- 1 History
- 2 Members
- 3 Front organizations
- 4 Political connections
- 5 Corporate connections
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Formation and early years
Richard Hamlin allegations
Main article: Wackenhut-Cabazon joint venture § Finders connection
- Marion Pettie: Founder and leader (the "game caller")
- Douglas Ammerman
- Michael Holwell
- Robert Gardner "Tobe" Terrell
- Stuart Silverstone
- Kristin Knauth
- Theodore G. Reiss
- Patch Adams
- Sid Siemer?
The Finders appear to run several front organizations, including:
- Gung-Ho Traders
- CIA - family connections of Pettie; USCS report says CIA shut down Finders investigation; MPD report quoted in the Washington Times and validated in the FBI report says a CIA agent confirmed sending personnel to "a Finders Corp., Future Enterprises" for computer training
- Timothy Leary?
- Michael Aquino? - allegedly through Sid Siemer
- Future Enterprises - did computer training for CIA employees; some Finders members worked there; unclear whether or not this is actually a Finders front
- United States Customs Service, "REPORT OF INVESTIGATION" by Ramon J. Martinez, 1987/02/05,1987/02/07,1987/04/13
- 1987/02/07 - Washington Post, "OFFICIALS DESCRIBE 'CULT RITUALS' IN CHILD ABUSE CASE"
- 1987/02/07 - Washington Post, "FINDERS GROUP HAS ITS ROOTS IN POPULAR '60S HIPPIE REFUGE" - cites "Edwin Morse, a Wisconsin psychologist who works with cult members" as having "tracked the Finders for five years, interviewing several members"
- "About five years ago, neighbors of The Farm said, the hippie followers of Pettie were replaced by men in business suits and women in professional clothes."
- ""I noticed the children often went without clothes in the summer," said Gerald Salzman, a neighbor. "I thought it was cute and natural." Still, Salzman said he once called police to tell them about a child who was screaming for more than an hour."
- "Another neighbor of the farm said he spoke to an 11-year-old boy who said the children didn't go to school because no adults told them to. "They always talked '60s jargon, 'Do your own thing' stuff," the man said. He said members of the Finders appeared to hold jobs in computer businesses."
- 1987/02/08 - New York Times, "INQUIRY SPREADS ON 6 CHILDREN AND CULT" and "Threats Force Move"
- 1987/02/08 - Washington Post, "EX-FINDERS TELL OF GAMES, COMPLEX BELIEFS"
- "The commune evolved with the human potential movement of the 1970s, with a heavy emphasis on shedding inhibitions and delusions, said former associates, most of whom did not want to be identified out of embarrassment for having been in the group, or out of fear of current associates."
- "Most knowledgeable sources said they knew nothing about the kind of satanism in the group referred to in a D.C. police detective's affidavit in support of a search warrant. But one former associate said he believes that members have dabbled in satanic-type or pagan rituals only in the past few months, as the group's latest "game.""
- 1987/02/08 - Washington Post, "CULT MEMBER DEFENDS 2 MEN IN CHILD ABUSE CASE" - mentions "programming" of children, substantial assets of the Finders; corroboration for USCS report
- "U.S. Customs agents who saw some of the photos Friday said they appeared to involve sexual activities between adults and children, according to Customs spokesman David Hoover. "We're not saying that it's pornography, but it has all the earmarks," Hoover said."
- "Among the items seized in the Friday raids were computerized messages concerning what the group called the proper "programming" of the children, and how they are "demagnetized," the law enforcement source said. Other items seized included financial records indicating that the group has substantial assets, including bank accounts, the source said. Other seized documents include files showing the organization has researched numerous industries, such as the fast food industry, and papers suggesting that the group operates a wide network of corporations, the source said. Other files seized showed that some members of the group have worked in low-level jobs in the federal and District governments, the source said."
- "In Etlan, Va., about 100 miles southwest of Washington, state police said they found "several items of evidentiary nature" after yesterday's 2:30 a.m. search of properties reportedly owned by Marion Pettie, leader of the Finders. Virginia and Madison County authorities would not describe what they found at two farms, one near Etlan and the other a few miles away in a hamlet called Nethers. A house and at least three cabins on the land were unoccupied, and police said much of the property appeared not to have been inhabited for some time."
- "Meanwhile, the FBI and Tallahassee police continued yesterday to seek leads on a white van that witnesses said was with the blue van that police seized Wednesday. Police said the two vans may have been in radio contact. Witnesses told police that the white van was occupied by two well-dressed men and two children. It has not been seen since."
- 1987/02/08 - Associated Press, "Virgina, D.C. Police Continue Search for More Clues on Finders Group With AM-Unknown Children" - Finders member R. Gardner Terrell says the children were invited to Berea KY to help Rev. Jim Wyker with the New Hope retirement community, and describes Wyker as his "mentor", but Wyker says he doesn't know Terrell
- 1987/02/09 - Associated Press, "FINDERS MEMBER SAYS GROUP DOESN'T PERFORM SATANIC RITUALS, ABUSE CHILDREN" - mentions Rev. Jim Wyker (organizer) and Carl Shapley (financial director) from the New Hope project in Berea KY
- "But Culpeper, Va., lawyer John J. Davies, who represented a former Finders member in a divorce case, has a different view of the group. Finders members sent him letters ''very profane in terms of sexual connotation,'' Davies said Sunday. ''They were extremely creative parodies of literature, designed to intimidate me.'' ''They were fighting my client's pulling out of the group,'' he said, ''and they didn't want his wife to leave, too.''"
- 1987/02/09 - Chicago Tribune, "2 Cult Children Show Signs Of Sex Abuse"
- 1987/02/09 - The Age, "Children 'victims of Satan cult'"
- "Officials of the US Customs Service, called in to aid in the investigation, said that the material includes photographs showing children involved in bloodletting ceremonies of animals and one photograph of a child in chains."
- 1987/02/09 - Free Lance-Star, "Clues to Finders cult activities turn up at remote Madison farms"
- 1987/02/10 - Washington Post, "D.C. POLICE FINDERS ODD, NOT CRIMINAL" - explains how an informant in December 1986 triggered the investigation; mentions Culpeper VA lawyer John Davies who allegedly had to get a restraining order against Finders members
- "In an interview, Robert Gardner Terrell, a key member of the group, said that the children have been traveling in Virginia, Kentucky and Florida since before Christmas with men in the group while their mothers were in San Francisco on "an earning and learning adventure." He said a seventh child, an infant, has been in Boulder, Colo."
- "A lawyer in Culpeper, Va., said the Finders sent him profane letters and slashed his car's tires when he represented a former member in a divorce case three years ago. John Davies, the lawyer, said the harassment stopped only after he obtained a court order prohibiting members of the group from contacting him."
- 1987/02/10 - New York Times, "POLICE SAY UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN IN FLORIDA ARE NOT VICTIMS OF CULT"
- 1987/02/10 - Free Lance-Star, "Finders group 'harmless experimenters,' says visitor" - the vistor is libertarian activist Karl Hess III
- 1987/02/11 - Associated Press, "Children Depressed, But Generally In Good Health: Psychiatrist" - claims there was "no evidence of sexual abuse", which contradicts earlier statements and TPD documents
- "″They all know each other quite well. There is a hierarchy of organization of these six children,″ said Dr. Nahman Greenberg, a Chicago psychiatrist hired by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services."
- "Greenberg said the children were suffering some depression and other psychological traumas, but that he did not know if the problems were long-term and caused by the children’s upbringing, or temporary and caused by what they had been through just before being found. He said there were no signs of recent sexual or physical abuse."
- 1987/02/13 - Chicago Tribune, "FBI DROPPING INVESTIGATION OF WASHINGTON COMMUNE"
- 1987/02/15 - Orlando Sentinel, "State Keeps Mothers From Finders' Children"
- "At the only Finders press conference in the group's warehouse, he sat with his face to the wall and the back of his head covered by a Ronald Reagan mask. Terrell contended that the only ritual practiced by the group was "paying our bills on time.""
- "Although Terrell had said he was in frequent contact with Pettie, another member said the founder could be as far away as China or Indonesia."
- 1987/02/19 - Orlando Sentinel, "Bond Reduced For Finders Members"
- Associated Press, "Finders Group Disbands, Drops Plans To Move To Tallahassee", 1987/03/23
- "Robert G. Terrell, a spokesman for The Finders, said at a news conference earlier this month that the group, based in the Washington, D.C., area, is disbanding. He gave no reason for the decision. ″This is farewell from the Finders, we’re breaking up. You won’t hear from the Finders again until the Chinese are running Hong Kong,″ said Terrell, also known as Genghis K. Plato."
- 1988/08/12 - Washington City Paper, "In search of the Finders" (low-quality ZIPs; also in FBI report)
- 1993/12/17 - Associated Press, "Justice Department Looking At Alleged CIA Ties To Commune"
- 1993/12/17 - Washington Times, "CIA tied to cult accused of abuse; Justice probes links to Finders"
- 1993/12/22 - Tallahassee Democrat, "Coverup charge aimed at cult with local ties" - accusation made by "Skip Clements, a 42-year-old private citizen from Stuart"; investigating TPD Sgt. Scott Hunt expressed his belief that "someone above the D.C. police shut down the investigation"
- 1994/01/03 - US News & World Report, "Through a glass, very darkly": pages 1, 2 (newspaper clipping)
- "CIA officials say they referred all matters concerning the Finders and the police investigation to the FBI's Foreign Counterintelligence Division. FBI officials will not comment. Law enforcement sources say some of the Finders are listed in the FBI's classified counterintelligence files."
- 1994/03/04 - EIR, "The Finders case: CIA link to pedophile rings": "That was the result of my book, and information I was being fed anonymously from Florida. I turned it over to the Washington Times. It's about an outfit called The Finders. A lot more is developing on that; there is a congressional investigation. That ring dated back eight or nine years, and links directly into Omaha. The Finders had about eight kids. [...] I confronted Bill Colby on it one time. [...] I said, "Did we use children?" He replied, "Not that I know of, absolutely not. We only used volunteers." That's what Bill told me. Do I believe it? No. Do I believe we did use children? Yes." - interesting to see that John DeCamp believed his friend William Colby was not telling the truth about CIA abuses
- 1994/04-06 - Daniel Brandt, "Marion Pettie and his Washington DC "Finders": Kooks or Spooks?"
- 1996/05/24 - Washington City Paper, "Finders' Keeper"
- 1998/12/23 - Steamshovel Press, "The Finders' Keeper: An Interview with Marion Pettie"
Law enforcement documents
- United States Customs Service (USCS) documents
- Copy of the US Customs report on the Finders investigation hosted by Ted Gunderson's website
- J. Orlin Grabbe, "End of Ordinary Money, Part I" - says Wendell Minnick was the one who posted the Customs documents online; quotes a non-public part of the USCS documents saying "The CIA made one contact and admitted to owning the Finders organization as a front for a domestic computer training operation, but that it had 'gone bad.' CIA defers all further contacts to FCIA (Foreign Counter Intelligence Agency). FCIA is distinct and autonomous organization within FBI. . . . FCIA contacts MPD Intelligence and advised that all reports regarding Finders are to be classified at the Secret level. FCIA also advised that no information was to be turned over to the FBI WFO for investigation, and that the WFO would not be advised of the CIA or FCIA involvement/contact."
- Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) documents
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documents posted by Emma Best
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documents posted by Allie Conti (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- part 1, p.41: a MPD source said that his superior Sgt. John Stycher was told by someone to back off the Finders investigation
- part 1, p.51-52: Finders/Chronology document from the US Customs investigation which is not public but mentioned in the Orlin Grabbe article: says that the Finders warehouse was part of a previous inquiry into the system of underground tunnels beneath DC; claims that Satanic/cult ritual evidence was found in a Virginia State Police search of a farm owned by the Finders; redacted portion saying "The CIA made one contact and admitted to owning the Finders organization as a front for a domestic computer training operation, but that it had 'gone bad.' CIA defers all further contacts to FCIA (Foreign Counter Intelligence Agency). FCIA is distinct and autonomous organization within FBI"; portion with FCIA and CIA redacted saying "FCIA contacts MPD Intelligence and advised that all reports regarding Finders are to be classified at the Secret level. FCIA also advised that no information was to be turned over to the FBI WFO for investigation, and that the WFO would not be advised of the CIA or FCIA involvement/contact."
- part 1, p.57: a Finders member interviewed on 1987/02/07 told the FBI outright that the Finders was founded to respond to emergencies and gather information (akin to an intelligence front), contradicting whatever spin people like Pettie and Terrell used to call it a self-improvement group
- part 1, p.85: according to the WMFO case agent in the 1987 Finders investigation (probably Athena Varounis), a TV talk show host (probably Geraldo Rivera) was thought to be planning a 1989 special that would expose the Finders as a Satanic cult
- part 1, p.97: the WMFO reviewed the MPD case file on 1993/11/04, copies of significant MPD documents were faxed to FBIHQ on 1993/11/05, a photocopy of the whole MPD file was hand-delivered to FBIHQ on 1993/11/09
- part 1, p.114: an associate producer from the show CBS 48 Hours sent the TPD chief a letter on 1993/09/16 asking him to make available all materials from the Finders investigation
- part 1, p.116: Rep. Charlie Rose, chairman of the House Administration Committee, sent the TPD chief a letter on 1993/09/15 asking him to provide the Committee with all available TPD reports on the Finders
- part 1, p.118-119: significant redactions when talking about who else contacted TPD chief Melvin Tucker
- part 1, p.136: there was a 1983 case concerning a death of Finders member Barbara Mateja which MPD never investigated as a homicide
- part 2, p.6-9: details a 1994/01/26 interview with current USCS RAC of West Palm Beach and former (1985 to 1988) head of the USCS child pornography unit in Washington DC: says that during the 1987 investigation, someone asked him if they had any paperwork on the Finders and when he said no, they told him to keep it that way; denied any knowledge of organized child abuse in the Stuart FL area
- part 2, p.12: a MPD officer in the Property Division told an investigating FBI agent that they couldn't locate any records relating to evidence that the MPD obtained during the Finders investigation
- part 2, p.24: mention on 1994/12/20 of the WMFO being sent a copy of a 1987/02/19 MPD report (probably the same one mentioned in the Washington Times article about a CIA agent admitting to owning "a Finders Corp., Future Enterprises") which was marked "Confidential" and "Do Not Disseminate"
- part 2, p.32: memo on 1995/05/09 about the WMFO closing the case due to no further leads
- part 3, p.7: suggests that the Finders/Chronology document held by USCS was actually provided to Customs by an unnamed Tallahassee police officer
- part 3, p.8-10: interviews the SA (probably Ramon Martinez) currently assigned to Internal Affairs who participated with the MPD in the Finders warehouse searches: TPD contacted Customs in DC to help them follow up on leads and Customs arranged contact between the TPD and MPD; the SA got involved because of suspicions that children were being sexually exploited and taken to Mexico; after the warehouse search, he tried repeatedly to get MPD to let him review the seized documents, and was unsuccessful until 1987/03/31 when he met with Sgt. John Stitcher of the MPD (now deceased)
- part 3, p.12: the WMFO case agent who handled child pornography (probably Athena Varounis) is interviewed: says the Finders were a "bizarre" communal group whose name came from their ability to find any information; suggests that there was a moral panic due to the Meese Report and the Child Protection Act; seems to believe that Ramon Martinez and the MPD were trying to force nonexistent child abuse elements into the case
- part 3, p.12-13: entirely redacted mention of a 1987/03/09 memorandum
- part 4, p.3-5: proves that the US State Department did have 21 documents (totaling 70 pages) on the Finders
- part 5, p.5-8: details someone (probably Skip Clements) alleging to Florida authorities the existence of a nationwide network behind child abuse cases in Martin County FL: on 1993/09/14 the man provided an investigator with information about the Finders; earlier on 1993/07/21 someone had sent the man a letter which was later also provided to authorities; talks about alleged child abuse at the Jensen Beach Pre-School and Jensen Beach Elementary School, with someone at the elementary school confirming that several parents withdrew their children following rumors of cult abuse; someone at the school was contacted on 1993/10/22 and confirmed the existence of Satan worshipers in the Stuart FL and Port St. Lucie FL areas but said there was no evidence of criminality
- part 5, p.9-10: letter from the DOJ on 1993/09/20 thanks the sender for their correspondence about child sex abuse allegations, and says that medical evidence confirms abuse but a joint investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Macon Police Department could not determine who was responsible
- part 5, p.20-23: a 1993/12/09 summary of the FBI's preliminary Finders inquiry: the MPD provided the FBI with a copy of their case file on 1993/11/09 but it did not list the items seized or the personnel involved in the searches; a WMFO SA (probably Athena Varounis) and a MPD officer were interviewed on 1993/11/08 and 1993/11/10, with both denying any evidence of child exploitation or outside interference in their investigation; the SA claims she was present during the warehouse search and observed computer equipment and records but no evidence of child abuse; on 1983/03/09 the SA filed a memo addressing discrepancies between her findings and what Martinez put in his report; someone who allegedly reviewed the Customs files on the Finders claims it only had one report from 1987 and contained no evidence of Finders involvement in child exploitation (ed. note: makes no sense given what Ramon Martinez put in his report, which Varounis admitted she saw); the same person claims that Customs files didn't mention the CIA but two MPD documents, one by Sergeant Stitcher and another by a redacted author, did
- part 5, p.44: on 1987/02/19 Martinez was confronted by Varounis about the items he claimed to have seen, and she contacted the lead MPD detective who claimed he didn't see those items despite being right alongside Martinez during the search
- part 5, p.54: at a BSU conference on child sex abuse in February 1987, Martinez talked about his involvement in the Finders investigation
- part 5, p.56-57: from the FBI legal attache office in Brussels, a 1994/01/04 message indicating that the agent there remembered an investigation into the Finders but could not recall specific details
- part 5, p.61: notes that FBI Division 5 is FCI (presumably Foreign Counter Intelligence / Foreign Counterintelligence / FCIA)
- part 5, p.73-74: cites the MPD report dated 1987/02/19 and has most details redacted but does include the ending lines "Future Enterprises operates out of the warehouse at 1307 4th Street N.E..."
- part 5, p.74: according to the MPD investigation, the Finders tried to infiltrate General Scientific Corporation in Rockville MD
- part 6, p.2: document from 1994/04/28 mentions the existence of a FD-302 report that is classified "Secret" or "TOP SERIAL"
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documents posted in the Vault (part 1)
- p.64-67: MPD Intelligence report from 1987/04/13 that has been marked "SECRET", which notes that: there were a large number of documents at the DC warehouse concerning "child rearing and shaping" as well as "manuals for master plans and "dirty tricks" for enemies of the Finders group" (p.65); quotes a Virginia State Police officer as saying that the Finders had made "attempts to take over the city government in Culpepper Virginia" (p.66); the Virginia State Police search of the Finders property in Nethers VA found cages that were, according to witnesses, used to hold children of the group (p.66); points out that the FBI investigated a Finders member in 1971 for "passing information overseas concerning activities of the Central Intelligence Agency" (p.66); the writer believes that the Finders were a CIA "disinformation service" operating in the US and overseas (p.67)
- p.68-69: MPD Intelligence report from 1987/02/19 titled "Finders involvement with the Central Intelligence Agency" that has been marked "SECRET"
- p.300: mention of "POLLARD, JONATHAN JAY - ASSOCIATES" in an unknown context
- TODO: it has been claimed by some observers, but uncorroborated by this author so far, that these documents confirm "an investigation that child sex trafficking with Satanic overtones was happening within the intelligence community, then names, starting with Special Activities Division" - which parallels what George Paul Bishop claimed
- TODO: find the purported mention of one Finders member being in the Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC), the organization to which Lee Harvey Oswald also belonged
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documents posted in the Vault (part 2)
- p.125-126: a copy of the Ballad of Ballads
- p.133-134: MPD report stamped "SECRET", which mentions: background of the Finders starting with Ragged Mountain Ranch; a claim that members who leave the Finders face "physical pressure as well as psychological pressure" from "enforcers" in the group; how Finders member Barbara Sylvester Mateja was physically restrained at the Finders residence in January 1983, became ill, was refused medical attention, and died; the creation of a "consultant service available to the community" also known as the Finders; cult member Diane Sherwood traveling to Panama in 1981 to "contact representatives of the off-shore banking community"
- p.136: an airtel mentioning a subject (presumably Pettie) associated with the Ragged Mountain Ranch in Nethers VA, a location which "initially drew the interest of local police authorities and military intelligence agencies due to the subject's alleged narcotics activities and his self proclaimed connection with [REDACTED]"
- p.139-141: MPD Intelligence report from 1987/02/12, which interviews a female member of the Finders who states: that the kids in Tallahassee had been driven to Kentucky to set up the New Hope retirement village, "were going to be placed in a Montessori school", and then were taken on an "adventure" in Florida
- p.147-148: MPD Intelligence report from 1991/10/22 about an apparent pedophile ring at the Finders warehouse providing children to diplomats, which mentions: "numerous well-dressed males, who operate rental cars and expensive luxury type models" entering the building in the late night and early morning; "adult males with a young male child" entering the building; a van which was stopped as it was leaving the building and was driven by a man who claimed to have "baby sat children for diplomats" even though the neighborhood was "not fit for baby sitting activity"
- p.154-156: MPD Intelligence report from 1987/02/12, which interviews a female former member of the Finders and various other people who state: a property in Virginia was burned down by the cult (ed. note: apparently John Cox) to collect arson insurance money; that Barbara Sylvester was stopped from receiving medical care for a ruptured appendix; a cult member (ed. note: Holwell) worked for the US Department of Agriculture employee as a "free lance computer processor"; someone in San Francisco knew of a local cult calling themselves the Rainbow Nation which "uses children in thier practices" and was, per his belief, "loosely associated" with the Finders; someone in the Finders case had a criminal history with the Los Angeles Police Department
- p.160: MPD Intelligence report interviewing a former Finders member who mentioned a "homosexual and a former abused child" (ed. note: Pettie or the subsequently mentioned enforcer?) and a "former enforcer" of the group (ed. note: Ron Alleman?) who would be the most likely candidate to have sexually abused the children
- p.162-164: MPD Intelligence report mentioning how the vans camped out at the Ocala National Forest for 3 days and how some members visited Irving Fiske who lived in Ocala FL
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documents posted in the Vault (part 3)
- p.4-6: 1994/01/31 FD-302 debriefing of John Sullivan, describing how Sullivan was told by a superior not to write any on-record reports about the Finders: "When [REDACTED] told him that nothing had been written as of yet on the group, [REDACTED] told him to keep it that way."
- p.7-8: 1994/02/10 FD-302 debriefing of a former MPD officer (probably Jim Bradley) involved in executing the search warrant at the Finders warehouse and currently employed at a business with phone number 1-800-841-1003 (Geico?)
- p.20-22: FBI airtel from WMFO (Washington DC field office) to the FBI director describing the CIA Office of General Counsel's review of Finders records in 1994; talks about Future Enterprises training CIA employees in the Office of Logistics from April 1986 to October 1993; on p.21 they mention a 1987/02/18 memo written by an unnamed member of Special Activities Division documenting his conversation that day with an MPD detective (probably Jim Bradley), which is said to differ from the MPD report on 1987/02/19 documenting the same conversation
- p.24-42: FBI synopsis on 1994/04/29 of "investigation conducted to date" on the Finders matter; describes how Acting Assistant Attorney General John C. Keeney of the DOJ's Criminal Division asked FBI Assistant Director Larry A. Potts (ed. note: Larry Potts was involved in the VANPAC investigation, Ruby Ridge, and Waco siege) to investigate allegations that the Finders case was covered up; p.26-27 cites a CIA memo sent to the FBI director on 1987/02/27 describing their contact with the MPD on 1987/02/18, indicating that they first became interested in a possible CIA connection after realizing that one Finders member "frequently traveled overseas and had several passports", and mentioned Future Enterprises because it was one of many businesses mentioned in materials that surfaced in the Finders raid; p.38-39 outlines "REFERENCES TO THE CIA CONTAINED IN THE MPD FILE", such as an MPD report from 1986/09/15 describing a meeting with a source who somehow mentioned General Scientific Corporation in Rockville MD, the MPD report from 1987/02/19 by Sergeant J. H. Stitcher titled "Finders involvement with the Central Intelligence Agency" in which it mentioned the MPD detective (probably Jim Bradley) asking the SA at the CIA "if our investigation was treading on anyone's toes out there" and the SA at the CIA replying "Sort of" because "they have had someone working on the case since it first broke on the news media", and an "overview report" on 1987/04/13 by some detective; p.39 calls the Finders/Chronology a Customs document that was in the possession of the MPD
- p.44-49: FBI facsimile in 1994/05 from the FBI director to WMFO outlining leads to pursue, such as (p.47) interviewing an unnamed source "to obtain details and all documents concerning his allegation that he had in his possession a document (origin unknown) which alleged that unnamed individuals went into the two Finders properties and "cleared out evidence" prior to the searches conducted by Washington MPD officers on 2/5/87 and 2/6/87 (ed. note: corroborates the claim of Bob Harrold a.k.a. Robert Harrold to John Brisson that the Finders were tipped off) and (p.48-49) interviewing the CIA staff employee at the Office of Security who was the "point of contact for authorities during the 1987 investigation of the Finders group" and mentioned how someone at the CIA was working the case since it broke in the media
- p.60-63: FBI teletype on 1994/05/24 from WMFO to the FBI director describing their work to follow up leads such as the CIA staff employee (possibly a woman given the "she" pronoun?)
- p.64-68: FD-302 debriefing on 1994/05/27 of the agent who interviewed the CIA employee in charge of the Finders investigation; notes on p.65 that they were in the Special Activities Division, a section within the Office of Security dealing with counterintelligence investigations into CIA employees, media leaks, and impersonations of CIA personnel; the agent got involved in the Finders case in 1987 due to the media coverage purportedly indicating that the Finders had a connection to the CIA (ed. note: this is almost certainly not true); p.66-68, which would have summarized their description of the two Finders connections to the CIA that they did find, are entirely redacted
- p.69-71: Law enforcement report from an unknown agency on 1965/04/01 about someone in Virginia, currently employed by "Office of Logistics, PSD", who reportedly claimed to work for the CIA (this report almost certainly refers to Marion Pettie)
- p.72-74: Background check of Isabelle Mason Pettie on 1969/09/22 by the Personnel Security Division; on p.72-73 mentions FBI interest dating to May 1959 about some redacted male (Marion Pettie or Joseph Chiang?) who was interested in and toured local military installations (such as Andrews Air Force Base, Bolling Air Force Base, Fort Myer in Virginia, and a Nike Missile Site in Fairfax County VA), "always seemed to carry about $1500-$2000 cash when visiting in the States", and "boasted" about something; on p.73 it describes some redacted male being interviewed by OSI representatives in 1959 and supplying "satisfactory answers" to their questioning; on p.73-74 it mentions some redacted male (Marion Pettie?) stating that "the Agency was planting seeds of doubt about" a redacted male (Joseph Chiang?), that he was "one of the more unusual types that he had met", and that he "acts as if he is in a trance"; on p.74 it mentions that Isabelle and a redacted male (Marion Pettie?) were found by Virginia State Police to have a number of cars visiting their house, some belonged to CIA staff employees, the man was interviewed by the Director of Security regarding "his personal appearance" and "the appearance of his house" after which he "admitted having smoked pot on two occasions", and he "was given an oral reprimand and certain other restrictions" sometime before resigning from the Agency
- p.75: a 1963/09/30 announcement by M. D. Pettie advertising his communal Ragged Mountain Farm in Sperryville VA
- p.90-92: Passport application on 1984/08/22 (likely just a renewal of her original 1979 one) for Diane Elizabeth Sherwood a.k.a. Diane E. Sherwood: born in Chicago IL on 1936/12/02; mailing address is 3918 W ST. N.W. Washington DC 20007; occupation is Finder; attached on p.91 is a prior Hong Kong passport issued 1979/06/15 that expires 1984/06/16
- p.93-94: Passport application for Hong Kong on 1979/05/01 (expires 1984/04/30) for Barbara Faye Sylvester a.k.a. Barbara Sylvester Mateja: born in Chicago IL on 1936/12/09; permanent residence is 3918 W St NW Washington D.C. 20007; emergency contact is Judy Beltz at the same 3918 address
- p.104-107: handwriten notes which on p.106 confirm that Bradley is the MPD detective who spoke to the CIA agent
- "Finders Chronology" with news articles throughout February and beyond
- Wendell L. Minnick, "The Finders: The CIA and the Cult of Marion David Pettie", winter 1995: parts 1, 2, 3 - quotes the Finders philosophy (or at least that of one member) as "do as thou wilt"
- Charles Sulka, "FINDERS – SATANIC CULT OR CIA FRONT?", 1995,2016
- Large compilation of Finders articles posted on 2006/12/13
- 2013 Franklin Files thread on Finders with a couple key articles
- Collection of various articles and other resources
- Department of Justice, "Maryland Man Sentenced to Over 7 Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography", 2017/05/10 - man is Theodore Gerald Reiss, likely (though unconfirmed to be) a former Finders member
- Ed Opperman interview with John W. Brisson about the Finders on 2018/08/04
- The Conscious Resistance (run by Derrick Broze) investigation
Questions about USCS claims
- Rigorous Intuition discussion: pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 - confirms the MPD investigated CIA links to the Finders
- Athena Varounis, the FBI agent who investigated the Finders in DC
- Vesuvius Investigations page for Varounis - she was inspiration for Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia, no. 03-163: JEFFREY T. BELL v. ALBERTO GONZALES, Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, et al., memorandum opinion, 2005/12/23 - Varounis was accused of retaliation against one of her FBI employees and found to have retaliated against an earlier one: "Plaintiff intends to introduce evidence that Varounis retaliated against another employee subject to her supervision. This evidence consists of a final agency decision issued in April 2003 by a Department of Justice Complaint Adjudication Officer ("CAO"), finding that Varounis had retaliated against another SPU employee (Russell Kidd) on or about January 12, 2001, for contacting an EEO counselor and filing an EEO grievance against her. [...] Kidd had applied for another position within SPU offering 1 greater pay, was not selected, and then met with an EEO counselor and filed a grievance alleging disability discrimination. DOJ Final Agency Decision at 1-2. The retaliation consisted of cancellation of two training trips that Kidd had been scheduled to attend."
- Matt Pellegrino, the FBI agent (and future SAC of either the Tallahassee or Jacksonville office) who investigated the Finders in Tallahassee
- WCTV, "Bicycle Bandit Takes His Own Life", 2007/09/10
- According to a group called "Concerned Americans" looking into Ray Lemme's death, criminal misconduct by Matt Pellegrino may have been involved in the cover-up of Lemme's murder and the circumstances behind it
- Jim Bradley, the lead MPD detective in the Finders investigation
- U.S. v. GAITHER (1994) - alleges that Det. Bradley falsified information to obtain a warrant
- Butera v. District of Columbia (1999) - has Fmr. Det. Bradley (full name James E. Bradley Jr.) as expert witness
- California state bar court on G. PAUL HOWES (2014) - has Bradley as witness again
- Sgt. John Stitcher (misspelled John Stycher, full name John Henry Stitcher Jr. or John H. Stitcher Jr.)
- Washington Post, obituary for JOHN H. STITCHER JR., 1992/06/02: "John H. Stitcher Jr., 48, a retired D.C. police sergeant who had been a security officer with the Australian Embassy here since September, died of septic shock May 28 at Southern Maryland Hospital. He moved here and joined the D.C. police in 1969. He was a uniformed officer with the second and sixth districts and then was a plainclothes officer in internal affairs and the intelligence division. He retired in 1989. Mr. Stitcher, who lived in Upper Marlboro, was born in Cumberland, Md. He served in the Army from 1961 to 1969, becoming a staff sergeant. He was stationed part of the time in West Germany."
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals, nos. 83-603, 84-220, 83-610 and 84-202: Henderson v. District of Columbia, appeal decision, 1985/05/31: "On this issue as well as that of good faith and reasonable belief, in addition to the other testimony, we note the testimony of Sgt. John Stitcher, a member of the team that arrested Henderson (but not a defendant in this case) that when he received the signal to arrest Henderson, he assumed that not only had the property book been checked but also the bag itself.
- Jan Klimkowski of Deep Politics Forum claims to have spoken to Martinez and found him earnest
- FBI files seemingly confirm CIA connection and classification of MPD report
Finders' own account
- Front organizations
- Carl Shapley
- "Alert! New Age Conman Carl Shapley on the Net", 2000/05/22: "Carl Shapley is a slight, sixty-something, American male, with a grey/straw-colored goatee beard and side parted limp hair. He is fond of wearing a beret and a bow-tie. He affects an educated accent, claiming to be the son of a famous astronomer, who we have been told, led a scientific witch-hunt against Immanuel Velikovsky, a colleague Albert Einstein. Shapley, is occasionally joined by his wife Gemma.
For over a decade, Shapley has been claiming that he has founded a a complex international educational organisation in twelve major cities called the 'New World Academy'. He claimed to be on the verge of signing contracts for two adjacent properties in London's predigious Berkley Sq. One building was to be a school with a fancy French name, and the other a dormitory for stduents and VIPs like the elusive musician and suspected pedophile Michael Jackson, in return for being the NWA's in-house music teacher. However, Shapley, who enjoys declares he must enjoy the fine things in life, like attending the opera, has pleaded poverty to his creditors. An educational charity which he proudly boasts being involved in, has been defunct for years. He did claim to have a NWA centre in Delhi but in effect simply had a correspondence address near the central bus depot. In London, Shapley has used the English Speaking Union to hold meetings and pick up mail. He moves through New Age communities looking for victims and moves upon getting discovered. Shapley has been sighted at Alternatives in Picadilly, the Mind Body Spirit Festival, The Flowing Gold Club (run by ex-friend, small time prosperity guru Brenda Brett) and recently, at the dance venue 'Expressions'."
- the defining moment, "The Interface of Science & Consciousness" - calls Shapley the "Founding Secretary General of the New World Educational Foundation"
- Universal Peace Federation, "Dr. Carl Shapley in Memoriam", 201?/??/??
- "Alert! New Age Conman Carl Shapley on the Net", 2000/05/22: "Carl Shapley is a slight, sixty-something, American male, with a grey/straw-colored goatee beard and side parted limp hair. He is fond of wearing a beret and a bow-tie. He affects an educated accent, claiming to be the son of a famous astronomer, who we have been told, led a scientific witch-hunt against Immanuel Velikovsky, a colleague Albert Einstein. Shapley, is occasionally joined by his wife Gemma.
- Rev. Jim Wyker
- Indianapolis Star, "Women's Church Club To Hear National Leader Members of the Business and Professional Women's Club of the Third Christian Church", 1951/09/01 - Wyker was head of the rural church department of the Bible College of Missouri
- From p.33 of Forty Years of Service Beyond Our Borders by H. Dwight Swartzendruber: "To further complicate matters, shortly after our arrival in Karachi, CWS/New York received a letter from the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland informing them of the appointment of an American, James Wyker, to be the CWS representative and Director of the East Pakistan Relief committee."
- From p.59 of Ohio Farm Bureau News, Volume 28 (July 1949): James D. Wyker is an official of the Christian Rural Overseas Program, which is sponsored by the Church World Service
- David Hoffman, "George Bush: World Class Monster" points out that at the time of the Finders investigation, the FBI Counter Intelligence Division (which played a role in the cover-up) was headed by Buck Revell
- Revell Group International bio for Buck Revell: "In July 1985, Mr. Revell was promoted to Executive Assistant Director‑Investigations (SES-6) the highest rank in career Government service. He served as the Director's deputy in charge of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative, Counter-Terrorism and Counter‑Intelligence programs. He was also responsible for international investigative and liaison activities of the Bureau, including its Legal Attaché and INTERPOL operations."
- Los Angeles Times, "Pan Am Tip Was Hoax, FBI Asserts : Call in Helsinki Citing Bomb Threat Fully Discredited", 1988/12/26: "The FBI’s counterintelligence chief said Sunday that U.S. investigators are now convinced that a telephoned tip that a bomb would be planted on a Pan American jetliner was a hoax. Oliver B. Revell III, executive assistant FBI director, said there is no connection between the threat, received earlier this month by the American Embassy in Finland, and the crash of Pan Am Flight 103 last Wednesday at Lockerbie, Scotland."
- Skip Clements background
- Steamshovel Press Issue #11, "Skip Clemens and the Finders", 1994: "Skip Clemens says the more he looks into the possible involvement of the U.S. Customs Service, the FBI, and the CIA in an international child-abuse ring, the more it resembles the Washington, D.C. based “Finders” ring uncovered in 1991. In fact, he has come to suspect that it might all be connected. Clemens used to be with the CIA but now he says he’s with a private company in Stuart, Florida called Technology Strategic Planning (TSP), that is staffed by former intelligence employees (although, unusual for a private company, its telephone number is unlisted and Directory Assistance told me that its prefix did not exist in that area code)."
- JOC.com, "PSST! "COMRADES' WIDEN INDUSTRIAL INTELLIGENCE LEAD", 1995/01/24
- Palm Beach Post, "Vying to sell China vitamin C", 1999/10/25
- Palm Beach Post, "Squeeze Truth Out of Citrus Scam", 2008/02/10
- Florida Trend, "A sense of closure for Skip Clements", 2013/10/10
- John J. Cox background
- From the Investigative Leads memo: "Pettie's activities took a different turn in 1979 when he recruited John J. Cox. founder of general Scientific (a computer firm specializing in classified defense, contracts). Cox trained several of Pettie's Finders in computer programming and communications technologies and took two or more Of them to Costa Rica and Panama in 1980-81. Cox worked through Miguel Barzuna, a prominent Costa Rican money launderer, the Vienna, Virginia-based Institute for International Development and Cuban exile Emilio Rivera in Costa Rica and Panama. Through Cox, Pettie and the Finders linked up with several Washington area computer-oriented groups, including Community Computers, a front organziation[sic] for The Community, a cult run by Michael Rios (aka Michael Versacc). (Pettie's son, David Pettie, is a member of the Community, Pettie's other son, George, may be the one who was in Air America) Cox also recruited Theordore[sic] G. reiss (wife; Ann), 4 reston-based computer programmer and highly active member of Werner Erhard Seminars (EST). Cox also recruited Susan Gabriel and Judith Beltz as couriers. Pettie and Cox have simulated a failing out and pretend to be enemies..."
- Langley Researcher Vol. 10 No. 1, 1971/01/08 - mentions "John J. Cox, Langley's EEO Coordinator"
- United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. v. Perholtz, appeal decision, 1988/03/08: "Perholtz contacted John Cox of General Scientific Corporation, a manufacturer's representative for Essex Engineering, to propose a consulting agreement with Essex, in which Essex would provide the hardware and Perholtz the software for a bid on ATAP. [...] The second subcontract involved cathode ray tube terminals ("CRTs") and printers joined to the terminals. To obtain these items, Perholtz again turned to John Cox of General Scientific Corporation. Perholtz told Cox that he and Conley Dillon, a longtime acquaintance, were forming a marketing corporation, and that General Scientific should pay Dillon any commissions from printer sales to IBS. Thereafter, Perholtz asked Dillon, a full-time employee of the Department of Labor, to sign a marketing agreement and receive commission payments from General Scientific, in return for which Dillon would retain six percent of the commissions and Perholtz would receive the rest. (Perholtz said that a conflict of interest prevented him from taking the commissions directly.) Dillon then signed a marketing agreement with General Scientific, backdated before General Scientific's first contact with the SBA; Cox signed this agreement without ever meeting Dillon."
- Daily Press (Newport News VA), "IN BRIEF", 1990/09/24: "Also at NASA Langley Research Center: John J. Cox has been named associate chief of the new human resources management division at NASA-Langley. He will be responsible for policy matters, procedures and regu lations. He was formerly head of the employee development and services branch. Cox joined NASA in 1962."
- Charlie Nelson, "Fiders Cult in Taiwan", 2004/04/25: "The Finders cult group has moved to Taiwan, the Taipei group is run an American Journalist who had researched them in the 1990's and became a convert.The group is expanding in Taipei now.They have affiliated themselves with orphanages.The American journalist tried to set up a branch of the Finders in Korea but was expelled in 1997 by Korean police under a cloud of accusations that he had undressed pre schoolers in his care and photographed them naked.There was no evidence found in his apartment or on his laptop but he was promtly deported and moved to Taipei. He is involved in efforts to smear various anti pedophilia groups using his status as a journalist. He claims that a friend of his,ex New Zealand Police Officer, Graham Cleghorn, was set up by anti pedophila groups in Cambodia.Cleghorn was jailed in Cambodia earlier this year."
- Rigorous Intuition post names Daniel Brandt as the American journalist - most likely meant Wendell Minnick instead
- Wendell Minnick as the journalist alleged to have joined the Finders and gone to Asia
- Taiwan Ho, "When China Attacks: Military Pundit Explores Scenario for Taiwan Invasion", 2004/04/19: "Minnick has made a career covering military and intelligence developments in East Asia, particularly as they effect the balance of power across the Taiwan Straits. Since 2000 he has served as Taipei correspondent for Jane's Defense Weekly, the defense and foreign affairs profession’s primary information resource for military matters, as well as written for several on-line and print publications covering Asian affairs. [...] I’m not special. I haven’t got a spooky past or a military record. I think that I am just really dogged and I do tons of research. I wrote one book on intelligence in 1992 called Spies and Provocateurs: A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Persons Conducting Espionage and Covert Action. It got a lot of attention and catapulted me into the field. I began writing articles for the Far Eastern Economic Review, Army, Military Intelligence, etc. I was invited to join the CIA’s veterans group, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, which was great fun. In 1995, I wrote an unpublished book on the history of CIA operations in China, but I dropped the project. I sometimes think about resurrecting it, but Jane’s keeps me busy. In 1997, I went to South Korea to write a book on North Korean intelligence operations, the government had me followed and finally arrested me. I was interrogated and expelled from the country. I was shocked they took such an interest in me. It was a lesson in what it meant to work in my field."
- National Interest profile of Wendell Minnick: "Wendell Minnick is a Taipei-based journalist who has spent two decades covering military and security issues in Asia, including one book on intelligence and over 1,500 articles. From 2006-2016, Minnick served as the Asia Bureau Chief for Defense News, a Washington-based defence weekly newspaper. He has edited over ten books on Chinese military equipment."
- Graham Cleghorn case
- Rigorous Intuition discussion of Finders links to Asia and Cleghorn
- Inquisition 21st Century articles: page linked by the RI post; "Graham Cleghorn writes from Cambodian prisons"
- List of articles by Graham Cleghorn for the Phnom Penh Post
- Getty Images photo of Cleghorn being escorted from the appeal court: "Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA: New Zealander Graham Cleghorn (L), 60, is escorted by Cambodian police (R) upon arriving at the Appeal court in Phnom Penh, 07 December 2006. The Cambodian Court of Appeal has adjourned a new appeal hearing filed by Cleghorn, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping five young Cambodian women. AFP PHOTO/ TANG CHHIN SOTHY"
- Stuff.co.nz, "I was set up, says Kiwi freed from Cambodian rape sentence", 2015/06/26
- Stuff.co.nz, "Wellington child-rape convict Graham Cleghorn, who strenuously denied charges, has died", 2016/10/27
- Alleged connection to the Cabazon reservation involving Dr. Sid Siemer
- Whitley Strieber, "The Boy in the Box", 2003/03/14 - claims that he was taken to a school in Mexico akin to the one mentioned by the Finders
- Connection to the murderous, drug trafficking Satanic cult in Matamoros, Mexico
- The Finders men arrested in Tallahassee were told to say they were bringing the children to a "school for brilliant children" in Mexico
- Missing 411 Remote Viewing Project, "A deadly cereal of deadly serial killers. CIA and Palo Mayombe. The Hand of Death Cult", 2015/09/30 - alleges that a map seized from the Finders van in Tallahassee had Matamoros, Mexico marked on it: "Matamoros, Mexico was marked on a map found in the van, along with a few other places in Mexico, but which I do not know"
- Skip Clements discussed child trafficking to Mexico, including Matamoros, as part of the Glendale-Montessori ritual abuse case, and law enforcement records back up the Mexico connection being mentioned as far back as 1987
- Elsagate connection
- WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?, "THE FINDERS CULT", 2017/07/18
- Video for Kids, "Black Spiderman vs Scream and Spiderman vs Scream | Real Life Superhero Movie | Video for Kids! #2", 2017/05/03 - has a comment from "Stuart Silverstone" (matches the name of the Finders spokesman, but unclear if it is really him) with a coded message, to which Video for Kids replies
- See the above link about curious quotes from The Gamecaller for more insight on how the Finders could relate to Elsagate