Sympathy for the Devil
(Portrait of an
The Myth of the Serial Killer
Seven Degrees of Henry Lee
treatment afforded America's serial killers
Seven More Degrees of Henry Lee
The suspicious deaths of key players
during the trials of various killers
& the suspicious deaths of the killers themselves.
The Mind (Control) of a Serial Killer
Sympathy for the Devil
"Henry is an unusual
prisoner. He's been given a high security cell and a few special
---Jim Boutwell, Sheriff of Williamson County, Texas
June 30th of 1998, Henry Lee
Lucas, arguably the most prolific and
certainly one of the most sadistic serial killers in the annals of
crime was scheduled for execution by the state of Texas. Given the
advocacy of the death penalty by Governor George W. Bush, things
clearly weren't looking good for Henry at that time.
not granted clemency to any condemned man in his tenure as governor.
In fact, no governor of any state in the entire history of the
country has carried out more judicial executions than has Governor
George. At last count, the state of Texas had dispatched 130 inmates
on Bush's watch.
was definitely not the place to be for a man in Henry's position.
And considering the nature of Henry's crimes, it seemed a certainty
that nothing would stand in the way of Henry's scheduled execution.
There weren't likely to be any high-profile supporters, a la Karla
Faye Tucker (though even personal appeals to Bush from the likes of
Pat Robertson failed to dissuade the governor from proceeding on
schedule with Miss Tucker's execution). Not likely because Henry's
crimes were of a particularly brutal nature, involving rape,
torture, mutilation, dismemberment, necrophilia, cannibalism, and
pedophilia, with the number of victims running as high as 300-600 by
some accounts - including Henry's own, at times - though this figure
is likely inflated.
all accounts though, Lucas, frequently working with partner
Ottis Toole - a self described arsonist
and cannibal - savagely murdered literally scores of victims of all
ages, races, and genders. All indications were then that this was
pretty much of a no-brainer for America's premier hanging governor.
But then a most remarkable thing happened. On June 18, just twelve
days before Henry's scheduled demise, Governor Bush asked the State
Board of Pardons and Paroles, whose members are appointed by Bush
himself, to review Henry's case. Strangely enough, eight days later
the Board uncharacteristically recommended that Henry's execution
not take place.
next day, just three days short of Henry's scheduled exit from this
world, Lucas became the first - and to date only - recipient of
Governor Bush's compassionate conservatism. The official rationale
for this act of mercy was, apparently, that the evidence on which
Lucas was sentenced did not support his conviction. There was a
possibility that Henry was in fact innocent of the crime for which
he was convicted. Never mind that many of the 130 death row inmates
who did not get special gubernatorial attention prior to their
executions had credible claims of innocence that were met with by
nothing but scorn and mockery.
Little George had developed a keen interest in not executing
innocent convicts. Never mind as well that some of those who have
been executed despite claims of innocence were - other than the
crime for which they were being executed - law-abiding citizens.
Whereas Henry was by all accounts a serial rapist, kidnapper,
torturer and murderer. And never mind that once Henry was spared,
Bush promptly lost this passing interest and began once again rubber
stamping every execution order that crossed his desk, including that
of a great-grandmother in her sixties who was convicted of killing
her chronically abusive husband (Betty Lou Beets, in February 2000).
mind that Bush has made no effort in the two years since Henry's
commutation to seek a new trial for Henry on one of the murders for
which there is conclusive evidence of Lucas' guilt. Neither has he
made any effort to extradite Henry to any of the other states in
which Henry is wanted for various murders. It seems to me that the
last time I checked, there was no statute of limitations for the
crime of murder. Why is Law-and-Order George not seeking a new death
sentence for Lucas? And why is it that Henry was granted full
clemency, rather than a temporary stay during which his case could
have been reviewed? This is exactly what Bush has just done in the
case of convicted murderer Ricky Nolen McGinn.
the proliferation of press reports on the McGinn case, apparently
meant to soften Bush's image somewhat, have made virtually no
reference to the governor's earlier actions on behalf of Lucas.
Reporting on the McGinn case has avoided the mention of Lucas in one
of two ways: by noting that this is the first capital case for which
Bush has issued a stay (which is true but
deliberately deceptive), or by claiming outright that this is the
first death penalty case in which Bush has intervened (which is an
outright and absolutely shameless lie).
if Lucas was in fact falsely convicted and his innocence was so
blatantly obvious that the governor had no choice but to commute
Henry's sentence? What then does this say about the Texas criminal
justice system and the ease with which it sends innocent men to
their deaths? Are we to believe that Henry's case was an isolated
one and that none of the other men put to death during Bush's reign
had equally credible claims of innocence?
there was something more at work then in the Lucas case than simply
a question of guilt. There had to be another reason why Bush would
take such extraordinary steps to spare the life of a man who had led
a life of such brutality. And this was certainly not the first time
that the criminal justice system had shown such extraordinary
leniency towards Lucas.
big break for Henry came around 1970, when he was released early
from a sentence he was then serving following his first murder
conviction. Sentenced to 20-40 years, Henry was released after
serving just ten. This occurred just after Henry appeared before the
parole board and explained to them that he wasn't ready to return to
society and would surely kill again if released. As Henry tells it,
the questioning went something like this: "Now Mr. Lucas, I must ask
you, if we grant you parole, will you kill again?" Henry: "Yes, sir!
If you release me now, I will kill again."
Nevertheless, the board decided that ten years was an adequate
amount of time to serve for the crime of killing one's mother and
then violating the corpse. Fair enough. Within a year, of course,
Henry found himself back in prison, this time for attempting to
abduct a young girl. Despite his prior record - which began long
before killing his mother - Lucas served just four years and was
again released early, this time in August of 1975. Shortly
thereafter, Henry and his new friend
Ottis would commit an untold number of
lurid murders spanning the next eight years. Henry would finally be
arrested in October of 1982 on suspicion of two murders, only to be
promptly released. He was not arrested again until June of 1983, and
has been imprisoned ever since.
final arrest, Henry was taken on tour, so to speak, by various law
enforcement officials around the country, during which time he
confessed to some 600 murders in 26 states. There were various
charges made at the time that Henry was being used by his escorts to
clear troublesome unsolved murders in places he had never even been.
likely was the case. Henry seemed to have a very chummy relationship
with his captors, particularly the Texas Rangers, and provided a
valuable service for them by taking the rap for an amazing array of
murders. This alone, however, does not explain the personal
attention given to Henry's case by Governor Bush.
we need to look at some of the more infrequently noted details of
Henry's life history, many of them provided by Lucas himself. Henry,
as it turns out, has some interesting stories to tell. In 1985, just
a couple years into his incarceration, he attempted to tell his
story in a book, written for him by a sympathetic author. The book,
titled The Hand of Death: The Henry Lee Lucas Story, tells of
Henry's indoctrination into a nationwide Satanic cult. Lucas claimed
that he was trained by the cult in a mobile paramilitary camp in the
Florida Everglades in the fine art of killing, up close and
personal. Other training involved abduction and arson techniques.
claimed that leaders of the camp were so impressed with Henry's
handling of a knife that he was allowed to serve as an instructor.
Following his training, Henry claimed to have served the cult in
various ways, including as a contract killer and as an abductor of
children, who were then taken just over the border to a ranch in
Mexico near Juarez. Henry has said that this cult operated out of
Texas and from a ranch in northern Mexico, trafficking in children
and drugs, among other nefarious pursuits. In essence, Henry claimed
that what appeared to be the random work of a serial killer was in
fact a planned series of crimes often committed for specific
the murders were political hits, according to Henry, including the
occasional assassination of foreign dignitaries. This was not true
for all of Henry's crimes. Some he did just because that's what he
liked to do. And it was the one thing that he was really good at.
beauty of this arrangement was that it allowed Henry to conceal the
true motive for many of his crimes. Those performed as contract hits
looked like all of Henry's murders - senseless and random acts of
violence. In Henry's version of events, it was
Toole who was responsible for Henry's
recruitment and training by the cult and many of the pair's exploits
thereafter. Interestingly, in all the standard biographies of the
Toole is said to have been Henry's
severely retarded junior partner.
is quite clear from reading an interview granted by
Toole to a journalist (of sorts) that he
was not by any means retarded. Uneducated, no doubt, but definitely
not severely retarded.
Toole was in fact able to express himself
quite clearly, though perversely, and displayed a substantial level
of knowledge about the practices of Satanism. In fact,
Toole - prior to his death in 1996- was
able to give detailed accounts of he and Henry's activities that
largely corroborated Henry's stories about the cult. But beyond the
stories told by these two credibility-challenged
witness/participants, is there any reason to believe Henry's bizarre
tale of being a contract killer?
what of Henry's other stories, including the one about being a close
Jim Jones of the
People's Temple? Henry has claimed on
numerous occasions that it was he who personally delivered the
Jones that was used in the infamous
we to make of such stories? Could Henry have been telling the truth
about being a contract killer? And if so, did the contracts he was
receiving have some kind of government connection? Though Henry
never broaches the subject in his book, the training camp as he
describes it clearly had military connections. And Henry has
explicitly stated that the cult included among its members various
prominent persons, including high level politicians. Could this be
the reason for the actions taken by Governor Bush in June of 1998?
"They think I'm stupid, but
before this is all over everyone will know who's really stupid.
And we'll see who the real criminals are." ---Henry Lee Lucas
Navy psychologist, who claims that the Office of Naval Intelligence
had taken convicted murderers from military prisons, used behavior
modification techniques on them, and then relocated them in American
embassies throughout the world ... The Navy psychologist was Lt.
Commander Thomas Narut of the U.S. Regional Medical Center in
Naples, Italy. The information was divulged at an Oslo NATO
conference of 120 psychologists from the eleven nation alliance ...
The Navy provided all the funding necessary, according To Narut.
in a question and answer session with reporters from many nations,
revealed how the Navy was secretly programming large numbers of
assassins. He said that the men he had worked with for the Navy were
being prepared for commando-type operations, as well as covert
operations in U.S. embassies worldwide. He described the men who
went through his program as 'hit men and assassins' who could kill
screening of the subjects was accomplished by Navy psychologists
through the military records ... and many were convicted murderers
serving military prison sentences."
(Harry V. Martin and David Caul "Mind Control, Napa Valley Sentinel,
familiar with the intelligence community's long-standing obsession
with the concept of mind control will immediately recognize what Dr.
Narut was describing as an MK-ULTRA project. The existence of this
particular manifestation of the project was first reported by
British journalist Peter Watson of the Sunday Times, who attended
the conference and interviewed Dr. Narut. Narut told him that they
looked for candidates who had shown a proclivity for violence.
at a time when numerous pseudo investigations of the intelligence
community were underway, including the Rockefeller, Pike, and Church
Committees. Narut told Watson that he was revealing this highly
classified information only because he assumed it was about to
Narut was mistaken about the interest of the various committees in
divulging anything even remotely resembling the truth. Narut
promptly disappeared from public view, reappearing only briefly to
lamely attempt to retract his prior statements. But it was a little
went on to expand upon this initial research to produce a book, War
on the Mind, one of the better books from the late 1970's on the
subject of mind control research by the intelligence community.
Walter Bowart referenced Watson's work as well, in his nearly
impossible to find Operation Mind Control. So this cat, once let out
of the bag, proved rather difficult to stuff back inside. The
intelligence community, it seemed, was recruiting from prisons to
make use of the natural talents of convicted killers to produce the
fabled 'Manchurian Candidates' - mind controlled assassins.
operation involved killers drawn from military prisons, though there
is no reason not to suspect that parallel programs were being
conducted in civilian prisons as well. Prisons have, after all,
provided fertile ground for any number of MK-ULTRA sub projects for
decades. As the Napa Valley Sentinel article noted: "Mind control
experiments ... permeate mental institutions and prisons." This was
particularly true in the 1960's and 1970's. The NATO conference at
which Dr. Narut dropped his bombshell was held in July of 1975.
Strangely enough, the very next month Henry would be released to
begin his eight year reign of terror.
relevance here is the fact that Lucas, during his prior ten year
prison stay, spent four and a half of those years in a mental ward.
During this time, he received intensive drug and electroshock
treatments. He would later describe this period of incarceration as
a "nightmare that would not end." Also during this time, he
complained chronically about hearing voices in his head, taunting
him day and night (ostensibly the reason for his confinement in the
mental ward, though it could well have been the result of his
confinement and treatment). Henry would later spend additional time
in an institution in 1980, in the midst of his killing spree.
recruited and programmed while in prison to be used latter by the
so-called Hand of Death cult? The possibility clearly is there. He
certainly had shown a voracious appetite for violence, enough so to
make him a very attractive candidate. Indeed, Henry is just the kind
of man to be considered a valuable asset by the intelligence
who doubts that the CIA (or any other of the numerous interwoven
intelligence agencies) would recruit such a man, it is important to
remember that we are talking about the same agencies that recruited
some of the most bloodthirsty butchers of the Third Reich - men such
as Klaus Barbie, Joseph Mengele, Adolf Eichmann, Otto Skorzeny, and
depravity pales in the shadows of men such as these. Henry probably
couldn't even hold his own against some of the organized crime
figures - such as Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Santos Trafficante
who were likewise recruited by the CIA. Or against the numerous
thugs that the spooks have propped up as dictators around the world,
men such as Somoza, Pinochet, Duvalier and Pahlavi, to name just a
the company of men such as these, Henry would be just one of the
boys. No less valuable an asset than, say, Dan Mitrione, the CIA
torture aficionado who was a boyhood friend of
Jim Jones. This man, known for having
homeless persons kidnapped for the purpose of giving torture
demonstrations to South American security forces in his soundproof
underground chamber of horrors, was hailed as a hero and martyr when
he himself was tortured and killed. Hell, Frank Sinatra and Jerry
Lewis flew into his home town and performed a benefit show to raise
money for the widow of this great American. So in the world of
spooks, Henry would be in good company. As would his partner, Ottis
Toole, who wouldn't even have the distinction of being the only
cannibal recruited by the CIA.
Valentine writes in The Phoenix Program (Morrow, 1990)- concerning
the CIA's assassination, torture and terror program waged against
the people of Vietnam - the Phoenix teams consisted of SEALs working
with "CTs," described by one participant as "a combination of ARVN
deserters, VC turncoats, and bad motherfucker criminals the South
Vietnamese couldn't deal with in prison, so they turned them over to
us." The spooks were only too happy to employ the services of these
men, who "taught [their] SEAL comrades the secrets of the psy war
campaign." So depraved were these agency recruits that some of them
"would actually devour their enemies' vital organs." All in a day's
work for America's premier intelligence agency.
included in the CIA rogue's gallery of distinguished alumni,
according to a number of researchers, is Lucas' self-described
"close friend," the notorious
Jim Jones. What then are we to make of
Henry's professed connection to the tragic
People's Temple? It has been documented by
numerous investigators that the
Jonestown massacre was not by any means a case of mass suicide,
as was reported by the U.S. press. It was in fact a case of mass
murder. The Guyanese coroner, Dr. C. Leslie Mootoo, concluded that
only three of the 913 victims at
Jonestown died by means of suicide on that
fateful day. All of the rest were executed, some by lethal
injection, some by strangulation, and some simply shot through the
is apparent then that if Lucas was in fact at
Jonestown at the time of the mass murder,
he was quite likely doing considerably more than just serving as a
delivery boy. A man of Henry's talents would bean invaluable asset
in a clean-up operation of this type. And what was being cleaned up
was, of course, yet another MK-ULTRA project, complete with vast
stockpiles of drugs, sensory deprivation equipment, and a band of
zombie-like assassins who gunned down Congressman Leo Ryan's
entourage just prior to the massacre (thus necessitating the
that Henry would claim a connection to a man whose operation was
notable primarily for being a breeding ground for mind control and
mass murder. Of course Henry, being uneducated and illiterate, would
not likely have had access to this information.
if Henry was literate, he would not have known the story that Maury
Terry was to later tell
in his book, The Ultimate Evil. Told therein is a tale that
chillingly parallels that of Henry and Ottis. What Terry revealed
was that the murders attributed to the Son of Sam, the Manson
Family, and numerous other interconnected killings (including
possibly the Zodiac murders) were not what they appeared to be.
these killings appeared to be the random work of serial/mass
murderers, they actually were contract hits carried out for specific
purposes by an interlocking network of Satanic cults (this book has,
by the way, recently been reprinted by Barnes & Noble - go figure -
and is highly recommended to anyone who questions the plausibility
of Henry's story.) In other words, these were professional hits
orchestrated and disguised to look like the work of yet another
'lone nut' serial killer. Which is, of course, exactly what Henry
claimed his crimes to be, several years before investigative
journalist Terry published his convincingly documented work.
Lucas' story then, as bizarre as it may appear to be, is certainly
not without precedent. Other events that have transpired since Henry
first began telling his tales of The Hand of Death lend further
credence to various aspects of his story. For example, there is the
issue of the cult-run ranch just south of the border. While this may
have sounded rather far-fetched back in the early 1980's, it
certainly doesn't today. In 1990, just such a ranch was excavated in
Matamoros, Mexico, yielding the remains of over a dozen ritual
sacrifice victims. While
Ottis Toole - still alive at the time -
noted that this was not the specific ranch with which he and Henry
were associated, he also mentioned that there were numerous such
operations in the area.
did the Matamoros case parallel the stories told years before by
Lucas that some law enforcement personnel in Texas chose to take a
closer look at Henry's professed cult connections. In fact, Jim
Boutwell, sheriff of Williamson County, Texas later told a reporter
that investigators had verified that Lucas was indeed involved in
cult activities. And a decade later, yet another excavation was
begun, this time at a ranch near Juarez, Mexico, which is precisely
where Henry claimed it to be. This story made a brief appearance in
the American press in December of 1999, until U.S. officials moved
in to take over the investigation, after which coverage promptly
course, it could just have been lucky guesses by Henry about the
cult-run ranches and the networks of Satanic cults running
murder-for-hire operations. And it could just be a coincidence that
Toole, who was convicted in the state of Florida, shared with Henry
the fate of having his death sentence commuted. Florida is, of
course, a state that is also overly zealous in its application of
the death penalty. Not zealous enough to execute the likes of
Ottis Toole, however. In any event, it's
interesting that both of these men had their death sentences set
aside in states run by a member of the Bush family.
interesting also to take note of the case of the man known as the
Railroad Killer, Rafael Resendez-Ramirez.
On July 13, 1999, Ramirez was reported to have walked across a
bridge from (where else?) Juarez, Mexico into El Paso, Texas and
turned himself in. At the time he was wanted for a string of alleged
serial killings. Mirroring the circumstances surrounding Henry's
final arrest, Ramirez had been taken into custody several weeks
prior by the U.S. Border Patrol, only to be promptly released
despite his presence on FBI most-wanted lists and the issuing of
alerts to the immigration service, and with a nationwide manhunt
this detainment and his surrender, four more victims would be felled
by Ramirez (who was, strangely enough, born in Matamoros and raised
outside of the home by non-family members, according to his mother).
Apparently he still had a little work left to complete. Having done
so, Ramirez then made the incomprehensible decision to surrender to
Texas authorities. Crossing the border into Texas, Ramirez left a
country with no death penalty and entered the execution capital of
the western world. The Los Angeles Times, in reporting on his
surrender, noted that he was "adamant he wanted to surrender to a
Texas Ranger," and that "he had not requested an attorney and was
cooperating with detectives."
same article, it is noted that authorities say Ramirez is
"strikingly intelligent." Strikingly intelligent? Not based on his
actions taken on July 13th of last year. But then again, perhaps
Ramirez knows something about the Texas criminal justice system that
the rest of us do not.
Ottis Toole: I've been meaning
to ask you ... that time when I cooked some of these people? Why'd I
Henry Lee Lucas: I think it was
just the hands doing it. I know a lot of things we done, in human
are impossible to believe.
Ottis Toole: When we took 'em
out and cut 'em up ... remember one time I said I wanted me some
Did that make me a cannibal?
Henry Lee Lucas: You wasn't a
cannibal. It's the force of the devil, something forced on us that
we can't change. There's no reason denying what we become. We know
what we are.
The Myth of the
"At some time I have
start(ed) to hear funny voices, like a person calling me, but no one
---Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, in a letter to a reporter in
Houston following his surrender to authorities
Americans are familiar with what is considered the classic serial
killer 'profile.' This was a notion first put forth by the venerable
FBI, which coined the term 'serial killer' and pioneered the concept
of 'profiling,' in an alleged attempt to understand the phenomenon
of mass murder. In truth, as we shall see, the concept of the serial
killer profile was put forth largely to disinform the public.
the case of Henry Lee Lucas, few if any of the elements of the
serial killer profile apply. For instance, serial killers are said
to act alone, driven to do so only by their own private demons. So
far removed from ordinary human behavior are their actions that they
would not, indeed could not, share their private passions with
others. In Henry's case, this is a patently false notion. It has
been officially acknowledged that Lucas worked with at least one,
and at times as many as three accomplices (Toole's pre-teen niece
and nephew were frequently brought along to witness - and at times
participate in - the crimes of Henry and Ottis).
is also claimed that serial killers target a particular type of
victim, similar in age, gender, race, and other demographic factors.
Again, in Henry's case, this simply does not fit the known facts.
Henry's victims in fact had little, if anything, in common
physically with one another. The victim's ages ranged from children
to the elderly. Both genders and all races were also well
is further claimed that serial killers follow a readily identifiable
MO, with the means of obtaining victims and the trajectory of the
crime following a well defined pattern. And again, this is clearly
not the case with Lucas. Victims were obtained and death inflicted
by a variety of means - including bludgeoning, stabbing,
strangulation, shooting, and suffocation. Some were killed in their
homes, while others were abducted and taken to remote locations.
Some were sexually abused, both before and after death, while others
were not. Some were cannibalized. Some were left on display - for
maximum impact upon their discovery - while others were left so as
not to be discovered at all.
other ways as well, Henry Lee - the consummate serial killer - did
not even come close to matching the profile of what he was supposed
to be. Strangely though, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the
Henry Lee Lucas story is that it is not actually remarkable at all.
In reviewing the case histories of some two dozen other alleged
serial killers, it becomes readily apparent that few - if any - fit
the supposed profile.
The victims of Resendez-Ramirez, for instance, ranged in age from 21
to 88 years, with a mix of males and females. The cause of death
varied as well, with most being bludgeoned, though one was shot in
the head, another stabbed, and yet another had a pick-ax buried in
her head. Though not readily apparent, all of these weapons used for
inflicting death - by both Lucas and Ramirez - had one thing in
common: they are what are termed 'weapons of opportunity.' In other
words, they are weapons that were acquired at the crime scene
immediately before the murders were committed.
Notably, this precisely mirrors the means by which the CIA has
historically taught its assassins to kill. A CIA training manual
entitled A Study of Assassination advises the would-be killer that
"the simplest local tools are often the most efficient means of
assassination. A hammer, axe, wrench, screwdriver, fire poker,
kitchen knife, lamp stand, or anything hard, heavy and handy will
suffice … All such improvised weapons have the important advantage
of availability and apparent innocence … the assassin may
accidentally be searched before the act and should not carry an
incriminating device if any sort of lethal weapon can be improvised
at or near the site."
The Mafia assassination service known as Murder, Inc. - the
brainchild of the Lansky/Luciano syndicate, which had extensive
connections to U.S. intelligence agencies - had a similar
philosophy. As Jay Robert Nash notes in Bloodletters and Bad Men:
"Like most of Murder, Inc.’s assassins, Pittsburgh Phil never
carried a weapon in case the local police picked him up on
suspicion. He would cast about, once he had selected his murder
spot, for any tool handy that would do the job."
(As a brief aside, it should be noted that the man identified above
as Pittsburgh Phil, whose real name was Harry Strauss, was credited
with killing at least 500 people in this manner from the late 1920's
through 1940. This feat should put him at or near the top of any
self-respecting serial killer list.)
Henry Lee recounts in The Hand of Death that his training by the
cult followed this time-honored tradition. Of course, the venerable
FBI assures us that Satanic cults and Satanic crime do not exist in
modern day America. To put this in its proper context, however, it
is important to remember that this is the very same FBI that during
the reign of Murder, Inc. - and for several decades thereafter -
refused to acknowledge the existence of organized crime in America.
It is also the same FBI that for years ignored the resurgence of the
Ku Klux Klan.
(The Klan, it should be noted, began as an occult based group formed
just after the close of the Civil War by an alliance of Confederate
Generals and intelligence operatives. The cult's original charter
was drafted by General Albert Pike, who had served as the chief of
Confederate Intelligence. The point of this digression is that the
intelligence community has a long history of spawning occult based
groups dedicated to terrorizing society.)
number of America's other notable serial killers showed a proclivity
for utilizing weapons of opportunity as well. The
serial killing Ramirez - Los Angeles' famed Night Stalker - is a
case in point. In the majority of the murders attributed to that
Ramirez, the victims (who ranged in age from six to eighty-four and
were of various races and genders) were stabbed, bludgeoned,
slashed, strangled, or electrocuted with weapons acquired at the
crime scene. And strangely enough, some were intentionally left
alive, as was the case with Resendez-Ramirez as well.
Florida serial killer Bobby Joe Long also showed a preference for
inflicting death by a variety of means (shooting, strangling,
stabbing), often with weapons of opportunity, and also left some of
his victims alive. So too did Ted Bundy, whose most notorious
alleged crime - the bludgeoning of four women in the Chi Omega
sorority house, was committed with a club acquired on the grounds of
the house immediately before his entry. This crime, by the way, was
in marked contrast to Bundy's previous alleged murders, which
involved but a single victim. Bundy's final murder before his
incarceration, the killing of a twelve year old girl, also did not
match his supposed MO as put forth by FBI profilers.
previously stated, this is the rule rather than the exception.
Arthur Shawcross, dubbed the Genesee River Killer, also showed no
consistency in the targeting of victims. Males and females, young
and old, black and white - all were represented on the victim's list
of Shawcross. And this pattern, or non-pattern, is evident in the
tales of numerous other serial killers:
and Leonard Lake: authorities recovered the remains of seven men,
three women, and two babies from their Northern California compound.
The causes of death were impossible to determine.
Dahmer: his victims, while all young men, included whites, blacks,
Asians, Hispanics and American Indians.
Hillside Stranglers (Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi): all victims
were women, but the cause of death varied, including electrocution,
strangulation, lethal injections, and lethal gas (all methods that
have been used, strangely enough, to perform judicial executions).
Speck: his eight alleged victims died by a variety of means,
including strangulation, stabbing, slashing of the throat and
breaking of the neck, all in a single evening.
Gainesville Ripper (Danny Rolling): his victims included both men
and women from various age groups.
Strangler (Albert DeSalvo): his victims represented a range of ages,
races and attractiveness. Though most were strangled, either with
materials acquired at the crime scene or manually, some were
stabbed, mutilated and/or sexually molested as well. Most were left
on display, though one was discretely covered with a blanket.
Vampire of Sacramento (Richard Chase): his victim's ages ranged from
20 months to 51 years, both males and females. Causes of death
included shootings, stabbings and bludgeonings, with some victims
left mutilated, beheaded and/or disemboweled. Some were cannibalized
Killer (Edmund Kemper): all victims were female, though of various
ages and races. Death was inflicted by means of stabbing,
strangulation, suffocation, shooting and bludgeoning.
Mullin: his victims, both male and female, varied in age from
children to the middle-aged. Weapons of choice included guns, knives
and blunt instruments.
Family: victims, again both males and females, ranged in age from
teen-aged Steven Parent to middle-aged Leno LaBianca. Death came by
way of shootings, stabbings and bludgeonings, or a combination of
Clearly then there are any number of serial killer cases in which
there is no defining Modus Operandi, and in which the deceased don't
fit any kind of 'victim profile.' But what of the notion of the
serial killer as a lone predator? Was Henry and Ottis' partnership
an aberration? Not at all. There are any number of serial killer
cases where it is officially acknowledged that there was more than
one perpetrator. The Manson Family, of course, is probably the most
well known case of multiple perpetrator 'serial killing.' Less well
known is the case of the 'Ripper Crew' in Chicago in the early
Described by authorities as a four-man Satanic cult, the Rippers -
led by charismatic Robin Gecht - killed as many as 17 women in as
many months. There could well have been more than four members of
this particular murderous cult, however. A few days after the four
were arrested, another ritually mutilated body showed up at a
location where previous bodies had been left by the Rippers.
Then there is the case of Charles Ng. Though Ng was the only one to
stand trial for his series of killings, it is acknowledged that the
crimes were committed with the assistance of Leonard Lake, who
committed suicide upon his arrest. And evidence strongly suggests
that there were others involved as well. Lake's ex-wife was almost
certainly involved. Police were well aware that at the very least,
she had tampered with - and removed evidence from - the crime scene,
including twelve videotapes believed to be snuff films of the
murders. And a diary seized by police with a detailed plan to
construct a series of bunkers outfitted with supplies, weapons, and
sex slaves strongly hinted that there was more than just two
Many other serial killers have worked in pairs as well, such as the
Hillside Strangler team of Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono. Working
the same Los Angeles area turf just one year after the Stranglers
were stopped was the team of Roy Norris and Lawrence 'Pliers'
Bittaker. And a few years after they were caught, the team of
Douglas Clark and Carol Bundy would be working the very same L.A.
streets in a series of killings dubbed the 'Sunset Strip Murders.'
The year after they were caught, another serial killer took over the
L.A. market - Richard Ramirez, the notorious 'Night Stalker.'
According to numerous witnesses - who placed Ramirez back in his
home state of Texas at the time of some of the killings - these
murders were not the work of a single killer either. Other evidence
as well - such as the fact that more than one gun was used in the
killings - tends to point to multiple perpetrators.
Then there is the matter of the 'Son of Sam' killings in New York.
Though most of the literature available paints Berkowitz as the
proverbial lone serial killer, Maury Terry and others have presented
a compelling case that the killings were in fact the work of
multiple cult members. In other serial killer cases as well,
evidence pointing to multiple assailants is ignored or explained
away with unlikely scenarios.
The body of one of Bobby Joe Long's victims, for instance, yielded
semen showing both A and B blood types, indicating at least two
perpetrators. A later victim also yielded semen evidence which did
not match that obtained from the previous victim. And none of the
samples proved to match the samples taken from their alleged killer.
There has long been speculation that the work of the 'Boston
Strangler,' officially deemed to be Albert DeSalvo, was not the work
of one man. Most of the officials involved in the investigation, in
fact, never believed that a single killer was responsible. Of the
eight members of the psychiatric panel convened to develop a
'profile,' seven believed that there were at least two perpetrators.
Even in those cases that seem to come closest to matching the
classic serial killer profile, such as John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey
Dahmer, there is a compelling case to be made that there were others
involved. That evidence will be examined in the next installment of
this series. Here we will examine the cases of two high-profile
alleged serial killers/mass murderers who were said to be acting
alone. The first is a very recent case, that of Yosemite killer Cary
Stayner. The other dates all the way back to 1966, the year Richard
Speck allegedly went berserk in a home filled with young nursing
students in Chicago, becoming the first mass murderer of the
of a shadow than anything else. You know it's a human being, but yet
you can't accept it. The killin' itself, it's like say, you're
walkin' down the road. Half of me will go this way and the other
half goes that way. The right-hand side didn't know what the
left-hand side was going to do."
Lee Lucas, describing how he perceived his victims prior to killing
February of 1999, a forty-three year old woman and two teenage girls
(one her daughter) were brutally murdered while visiting Yosemite
National Park in California. Police originally suspected a group of
men and women with extensive criminal records who were known members
of a drug trafficking ring.
least eleven members of this group were at one time suspected of
complicity in the women's deaths. The group was based in Modesto,
where one of the victim's billfolds incongruously showed up some
time after the murders. One member of the group worked at the
hotel/restaurant from where the women disappeared. Another had in
her possession the victim's bank account number and ATM password.
Yet another made incriminating statements to police and was
discovered to have blanket fluff in his vehicle that matched the
fibers recovered from one of the victims.
Investigators were building a substantial case against the group -
who were being held in custody on unrelated charges - when a fourth
victim was discovered in Yosemite. Two days later it was declared
that a handyman at the hotel taken into custody, Cary Stayner, was
solely responsible for all four murders. Unexplained, then or now,
was the evidence that earlier had pointed in the direction of
Many of those involved in the case harbor serious doubts that
Stayner acting alone could have committed these crimes. Apart from
the physical evidence and testimony implicating others, the story
concocted to explain how these murders were the work of a single
individual is questionable at best. A good number of police and FBI
agents assigned to the case believed from the beginning that more
than one perpetrator was responsible, based on the physical
implausibility of a single assailant. Many doubt that one man acting
alone could have gotten the jump, so to speak, on three able-bodied
women and bound them all.
They also doubt that one man could have carried the three bodies out
to his car undetected, with one still alive and most likely
resisting the killer's efforts, aware that her friend and mother had
both already been killed. According to the official story though,
that is exactly what happened. Stayner then allegedly
single-handedly cleaned up the hotel room in which the first two
murders occurred before driving for miles to kill the third victim
and dump the body. The killer then supposedly drove many more miles
to another location to abandon the car, with the other two bodies
still in the trunk.
Stayner is next said to have taken a cab back to Yosemite Valley,
though he would most likely have been covered in blood at the time.
Two days later, he is said to have returned to the car in yet
another vehicle and at that time to have set it afire, still with
the two bodies inside. After this, he allegedly drove to Modesto to
dump the billfold, though why he didn't destroy it in the car fire
along with the rest of the evidence is anyone's guess.
Even with this rather convoluted story, authorities have not been
able to explain away all of the incongruous evidence. For example, a
taunting letter sent by the killer revealing the location of one of
the bodies was sealed with saliva that was not that of Stayner. The
FBI reluctantly acknowledged that DNA tests had verified that fact.
Spokesmen for the Bureau had an explanation, however: their theory
was that Stayner had "tricked an unsuspecting male" into supplying
the saliva to seal the envelope. How exactly this would be done was
left to the imagination. As was why it would be done. If Stayner had
the foresight to not want to leave incriminating evidence on the
letter and envelope, why not just use ordinary old tap water? It's
been known to do the job.
the available evidence in the Stayner case leaves doubts about the
sole guilt of the accused, this is all the more true in the case of
the infamous Richard Speck. The official story of what happened to
those eight student nurses in the early morning hours of July 14,
1966 is, in a word, preposterous. If veteran criminal investigators
are puzzled as to how Stayner was able to subdue three women, then
it boggles the imagination how one man was able to single-handedly
subdue nine women, bind them all, and then systematically kill all
but one of them.
According to the sole survivor, Cora Amurao, it was she who answered
the door that night, allowing Speck entry into the home. She claimed
he was brandishing a gun, though none of the victims were shot that
night and no evidence was ever found indicating that a gun was used
at the crime scene. It was claimed that Speck stole the gun from a
rape victim on the very day of the slaughter, after which it
Speck quickly corralled Amurao and the five other women in the house
into a room, where he proceeded to tear up a sheet into strips and
tie the women up, one by one. How he was able to accomplish this
while keeping all the rest at bay is anyone's guess. Three more
women would arrive home that evening and would likewise be subdued
and bound by Speck.
Meanwhile, Speck began dragging the women off one at a time and
slaughtering them, taking twenty minutes or more with each victim.
As he finished with each, according to Amurao, he would wash up and
then return for another. This scene played itself out over the
course of at least three hours. During this time, the women awaiting
their turn tried to hide under the beds, hoping to elude their
assailant. They were, of course, found and killed. All, that is,
except Cora Amurao who claims she avoided detection by Speck. The
suggestion was made that Speck had lost count of his victims and had
falsely concluded that all the girls were dead, thereby making the
crucial error of leaving a living witness.
This part of the story is problematic in a number of ways. The first
question raised is why did the girls remain in the room in which
they were bound? If, despite their bindings, they were able to move
about within the room - which they clearly were or they would not
have been able to get under the beds - then why not leave the room
altogether? And once out of the room, why not get completely out of
the house? And what was to prevent the women from untying each
After all, the pattern was set early on. After the first couple of
slayings, it had to be abundantly clear to the women that their
lives were about to come to an abrupt end. It also had to be quite
clear that there would be twenty minutes to kill (no pun intended)
before the killer returned, more than enough time to attempt an
escape. And what was there to lose? It is inconceivable that these
women would have remained to await their turn with Speck.
And what of the survivor? It should be readily apparent to anyone
that an adult human simply cannot successfully hide underneath a
bed. This is amply illustrated by the fact that all but one of those
attempting to do so were discovered. And yet one survived. How is it
possible that Speck could have searched under the beds to locate the
others, and yet failed to see Cora Amurao lying there as well. And
is it really possible that Speck was unable to count to nine,
especially considering that the stakes were exceedingly high?
Clearly if not for the existence of the survivor, the police would
have immediately assumed multiple perpetrators. No theorizing was
necessary, however, as the witness was on the scene to provide the
unlikely scenario that would be refined to become the official
story. Even so, the composite drawing of the suspect released by
police clearly did not resemble Speck.
Since the entire trial of the man fingered by Amurao hinged on her
eyewitness testimony - and little else - this star witness was
zealously protected. She was kept incommunicado and prepped
extensively for months for the testimony that she was to deliver,
but not before she had identified the suspect in a most unusual
manner. While Speck was recovering in the hospital from a failed
suicide attempt, Amurao was allegedly sent in dressed as a nurse to
observe the suspect. From this encounter, she positively identified
him as the killer.
Leaving aside the obvious fact that this was a blatantly
illegitimate means of identifying a suspect - which would have
invalidated any subsequent attempts by Ms. Amurao to pick Speck out
of a police line-up - the real question here is: in what alternative
reality would this ever actually happen? What caliber of police
official would send a severely traumatized crime victim - who just
days before had witnessed the slaughter of eight of her friends and
experienced the sheer terror of knowing that she could well be next
- into a room unprotected to face the man who had put her through
such torture? And what victim would be able to do so, with the
memories so fresh? And what guarantee was there that Speck would not
recognize his accuser, given that hers was the first face he had
seen as he entered the house that night?
any rate, this was just a warm-up exercise for what was to come.
When the time came for Amurao to deliver her critical testimony, she
delivered a bravura performance. She recited a meticulously
rehearsed version of the events of July 14, and when the time came
to identify the suspect in court, she played her trump card. Rising
from her seat - allegedly without prompting or rehearsal - she
calmly stepped out of the witness box, walked casually over to where
Speck sat, stood directly in front of him while looking him in the
eye, and told the court: "This is the man." That was the clincher;
Speck was found guilty and sentenced to death.
There are indications though that this was not a foregone
conclusion. Prosecutors clearly had doubts about their ridiculously
shaky case. One indication of this is the remarkable fact that,
though the case was moved some three hours outside of Chicago to
Peoria, the judge stayed on in the new venue, an unprecedented
development. This same judge slapped a gag order on the press,
guaranteeing that no news would get back to Chicago - or anywhere
else in the country for that matter. Coupled with the blocking of
any interviews with Amurao, this action shut the public out from
ever learning the weakness of the case against Speck.
But no matter. Authorities and the press had already assured
everyone that Speck was guilty. And the public was hungry for a
culprit to hang this heinous crime on. Speck would do just fine. But
many of the more thoughtful citizens of Chicago are still waiting to
learn what really happened in that house on that fateful night.
The most likely explanation? The 'survivor' and star witness was not
actually a survivor at all. She was quite possibly an accomplice to
a cult of individuals who perpetrated this slaughter. She was, as
they say, the inside man. And it was not likely an accident that she
was left alive. It was absolutely essential that she remain alive to
sell the single assailant scenario and thereby derail an
investigation before it ever began.
After all, authorities had noted from the beginning that the house
was not highly visible and had immediately assumed familiarity of
the killer with the surroundings. Speck did not have this
familiarity, though Amurao certainly did. And it is likely not a
coincidence that Amurao admitted to being the one to let the killer
(or killers) into the house, while ironically becoming the sole
And what of Speck? He was likely little more than a patsy or fall
guy. He may have had some involvement with the killings, though he
certainly was not the sole assailant. And he might not have been in
the house at all that night. He had no memory of ever leaving the
bar that he had been drinking in earlier that evening, though he did
remember receiving an injection from a man he didn't know that was
supposed to contain speed.
It's possible that, like David Berkowitz, he may have taken the fall
to protect the rest of the clan. This would certainly explain the
preposterously lax treatment of Speck during his confinement. Or
maybe you didn't catch that little home videotape - produced circa
1988 - that depicted Speck snorting huge piles of cocaine and
flashing rolls of money (not to mention sporting a rather large and
quite unattractive pair of breasts).
How it is possible that one of America's most notorious killers,
while residing in what is reputedly one of the toughest prisons in
the country, was able to obtain copious quantities of drugs and
money and gain access to video equipment and hormone treatments has
never been explained. It could be that Speck was rewarded in prison
for being such a stand-up guy and taking the fall. Or it could be,
as the right-wing law-and-order crowd would have you believe, that
this is yet another indication of how America coddles its criminals.
you choose this explanation, however, you might consider explaining
that fact to the hundreds of thousands of non-violent offenders
rotting away in jails and prisons all across this country, many
serving longer sentences than some of America's serial killers have
served. And you might also ponder why it was that Speck's death
sentence was overturned on appeal, leaving him eligible for parole
in just ten years.
Footnote: A couple weeks after the Chicago slaughter, Charles
Whitman - a former marine who had received training by the Naval
Enlisted Science Education Program (NESEP), an intelligence entity -
would climb the tower at the University of Texas carrying three
rifles, three handguns and a shotgun, and proceed to open fire,
killing sixteen. Whitman would leave a note which read, in part, "I
don't quite understand what is compelling me to type this note. I
have been to a psychiatrist. I have been having fears and violent
Both of these mass murders occurred, strangely enough, just a few
months after Anton LaVey had formally established the Church of
Satan and declared April 30, 1966 to be the first day of the Age of
Satan. Just a few weeks prior to that, long-time CIA asset Henry
Luce's venerable Time magazine had asked its readers the symbolic
question: "Is God Dead?" The face of a particularly brutal criminal
enterprise, masquerading as a religion, was beginning to emerge from
"I must have done it, if
everybody says I did." ----Richard Speck
Seven Degrees of
"Can I tell you who really I
am, with all the secrecy that's in the family? ... I only have one
purpose in life, and that's to express some of my views and some of
the views that I have been instructed - anything that can put down
Christianity, anything that can put down democracy, anything that
can put down freedom."
----Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, delivering his closing argument
to a jury in St. Louis, March 1989
reign of terror had been ended for a mere nine months when another
series of violent 'serial killings' began on March 27, 1984 in part
of Henry's old stomping ground, the state of Florida (where Resendez-Ramirez
also confessed to having committed two murders). By the time it was
over, ten people had met with a gruesome death, allegedly at the
hands of Bobby Joe Long. Though rarely mentioned in press
accounts of the killings, Long is a distant cousin of Henry Lee
had been just over two years since John Wayne Gacy had been indicted
for the murder of thirty-three young men in Chicago when the first
of a 'new' wave of 'serial killings' began terrorizing the people of
the Windy City. A year-and-a-half later, seventeen young women had
fallen victim to the 'Ripper Crew,' led by Robin Gecht. Though
infrequently mentioned, Gecht had been one of the young male
employees of John Gacy. Seventeen years later, just days prior to
the scheduled execution of one of the 'Rippers', David Gecht - son
of Robin - would be arrested along with three accomplices and
charged with committing an act of murder.
The odds that it is merely coincidence that two serial killers
worked side by side without either having awareness of - or
involvement in - the other's killings are surely astronomical. More
likely is that Gecht was a member of a cult led by Gacy and was
indeed involved in the earlier series of killings. Well documented
is that Gacy surrounded himself with young men and boys, one of whom
was Robin Gecht.
Also documented is that Gacy had these boys excavate the twenty-nine
graves located directly beneath his house. While it is claimed that
the boys were unaware that what they were digging were graves, how
credible is this claim? The stench of death permeating the space
beneath Gacy's house - and indeed the house itself - was universally
described as overwhelming.
seems entirely possible that those digging the graves - and likely
burying the bodies as well - were teen cultists led by Gacy himself.
The home was likely used as something of a safe house for the cult,
as well as a body drop. Following the arrest of Gacy, the group -
now under the leadership of Gecht - was likely forced to take its
activities out onto the streets, so to speak.
The change in gender of the victims could be due to one of two
factors: a deliberate attempt to disassociate the Ripper killings
from the Gacy killings; or simply a reflection of the difference in
sexual preference between Gacy and Gecht. At any rate, it is an
acknowledged fact that the Ripper Crew was a Satanic cult that
killed as a group, much as did the Manson Family. Prosecutors in
fact likened Gecht's followers to the Family, who yearned to please
their leader and killed on command.
mentioned in Part 1 of this series, the string of shootings dubbed
the 'Son of Sam' murders were not - as is
generally believed - the
work of David Berkowitz acting alone, but were likewise the work of
a Satanic cult (this case has been exhaustively researched by Maury
Terry and documented in his book, The Ultimate Evil). An offshoot
of the Process Church of the Final Judgment, the cult has been
referred to as both the 'Chingon' cult and the 'Four-P' cult.
The Process Church, which set up shop in San Francisco, was itself
an offshoot of the Church of Scientology, which was the brainchild
of L. Ron Hubbard - an agent of the Office of Naval Intelligence and
the son of a U.S. Navy Commander. Before being inspired to create
his own church, Hubbard was a close associate and follower of Jack
Parsons, rocket fuel scientist and avid follower of the occult, who
helped found the prestigious Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,
Parsons was at the time the head of the American chapter of the OTO
(Ordo Templi Orientis), a title bestowed on him by mentor Aleister
Crowley, a flamboyant occultist, British and American intelligence
asset, and avid Nazi sympathizer and propagandist both before and
during World War II.
had assumed the leadership of the OTO in 1922 when founder Theodor
Reuss - a German occultist and intelligence asset - had stepped
down. The OTO then - along with the various organizations spawned
from it - is in a direct line of descent from the German
occult-based secret societies that gave rise to the Third Reich, a
fact made evident by the ideology and symbolism of the Process
Church, whose logo is a modified swastika.
Back in the Bay area, Anton Szandor LaVey and
Crowley-enthusiast Kenneth Anger would set about
busily organizing the Church of Satan in San Francisco, where LaVey
would become something of a celebrity - the clown prince of
Satanism. From this church would spring forth both the Temple of Set
- led by U.S. intelligence asset and psychological warfare
Lt. Col. Michael Aquino - and the Werewolf
Order, founded by LaVey's daughter Zeena and Manson-admirer Nikolas
Both of these off-shoots embraced an unabashedly fascist ideology.
The Werewolf Order was patterned directly after the Nazi-front
Werewolf Corps created in post-war Germany to thwart any attempts at denazification. Zeena LaVey and Nikolas Schreck are also notable for
holding a public gathering on August 8, 1988 to celebrate the
anniversary of the slaughter of Sharon Tate by the Manson Family.
great is Aquino's admiration for Nazi Germany that he once paid a
visit to Wewelsburg Castle - a Satanic holy ground owing to the fact
that the castle was lavishly restored by Heinrich Himmler to serve
as the headquarters of the Black Order of the SS - to perform a
Satanic 'working.' Interestingly, Aquino considers himself to be a
homunculus (a being created by magic), the
result of a 'working' performed by Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard.
Aquino, who before splitting with the group was the highest ranking
member of the Church of Satan other than LaVey, has said that LaVey
secretly forged an alliance with the National Renaissance Party, an
overtly racist, neo-Nazi organization. This is not difficult to
believe, given that LaVey's writings can best be characterized as
From this primordial stew would arise, in the late sixties,
the Manson Family. Much of Manson's ideology was taken directly from
the teachings of the Process Church, with whom Charlie was closely
connected, as alluded to by Bugliosi in Helter Skelter, and greatly
elaborated on by Ed Sanders in The Family (to verify that both
Satanic and Nazi imagery and philosophy are integral to the
teachings of the Family, pay a visit to the official Family
web site, maintained for Charlie by
long-time disciple Sandra Good).
Sanders links Manson as well to the Church of Satan and the OTO, as
well as the Church of Scientology (as was true of Berkowitz as
well). All of these connections are quite well documented in Terry's
and Sanders' books. For instance, two of the Manson family members
convicted of murder were recruited directly from LaVey's Church of
Satan: Susan "Sexy Sadie" Atkins and Bobby "Cupid" Beausoleil, who
is said to be a former lover and roommate of Kenneth Anger.
LaVey in fact provides one of many connections between killers and
victims. He had formed a close association with Roman Polanski
shortly before the murders, when he served as the technical
consultant for Polanski on his film Rosemary's Baby, in which he
also made a cameo appearance as - who else? - Satan. Newspaper
accounts at the time of the slayings were rife with claims that the Polanskis were Satanists who hosted drug and sex orgies. But here I
The point is that the Manson Family had numerous affiliations with
an array of Satanic groups. In fact, Terry's evidence indicates that
the Family was (and is) a Satanic cult itself, a faction of the
Process-spawned Chingon cult and a sister group to the New York
chapter responsible for the Son of Sam slayings. The Family was,
appropriately enough, deeply involved in drug trafficking, as Henry
Lee Lucas claimed his cult to be. It's likely not a coincidence that
Ottis Toole was known to have paid visits to the Process Church
headquarters in New Orleans.
Further evidence presented by Terry indicates that another sister
group was in operation in the sixties and seventies in the San
Francisco/Santa Cruz area, with this interlocking network quite
possibly responsible for the Zodiac murders as well. With all this
in mind, we now turn our attention to the Santa Cruz area and the
explosion of violent murders that belched forth from that cauldron.
March of 1967, Charles Milles Manson was released from prison and
given transport to San Francisco, where - despite having served
virtually his entire adult life in prison - he immediately started
gathering followers, many recruited from the various Satanic groups
blossoming in the area. In the Spring of the following year, 1968,
Manson loaded his new followers into a bus and took them on the
road, ultimately settling into the Los Angeles area where he quickly
and improbably established numerous prominent contacts in the
December of 1968, what was thought to be the first of the Zodiac
murders rocked the San Francisco area (it would later be learned
that the killings actually began in the Los Angeles area on October
30, 1966, shortly after the rampages of Richard Speck and Charles
Whitman). Others would soon follow. On August 9th and 10th of 1969,
the Manson Family committed two of the most notorious multiple
murders in the nation's history - the Tate-LaBianca slayings -
victims of which included Sharon Tate, the daughter of Colonel Paul
Tate of U.S. Army Intelligence.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the country, a man named Stanley Baker was
convicted in July of 1970 for the murder of a Montana resident.
Baker candidly admitted to his arresting officers that he had a
little problem - he was a cannibal. As proof, he produced from his
pocket a well-gnawed human finger. Baker, as it turns out, liked to
talk and candidly admitted his involvement in numerous other murders
that he claimed to have committed as a member of the aforementioned
Four-P cult. In fact, police were able to conclusively link him to a
particularly brutal mutilation murder in San Francisco, thanks to
his having thoughtfully left behind a bloody fingerprint. California
courts nevertheless declined to prosecute Baker for the homicide
with the ridiculous claim that he had been denied a speedy trial.
Despite his confessed involvement in a number of murders, and
despite the fact that the murder he was convicted of involved him
ripping out the man's heart and eating it, Baker was released from
prison after just fourteen years and remains at large today. This
was perhaps due to the fact that he had distinguished himself as a
model prisoner during his incarceration by starting his own Satanic
cult and having no fewer than eleven weapons confiscated by guards
(the theme of inexplicably lenient treatment by the criminal
'justice' system, already mentioned in conjunction with Henry Lee,
will be more fully explored later).
Just months after the conviction of Baker - in a case closely
mirroring the slaughter of the residents of the Tate house - John
Lindley Frazier, allegedly acting alone, killed all the occupants of
a home in Santa Cruz, including a prominent doctor, his wife,
secretary, and two children. As a grand finale, he threw the bodies
in the pool (largely cleansing them of forensic evidence) and then
lit the house on fire. Frazier, who was known to have a strong
interest in the occult, was said to have started his own lifestyle
as an Aquarian Age hermit, living in a six-foot-square shack in the
woods (can you say Ted Kaczynski - who was, by the way, a subject of
MK-ULTRA experiments while a student at Harvard).
Not long after Frazier's rampage, and while the death toll of the
Zodiac Killer continued to rise, Edmund Kemper began his bloody
odyssey through the streets of Santa Cruz, ultimately leaving eight
dead before being stopped in early 1973. Most of his victims were
beheaded and dissected, as well as being cannibalized and sexually
abused after their death. Just five months after Kemper claimed his
first victim, Herbert Mullin began a parallel series of killings in
(where else?) Santa Cruz.
Mullin also admitted to having a strong interest in the occult, a
fact made evident by the nature of the killings attributed to him.
His first victim was killed on Friday the 13th, his second on or
about Halloween. His third killing was the stabbing of a Catholic
priest in his confessional on November 2 - All Souls Day (this may
have been a politically motivated hit; the victim, Father Henry Tomei, was a hero of the anti-fascist French resistance movement
during World War II).
All told, Mullin would be credited with thirteen killings in just
four months before being stopped in February of 1973. While awaiting
trial on the charges, he was assigned a cell adjoining none other
than Ed Kemper. The two were, inexplicably, represented by the same
defense attorney - James Jackson - who had not long before
represented fellow Santa Cruz mass murderer John Frazier. Even more
inexplicably, all three were 'examined' after their arrest by
psychiatrist Donald Lunde, who appeared as a witness in all three
trials. Apparently, there aren't many defense attorneys or
psychiatric witnesses available in Santa Cruz (Mullin attempted to
refuse the services of attorney Jackson, but the judge denied his
For those who have lost count, that makes six serial
killers/mass murderers - Charles Manson, Stanley Baker, John Lindley
Frazier, Edmund Kemper, Herbert Mullin, and the Zodiac - all spawned
from the Santa Cruz/San Francisco area in a span of just over four
years, a rather remarkable geographic anomaly that has never been
addressed. These killers were part of the dawn of a new era that
become an ever-present part of the American culture.
Prior to 1960, fewer than two serial killers a year were reported
nationwide. By 1970, the number had climbed to six per year, and by
1980 had tripled that figure. By 1990, nearly three dozen serial
killers a year were being reported. Not
surprisingly then, the rash
of Satanic murders afflicting California would continue. In 1977,
not far from San Francisco, another serial killer began a string of
Richard Chase, dubbed the Vampire of Sacramento, would soon stand
accused of six homicides that were laced with Satanic symbolism,
including the ritual mutilation of the left breast of one of his
female victims and the drinking of his victim's blood (this
preoccupation with the left breast of victims was shared by the
Ripper Crew, who routinely severed and cannibalized the left breast
of their victims. In the Boston Strangler case, one of the victims
was found with 18 stab wounds forming a design on her left breast.
And Resendez-Ramirez, aside from his killings in the U.S., is
suspected in the ritual murders of as many as 187 women in Juarez,
Mexico - many of whom had their left breast severed).
Yet another Satanic serial killer was to terrorize California in
1984, the highly publicized Night Stalker - Richard Ramirez.
Ramirez's involvement in Satanism was so flagrant that it was
impossible for the press to ignore. He was routinely referred to as
a 'self-styled Satanist,' however, which is clearly not the case. In
truth, Ramirez was connected to at least one high-profile Satanic
church, and likely to a covert cult as well.
Ramirez was first introduced to Satanism at a young age by his older
cousin Mike in - of all places - El Paso, Texas (or possibly even
earlier by his father, a former policeman in Juarez, Mexico). Mike
was a decorated Green Beret who had served as a special forces
operative in Vietnam. Chances are that cousin Mike was in fact a
Phoenix Program assassin, who clearly relished the opportunity that
Vietnam gave him to engage in his bloodlust.
Mike had documented some of his assignments in Vietnam by taking
graphic Polaroid photos depicting rape, extreme torture, mutilation,
and murder. These he shared with his young cousin Richard. There is
reason to believe that Mike also got Richard involved with a cult,
which certainly don't seem to be in short supply in the El Paso
Richard left El Paso in 1978 and journeyed to California, where he
quickly hooked up with LaVey's Church of Satan, where he was honored
with a one-on-one meeting with LaVey. It is claimed that he parted
company with LaVey's group before his killing spree began, though
his interest in Satanism clearly continued, as evidenced by the
symbolism attending the Night Stalker crime scenes, including the
drawing of pentagrams.
Also described as a 'dabbler' in Satanism was everyone's favorite
cannibal, Jeffrey Dahmer. It is likely that Dahmer was much more
than just a dabbler, a fact made clear by the detailed plan for
constructing a Satanic alter that was found in his apartment,
complete with the human skulls he had been collecting. In one of the
most bizarre 'coincidences' surrounding America's serial killers,
the brother of one of Dahmer's victims was found stabbed to death in
March of 1999 - long after Dahmer himself had been murdered - in
what was described by police as a ritual sacrifice.
This would tend to indicate that others were involved in Dahmer's
murder spree, though it is possible that it was just a coincidence.
Given, however, that Satanic crime is said to be so rare in America
that it does not in fact exist, one wonders what the odds are of two
kids from the same family being murdered under such circumstances.
And while we are on the subject of coincidences, what are the odds
that the Stayner family would have one son kidnapped as a child and
subjected to eight years of torture and sexual abuse, only to have
their other son later turn out to be a serial killer? But here again
Yet another obvious Satanist in the serial killer crowd is the man
who was known as the Butcher of Kansas, Bob
Berdella. By his own admission, Berdella turned to Satanism after
the death of his father when he was still a teen. Among the array of
macabre artefacts found in his home and place of business (Bob's
Bizarre Bazaar) were numerous items fashioned from human body parts,
as well as an abundance of occult literature and a Satanic ritual
robe. Another rather curious fact about the Berdella case was that
following his conviction, a local millionaire named Dell Dunmire
bought all of Berdella's belongings, including the house in which
the murders were committed and the entire inventory of his home and
business. He proceeded to level the house and then sold the vacant
It is quite possible that these actions were taken to hide
evidence of the involvement of others, including possibly himself.
It will be recalled that Henry Lee Lucas claimed that the upper
echelons of the cult he was involved with included the wealthy and
powerful. Berkowitz made the same claims of the Son of Sam cult.
Journalist Terry was, in fact, able to document the involvement in
the cult of such figures as Cotton Club film producer Roy Radin and
wealthy art dealer Andrew
Crispo. Crispo actually admitted to
being present at a ritual homicide, though he denied participating
in the grisly murder. Radin, on the other hand, became a victim of
the cult himself.
Another acknowledged Satanist was Leonard Lake, and likely his
partner Charles Ng as well. Lake's ex-wife admitted that her former
spouse had a long-time affiliation with a San Francisco 'witches
coven,' and friends recalled that Lake had often claimed membership
in a secret 'death cult.'
Besides the killers listed here who have exhibited an overt interest
in Satanism, it is tempting to conclude that any murder that
includes such elements as cannibalism, ritual mutilation and
necrophilia is Satanically inspired. To do so, however, would reek
of Christian fundamentalism with its desire to cast all such evil as
the work of the Devil.
will refrain from doing so here. We will also pause here to note
that your erstwhile reporter is not, by any stretch of the
imagination, a Christian fundamentalist. In fact, he is not a
Christian at all, but rather an atheist. He does not believe in God
or Satan, though he does believe that both are concepts that are
used by the powerful few to promote an agenda.
also does not believe that those who are at the top of the food
chain on either side of the aisle believe in God or Satan, for that
matter. They merely exploit the belief systems of their followers to
serve their own ends. The main point here is that readers should not
conclude that the actions of these killers is influenced or directed
by an entity known as Satan, but by mortal men who manipulate the
belief systems of others. I'm glad we cleared that up, but once
again I digress.
gets into people and makes them do things they don't want to."
-----Herbert Mullin speaking to a Bible
now to another of the recurrent themes that runs through the serial
killer literature: the inexplicably
treatment afforded America's serial killers
- already noted in reference to Henry Lee Lucas, Richard Speck and
Stanley Baker. This trend is all the more remarkable in light of the
fact that the U.S. has the harshest criminal justice system in the
leniently have many of our serial killers been treated that it is
hard not to conclude that the actions of America's courts and key
law enforcement personnel are often deliberately intended to keep
these men on the streets. If this is not the case, then it is
difficult to imagine what other explanation would suffice to explain
these glaring exceptions to the 'Rule of Law.'
John Wayne Gacy, for instance, was convicted in 1968 of violently
raping a teenage boy. For this he was sentenced to ten years, but
was released after serving just 18 months. Some years later - during
the killing years of 1972-1978 - at least two young men would go to
the police with stories of being chloroformed by Gacy and being
subsequently tortured and violently raped.
Despite Gacy's record for engaging in exactly that type of behavior,
the complaints were not believed by the police who failed to take
any action. Police did finally take action in December of 1978,
searching Gacy's home in response to allegations made by yet another
young man. They found drivers licenses and jewellery that appeared
to belong to some of the missing boys, copious quantities of drugs,
a stained rug, handcuffs, a home-made stock, police badges, a
syringe and needles, and rope.
Despite the discovery of this evidence - and the fact that the
stench of death literally filled every corner of the house as it
rose up through the floor boards from the twenty-nine corpses
rotting below - the police decided to take no action at that time
and left to "further research the case." Gacy would not be arrested
for eight more days, and then it was on drug charges unconnected to
the murders. This triggered a second search of the house though that
resulted in the discovery of the bodies.
between the first and second searches, Gacy actually invited
officers into his home for drinks, and yet again they bafflingly
failed to notice the unmistakable smell of decomposition. Police
also aided Gacy by steadfastly refusing to list any of Gacy's
victims as 'missing,' preferring instead to consider them runaways.
It was noted during the search, by the way, that Gacy's house was
impeccably neat, as was that other infamous death house, Jeffrey
Dahmer's Milwaukee apartment.
also received rather lax treatment from authorities both before and
during his killing spree. In 1989, Dahmer had been convicted on
molestation charges, for which he received only probation and one
year on a work release program. Even this was too harsh though, and
a judge granted him early release after just ten months, despite a
letter from the prisoner's own father asking that he be held until
he received treatment.
Following his release, his probation officer failed to make a single
visit to Dahmer's home, which - like Gacy's - reeked of death and
decomposition. This would later become the basis of a lawsuit by
survivors of some of Dahmer's victims, who plausibly contended that
a single visit by the probation department would have put Dahmer out
Even more baffling is the fact that a 14-year-old boy - naked,
bleeding and heavily drugged - was seen fleeing Dahmer's apartment
by two women who called the police to report the incident. The
police, upon their arrival, chose to believe Dahmer's story of a
lover's quarrel, despite the fact that the women were still on the
scene and angrily tried to inform the officers that they had seen
the terror-stricken boy actively resisting Dahmer's efforts to
restrain him, and despite the fact that the boy was clearly
Yet more inexplicable, the police claim to have accompanied the pair
back to Dahmer's apartment and to have noticed nothing amiss. This
despite the fact that there was at the time a three-day-old corpse
on the bed with the attendant smell of death, not to mention an
abundance of rather morbid artifacts. Nevertheless, the police left
and Dahmer promptly proceeded to kill the boy and rape and
disembowel the corpse.
The mother of one of the women who had witnessed the boy fleeing
called officers back after reading a newspaper story on a missing
boy who closely resembled the naked young man, but her concerns were
dismissed. Out of despair, she even contacted the local FBI office,
but this was also to no avail. The case was considered closed, even
though Dahmer was a convicted child molester who was still on
probation, and even though the boy who police returned to the killer
that night was the brother of the boy Dahmer had previously been
convicted of molesting.
The Night Stalker was another who received notably light sentencing.
Convicted of rape while still in high school, he was let off without
even receiving probation. And his mentor - cousin Mike - was
convicted of shooting his wife in the face, killing her in full view
of the 13-year-old future serial killer. He was sent to a mental
hospital from which he was released in less than five years.
Following his release, he again assumed the role of mentor to
Then there is the case of Bobby Joe Long, Henry's kin. Accused by
his girlfriend of rape and battery, he was convicted of the latter.
The verdict was set aside, however, when a judge received a letter
from Long and, strangely enough, considered it a valid legal motion
for a new trial and granted the prisoner's 'motion.' At his new
trial, Long was acquitted despite numerous credible witnesses who
testified against him. Between the first and second trials, he was
also convicted of sending obscene materials and making obscene phone
calls to a twelve-year-old girl. For this, he was sentenced to six
month's probation and two days in jail. Later, he was convicted of
attempting to abduct a girl at gunpoint and received a $1,500 fine
and three years probation.
How much worse can it get, you ask? Consider the case of Gary
Heidnik. He was arrested in 1978 when it was discovered that he had
a woman chained in his basement. She had been repeatedly tortured
and raped. Charged with kidnapping, rape, unlawful restraint and
false imprisonment, Heidnik was convicted. He was back out by early
1983. A few years later, six more women would have to endure this
same tortuous ordeal. Two of them would not survive.
consider the case of Arthur Shawcross. Arthur had gone to Vietnam in
1968, and though records indicate he served
a supply clerk, he returned telling lurid tales of rape, torture,
cannibalism, mutilation and dismemberment (can you say Phoenix?).
Upon his return, he promptly set fire to a local paper mill and a
cheese factory - crimes for which he was sentenced to five years in
prison. He served less than two.
year later, Shawcross raped, strangled, mutilated and cannibalized
an eight-year-old girl and a ten-year-old boy. He also admitted
returning on several occasions to have sex with the boy's rotting
corpse. He received a 25 year sentence for the girl's death, but was
never even charged with the boy's murder, despite the fact that he
had confessed to the crime and showed investigators where the body
lay. Shawcross was released just fifteen years later, resulting in
eleven more deaths.
consider the case of Edmund Kemper. In 1964, young Ed shot both his
grandparents in the
head. Placed in the custody of the Youth Authority, Kemper was
released after serving just five years for the double murder.
Richard Speck was convicted of attacking a girl with a knife and
nearly killing her in January 1965, just a year before the Chicago
mass murder. He served just five months, despite having been
arrested some three dozen times in his life prior to the assault.
This was attributed to 'bureaucratic error.'
the trial was set to begin for Hillside Strangler Angelo Buono,
prosecutors moved to dismiss all ten murder charges and drop
prosecution altogether of Buono as the Strangler. The judge, to his
credit, refused to grant the motion and instructed the prosecutors
to proceed with the case. Richard Chase was released from
psychiatric confinement in 1976 despite protests from the staff that
he was dangerous, due in part to his professed belief that he
required the blood of others to survive. His killings began the next
year, but not before his being found by the police in the desert
naked and covered in blood. In his car nearby were guns and a bucket
of human blood.
Albert DeSalvo, purportedly the Boston Strangler, was arrested in
1955 and charged with molesting a nine-year-old girl. The charges
were dropped. In the next few years, he was twice arrested for
breaking and entering. Both times he received suspended sentences.
In 1960, he was again convicted of breaking and entering in
conjunction with a series of sexual assaults. He served just eleven
And consider finally the cases of Charles Manson and Ted Bundy. The
LAPD, arguably the most corrupt police department in the country -
though there is certainly no lack of competition - couldn't really
be bothered with the wealth of evidence that implicated Family
members in the Tate and LaBianca murders. The department refused to
acknowledge and examine the glaringly obvious connections between
the two murder scenes, thus severely hampering the investigation.
They likewise refused to explore the connections between the Gary
Hinman murder and the other two more high-profile crimes.
The L.A. Sheriffs had solved the Hinman case, no thanks to the LAPD,
and had Bobby Beausoleil in custody and knew of his connections to
the Family. They were also well aware of the connections between the
three crime scenes. Two motorcycle gang members with close ties to
the Family - Al Springer and Danny DeCarlo of the Straight Satans -
had given them damning testimony concerning the Family's involvement
in all the murders.
When the sheriffs passed this information on to the LAPD, they
proceeded to do absolutely nothing. Meanwhile, on September 1, 1969,
just a few weeks after the Tate murders, a gun was found and turned
in to L.A.'s finest. The gun was a rather rare and unique firearm,
and just happened to match the description of the weapon suspected
of being used in the murders, right down to the broken handle.
Nevertheless, the department tagged and filed away the weapon, where
it was promptly forgotten. For months. It took a phone call from the
father of the boy who had found the gun to get the department to
acknowledge its existence, and even then he was initially told that
it had probably been destroyed. It hadn't, and was in fact the
weapon used to kill the victims at the Tate house.
Elsewhere, Susan Atkins had been arrested on unrelated charges and
was spending some time in the Sybil Brand Institute for Women. While
there, she gave detailed confessions of the murders to two fellow
inmates. Both of these women tried repeatedly to pass this
information along to the LAPD, but were consistently denied
permission to do so, despite the fact that one of the women to whom
these requests were made was at the time dating one of the Tate case
other words, the LAPD had at its disposal the eyewitness accounts of
a participant in the crime, the gun used in the crime, the
statements of two close associates of the killers directly
implicating them in the crime, among other evidence, and yet chose
to do nothing for a period of several months.
Ted Bundy, on the other hand, had already been taken into custody
when his comedy of errors began. The problem was that, in some kind
of surrealistic Keystone Cops scenario, they just couldn't seem to
keep him there. In 1975, Bundy was convicted of the kidnapping and
assault of Carol DaRonch. For this, he was sentenced to 1-15 years
with the possibility of parole, meaning that he likely would have
been back on the streets in record time.
Shortly thereafter, Colorado police filed murder charges against
Bundy, greatly overdue considering that at least five people -
including one of Bundy's college professors and, on more than one
occasion, his own fiancee - had given the police Bundy's name in
connection with a string of killings being investigated in Seattle
and elsewhere. This information was filed away and forgotten for
Now awaiting trial for murder, and suspected of numerous other
murders, Bundy was granted permission to represent himself. Despite
being an obvious security risk, he was allowed to do research in the
courthouse library, unattended and unrestrained. Luckily for Ted,
the library had an open window. Bundy 'escaped' by jumping out the
window and casually walking away to freedom.
Recaptured after nearly a week on the lam, Bundy would 'escape'
again just months later. This time he was said to have exited his
cell through the ceiling space and crawled into the living quarters
of a deputy. He then dropped down from the ceiling and strolled
casually out the door. If this is in fact the case, then it must be
noted that this is a very peculiar design feature for a prison.
Part 4 of this story will look at further similarities in the
stories of America's serial killers.
"Like you have a job, I have
a job, he has a job. His job is killing people. That's what he was
trained to do."
----Cynthia Haden referring to Richard Ramirez (Miss Haden
was a juror in the Ramirez trial, and later established a
relationship with the condemned man in an effort to understand what
drove a person to commit such crimes)
Degrees of Henry Lee
"... draftees were made to
kill dogs and vultures by biting their throats and twisting off
their heads, and had to watch as soldiers tortured and killed
suspected dissidents - tearing out their fingernails, cutting off
their heads, chopping their bodies to pieces and playing with the
dismembered arms for fun."
---Noam Chomsky describing a deserter's account of the
training received by CIA-backed Salvadoran death squads
Americans have difficulty accepting the idea of the mind controlled
killer, whether it be the lone-nut assassin such as Lee Harvey
Oswald or Sirhan Sirhan, or whether it be a serial killer like Henry
Lee Lucas or Charles Manson. Yet the fact remains that U.S.
intelligence services have devoted a considerable amount of time and
money to developing just such an individual.
There is not space here to detail all the techniques and methods
that have received attention from the CIA and others. The basic
methodology was revealed decades ago by George Estabrooks - a
prominent psychologist under contract to the intelligence services -
in his book Hypnotism, first published in 1943. Estabrooks candidly
acknowledged that his "main interest has always been the military
application of hypnosis." While 'Esty' notes that the "intelligent
reader ... will sense that much more is withheld than has been
told," there is nevertheless enough information given to construct a
fairly accurate picture of the fundamentals of mind control.
What is needed is a subject suffering from what used to be termed
Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), and what is now termed
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). This condition can already
exist within the subject or can be created by the therapist. In all
cases, however, the condition is created by severe trauma - so
severe in fact that the traumatic episode cannot be integrated into
the experiences of the core personality.
Far and away the most common cause of MPD is early childhood abuse,
usually inflicted by a parent or other adult guardian. As Dr. Frank
Putnam stated in 1989: "I am struck by the quality of extreme sadism
that is reported by most MPD victims. Many multiples have told me of
being sexually abused by groups of people, of being forced into
prostitution by family members, or of being offered as sexual
enticement to their mother's boyfriends. After one has worked with a
number of MPD patients, it becomes obvious that severe, sustained,
and repetitive child abuse is a major element in the creation of MPD."
When the abuse is of an extreme nature, the natural human reaction
is to build a wall around such experiences, so to speak, by creating
a separate and distinct personality to deal with future episodes of
abuse. Once the core personality is split, it is then possible to
control one or more of the alters that have been created, without
the conscious knowledge of the main personality. This, according to
Estabrooks, creates the 'Super Spy,' willing to follow orders
unquestioningly without even being aware that he is doing so.
Estabrooks only alludes to the severe trauma that is required to
create a true multiple, often referring to the trauma
euphemistically as a form of hypnotism. At one point, he notes that
"[multiple personalities] are caused by a form of hypnotism in the
first place! We will see that emotional shock produces exactly the
same results as hypnotism." Later, he comes closer to the grim
reality when he states: "multiple personality could be both caused
and cured by hypnotism. Remember that war is a grim business.
Suppose we deliberately set up that condition of multiple
personality to further the ends of military intelligence."
Elsewhere, Estabrooks acknowledges that he himself had written
previously that: "everyone could be thrown into the deepest state of
hypnotism by the use of what [I] termed the Russian method - no
holds barred, deliberate disintegration of the personality by
psychic torture ... The subject might easily be left a mental wreck
but war is a grim business." Also noted is that children make
especially good subjects, given that they "are notoriously easy to
hypnotize." Which is to say, children are particularly vulnerable to
abuse and have more of a tendency to dissociate traumatic
experiences, thereby creating alter identities that can be later
exploited and controlled.
This is one of the main reasons that the CIA and other
intelligence agencies have played a key role in the creation of
'mainstream' Satanic groups such as the OTO and the Temple of Set,
as well as in denying the existence of underground Satanic cults and
Satanic crime. These Satanic groups have frequently served as agency
fronts for mind-control operations. For when it comes to severely
traumatizing children, nothing compares to the stories told by those
who have survived what has been termed Satanic Ritual Abuse
(sometimes referred to as Sadistic Ritual Abuse). Of course, there
has been a concerted effort to discredit all such stories,
spearheaded by the False Memory Syndrome Foundation - a group led by
a truly vile
coalition of CIA affiliated psychologists
and accused pedophiles.
Also playing a key role in the movement to deny the validity
of recovered memories of severe abuse are Paul and Shirley Eberle,
authors of the supposedly authoritative book The Politics of Child
Abuse, which attempts to blame all child abuse accusations and
prosecutions on overzealous prosecutors, therapists and parents.
This might be a little more credible if the
Eberles themselves were not well known to
Los Angeles police as distributors of child pornography, a fact that
the media conveniently and consistently ignore while touting the
Eberles as authorities in the field of child abuse.
There is not the time or the space here to review the literature
supporting the claims of abuse survivors. Suffice it to say that
when viewed in the context of a state-sponsored mind control
program, we can begin to understand why someone would inflict such
appalling levels of abuse on America's children, and why so much
effort and disinformation would be put forth to discredit such
claims if they are in fact valid.
By cloaking mind control operations in Satanic rituals, yet
another purpose is served as well. Even if an operation is uncovered
- as was the case at the
McMartin Preschool - the stories told by
the children are so outlandish, so far removed from the world as we
know it, that they are easily cast aside as the product of a child's
fertile imagination. But is it really mere coincidence that the very
acts that child survivors of ritual abuse all across the country
claim to have witnessed and participated in - cannibalism,
bestiality, pedophilia, torture, mutilation, dismemberment, etc. -
are the same depraved acts that are the stock-in-trade of America's
the previous installment of this series, the connections between
America's serial killers and Satanism were explored. In the next
installment of what has become a considerably longer work than was
originally intended, we will explore the overlapping area of mind
control. Of course, it is rarely possible to substantiate that a
given person has indeed been victimized by CIA mind control
procedures. There are clues, however, that when taken together tend
to point in that direction. Some of these are:
of severe childhood abuse.
diagnosis of Multiple Personality Disorder, or symptoms indicating
the presence of the condition.
reporting of voices in the head instructing the subject what to do.
Connections to the intelligence community.
Connections to military, prison, and/or psychiatric facilities known
or suspected to be involved in MK-ULTRA projects.
Before looking at these factors in the last installment of this
series, we will look here at some other recurrent themes that tend
to indicate that there is more to the average serial killer than
meets the eye. Specifically, we will focus on:
The suspicious deaths of key players during the trials of various
tending to indicate the complicity of others and/or a high-level
The suspicious deaths of the
taken by the accused that seem deliberately intended to circumvent a
full airing of the evidence at trial, including the giving of
voluntary confessions, the entering of guilty pleas, the failure to
mount a defense, and the insistence by the accused that they be
allowed to serve as their own attorney (such actions, it should be
noted, also provide fertile ground for later appeals and sentencing
During the Manson trial for instance, one of the Family's defense
attorneys was murdered, Charlie insisted on the right to defend
himself, and the defense stunned the courtroom and legal observers
by resting their case without calling a single defense witness to
rebut the prosecution's case, virtually guaranteeing an easy win for
Bugliosi and the state.
Cary Stayner sealed his fate by giving a detailed confession
implicating himself - and he alone - in the four homicide charges he
was facing, clearing several others who were - unlike Stayner -
linked to the killings by hard physical evidence. On September 6th
of this year, Stayner and his attorney accepted the terms of a plea
bargain agreement that reeks of a cover-up. Stayner professed his
sole guilt in the death of Joie Armstrong and was sentenced to life
in prison with no possibility of parole, though he was spared a
Besides the fact that the guilty plea eliminated the need for a
highly publicized trial, the agreement contained a very unusual
provision, stating that: "After the entry of judgment in this case
until his death he [Stayner] will not speak to anyone, write to
anyone, or communicate to anyone about the death of Joie Ruth
Armstrong." No one, in other words, will ever hear Stayner's side of
Herb Mullin stunned the court and his attorney by attempting to
plead guilty to six counts of first-degree murder. The judge refused
to accept the plea given the gravity of the consequences. Ed Kemper,
another Santa Cruz serial killer, drove all the way to Colorado
after his last killing before inexplicably calling his friends on
the force back home and turning himself in, whereupon he gave
meticulously detailed confessions to eight brutal murders.
Danny Rolling, the Gainesville Ripper, stunned the courtroom hearing
his case by entering guilty pleas and taking sole responsibility for
five homicides. He was given the death penalty on all five counts.
Included among the evidence indicating that Rolling did not act
alone was the fact that one of his victims - who was restrained and
tortured prior to his death - was a 6'3" tall, 200+ pound athlete
who put up a fierce fight for his life. Rolling, acting alone, was
simply not physically up to the task.
Bob Berdella was quite obliging to his captors, giving confessions
to six torture murders. He then surprised the court by entering a
guilty plea to one count of murder arising from those confessions.
Berdella served only four years before dying at the young age of 43,
officially of a heart attack. Many suspect the true cause was
poisoning. Richard Speck also allegedly died of a heart attack at
the relatively young age of 49. Richard Chase served just
two-and-a-half years of his sentence before he was discovered dead
in his cell, allegedly of a drug overdose. Chase was incarcerated in
Vacaville - a hot bed of CIA mind control operations - and was
reportedly on 'anti-psychotic' medication at the time.
Jeffrey Dahmer proved to be quite cooperative in captivity, giving
highly detailed confessions to seventeen murders. In court, he
ignored his lawyer's advice and plead guilty but insane to fifteen
counts of murder. Dahmer served just two years before being paired
with two homicidal inmates on an unsupervised work detail. Only one
emerged alive, and it wasn't Dahmer.
Leonard Lake, partner of Charles Ng, popped a cyanide capsule during
an interrogation shortly after his arrest for shoplifting, which he
conveniently and rather improbably had hidden in the collar of his
shirt. He died without ever regaining consciousness. Ng, who served
as his own attorney for awhile, somehow managed to place a phone
call to a juror during his trial. One man who Ng had confessed to -
who was to be a key witness at the trial - died in a single car
crash before he could appear.
Ted Bundy, who represented himself three times - in Utah, Colorado
and again in Florida - eventually confessed to being solely
responsible for twenty-eight murders. John Wayne Gacy obliged his
captors by confessing to thirty or more murders, taking sole credit
for all of them. The Night Stalker insisted on retaining two grossly
inexperienced and ineffective attorneys to represent him,
predictably resulting in nineteen death sentences from the jury,
whose deliberations were delayed when one of the twelve was killed
in her home in a grisly Night Stalker-style slaying. Nothing unusual
Douglas Clark, the Sunset Strip Killer, insisted on defending
himself; his request was granted. His partner, Carol Bundy, had a
change of heart on the day she was set to go to trial and preempted
the proceedings by entering guilty pleas on two counts of murder.
But perhaps nowhere was such a concerted effort made to avoid an
airing of the truth in open court than in the case of Albert DeSalvo,
the purported Boston Strangler. DeSalvo never actually stood trial
for the stranglings. No one, in fact, has ever stood trial for the
Had DeSalvo stood trial for the killings, he would without question
have been acquitted. There was not then, nor has there ever been, a
single piece of physical evidence produced tying DeSalvo to any of
the slayings. Not a single eyewitness could place DeSalvo at - or
anywhere near - any of the crime scenes. This is not to say that
there were no eyewitnesses who had seen 'The Strangler.' There were
several; none of them could identify DeSalvo as the man they saw.
The public, meanwhile, was clamoring for resolution of the case.
Luckily for them, DeSalvo's attorney - F. Lee Bailey - came up with
what has to be the most preposterous and unethical defense in the
history of American jurisprudence. As Bailey himself has stated: "I
wanted the right to defend a man for robbery and assault by proving
that he had committed thirteen murders." In other words, rather than
defending his client against the relatively light charges he was
actually faced with, Bailey opted to proclaim his client's guilt on
those charges, but argued that he should be found innocent by reason
of insanity based on the fact that he had also committed thirteen
murders. Now that's a hell of a defense.
Bailey didn't bother to cross-examine a single prosecution witness,
making no effort whatsoever to rebut the charges DeSalvo was facing.
Instead, he presented a ridiculously flimsy case for DeSalvo's guilt
in the Strangler killings, a case that would never have stood up to
cross examination. This wasn't really a concern though, since when
it is the defense attorney presenting the prosecution's case, there
isn't anyone to conduct a cross examination.
The end result was that DeSalvo was found guilty of the robbery and
assault charges by the jury, and guilty of the murder charges in the
court of public opinion - which is of course exactly what was
intended. For this shameless selling-out of his client, Bailey
should at the very least have been disbarred, if not brought up on
criminal charges himself. Instead, he went on to fame and fortune
and a most undeserved reputation as a skilled attorney.
DeSalvo, on the other hand, went on to an early death. He was
stabbed to death in the prison infirmary the morning after making an
urgent call to Dr. Ames Robey, a prison psychiatrist who had spent a
considerable amount of time with the prisoner. DeSalvo had told
Robey that he wanted to meet with the doctor and a reporter early
the next day. Robey recalls what happened next:
"He was going to tell us who the Boston Strangler really was, and
what the whole thing was about. He had asked to be placed in the
infirmary under special lockup about a week before. Something was
going on within the prison, and I think he felt he had to talk
quickly. There were people in the prison, including guards, that
were not happy with him ... Somebody had to leave an awful lot of
doors open, which meant - because there were several guards one
would have to go by - there had to be a fair number of people paid
or asked to turn their backs or something. But somebody put a knife
into Albert DeSalvo's heart sometime between evening check and the
Bailey had convinced DeSalvo to sign an agreement with author Gerold
Frank to pen the disinformational The Boston Strangler. The book,
which argued that DeSalvo had indeed been solely responsible for the
killings, became a best seller and further reinforced in the
public's mind the notion that the killings had been solved. Bailey,
by the way, pocketed the advance money that was supposed to go to
DeSalvo, prompting Albert to file complaints with the state bar
association, though these were ignored.
conclude this installment with the case of another 'serial killer'
that never quite made it to court. Consider the
unusual case of one
Herb Baumeister of Indianapolis, Indiana. Herb's strange tale stands
as a rather blatant example of how the 'serial killer' label is
applied as a cover-up for a much larger criminal enterprise.
Herb was the son of a prominent doctor who secreted his young son
off to 'mental examinations.' Shortly after dropping out of college
- where he had been an anatomy major - he spent two months in a
psychiatric hospital where he was diagnosed as having two or more
personalities. As a young man - and a member of the Young
Republicans (as was Ted Bundy) - he opened a successful business in
conjunction with the Children's Bureau of Indianapolis, which gave
him ready access to, naturally enough, children.
Exactly what Herb's business with the children actually was is a
matter of conjecture. It was certainly profitable though, allowing
Herb to purchase a sprawling, secluded 18.5 acre estate dubbed 'Fox
Hollow Farms.' Police would soon discover thousands of human bones,
bone fragments and teeth on the heavily wooded estate, many
scattered about in plain sight. How many more were buried will
probably never be known.
Baumeister was away at a lake with his son when the search of his
property began. Two days into the search, police paid a visit to
Baumeister at the lake, where they removed his son from his custody.
They did not, however, take Baumeister into custody - or even
question him. This, mind you, after investigators had just spent two
full days excavating Baumeister's eighteen acre graveyard!
Herb promptly disappeared after the police left. He reappeared a few
days later in Ontario, where police found him sleeping in his car.
The officer on the scene noted that there was a stack of videotapes
in the passenger area of the car. The next day, Herb was again found
in his car, this time with a .357 magnum bullet hole in his head.
The death was ruled a suicide; the tapes were nowhere to be found.
These tapes were believed by investigators to be snuff films of some
of the killings. A semi-hidden video camera had been discovered
strategically placed at the estate. The tapes were never recovered
or accounted for. Around this same time, Baumeister's older brother
was found dead in a Texas whirlpool in a case that has never been
What was really going on at Fox Hollow Farms and how many people
were involved? That may never be known. No one ever stood trial for
the murders, and it was impossible to even estimate a victim count.
Herb was declared to be solely responsible for the deaths of the
four victims who could be identified, all local gay men reported
These were four of at least ten local men reported missing after
frequenting area gay bars over the previous three years, a fact that
the police had consistently ignored. With the exception of the local
gay press, the media had turned a blind eye as well. After the
discovery of Herb's bone-yard, the media disparaged the victims -
referring to them as "male prostitutes" - while continuing to
routinely laud Baumeister as a local "businessman" and "landowner,"
rather than what he was - a suspected mass murderer.
does not seem unreasonable to conclude that many of the bones found
on Herb's property could have been those of
children acquired from
the Bureau who would not be missed and were likely never reported
missing. Equally reasonable is the possibility that these children,
prior to their ultimate fate as stars of kiddy snuff films, were
used for child pornography and/or child prostitution.
course we all know that the existence of snuff films is the stuff of
urban legends. But there are those persistent reports of a thriving
underground market for just such films, a market that is said to
include many of wealth and power. Former Nebraska State Senator John
DeCamp, for example, gives an appallingly detailed account of one
such film in his self-published book, The Franklin Cover-Up.
Sanders concludes in The Family - based on a number of witness
statements - that the Manson clan was involved in the production and
distribution of snuff films (as well as child pornography). Maury
Terry reaches the same conclusion about the Son of Sam cult in his
book The Ultimate Evil. And then there is the case of Charles Ng and
Their Northern California ranch was tailor-made for the production
of snuff films, complete with a bunker containing hidden rooms with
one-way viewing windows and hidden cameras. The compound also
contained an incinerator for disposing of the bodies - one reason
that a final body count was never achieved, though evidence
indicated that as many as 25 people were killed and disposed of.
previously mentioned, Lake's ex-wife managed to get to the compound
shortly before police and remove an unknown number of videotapes
from the property. Though authorities claim these tapes were later
returned, there is no way of verifying that the tapes returned were
the same ones that had been removed, or that all were returned.
Even so, an abundance of photographic and video evidence was found
to document the reign of terror by the pair. Though the tapes
stopped short of showing the actual killings (by most reports,
anyway; some have claimed otherwise), many investigators were of the
opinion that such tapes did, in fact, exist. For now, though, there
is mostly just speculation.
There is no speculation about the existence of still photographs
detailing the exploits of serial killers, however. These undeniably
exist. Jeffrey Dahmer, for one, had a collection of Polaroids of his
handiwork. So, for that matter, did Edmund Kemper, Bob Berdella and
- as just noted - Leonard Lake. These would, I'm sure, make a nice
addition to the photo album of Richard Ramirez's cousin Mike.
"It's hard for me to believe
that a human being could have done what I've done, but I know that I
(Control) of a Serial Killer
"I'm going to teach you the
beauty of pain and you're going to be my slave for the rest of your
---Viola Lucas to her son Henry Lee
comes to early childhood abuse, there are few parents of future
serial killers who can compare to Viola Lucas. So severe was her
physical abuse of young Henry that he once slipped into a coma for a
day following a particularly brutal beating. On another occasion -
due to a combination of violent abuse and neglect - Henry lost one
of his eyes. Sidekick Ottis Toole suffered abuse as well, at the
hands of both his father and his grandmother.
Viola was, as is the case with the mothers of several serial
killers, a prostitute. She routinely entertained her customers in
the presence of Henry, who was compelled to watch. Viola took it one
step further, however, dressing young Henry up as a girl and
prostituting him out to her customers for them to indulge their
depraved pedophile fantasies.
Henry's cousin, Bobby Joe Long, was likewise born the son of a
prostitute, and also had to witness his mother's sexual activities
throughout his childhood. Until the age of thirteen, young Bobby
shared a bed with his mother. Ted Bundy's mother was also an abusive
young prostitute who entertained her customers in Ted's presence.
Charles Manson was likewise born the son of a teenage prostitute. He
suffered abuse throughout his childhood, both at the hands of his
mother and in a series of reform schools and penal institutions.
From the age of eight, Manson spent the vast majority of his life
institutionalized, including a stint in Boy's Town - identified in
the aforementioned The Franklin Cover-Up as a hot-bed of pedophilic
John Wayne Gacy's father was a violently abusive alcoholic, as was
Leonard Lake's father and Richard Speck's stepfather (whose name
was, strangely enough, Carl August Lindbergh). Danny Rolling's
father was abusive as well, while Richard Chase's was said to be a
'strict disciplinarian.' DeSalvo's father was also violently abusive
towards young Albert, as was Richard Ramirez's father. Ramirez was
also the victim of severe sexual abuse, as was Arthur Shawcross -
whose mother was known to rape her son with a broomstick handle. Ken
Bianchi was severely abused as a child as well.
Charles Ng's father would routinely chain and beat the young boy,
while both of Carol Bundy's parents were abusive. Her mother died
suddenly and rather mysteriously at a very young age. Her father,
who thereafter sexually abused Carol and her siblings, would later
hang himself. Herb Mullin's father, decorated World War II hero
Martin William Mullin, liked to entertain his son with graphic war
stories, and taught the young man that violence was natural. Herb
would later tell anyone who would listen that his father was a mass
murderer, responsible for a number of unsolved killings. No one took
Herb seriously, of course.
None of this should come as much of a surprise to most readers. That
serial killers have suffered an abusive childhood has become almost
a cliché. This generally acknowledged fact is mentioned here only
because, as previously stated, it is a factor in identifying victims
of mind control when considered in conjunction with other
characteristics and experiences later in life.
the dark and ugly nether world where serial killers and mind-control
operations bisect, there appears to be two general categories of
mass murderers: those who are merely controlled, and those who are
both controlling and controlled. There is a third category as well
that occupies the gray area between these first two - those killers
who are obsessed with the notion of controlling others, but who
appear to have fallen short of attaining that goal.
First on the list of what we will call 'controllers' is, of course,
Charles Manson. That Charlie had an uncanny ability to control his
followers is a well established fact. Yet more remarkable is that
Manson has maintained that same level of control from inside a
prison cell for thirty years now. In fact, it was that very control
that was the sole basis for Manson's murder convictions.
The fact of the matter was that Manson did not personally
participate in the Tate/LaBianca murders. He was not even present at
the crime scenes when the slayings took place. He merely told his
followers what to do, and they robotically followed his commands. In
order to convict Manson, it was necessary for the prosecution to
convince the jury that the actual killers were virtually powerless
to disobey their leader. It was not enough to merely show that
Charli had given the order to kill. This does not, by a long shot,
constitute first-degree murder.
I ask you, the reader, to break the law - and you comply - you are
the criminal, not I. Following orders is no excuse for breaking the
law, and certainly no excuse for committing mass murder (except,
apparently, in the military). So in order to garner convictions
against Manson, it had to be proven that this was an order that the
recipients were incapable of not acting on.
For this reason, the Manson trial had no precedent in American
history. What the Manson case demonstrated was that it could be
proven in a court of law that a person could be compelled to act
against his will. This had already been established by a Danish
court in a landmark case recalled by Estabrooks in Hypnotism: "An
amateur hypnotist named Nielson had induced an hypnotic subject
named Hardrup to commit a murder ... Nielson, the hypnotist, got a
life sentence, the maximum penalty in Denmark, whereas Hardrup, the
actual murderer, received a two-year sentence on the basis of
The Manson case had a slightly different outcome: both the
controller and his followers received the death penalty. Legally and
logically, this verdict makes no sense. For if Manson's control was
so complete that the killers were powerless to resist his commands,
then they should not have been held legally responsible for their
actions. And if Charlie did not, in fact, wield such power, then he
should not have been held responsible for the actions of others.
Bugliosi does not address this inherent contradiction in his
prosecution strategy in Helter Skelter. He does ponder, albeit
briefly, how Manson gained such control, concluding that this
"remains the most puzzling question of all." Indeed. After spending
just a few pages briefly summarizing some of the techniques Manson
employed on his followers, Bugliosi surmises: "I tend to think that
there is something more, some missing link that enabled him to so
rape and bastardize the minds of his followers that they would go
against the most ingrained of all commandments, Thou shalt not kill,
and willingly, even eagerly, murder at his command."
While pondering the question of how Manson was able to exert such
control, Bugliosi largely overlooks an even more important question:
where did Charlie learn the techniques that he was obviously so
skilled at? Bugliosi notes only that: "It may be something that he
learned from others," which is, of course, only stating the obvious.
The question not asked, either in the book or at trial, is: who were
Another question not asked by Bugliosi, nor by any number of CIA
affiliated writers who have written on the subject of mind control,
is: how is it possible that a man of limited education who has spent
the majority of his life in prison acquired these skills, while the
intelligence agencies - which have invested countless millions of
dollars employing the best and the brightest scientific minds in the
country for decades in pursuit of attaining this very same goal -
have allegedly met with nothing but failure. The answer is, of
course, that it is not possible.
is unfathomable that men such as Manson (and Jim Jones, David
Koresh, etc.) have stumbled upon a secret that the CIA has yet to
discover. It is a patently absurd notion. And yet, this is exactly
what we are supposed to believe. We are also supposed to believe
that Charlie, while controlling others, was himself acting on his
own free will.
This is highly unlikely. If Charlie was in fact controlling the
Family, the logical question to be asked at trial was: who was
controlling Manson? Was Manson himself a puppet, as well as a
puppeteer? This question was, naturally, never raised and so remains
unanswered to this day. Perhaps Bugliosi felt this question
unimportant, given that, according to his book, "The Manson case
was, and remains, unique." This is also an absurd notion.
Illustrative of this is the case of Douglas Clark, the Sunset Strip
killer and another controller. Clark's involvement in the
intelligence community began at birth, when he was born the son of a
Naval Intelligence officer (though the 'CIA' has become something of
a generic term for the intelligence community, the ONI - Office of
Naval Intelligence - is the oldest and quite possibly the largest
and most powerful of the U.S. intelligence entities).
decade after Doug's birth in 1948, father Franklyn - then a Lt.
Commander - allegedly retired from Naval service to join the private
sector, a common ploy to provide cover for ongoing intelligence
activities. Shortly after, Franklyn relocated eleven-year-old
Douglas and the rest of the family to an atoll in the Marshall
Islands to take a 'civilian' position with the Transport Company of
Texas - an obvious intelligence front.
the early 1960's, the family returned briefly to the U.S., taking up
residence in San Francisco, which was soon to become the home turf
of an array of serial killers, as previously noted. The family soon
relocated again, this time to India. Around this time, young Douglas
began attending Ecolat, the international school in Geneva attended
by the son's of UN diplomats, European and Middle Eastern Royalty,
and international finance capitalists.
Following his attendance there, Doug next attended the prestigious
Culver Military Academy in Indiana, while father Franklyn moved
first to Venezuela and then to Australia as he continued to pursue
his 'civilian' career. In 1967, Doug himself enlisted in the Air
Force, where he was assigned to, not surprisingly, radio
intelligence. In short order, Doug was given an early discharge,
albeit under honorable conditions and with full military benefits.
Clark soon after hooked up with Carol Bundy, who was - as a jury was
to later note - just one of several women over whom Clark exhibited
a remarkable level of control in the ensuing years.
Clark was not the only man to exert such control over Bundy. Jack
Murray - who may well have been involved in at least some of the
crimes attributed to the pair, and at the very least had knowledge
of the murders that he chose not to act on - also exerted such
control over Bundy. He would ultimately become a victim of the pair.
Clark liked to exert his control over children as well, involving an
eleven-year-old neighbor girl and the son of another of his
girlfriends in sexual activities, and possibly in the killings as
well. Bundy's own children suffered sexual abuse at the hands of
both Doug and Carol. All told, Clark had a number of women and
children to do his bidding, sexually and otherwise. At least one of
them eagerly killed for him as well. Clark also claimed to have
Mafia connections. In fact, he described one of his early killings
as his initiation into a Mafia 'hit group.' In classic Mafia
fashion, the victim was found stuffed into the trunk of a Rolls
Gary Heidnik was yet another 'serial killer' who falls into the
controller camp. Heidnik attended the Staunton Military Academy in
Virginia, but left after visiting a psychiatrist for reasons which
are unclear. He then joined the army and was sent to a West German
field hospital where he was prescribed a heavy tranquilizer normally
used for the treatment of severely psychotic individuals, though he
was not diagnosed as having such a condition. In short order, he was
sent back to the U.S., where he was released early from military
service on unspecified medical grounds with a full disability
pension. In 1971, Heidnik formed his own 'church,' recruiting
institutionalized black women who were said to be 'retarded' (which
is how Jim Jones began his 'church' as well).
Four years later, Heidnik opened a stock account - allegedly using
the money from his meager military pension - which was soon valued
at well over a half-million dollars. All the while, Heidnik was
in-and-out of a number of mental institutions and made several
suicide attempts (as did his brother; their mother succeeded in
killing herself with poison). Heidnik eventually had his own
mind-control program going in the basement of his house, where he
kept six women chained as sex slaves. Heidnik, who was prone to
race-war diatribes (a la Charlie Manson), inflicted severe torture
on the captive women, resulting in the deaths of two of them, one by
electrocution - a favored form of torture.
The women who were not lucky enough to survive were ground up and
fed to the still-captive women to supplement the dog food they had
previously been receiving. The girls were routinely forced to have
sex both with each other and with Heidnik. It is unclear through all
this how much control Heidnik ultimately attained over the women.
When he was ultimately brought to trial, the defense specifically
argued that Heidnik should not be held accountable for his actions
due to LSD experiments he had been subjected to during his early
1960's military service in West Germany. The jury, which doubtless
had no knowledge of the extent or nature of MK-ULTRA experiments
carried out by the military/intelligence sector, discounted this
argument. They did not feel that such experimentation could account
for Heidnik's actions. They may well have been mistaken.
John Wayne Gacy appears to have been a controller of sorts as well.
He also exhibited clear signs of having a multiple personality
disorder, although he was not diagnosed as such. Gacy was a widely
respected businessman, the JC's Man-of-the-Year, a great neighbor
who threw parties for the whole neighborhood, and was well connected
and active in Democratic Party politics, at one point meeting and
being photographed with First Lady Rosalyn Carter.
the other hand, he has the distinction of being convicted of more
first-degree murder counts than any man in U.S. history. How are we
to reconcile these two images of John Gacy? Men such as he are
usually said to be sociopaths, lacking any morals or conscience.
Their personality that is presented to the public is said to be an
act, an emotionless facade. I would argue that it's just as likely,
if not more so, that the public self is, in fact, a legitimate
personality separate and distinct from the one that does the
killing. As Detective David Hackmeister said: "His (Gacy's)
personality could change in a split second." Does this represent the
facade slipping, or an alter personality emerging? Or is there any
difference? Is a 'sociopath' not, in fact, a person with multiple
any rate, Gacy made a habit of surrounding himself with young boys -
whether entertaining them as a clown or employing them as a
contractor. One of these boys was Ripper Crew leader Robin Gecht,
who would later be diagnosed as a multiple himself. His
personalities included a small child, a teenager, and a businessman.
Angelo Bouno, of Hillside Strangler fame, was also likely a
controller, both of partner Kenneth Bianchi and of the stable of
young women and girls that surrounded him. He was known to run a
teen prostitution ring, and was said to be a magnet for teenage
girls, despite being not a particularly attractive man. Partner
Bianchi - who fraudulently set up shop as a psychiatrist himself,
renting space from a legitimate therapist - was diagnosed as MPD by
as many as five psychiatrists who examined him while in custody, and
was said to have frequently lapsed into trance-like states as a
The prosecution brought in their own expert to prove that Bianchi's
multiple personality disorder was nothing but fakery, which he
allegedly succeeded in doing. This might be more convincing though
if the 'expert' that denounced the diagnoses had been someone other
than Martin Orne, one of the most notorious of the CIA-funded 'spychiatrists'
(who was assisted in this case by yet another CIA-funded
psychiatrist, Margaret Singer).
Leonard Lake and partner Charles Ng clearly had their sights set on
being controllers as well, but fell short of their goals. Their
master plan, which they dubbed 'Operation Miranda,' called for a
network of bunkers across the country staffed with mind controlled
sex slaves. Both had military connections. Lake had gone to Vietnam
as a Marine, completing his first tour and beginning a second. This
was cut short, however, when he was deemed to be suffering from
'unspecified medical problems.' Back in the states, he was
discharged on medical grounds and entered a VA hospital for
'psychological problems.' Partner Ng was a former Marine as well,
and their compound was stocked with an amazing array of weapons and
military equipment, in addition to the snuff-film studio and
Another notable wannabe was Jeffrey Dahmer. He had joined the army
in 1979 but was, alas, discharged early. Jeff was obsessed with
gaining control over his victims. His preferred means of doing so -
and of disposing of the bodies accumulating from his failed
experiments - was with chemicals, likely a skill acquired from his
father, Lionel Dahmer, Ph.D.., a prominent research chemist. Dahmer
was working on perfecting a home lobotomy technique, which consisted
of drilling a hole in the forehead and then adding various
chemicals. Other chemicals were used to dissolve the three corpses
found in a 55 gallon acid vat that Dahmer inexplicably got into his
Dahmer was likely afflicted with MPD as well. He was universally
described as a normal sounding, intelligent, even eloquent young man
who did not appear at all menacing, yet he was also a mass murderer,
cannibal and necrophile. When he was killed, spooky dad Lionel waged
a macabre battle with Dahmer's mother over preserving Jeffrey's
brain for study.
Yet another would-be controller was Bob Berdella, the Butcher of
Kansas. Like Gacy, Berdella spent his life surrounded by young men
and boys. And, again like Gacy, Berdella was quite the torture
aficionado. Berdella, however, had made something of a science of
the art of torture. He had designed and built his own custom torture
bed, and kept a meticulously detailed log of the tortures inflicted
upon his victims. These included beatings, electrocution, and the
injections of a wide variety of drugs and chemicals into various
parts of the body, including the injection of Drano into the throat.
While awaiting trial, Berdella was held in isolation in what was
described as a 'private area' of the sick bay.
those killers who lack the desire to control others, and seem to
function purely as controlled assassins, Herb Mullin makes a good
case in point. Herb was known to consume large quantities of LSD,
and had "Legalize Acid" tattooed across his stomach (Manson's drug
of choice for his followers and the CIA's drug of choice for
MK-ULTRA projects) and was institutionalized five times in the years
preceding his killing spree. One of those times was at a mental
institution in Hawaii operated by the U.S. Army. He complained
constantly of voices haunting his thoughts, frequently telling
others that he was receiving messages.
One of the voices in his head was that of his World War II hero
father, commanding him to kill. Despite all this, Mullin passed a
psychological exam to enter the Marines shortly before the end of
his killing spree. Shortly thereafter he was arrested, at which time
he refused to talk to investigators, choosing instead to
repetitively chant the word 'silence.' Following his arrest, Mullin
claimed to be receiving messages instructing him to kill himself,
though he refused the commands. He was diagnosed as a clear case of
MPD, with his alter personalities including a Mexican laborer, an
eastern philosopher, and - strangely enough - columnist Herb Caen (I
couldn't possibly make this shit up).
Arthur Shawcross is another interesting case study of a controlled
assassin. Born in a Naval hospital to a Naval officer father, Arthur
grew up in a multigenerational family at what was dubbed 'Shawcross
Corners.' As a child, he had a number of imaginary friends and spoke
in strange voices. His father led a very spooky existence, with
another wife and son in Australia. As a boy, Shawcross injured his
legs in a fall into a river, and was subjected to brain scans and a
variety of other tests that, shall we say, seem a bit odd as
treatment for a leg injury. As a young adult, Shawcross was sent to
Vietnam, where he apparently served as a Phoenix operative, as
During his incarceration for the double child homicide discussed
previously, he was treated by several prison psychiatrists, and also
improbably began himself working as a counselor with his fellow
inmates. Diagnosed as MPD, his alters included an eleven-year-old
boy, a 13th century cannibal, and his own mother.
Finally we come to the case of Albert DeSalvo, who was not so much a
programmed assassin as he was likely a programmed patsy. DeSalvo had
served in the Army from 1948-1956, stationed for most of that time
in West Germany, which is where Gary Heidnik would be subjected to
MK-ULTRA experimentation some years later. There DeSalvo mastered
the art of hand-to-hand combat and became a boxing champion, skills
which would not benefit him when he was killed in his prison cell
years later by unknown assailants (according to DeSalvo's brother,
he may have been drugged the night he was killed).
DeSalvo, as previously noted, was not charged with the Strangler
murders for which he is officially credited, but was rather arrested
in conjunction with a string of unconnected rapes, assaults and
robberies. He was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital where he fell
in with a convicted murderer named George Nassar, who was alleged to
have committed more than a dozen murders during a period of gang
warfare in Boston.
Nassar is frequently described as a genius and a 'master
manipulator.' So tight was his control over DeSalvo that Albert's
own family was unable to visit him without Nassar being present. It
was Nassar who first obtained a 'confession' from DeSalvo and
relayed this information to his attorney, F. Lee Bailey. Bailey
quickly became DeSalvo's attorney as well, procuring from him a
recorded confession which was promptly turned over to police,
thereby beginning the process of railroading his own client which
was earlier discussed.
Aiding and abetting Bailey in this endeavor was noted CIA hypnotist
William Jennings Bryan, whose 'questions' to DeSalvo while under
hypnosis were loaded with detailed information about the crimes.
Bryan would later be connected to two others who are widely believed
to have been under the influence of mind control. One of these was
Sirhan Sirhan, purported assassin of Robert Kennedy, whom Bryan was
known to have 'treated.'
Oddly enough, throughout Sirhan's diaries was the name of the
purported Boston Strangler written repetitively, in what appeared to
be a display of a hypnotic phenomenon known as 'automatic writing.'
And like other players in this sordid cast, Sirhan was reportedly
connected to the Process Church of the Final Judgment.
Bryan was also linked to Candy Jones, the famous model who would
tell her tale of being a mind controlled courier (and possibly
assassin as well) in The Control of Candy Jones (see recommended
reading list). Not long after publication of the book, Bryan was
publicly linked to the Candy Jones case by journalists investigating
her claims, and he soon thereafter turned up dead in a Las Vegas
concluding this odyssey, a few comments are in order to address the
question of why the U.S. intelligence infrastructure would
deliberately create programmed serial killers, as well as creating
the concept of the 'serial killer.' A couple of reasons have already
been given: to cover-up the existence of Satanic crime in 20th
century America, and to disguise the true motive of some contract
killings. But there are a few other valuable services that serial
killers provide for the state as well.
First and foremost is the rather obvious fact that serial killers
scare the hell out of people. With the possible exception of
school/workplace shootings, nothing better serves to facilitate the
promotion of a 'law-and-order' agenda than the palpable fear aroused
by the specter of the marauding serial killer, dividing the
population into an every-man-for-himself mentality. Anyone, after
all, could be a serial killer hiding behind a mask of civility: a
co-worker, a friend, a neighbor, even a family member.
Another function that serial killers serve is in disposing of those
members of society who are the most marginalized. For most serial
killers, when they aren't killing for a more covert purpose, tend to
target those people that Hitler termed the 'useless eaters' of
society: prostitutes, runaways, junkies, and skid-row alcoholics. In
a sense, serial killers are the agents of a rather harshly
implemented eugenics program.
final purpose served by the serial killer profile is that it
provides a framework to set up a system of early detection and
weeding out of 'violence-prone' individuals. This, of course,
assumes the existence of recognizable biological causes and early
warning signs. Far more likely is that the serial killer's signature
skills - torture, murder, and mutilation - are ones that have been
acquired through the teachings of others, and are not attributable
to any sort of brain irregularities.
This series was based on a review of some of the literature that has
been published on the subject of serial killers. This review was by
no means exhaustive and no primary research was done to supplement
the existing literature. It is hoped that others will be inspired to
look more closely at the cases of individual 'serial killers,' as
Maury Terry did with the Son of Sam in The Ultimate Evil and Ed
Sanders did with the Manson clan in The Family.
is my belief that a much different profile of the 'serial killer'
will emerge - a profile of the controlled assassin conditioned and
programmed by a variety of intelligence fronts, including military
entities, psychiatric institutions and Satanic cults. For while
serial killers may well be driven by their own internal demons, they
are likely not demons of their own making.
is my belief also that the Satanic underground has largely replaced
the Mafia's Murder Incorporated as America's premier nationwide
murder-for-hire organization. Researcher and author Michael Newton
has written precisely that, in Raising Hell (Avon, 1993). He states
that the 'Black Cross,' a faction of the Four-P cult (which is
itself a faction of the Process Church), functions specifically as a
"Satanic Murder, Inc."
Consider the case of Thomas Creech of Idaho, who in 1975 admitted to
performing contract killings over an eight year span on behalf of a
national biker gang heavily involved in drug trafficking and cult
rituals. Creech claimed that his forty-two killings earned him only
eighth place among the gang's contract killers, and that many of
them had been performed as 'ritual human sacrifices.'
consider the case of Bernard Hunwick of Dade County, Florida. Upon
his arrest for a series of murders in 1981, he confessed to
authorities that he was the leader of a "hit squad" that had
committed at least a hundred additional contract killings. Are these
merely men suffering from delusions of grandeur? Or are they men who
have given the country a peek into a world that few dare to imagine
exists in modern-day America?
"... a Mephistophelean guru
who had the unique power to persuade others to murder for him, most
of them young girls who went out and savagely murdered total
strangers at his command ..."
----Vincent Bugliosi describing Charles Manson
"You don't understand me. You are not expected to. You are not
capable of it. I am beyond good and evil. Legions of the night,
night breed, repeat not the errors of the Night Prowler and show no
The Night Stalker" Ramirez
"There are other 'Sons' out
there - God help the world."
David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz
"What about your children? You say there are
just a few? There are many, many more, coming in the same direction.
They are running in the streets - and they are coming right at you!"
Charles Milles Manson
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