The Sons of Sam (continued)
The next Son of Sam hit took place only a month after the execution of Virginia Voskerichian. Again, the targets were randomly selected as an act of terror. Again, the shooter was David Berkowitz. In the early morning of April 17, 1977, Alexander Esau, 20, and Valentina Suriani, 18, were in the Bronx, only a few blocks from the scene of the Lauria-Valenti shooting. They were each shot twice with a .44 Bulldog at about 3:00 AM. Suriani died at the scene, and Esau died in the hospital several hours later. Berkowitz’s skill as an assassin had improved considerably from his earlier effort.
The next shooting happened two months later. The Westchester cult had long wanted to shoot someone at the Elephas disco, as they associated the name of the establishment with the 19th Century occultist Eliphas Levi. The shooter was John Carr’s brother, Michael (described as the “The Duke of Death” in the May 1977 Breslin letter), and the targets were randomly selected for him by the reconnaissance team. Sal Lupo, 20, and Judy Placido, 17, had left the Elephas discotheque in the Bayside section of Queens and were sitting in their car at about 3:00 AM when Michael fired three shots through the car’s windshield with a .44 Bulldog given him by the weapons team. He sprinted from the scene of the crime, quickly handed off his weapon to a team member, and then hid in the back seat of a Chevy Nova driven by a blond man with a mustache. The driver kept his headlights off as he drove from the neighborhood to prevent anyone from reading his license plate. Fortunately, Michael’s shots had gone wild or been deflected on impact with the car’s windows. While both victims were struck, their injuries were relatively minor.
Michael Carr was a twenty-four year-old free-lance advertising stylist, photographer and graphics designer. He was also a ranking member in both the Process Church and the Church of Scientology, where he served as an auditor (counselor). He was a professional illustrator and photographic artist who produced the Breslin letter in his own studio. Unlike his brother, Michael was a straitlaced and uncompromising teetotaler who did not drink alcohol and even avoided prescription drugs.
Michael Carr was killed at 4:00 AM on October 4, 1978 (eight months after his brother’s “suicide”), when his pale green Buick, traveling at seventy miles an hour on a section of decaying, cobblestoned road along Manhattan’s West Side Highway, plowed headlong into a streetlight. Among the odd features of the accident were the absence of any skid marks (he never hit the brakes) and a fresh crease on the car’s rear, passenger-side fender. It appeared that Michael had committed suicide by accelerating his car into an obstacle.
The final killing occurred near the one-year anniversary of the first Forty-Four Caliber shootings. The cult had announced the day of the shooting ahead of time. The assassins were confident in their ability to circumvent police road-blocks and dragnets. Forewarned, the police took up the challenge and established a sizable dragnet, focusing on past hunting grounds in Queens and The Bronx. However, the cult failed to perform as scheduled. They delayed the next shooting by three days and moved it to Brooklyn. The issue was not police surveillance, but locating a shooting location and victims that would provide an adequate venue for a photographer to videotape the killing. The opportunity finally presented itself when Stacy Moskowitz and Robert Violante, both twenty, were kissing and cuddling in Violante's car under a streetlight near a city park. At 2:35 AM, a man approached to within about three feet of the passenger side and fired several shots into both victims’ heads with his .44 Bulldog. The triggerman ran into the park where he was picked up by a yellow Volkswagen beetle driven by a woman who fit the description of the sexy blonde "woman from Westchester.” Berkowitz later told Maury Terry the infamous yellow VW “belonged to the Carrs” – an allegation confirmed by at least five witnesses, including two police officers. “It was like a community car,” he explained. The triggerman ducked and hid in the seat during a high-speed chase and pursuit by a concerned citizen. Moskowitz died several hours later in the hospital. Violante survived, though he was legally blind.
The male shooter was most likely Robert Hirschmann, a twenty-five year-old man who worked for a moving company, had a minor theft record, and lived in Queens. Shortly after committing the Moskowitz/Violante murder, Robert married a twenty-three year-old Queens woman named Mary. Seven months later, on Friday, January 6, 1978, Hirschmann’s body was found a hundred feet off the Taconic State Parkway in East Fishkill, an hour’s drive north of Yonkers. Hirschmann was shot at least six times. His bullet-riddled body was adorned with tattoos, one of which was a swastika with the words “Brother Tom” beneath it. Hirschmann’s first name was Robert, but “Brother Tom” was consistent Process Church name-changing practice associated with a promotion from the rank of initiate to the rank of messenger. The next day, his wife’s body was found in a vacant lot near Flushing Airport in Queens, about sixty miles from where her husband’s body was discovered. Fully clothed, she was slashed, stabbed and strangled in a ritualistic manner. Three days before the killings, they checked into a room at the Aqua Motor Inn in Queens, near Aqueduct Race Track – so named because the old Croton Aqueduct in Yonkers passed by there on its way to Untermyer Park. They were last seen there the day before their deaths.
Berkowitz was a member of the reconnaissance team at the Moskowitz/Violante murder – acting as a scout and lookout. In the course of his duties, his Ford Galaxie (license plate 561 XLB) received a parking ticket at 2:05 AM for being parked too close to a fire hydrant near the city park. After receiving the ticket, he tried to persuade two other cult members at the scene to postpone or relocate the crime. His request was overruled, and he was ordered to remain in the area to make sure no police were nearby.
Upon being taken in for questioning regarding the “Son of Sam” murders, David Berkowitz immediately confessed. The evidence was weak, and certainly Berkowitz couldn’t have committed every crime, so why did Berkowitz confess?
He was told to. By the mid-seventies, with recruitment around colleges and military bases in full swing, leadership within the Process Church decided it was time to open new recruitment offices in maximum security prisons. Their means of doing this was to place dedicated chingons in maximum security prisons.
Upon being arrested in California for an out-of-state warrant, Stanley Baker, like David Berkowitz, immediately began confessing to all sorts of crimes. “I have a problem,” Baker told police, “I am a cannibal.” Baker was a member of the notorious “Four P” Chingon family in Santa Cruz. To prove his statement to police, he produced the finger bone of his most recent victim from a leather pouch he carried in his pocket. Baker, who sported a swastika tattoo and other occult emblems, said he was recruited from a campus setting in Wyoming where he participated in blood-drinking rituals there. He was later sent to California to join the Santa Cruz cult. Concerning the owner of the finger he carried in his pocket, Baker confided the man was killed in a ritual reminiscent of an Aztec/Mayan/Carthaginian religious ceremony – the heart was cut out and eaten while the man was still alive as an offering to Lucifer and his consort, Diana. Baker, and at least one other witness, told authorities the Santa Cruz family later headed back downstate, where they resumed their abominable rituals – including murder – in the O’Neill Park area of the Santa Ana Mountains, south of Los Angeles.
The cult’s prison recruitment program went exceedingly well – producing such notorious serial killers as John Gacy and Henry Lee Lucas.
Maury Terry’s hunt for suspects in his book, The Ultimate Evil, reads like a casualty list from a war zone. Maria Cortina, Robert Hirschmann, Michael Carr and John Carr were four of the original shooters who eventually ended up as victims. And the list expanded from there. An example is Jerry Berg; a member of John Carr’s satanic family in Minot, North Dakota, whose name surfaced early in the investigation of Carr’s satanic associates. When Maury Terry called to investigate, he found Berg had been crushed to death by a falling tree on December 27, 1979. As a favor to Maury Terry, Jack Graham, his friend and a reporter at the Minot Daily News, agreed to investigate the suspicious death. It was a fatal assignment.
Jack learned that the police initially suspected fellow Satanist Larry Milenko (John Carr’s cult-connected friend who was toiling in the woods with Jerry Berg when the tree unexpectedly fell on him) of killing Berg, but were unable to develop a credible scenario as to how someone might use a large tree as a murder weapon. By September of 1980, Jack’s investigation was focused on Larry Milenko. Unfortunately, Larry discovered Jack was an undercover reporter at a party he infiltrated in early September. An angry confrontation broke out, and Jack told Larry, “We’re going to get you, you bastard.” Two weeks later, on a sunny morning on September 23, while driving on US 2 near the small community of Vulcan, Michigan; Jack’s car crossed the center line and slammed headlong into an oncoming eighteen-wheeler. There were no skid marks on the road. It appeared that Michael had committed suicide by accelerating his car into the truck. The police found no evidence of foul play.
“In all my years in this business, I’ve never seen anything like this,” said NYPD Detective Jim Devereaux to Maury Terry regarding the crime scene of Carol Marron and Howard Green. Thirty-three year-old Carol, a Brooklyn resident, was a secretary at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and designed clothing to supplement her income. For seven years, she lived with fifty-three year-old Howard; an abstract painter who drove a cab for a steady paycheck. Their small basement apartment was filled with various items of satanic significance. The two belonged to a coven in Queens run by a wealthy woman with connections to the Manhattan social circuit. As a favor to the Westchester coven, they performed peripheral work scouting and delivering weapons in at least two Son of Sam shootings. On December 16, 1979, they were found lying next to each other off Route 80 in West Paterson, New Jersey, not far from New York City. Both were bludgeoned on their left sides, both had identical right eye wounds, and both had every drop of blood drained from their bodies. The police speculated the blood had been drained with a large syringe, such as might be found at a veterinary clinic, but the autopsy was inconclusive. Marks on the surrounding ground indicated the creature that killed the couple had posed for pictures with its trophies before laying them side-by-side and placing clumps of hair in their clutched fists – a satanic symbol.
Maury Terry became convinced there was a leak inside the New York prosecutor’s office. Starting with John Carr, every lead in the “Son of Sam” case was being terminated before it could bear fruit. He accused Eugene Gold, the District Attorney of Brooklyn during the reign of Son of Sam, of continuously obstructed all efforts to locate the other forty-four caliber killers. Eugene resigned in April of 1981. It wasn’t known at the time, but Gold was a pedophile being blackmailed by members of the cult for transgressions he committed under the influence of cocaine and other drugs during satanic celebrations at upscale private residences in Westchester, Manhattan, Connecticut and Long Island’s Hamptons. Twenty months after Gold retired, he admitted to a Tennessee court that he had sexually molested a ten-year-old girl while attending a district attorney’s convention after he left office. The victim, Gold acknowledged, was the daughter of a prosecutor who participated in the conference. The charges were dismissed with the stipulation that Gold receive psychiatric treatment.
Maury Terry was right to suspect District Attorney Gold, but he was wrong about the motive. The real reason for the deluge of deaths was that Anat and an unknown male accomplice associated with the West Coast operation were making a bid to take over the East Coast operation and solidify their control over the national organization. The Death Dealers and other Los Angeles assets “loaned” by Anat to help with the operation all served her as agents – providing valuable insights into the day-to-day organized criminal operations. Indeed, some of her agents had even gained control of New York narcotics distribution runs – a foothold which she rapidly capitalized on. The clue to what was actually going on lay in the fact that most of Maury Terry’s leads (like Carol Marron) were terminated well before he was even aware of their existence. Therefore, it couldn’t have been a case of someone informing “Mr. Real Estate” of the progress of his investigation. Maury Terry was observing the peripheral casualties of an internal gang-war that left Anat and a small group of secretive Master Magicians in complete control of the North American operations. The divorce of Robert and Mary Anne DeGrimston in April of 1974, eighteen months before the Secret Chief Moloch appeared to the four high priests of the Westchester Cult, marked the decline of the public organization known as the Process Church of the Final Judgment and left the shadow criminal organization fragmented. One of the primary reasons Anat and the West Coast Masters supported and prosecuted the Forty-Four Caliber Killings with such vigor is that it provided a unique opportunity to solidify their power base.
Sisman also filmed satanic sex and dope orgies at Radin’s beachfront estates in Southhampton. These often featured Radin’s harem of witches, many from Laney Jacobs’ old Los Angeles coven, dressed as Nazis. The duo’s most notorious film was the date-rape of a young starlet, Melonie Haller, an actress on Welcome Back, Kotter (the television show that launched John Travolta’s career).
Melonie attempted to gain publicity and more mature acting roles by posing for Playboy in March 1980. Unfortunately, this career strategy brought her to the attention of Roy Radin. In April 1980, she was doped, stripped, raped and videotaped by Ronald Sisman during a satanic orgy at the Ocean Castle mansion. Haller’s “date” to the orgy (a forty-five year-old New Jersey businessman by the name of Robert McKeage IV) was later convicted of assault and sentenced to thirty days in jail. The police also charged thirty year-old Radin with criminal possession of LSD and cocaine, unlawful possession of a handgun, and menacing the twenty-three-year-old starlet. However, all of these charges were later dismissed, as were the assault charges against his wife, Toni Fillet, and his assistant and cameraman, Ronald Sisman.
Although he escaped jail time, Ronald Sisman’s days were numbered. He and his companion, Elizabeth Platzman, were killed in his Manhattan brownstone on Halloween 1981. Both were shot, execution style, in the back of the head while they knelt on the floor. She was shot first, after her hands were bound behind her with a cord. He was shot second. His hands weren’t tied. Elizabeth was a twenty year-old Long Island resident and student at posh Smith College in Massachusetts. She was also a witch and, along with Son of Sam victim Christine Freund, one of the pretty coed call-girls in the Queens coven. The couple was caught selling copies of the video tape of the Moskowitz-Violante shooting behind Radin’s back. The apartment was totally ransacked. Members of the Westchester cult “came in the first time and Sisman told them the tape was in some bus locker,” Herb Leifer later explained to Maury Terry, “Then they go to where the tape was supposed to be hidden – only it isn’t there. So that’s when they come back and tear the brownstone apart looking for it. Apparently, they got it.”
The ultimate motive behind the Son of Sam terrorism intrigued Maury Terry. He struggled to comprehend not onlyhow the operation was carried out, but why. Time and money are just as important commodities to organized crime as they are to legitimate businesses. Why invest so much of it on something of no material value to a huge drug-smuggling organization?
He couldn’t accept the idea that criminal activity may only have been a secondary consideration to the secret cult that undertook the operation.
There is a theory by Gustave Le Bon (1841 – 1931), analogous to Jung’s postulation of a universal human subconscious, which states that a group of heterogeneous individuals can be overpowered by a localized psychic bond, causing the group to form a single, collective mind – a “psychological crowd.” Once formed, the crowd exhibits behavioral characteristics radically different from the personality traits of individual members. In 1895, he published his observations and hypotheses in a bestselling book: “The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind” (“La psychologie des foules”).
“The most striking peculiarity presented by a psychological crowd is the following: Whoever be the individuals that compose it, however like or unlike be their mode of life, their occupations, their character, or their intelligence, the fact that they have been transformed into a crowd puts them in possession of a sort of collective mind which makes them feel, think, and act in a manner quite different from that in which each individual of them would feel, think, and act were he in a state of isolation. There are certain ideas and feelings which do not come into being, or do not transform themselves into acts except in the case of individuals forming a crowd. The psychological crowd is a provisional being formed of heterogeneous elements, which for a moment are combined, exactly as the cells which constitute a living body form by their reunion a new being which displays characteristics very different from those possessed by each of the cells singly.”
– Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd
In the twentieth century, Le Bon’s work on crowd psychology was used by media researchers Cantril and Blumer to explain the subordination of individuals to modern mass media. The propaganda techniques promoted by Adolph Hitler in his 1925 seminal work, Mein Kampf, drew heavily from Le Bon's work. Hitler used the theories of Le Bon the way a mechanical engineer uses the theories of Newton. Hitler’s use of mass media advertising was copied by many aspiring twentieth century dictators. This is a curious aspect of twentieth century secular dictatorships – given they are based on Lenin’s radically materialistic theology – because belief in a “collective mind” requires the acceptance of the presence of a spiritual element in the human psyche.
“To obtain at any rate a glimpse of them it is necessary in the first place to call to mind the truth established by modern psychology, that unconscious phenomena play an altogether preponderating part not only in organic life, but also in the operations of the intelligence.”
– Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd
There is no logical explanation as to how or why humans could have evolved this trait from apes, but the obvious value of this aspect of human nature is that it allows us to live in vast and complex cities, from Eridu (in ancient Sumer) to London (in modern England), where we happily toil at specialized tasks like bees in a hive. Both fossil records and DNA tests suggest humans are primates. Yet, one cannot imagine a million chimpanzees (or any other primate) coexisting peaceably in the tight confines of a modern human city. They would tear each other apart. Even in the open ranges of Africa, the yearly percentage of wild chimpanzees (or lions or baboons) killed by their own kind exceeds the murder rate of most human cities. Ever wonder why socialism is purely an urban phenomenon? To survive in the confines a large city, the individual mind must make some concessions to the needs of the collective mind.
Yet there is a constant danger that too many individuals will surrender too much of their soul to the collective, and a leaderless and immoral mob will form. Should the mob come under the power of a psychopathic Übermensch, it will wreak havoc on the unassimilated; as it did in the French Revolution, the killing fields of Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and Mao’s Cultural Revolution in China. Millions will die.
The reality of the mob’s collective mind is undisputed. But why do some people choose to subordinate their consciousness to the collective mind, while others sternly refuse to be assimilated by the Borg? Like all else in life, choosing the path of a socialist slave and partisan sycophant is an individual act of free will. “All political questions are at bottom theological.” The decision to become a slave of the collective mind or remain a free and independent spirit rests upon a person’s view of his own nature. Joining the mob is easy for those who believe their true nature is, “I see, therefore I do.” Those who believe their true nature is, “I think, therefore I am,” have difficulty surrendering to groupthink.
“Liberty cannot be handed out to people. They must achieve it for themselves. It is not the singular gift of some nobly obliging elite individual or class. It is the birthright of all people, which they will nobly save or meanly lose by their own action or inaction.”
– Alan Keyes
The Russian-born author Alexander Boot was a philology graduate of Moscow University under the Communist system during the Cold War and lectured on English and American literature before getting into trouble with the KGB. When he emigrated in 1973, he discovered the West he admired and sought had been swept from existence. The music had died suddenly and unexpectedly. This inspired a life-long quest for an explanation, which he expounded in his book, “How the West Was Lost.” Boot postulated that Western history was a prolonged internal struggle between two different beings which he calls Modman and Westman. He defines Westman as a socio-cultural type that emerged from the blending of Hellenic logic and Hebrew values. Saint Paul was a Jewish scholar, a citizen of Rome, a lawyer educated at Greco-Roman schools, a convert to Christianity, and the first Westman. Boot argues that traditional Westman values were besieged by Enlightenment ideals, suffered a crippling blow in the Industrial Revolution, and were finally demolished by the wars of the twentieth century. Dancing on the ashes ofWestman's tomb is a new socio-cultural type – a “Modern Man” or Modman. The hundreds of millions of dead from twentieth century wars and political mass murders argue strongly that the Modman’s secular governments are deeply flawed because they deny the existence of the soul – a human dimension that was supremely important in Westman's world.
When Boot arrived in America in 1973, there were still large pockets of Westmen resisting the Behemoth that had swept the country between 1968 and 1971. In 1973, what today is referred to as the “Religious Right” of the “Red States” actually extended from the Rockies to the Midwest and was (psychologically) anchored in the populous states of Texas and New York. Residents from those two states were known for being unrepentant Westmen – hard working, fiercely independent, capitalistic, and proud of their roots. In the long term, Texas was not an obstacle to the gathering darkness, because it would eventually be demographically absorbed by migrating hordes from Northern Mexico. The Texans were destined to go the way of the Gauls and the Illyrians, but New York was more problematic.