Suspicious Suicides: The Gray State

Gray State

(NaturalNews) The creator of a not-yet-completed film about a central government takeover of society following a collapse and his family have been found dead in their Minnesota home, with authorities claiming that the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide.

As reported by the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis, David Crowley, 29, his wife, Komel, 28, and their 5-year-old daughter were found in their Apple Valley home days ago after a neighbor called to report their bodies.

A statement from the Apple Valley police department said detectives so far were calling the deaths “an apparent murder-suicide.”

The deaths were reported by neighbor Collin Prochnow, who told authorities that he discovered the bodies, which were taken to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office for further evaluation.

The paper further reported that Prochnow initially went to the home to collect packages that had been gathering on the front steps. He told police that’s when he looked inside the home and saw the bodies. A dog was also inside the home.

Bodies had been there for days

The Star Tribune further reported:

Several neighbors said they thought Crowley may have been a military or ex-military member, and that he had close-cropped hair and tattoos. One neighbor said he thought Crowley worked at home doing screenwriting of some kind, and that his wife worked as a dietitian.

In a YouTube video, Crowley is credited as writer and director of a movie-in-progress, “Gray State.” The trailer shows scenes of a militarized police force, much gun violence and some kind of citizen insurgency. The trailer solicits online donors to help finance the project.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, along with the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, are assisting local Apple Valley police in the investigation. Police have said they aren’t sure how long the bodies have been in the house, but Prochnow believes it has been since before Christmas because of the packages that had been gathering outside of the home. Also, Prochnow said he had not seen his neighbors since before Christmas Day, adding that they had lived in the home for about a year-and-a-half.

Other neighbors, Alice Hixson and her husband Bill, told the local paper that they have lived in the home across the street from the Crowleys for 21 years. They told reporters that they had seen the family in passing and that they had also seen the father playing with his daughter in the back yard.

“It’s such a grisly, gruesome thing,” Alice Hixson, a neighbor, said.

In the movie trailer, there are scenes where ordinary Americans are being forced to have identification technology implanted under their skin, so they can purchase food and other goods; scenes of police and National Guard attacking unarmed crowds and shooting some people in the back of the head; empty store shelves; police removing people from their homes during raids at night; and what appear to be “rebel” groups battling troops and police.

Towards the end of the trailer appear the words, “The Second American Revolution May Not Be Remembered,” followed by a male narrator voice. David Crowley appears in credits at the end of the two-plus minute trailer as the writer and director.

By consent or conquest

A synopsis of the film below the trailer on YouTube states, in part:

The world reels with the turmoil of war, geological disaster, and economic collapse, while Americans continue to submerge themselves in illusions of safety and immunity. While rights are sold for security, the federal government, swollen with power, begins a systematic takeover of liberty in order to bring about a New World Order.

Americans, quarantined to militarized districts, become a population ripe for tyrannical control.

Fearmongering, terrorism, police state, martial law, war, arrest, internment, hunger, oppression, violence, resistance — these are the new terms by which Americans define their existence. Neighbor is turned against neighbor as the value of the dollar plunges to zero, food supplies are depleted, and everyone is a terror suspect. There are arrests. Disappearances. Bio attacks. Public executions of those even suspected of dissent. Even rumors of concentration camps on American soil.

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Mindy McCready Was Murdered, Private Investigator Claims

Mindy Mcready

(Before It’s News)

Mindy McCready and her boyfriend were executed by drug dealers, and then made to look like suicide victims.

This scenario has been proposed by crime analysts after the 37-year-old country singer’s dead body was found lying on her Arkansas home’s front porch next to her shot-dead dog on February 17.


The musician know for the popular song “Guys Do It All the Time” and being on reality TV show “Celebrity Rehab” died only a month after she found her boyfriend David Wilson shot dead on the same spot.

Former Chicago cop-turned-Hollywood private investigator Paul Huebl told Globe magazine recently that he believes they were both murdered by a shooter hired by vindictive drug pushers.

“Presuming that both deaths were suicides might be letting a cold-blooded killer run free,” said Huebl.

“I hope authorities are properly investigating it.”


Huebl is the same private investigator who claimed to have security video that proves drug dealers entered Whitney Houston’s hotel room to murder her, which he submitted to the FBI in December, according to the Daily Mail.

He stated that he is disturbed by the strange “coincidence” that both McCready and Wilson would die from gunshot wounds on the same porch.

He insists Wilson did not kill himself and was murdered in-order to scare McCready with a warning to pay her drug debts.

He is also questioning the police department’s conclusions since neither of them left suicide notes, which are very common in suicides.

“Mindy told everyone she didn’t know what happened to David,” said Huebl. “She said she heard a gunshot, ran out of the house and found him dying. But was she holding back about what really happened to protect herself and her sons?”

After Wilson’s death, McCready’s family friend Dan Hanks, a private detective, said the singer said that Wilson “was trying to tell me something” during his final breaths on January 13.

“McCready told me, ‘David was grabbing me and trying to talk. Of course he couldn’t talk at that point. Half his brain was on the floor.” Hanks said.

At the time of his death, McCready’s representative said he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, but there was no mention of a suicide note.

Then, on January 29, she said “I don’t know.” when asked by Dateline TV reporter Andrea Channing asked if Wilson was murdered.

Talk about Wilson being murdered seemed to send McCready into an emotional breakdown and she entered a mental health and substance abuse treatment facility Feb. 6. Her sons were placed in foster care.

However, she left the rehab facility only 18 hours after entering. She apparently passed test indicating alcohol and drug use.

Fewer than two weeks after Wilson’s death, police officers found her shot dead on her bloody porch after they were alerted by neighbors.

“Mindy had a drug problem – and that would put her in the path of ruthless dealers demanding payment,” said Huebl after noting that she hung around a drug-using group of people.

She began her spiral into substance abuse after her career began to fail following her double-platinum debut album Ten Thousand Angels. Later she was arrested several times and served time in prison.

Wilson was reportedly helping McCready remain sober. His dead could be linked to her drug use, said Huebl.

“Even though David was due to inherit money a few weeks after his death, drug dealers don’t take IOUs,” he said.

The P.I. theorized that Wilson might have been murdered to send a message to McCready.

“It’s possible that the killer simply rang the doorbell and, when Wilson answered, gunned him down before fleeing,” he said.

Then, it was time for McCready to pay herdrug debt with her life, Huebl suggested.

“The assassin likely crept up on the house from the lake,” he said. “But he didn’t bank on the dog being there and it snarled at him when it came into view.

“The killer shot the dog and when McCready raced out to see what was happening, he shot her dead, too.

“He quickly staged to scene to make it look like suicide before fleeing.

“In this case, every effort should be made to learn what happened to one of America’s favorite country singers whose death was just the latest tragedy in her life.”

McCready wrote about a happier future before her shocking death, despite the loss of her “soulmate” Wilson.

On January 18, she wrote on Twitter that she was working on writing an autobiography and would post chapters on her website.

“I haven’t had a hit in almost a decade,” she wrote in diary form. “I’ve been beaten, sued, robbed, arrested, jailed and evicted. But I’m still here.

“With a handful of people I trust, a revived determination, and both middle fingers up in the air, I’m ready. I’ve been here before. I’m a fighter.

“I have a record deal, a reality TV show in the making…and a new clarity to accompany my devilish and ferocious work ethic.

“I’m down, but I’ll never be out.”

Several psychologists told the publication that these words are not of someone who is suicidal.

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Suspicious Suicides: The DC Madam

DC Madam Suicide

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Thursday, May 1, 2008

DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey predicted she would be “suicided” on several occasions both recently and as far back as 17 years ago – comments that now appear ominous in light of the announcement that the former head of a Washington escort service allegedly killed herself today.

“If taken into custody, my physical safety and most probably my very life would be jeopardized,” she wrote in August 1991 following an attempt to bring her to trial, “Rape, beating, maiming, disfigurement and more than likely murder disguised in the form of just another jailhouse accident or suicide would await me,” said Palfrey in a handwritten letter to the judge accusing the San Diego police vice squad of having a vendetta against her.

During several recent appearances on The Alex Jones Show, Palfrey also said that she was at risk of being killed and that authorities would make it look like suicide. She made it clear that she was not suicidal and if she was found dead it would be murder.
Palfrey had threatened to release the names of well-known clients of her upscale call girl ring in the nation’s capitol, and had indicated that Dick Cheney may be one of them.

“No I’m not planning to commit suicide,” Palfrey told The Alex Jones Show on her last appearance, “I’m planning on going into court and defending myself vigorously and exposing the government,” she said.

Listen to Alex’s interview of Palfrey where she states she would not kill herself.

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Suspicious Suicides: Weapons Inspector David Kelly

Weapons Inspector David Kelly

Global Research, October 22, 2007

Marked man: Dr David Kelly made himself unpopular

Weapons inspector David Kelly was the decent man apparently hounded to suicide after exposing Tony Blair’s lies on Iraq.

But the crusading MP Norman Baker felt sure there was something more to his death – and gave up his front-bench role to investigate the case.

In the Mail he revealed extraordinary evidence that he believes proves Kelly did not take his own life and was instead murdered by Iraqi dissidents. Here, he reveals how the murder may have been carried out…

While investigating the death of Dr David Kelly I have made many strange discoveries, not least some disturbing parallels with the case of a young American journalist named Danny Casolaro.

Mr Casolaro made himself deeply unpopular with elements in the murky world of U.S. defence by probing too deeply into their activities.

One morning in August 1991, he was found dead in a hotel room near Harpers Ferry in Virginia. He was in the bath, naked, with his wrist slashed.

There were no signs of bruising or other marks on the body and the police concluded that he had committed suicide.

But this was totally false according to Dr Christopher Green, who was the CIA’s chief forensic pathologist for decades.

Dr Green participated in Casolaro’s autopsy and last year he told veteran White House reporter Sterling Seagrave that the young journalist had been killed before being stripped, put in a full bath, and his left wrist cut in precisely the same manner as Dr Kelly’s.

And as with Dr Kelly, there was remarkably little blood, bar a small amount smeared on the edge of the tub, suggesting that the wrist wound had been inflicted after the heart had stopped pumping.

This compelling demonstration of how effectively a murder can be disguised as suicide drove me on in my search for the truth about Dr Kelly, who was found dead in an Oxfordshire wood on July 18, 2003, having apparently taken his own life.

Before Danny Casolaro died, the journalist had been investigating the activities of America’s private security companies which, according to Sterling Seagrave, are linked to the ‘Grey Ghosts’ – an army of professional killers commissioned by the Pentagon to carry out assassinations.

The similarities between the two men’s deaths led Seagrave to suggest that Dr Kelly might also have fallen victim to these shadowy figures.

After all, he was the source behind a BBC report that the British government had ‘sexed up’ intelligence about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction in order to justify the invasion of Iraq. This can hardly have been well received by the White House.

As I explained in Saturday’s Mail, my own information strongly suggests that those behind Dr Kelly’s death were Iraqi dissidents opposed to Saddam Hussein’s regime and angry at Dr Kelly for undermining the case for toppling him.

A well-placed source also told me that the British police or security services had been warned of a likely assassination attempt but were not in time to stop it.

Did they then try to disguise the murder as suicide for reasons of political expediency?

To understand what may have happened, we must return to Thursday, July 17, the day

Dr Kelly disappeared. That morning he was at home with his wife Janice in the village of Southmoor and it must be said that none of his behaviour fits the profile of a man about to commit suicide.

In her evidence to the Hutton inquiry into Dr Kelly’s death, his wife said he was ‘tired, subdued, but not depressed’. Indeed, it seems it was Janice Kelly, not her husband, who was more seriously under par.

During phone calls that morning, Dr Kelly told a colleague that he was basically ‘holding up all right’, but that his wife was having a difficult time, both physically and mentally, under the pressure of long-standing ill health and the political storm that had engulfed them.

At lunchtime she went to bed with a nauseous headache and arthritis pains. He, on the other hand, appears to have carried on working normally, eaten some lunch and taken the trouble to go upstairs to check on his wife, shortly before 2pm, to see how she was feeling.

Given his obvious concern, it hardly seems likely that he would want to exacerbate matters for her by committing suicide that day.

Dr Kelly told his wife he would be going out for one of the regular walks he took to help his bad back. These were normally short affairs lasting no more than 25 minutes.

Mrs Kelly estimates that her husband left the house shortly after 3pm. With him, we are led to believe, he had the knife later found by his corpse and three packets of the painkillers his wife took for arthritis. These would later be discovered in his jacket pocket – empty but for one of the 30 tablets.

According to the Hutton inquiry, Dr Kelly set out on that walk intent on killing himself.

But, if so, why does he appear to have waited so long before doing it?

Since the pathologist inexplicably failed to take Dr Kelly’s body temperature when he first arrived on the scene the following day – a standard procedure which would have helped give an accurate time of death – we have to make our own deductions about when he died.

The pathologist offered a wide window of between 4.15pm on Thursday and 1.15am on Friday. But there is every reason to think this window is far too wide.

The Hutton inquiry heard that after Dr Kelly’s body was found on Friday morning, two paramedics moved his arm away from his chest at about 10am so that they could attach electrodes and confirm that he was dead.

Clearly, rigor mortis – the stiffening of the body – had not yet fully set in. Since it is generally accepted that it reaches its peak after 12 hours, we can assume that Dr Kelly most likely died at some time after 10pm on the Thursday night, and quite possibly much later.

What then happened to him in the missing hours – at least seven of them – between leaving home and supposedly killing himself?

The last person known to have seen Dr Kelly alive was his neighbour, Ruth Absalom, who met him about three-quarters-of-a-mile from his home.

They passed the time of day briefly before going their separate ways. Dr Kelly’s parting words were: “See you again then, Ruth.”

According to Ms Absalom, he was heading towards the nearby village of Kingston Bagpuize.

That would be consistent with a circular half-hour walk back to his house – but in quite the wrong direction to reach Harrowrecords-down Hill, the lonely area of woodland where his body was discovered.

One of the few clues to what happened next is that Dr Kelly’s phone was switched off when a colleague from the Ministry of Defence tried to call him between 5pm and 6pm.

This was odd. Dr Kelly himself would tell friends that his mobile was always on and, given that he had been in regular contact with the MoD that morning, and that the furore surrounding him was developing from hour to hour, it seems unlikely that he would have turned it off or let the battery run down.

If he did indeed intend to commit suicide, turning off his phone could be seen as a preliminary step. But for reasons I have made clear, I do not believe suicide is a credible explanation for his death.

This leaves us with an alternative possibility. Did someone else turn Dr Kelly’s phone off so that his movements could not be traced via signal kept by the phone company? In other words, was he forcibly abducted?

If he headed in the direction Ms Absalom described, his walk would probably have taken him along Appleton Road, a quiet and rather empty stretch with only sporadic development alongside.

From there he is likely to have turned right into Draycott Road, which is even more deserted. A no-through road with some derelict buildings part-way down, it peters out into a footpath at the end.

On either of these roads it would certainly have been relatively easy for determined abductors to have forced the 59-year-old weapons inspector into a van without anyone seeing.

According to the information I have been given, the murder itself was carried out by a couple of not very well-paid hired hands.

As to the method used, I am told that they gave Dr Kelly an injection in his backside, which perhaps points to the use of succinylcholine, a white crystalline substance that acts as a muscle relaxant.

For less beneficent purposes, it can be used to induce paralysis and cardiac arrest and frequently goes undetected in post-mortems.

I asked Thames Valley Police whether the body had been checked for the presence of this or a similar substance. They told me that they did not know.

If this was not the substance used then, alarmingly, there appear to be a large number of other ways in which Dr Kelly might have been killed that would be difficult or even impossible to trace.

For this we can no doubt partly thank the work of Project Coast – a highly unpleasant chemical and biological warfare programme run by the South African government from 1981 onwards to develop exactly such capabilities.

With aims including the creation of a biological weapon designed to attack the black population while leaving whites unscathed, its prime mover was Dr Wouter Basson, variously described as ‘the South African Mengele’ and ‘Dr Death’.

Ironically, in the week before Dr Kelly died, it is alleged he was due to be interviewed by MI5 about his links with Dr Basson, who in 1985 had visited the Porton Down research centre, where Dr Kelly was then head of the Chemical Defence Establishment.

This visit had happened at a time when Mrs Thatcher’s government claimed that the South Africans were developing biological and chemical weapons solely for defensive purposes.

Only later was it revealed that they were working on chemicals such as parathion, an organophosphate that can be introduced into the body through hair follicles, perhaps under the arm or around the crutch.

This causes vomiting – evidence of which could be seen on Dr Kelly’s body – and leads to a respiratory attack. It is extremely difficult to detect traces of such a chemical in the body, unless you know what you are looking for.

When I tracked down Wouter Basson at his home in the Western Cape earlier this year, I asked him if he thought Dr Kelly had been murdered.

He paused, as if choosing his words carefully, then replied that Dr Kelly ‘didn’t seem the sort to commit suicide’.

He was also in no doubt that the UK, and indeed other Western countries, have a capacity for assassination.

Other possible methods of killing Dr Kelly included the use of saxotoxin, found in some shellfish and known as the CIA Shellfish Toxin, after its alleged use by that agency to kill one of their targets. Even a tiny amount is effective seconds after injection and is completely untraceable after autopsy.

One private detective even suggested to me that Dr Kelly’s killers might have made gruesome misuse of the equipment employed by undertakers in embalming, placing a tube into an artery and forcibly pumping the blood out of the body.

This would cause unconsciousness and then death, and reinforce the assumption that the victim had lost a lot of blood through a cut – the conclusion reached by Lord Hutton in Dr Kelly’s case.

The detective told me that this process did not need access to a main artery like the jugular, but could be achieved through, say, the ulnar artery.

This was the one slashed with a knife in Dr Kelly’s wrist. Was that incision an attempt to cover up the artery’s previous use?

Another ghastly suggestion came to me from someone who signed themselves only as ‘Nemesis’. Their letter alleged that he or she had been told by a ‘member of the non-English diplomatic corps’ that air had been introduced into Dr Kelly’s bloodstream through a needle in a vein.

Apparently, if present in sufficient quantities, air in the major organs will kill and leave no scar. ‘Nemesis’ was in no doubt that this was how Dr Kelly’s life had ended. “His heart and lungs were full of air,” the letter said.

We know that the pathologist did retain one of Dr Kelly’s lungs and some blood to test for substances such as chloroform but Assistant Chief Constable Michael Page, who gave evidence at the Hutton inquiry, revealed that the tests to the lung had not actually been carried out.

This was, he said, because no suspicious substances had shown up in the blood tests.

Whatever method might have been used to murder Dr Kelly, we have to wonder why those responsible did not kill him immediately. There would have been no insurmountable obstacles to doing so, after all.

Perhaps his kidnappers wanted an opportunity to take him into the woods at Harrowdown Hill under cover of darkness to minimise the chances of being spotted or disturbed.

It certainly would not have been difficult to have given him a shot to render him temporarily unconscious until his assailants forced him to walk to the spot where he would be killed and found the next day.

If they drove him there, the closest they could have got by road was about half a mile from where his body was found.

That walk is rather a public one, but there is another route and one seemingly not investigated by the police.

This path runs from a remote reach of the River Thames, about 500 yards away, up through a field and into the woods. With no houses or other dwellings nearby, anybody walking here is unlikely to be seen, particularly in the dead of night.

Intriguingly, this area was searched the following morning by Louise Holmes and Paul Chapman, the two volunteers who eventually found Dr Kelly’s body.

They told the Hutton inquiry that some time after beginning their search at 8am they came across a group of three or four people in a boat and had a brief conversation with them.

Who they were, and what they were doing on the river at that time of the morning, has never been established. They could, of course, have been holidaymakers. But was the truth more sinister?

EXTRACTED from The Strange Death Of David Kelly by Norman Baker, published by Methuen on November 12 at £9.99, copyright Norman Baker 2007. To order a copy (p&p free), call 0845 606 4206.

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Suspicious Suicides: Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter Thompson Suicide

Paul William Roberts in his Globe and Mail article of Saturday, February 26, 2005 wrote the following:

Hunter telephoned me on Feb. 19, the night before his death. He sounded scared. It wasn’t always easy to understand what he said, particularly over the phone, he mumbled, yet when there was something he really wanted you to understand, you did. He’d been working on a story about the World Trade Center attacks and had stumbled across what he felt was hard evidence showing the towers had been brought down not by the airplanes that flew into them but by explosive charges set off in their foundations. Now he thought someone was out to stop him publishing it:

“They’re gonna make it look like suicide,” he said. “I know how these bastards think . . .”

Johnny Gosch, Jeff Gannon, Hunter Thompson and the
Unraveling of a Troubling Tale

By Tim Schmitt

April 6, 2005

Forward courtesy of Tim White

Cover Story: Death of a Conspiracy

Noreen Gosch sits in a booth at the West Des Moines Village Inn, nursing a cup of coffee and managing, despite her larger-than-life personality, to blend into the surroundings and keep a low profile in the almost empty restaurant. She is open with her thoughts and willing to share what information she can, yet she remains guarded – cautious and thoughtful in a manner often mistaken as cold and standoffish. She thinks carefully as she speaks about her son, Johnny, and the players in a bizarre conspiracy surrounding his disappearance in 1982 that continues to evolve, and may finally be on the verge of breaking down.

“Just because you don’t want to believe something is true,” says Noreen slowly, “that doesn’t mean it’s not true.”

It’s a statement that bears repeating:

“Just because you don’t want to believe something is true, that doesn’t mean it’s not true.”

Anyone who has heard the theories surrounding Johnny Gosch’s disappearance on Sept. 5, 1982 (and who in Iowa has not?), knows they are difficult to accept. If there are Satanic pedophiles working in the top levels of government and law enforcement selling kids on the black market and forcing them into prostitution, pornography, extortion and things far worse, it’s easier as a human being to simply believe that such things could not be true.

But they could be.

And Noreen knows this all too well. She didn’t want to believe her child was kidnapped, sexually abused, tortured, brainwashed and sold into slavery, but she accepts this now as an indisputable truth. And she is not alone.

Many others accept the existence of a vast network of high-profile people – powerful politicians, business leaders, law enforcement and government agents – who exist in a subculture of degenerates who participate in child pornography, snuff films, drugs, devil worship, brainwashing and kidnapping. And Noreen believes that Johnny (and hundreds of other children like him) was forced into this life of depravity by those who kidnapped him.

But Johnny’s story has been told thousands of times. It’s been analyzed, disputed and ridiculed just as frequently, and we have neither the time and space, nor the inclination to repeat it here in full. As, tragic as it may be, it’s old news. Nothing major has happened in the case for some time, and the alleged players in the story have been silent, absent or simply missing for years.

Until recently.

In the past few months there’s been a flurry of activity among the people once related to his case and the conspiracy that surrounds it. And in the midst of this commotion, some believe Johnny Gosch has been found very much alive.

Recent events began with Jeff Gannon, the right-wing journalist who was found to have gained access to the White House press pool with few credentials and a fake name. The death of Hunter S. Thompson followed shortly after. The arrest of two men, seemingly unrelated, in Nebraska and Virginia within days of the Gannon story and Thompson’s death also play a role in the story.

And all these events, some suggest, are related to the 12-year-old paperboy kidnapped from West Des Moines 23 years ago.

And if they are right, there is much more to come…

Johnny lives

In late January a conservative journalist in Washington D.C. was found to have gained access to the White House press pool despite using a fake name, and despite the fact that he once worked as a high-priced homosexual escort.

Jeff Gannon was a White House correspondent for Talon News who regularly attended White House press briefings and at least four press conferences with President George W. Bush. On Jan. 26, 2005, Gannon asked a question of the president that was so friendly and factually inaccurate that some of his colleagues began looking into his background.

Talon News, it was learned, is a barely disguised tool of the Republican Party, and Gannon’s credentials as a journalist consist solely of a training course at the Leadership Broadcast School of Journalism. After two days of training that cost $50, Gannon was officially a graduate of a journalism school and on his way to the White House press pool.

It was soon discovered that Gannon’s real name is Jeff Guckert and that he has also gone by the nickname “Bulldog” when listing himself on the Internet as a homosexual escort and personal trainer charging $200 per hour for his “discreet” services.

Gannon was removed from the White House and resigned from Talon News on Feb. 8 “Gannongate” quickly became the presidential scandal of the hour, though the story faded from public view as politicians and the media eagerly turned their attention to such pressing matters as steroids in baseball and the Terri Schiavo situation.

But before long, Internet bloggers had picked up the story and began to think back to the administration of President Bush’s father, which was rocked by a scandal that allegedly involved a high-level official giving private, late-night tours of the White House to teenage, male prostitutes. The New York Times and the Washington Post both wrote about the story and the eventual death of Washington lobbyist Craig Spence, who reportedly arranged the visits. Spence, it has been suggested, was preparing to admit publicly that he was using the teenage boys to blackmail high-powered politicians in the beltway. He committed suicide before he had the opportunity to do so.

With a heterosexually challenged escort gaining access to the White House during a Bush administration while many of the same officials from the ’80s are back in power, the question became, “Is there a connection?”

Private investigator Sherman H. Skolnick posted a story about the Gannon debacle on, a site know for its conspiracy theories, and publicly stated on Feb. 19 that Gannon is Johnny Gosch.

Andy Stephenson, a blogger from Seattle familiar with the details of the Johnny Gosch case and the child sex rings in Nebraska detailed in the Book, “The Franklin Cover-Up,” began, with a group of other writers and investigators, to ponder the claim. They looked at markings on Gannon’s body and compared them to those reported on Johnny Gosch. They considered the lack of personal information about Gannon’s early years. They considered that Johnny was alleged to have been used as a heterosexually challenged prostitute for blackmail purposes. They considered that the high-powered people alleged to have kidnapped and brainwashed children as part of the government’s Monarch Project and MK-Ultra program, including Johnny, did so to use them in a variety of ways to advance their own agendas. And they contacted Noreen Gosch and discussed the idea with her – the first she’d heard of the theory – and they, too, came to the conclusion that Jeff Gannon is none other than Johnny Gosch.

The Internet has been abuzz with the theory ever since. And, in a way, it makes perfect sense. You’ve got a kid abducted and brainwashed into doing the bidding of government officials as part of top-secret mind-control programs, so now that he’s older why not put him into the White House to soften press briefings to make the president look better? The suggestion from many is that Gannon is a Monarch Program child-turned-adult operative.

Gannon, according to investigators like Skolnick, is involved in high-level espionage and is also an expert on torture. He is said to be an expert penetration agent, using sex to compile negative data on U.S. and foreign governmental officials, and is also believed responsible for the Valerie Plame White House leak that allegedly caused 70 CIA undercover agents to be murdered.

Yet others suggest that Gosch took on the persona of James Gannon/Jeff Guckert and gained White House access with the eventual goal of exposing the people who kidnapped him and put him, and his family, through hell. Gannon is alleged to have a publishing deal with a Russian imprint, which some believe will result in a tell-all book that exposes those who’ve paid for his “services,” as well as the pedophile ring that he, as Gosch, was victimized by after his kidnapping.

“I’m convinced 99 percent that he is Johnny Gosch” says Ted Gunderson, a retired FBI agent who has been working on the Gosch case for more than a decade. “The only way I’d be 100 percent sure is if there was a DNA test or if he admitted it.”

He bases his opinion on a confidential source from whom he claims to have videotape testimony that has him identifying Gannon as Gosch.

“My source has told me in the past that he has maintained contact with Johnny Gosch,” says Gunderson. “Let’s just say he’s in a position to know. The kids are all in touch with each other. It’s a bond they all share.”

The kids he refers to are those forced into the sex slavery rings and the government-sponsored mind-and behavior-control programs. One of those “kids” is a man named Paul Bonacci, who claims to have participated in the kidnapping of Johnny Gosch and says he was forced to be the first person to molest Johnny. Bonacci has long claimed to be part of the vast network of children trained to work for the government and participate in deviant sexual acts to make the blackmail of politicians possible.

In 1999, Bonacci won a $1 million lawsuit against Larry King, the former head of the Franklin Credit Union in Nebraska, whom he claimed forced him into the pedophile ring. The federal judge ruled Bonacci was truthful in his testimony, which included his claim that he was one of several young male prostitutes known to have toured the White House in the 1980s.

Gunderson claims that Bonacci is not his source for the Gannon-is-Gosch claim, but adds that Bonacci informed him a while back that Gosch had changed his appearance. John DeCamp, author of “The Franklin Cover-Up” says Bonacci told him the same thing.

“I do know that Johnny Gosch altered his appearance and the changes I’ve heard about conform to how Gannon looks now,” he says. “Paul told me you could be standing right next to him and not know it’s Johnny.”

And he says that Gannon has been asked the question, but refuses to answer one way or the other.

“A fellow in New York City went to his door and asked him about his mother in Iowa and he slammed the door on him,” he says. “He wouldn’t talk about it at all.”

A mother’s instinct

Noreen Gosch has seen the videotape that Gunderson made with his confidential informant and believes the man is credible.

“Ted sent me a videotape of his interview with his source and he said Gannon is Gosch, and he said it without hesitation and without blinking an eye,” recalls Noreen. “And he said he’s known it for months.”

When the theory was first proposed, Noreen’s phone was ringing every 15 minutes with calls from bloggers, investigators, and radio and TV stations, all asking if she would identify Gannon as her son. She has not done so. She’s sat with the numerous photos from the Internet and compared them to those of Johnny, herself and John Gosch Sr. looking for similar features.

“I could see some of the similarities that the bloggers were talking about,” she says. “I could see in (Gannon) the features that Johnny had. And the last time I saw Paul Bonacci, he told me that Johnny had changed his entire appearance again. That he shaved his head and is going with that look for now.”

She says the birthmark on Johnny’s chest is very similar to a mark seen on Gannon’s chest in at least one photo. And she points out that Gannon has a spot on his right cheek in the same place as Johnny. Sometimes, she’s almost convinced. But it’s not quite enough and she just can’t – or won’t – say for sure that Gannon is her son.

“People have asked me why I can’t recognize him if I saw I him in 1997, and I tell them a picture from the Internet is a lot different than someone sitting in your kitchen,” she says.

Noreen claims that Johnny visited her at her West Des Moines apartment in 1997, but told her he could not come out of hiding because his life and hers would be put in grave danger.

But what about her gut feeling? Her maternal instinct?

“Honestly, it changes,” she says. “Sometimes I think, ‘oh, yeah, that looks like him,’ and other times the jump is too much to think about. When you factor in the facts, it’s hard to believe. I’ve spent a lot of sleepless nights over this. I really wish I could say for sure.”

But Noreen is no fool. She knows the risk of saying, one way or the other, if she thinks this is her son. If it is, and he’s chosen not to say anything, she understands that he has reasons for his secrecy that are likely life-threatening and her outing him could very well put him at risk. If she were to claim Gannon is Johnny and is proven wrong later, then any amount of credibility she has left would go out the window.”Even if he (Gannon) admitted to it, I would still want a DNA test done,” she says. “This is so surreal. It’s like I’m on the outside looking in. Almost 23 years have passed and we know he’s still alive, but to potentially have your loved one found is just unreal. If this would turn out to be Johnny it would be a blessing for everyone to know what happened and to have it all wrapped up.”

Subliminal hints

That is unlikely to happen anytime soon. Despite millions of words devoted to the subject on the Web and investigations being conducted by hundreds of Internet detectives, Gannon has not acknowledged the speculation.

Despite this, some say that Gannon has been providing clues to his real identity on his Web page (, which is still active.

Shortly after the theory was presented, Gannon posted an article titled “Hiding in Plain Sight,” and has posted a column entitled “Fear and Loathing in the Press Room,” which some suggest is a reference to the recently deceased Hunter S. Thompson, who also was accused of involvement in pedophile, child slavery rings in the 1980s (see below).

Others suggest that his name itself is a clue to his real identity. Both Jeff Gannon and James Guckert share the same initials as Johnny Gosch. Furthermore, shortly after Johnny’s disappearance, Noreen made a personal plea to the editor of The Des Moines Register, Johnny’s employer. The editor printed her letter in the paper and mocked it by allowing the police department to dissect it. The editor’s name was James Gannon.

“I would say that those are subliminal messages,” says Gunderson, an attempt on Gannon’s part to let slip his identity.

Jim Rothstein, a retired New York Police Detective who spent more than 35 years in the force, much of it investigating child slavery, pedophile rings, agrees that the evidence is strong that Gannon is actually Johnny Gosch.

“To me Gannon looks like Johnny,” says Rothstein. “Everything just fits – the profile, the M.O., everything.”

Rothstein has been involved as a private investigator on the Gosch case for the past several years, and says he is working to get the final proof needed to determine Gannon’s true identity.

“We’re working on getting a tail on him and getting a DNA sample to test,” he says. “I still can’t figure out why no-one knows where he (Gannon) was for 10 years.”

There have been some Internet postings that give a timeline of Gannon’s life, but according to Rothstein they are based on flimsy information that is not to be trusted.

“Records are easy to create,” he says. “Maybe this Guckert kid died and someone took over his identity. If it is not Johnny Gosch, then it’s one of the other kids like Johnny Gosch.”

Says Noreen: “If all this is true, I don’t think he was ready to be exposed just yet.”

Hunter and snuff films
The Gannon/Gosch connection was first made public early in the morning on Feb. 20. Later that same day, Hunter S. Thompson was found dead in his home, the victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

Few people would ever have thought to connect Thompson and Gosch, but those familiar with the tales of child abuse and pedophilia documented in “The Franklin Cover-Up,” a book first released in 1994 by former Neb. State Sen. John DeCamp, understand the association.

In his book, DeCamp relates many interviews and discussions with Paul Bonacci, the young man who claims to have been involved with the kidnapping of Johnny Gosch. Bonacci told horrific tales of being forced into sex with adults and other children. In one case he recalls being flown into Nevada with another young boy whom he did not know. They took on another passenger there and headed to a secluded location where Bonacci says he was forced to have sex with the younger boy. The young boy, Bonacci claims in this book, was also forced to have sex with adult males, who then killed the boy with a gunshot to the head. Bonacci says he was then forced to have sex with the corpse.

The passenger they took on in Nevada filmed the entire thing, and Bonacci recalled that his name was Hunter Thompson.

“I think it’s kind of strange that Hunter Thompson would commit suicide at this time,” says Gunderson. “Several kids told us that he directed snuff films. I think it’s a strong possibility that he was murdered and I strongly suspect that it’s all connected.”

And the speculation on the Internet has been that Thompson was either killed to prevent his coming forward, or that he killed himself because he feared his role as a director of child snuff films would be proven true.

DeCamp also expressed some surprise at the timing of Thompson’s death and says he still believes Bonacci’s claim is true. Stephenson, the blogger from Seattle who has investigated the Gosch case, is also suspicious.

“I wonder, did he know? In light of Paul’s (Bonnaci) testimony regarding the snuff film, I submit he knew quite a bit,” he says. “The timing of his death was interesting.”

The snuff film that Thompson allegedly made with Paul Bonacci is believed, based on Bonacci’s description of the surroundings, to have been filmed at Bohemian Grove, a summer camp of sorts for the rich and powerful. Bohemian Grove is a secluded area outside Sacramento, Calif., where world leaders and dignitaries meet annually for a retreat that involves neo-pagan activities, including mock human sacrifices made before a large Owl statue referred to as “Moloch.” While conducting this ritual, which they call “The Cremation of Care,” participants are dressed in druid robes and chant and sing before Moloch.

Information on these gatherings has been well known for some time, though video footage has only recently been leaked out of the site. The site is very secure and access is available only to a handful of people worldwide. As a child, Bonacci could never have had access to the site, but he described it accurately, including the large owl statue.

Noreen Gosch says that on one recent evening her Web site,, had more than 50 hits that came from within a 10-mile radius of Bohemian Grove.

The CIA pedophile

In her book, “Why Johnny Can’t Come Home,” Noreen Gosch writes about a man who contacted her just six months after Johnny’s disappearance claiming he worked with a government agency that was investigating pedophile organizations.

George Paul Bishop (often known just as Paul Bishop) claimed he was a “CIA asset” and arrived in Des Moines in July of 1984 to offer his assistance to the Goschs. Before he left, he provided, through his investigation, a detailed map of the kidnapping scene. Bishop, according to Noreen’s book, often called the Gosch home from the Washington D.C. office of Sen. Charles Grassley, with whom Noreen had worked on Johnny’s case.

“Many times Paul Bishop would call me from Sen. Grassley’s office and, when finished speaking with me, he would hand the phone to one of Grassley’s aides who I was familiar with,” Noreen recalled in her book, published in 2000. “That convinced me Paul was an accepted visitor on the Hill in Washington.”

Based on this, Noreen believed that Bishop was responsible for securing her invitation to testify before Sen. Arlan Specter’s Hearing on Organized Crime and its Relationship to Kidnapping at the U.S. Capitol. Bishop, in fact, picked Noreen up from her D.C. hotel and accompanied her to the hearings.

Bishop became close to Noreen, even referring to her as “Mom,” but suddenly, in 1985, he disappeared from the scene. The phone number he’d left was no longer valid and no one knew how to contact him. No one had seen or heard from him in almost 20 years, until he was suddenly arrested on Feb. 4 of this year in Virginia, after police allegedly found an explicit video of a 16-year-old boy in his home.

Detectives searched Bishop’s home and found the tape after receiving a complaint that he was allowing teenage boys to drink and use drugs on the premises.

Noreen wonders now if Bishop was on the wrong side of Johnny’s case all along. Was he involved in the kidnapping and merely running a smokescreen at the time to prevent discovery? Was his recent arrest an effort to keep him quiet about the larger story? A threat?

Or was he honest from the beginning and his recent arrest merely an effort to discredit him before he reappeared and started making noise and threatening to expose the powerful people involved?

Either way, Bishop seemed to know a lot about Johnny’s disappearance in 1982, and his sudden eappearance on the scene coinciding with the outing of Jeff Gannon, the death of Thompson and the arrest of another man
involved with the case (below) is too much of a coincidence for some to accept.

“It’s very common to set someone up and arrest him to discredit him,” says Rothstein.

The photographer

Rusty Nelson claimed that he once turned down an offer of $50,000 from Hunter S. Thompson to help in the production of a snuff film. The offer was allegedly made because Nelson worked closely with Larry King, the central figure in the “Franklin Cover-Up” accused of running a pedophile and child slavery ring. Nelson would often accompany King to elaborate parties where he worked as a photographer, taking photos of high-profile individuals in compromising positions with young boys and girls.

Nelson testified in court that he participated as a photographer, but claims that, though he took compromising photos, he never took any hardcore
pornographic pictures; that he absolutely refused any involvement with child pornography. But he claims that King employed a Nelson look-alike for this purpose in order to compromise both the powerful people in the photos and Nelson himself. Nelson has admitted taking tens of thousands of photos, many of which have been confiscated and either destroyed or permanently sealed to protect those depicted. But many, according to some reports, remain hidden.

Despite his denials, Nelson has served time for his photography work, having been arrested in Oregon years ago with a van full of photos, at least one of which was said to involve a minor engaged in less-than-legal activity. He’s been living in Nebraska for some time, providing what information he can to private investigators and trying to put his life back together. Most recently he was working with a friend to open a studio that specializes in wedding

But two days after Thompson’s death, Nelson was rounded up by police and arrested, reportedly for failing to register as a sex offender in a county of
which he was no longer a resident.

John DeCamp bailed Nelson out of jail and says he thinks the arrest was intended as a warning to him and others that they best keep their mouths shut. Others agree.

“The timing is interesting,” says Stephenson. “Especially given Thompson’s death and Paul Bishop’s recent arrest. I would place a suicide watch on both

“I think there’s fixin’ to be a heap of manure hitting the air circulating device soon,” he adds. “I wonder about the timing. I have been wondering why all these people have all of a sudden come out of the woodwork. I wonder if there is a ‘purge’ going on. I don’t think injustice ever leaves the public consciousness. I think there is far more going on here than we know.”

So why now? After all this time, why the activity and renewed interest in the Johnny Gosch case and the tales of child abduction, slavery and prostitution in
general. Did the theory that Gannon is actually Johnny Gosch hit too close to home and threaten to expose those with secrets to keep?

One suggestion is that increased media attention has the players in the decades-old scandal getting jumpy and looking to protect themselves.

Nick Bryant, the man who confronted Gannon at his home and asked him about Johnny Gosch, has apparently been working on this story for several years and has been shopping the finished product around for a publisher.

Rothstein says he’s been working with Bryant for at least three years, and that Bryant was originally commissioned to do the story for Rolling Stone, which
has since turned the finished piece down. The New York Times and several other outlets have reportedly shown interest in the story recently, as well.

Bryant declined to comment either on the Gannon situation or his involvement in writing a story. But, Rothstein says since Bryant began showing the piece
around, the players involved have once again become active.

“Something is cooking here now,” he says. “They’ll have to throw someone to the wolves, but there’s no telling how high it will go.”

Everyone involved in the story acknowledges that it sounds like a wacky conspiracy theory, but the evidence of the conspiracy is too vast, they say, to
simply dismiss it.

“I’m a conspiracy realist, because there is a conspiracy out there,” says Gunderson, who says just two weeks ago he was chased through his neighborhood by an unknown man with a gun.

Adds Rothstein: “If two people were involved in kidnapping that kid, then it’s a conspiracy. Well, these people don’t work alone so it’s a conspiracy.
They try to discredit you by calling you a conspiracy theorist. Damn right I’m a conspiracy theorist, because that’s what it is.”

Still, in the end, this is a story about a young boy stolen from his home and his family. This simple tragedy is often lost in the complicated theories and
conjecture, but it remains the single, undeniable truth in the entire story.

“I hold out hope that we’ll be able to have regular communications with him,” Noreen says of her son. “We know he’s alive, and up until a couple years ago, we knew what he was doing and where. Maybe he could keep in touch with his mom, but moving back to Des Moines to live a life here? Those windows of opportunity have closed. I hear the horrible things people say about me. I can only imagine what they would say about him given the things he’s been through.

“Johnny knows I tried, and who’s to say it’s all over. We don’t know yet. If this is it, we’re in the final days and this is all going to blow wide open.” PB

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