing Sanders like a fiddle--feed him amusing anecdotes instead of real stuff, and thus control what the public finds out. Fake news was. You'll notice The Family pretty much hews to the official line, as defined by Bugliosi. For example, it was alt journalists Paul Krassner and Mae Brussell who published the Preston Guillory revelations, not alt journalist Ed Sanders."
    • NewsBlaze, "Sharon Tate a Life, by Ed Sanders – POWER Book Review" by John Kays, 2017/03/06: "Ed is very careful with his writing, and takes the attitude of a tireless, persistent journalist! I’ll pen a few sentences about his method in Sharon Tate, because the shaping of the text gives you a clear idea of what makes him tick. He was/is greatly influenced by Larry Larsen, an investigator he worked closely with in the ’70s, in conjunction with his cutting edge book, The Family. There’s a dedication to Larry Larsen in the beginning of ST; sadly, Larry died of leukemia in December of 2010. As a result of Larsen’s pervasive influence, Ed Sanders leaves no stone unturned in his research on any given subject."
    • Los Angeles Times, "The Larsen Files : Their Cases Alone--J. David Dominelli, the MGM Hotel Fire--Make Them Extraordinary. But There’s Another Twist: They’re a Father-Daughter Detective Team", 1987/06/07: "In Oxnard, Rodney Holder, whose father is prominent in the Ventura oil industry, is charged with bludgeoning a man to death with a metal bar. Holder led police to the body, saying, “I have killed my antichrist.” The Larsens are not so sure. It is their job not to believe anybody, regardless of who’s hired them. Like most private detectives, the Larsens usually work for the lawyers of the accused, compiling much of the evidence the attorneys will use later in court. The discussion of whether any real Satanism is involved in the Oxnard case prompts Larry Larsen to talk about his investigation of Charles Manson. “The Family,” Ed Sanders’ classic of true-crime horror, is dedicated to Larsen, who was the principal researcher for the book. [...] When [Linda Larsen] was in college, her father was working as general manager of the George Barnes detective agency, the famous firm that represented the rightful heirs to the Howard Hughes’ estate, disproving Melvin Dummar’s so-called Mormon Will."
  • E. John Brandeis, powerful Omaha businessman and uncle of Alan Baer, purportedly had a ranch in Los Angeles right next to where the Manson Family lived
  • On September 5, 1975, one of Manson's followers, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford in Sacramento CA. Then on September 22, Sara Jane Moore, an FBI informant who was fascinated by the Patty Hearst case and worked for a volunteer organization started by Patty's father in the wake of her kidnapping, made an attempt on Ford's life in Sacramento CA. Curiously, both Charles Manson and Sara Jane Moore lived in Charleston WV during overlapping periods, leading to some speculation that they knew each other. The following is almost certainly coincidental but still of some curiosity: R. Doug Lewis, a suspicious character behind the privatization of US elections, met with Ford on September 13, 1975 in his capacities as executive director of the Texas GOP; this was essentially halfway between the two assassination attempts against Ford.
    • New York Times, "SUSPECT ASSERTED SHE HELPED F. B. I.", 1975/09/23: "Sara Jane Moore, the woman arrested here today after a gun was fired near President Ford, recently contended that she once was an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a volunteer worker among several civil rights and leftist groups. She was a volunteer for the People‐In‐Need free food program that Randolph A. Hearst set up in an attempt to gain the freedom of his daughter, Patricia. She also worked for a time as a bookkeeper for Mr. Hearst's San Francisco Examiner. Mrs. Moore discussed her background after presenting herself to The New York Times for an interview last May. [...] She said she had been a volunteer in a variety of organizations, ranging from civil rights groups to leftist organizations studying Marx, Lenin and Mao Tse‐tung. However, she said she had learned most of her leftist ideology from F.B.I. agents who taught it to her in the hope that it would facilitate her infiltration activities. An F.B.I. spokesman in Washington confirmed tonight that Mrs. Moore served the bureau's San Francisco field office as a “security” informant between June, 1974, and last June. The spokesman said that Mrs. Moore had been given the designation “potential security informant” by the F.B.I., and had “furnished unsolicited information” on radical activities in the Bay Area to bureau agents."
    • Corbin Daily Tribune, "Manson, Sara Have Same Hometown", 1975/09/25: "Charleston W.Va (AP) Sara Jane Kahn and Charles Manson bought a lot of candy from Van Watson when they were children. "Sara Jane was a serious pupil but Manson liked to play a little bit of hooky," says Watson. Sara Jane, now Sara Jane Moore, is in jail for trying to kill President Ford. Manson is serving life in prison for the 1969 murder of actress Sharon Tate and six others. And, one of Manson's followers, Lynette Fromme , also is charged with trying to kill the president, in a separate incident. "Kathleen Manson, Charles' mother, was a clerk in my store for three or four months," Watson said in an interview Monday. Charles was about 9 or 10 years old then, around 1942. He was an ordinary boy, nothing outstanding, I sold him a lot of candy. He'd come in two or three times a day, whenever he got a penny." Watson said he was shocked to learn that Sara Jane Kahn was the person accused of shooting at the president. "I knew her from childhood," he said. "She came into the store to buy candy on her way to school. She was a loner- almost always by herself. She never had much to say about anything. She always had a couple of books under her arm and seemed to take school seriously." The Kahn's lived in a big log house up Woodward Dr. from his store and the Manson's lived in a house across the street from his store. "I was very much surprised the way those two turned out," Watson said. "Charles wasn't much good at going to school- he liked to play a little bit of hooky. But I expected Sara Jane to grow up and become somebody with a good education and a responsible position in life. I never dreamed she would be somebody who'd try to kill the President." It is not known whether Manson and Sara Jane Kahn knew each other while living here."
    • Jan Kowalski, "Lee Harvey Osvaldo", 2019/07/27 (updated 2019/07/30): "- the would-be president's assassin grew up in Charleston, West Virginia, where she bought sweets in the same store as Charles Manson: "Van, the owner of" Van's Never Closed Market "in Mound, once stated on TV in the early 1980s that he remembered Charlie and Sara Jane Moore coming into his store together, arm in arm. " Charlie and Moore were said to be friends because their mothers were prostitutes"
    • 2019/11/26 comment on The Manson Family Blog, "That Charles Manson likes his ZuZu's", 2013/02/21: "I grew up on the same street as Manson and Moore, and I went into Van's Never Closed Market many times. Van was a real person. He had one arm. He claimed Manson and Moore would come in holding hands. Manson and Moor's homes are still there. My cousin worked at the gas station next to Van's, where Charlie also worked for a time. The rumor is that Manson and Moore's mothers were honeypot agents for the CIA. The Moore's were helping Jews escape Nazi Germany. Their property was sold and my elementary school, Grandview, was built there. It was personally approved by Robert Kennedy, who directed the funds to it. It was a great school, and still is."

Robin Gecht

  • Chicago Tribune, "Police investigate tips of 'Manson'-like mastermind in 'Ripper' murders", 1982/11/21
  • Chicago Tribune, "Rapist's Son Is Among 3 Charged In Slaying", 1999/03/07: "Three men, including the son of a rapist linked to a series of ritualistic serial murders in the Chicago area nearly 20 years ago, have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a Northwest Side man. David A. Gecht, 18; Richard Kwil, 19; and Ruben Hernandez, 27, all of Chicago, were recently charged in the death of Roberto Cruz, 35, of the 4000 block of North Richmond Street, who was shot Jan. 29 while he was approaching his car on the Northwest Side. The killing is believed be to gang-related, police said. Kwil, of the 3700 block of North Pine Grove Avenue; Hernandez, of the 2000 block of West Moffat Street; and Gecht, of the 4600 block of North Avers Street, were being held in Cook County Jail. A preliminary hearing is set for March 24, according to the state's attorney's office. Police say Gecht is the son of Robin Gecht, who is serving 120 years in Menard Correctional Center for mutilating and raping an 18-year-old prostitute in 1982 on the Northwest Side. Though Robin Gecht, who once worked for serial killer John Wayne Gacy, was never convicted of murder, authorities believed that he and three associates, Edward Spreitzer and brothers Andrew and Thomas Kokoraleis, were responsible for the disappearances of 17 women. The gruesome murders involved cult rituals and mutilation or removal of the victims' breasts. Though Robin Gecht's associates and other witnesses implicated him in some of the deaths, investigators never had enough evidence to charge him with murder. Grand Central Sgt. Joseph Salemme said David Gecht is not believed to be the gunman in Cruz's slaying. Police have recovered a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol they believe is the murder weapon."
  • Employment by John Wayne Gacy

Serial killers

Refer to the extensive collection of sources on the Serial killers page


  • Village Voice, "Secret Agent Schmuck" by Chris Thompson, 2007/10/16 - about alleged Israeli spy Juval Aviv
    • "Aviv provided his bona fides: He runs a Madison Avenue corporate-espionage firm named Interfor and had been hired to investigate some aspects of Maxwell’s complex finances. But during his investigation, Aviv had discovered explosive truths. Maxwell, Aviv said, had actually been a spy for the Russian, British, and Israeli intelligence agencies, and had paid with his life when his spymasters discovered that he’d double-crossed them. Aviv claimed to his Fox News hosts that the revelations in his book were so stunning that he’d had to novelize the tale to protect himself. If he’d told the actual truth, he hinted, he’d have been killed."
    • "Court documents allege that in 2003, Aviv signed an intelligence contract with the NXIVM Corporation, an Albany-based company that offers seminars in achieving personal and business goals, and whose devotees include heirs to some of the richest fortunes in America and Mexico. In the last few years, former members of NXIVM have come forward to claim that the company is in fact a predatory personal-growth cult that subjects its members to intensive brainwashing and requires them to swear their lives to its leader, an accused pyramid-scheme operator and self-styled genius named Keith Raniere. According to court papers, NXIVM hired Aviv to dig up dirt on someone that Raniere considered an enemy: New Jersey–based cult expert Rick Ross, a controversial figure himself who is also a frequent guest on television news programs."
    • "It had been a tough month for NXIVM. The Albany Times-Union had been running stories all year detailing the company’s compulsive secrecy, its members’ dazed expressions, the exorbitant fees for its 10-hour-long self-help “seminars,” and the demand that initiates bow whenever leader Keith Raniere walked into the room. A lengthy Forbes article depicting NXIVM as a strange, manipulative cult was about to go to press. And the family of Kristin Snyder, who had allegedly committed suicide after fleeing one of NXIVM’s 16-day “intensive” courses, was starting to raise a fuss. According to Joseph O’Hara, a local attorney who worked as a liaison between NXIVM and Aviv, Interfor was initially hired to investigate the circumstances surrounding Snyder’s death."
  • New York Post, "Nxivm head Keith Raniere aspired to infiltrate political office", 2019/05/20 - parallels what Paul Bonacci said the aim of Monarch was: "Nxivm leader Keith Raniere’s hunger for power knew no bounds — he was plotting to try to install a female lieutenant in a top political office, one of his “slave masters’’ said in Brooklyn court Monday. Lauren Salzman, a member of Raniere’s supposed elite inner circle, DOS, testified that she and her cohorts were encouraged to recruit “people of power and influence” to the group. Raniere hoped “that we might have a DOS candidate in a high-level political office,’’ she said. The candidate would have to be “highly collateralized,’’ Salzman said — meaning Raniere would have enough dirt on her to control her through threats of blackmail."

Moody AFB

  • As pointed out on the Valdosta sex ring page, Moody AFB had multiple civilian and military personnel arrested for soliciting sex with children a couple years ago
  • Mary Susan Humphrey murder - in 1980 near Valdosta GA
    • Websleuths thread on the case (pages 1, 2) - she was an Airman First Class assigned to Moody as an air traffic controller; on May 30 she went to the Grego's nightclub in Valdosta GA and left with a man to his apartment on Forrest Street in Valdosta; notes how an airman was arrested, held without bail, charged with her murder, and ultimately acquitted of all charges; one user mentions a suspect who the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) was interested, who worked as a cook at Moody AFB and was named Wade
    • Reddit post from December 2019 about the case - questions the story of Mary leaving her nightclub acquaintance's apartment to walk home given that it was 13 miles from Walker's Crossing GA where she lived; body was found in a rural area of Berrien County GA
      • MaryFrameAuthor comment on 2020/05/13: "RE: the walking home--it is believed she called someone for a ride, but they never found out who. When she was found, she was wrapped in a blanket from her apartment and she was not wearing shoes. So it would seem she did make it home and then someone came there or she left again? The investigators DID NOT SEARCH HER APARTMENT. Why? I can't tell. The whole investigation was shoddy from the get go. One of the last persons to see her alive (Justin Coleman) had influential (rich) family members and his father was an influential attorney in a neighboring county. Justin failed polygraph tests. He was a known drug dealer. The ex boyfriend who was charged and acquitted (Larry Dalton) was a non-local and the DA wanted a slam dunk case with people who weren't from the area. But people on the grand jury wanted Coleman and Caldwell (the last person to see Mary alive) to be investigated further and the DA would not do it."
      • MaryFrameAuthor comment on 2020/05/13: "The ex as in Larry Dalton, or are you talking about Wade Plunkett? He lived near Bruno at the time, testified against Larry Dalton, along with a lot more suspicious behaviors... I *think* from what I've found in the investigative files, the blanket she was wrapped in one a pink one from her apartment and not black/burgundy. From what I have in my files, they tried to DNA the blanket but it was too degraded because they did not preserve it correctly. Also—she did not have shoes on when they found her so the working theory is she made it home and left again. But who knows?"
      • MaryFrameAuthor comment on 2020/05/14: "The last man to see Mary alive was Bruno Caldwell. She was found without shoes, wrapped in a blanket from her apartment (allegedly). They think she made it home at some point and left again, but LE did not search her apartment at all or think of it as a possible murder scene and it’s not clear why. Her parents may have mentioned dirt in her bed, or a mess in her apartment, but they were too wrapped in grief to do much about it at the time. That info is from a family member and it’s hard to confirm since the crime was 40 years ago and I think memories may be tainted with time and knowledge discovered in the interim."
    • Bruno Caldwell background - a Florida college football star who later transferred to Valdosta State University; last person known to have seen Mary alive, after meeting at the Grego's nightclub in Valdosta
      • GatorSports.com, "A special night for former UF point guard", 2018/01/22: "[Bruno] Caldwell knows a thing or two about wearing an orange and blue jersey. For two seasons, from 1973-75, Caldwell was the starting point at UF, a big-time recruit from Jersey City, N.J., who spurned an offer from North Carolina to play for the Gators. Caldwell finished his college career at Valdosta State but still considers Florida his school. He’s now a Gator in enemy territory, having lived in Lexington, Ky., since 1991, where he currently works in security at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. [...] One of the highlights of Caldwell’s career came as a freshman, when he finished with 18 points and 9 assists to lead Florida to a 75-65 upset win at Kentucky on Feb. 25, 1974. “It was my first year and it was (Coach John) Lotz’s first year,” Caldwell said. [...] Caldwell was the New Jersey player of the year coming out of Crodon Hall Academy in Atlantic Highlands, N.J., having led the state in scoring his senior season. Lotz, who was Dean Smith’s lead assistant at North Carolina before taking the Florida job in 1973, had recruited Caldwell extensively the year before. [...] Unfortunately for Caldwell, he couldn’t finish what he started at Florida, leaving via transfer to Valdosta after his sophomore season."
    • Justin Coleman background - a purported drug dealer whose father was a prominent Valdosta GA attorney
      • Wilby Compton Coleman a.k.a. Wilby Coleman a.k.a. Wilby C. Coleman
        • Valdosta Today, obituary for Christopher Chappel Coleman, 2020/04/09: "Christopher Chappel Coleman, 62, passed this life on April 4, 2020. He was born September 3, 1957 to Wilby Compton Coleman and Gretchen Eberhardt Coleman, in Valdosta, GA. He leaves behind his wife Joni Coleman and three children, Christopher Coleman, Olivia (Kenyon) White, Sarah (Brandon) Spivey, and three grandchildren. Also, he leaves his father Wilby Coleman and three siblings, Compton (Glynnis) Coleman, Justin (Rosemary) Coleman, and Sallyann (Ray) Coleman King. He is preceded in death by his birth mother Gretchen Coleman, his step-mother, Gloria Mederer Coleman, and his sister, Miss Wilby Coleman."
        • Lawyers.com page for Mr. Wilby Compton Coleman of Valdosta GA - admitted to the bar in 1952 after graduating that year from the University of Georgia law school
        • Murder of Hellen Hanks by Keller Wilcox
          • Tampa Bay Times, "A 9-year-old murder haunts a quiet south Georgia town", 1981/09/20 (pages 1, 4 part one, 4 part two): "Foxy Wilcox was his usual courtly self when a visiting reporter telephoned him the other day and asked for an interview. Indeed, for a man who is charged with helping to cover up a murder his son is accused of committing, Foxy sounded pretty chipper. "Well, maybe we could get together this morning," Foxy offered. [...] FOXY AND HIS SON Keller are two of the most prominent residents of this city of about 40,000 people, and they aren't about to let something like the most sensational murder case in South Georgia's recent history keep them down. So they continue to go to their Rotary Clubs, continue to remain involved in the Boys Club, continue to operate their successful outdoor advertising business and continue to indulge their shared passions for football and fishing. "I don't have anything to be ashamed of," explains Keller, 30, a 1969 graduate of St Petersburg's Admiral Farragut Academy. [...] on Nov. 24 of last year, Blanton was steering his four-wheel drive Case tractor across a field about six miles south of downtown Valdosta. [...] Blanton's rake snagged something that definitely was not a root. [...] INSIDE THE BOX were the skeletal remains of Mrs. Hanks, who was a 35-year-old secretary and bookkeeper for the Wilcox Outdoor Advertising Co. when she mysteriously disappeared from work on Aug. 31, 1972. [...] For more than eight years, local authorities speculated that Mrs. Hanks, married and the mother of three children, had "gone off to make a new life," as the local gossips were fond of phrasing it. But her family and close friends simply weren't buying that. [...] At about 4 a.m. on July 3, Keller Wilcox was arrested at his home and charged with murdering Mrs. Hanks. Shortly after his arrest, Foxy was arrested and charged under a warrant that alleged he helped "to remove and bury the victim." [...] Two elderly men who worked for the Wilcoxes, Ed Wrentz, 78, and Lorenzo Marshall, 69, also were arrested on charges of helping to dispose of Mrs. Hanks' body. Wrentz, however, has been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony. [...] "(Keller and Foxy) are just as damn innocent as driven snow," insists Wilby C. Coleman, who not only is their attorney but is related to the Wilcox family by marriage. "The state has no evidence." LT. BILLY SELPH, a detective in the Lowndes County Sheriffs Department and one of the principal investigators assigned to the Wilcox case, counters Coleman, saying, "We've got a very good case, and that's all I'm going to say." [...] [E. K. Wilcox i.e.] Foxy's father studied law under a judge, and in 1898, ' at the age of 18, he was admitted to the Georgia Bar. As one local historian has noted, Foxy's father "was one of the most outstanding lawyers in South Georgia." Foxy's wife is a member of the Plowden family, which is another of Valdosta's most exclusive families. [...] JOHN B. LASTINGER, a local Chamber of Commerce official, coached Keller in Little League baseball and remains friends with him to this day. "To me, he is just a normal, American, red-blooded guy," Lastinger says. [...] Whether the mighty will fall remains to be seen, but as Randall Adams, a well-respected Valdosta banker and Wilcox family friend, says: [...] In fact, when Foxy was arrested, he had two airline tickets, one for Keller, one for himself, in his pocket a circumstance that he did not publicize. "What if the newspapers had known I had two tickets to Canada in my pocket, wouldn't that have made a good story?" he asks with a hearty cackle."
          • Atlanta Constitution, "Defense will fight psychiatric exam", 1981/10/11: "The prosecution has asked for a psychiatric examination for advertising executive Keller Wilcox, accused of murder in the death of Hellen Griffin Hanks, and the defense says it will fight the motion at a hearing Monday. District Attorney H. Lamar Cole, in his request late Friday for the examination, noted that "the state anticipates that the defendant may utilize at trial the defense of insanity," and the prosecution should be given its own chance to evaluate Wilcox's mental state at the time of Mrs. Hanks' murder. [...] Cole argued in his motion for the psychiatric examination that the condition of the body and other evidence in the case "suggests that Ms. Hanks was the victim of a sexually related or deviantly motivated scheme of mind." [...] "The defense is that he (Wilcox) simply didn't do it" Coleman said. "There will be no defense of insanity whatsoever." He said his client "is a walking-around, certified normal human being who is on the board of directors of the Boys Club and Chamber of Commerce.""
          • Atlanta Constitution, "Wilcox Trial To Open Monday", 1982/01/04: "Civic leader and wealthy businessman E.K. Keller Wilcox goes on trial Monday on charges he killed his secretary in 1972 and ordered two employees to bury her remains in a field. Wilcox, 30, was arrested in July 1981, almost eight months after the skeleton of Hellen Griffin Hanks was discovered in a buried box by a farmer plowing his field west of the Valdosta airport. Mrs. Hanks was 35 when she disappeared Aug. 31, 1972. She was a secretary at Wilcox Outdoor Advertising Co., a company run by Wilcox and his father, E.K "Foxy" Wilcox Sr, 73. Investigators said she left behind her purse, but there were no signs of foul play and her case was considered that of a missing person. [...] Arrests in the case shocked townsfolk in Valdosta, where the Wilcox family is prominent. The younger Wilcox, a member of the board of directors of the Valdosta Boys' Club, is also president of the Valdosta Touchdown Club. District Attorney Lamar Cole and Assistant DA Dwight May of Thomasville have a list of 75 potential witnesses in the case. The defense team of Bobby Lee Cook of Summerville and Wilby Coleman of Valdosta has also drawn a long list of possible witnesses."
          • Atlanta Constitution, "Wilcox Is Given Life In Slaying", 1982/01/15 (pages 1, 17): "It took just under two hours for the jury - eight women, four men; 10 whites, two blacks - to reach its verdict on Keller Wilcox, a handsome young businessman here and a member of an aristocratic old Valdosta family. [...] "You know, that just kills me," said Hyta Plowden Mederer, Keller Wilcox's spunky aunt who wore a fur coat to the trial, as a deputy led him off in handcuffs later. "They don't have to handle him that rough." The case has enlivened gossip in this south Georgia town ever since Mrs. Hanks, the 35-year-old mother of three children, disappeared from her job at the Wilcox family advertising business on Aug. 31, 1972. Her dismembered remains were discovered in November 1980 when a farmer's chisel plow hit a buried box - a container for the Wilcox family firm's billboard poster paper which had become her makeshift coffin. [...] [Defense lawyer Wilby] Coleman, who is married to Keller Wilcox's first cousin, said the verdict shocked him, too. "I can't conceive of how it was arrived at," he said. [...] "I just can't believe it," said Gloria Coleman, Keller's cousin and Wilby's wife. [...] [Deputy Billy] Selph said Thursday that he thought the keys found in and around the box containing Mrs. Hanks' remains had been convincing piece of evidence. Keller Wilcox had admitted on the stand that James Hanks gave him his wife's office keys the afternoon she disappeared. [...] "If he had her office keys that afternoon," asked Selph, "how could they have gotten in that box if he hadn't been there when that box was buried?""
          • Atlanta Constitution, "Wilcox Appeal Bond Denied", 1982/01/27: "Prominent advertising executive E.K. Keller Wilcox, convicted of murder in the 1972 death of his secretary and sentenced to life in prison, was denied appeal bond Tuesday. Defense attorney Wilby Coleman asked Lowndes County Superior Court Judge Roy Lilly to set bond for Wilcox pending appeal of his conviction and life sen tence for the murder of Hellen Griffin Hanks. [...] The defense called six character witnesses who testified in behalf of Wilcox. Cross-examination revealed, however, that all six were close friends of Wilcox and had always believed he was innocent of the crime."
          • Atlanta Constitution, "Keller Wilcox's murder conviction overturned", 1985/12/22 (pages 1, 9): "U.S. District Court Judge Wilbur Owens Jr. ruled there was insufficient evidence to convict Wilcox of the 1972 murder of Hellen Hanks, [...] He also held that Wilcox's right to due process was violated when police officers used threats and intimidation to coerce statements from witnesses in the case. Because of insufficient evidence, "The state is thus barred from retrying the petitioner," Owens ruled. [...] Attorney General Mike Bowers said his office will have to review the ruling before deciding whether to appeal. "We'll certainly look at it with an eye toward appeal," Bowers said. [...] Wilcox, who was 21 at the time of the crime, unsuccessfully appealed his case in the state courts before asking Owens to overturn his conviction. In a 72-page ruling issued Saturday, Owens labeled the testimony of Ed Wrentz, an elderly employee of the advertising company and the prosecution's key witness against Wilcox, as "inconsistent and at times incoherent." [...] Dorothy Edwards, a close friend of the victim, testified at the trial that Mrs. Hanks told her she had slapped Wilcox after he made a pass at her.. Another friend, Cara Adrendgo, testified that Mrs. Hanks had told her she was afraid of Wilcox and was looking for a new job. [...] Marshall gave police a statement in July 1981 in which he said that he and Wrentz, under the supervision of Wilcox and his father, loaded a mysterious box on the back of a truck and later buried it. But at Wilcox's trial, Marshall testified that he was in Albany at the time of the murder and burial. Wrentz gave police a statement, similar to the one provided by Marshall, and repeated it on the witness stand, only to testify under cross-examination that he too was out of town when the crime allegedly took place. At a hearing last July before Owens, Wrentz denied having any knowledge about the murder or burial of Mrs. Hanks. "I don't know who was involved because I wasn't there," Wrentz testified. He denied, however, that police used threats or scare tactics to get him to testify against Wilcox. "They didn't do nothing to scare me. I was just afraid," he testified at the July hearing."
          • Atlanta Constitution, "Vaidostans disagree with decision to free Wilcox in '72 slaying", 1986/01/18 (pages 1b, 6b): "Relatives of Hellen Hanks, a 1972 Valdosta slaying victim, say a ruling last month by U.S. District Judge Wilbur Owens overturning the 1982 murder conviction of prominent Valdosta businessman Keller Wilcox represents a failure in the American legal system. And one irate local resident has said in a newspaper letter to the editor that citizens will have to form vigilante groups "if they want justice done." [...] The judge's 72-page ruling, which the Wilcox family paid to have published in full earlier this month in the Valdosta Daily Times, has prompted fresh outpourings of anger among jurors in the case, law enforcement officers and family members of the victim. And Wilby Coleman, Wilcox's attorney conceded that "the community is not jubilant over the decision." [...] [James E.] Hendricks, also a juror in the case, objected in particular to a passage in Owens' ruling in which the judge held that it "insults rational thought" to convict Wilcox of murder based on the testimony of the state's key witness, Ed Wrentz. [...] "Apparently, Judge Owens is the only rational person in the state of Georgia," said Hendricks, who noted that the Georgia Supreme Court earlier upheld the murder conviction. [...] "People here have a bad taste in their mouths about the higher courts," said Charlie R. Spray, one of the investigators in the Wilcox case and now Valdosta's police chief."
          • Background of Judge Wilbur Dawson Owens Jr. - a 1972 appointee of Richard Nixon
            • Savannah Morning News, obituary for Wilbur D. Owens Jr., 2010/04/29: "Judge Wilbur D. Owens, Jr., 80, died Wednesday, April 28, 2010 after a long illness. Judge Owens was born on February 1, 1930 in Albany, Georgia to the late Wilbur Dawson Owens and Estelle McKenzie Owens. He grew up in Albany, Georgia where he began his career working odd jobs as a paper boy, a meter reader, and a peach packer. In middle school, his family moved to Miami, Florida for two years while his father volunteered as a Captain in the U.S. Army. While in Miami, he served as president of his junior high school class. He then moved back to Albany and graduated from high school at the young age of 17. Judge Owens attended Emory University and the University of Georgia, serving as both rush chairman and president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. He graduated from Georgia Law School with his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1952. Owens served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1954 at Edwards Air Force Base in California and in the Reserves from 1954 to 1968. He moved back to Albany and worked in private practice before becoming vice president and trust officer for the Bank of Albany. He was then secretary-treasurer of the Southeastern Mortgage Company from 1959 to 1962. [...] In 1962, Judge Owens and his family moved to Macon, Georgia where he became Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia , resuming private practice from 1965 to 1972 with the law firm of Bloch, Hall, Hawkins, and Owens. [...] He was chairman of the Bibb County Republican party and ran for state representative. On January 21, 1972, Owens was nominated by President Richard M. Nixon to a seat vacated by his mentor and friend, William Bootle. Judge Owens served as a judge for the Middle District of Georgia and later as the chief judge until 1995 when he assumed senior status. Judge Owens retired in January 2008."
          • Atlanta Constitution, "1982 murder conviction of Wilcox upheld", 1987/04/04: "The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld the 1982 murder conviction of a Valdosta businessman accused of murdering his secretary in 1972 and burying her body in a wooden box in which it lay hidden for eight years, and ordered him returned to prison. [...] The appeals court ruled that Wrentz's testimony "was not so inherently incredible that no reasonable person would have believed his testimony and that police conduct "was not so egregious so as to constitute violation of [Wilcox's] due process rights." [...] Prosecutors contended that Wilcox strangled Mrs. Hanks because she rejected his sexual advances."
          • Valdosta Daily Times, "Wilcox confesses?", 2007/12/04: "The family of murder victim Hellen Hanks recently discovered that a letter written to the state Parole Board in 2006 by E. Keller Wilcox contains a statement of confession for the death of Hanks [...] Last week, a relative of Hanks requested information from the Office of Victim Services under the Open Records Act that involved any correspondence Wilcox may have sent to the Parole Board regarding “any admission to his original crime, any acceptance of responsibility for his crime, or any expression of remorse.” The office attached the following letter in its response to the relative: “Dear Members of the Board: I want to acknowledge and accept responsibility for the death of Helen (Hellen) Hanks on August 31, 1972. Ms. Hanks was my father’s secretary. We got into an argument and I lost my temper. I did not mean to hurt her. There was never a sexual assault or anything like that. I was scared and told my dad what happened. I was working for my dad at that time.” “I was not present when Mrs. Hanks’ body was buried in the field.” “I am deeply regretful for the pain and suffering we have caused Mrs. Hanks’ family as a result of my actions on that afternoon. All the many years since that fateful afternoon I have tried to avoid bringing shame and embarrassment to my family by not admitting my responsibility. I am now 55 years old. It has been 34 years since Mrs. Hanks’ death. Now all my family members are deceased. Had I accepted the prosecutor’s offer and admitted my guilt I would have been released from confinement many, many years ago.” “I have been a model prisoner during my 23 plus years of confinement. I have been a trustee/firefighter for the last 12 years. I want to be a productive citizen, possibly a firefighter if I am released from confinement.” “Thank you for your time considering this matter.” “E. Keller Wilcox” [...] Wilcox is being represented by former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers and former Dekalb County District Attorney J. Tom Morgan."
          • Valdosta Daily Times, "Convicted murderer granted return to Lowndes, Brooks", 2017/06/20: "E. Keller Wilcox was initially sentenced to life in prison for Hanks’ murder. In 2006, he confessed to the murder in a letter. In 2008, he was granted parole, despite strong protest from Hanks’ family and others in the community. Wilcox’s parole requirements, which last for life, originally stipulated that he could never set foot in Lowndes or Brooks again. Recently, Wilcox requested the State Board of Pardons and Paroles lift his banishment from the two counties. The board granted his request June 16, said Steve Hayes, communications director for the board. [...] David Hanks, who was 13 when his mother was killed, said Wilcox’s good behavior does not warrant him having access to the counties where much of Hellen’s immediate and extended family still reside. “It’s not up to his behavior as to whether it allows us to have peace in our life,” David, 58, said. “We want to have peace in our life, and that peace does not include he living near us. “I just can’t imagine my older sister walking into Walmart and there’s the killer of our mother standing there at the counter.”"
        • Wolfson and Osmus LLC bio for David M. Wolfson: "David Martin Wolfson graduated from University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in Journalism in 1977. He became a member of the Research Faculty at Georgia Tech in the Advanced Technology Department, a high-tech business incubator on Tech's campus. He remained there for several years, maintaining his position before, during, and after graduating from Woodrow Wilson College of Law and becoming licensed to practice. He practiced law with Judges B.J. Smith and Oscar Mitchell in Decatur, Georgia for three years. The first firm David joined when he moved to Valdosta was Coleman Kitchens, becoming an associate for partners William H. Kitchens and Wilby C. Coleman. David is a loving husband and father to 6 kids. He is passionate about his family, scuba diving, spear fishing, and racquetball. He serves as a member of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Search and Recovery Dive Team."
  • Shreveport Times, "3 accused of stealing Air Force vests to sell", 2005/03/30: "Three airmen have been arrested in an alleged scheme to steal 35 bulletproof vests from Moody Air Force Base and sell them to drug dealers for $100 each. Eighteen of the vests, which typically sell for up to $600, have been recovered, but others still may be on the street, Sheriff Ashley Paulk said. "You never want the bad guys to have all the tools that you've got to work with," Paulk said. Airman Todd Louis Boutte, 22, and Airman 1st Class Jared Wayne Roberts, 21, were accused of taking the vests from the base, and Airman 1st Class Brian Aubray Skelton, 22, was accused of distributed them."
  • CBS 60 Minutes, "The Pentagon's Ray Gun", 2008/03/02 (updated 2008/05/30): "Col. Kirk Hymes, head of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, is in charge of the ray gun which is being tested at Moody Air Force Base in southern Georgia. The targets at the base are people, military volunteers creating a scenario soldiers might encounter in Iraq, like angry protestors advancing on American troops, who have to choose between backing down or opening fire. Off in the distance, half a mile away, the operator of the ray gun has the crowd in his sights. Unlike the soldiers on the ground, he has no qualms about firing away because his weapon won't injure anyone. He squeezes off a blast and the first shot hits like an invisible punch. The protestors regroup and he fires again, and again. Finally they've had enough. The ray gun drives them away with no harm done. Officially called the "Active Denial System," it does penetrate the body, but just barely."
  • Dr. Millicent Black alleges that an Air Force Sergeant at Moody AFB tortured her with electromagnetic mind control technology

Brett Kimberlin

Ted Kaczynski

  • Los Angeles Times, "Defense Asks Judge to Bar Evidence in Unabomber Case", 1997/03/04
    • "Seeking to poke holes in the government's case, Kaczynski's lawyers said that documents available to the FBI provided their client with an alibi for the 1985 Sacramento bombing.

      "Specifically, bank records and information from bank officials all showed Mr. Kaczynski personally making a deposit in Helena, Mont., on the date of a Unabomb event in Sacramento," according to defense documents."
    • "Another major point made by the defense was that the government's search warrant affidavit failed to reveal that DNA testing excluded Kaczynski as the source of DNA on two Unabomb letters and probably excluded him as the source of DNA on a third letter."
  • The Atlantic, "Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber", 2000/06
    • "I first heard of the Murray experiment from Kaczynski himself. We had begun corresponding in July of 1998, a couple of months after a federal court in Sacramento sentenced him to life without possibility of parole. Kaczynski, I quickly discovered, was an indefatigable correspondent. Sometimes his letters to me came so fast that it was difficult to answer one before the next arrived. The letters were written with great humor, intelligence, and care. And, I found, he was in his own way a charming correspondent. He has apparently carried on a similarly voluminous correspondence with many others, often developing close friendships with them through the mail. Kaczynski told me that the Henry A. Murray Research Center of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, although it released some raw data about him to his attorneys, had refused to share information about the Murray team’s analysis of that data. Kaczynski hinted darkly that the Murray Center seemed to feel it had something to hide. One of his defense investigators, he said, reported that the center had told participating psychologists not to talk with his defense team."
    • "Recognizing the manifesto as Kaczynski’s writing, his brother, David, turned Kaczynski in to the FBI, which arrested him at his Montana cabin on April 3, 1996. Later that year Kaczynski was removed to California to stand trial for, among other crimes, two Unabomber murders committed in that state. On January 8, 1998, having failed to dissuade his attorneys from their intention of presenting an insanity defense, and having failed to persuade the presiding judge, Garland E. Burrell Jr., to allow him to choose a new attorney, Kaczynski asked the court for permission to represent himself. In response Burrell ordered Sally Johnson to examine Kaczynski, to determine if he was competent to direct his own defense. Johnson offered a “provisional” diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, but she concluded that Kaczynski was nevertheless competent to represent himself. Burrell refused to allow it. Faced with the prospect of a humiliating trial in which his attorneys would portray him as insane and his philosophy as the ravings of a madman, Kaczynski capitulated: in exchange for the government’s agreement not to seek the death penalty, he pleaded guilty to thirteen federal bombing offenses that killed three men and seriously injured two others, and acknowledged responsibility for sixteen bombings from 1978 to 1995. On May 4, 1998, he was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole."
  • Snowshoe Documentaries, Filmmakers notebook #92: "THE UNABOMBER: HE WASN’T PARANOID, HE WAS CONSPIRED AGAINST", 2006/05/01
  • Rigorous Intuition thread on "Ted and the CIA" by David Kaczynski (pages 1, ...)
  • CBS, "Unabomber Decoded: Did Harvard Study Fuel Rage?", 2010/11/09: "At 17, author Alston Chase says Kaczynski signed up for a psychological experiment lead by Dr. Henry Murray. "He goes to Harvard," says Chase, "and his disappointments begin." Murray was well known by the CIA and worked with the OSS during World War II training spies to withstand intense interrogations. "He (Murray) went back to Harvard and got a series of grants," says Chase, "You could say that he was simply continuing on what he had done for the OSS.... at Harvard." [...] "He included psychologists… as people who were the enemy," says Chase. I wrote Kaczynski a letter asking about his Philosophy. Kaczynski wrote back, saying his book Technological Slavery will probably answer your questions. The book left me with more. Kaczynski writes that in 1962 he became hostile towards technology. That's the same year the Murray study ended. When I wrote back asking about that I didn't hear from him again."
  • Psychology Today, "Harvard's Experiment on the Unabomber, Class of '62" by Jonathan D Moreno Ph.D, 2012/05/25
    • "For all the reporting about the 50th anniversary reunion dustup, an odd twist to the Harvard Unabomber story has not been mentioned: During Kaczynski’s sophomore year at Harvard, in 1959, he was recruited for a psychological experiment that, unbeknownst to him, would last three years. The experiment involved psychological torment and humiliation, a story I include in my book Mind Wars: Brain Research and the Military in the 21st Century."
    • "The man who conducted the humiliation experiment was the brilliant and complex Harvard psychologist Henry A. Murray. Though his fame has diminished since his death, Murray was among the most important scientists of his day, the pioneer of personality tests that are now a routine part of industrial management and psychological assessments. It is not too much to say that contemporary psychology would be far different without his contributions. (Full disclosure: Murray was a close friend and colleague of my father's, but we knew nothing of this experiment.)

      Henry Murray was a native New York blue blood who became a Boston Brahmin. He attended the finest schools, Groton and Harvard, and earned an M.D. from Columbia and a doctorate in biochemistry from Cambridge University. He dropped medicine and natural science for psychology after reading Carl Jung, publishing a landmark work in 1938 called Explorations in Personality. Before World War II, the U.S. government asked him to do a psychological profile of Hitler, and during the war he helped the Office of Strategic Services (later to become the CIA) to assess its agents. In the 1950s, Murray’s personality test, the thematic apperception test, or TAT, was used to screen Harvard students."
    • "In yet another odd twist that shows why history is stranger than fiction, while Kaczynski was undergoing those humiliation experiments a young Harvard researcher named Timothy Leary was beginning his research career on psychedelics. In 1960 Leary returned from a vacation in Mexico with a suitcase full of magic mushrooms. Murray himself is said to have supervised psychoactive drug experiments, including Leary’s. According to Alston Chase, author of Harvard and the Unabomber, Leary called Murray “the wizard of personality assessment who, as OSS chief psychologist, had monitored military experiments on brainwashing and sodium amytal interrogation.”"
  • Zodiac Killer allegations

Branch Davidians

  • Paul D. Wilcher letter on 1993/05/21 to Attorney General Janet Reno a.k.a. the Wilcher report (parts 1, 2, 3) - claims that "David Koresh had an extensive CIA background" and was a "sleeper" who "had been subjected to extensive CIA "mind control" training and programming"; alleges that "Waco is a major center for such CIA "mind control" experimentation and programming -- with much of this activity occurring at the CIA’s Leadership Management Institute (LMI) in Waco"; names Salt Lake City UT, Provo UT, Logan UT, Boise ID, and San Francisco CA (ed. note: the Utah and Idaho locations are evocative of the Ted Bundy case) as other locations of similar CIA-sponsored cults
  • David Koresh early life and background
    • Washington Post, "THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE WACO 'MESSIAH'", 1993/05/09
      • "Vernon Wayne Howell was born in Houston on Aug. 17, 1959, to Bonnie Clark, a 14-year-old, unmarried high-school dropout. His father, Bobby Wayne Howell, soon married another woman.

        Shortly after Vernon's birth, Bonnie married a man who had just been released from prison, according to family members who remember him as an abusive man who beat both his wife and her infant son. Bonnie managed for nearly 18 months, then asked her mother, Erline Clark, for help.

        Erline took in her grandson, then quickly had two more children of her own -- a daughter, Sharon, then a son, Kenneth. With Vernon -- technically their nephew -- they became a noisy trio in the Clark home, almost siblings."
      • "When Vernon was 5, Bonnie, who had divorced her first husband, married Roy Haldeman, and they took her son back to live with them in Dallas. Haldeman, David Koresh later claimed, administered physical discipline. "When I used to act up? When I had a bad report card? Can you imagine? We got our tails whomped," Koresh told an Australian television crew last year.

        In a recent interview, Haldeman denied that Vernon grew up in an abusive household. "We had our normal problems. . . . We got along okay," Haldeman said.

        Sharon, his mother's young sister, said there were many happy visits with the Haldemans, but they usually ended sadly, with Vernon begging to come home with "Momma." Sharon said her most enduring memory of this time was looking out the car window as they drove away and seeing Vernon on his bicycle, peddling furiously after the Clarks, tears streaming down his face."
      • "[Regarding the time he went back to live with his grandparents starting at age 14] Sharon and the others remember this as a happy, stable time in Vernon's life. It ended, Erline Clark said, when her husband objected to Vernon's continued presence and he was sent back to his mother and Haldeman in Dallas.

        Both his mother and grandmother were practicing Seventh-Day Adventists, and Howell's early life was steeped in Bible study and governed by strict moral codes that applied the Ten Commandments literally and banned smoking, drinking and fornication. But he had problems with formal instruction. When he was 16, Vernon left public school and went to the church-run Dallas Junior Academy. He dropped out in the 10th grade. One family member said he became fascinated with the Bible during this period but had always listened to preachers on the radio.

        The family is reluctant to discuss what happened at the school, but Erline Clark said she was told that Vernon got into a dispute with a teacher and was feuding with his parents. Sharon recalled that "he was having a lot of trouble at home with Bonnie and Roy," and "Bonnie had to take him out of school there." Back he came to the Clarks, who by now had moved to the picturesque rural town of Chandler."
      • "His sexual education had begun early, an example set by his mother and Sharon, his surrogate little sister, who married a soldier at 14. Years later, Vernon told women the story of an older girl who attempted to have sex with him when he was 6 and of the time when a group of older boys tried to rape him in a barn."
      • "Erline Clark suggested that Howell's later sexual involvement with the young girls at the Waco compound whom he called "wives" ought to be viewed in the context of the prevailing sexual mores of rural East Texas. "The youngest girl that had a baby {at the Branch Davidian compound} was 14 years old," she said. "He never raped anybody in his life. . . . They grow up faster.""
      • "[Vernon's girlfriend, when he was 18, Debbie] Owens said the most striking thing about Vernon was the effect he had on younger boys, such as Kenneth, then in his early teens, and others who, she said, "idolized him." Guitarist Grant Cook, who sometimes practiced with Howell and later became a professional musician, said the same: Vernon always was hanging out with much younger boys."
      • "[After reconnecting with his father] Whatever happiness Vernon found in this reunion, he was devastated by the breakup of his love affair in Dallas [with a girl whom he got pregnant while also dating Owens]. When the girl's father refused to allow him to marry his pregnant lover, Howell returned to live in Chandler and, with Sharon, began going to the Tyler Seventh-Day Adventist Church."
      • "From the first day he walked into a midweek prayer meeting, said Bob Bockmann, now an elder in the Tyler church, Howell commanded attention. If his discussions of Scripture were sometimes obscure, it was still nice to have a young man who was serious about the Bible."
      • "In a church with strict moral values, the reformed Howell suddenly became everyone's judge, especially when it came to the conduct of women. He told at least one father that his daughter was "wearing what he thought was immodest dress," Bockmann said. "He became very strait-laced."

        Adding to the tension was the fact that Howell seemed able to command the rapt attention of younger members. He would stand in a corner and "all-encompass them," said deacon Hardy Tapp's wife, Annette, "and just totally take over the conversation.""
      • "And whatever his feelings of sexual guilt, he used the church to develop relationships with women, both platonic and sexual. "He alluded that he was attracted to me," recalled Bockmann's wife, Maggie, who was much older than Vernon.

        She said he would speak to her for hours about his childhood, often tearfully recounting physical abuse. Once, she said, he showed her a pattern of burn scars on one leg that he said were caused when he was forced to kneel on a heat register."
      • "His younger aunt, Sharon, said she believes that this period was the last, best chance for anyone to have interrupted Vernon Howell's transformation into David Koresh. His life might have turned out differently, she said, had Howell not been captivated by a powerful series of revival meetings sponsored by the church.

        They were called Revelation Seminars and were conducted by evangelist Jim Gilley of Arlington, Tex. They featured dramatic, even frightening, images in a multimedia portrayal of Armageddon. Gilley, who still presents his "Prophesy Panorama" in the United States and abroad, is a rousing speaker and his video representation of the Apocalypse as foretold in the Book of Revelation -- featuring earthquakes, pestilence and religious persecutions -- was combined with a video of current events that seemed to point toward the imminent millennium."
      • ""Vernon said that even Mr. Gilley had a piece of the puzzle missing," she said. The missing piece, Howell told her in earnest, was the Seventh Seal, something that could be opened only by a new prophet. The Seven Seals, as described in the Book of Revelation, bind a scroll held in God's right hand that prophesizes the calamities that precede the Apocalypse.

        Sharon said Vernon was convinced that it was time "to have a new prophet and a new light" in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and that he was quite possibly that person.

        Vernon tried hard to bring his message to the Tyler congregation, but by that point, they had had their fill of him. Following his formal rejection from the church, he took a high-speed turn into the insular world of the Branch Davidians, a group formed 60 years ago by a man named Victor Houteff, another disaffected Seventh-Day Adventist who quit the church after becoming convinced that he was a prophet. Since then, the Branch Davidians always had had a prophet living in their midst, someone who could convey the "message.""
      • "At the camp meetings, Howell's natural gift for empathy and public speaking served him well. "He would have a lot of people surrounding him," [his uncle] Kenneth said, so much so that the revival organizers sometimes had police ask him to leave."
    • PBS Frontline, "BIOGRAPHY: David Koresh" (from "Waco: The Inside Story"): "David Koresh was born Vernon Wayne Howell in Houston, Texas in 1959 to a 15-year old single mother. He never knew his father and was raised by his grandparents.

      In his late night conversations with FBI agents during the siege, Koresh described his childhood as lonely. He said the other kids teased him and called him "Vernie." He was dyslexic, a bad student, and dropped out of high school. However, he had musical ability and a strong interest in the Bible. By 12, he had memorized large tracts of it.

      When he was 20, Koresh turned to the Church of Seventh Day Adventists, his mother's church. But he was expelled for being a bad influence on the young people. Sometime during the next couple of years, Koresh went to Hollywood to become a rock star but nothing came of it. Instead, in 1981 he went to Waco, Texas where he joined the Branch Davidians, a religious sect which in 1935 had settled 10 miles outside of Waco. At one time, it had more than 1,400 members.

      Koresh had an affair with then-prophetess Lois Roden who was in her late sixties. The two travelled to Israel together. When Lois Roden died, a power struggle began between Koresh and Lois Roden's son George. For a short time, Koresh retreated with his followers to eastern Texas. But in late 1987 he returned to Mount Carmel in camouflage with seven male followers, armed with five .223 caliber semiautomatic assault rifles, two .22 caliber rifles, two 12-gauge shotguns and nearly 400 rounds of ammunition. During the gunfight, Roden was shot in the chest and hands."
    • Background of stepfather Roy Haldeman
      • Find A Grave memorial for CPL Roy Winfield Haldeman - born 1982/09/20 in Plano TX; died 2001/08/31 in Chandler TX; served in the US Army in Korea
      • Colorado County Citizen, "Tip: Barbituates, Gun Costs Man $300 in Fines", 1963/01/03: "A tip from an unidentified source to sheriff's department officers here last Thursday and the confiscation of a bottle of barbituates. Roy W. Haldeman, 34, of Houston pleaded guilty in county court to charges of possessing the pills and was fined $200 and also to carrying a pistol and was fined $100. The charge of-possessing barbituates against James Lewi McNeal was dismissed. Officers said they stopped the men as they were driving through Columbus. They said Haldeman said both the barbituates and gun belonged to him, absolving McNeal of blame."
  • Power struggle with George Roden
    • 1987 shootout at Mount Carmel - for which Koresh and his followers were unsuccessfully prosecuted by El-Hadi Shabazz under DA Vic Feazell
      • New York Times, "Warning of Violence Was Unheeded After Cult Leader's Gun Battle in '87", 1993/03/10: "On the morning of Nov. 3, 1987, he and seven of his followers, dressed in camouflage uniforms and combat boots, with charcoal smeared under their eyes and armed with military-style rifles and shotguns, crawled onto the sect's property east of here. Their objective seemed to be to retake the land that Mr. Koresh had left three years earlier in a dispute with the sect's leader, although Mr. Koresh and the others said they were trying to uncover evidence of illegal activity by the leader. There was an exchange of gunfire that lasted for several minutes and left the leader, George Roden, slightly wounded, and Mr. Koresh ultimately in control of the property and the sect. [...] [In 1984] Mr. Koresh had left the Waco compound, which the cult members call Mount Carmel, with virtually all of Mr. Roden's followers. The group went to the East Texas town of Palestine, where without a base or resources, they lived for a time like hobos in wooden shacks. Mr. Roden seethed over Mr. Koresh's influence on the several dozen members of the sect who had followed him. And in 1987, he challenged Mr. Koresh to a ghoulish contest: whoever could bring back the dead deserved to be the true leader. [...] Mr. Roden dug up a coffin from the cemetery on the sect's grounds. Inside was the skeleton of a woman, identified in news reports at the time as that of Ana Hughes, who had died 20 years earlier. Mr. Roden put the coffin in the cult's chapel and three times tried to resurrect the woman with prayers. Mr. Koresh did not take up the challenge. Instead, he searched for laws that Mr. Roden might be breaking. Finally, he reported to the McLennan County sheriff's office that Mr. Roden was engaging in corpse abuse. The authorities told him to get evidence, like a photograph. So Mr. Koresh staged his raid. Oddly, he and his seven companions neglected take a camera along, one prosecutor said, but they did take the guns, and camouflage gear used for deer hunting, which had been purchased at the local Kmart."
      • Ch.2 ("In the Beginning: Historical Context of the Raid") of Cary R.W. Voss Ph.D., "SURRENDERING TO PROPER AUTHORITY: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Negotiations Between the Branch Davidians and Federal Law Enforcement", 1998
      • Andrew Michael Pedrotti, "On Trial: The Branch Davidians of Waco Texas 1987-1993", 2017
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "8 arrested in connection with Rodenville shooting", 1987/11/04: "Sheriff's deputies responded to the shooting at 3:36 p.m., a sheriff's department spokesman said. The nine sheriff's united were assisted by two Department of Public Safety units. "We got a report of a shooting, came out here ... and we began gathering people up," McLennan County Sheriff's Capt. Dan Weyenberg said. A sheriff's department spokesman said the eight men were in McLennan County Jail charged with attempted murder. Bond was set at $50,000 each by Justice of the Peace Alan Mayfield. Deputies seized an arsenal of more than 12 weapons, including a machine gun, .357 Magnums, semi-automatic rifles, and loads of ammunition, Weyenberg said, adding that, "I don't think you can take a patrol out in Vietnam with that much ammo." [...] A man who approached reporters at the scene an identified himself as Perry Jones, secretary of the Executive Council of the Branch Davidians, claimed that Roden had taken over the 77-acre area from Jones and his wife and other families, by force in 1985. [...] Donald Williams, a maintenance man working for Roden, said that during the shooting he heard someone say "you better not be shooting at anyone but George. Don't shoot the other guy." Gunfire exchange between Roden and the eight men took place for about 45 minutes until sheriff's deputies arrived, Williams said. At that point deputies got out of their vehicles, "disarmed Roden and myself first, and ordered the other eight to drop their weapons," Williams said. Each family in Rodenville received threatening letters earlier in the week, stamped restricted delivery, and signed by Vernon Howell, William said. [...] Roden said he thinks the eight men are terrorists and connected with the Palestine Liberation Organization. Roden said he asked for protection from the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Attorney General's office. "They just told me to wear bulletproof vests," he said."
      • Kerrville Times, "Armed Men Invade Farm In 'Holy War'", 1987/11/05: "Authorities are struggling to figure out why eight heavily armed men invaded a farm belonging to an offshoot religious organization and launched a raging gunbattle. [...] A peace justice set bond of $50,000 each on Vernon Wayne Howell, 28, Floyd Leon Houtman, 55, Peter James Hipsman, 22, Gregory Allen Summers, 22, James Loye Riddle, 27, Paul Gordon Fatta, 29, and Stanley Carl Sylvia, 49, all of Palestine; and David Michael Jones, 33, of Waco. The 77-acre tract near Elk has been the subject of litigation of one kind or another for more than two decades. Tuesday's shootout appeared to be an effort to have George Roden, president and a trustee of the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventists, ousted from the site, investigators said. [...] A splinter of the Branch Davidians that set up shop near Palestine sent what Roden called a "threatening letter" to everyone living on the tract last week. The letter advised residents that Roden had been removed as trustee of the Branch Davidians and that Howell had replaced him. The letter, which included a notarized document filed with the county clerk's office in Waco, labeled Roden "just a trespasser" and asked residents to send any tithes or rents due the church to Howell in Palestine. "When they sent that letter out, I knew they were coming," Roden told the Waco Tribune-Herald. "They sent an article removing me as trustee, now they've come to finish the job and remove me from the land." Roden said that the men came to kill him, and managed to wound him in his gun hand, but that he and another resident of the farm managed to pin down the advancing gunmen with fire until sheriffs deputies arrived. Roden was treated for powder burns and a wound in the hand at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. [...] Perry Jones, a spokesman for the Palestine group, said the eight men had been trying to get pictures of the bones of a deceased follower so that the sheriffs department could take action against Roden for corpse abuse and evict him from the land. Roden admitted that he has had a corpse lying in a church at the farm. [...] Roden is living at Rodenville in violation of a restraining order issued by 19th State District Judge Bill Logue, Jones said. His group was forcibly evicted in 1985, he said. "That injunction has never been released," said Jones, a vice-president in the Palestine sect. "The only reason we're not there now is because he took over at gunpoint. ... We were run off and kept off by force of arms." The eight men were armed because of that incident and because of Roden's reputation, Jones said."
      • Longview News-Journal, "Jurors indict 54 in camp storming", 1987/11/25: "McLennan County grand jurors on Tuesday issued attempted murder and conspiracy indictments against eight men who stormed a religious encampment northeast of Waco this month. Charged with attempted murder and criminal conspiracy were Paul Gordon Fatta, 29; Stanley Carl Sylvia, 49; Gregory Allen Summers, 22; James Loye Riddle, 27; David Michael Jones, 33; Peter James Hipsman, 22; Vernon Wayne Howell, 28; and Floyd Leon Houtman, 55, all of Palestine. The men were arrested Nov. 3 after they stormed the headquarters of a religious organization about 10 miles northeast of Waco, which now is called Rodenville."
      • El Paso Herald-Post, "Judge weighs dismissal of shooting indictments", 1988/01/23: "A state district Judge Friday took under advisement a motion to dismiss indictments against eight members of a splinter religious group accused of attempted murder. [...] Judge George Allen took the motion by defense attorney Gary Coker of Waco under advisement but warned prosecutors that legal wording of the indictments is suspect. Coker claims the two-paragraph indictments charging the group with attempted murder and criminal conspiracy fail to allege they attempted to kill Roden, only that they shot at him. Allen said he would rule on the mental competency of George Roden if he is called to testify against the eight men charged with attempting to kill him. Led by prophet-leader Vernon Wayne Howell, 28, the group was chased from its former home near Waco at gunpoint two years ago by Roden, a rival prophet, and established temporary operations at Palestine in Anderson County. [...] The group, which recently paid about $68,000 in back taxes on the land near Elk, 10 miles northeast of Waco, claim that Roden is living on the property in violation of a restraining order issued in 1960 by 19th State District Judge Bill Logue. Allen set a March 28 trial date in the case. [...] Coker accompanied his pretrial motions with copies of expletive-filled legal petition that Roden has filed with the Texas Supreme Court and Waco’s 10th Court of Appeals in which he tells the justices he hopes God infects them with herpes, AIDS and the "seven last plagues." Allen told the attorneys he is aware of Roden’s reputation and is familiar with the vulgarities in the petitions Coker offered."
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "Lawman: group tried to deceive — Defendants allegedly manipulated officers", 1988/04/14: "Members of the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventists tried to manipulate the McLennan County Sheriff’s Department into helping them reclaim the land that George Roden kicked them off of in 1985, Lt. Elijah Dickerson said Wednesday. Dickerson, testifying in the second day of the attempted murder trial of eight defendants accused of trying to murder Roden, told jurors that Wayne Martin, legal counsel for the religious splinter group, once said about the disputed land, “We’ll get it any way we can.” [...] Dickerson testified Wednesday that members of Howell’s group accused Roden, who claims to be the son of Christ, with corpse abuse just days before the shootout. They showed Dickerson a photograph of an Israeli flag draped over a casket. “They said he had dug up the grave of a member, a lady with one arm missing, and had the body in the church and was trying to raise it from the dead,” Dickerson said. “They had not seen it, but that was what they had heard.” [...] Dickerson testified he told church members that the sheriff’s department needed a photograph of the corpse. “Has the sheriff’s office ever condoned anyone dressed up in camouflage fatigues and armed with high-powered rifles going out and getting evidence?” Shabazz asked in follow-up questioning. “No sir,” Dickerson said."
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "Prosecutors don’t call Roden to testify", 1988/04/16: "Followers of Vernon Howell, 28, one of the eight defendants and a man many members of the Branch Davidians consider a prophet, had tucked away their Bibles and their children in anticipation of Roden’s testimony, but El-Haji Shabazz and Denise Wilkerson rested their case without calling him. “We felt we had proved our case beyond a reasonable doubt and his testimony wasn’t necessary,” Wilkerson said. [...] “I know why he wouldn’t testify,” Howell said during a recess. “He had 15-20 years of bad reputation built up before I even came along in 1981. Everyone who has been young and wanted to help, he’s run off. How? George communicated. Sign language, you know.” [...] When the trial resumed, Coker called several church members, most of whom lived at Mount Carmel Center until 1985, when Roden ran them off in a dispute over the 77 acres near Elk, 12 miles northeast of Waco. [...] [Edna Doyle] testified that Roden often wore a gun strapped to his side while on the pulpit of the church at Mount Carmel Center. He was not their minister, Doyle said, adding that members never considered him a prophet. Shabazz asked Doyle if she and other followers of Howell would do whatever he asked because they considered him a prophet. “Because we believe God directs him, yes,” Doyle said."
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "Casket may be evidence: Roden could be called to testify", 1988/04/19: "On Monday, Wayne Martin, a Branch Davidian who is an attorney licensed in Pennsylvania but not in Texas, testified that the Branch Davidians had tried several means to remove Roden from the 77 acres near Elk they now call the Mount Carmel Center. Martin told Coker that attorneys Lyndon Olson and Herbert Bristow had refused to help them enforce a 1979 injunction barring Roden from selling or holding possession of the land. The attorneys refused, Martin said, because they were afraid Roden would sue them. “When George Roden brings litigation, he sues everything but the doorknobs on the courthouse,” Martin said. Church members also tried unsuccessfully to get a tax lien on the Mount Carmel Center by paying $68,000 in back taxes. Shabazz asked Perry Jones, a long-time church official, how the Branch Davidians could “barely” be making it at Palestine — where they live in cardboard houses — but could pay back taxes and buy $3,000 worth of guns."
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "Roden enters court; corpse remains outside", 1988/04/21: "Roden, wearing pullover shirt and sporting a Moses-like beard, fascinated a packed court with rambling narratives on his life and faith. He started quickly when Coker asked him what he did for a living. “I have a charitable organization. I’m a minister. I’m a presidential candidate. I’m a truck driver,” Roden said. “I guess I’m a Jack-of-all-trades.” He insisted he had a right to be at the 77 acres near Elk that he calls Rodenville and the Branch Davidians call Mount Carmel Center on Nov. 3, 1987, the day of a shootout between himself and eight Branch Davidians. [...] Later, Coker asked Roden if he tried to resurrect the body of Anna Hughes. “I attempted three times, yes,” Roden said. [...] Howell testified in the afternoon. He said Roden shot at him several times as he was running for cover near the house of Don Williams, who was staying with Roden. [...] Under intense questioning by Shabazz, Howell said he fired several shots at a tree Roden was hiding behind. Kneeling with the assault rifle he had fired, Howell reenacted his actions. “I went pow, pow, pow,” Howell said, his voice rising. “I saw George go like that (shaking his hand).” Howell said he was not trying to shoot Roden, who suffered a hand wound."
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "Jury at deadlock in Roden shootout", 1988/04/23
    • Legality of control
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "8 arrested in connection with Rodenville shooting", 1987/11/04: "Roden, Jones said, lived on the property illegally in violation of a court order from 19th State District Court Judge Bill Logue. "Perry Jones came to see me a couple of weeks ago and that was the first time I had seen him in a couple of years ... I visited with Jones and an attorney briefly and we mostly reminisced" Logue said Tuesday night. "This law suit over the ownership of that land started in 1966, 21 years ago ... A couple of years ago, I held that only a portion of the land was exempt," Logue said. "Other than that," Logue said, "I put George under a restraining order years ago when he was after his mother." At the time, Lois Roden, George Roden's mother, was being represented by Lyndon Olson, he added." - did Judge Logue discuss the restraining order with Jones, and if so, why didn't Koresh's group subsequently undertake a specific effort to get the order enforced?
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "Lawman: group tried to deceive — Defendants allegedly manipulated officers", 1988/04/14: "Testimony ended with both sides arguing whether Roden had the right to be on the 77 acres on the day of the shootout. Coker successfully offered into evidence the 1979 injunction by Judge Bill Logue of the 19th District Court ordering Roden not to set foot on the land."
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "Prosecutors don’t call Roden to testify", 1988/04/16: "Howell and his followers reclaimed the land after Roden was jailed, on the strength of a 1979 injunction by Judge Bill Logue of the 19th State District Court ordering Roden not to set foot on the land. The suit was filed by Lois Roden. Clive Doyle, a printer for the religious group, said Roden sought to lead the Branch Davidians after his father’s death. His mother took over instead."
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "Casket may be evidence: Roden could be called to testify", 1988/04/19: "Martin told Coker that attorneys Lyndon Olson and Herbert Bristow had refused to help them enforce a 1979 injunction barring Roden from selling or holding possession of the land. The attorneys refused, Martin said, because they were afraid Roden would sue them." - is this testimony truthful? It feels somewhat strange that they gave up after asking just two attorneys, and didn't ask law enforcement to enforce the injunction either. Plus, how likely is it that a lawyer as prominent as Olson (the Chairman of the Texas State Board of Insurance at the time, who later worked for Citigroup while also becoming the Ambassador to Sweden during the last 4 years of the Clinton Administration) would be afraid of Roden?
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "Roden enters court; corpse remains outside", 1988/04/21: "Although a 1979 court order issued by State District Judge Bill Logue bars Roden from “holding possession” of any Branch Davidian property, Roden argued that the injunction did not say he couldn’t be on the land."
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "Jury at deadlock in Roden shootout", 1988/04/23: "Roden claimed the property in 1984 and drove most of the Branch Davidians off. When Roden was given a six-month recently for writing legal motions threatening to have God inflict herpes and acquired immune deficiency syndrome on judges, the Branch Davidians reclaimed the property, changing its name from Rodenville to Mount Carmel Center, its original name. A 1979 injunction filed by State District Judge Bill Logue ordered Roden not to sell the property or take possession of it."
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "Roden faces chance for more jail at contempt of court hearing", 1988/09/16: "Waco attorney Gary Coker will seek to prove in McLennan County’s 19th District Court that Roden violated a 1979 court order forbidding him from staying on 77 acres near Elk, now known as New Mount Carmel Center. Coker is representing members of the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventists — who are led by Vernon Howell, a minister/musician who members say is their prophet. Members of the group say Roden ran them off the disputed property at gunpoint. They reclaimed it after U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith of Waco sentenced Roden to six months in jail on March 22 for filing legal motions that threatened to have God sic herpes and acquired immune deficiency syndrome on judges. [...] The Branch Davidians argue that Lois Roden, who died in 1987, left the property near Axtell to her church, not her son. [...] Roden’s hearing comes five days before he’s scheduled to be released from the McLennan County Jail. Coker said the Branch Davidians fear for their safety and believe another jail sentence is needed to teach Roden a lesson. “The members want to teach him that he can’t point guns at people. They want to teach him that you can’t violate a restraining order and nothing happens to you. That’s what has happened in the past though.”"
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "District judge throws out Roden’s leadership lawsuit", 1989/01/28: "A Waco judge on Friday threw out a civil lawsuit filed by George Roden against members of the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventists in a dispute over the leadership of the group and ownership of a religious encampment near Elk. [...] Martin said the suit filed by Roden was similar to a suit resolved in 1979, when 19th State District Judge Bill Logue placed Roden under an order not to refer to himself as the leader of the religious organization or to live on the land. Roden was released from McLennan County Jail at the end of December, after serving two consecutive contempt of court sentences. In March, U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith Jr. jailed Roden for six month for filing expletive-filled legal motions. In September, visiting Judge Byron McClellan sentenced Roden to 90 days in jail after finding that he violated Logue’s 1979 orders by living on the disputed property, once called Rodenville and now known as the New Mount Carmel Center."
    • Meth labs on the property
      • p.23-25 of FBI negotiation tape #182 (3/28/93 from 3:14 P.M. - 3:55 P.M.): "DAVID: Right. Donnie Joe Harvey. Donnie Joe Harvey. And Roy Boy Wells. And they were out here making methamphetamines. And the reason why the Sheriff's Department wasn't coming out here is because they knew it.

        And after the trial, you know, Vic Fisell's got his day before the Lord too. But Vic Fisell was getting a lot of payoffs from a lot of labs and stuff all around this county. And that's why they weren't coming out here and busting up on these people because they were in the process of doing all this drug stuff.

        GEORGE: Um-hum.

        DAVID: And then Vic Fisell had gotten nailed at one time over some coke, some cocaine. And I'm sure you heard about all that, didn't you?

        GEORGE: No. No.

        DAVID: Yeah.

        GEORGE: That's, that's a long time ago.

        DAVID: Yeah, well, like I say, you know. He, he got that what $58 million or something like that. And he's down in Austin now living like a king I guess. I don't know.

        But of all the people after that trial that came up to me that told us the reason why we got the raw deal on all that, because they had been coming out here, some of these people, and knew of people that was; you know, buying this crap. You know. And they knew that Fisell had had dealings going with other people to where he was leaving them alone and stuff and letting them manufacture. And of course there was payoffs involved.

        GEORGE: Um-hum.

        DAVID: So you know, you know, Sheriff Harwell (phonetic sp.) and all those guys I love them, you know. Like I told them before, not all of them are bad. But some of them, they know what they're doing. And you know if they, if they had, if they had come out here and, and then served the warrant and stuff like that it --

        GEORGE: Might have been different.

        DAVID: -- it would have been totally different."
  • Backgrounds of prominent Koresh followers
    • Clive Doyle
    • Perry Jones
      • Washington Post, "THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE WACO 'MESSIAH'", 1993/05/09: "During this period, Howell developed a close relationship with Perry Jones, who ultimately gave Howell permission to marry his 14-year-old daughter, Rachel, Howell's first and only legal wife. A lifelong member of the Branch Davidians, Jones was convinced that the federal government posed an oppressive danger to devout Christians."
    • Steve Schneider
    • Paul Gordon Fatta
      • New York Times, "A Believer Says Cult in Texas Is Peaceful, Despite Shootout", 1993/03/06: "If he had not happened to be selling guns at a flea market in Austin on Sunday, Paul G. Fatta, a member of the Branch Davidian sect, said he might well have been behind a window at the sect's compound, exchanging gunfire with Federal agents who stormed the compound that morning in a mission that went awry and left four agents and at least three sect members dead. [...] He was born in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 1958, to Irma and Gordon Fatta, a career sergeant in the Air Force who, after retiring, moved to Hawaii with his family and in 1976 started a small bus company. By then, Paul Fatta, reared a Roman Catholic, had taken an interest in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. [...] After graduating from a Catholic high school, Mr. Fatta worked for his father's bus company. In 1978, a girlfriend gave birth to his son, Kalani, who has spent the last four years with the Branch Davidians. In 1987, Mr. Fatta said, Mr. Koresh came to Honolulu and persuaded Mr. Fatta and about 15 others to join his sect, which originally was a faction of the Seventh-Day Adventists. "I believe David is the Messiah," Mr. Fatta said. [...] Mr. Fatta said the men lived apart from the women and children, but he declined to provide an explanation for Mr. Koresh's polygamy. He alluded to jealousies, however, and said that members viewed the sect's sexual arrangements as a biblical trial. He compared Mr. Koresh, who has sexual relations with about 19 women he calls his wives, to the prophets whose lives were sometimes at odds with their teachings. "Do not judge a person by his actions, but by the message that he has," Mr. Fatta said. [...] Mr. Fatta also said that he had provided the sect with about $50,000 worth of professional music equipment and vehicles, and that some of the elderly members hand over their Social Security payments."
      • p.5 of FBI negotiation tape #182 (3/28/93 from 3:14 P.M. - 3:55 P.M.) - has Koresh describe Fatta as "the millionaire"
    • David Thibodeau
      • Waco Tribune-Herald, "Cultists in custody wonder why 1 allowed to walk free", 1993/05/30: "David Thibodeau, since fleeing a burning Mount Carmel has appeared on “A Current Affair,” sued the National Enquirer and stayed with family members in Maine. [...] Rumors had circulated that Thibodeau was released after operating with authorities. But his attorney Gary Richardson of Tulsa, denied that Thibodeau had made any deals."
      • Carol A. Valentine, "Waco Survivor Stories: True of False?", 1999 (updated 2020/04/01): "The September 9, 1999 edition of Salon magazine carried a story written by Branch Davidian David Thibodeau, whom (we are told) survived the April 19, 1993 inferno at the Mt. Carmel Center in Waco. Among other things, David T. discusses that fateful day. As of 2018, Salon has a page with a link to Thibodeau's book, A Place Called Waco: A Survivor's Story.

        Can we rely on David Thibodeau's account of the events of April 19, 1993? Please read the following and come to your own conclusions.

        I see two major problems with Mr. Thibodeau's account(s): (a) important elements in his accounts keep changing, and (b) none of the accounts are credible."
      • 1999/09/17 email from George Zimmerlee: "More lies from David T.

        At one of the yearly April 19 gatherings, I believe the third, I asked David T. about the amateur radio station at Mount Carmel Center that was jammed by the FBI. David claimed that there was no station. Yet the FBI claims there was a station, also the FCC, Wayne Martin described an antenna that he used at the station and that he could make contact with the whole world through that station. Any critical pieces of evidence are downplayed by David T."
  • Mass murder of Davidians

DC Sniper case

Parkland shooting

  • Security monitor Andrew Medina
    • WPLG, "MSD security monitor previously accused of sexually harassing students", 2018/06/14
      • "The SunSentinel reported Thursday that Andrew Medina, 39, was suspended for three days after an investigation corroborated allegations by two female students.

        Records obtained by the paper stated that Medina asked one student out and made a lewd comment to another in February 2017, a year before the attack that left 17 dead. The students' ages were not released.

        However, Andrew Pollack told The Associated Press that his daughter, Meadow, was one of the students harassed by Medina.

        Meadow was killed in the Valentine's Day shooting."
      • "A disciplinary panel recommended in October that Medina be fired, but the district instead suspended him."
      • "Medina told authorities that he spotted shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz entering the campus on Feb. 14 and recognized him as a potentially dangerous former student, but didn't stop him."
  • FBI mishandling of tips
    • New York Times, "F.B.I. Was Warned of Florida Suspect’s Desire to Kill but Did Not Act", 2018/02/16
      • "The tipster, who called an F.B.I. hotline on Jan. 5, told the bureau that Mr. Cruz had a “desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts,” the F.B.I. said.

        The information should have been assessed and forwarded to the Miami F.B.I. field office, the bureau said. But that never happened. On Wednesday, Mr. Cruz, 19, killed 17 students and teachers at his former high school in Parkland, Fla., law enforcement officials said."
      • "The tip about Mr. Cruz appeared to be the second in four months, after another person told the bureau about online comments from Mr. Cruz that he wanted to become “a professional school shooter.”"
      • "The F.B.I. was not the only law enforcement agency to be warned about Mr. Cruz. Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County said Friday that his office had received about 20 calls regarding the suspected school gunman over the past few years.

        Sheriff Israel said on Friday that his office was still reviewing what it knew about Mr. Cruz before the shooting."
    • Miami Herald, "FBI apologizes, says it failed to probe tip on school shooter Nikolas Cruz", 2018/02/16
    • New York Times, "Tipster’s Warning to F.B.I. on Florida Shooting Suspect: ‘I Know He’s Going to Explode’", 2018/02/23
      • "The warnings that law enforcement officials received about Nikolas Cruz were anything but subtle.

        “I know he’s going to explode,” a woman who knew Mr. Cruz said on the F.B.I.’s tip line on Jan. 5. Her big worry was that he might resort to slipping “into a school and just shooting the place up.” Forty days later, Mr. Cruz is accused of doing just that, barging into his former high school in Parkland, Fla., and shooting 17 people to death."
      • "The authorities have acknowledged mishandling numerous warning signs that Mr. Cruz was deeply troubled. There were tips to the F.B.I. about disturbing social media posts. There were visits by social services to his home. There were dozens of calls to 911 and the local authorities, some mentioning fears that he was capable of violence."
      • "More than once, Mr. Cruz was identified by those around him as someone capable of carrying out a school shooting.

        On Nov. 30, two and a half months before the Parkland massacre, an unidentified caller from Massachusetts told the Broward County Sheriff’s Office that Mr. Cruz was collecting guns and knives and that “he could be a school shooter in the making.”

        Two years before, the office reported receiving “thirdhand information” from the son of one of Mr. Cruz’s neighbors that he “planned to shoot up the school on Instagram.”"
      • "Over the course of the January call, which lasted more than 13 minutes, the tipster warned the F.B.I. that Mr. Cruz had been adrift since his mother’s death in November. She said that Mr. Cruz had “the mental capacity of a 12 to a 14 year old.” The tipster provided four Instagram accounts for Mr. Cruz, which she said showed photos of sliced up animals and the firearms he had amassed. The caller, whose name was redacted on the transcript, said Mr. Cruz had used money from his mother’s account after her death to purchase the weapons."
      • "Before calling the F.B.I., the woman telephoned Broward sheriff’s deputies in Parkland, worried that Mr. Cruz might kill himself. But she did not hear back from them and became increasingly alarmed after she said Mr. Cruz posted online that “he wants to kill people.”"
    • Sun Sentinel, "How the FBI botched tips about the Parkland school shooter", 2018/08/29
      • "Less than three months later, on Jan. 5, a longtime friend of the Cruz family became so concerned about Cruz’s posts on Instagram that she phoned the FBI call center.

        For more than 13 minutes, the woman provided detailed information about Cruz’s online postings, in which he said he planned to harm himself and others. She said he had made comments about the Islamic State terrorist group; had bought multiple guns; had mutilated small animals; had the mental capacity of a 12- to 14-year-old; and was going to explode. She had contacted local police, she said.


        After hanging up, the call-taker ran Cruz’s name through several FBI databases and found he had no criminal record.

        She also found the prior tip, submitted by the Mississippi man a couple of months earlier, which investigators had closed out.

        That’s where the information gets muddled."
      • "When questioned after the Parkland shootings, the call-taker told investigators that she had presented the relevant information to her supervisor. Based on what she told him, the agent told her to close the file as having “no lead value.” The tip was never forwarded to the FBI field office in Miramar for investigation."
  • Background of Nikolas Cruz
    • Associated Press, "Shooting suspect was on school rifle team that got NRA grant", 2018/02/16
      • "Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing a maroon shirt with the logo from the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when he was arrested Wednesday shortly after the shooting. Former JROTC cadets told The Associated Press that Cruz was a member of the small varsity marksmanship team that trained together after class and traveled to other area schools to compete."
      • "Kyle Ramos, who was the executive officer of the JROTC battalion, said Cruz spoke about guns and knives incessantly and liked to wear military-style clothing to school. He also bragged about shooting animals for fun.

        “He told me he would attack little animals with pellet guns and stuff, and I was a little weirded out by that,” said Ramos, now 20. “Like squirrels and lizards and stuff.”"
      • "Cruz talked of wanting to join the Army after graduation and become an elite special forces soldier, a dream potentially derailed by his expulsion."
    • Sun Sentinel, "A mass murderer’s digital trail: Nikolas Cruz dropped crumbs all across the worldwide web", 2018/10/26
      • "A male student who knew Cruz from JROTC told police that Cruz “constantly changed Instagram profiles.”

        In one, he held a black semi-automatic firearm with an orange tip, with his face partially covered. In another, Cruz was armed with knives and wore a bandanna around his mouth.

        Cruz’s brother, who identified him in surveillance video as the shooter, told authorities Nikolas also used the Instagram account nikolascruzmakarov, showing numerous pictures of assault rifles and ammunition. On that account, he discussed buying and firing assault rifles. The user name was a gun reference: a Makarov is a Russian semi-automatic pistol."
      • "Cruz had at least nine gmail addresses including crazynikolas6979 and antifakiller69, search warrants show."

Entertainment figures

  • Courtney Love
    • Father Hank Harrison
      • San Francisco Chronicle, "Courtney and Dad -- No Love Lost / He downplays estrangement, she won't see him", 1995/05/11: "Courtney Michelle Harrison was born in 1964, the beginning of a tumultuous time that threatened even the most serene nuclear families. Her mother is Linda Carroll, a five-times-married Corvallis, Ore., therapist who guided '60s radical fugitive Katherine Ann Powers into surrendering to authorities in 1993. [...] Hank Harrison was a self-described beatnik who lived in Palo Alto with a musician roommate named Phil Lesh. For a couple of weeks at least, he was the manager of Lesh's band, the Warlocks, which soon became the Grateful Dead. [...] By the time Love's mother filed a legal objection to all visitations by Harrison in August 1971, she had remarried and was living in Eugene, Ore. According to divorce papers filed in San Francisco Superior Court, Carroll claimed her ex- husband had threatened to abduct the infant Courtney and take her to another country. The court granted only limited visits to Harrison, restricting them to Carroll's residence and insisting on the presence of a third party. [...] "We didn't get along," said Harrison. "During the time she was estranged from me, her mother had completely programmed her. She told her I gave her LSD. She told her I was dead." But Love still believes the LSD story. "He was alleged in court -- I don't know if it actually happened -- to have given me acid," she said, "and gone around boasting about it, like some biological experiment." [...] He said they lived together there for seven months and got along fine. His daughter said the visit lasted barely longer than a couple of days. "He beat me up so badly I had to call the cops," she said. She spent Christmas in London and, within a couple of months, was living in Liverpool."
      • Grateful Dead background
        • From p.179 of Mind Control, World Control by Jim Keith (1997) (copy of chapter here): "The sound track for the '60s is of course provided by the Grateful Dead LSD and rock and roll organization. Until the death of leader Jerry Garcia, the Dead were arguably the most influential "cult" in operation. The first member of the Grateful Dead to take LSD, Robert Hunter, did so under the auspices of a "government sponsored" Stanford University drug study. An FBI internal memo from 1968 also mentions the employment of Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead as an avenue “to channel youth dissent and rebellion into more benign and non-threatening directions." It is obvious that with their "laid-back," non-politically involved stance, that the Grateful Dead have performed a vital service in distracting many young persons into drugs and mysticism, rather than politics. Whether they knew they were performing the service is a matter of argument. [11]"
      • From p.188-189 of Sexual Trauma: A Challenge Not Insanity by Dr. K. Elan Jung (2010): "Courtney Love was born Courtney Harrison in 1964 in San Francisco, California, and grew up in the Bay area during the peak of the hippie era. Her parents were educated middle class professionals: her mother, Linda, a psychologist and her father Hank Harrison a publisher. Both were drawn into the Bay Area's hippie scene and Courtney's parents split when she a baby. At a child custody hearing following their divorce, her mother alleged Courtney's father gave her LSD when she was four years old, although he denies this. Linda was granted custody when the divorce was finalized when Courtney was five."
      • Robert Duncan O'Finioan, "Smells Like MK ULTRA", 2012/01/26: "If you read the comments to the blog, you may have come across the excellent and insightful writing of Sierra Peterson. Sierra has had her own experiences and has dealt with many who have been involved in MK ULTRA-like projects, Satanic Ritual Abuse, and other similar projects and programs. She gives an excellent distillation of mind control as a whole as well as recounts countless others testimonies in her blog, Watching the Watchers.

        Part of her comment reads thusly, as she recounts meeting Jack Sarfatti, who offered her a job with the CIA, incidentally:

        One of the people he [Jack Sarfatti] mentioned hooking me up with was Hank Harrison, Courtney Love’s father who has been accused of domestic violence by every single member of his family. Jack told me that Harrison is an “expert in mind control” (direct quote).

        First things first: Who is Jack Sarfatti?

        From Wikipedia, we have this: The Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency set up a program called ESPionage, financing experiments into telepathy and remote viewing to the tune of tens of millions each year. The research was conducted by the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), where Sarfatti and the Fundamental Fysiks Group became what Kaiser calls its “house theorists.”"
        • From Destiny Matrix by Jack Sarfatti (2002, 2012): "Around this time, in the early 1950s, I was part of an after-school group of gifted kids [39] (including Johnny Glogower [40] who worked with me and Lenny Susskind [41] at Cornell later on) conducted by the late Walter Breen. Breen was a graduate student at Columbia and well-known numismatist associated with psychologist William Sheldon. [42] Breen had a connection with the nuclear weapons laboratory, Sandia Corporation, [43] because two men visited us from Sandia who lectured us on "patriotism" and "anti-communism" when they took us to dinner in New York's German Town (86th Street). Breen was closely connected with people in Ayn Rand's circle. [44] However, I met Breen after the strange phone calls. [...] Walter Breen arranged a full scholarship for me to go to Cornell at age 17 by writing an extensive psychological profile in which he predicted I would make revolutionary discoveries in the foundations of physics. My professors at Cornell like Hans Bethe, Robert Wilson, and Phil Morrison et-al were all major figures in the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos near where Sandia is located. I have just learned that Breen recently died in prison convicted of child molestation. Breen or any of the other adults that I met in his apartment definitely never molested me and I never heard any suggestions of that by the other kids."
        • Email correspondence in 2005 between Jack Sarfatti and Hank Harrison (Rigorous Intuition copy)
        • Email correspondence in 2006 between Jack Sarfatti and the couple of Mary-Minn Sirag and Saul-Paul (Meghan Jacinto, "Turning Point": "Mary-Minn Sirag is an artist living in Eugene, Oregon who has a fondness for painting skies and atmospheres. [...] Sirag’s husband, Saul-Paul, also recalls the moment when she came home crying with joy after sharing her experience at the retreat"): "Jack, In 1976, you and I visited Walter Breen at Marion Zimmer Bradley's house on Deakin Street in Berkeley. She gave us each a copy of her latest novel, *The Heritage of Hastor* (published 1975). This was a few months after the month-long workshop we did at Esalen (January 1976). You had Walter Breen come down to Big Sur for a few days. He brought along recorded music to play and demonstrate the psychological effects of different pieces of music."
        • Transcript of a 2010 interview of Jack Sarfatti by Alan Waite: "Probably prior because as I said I was part of a group of super kids, these genius kids that were being studied at the Columbia University Laboratory of William Sheldon, and one of his assistants, a Walter Breen, (we’re talking like 1953). [...] There was a bunch of them, a guy named Robert Solovay, who became a famous mathematician at Berkeley. And even Alan Greenspan [...] Greenspan is older than I am, but Greenspan became part of this group. It was all also connected somehow with Ayn Rand. Somehow Ayn Rand had something to do with it. It was also connected to the government. It had something to do with what later became Sandia Labs in New Mexico. In fact we used to have these guys come up (they looked like FBI guys), and this was the McCarthy era, to get pep talks about being patriotic and anti-communist and all that kind of stuff. [...] It’s about this government program back in the Fifties with these whiz kids, and apparently there was a similar program at Berkeley – there’s a friend of mine named Hank Harrison who was a part of it, who’s the father of Courtney Love, actually Courtney Love’s dad. [...] Greenspan was part of this experiment. Or so I’m told. I never met Greenspan at the time. He would have been four or five years older."
        • Walter Breen background
      • Website of Hank Harrison (homepage, index page)
        • "“Harrison was no hippy drug addict pothead burnout. He always looked clean. In fact he was a trained shrink. The first time I saw him he was wearing a searsucker suit and a bow tie and was carrying an attaché case. I could venture a guess that Harrison was a CIA operative or a Saul Alinsky graduate in charge of organizing bands like the Grateful Dead.” - David Crosby"
        • "Hank is featured in the controversial documentary film: Kurt & Courtney, by British filmmaker Nick Broomfield and in the well-known educational documentary LSD: 25. Both films were released on Video and DVD and shown on Showtime, HBO and over the BBC channels. Likewise he was featured in books such as Who Killed Kurt Cobain (1997) by Max Wallace and Queen of Noise (1996) by Melissa Rossi. In the early years of his career (1965-1976) he was mentioned in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe and was featured in Time, Life, Newsweek and the New York Times for his pioneering work with Drug Abuse intervention programs."
        • "Between 1965 and 1968 Harrison was the founder and coordinator of the LSD-Rescue project, a pioneering effort to adapt crisis intervention techniques to drug and suicide counseling. In that capacity he was the first counselor to "officially" rescue anyone from a bad LSD experience on the telephone. In essence Harrison invented LSD crisis rescue. Many of his pioneering techniques are still in use today."
    • Working as a prostitute in Asia
      • Metro USA, "Courtney Love is in the mood to share...and she does", 2010/03/12: "Over the course of our conversation, which included countless stream-of-consciousness detours, unexpected tangents, name-drops and revelations, I learned the following: • After a stint as a stripper in Japan in the early ’80s, Courtney had designs on being a record producer."
      • From p.??? of Drugs as Weapons Against Us by John L. Potash (2015): "Another claim about Courtney appeared in a biography, Courtney Love: The Real Story, by Poppy Z. Brite. At sixteen years of age Courtney apparently worked for organized crime in Japan as a stripper in what Courtney called “the white slave trade,” implying it included prostitution. Hank Harrison said Courtney had found out how to become legally emancipated that year. Harrison said Courtney was beyond his control, and that he saw her start prostituting with a San Francisco madam he knew, who became a longtime advisor to Courtney. Harrison claims she introduced Courtney to high-paying clients such as Hewlett Packard scion David Packard (also a former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense). Harrison said Courtney went overseas with the Japanese Mafia both before and after meeting the madam. Courtney biographer Melissa Rossi also said Courtney reported prostituting in Taiwan as a teen."
    • Possible murder of Kurt Cobain
    • Connection to Jeffrey Epstein - her name appears circled in Epstein's little black book
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