Friday, September 23, 2016

Uncle Sam's Secret Sorcerers VI: Exorcised

The Exorcist
is suddenly everywhere these days- there's now a theme-park attraction and FOX TV series based on the film. The Exorcist's new star expressed her hopes for new show on NBC's Today:

Geena Davis on ‘Exorcist’ TV series reboot: We want it to be as ‘life-scarring’ as original 
Geena Davis, who stars in the new television series reboot of the classic horror film “The Exorcist,” tells TODAY that the original movie was “life-scarring, and we’re trying to do that to a new generation.” She says she doesn’t have trouble sleeping after working on the show because “we’re just trying to make it so YOU can’t sleep.” 

What an interesting choice of words. What exactly does that mean? What exactly do the producers intend to achieve here?

"Life-scarring", she says. A slip of the tongue? Hyperbole? Or a mission statement? 

The trailer isn't giving much away. It looks like more Hollywood folk-demonology with a heavy dose of telegenic Catholic ritualism. But that's been a proven audience-repellent in the past. What exactly do they hope to achieve this time?

"Life-scarring." Huh.

Do I need to remind you that Geena Davis played a mind-controlled CIA assassin involved in a false-flag terror operation in The Long Kiss Goodnight?

Probably not.

The Exorcist joins Lucifer, FOX's buddy-cop mangling of the Vertigo Comics series (yes, I said buddy-cop), based in Neil Gaiman's Endless Universe, as an apparent anchor for a newly Satan-centric fall lineup.

Lucifer is based in Neil Gaiman's Endless Universe, unlike his Books of Magic series, which Harry Potter bears absolutely no resemblance to at all, so don't bring it up again.* 

Based on the video taken there I can't exactly say the Exorcist maze is 'life-scarring', but the movie doesn't seem so traumatizing in the cold light of day either. Which brings us to our next update...

In the previous installment we looked at the Exorcist phenomenon, and the extraordinary reactions to the film during its initial theatrical release. This is no small thing- it was a major news story at the time and papers and reports have since been written studying the film and its effects.

What many academics may overlook is William Peter Blatty's work as a Psychological Warfare expert for the military, and his subsequent work as a propagandist for the USIA.

Remember that the film was released during a very troubled time; the US was losing the war in Southeast Asia (which had spread to Cambodia and Laos), wars between Israel and its neighbors triggered an oil price war that caused major gasoline shortages in the US, the country was on the verge of a constitutional crisis as a result of the Watergate scandal and the peace and love vibes of the Sixties had darkened considerably as the drugs got cheaper and nastier.

Many planners in the Pentagon felt the question of a hot war with Russia or China was a question of when, not if. 

Given the fact that far worse human experimentation took place in far more placid times, it's not hard to conceive of a blockbuster film being used to roadtest some of the latest silent weapons for quiet wars. 

The range of effects that The Exorcist seemed to produce in its initial run sound very much like the result of sonic weaponry, in this case the use of infrasound.

From an article entitled 'The psychoacoustic effect of infrasonic, sonic and ultrasonic frequencies within non-lethal military warfare techniques':

The term ‘infrasound’ defines itself as the inaudible frequency range below the human bandwidth of around 20Hz...Beyond the use of infrasound detection, this frequency range, of which is inaudible to us, has been researched throughout the decades to investigate it’s effects on the human body. One of which is it’s application to military usage.

Throughout the 20th and 21st century, there has been a vast amount of research collected and interest gained in the use of non-lethal weapons (NLW), which are intended to immobilise or impair targets without causing permanent or severe damage to the human body.
As technologies have developed, it’s apparent that military bodies within the world seek to create weapons resulting in “war’s without death” (Scott & Monitor, 2010). 
And the effects of these weapons seem to sync up quite nicely with the symptoms many viewers of The Exorcist complained of during its first release:
Exposure to levels above 80db between 0.5Hz and 10Hz causing these possible vibrational movements within the ear’s functions, are said to cause psychological changes such as fear, sorrow, depression, anxiety, nausea, chest pressure and hallucinations (ECRIP, 2008). 
It is the result of this effect in the middle ear, that (Goodman, 2010 p. 18) cites as being discovered by military personnel during World War 1 and World War 2.
When dealing with topics like MKULTRA and MKOFTEN it truly is a question of the Blind Men and the Elephant, seeing that so much of the original documentation was destroyed.

But given the fact that The Exorcist was released in 1973, we have a smoking gun on the field testing of psychoacoustic weapons- and their intended emotional and psychological effects- that very same year. 

The effect of emotional and psychological change as a result of infrasonic exposure can later be found during the second Indochina war. In 1973, The United States deployed the Urban Funk Campaign, a psychoacoustic attack during the war with the intention of altering mental states of their enemies (Goodman, 2010). 
The device utilised both infrasonic and ultrasonic frequencies, which emitted high decibel oscillations from a mounted helicopter onto the Vietnamese ground troops (Toffler, Alvin, & Toffler, 1995).  
Interesting "coincidence", don't you think?

It's interesting to note once again that William Peter Blatty's next major project would be The Ninth Configuration, a One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest-type character study set in a military hospital for patients suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. 

The studio would make its own Exorcist sequel in 1977, which would go down in cinematic history as one of the worst movies ever made, and certainly the worst sequel ever produced. 

Blatty would write a sequel to The Exorcist titled Legion, which he intended to make into a film with William Friedkin. However, the two fell out over creative differences and Blatty would direct the film, retitled The Exorcist III, himself.

An exorcism scene would be tacked onto the last act of the film at the studio's insistence. The movie wasn't a hit, but would become a cult classic on video.

And strangely enough, Legion/Exorcist III would bring us straight back into the netherworld of MKOFTEN. Allegedly.

In this case, we'd revisit the media sensation around the Zodiac Killer:

In the film Police Lieutenant Kinderman (George C. Scott) has been haunted by the death of his friend Father Damien Karras. Now, on the 15th anniversary of the exorcism that claimed the priest’s life, Kinderman’s world is once again shattered when a boy is found decapitated and savagely crucified.  
It’s just the beginning of a nightmare series of bizarre religious murders which bear the hallmarks of the infamous Gemini Killer… who died in the electric chair fifteen years ago. 
In discussing the Zodiac case, I floated the suggestion that perhaps there wasn't a Zodiac Killer, but a team of killers, given that there are so many dedicated researchers convinced that different suspects were each the Zodiac.

In his sequel, Blatty seems to pick up that particular ball and run with it.

Telling tales out of school?

 In LEGION, which picks up 12 years after the events of THE EXORCIST, Kinderman is back. He’s investigating a series of killings that parallel those of the long dead “Gemini” killer who terrorized San Francisco years earlier. 
The only thing is, the recent killings appear to have been committed by several different people, even though the murders all bear remarkably similar markings and patterns…almost as if the perpetrators were demonically possessed by the spirit of the Gemini killer. 
This all leads Kinderman to a mental patient locked up in a secluded wing of a local institution, and a supernatural confrontation twelve years in the making. 
Institutions again. Blatty wrote about them quite a bit. Did he have a lot of experience in them? I've always gotten an MKULTRA vibe out of Ninth Configuration, with its hallucinations and alternate realities, so I can't help but wonder what kind of work Blatty actualy did in the Psychological Warfare unit.

As Legion story goes on, we segue from the Zodiac to the Son of Sam killings, exploring the concepts of demonic possession that David Berkowitz would claim were the animating force in the shootings:

 The Gemini's spiritual "master", who had possessed the girl Regan MacNeil, was furious at being pushed out of the child's body and is exacting its revenge by putting the soul of the Gemini Killer into the body of Father Karras. Each evening, the soul of the Gemini leaves the body of Karras and possesses the elderly people with senile dementia elsewhere in the hospital and uses them to commit the murders.  
Like Jack the Ripper, the Zodiac wasn't a particularly prodigious serial killer but made a major impression on the public through his/their expert manipulation of the news media, a trick that the Son of Sam would pick up on a few years later.

And claims that the Process Church- or at least a Process spinoff- were involved in the Son of Sam slayings would add a terrifying hint of conspiracy, that much worse was to come.

The Process would resurface in a strange fashion in the New York metropolitan area a few years after the Son of Sam killings, with the so-called Cropsey abductions (and in one case at least, abduction and murder), which would haunt the streets of Staten Island in 1980s. 

As with both the Zodiac and the Son of Sam, Andre Rand, the culprit arrested for the Cropsey crimes- and convicted for two of the abductions- liked to write cryptic letters (if you have a Netflix account, do watch the Cropsey documentary), even going so far as to write a collective valentine to the "mothers of Staten Island", filled with unsubtle intimations of early death:
Printed in a meticulous, draftsman-like hand on ruler-drawn lines, Rand, 67, wished a "Happy Mother's Day" to "all the ladies on Staten Island who supported 'prosecutorial vindictiveness' against an innocent person!" 
"Should I become a millionaire, it would be my true nature to grant all of you with each, an envelope full of seeds, to plant and cultivate a rosebush (shrub) that produces roses every season, as a token of my heartfelt forgiveness (year after year), rather than bouquets of rosebuds which blossoms and shortly dies-out," wrote the drifter and one-time handyman. 
"It is only a tiny 'rosebud' -- A flower of God's design; But I cannot unfold the petals with these clumsy hands of mine," Rand wrote. "The secret of unfolding flowers is not know to such as I -- The flower, only the "Spirit of God" opens, in my hands would fade and die.

I  get the strong impression that Rand is taunting his readers- particularly law enforcement -with these letters of his, which seem embedded with clues (the random Bible passages especially), perhaps as to where his victims are buried.

I especially get that vibe with the letters he sent to the makers of the Cropsey documentary, and generally get a heavy Zodiac vibe from the guy. 

In a strange twist, a local Catholic mystic would write to police claiming that a sect of the Process Church were involved in the abductions. There would be evidence of cult activity around the area but nothing would emerge publicly as to its connection to the crimes.

However, there would be some evidence emerged that the one victim that had been found may have been moved to her burial site from another location.

By sheer dint of coincidence, Process leader Robert De Grimston had moved to Staten Island in the early 80s and was living there during the Cropsey abductions. 

Staten Island. What a fascinating path that man has traveled.

And such bad luck to be in the midst of so much mischief and mayhem.

The Cropsey film is rife with hints of cultic involvement - particularly from law enforcement- but the producers never bother to follow up on them. They seem to be of that mindset that such things are not possible. Media conditioning is a powerful thing.

A particularly horrific hospital for the severely mentally-handicapped, euphemistically named Willowbrook State School, enters the story as well. In fact, it plays a very crucial part in the entire Cropsey drama.

The appallingly-inhuman abuse and neglect at Willowbrook would be exposed by a young and ambitious reporter named Geraldo Rivera. The outrage would lead to major reforms in the entire care system for the severely handicapped.

But not before patients at Willowbrook would be intentionally injected with the hepatitis virus during human experimentation trials in the 50s and 60s.

Not too long after the Cropsey abductions a new Zodiac Killer would emerge in New York:
As the notorious "Zodiac," Heriberto Seda, a ponytailed Bible quoting oddball, had to kill his victims because, "they were bad. They were evil people". 
He terrorized New York City with two crime sprees -- a short summer ordeal in 1990 and a prolonged one spanning from 1992 to 1993 -- that left three dead and five wounded. 
A consummate media whore, Heriberto picked his moniker from the elusive "Zodiac Killer" who stalked San Francisco between 1966 and 1974 and claimed to have killed more than 37 people. He also sent letters to the police boasting of a demented plot to slaughter people purposefully selected by their astrological sign, one for each of the dozen signs. At first, the police thought it was a hoax. 
On March 8, 1990, he proved them wrong. 
 Then began a reign of terror that lasted for several years, and Seda shot several more victims, selected by their astrological signs. Like the original Zodiac- and like Son of Sam- Seda taunted the press with cryptic letters:
It was not until a letter sent to The New York Post in August of 1994 that these attacks were linked to the "Zodiac" rampage of 1990. At first authorities were dubious that the letter was from the same attacker. However police concluded that it was not a hoax but were unsure if it was written by the same person or someone who knew of the assaults.
What a strange mixture, a killer who combined Biblical moralism and occult symbolism. Now where have I heard about that particular combination before?

Funny old thing, though- the Process moves from London to San Francisco- with stops in between such as New Orleans- and a couple years later a 'Zodiac Killer' pops up in the Bay Area. 

Fast forward a couple decades and DeGrimston moves to the outer boroughs of New York and lo and behold, another Zodiac Killer pops up there. I'll tell you, trouble followed that guy around like a lost dog.

Bonus factoid: the program launched to catch the new Zodiac was called "Operation Watchdog."

Sync Log Epilog: A couple days after I posted the piece on The Exorcist movie, news came that the Vatican's legendary exorcist Father Gabriel Amorth had passed away at the age of 91.  Amorth, who claimed to have had performed tens of thousands of exorcisms, was very much an old school kind of Catholic:
Modern and popular cultures are permeated with spiritualistic and possibly demonic influences, he proclaimed, pointing to the “Harry Potter" novels by J.K. Rowling. He criticized how in the novels the author falsely makes a distinction between black and white magic (bad and good magic), which “does not exist because magic is always a turn to the devil. By reading ‘Harry Potter,’ a young child will be drawn into magic and from there it is a simple step to Satanism and the Devil,” he said.   
(Amorth) also indicated yoga as a step to Satanism. He reasoned that because it leads to the practice of Hinduism, “and all eastern religions are based on the false belief in reincarnation,” then “practicing yoga is satanic; it leads to evil just like reading ‘Harry Potter.’”

NEXT: Stranger Things and the Johnny Gosch Enigma. Real Eighties Horror.

And don't ask about a settlement because no such thing exists. And if it did it was quite sizable, thank you very much. It's entirely coincidental that Lucifer scribe Mike Carey turned around and created The Unwritten, an unapologetic Harry Potter analog-slash-parody.


  1. Chris,

    On reading of the Infrasound experiment I immediately thought of the average theatre of the time - both the nicer, more modern first-run houses and the local former vaudeville palaces every town had - and I wondered at the ability of the audio equipment, widely varying in quality and maintenance, to properly emit the range of sound required.

    Then, I remembered Sensurround.

    For those not around at the time, Sensurround was a feature/gimmick introduced in 1974 to induce a "you are there" audio effect via low-frequency sound. It was only employed in several disaster and action movies, the last being in 1978. Even so, its early promise encouraged many large theatres to upgrade their audio setups to include sub-woofer speakers, better able to emit audio in the infrasound range.

    The Exorcist was released on December 26, 1973, meaning the length of its run was really in 1974. Sensurround was introduced in the film Earthquake in November, 1974. Too late? Nope. Remember, this was before Netflix and home video, and The Exorcist would not soon be shown on TV (was it ever?) That means a revival run, shoving it out into select theatres about a year later - right on time to take advantage of the recently-installed Sensurround systems. One wonders if someone wanted another crack at generating some data with a new batch of test subjects and a better lab setup.

  2. My guess is that it was the other way around- that Sensurround came about because of these experiments with low frequencies and their effects upon the audience. Meaning that the techniques that were developed during the Exorcist field tests were applied to this new technology. From human experimentation application to cheap entertainment- I mean, ain't that as American as apple pie?

  3. I saw the Exorcist in Jan/Feb 1974 in Boston(I was 22 at the time) shook me for sure and I had to get up from my seat to vomit...slept with the light on for months I know why.

    1. Yes, I think we do. It's an excellent piece of filmmaking but not trauma-inducing in and of itself. This was an op.

  4. A couple of things. Colonel Michael Aquino famed satanist Army officer was a psych warfare officer during the Vietnam war. I remember reading about him using recordings of cattle being slaughtered played and distorted through speakers flown from helicopters.
    Also, The Exorcist 3 played a role in Jeffrey Dahmer's fun and games too. One of his would be victims who escaped sat and watched the film with Dahmer and told how he would become possessed during parts of the film, then snap back,, start crying and seem remorseful.

    1. We'll be revisiting Col. Aquino in the next installment, when we look at the Johnny Gosch saga and the repercussions from it. And Dahmer seems to be one of the repercussions from all this activity in the 1970s.

    2. Let me know when you emerge from the 1970s into the millennium. I have plenty to say on horror genre, knowing prominent players in the industry. And of course I have plenty of insight on evil itself in the 21st century.

      For example, you are aware of the film Room 237, because you engage in that type of film analysis, and a friend of yours, Richard Hogland is discussed in one section.

      Well, there was a segment featuring a book called subliminal seduction that Kubrick allegedly used to make subliminal suggestions to the audience of The Shinning. I added the book the my amazon wishlist so I could experiment with film technique for my video production business. Well, this government spook fbi informant who has been cyberstalking me for a while, started posting subliminal music videos and "subliminal mindfu*k america" green day lyrics to.... terrorize or whatever. Real life horror, maaaan.

  5. Good.. and wising .. as always .. thumbs'up.

  6. The SI cult was more focused on the kidnapping and rape of children than the Yonkers group. One of the Carr brothers was known as a 'suffocator of young girls'. Andre Rand was a cellmate of Berkowitz for a time. Zodiac, Son of Sam, Cropsey and Zebra were all inspired by Process doctrine. Order out of chaos, killing in order to save lives. The 'logic' is the sooner the chaos takes place the sooner the NWO ushers in the time of peace. The coming race wars are the main goal, Helter Skelter is coming down fast.

    1. Yes, I'm not doing this series to take a trip down memory lane. I'm doing it because it seems the program has very much been reactivated, and on a wider scale than ever before. Yet it's not like before- we seem to take it all for granted these days.

  7. P.S. As far as the low freq. stuff, although it cannot be heard by the ear it can be felt by the body. Loud enough it can tear flesh. Remember, kidney stones are broken up by sound waves.

    1. It also depends how they're utilized and deployed. But given the overwhelmingly somatic reactions to this film in its first release it's pretty obvious that it wasn't just the bed-shakes and pea soup onscreen.

  8. This book contains a chapter on the research and effects of Infrasound:

    It also examines some other subjects you might wish to avoid, so caveat emptor.

    1. Thanks- I'll try to track down a preview version online.

  9. No claim of scientific precision here, but you can experience an approximation of malignant low-frequency effects as follows:

    When driving at a steady speed (say 50 -70mph), with all four windows closed, experiment with opening only one of the rear windows. Just a crack at first and gradually increasing the opening until the effect is felt. I've been told that this produces a frequency in the interior of the vehicle of approximately 7Hz.

    Very nasty if done successfully, and for me, intolerable for more than a few seconds. I strongly advise against testing this for a duration longer than that.

    1. My car will do that. Feels like something is pounding my ear drums.

      I don't remember the Exorcist having much effect on me because I thought it was silly. Think I just wanted to see Linda Blair's head spin, but I know it scared a few friends. I do remember not wanting to see any sequels, but The Omen had a more profound effect. I found it too dark and began to swear off horror movies after seeing it. I'll have to research the author and those involved in the production of the film. Maybe it was just the idea of an evil child.

    2. The Omen also has its own curse. There were all kinds of nasty accidents and mishaps during and after the making of that film. It freaked out the film's producers.

  10. This is excellent, lucid and intuitive work, my brother. Much truth in here, needed at a time when our axioms and truths are being twisted more than ever. Never doubt the incredible and positive effect this blog has had globally. The true angels, by any name, salute you, Chris. As do I.

    1. I appreciate that, Raj. This has been a tough series to work on. A lot of this material is surely familiar to a lot of readers but perhaps not in this context. When you take a couple steps back a larger shape begins to reveal itself and it's not something anyone really wants to look at.

  11. I have definitely experienced inexplicable and overwhelming emotional effects when seeing movies. I almost always notice it during the previews, rather than during the actual film. And the feeling is almost always associated with music. Are low frequency sounds used to elicit strong emotions to make us want to see other movies?

    The first time I recall this was when I saw the teaser trailer for the Lion King. No dialog, just the song and images from the film. By the time it was over I was crying. I rarely cry in films, much less at trailers, and when I did see the film, I had nothing close to that original response during the actual movie. I've had numerous similar experiences since then, and it always leaves me wondering what the hell just happened to me.

    1. Sure, cinema is a very powerful artform. But there's a difference between ordinary emotional reaction and the kinds of reactions we saw during the Exorcist's first run. But it begs the question as to what other films might be the vehicles for manipulations of the kinds we seem to have witnessed in the early 70s.

  12. Take this with a grain of salt because I'm working with memories over 30 years old, but...

    I recall an elementary school teacher talking about the Exorcist phenomenon. It was so big that a teacher would have a conversation with second graders about it! She said that the vomiting was caused by subliminal images of pigs. Once it was realized that the images were making people sick they were removed and the problem ended.

    If this memory is correct, this seems to fit with the scenario presented here. A weaponized film is released as an experiment, the results noted, then de-weaponized. There was so much publicity about it that public acknowledgement was necessary, although they are not completely up-front about what was actually removed.

    I haven't been able to find any record of an announcement though. I wonder if someone with better Google-Fu than me could dig something up?

  13. Maybe this is fringe paranoia, but one wonders in light of everything you've been saying, whenever there is some kind of public gathering in the name of entertainment, I wonder just how much behind the scenes experimentation or implementation of occulted technology is being projected onto the masses? It's really staggering to think how open we all are to this kind of manipulation. I keep thinking about the great movie, "They Live" where the subliminal attacks were going on all around us in advertising, drone-based sonic interference, and chem-trail spraying to keep us all in line and moving around our cages of freedom.

  14. The author Wilson Bryan Key wrote a number of books regarding subliminals back in the 1970's including a chapter on the "The Exorcist", I came across his books in the mid 1980's and they really opened my eyes. Like you've said Chris, just imagine what they've come up with since.

  15. In light of all this, its more than a little disturbing to see not just the reboot of The Exorcist, but the demonic possession theme becoming more prevalent in pop culture. It feels different from the whole zombie thing, its much darker.

    Any significance to the release date of the original Exorcist? Day after Xmas seems a very weird choice to debut a movie like this, as opposed to Halloween.

    " seems the program has very much been reactivated, and on a wider scale than ever before. Yet it's not like before- we seem to take it all for granted these days." THAT sent chills down my spine. & Yeah, I agree. Very much so. At the very least, the documented accounts of the origins of ISIS in those prison camps in Iraq just screams MK-ULTRA. Never mind the lone wolf types who go on killing sprees at schools & malls & movie theaters.

  16. I don't have anything to add to this, I went off scary films after watching Hell Raiser with some friends. I thought you'd like this though...

    1. An invisible ghost orb maybe.

    2. Chris I'm fairly sure I noticed some poltergeist activity last year amongst the political chaos here in the U.K. and else where. I'd just like to thank you for the work you have done here at The Sun, your insight has been of great value. Not a lot surprises me anymore.

  17. Chris, the synchronicity of this news article "Exorcists wanted: Demonic possessions causing an emergency, Catholic priests say " is most telling to your current series! "Experts from the Catholic Church in Italy and the US have said that exorcists are needed as never before, because more and more people are trying… Satanism."

    I highly recommend reading the entire article but I put this choice quote here, "“The number of people who take part in occult and satanic practices, which lead to serious physical, psychological and spiritual damages, is constantly rising,” he added. It’s young people who are particularly at risk, Cascioli also said, as they use the internet a lot. “It is dangerous to underestimate a phenomenon that is caused by the direct actions of the devil, but also by a decline in faith and values.”So, how do we cast the Devil out of our kids? Literally, Cascioli says. He is urging for colleges or a university to be set up specifically to educate exorcists."

  18. Hi Chris. Some interesting gold flakes appearing in your pan here. There are some Friedkin's MKULTRA-ish connections I dug up recently that might help, including a weird confirmatory Tweet from Friedkin himself:

  19. As I'm leaving work after reading this there's a cardboard box in the foyer labelled 'Help yourselves!'. It's full of old VHS. Guess what's on top? I picked it up and took it home for an authentic retro experience. :)

    There is certainly something very strange about the soundtrack... lots of messing around with dynamics and sounds that don't belong.

  20. Thanks for that, Jasun, I've read a lot about Exorcist over the years but didnt really have a smoking gun until I discovered that link with the infrasound testing, which ironically came about from research I was doing on another project.

    1. I dont know about that Rigorous Intuition board, though- I was on there a few years ago and happened to disagree with one of the moderators who was claiming the Catholic priest abuse scandals were all a hoax. Because of this I was locked out of the board and not allowed to re-register. And then members started making all these baseless claims about me, when in fact I was shadow-banned because I didn't fall in with this line that the priest scandals were all an op. I'm friends with Jeff and talked to him about it and he said he'd look into it.

  21. That sounds just ... bizarre.... I wonder if Jeff ever did, since he doesn't participate there anymore. There are definitely problems with what seem to be RI's Registered Infiltrators, and it is by all accounts not the place it used to be. But there are a handful of interesting participants there & I've found it useful as a sounding board for stuff. Anyway it was that thread which pointed me to this post, so I thought I'd close the circuit.

  22. I found the thread in question, here:

    It's too bad the thread didn't continue (for whatever reason) as I think the differences weren't as irreconcilable as they appeared. FYI, the person who "claimed the Catholic priest abuse scandals were all a hoax" (slight exaggeration, but anyway) was not a mod AFAIK, and if you did get shadow banned, based on the thread, it far more likely had to do with the fact that RA survivors felt their experiences were being ignored or dismissed. (Project willow was a mod at that time.) It's also possible you were locked out for glitch-reasons, since apparently this happens a lot there (changing emails, stuff like that). I have never been able to get on with Willow but I do know LilyPat, a little, and I would consider her a reliable witness (Willow too).

    Interestingly, LilyPat was part of Strieber's online group for a time until she began to suspect that it was a honey pot for MKULTRA survivors and said as much, after which she was banned. I found her testimony balanced and thoughtful and it was helpful while I was working on "Prisoner of Infinity" and emerging from my own UFO fog. I had never heard the idea of the Christian right being a product of MKULTRA machinations, but after looking deeply in Strieber's material I was left with no doubt this is true of the alien abduction "movement" (hence my problem with Jeffrey Kripal).)

    I guess, based on your recent posts, that your view about the reality and prevalence of ritual abuse, satanic or otherwise, has changed somewhat since that thread, back in 2012? It's a shame how often and how easily the few genuine researchers into these waters tend to polarize and antagonize due to their different viewpoints, when the overall goal of uncovering the truth is the same (of course, the all-too rational fear of the shill makes suspicion and distrust so hard to combat; it's a mine field).

    Anyway, just wanted to clear that up a bit for you and your readers. Hopefully it helps.

    1. Well, in that thread I have to say I got quite offended when posters were saying the priest scandals were just a hoax pulled off by the Murdochs and the BBC. I've tried to be fairly consistent with this research. I've always accepted the reality of ritual abuse but my problem has always been when the issue is exploited (Note I cited "the media phenomenon" not issue itself)

      Why? Because it discredits and diminishes the claims and credibility of real victims. But there absolutely was an effort to manufacture a lot of fake SRA testimony to poison the well and to divert attention away from genuine cases. But also there were just some shady, cynical therapists exploiting victims. I agree with the late Jim Kieth that the MONARCH material was diversionary disinformation. I recently watched a lecture from one MONARCH "star" and it was all their warmup act could do not to crack up laughing in his introduction. It was actually stunning to watch. I tried to link to a lot of material casting doubt on MONARCH on FB, including material written by Kieth. It may well have had something to do with discrediting the Boys Town issue, given the timing. Muddying the waters is a common technique, as is poisoning the well.

      This is what I wrote in that thread:

      I'm talking about the drama and the intrigue that goes along with some of the stories that are circulated. I've heard them for a very long time now and quite frankly I believe there is a lot of spurious material out there. I am very, very protective of the credibility and testimony of legitimate abuse victims- nothing should ever impinge or diminish that testimony and that includes the danger of false or exaggerated reports. I very much believe that there was a deliberate attempt to manufacture hysteria with the explicit goal of misdirecting attention away from the places where predators had easy, unfettered access to children with the whole False Memory hoax. And as I said I don't deny the existence of SRA etc- but the overwhelming evidence of abuse within churches, synagogues, and so on is exhaustively documented and has led to convictions and lawsuits, whereas more often the SRA and MK material is not.

      And here's what I said to Project Willow, who said this: "Forget making friends, are you prepared to tell me that I'm a liar or that I'm crazy?"

      "Not at all. I'm very much interested in reading depositions, affidavits, court proceedings and news accounts of these crimes."

      Which is why I wrote about Paul Bonacci et al.

      The fact you've never heard about the Christian Right connections to MKU is evidence how slanted a lot of conspiracy material is. The Luces, the Hearsts and the Dulles' et al were all closely involved in this and there's a well-known agent who came out and admitted he created the "Jesus Freaks" as a way to counter the Yippies on campus in California. They then scooped all the drug casualties from the 60s and built a formidable movement out of them.

      As to the SRA thing, it's very complicated. Jeff Wells did a lot of work on the old RI blog detailing how McMartin originally had nothing to do with SRA but with abuse and that the SRA allegations actually derailed the case. And the people at the RigInt board totally got their wires crossed- I wasn't talking about them at all in that quote they took totally out of context or the discussion on the board but an entirely different discussion that I detailed in the post they yanked the quote from. There were two entirely different conversations going on there and that poster misquoted me to make it look like I was addressing the board when in fact I was commenting on a hit piece posted in the Guardian. And that's the origin of this whole "Oh, CLK called us all idiots and stormed off" line.

  23. So as you see, Jason, my attitude has been very consistent toward the topic. And what concerns me now is the rise of human trafficking, which is such a hotbed for ritual abuse (even Wikipedia has to admit it) and this interest in children among neo-Satanists.

  24. Thanks for the clarification, Chris.

  25. Good post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this
    subject? I'd be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Bless you!