Thomas Creech

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Biography

Controversies

Satanic cult involvement

Contract murders

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  • Oui Vol. 6 No. 2, "The All-American Death Angel" by Michael Reynolds, 1977/02 (pages 43, 44, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 134)
    • "The punk was alternately sobbing and confessing. He was still riding the lysergic-acid waves [...] Creech gibbered out a disconnected confession to the murders of Arnold and Bradford. And he denied murdering some other people, people the Elmore County cops had not even asked him about." (p.44)
    • "There weren't just three corpses in his past; Creech's own body count was 42—42 snuffs in an eight-year period. The lawmen listened. Tom talked. He provided names, locations, dates, accomplices and employers. Psychiatrists were summoned; sodium amytal, hypnotism and polygraphs were administered. Law-enforcement agencies were contacted in California, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Washington, and Montana, and 12 of Creech's murders were confirmed." (p.124)
    • "[In the course of his wandering to San Francisco in September 1966] Tom gravitated inevitably to the Haight, the burgeoning mecca of the runaway underground." (p.124)
    • "Tom found himself befriended by two members of the most fearsome, infamous biker club in the world. The Hell's Angels were not merely a gang of mangy, beer-swilling, hog-riding fools who would fuck anything warm this side of a Kodiak bear: They were a social force, a philosophical stance—major figures in the swiftly forming mythos of the Sixties. Ken Kesey invited them to his La Honda digs for a rumble with (then legal) LSD-25. Allen Ginsberg wrote a poem for them. The pre-fear and loathing Hunter Thompson flexed his Gonzoid muscles by hanging out with them and then writing a book titled Hell's Angels. Tom Wolfe cruised them in his ice-cream suit. The Angels embodied a style and philosophy that Tom Creech was to emulate from that summer on, although he was never permitted to formally join the club." (p.125)
    • "The second force Tom was to encounter during his 1966 California sojourn was from a realm even more dark and weird than the bikers'. It was a street kid, known as Angel, who invited Tom to meet someone so powerful, so incredible that Tom was assured he would never be the same. That someone turned out to be none other than Anton Szandor LaVey, a flamboyant figure in San Francisco whose star was rising in Herb Caen's three-dot gossip column in the Chronicle. [...] Tom Creech was introduced to LaVey by Angel, and he attended two Church of Satan rituals in late 1966. Tom was enormously impressed by LaVey and became a firm believer in the reality of Satan and Satan's powers." (p.125)
    • "Creech's adult personality had been formed among the satanists and bikers in San Francisco; in the Army, he worked on his techniques." (p.126)
    • "[Shortly over a month after his June 4, 1969 dishonorable discharge from the Army] Creech was back in jail on two counts of robbery, and in December, he began serving a two-to-five-year sentence in the Ohio State Reformatory. [...] [After attacking an inmate who tried to rape him] That night three large figures appeared in Creech's cell. When he came to, he was freaking to the nether extremes and was soon transferred to the psych unit in Chillicothe." (p.126) - note that the Chillicothe Correctional Institution (itself a former military camp) had previously housed both Charles Manson and Henry Lee Lucas during the 1950s
    • "A month after his father's funeral, a rope was found in Creech's cell. A nurse told the guard that Creech had tried to commit suicide. Creech was sent to Lima State Hospital on July 14th and remained there for 17 months before his release on December 2, 1971. By this time, Creech had developed duodenal ulcers and suffered occasional black-outs. They were to plague him from then on. Especially right before a kill." (p.126)
    • "Creech hitched back to San Francisco and stayed with a girlfriend of Thomasine's. Two days later, the fence called. He said that Thomasine was in Garberville, a few hundred miles north of San Francisco; Creech went to get her and together they headed east. Near Detroit, Creech took a job at a service station, lifted $300 from the till and left. He and Thomasine scored a driveaway car destined for Salt Lake City, a car that was to be the hookup for Creech's first connection with the big time.

      The man to whom the car was delivered held a financial interest in the national auto driveaway company from which Creech had contracted in Detroit. He was also the head of a finance-and-loan company in Salt Lake City. (Years earlier, this businessman had run a profitable porn-publishing house in Monaco, which, according to a former employee, was suspected of being a front for transporting more profitable commodities from Monaco to locations in France.) When he met Creech the businessman offered him additional driveaway jobs handling special types of cars. Creech accepted.

      Auto transport companies, as they are formally called, are located in every major city in America. During semester breaks, they are eagerly jockeyed for by vehicleless students bent on getting back to, or away from, home. Deliveries are made to repossessing finance companies, relocating two-car families and to people who would rather fly across country than drive their cars. If one is looking for an inexpensive way to travel, the driveaways have a lot going for them. They are also convenient, as Tom Creech was to learn. for the transportation of heroin.

      The operation goes like this: A few hundred kilos of pure smack arrives from Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle at a port somewhere between Seattle and Los Angeles; 20 keys are fitted into the door panels of a repossessed Buick; it is a driveaway—destination, Denver. The name and address given to the unsuspecting driver may not be the final destination. He delivers the car and splits; the car is taken to another location and the heroin is removed.

      Sometimes, however, the place when the car is delivered is the final drop. And sometimes the driver is not unwitting. Then all expenses are paid, including motels, with a bonus on completion of the run.

      According to Creech, his first run was made in October 1972, from Seattle to Denver. Prior to this he had married Thomasine, and the newlyweds supported their nomadic existence by contracting driveaway smackmobiles to points as distant as Miami, Cincinnati and South Carolina. Between trips, Creech and his wife spent most of their time in Nevada and Arizona." (p.127) - the driveaway heroin operation described by Creech mirrors: a job driving cars around the country which Henry Lee Lucas claimed to have been offered by auto transport businessman and Hand of Death recruiter Don Meteric in Shreveport LA but refused, due either to his suspicion that it was for the Mafia or his concern that he would be arrested for driving a stolen car; the operation of Atlanta child murders suspect Parnell Traham which drove cars packed with drugs from Miami to Atlanta and Houston; the operation of JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect Michael Helgoth of packing heroin into used cars and shipping it around the country; the used-car business (Karr's Cars) of JonBenet Ramsey murder and Atlanta child murders suspect John Mark Karr
    • "His next killing—again on a pass from Oregon State Hospital—was in Sacramento, California. The victim's name was Vivian Grant Robinson. Creech claims [hat the hit was contracted by an elite biker group called the Brother-Hood and concerned a drug burn. Robinson was strangled in his bedroom, and fingerprints found at the scene were later confirmed as matching those of Tom Creech. The Sacramento district attorney has joined the long list of lawmen who have applied for Creech's extradition from Idaho." (p.129)
    • "Creech was released from the mental hospital in July 1974, and his life soon took an even more gruesome and bizarre turn. [...]

      Tom Creech told me of attending several gatherings in a basement in the Seattle suburb of Burien, near the Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) Airport, at which adolescent women were carved up during the course of satanic rituals. Six or eight times—Creech has trouble remembering—he provided one or more of the sacrificial victims himself. The victims were either hitchhikers or runaways; their ages ranged from 15 to 23.

      One such victim was a girl named Sheila, a petite 16-year-old brunette whom Creech picked up in Eugene, Oregon, and drove back to Seattle; he recalls that Sheila wore contact lenses. During the month of August 1974, Creech and two others supplied a total of eight victims; three were from the University of Washington in Seattle, two were from Tacoma and three were from Oregon. Two girls from a commune near Grants Pass, Oregon, were lured into the hellish basement by the "priest" officiating in the rites.

      Sacrifices also took place in a secluded wood near Lake Washington. Thanks to Creech's information, police later found four heads buried in this location. They also located the Burien basement and found its walls to be covered with bloodstains and a pentagram.

      When talking about this period in his life, Creech shows considerable nervousness. It seems to have been a dark liquid dream for him, his recollections lit by flash-gun bursts. He remembers that 20 to 30 people were present for the rituals, sometimes fewer. The victim usually was told that she was going to a party with some far-out people. Then she would be fed some drugs to make her cooperative—heroin and PCP apparently being the most effective. She would then be led to the basement and strapped to an altar. A stereo would blare the title track from the movie The Mephisto Waltz, a tune high up on the satanic top 40." (p.129-130)
    • "Creech claims personal knowledge of five "temples" where ritual sacrifice has been practiced. Two are in the Seattle area; one is in Ogden, Utah; one is in Missoula, Montana; and one is in El Cajon, California. Creech also told lawmen of being present at rituals at a ranch above Latigo Canyon outside Los Angeles, which authorities already suspected of being a satanic spread and the source of foodstuffs for the city‘s occult health-food eateries. Creech claimed that more than 100 bodies were buried at the ranch and the Los Angeles sheriff's office subsequently backhoed the acreage at an expense of $40,000. The official release claimed that only a hambone was found; but police also discovered a gilt-framed photograph of a character well-known as a sleazy practitioner of satanism and as the operator of an S/M occult disco in Hollywood.

      Some California investigators are still keeping their files open on this case, as several of the allegations regarding activities there have links lo the Manson endeavors of the late Sixties." (p.130)
    • "In August 1974, Creech landed a job as church sexton at Saint Mark‘s Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon. The salary was small, but a room in the church was provided as a fringe benefit. Two weeks after he started, Creech put another life stiff. He got word through the Brother-Hood that a character named William Joseph Dean, an itinerant quasi biker originally from Sweet Home, Oregon, was holding out in a grass deal he had just run down in Alaska. Apparently Creech was told that there was substantial money and a hefty slash accompanying Dean to Portland. Creech picked Dean up at the Portland bus station." (p.130)
    • "Two days after Billy Dean was shot, Creech and Linda pulled up at a milk-beer-ice store on Center Street in Salem, Oregon. They were looking for Sandra Jane Ramsmoog, a 19-year-old woman who worked the late shift at the store. Linda had told Creech that Ramsmoog had ripped her off in a dope deal and owed her money." (p.131)
    • "Immediately following the Ramsmoog hit, Creech cut his hair and beard, traveled south into California and then made his way to Las Vegas. He was looking for a man who had been one of his employers in the driveaway heroin trade—a man [Peter Simon] who had close ties to organized crime and who virtually owned one of the lesser gambling towns in wide-open Nevada. Creech found his man and found that a contract was waiting, if he was willing to take it.

      The contract was on the life of Gordon Stanton, a man in his early 40s, with a wife and two children, who had been active in the late Sixties as a union organizer in Las Vegas. According to sources in Nevada, Stanton had begun working with the union again in 1974, around the gambling towns of Jean and Goodsprings. Creech says that the reason given for the hit was that Stanton had been holding out money.

      [...]

      [Returning to his car after murdering Stanton on August 22, 1974,] Creech saw that there was another automobile parked some yards up the highway. Inside were Creech's hit contractor and a man named Charles Thomas Miller, another Vegas gun for hire. Creech spoke briefly with the men and the car pulled away. On his way back to Vegas, Creech decided that Miller must die. Even though the money for the Stanton hit had been put into his account in the Bank of Nevada, Creech knew he would have little time to spend it if Miller weren't taken out immediately. Creech also suspected—and, he says, later found to be true—that Miller had been contracted to hit him." (p.131)
    • "[After murdering Chuck Miller on August 25, 1974,] Creech headed north to Wyoming, where he connected with some biker buddies affiliated with the Brother-Hood, that phantom elite of outlaws that had allegedly ordered the Billy Dean snuff in Portland. Until a year ago, the existence of the Brother-Hood was only speculated upon. In the past few months, confirmation of the Brother-Hood's existence has been independently received from sources in California, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida. The society is national and bound not so much by two—wheeled configurations of oil and steel as by the economics of heroin, murder and gun-running. Some sources suggest that financial support for the Brother-Hood comes from organized crime, right-wing paramilitary groups, and the heavies of the satanic scene. In most instances, Brother-Hood members—who are the sleazy elite of regional biker gangs like the Hell's Angels and The Pagans—seem to be subcontractees to organized crime for regional heroin traffic and contract murders; for the paramilitary right-wingers, they are a source of automatic weapons and ammunition; for the occultists, they are a source of ritual victims and drugs.

      In California, there is serious speculation that the bust of Hell's Angels president Sonny Barger in 1972 was set up by a Syndicate/Brother-Hood coalition in order to wrest control of the Angels from Barger. Immediately after Barger's arrest, many longtime members of the Angels either were busted or died. These developments, plus information supplied by certain members of the Angels (one of whom ended up in a 55-gallon drum floating in San Francisco Bay after supplying information concerning the Brother-Hood), have led authorities to believe that a biker/Syndicate coalition exists." (p.131)
    • "With this extra luggage, the two hit the road again, hitchhiking toward Denver. Outside Lewiston, a 1954 Buick Roadmaster pulled up and opened the door. Inside the car sat Edward Thomas Arnold and John Wayne Bradford." (p.134)
    • "And then there was Creech's rundown of heroin trafficking in the Western states, polygraph testimony that implicated certain prominent businessmen in Nevada, Utah and Colorado, plus a United States Senator [Gary Hart of Colorado] and two governors [John Love of Colorado and John Gilligan of Ohio]. Creech also implicated well-known political personages in his polygraphed tale of the ritual-sacrifice scene.

      Creech also cleared the polygraph and sodium-amytal tests on his connection with the Symbionese Liberation Army. According to Creech, he supplied the S.L.A. with a certain drug package—the contents of which were unknown to him—from his heroin boss in Nevada. His suspicion is that these drugs were used on S.L.A. detainee Patty Hearst, whom Creech claims to have seen in the San Francisco house to which he delivered the package.

      When all of this testimony is read and digested, it lets you know that something is afoot in this land beyond the scope of the evening news." (p.134)
  • Initial arrest in Glenns Ferry ID
    • Idaho Free Press, "Double murder suspect arrested", 1974/11/09: "A man who was for a time suspected of being hired lo kill Sen.-elect Gary Hart. D-Colo., in Denver was arrested in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, Friday on charges of first degree murder of two men near Cascade. Valley County Sheriff Derold Lynskey said Tom Turner, 24 — also known as Joe Carl Adams, Richard Dennis Jr. and possibly Thomas Eugene Creech —was arrested Friday along with 17-year-old Carol Spaulding, Lewiston, Idaho, by Glenns Ferry police. "The suspect has not been positively identified through fingerprints," said Denver FBI agent in charge Louis A. Giovanetti. "But officials in Idaho are sure the man is Creech be cause of a tattoo on his cheek." Giovanetti said Creech, being held in Mountain Home, Idaho, will be transfered later to Cascade, where "we understand he is suspected of several killings." Glenns Ferry police said they arrested Creech and the girl in connection with the deaths of Edward Thomas Arnold, 34, Grand Junction, Colo., and an unidentified man. Both victims had been shot through the head, police said. Creech is also wanted in Oregon in the deaths of two other men, Giovanetti said. Hart, who defeated two-term incumbent Sen. Peter Dominick, R-Colo., in Tuesday's election, was given a police guard after Denver police were told by an informant Creech had come to Denver to kill the senator-elect. However, police in Denver said today the arrest of Creech in Idaho has ruled out the possibility that he was in Denver as an assassin hired to kill Hart."
    • Idaho State Journal, "Suspects Charged with Murder", 1974/11/10: "Creech and Carol Spaulding, 17, Lewiston, Idaho, were charged with two counts each of first-degree murder Friday morning after they were arrested by Glenns Ferry policeman Bill Hill. Cascade is about 90 miles north of Boise in Western Idaho. Glenns Ferry is on the Snake River about 70 miles southeast of Boise. The pair was moved to Cascade late Friday night and arraigned on two counts each of first-degree murder. No bond was set and they were locked into cells at the Valley County Jail. Valley County Prosecutor Robert Remaklus said he was not sure whether the girl was 17 or 18, but she would be treated as an adult until it was found out. He said she was charged as an adult, but might have to be recharged under the juvenile court system and then declared an adult for trial. An alert was sent to all police agencies in the area after the bodies of two men were found Tuesday afternoon, hidden in a ditch along Idaho 44 about 14 miles south of Cascade. No cause of death was immediately apparent since both bodies were covered with dirt and then hidden under a quilt and a sleeping bag. An autopsy later established they had been shot in the head. A car belonging to one of victims, Edward Thomas Arnold, 34, was found about 36 miles south of where the were found on the same highway. Officers said there was blood spattered around its interior. Creech, a former sexton at Mark's Episcopal Church in Portland. Ore., is charged with murdering William Joseph Dean, 22, Portland, and Jane Ramsamoog, Salem, Ore."
    • Twin Falls Times-News, "Suspect charged in two murders", 1974/11/10: "While Lynskey declined comment on how the pair were arrested in Glenns Ferry, it is known that officers had been looking for a couple seen near an abandoned car parked at the side of State Highway 55 about 22 miles south of Cascade. The car belonged to Arnold. The bodies of Arnold and the other victim were found in the borrow pit wouth of Cascade. They had been shot and killed with a. 22 caliber pistol."
    • Idaho State Journal, "Accused Murderer Jailed in Boise", 1974/11/11: "Former sexton Thomas Eugene Creech, accused in two murders in Idaho and two slayings in Oregon, faces a hearing Tuesday before a magistrate in Boise or Cascade. Creech was transferred Saturday from the Valley County Jail at Cascade to the Ada County Jail in Boise for security reasons. The body of Edward Thomas Arnold, 34, of Lancaster, Tex., and that of a man, who the sheriff's office said Sunday still had not been identified, were found last Tuesday near Donnelly, Idaho. [...] Arnold's car, registered in Grand Junction, Colo., was found on a road 36 miles south of grocery store where where the bodies were found in worked, a ditch beside the same highway, Idaho 44. [...] Creech was arraigned Friday night in Cascade on charges of first-degree murder. Valley County Prosecuting Atty. Robert Remaklus said Sunday Creech had been taken to the Boise jail because the facility at Cascade was old and "not escape proof." Miss Spaulding also has been accused in the Idaho slayings and is being held in Boise. Creech is scheduled to have hearing before a magistrate in Cascade Tuesday at 10 a.m., Remaklus said the hearing might be held before a magistrate in Boise instead to avoid secuity problems in transferring Creech from Boise to Cascade. [...] Remaklus said earlier two detectives had traveled from Portland to question Creech about the Aug. 7 deaths of William Joseph Dean, 22, of Portland and Sandra Jane Ramsamog, killed at the Salem, Ore., grocery store where she worked. Dean's body was found in the sexton's quarters at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Porland, where Creech had been sexton. Creech's defense attorney, Ward Hower, the Valley public defender, said Sunday Creech also had been questioned about an alleged death threat against Senator-elect Gary Hart of Colorado. Hower would not say who the questioning, only that it wasn't by Colorado authorities."
    • South Idaho Press, "Gem suspect eyed by Nevada", 1974/11/27: "Nevada authorities have begun investigating the possibility a former Las Vegas union organizer was killed under a contract from organized crime figures, the Idaho Statesman said in its Wednesday editions. The newspaper said the investigation into whether Thomas Eugene Creech, 24, was involved in the slaying was launched after the body of the former union organizer was found Tuesday buried near U.S. 95 near Mercury, Nev. The Nye County, Nevada sheriff's office identified the slaying victim as Gordon Lee Stanton, 44, Las Vegas. The Idaho Statesman said Stanton was involved about seven years ago in an effort to unionize Las Vegas casino employes, according to former associates. [...] Police have been investigating most of this month statements allegedly made by Creech about crimes in other areas ranging from Ohio to California. Police, who said they were acting on information supplied by Creech, searched the Mercury area Tuesday and uncovered the body. Nye County deputies said the Nevada Highway Patrol found an automobile at that location in August, but towed it away as abandoned. The Boise newspaper said Creech about that time lived at an abandoned mine at Bonnie Claire in Nye County, according to county records. The newspaper said Creech was involved in a nonsupport case involving his 6-year-old daughter."
  • 1975 trial for the murder of Edward Thomas Arnold and John Wayne Bradford
    • Reno Gazette-Journal, "Slaying case figure links Nevada man to mass murders", 1975/10/17 (pages 1, 2): "Creech testified he met John Wayne Bradford, 40, and Edward Thomas Arnold, 34, at Grand Junction, Colo., a month before their deaths and was involved in drug-running with them. But he said other members of the ring killed them. Defense attorney Bruce O. Robinson told the jury he planned a full disclosure of Creech's life and said it would be "complex and shocking." [...] [Aside from his confirmed murders in Oregon, Nevada, California, and Wyoming,] Creech also claimed to have committed murders in Ohio, Washington, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, Oklahoma and Kansas. He said some of the murders were committed during human sacrifices by satanic cults. Creech called himself a professional killer for a motorcycle gang involved in national drug traffic. During the testimony, Creech claimed that Peter Simon, the owner of a motel-casino in Jean, outside Las Vegas near the California border, ordered all 42 killings. However, Las Vegas police discounted the accusation saying they had investigated the entire matter previously, a spokesman said today. Creech had worked for Simon at the "Pop's Oasis" and was fired, a spokesman said. "We decided this was Creech's way of trying to get back at Simon," he said. Simon, 24, when notified of the accusations early today, said this was the first time he had heard of it, despite a police investigation. "Are you kidding me, what a nut," Simon said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. [...] "I felt that on the satanic cults, that sort of thing should be stopped," he said. "A lot of the killings I done I know was wrong. Maybe by writing the story, I could help a lot of people, younger people, so they wouldn't follow the same path as I did." Creech has given officials and newsmen a lengthy account of his life, including his claimed killings. Creech testified he was captured while on his way to Colorado to fulfill a murder contract on Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo. He said he attended a meeting in Salt Lake City in July 1973 in which Hart and Govs. John Love of Colorado and John J. Gilligan of Ohio were involved with deals with a drug syndicate. Law enforcement officers have discounted the story. Hart, Gilligan and Love called the story preposterous, outrageous and ravings."
    • Reno Gazette-Journal, "Casino operator rips crime claim", 1975/10/22 (pages 1, 2): "Casino operator Peter Simon emphatically denies he is the mastermind of a nationwide drug and murder ring In an interview printed in the Las Vegas Valley Times, Simon said there was absolutely no truth In the claim of Thomas Eugene Creech, who has confessed to 42 killings and linked Simon to a drug murder ring. [...] Creech said he was a professional killer for a national motorcycle gang which was connected to a nationwide drug syndicate. He named Simon at the man who delivered orders to commit the killings. "I sure as hell did not do it," said Simon, who operates Pop's Oasis, a small roadside casino in Jean, 33 miles south of Las Vegas. [...] "We've been told that he worked for us for about five weeks in 1973, but if he did, it may have been under a different name, and we're trying to confirm it," he said. Simon rides an off-road motorcycle but apparently has never been connected with an outlaw motorcycle gang, said the Times. Earlier this year, Simon gave the State of Nevada acres on which to build a new medium security prison. Prior to that, he won national attention for Jean when he bought the car in which famed bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death. He owns nearly all the developable property near Jean. "We do not know Peter Simon personally," said the Times editorial. "But all we have learned about him is favorable. He comes from a widely known Southern Nevada family.... "For our part, we are willing to go on record that he is not involved in any way whatsoever with the mass killings to which he has been linked by a self-confessed murderer.""