to Passages Concerning Michael Aquino and the Temple of Set in The
New Satanists by Linda Blood
by Michael A. Aquino
Temple of Set
Post Office Box 470307
San Francisco, CA 94147
as of February 2, 1995
[Note: This is not a complete expose of all of the lies
and distortions contained in The New Satanists - simply of those
concerning Blood's personal contact with the Temple of Set, the Temple
generally, and Michael Aquino.]
Linda Blood and the Temple of Set
In 1994 a Warner paperback appeared: The New Satanists by Linda
Blood, 109 East Main Street, Norton, MA 02766. TNS portrays Blood
as the innocent "victim" of the Temple of Set during her own
brief 1979-80 membership. Throughout the rest of the book she excoriates
the Temple in every way imaginable, issuing dire warnings that we are
slavering neo-Nazis, ferocious sadomasochists, mind-destroyers, and just
plain nasty people.
Michael Aquino is singled out for special attention. I am denounced not
only as the Temple's fiendish mastermind, but also as a Svengali "romantically
involved" with Blood herself.
The truth is somewhat more prosaic, if less flattering to Blood:
In 1978 Forrest J Ackerman, Hollywood's "Mr. Science Fiction",
published several chapters from my Dark Side Star Wars story
in his Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. This attracted the
interest of Blood, who wrote me a series of fan letters. She learned about
the Temple of Set and joined it in mid-1979, shortly thereafter embarking
upon a sexual affair with one of its officials, L. Dale Seago.
Simultaneously Blood decided that she and I were desperately in love
with each other, which she proceeded to announce throughout the Temple.
By February 1980 she had made herself so conspicuous and obnoxious on
this campaign that an exasperated Seago first reduced her membership to
probationary status as a warning, then expelled her from the Temple.
In June a repentant Blood wrote to me and asked if she could please just
correspond concerning the new chapters I was writing for Dark Side.
I saw no harm in this, and indeed thought it might help her regain some
balance & self-respect. All seemed cordial and platonic for a few
letters; then in early 1981 Blood once more began to demand a sexual relationship
beyond simple friendship. I declined to answer her repeated telephone
calls and simultaneously phased out my Dark Side correspondence
By May 1981 Blood finally realized that I was just not going to have
any romance, or sex, with her. This enraged her - towards not only my
wife Lilith & myself, but also my mother, who Blood decided had failed
to cooperate with her amorous plans.
Blood then commenced a ten-year marathon of obscene telephone calls,
both to Lilith's & my answering machine and to my mother as well.
These screamed messages ranged from threats against us, to graphic descriptions
of self-mutilation, to promises of suicide, to angry complaints that we
didn't care about her committing suicide (!), to grunting & squealing
masturbation over the phone, and to endless vulgarities about Nazi sex.
My aging mother - by the early 1980s increasingly ill with terminal cancer
- was shrieked at by Blood as a "Nazi-fucking whore and bitch",
although she had never treated Blood with anything but kindness and courtesy.
In February 1982, concluding that Blood was not going to lose interest
in her campaign, Lilith and I filed a complaint with her local police
department in Massachusetts. She was summoned to the police station and
given a stern lecture, whereupon she agreed to cease the calls and get
psychiatric help. Instead she moved to another town and recommenced the
calls, which Lilith and I decided to ignore [though we did keep a taped
record of them as a precaution].
In 1987 Lilith and I were suddenly attacked by an Army chaplain, Lawrence
Adams-Thompson, and his wife - promoters of the then-ongoing "child
abuse" scam at the Presidio of San Francisco - with accusations that
we had abducted and raped/sodomized their child Kinsey Almond. This quickly
became an international media sensation, and Blood's phone screaming changed
promptly to coarse child-sex themes. Simultaneously she offered her services
as an "escaped/reformed ex-Satanist" to anti-"cult"
groups as a speaker, professing righteousness and a concern for social
And that is the actual story of Linda Blood which she does not
reveal in her book. Documented details follow:
[BLOOD BOOK EXTRACTS IN ALL-CAPITALS: Aquino comments in regular typeface:
- SOPHISTICATED ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE TEMPLE OF SET ARE MORE LIKELY
TO TARGET PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS THROUGH A SHARED INTEREST IN SUCH EXOTIC
SUBJECTS AS VAMPIRE LORE OR EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY. OTHER, LESS INNOCENT
ASPECTS OF THE CULT'S PHILOSOPHY MAY BE HIDDEN FROM THE NOVICE UNTIL
HE OR SHE HAS BEEN SUFFICIENTLY CONDITIONED, THROUGH PSYCHOLOGICAL MANIPULATION,
TO ACCEPT AND RATIONALIZE QUESTIONABLE TEACHINGS AND PRACTICES. AS I
DISCOVERED, IN THE COURSE OF SUCH CONDITIONING THE MOST INTIMATE PART
OF ONE'S EMOTIONAL BEING IS OFTEN ABUSED AND BETRAYED.
Blood's book cites not a single example of any aspect
of the Temple's philosophy which was concealed from her. She was expelled
in 1980 because of her personal sexual obsessions and conduct, and
her subsequent complaints all had to do with her
sexual obsession over me - not a word about any aspect
of the Temple's philosophy or design.
- THE SUMMER THAT MICHAEL AQUINO CAST A SHADOW OVER OUR LIVES.
I never had any contact with any husband of Blood's.
It was Blood who initiated contact with me via fan letters.
Although we corresponded intermittently since November 1978, I did
not meet Blood until June 1979, after she had made a purely personal
decision to join the Temple of Set.
- THE WAY HE [AQUINO] RAN ON ABOUT THE "WAGNERIAN" POTENTIAL
OF THE STAR WARS SERIES MADE ME UNEASY.
If so, she never once expressed any "uneasiness" about
it to me.
My sole statement about the Wagnerian element in Star Wars
appears in the Introduction to my Dark Side story:
"In my opinion the first Star Wars film towered over
its successors by the sheer strength of its 19th-century Romanticism;
it was nothing less than a twentieth-century Ring of the Nibelungen
in drama - and music! By contrast, The Empire Strikes Back
degraded the three principal characters - Luke, Han, and Leia - into
a tawdry soap-opera love triangle, turned Darth Vader into a mindless
slave, contradicted Star Wars concerning Luke's parentage,
and served up a preposterous 'Jedi initiation' for Luke presided over
by a green gnome better suited to Sesame Street. The Freudian omelet
of TESB gave way to comic-book slapstick in Return of the
Jedi, wherein the last remaining vestiges of the original Star
Wars atmosphere were submerged beneath a motley parade of absurd
aliens and panda-bear Ewoks, and dealt a terminal blow by the grotesque
'Darth Vader Born-Again' finale."
- I WAS FALLING INTO THE CONFUSED AND AGITATED STATE COMMON TO THOSE
WHO BECOME INVOLVED WITH CULTS, AND I NEEDED HELP DESPERATELY.
"Well, by now I'm sure neither of us is surprised at how much
of the LaVey [author of the Satanic Bible - M.A.] I liked,
recognized, cheered at, and/or laughed with. In fact, one of my two
main criticisms is that he too often accepts the designation of 'dark'
when he should be more explicitly pointing out it is frequently the
'white light' doctrines that are evil in intent and consequences.
The other is what I felt was an overemphasis on controlling others
rather than independence from them. Comparing it with the Temple of
Set literature, I am on the whole very favorably impressed with the
changes and direction in which you seem to be headed." - Letter,
L. Blood to M. Aquino, 4/17/1979
- THERE WAS NO ONE MY INCREASINGLY BEWILDERED AND ALARMED HUSBAND, FAMILY,
AND FRIENDS COULD TURN TO.
"Thing is, I'm going flaky for lack of someone to discuss all
this stuff with. Allyn and some of his friends are interesting but
I don't see them very often, and furthermore they are not really on
my 'wavelength' as I suspect some of the Setians might be. Previous
experience certainly suggests it! There's a warning in the [Temple
of Set] brochure about one's sense of perspective suffering from merely
internalizing data. You weren't kidding." - Letter, L. Blood
to M. Aquino, 5/8/79
"The effect of all this [Blood's joining the Temple of Set]
on the marriage has been and will continue to be the cliff-hanger
of the season. My husband is a lovely man, but he is not married to
the same lady he was married to back in August. He is also not Setian
and couldn't care less." - Letter, L. Blood to C. Whitaker, 6/11/79
- HE [Aquino] ALSO WARNED ME [in 3rd letter] THAT IF I BECAME INVOLVED
WITH THE "BLACK ARTS" I WOULD SUFFER SOCIAL OSTRACISM AS WELL
AS FEAR AND RIDICULE FROM OTHERS.
"The commitment is a major one. If you pursue the Black Arts,
your life will change. Very few people around you will understand
you, and not a few of them will be afraid of you. You will suffer
a certain amount of social ostracism and fear disguised as ridicule.
The commitment is justified only because there is a level of existence
to be attained through the Black Arts that can be approached in no
other way. We seek those who want that level of existence so much
that they will make that commitment.
"Upon being accepted into the Temple, therefore, you would be
put in touch with two or three Priests or Priestesses in New York
and/or elsewhere, and in due course you would come into contact with
scores of Setians all over the country who would be delighted to explore
'all this stuff' with you. I say 'explore' because, as I think you
know, we are non-dogmatic. The philosophy of the Temple is in a constant
state of evolution, and we are all wrestling with it together. There
are no sacred cows either in terms of ideas or in terms of persons.
I may be a high Initiate, but no one sits at my feet. We have better
things to do.
"So you are at the point where you will have to decide, like
Luke Skywalker, how badly you want to be a Jedi. And, like Luke, you
are confronted with an opportunity that could result in your becoming
either a Darth Vader or an Obi-wan Kenobi. We can make no promises;
we would be foolish to do so. We have had Initiates who have attained
more than they ever dreamed possible, and we have had Initiates who,
like Dr. Morbius in Forbidden Planet, were eaten away by the
forces that they evoked within themselves. So I neither encourage
you nor discourage you." - Letter, M. Aquino to L. Blood, 5/14/79
- UNAWARE THAT AQUINO IS A PROFESSIONAL SPECIALIST IN THE AREA OF PSYCHOLOGICAL
"I have just returned from a two-week tour at the John F. Kennedy
Special Warfare Center, Fort Bragg (& model for Dark Side's
MindWar Center)." - Letter, M. Aquino to L. Blood, 6/20/79
- I HAD YET TO LEARN THAT "INDIVIDUAL", "INDEPENDENT",
AND "ETHICAL" ARE AMONG THE MOST ABUSED TERMS IN THE SATANISTS'
"Despite the high degree of individuality and differences of
values and opinions, I have never once had anyone in this Temple question
or fail to respect the fundamental importance of any of my values
to me." - Letter, L. Blood to R. Neilly, 8/31/79
- DEEP DOWN, PART OF ME KNEW THAT I DIDN'T REALLY BELONG IN THIS STRANGE
WORLD. THE TEMPLE'S OBSESSION WITH THE "DARK SIDE" OF LIFE,
TO THE EXCLUSION OF ALL THAT WAS SUNLIT AND JOYFUL, SEEMED TO ME UNBALANCED
"Sometimes it's hard to see the progress from day to day until
I look back and see where I was a year ago when all this began for
me. Then I am truly astonished at how far I have come - even if the
road ahead does seem endless at times." - Letter, L. Blood to
R. Neilly, 8/7/79
- SINCE MOST MEMBERS HELD DOWN RATHER MUNDANE JOBS AND GENERALLY LIVED
ORDINARY LIVES OUTSIDE THEIR RITUAL CHAMBERS, THERE WAS SOMETHING PATHETIC
ABOUT THIS COLLECTIVE DELUSION OF GRANDEUR.
"I'm trying to touch again all the people of the Conclave; it
helps combat the loneliness that I feel now that we are all physically
apart and the letters haven't really started flying in both directions
yet ... [I am] trying to define what made that special quality of
the love that we all shared. I sensed that these people truly saw
their lives as something precious and unique and important, and saw
the lives of their brothers and sisters the same way." - Letter,
L. Blood to R. Neilly, 7/26/79
"I keep trying to define that special quality Setians have that
so affected me. That commitment to being that gives each of them (us!)
an acute sense of his or her life and something unique and infinitely
precious. So few people really have that deep-down, because they've
never honestly come to terms with their own uniqueness and are still,
one way or a million others, working their way back to oneness with
the Great Law. So no matter what they do, in a sense they wind up
being "just one more" of something. They aren't committed
to digging out their essence and then living it, as we are."
- Letter, L. Blood, published in the Scroll of Set newsletter,
- OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS ... MY MARRIAGE BROKE UP UNDER THE STRAIN,
AND I LEFT HOME AND BEGAN A ROUND OF STAYING WITH FRIENDS.
"Before I go [to California to visit Dale Seago again in March
1980], I want to see if I can get this thing [divorce] in Scarsdale
settled. Charlie is really a good person, and he's taking the whole
thing extremely well." - Telephone call, L. Blood to J. Bast,
2/2/80. [2 months earlier Blood had a sexual affair with Seago.]
"Where the heck did you find this latest maniac [Hunter S.]
Thompson you're corrupting me with anyway? My housemates keep hearing
these shrieks of glee issuing from various parts of the house. They
were half convinced I was crackers already, now they're sure. Marvelous."
- Letter, L. Blood to M. Aquino, 6/30/80
- WHEN AQUINO AND I BECAME ROMANTICALLY INVOLVED DURING A VISIT TO WASHINGTON,
HE DICTATED THAT I WAS NOT TO INTERFERE WITH HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH LILITH
OR HIS POSITION WITHIN THE TEMPLE HIERARCHY. WISHING I WERE DEAD, I
SOUGHT HELP AND EVENTUALLY FOUND A COMPASSIONATE THERAPIST.
After meeting him at the 1979 International Conclave, Blood announced
[in her letter to me 8/20/79] that she had fallen in love with Temple
of Set member Dale Seago. When my mother and I met Blood in Washington
in October 1979, I neither "became romantically involved"
with her nor had the slightest reason to lecture her about Lilith
or my Temple of Set responsibilities. Far from "wishing she were
dead", Blood traveled to California the following month and had
a sexual affair with Seago in Santa Barbara, after which he showed
friends a photo he had taken of her sitting on his bed in her brassiere.
[Seago is mentioned in the acknowledgements in Blood's book.]
After arising from Seago's bed and getting dressed, Blood began announcing
to various members of the Temple that she and Michael Aquino were
passionately in love. Seago first asked her to control herself, then
reduced her membership level from II° to I°, and finally
in February 1980 expelled her from the Temple of Set.
"I agree with your aversion to most 'shrinks' because the majority
of them are in a class with Alderaan brain surgeons [destroyers of
the mind - M.A.], and the good ones find themselves trying to equip
people to be sane within an insane society. (And you find yourself
in a similar position when you give someone some perfectly good, sane
advice and he goes out into this psycho ward we call a culture and
gets creamed. That, however, does not invalidate the advice.) I've
noted that the best of them feel obligated to try to instill in their
clients a sort of emotional protective armor that holds them together
at the price of dulling their ability to give themselves fully to
anyone or anything." - Letter, L. Blood to M. Aquino, 6/30/1980
- A CONFRONTATION WITH AQUINO RESULTED IN A BRIEF RECONCILIATION.
The "confrontation" consisted of Blood's writing a letter
to me to ask if she could help critique my still-ongoing Star Wars
story, to which I replied in a 5/28/1980 letter: "Of course you
will get to review your chapters again. As you can see from my enclosed
letter to Forry Ackerman, there are probably going to be many of them.
Moreover I hope that you will talk to me about the entire story as
you see it unfold."
"Last Thursday I said goodbye to my separation support group
because I felt I no longer belonged with people who were basically
struggling just to survive. Yup, I achieved closure! Everyone was
so kind and concerned for me and wished me well, and listening to
them I just felt so fortunate I can't tell you." - Letter, L.
Blood to M. Aquino, 6/30/80
"Michael, never feel that you are giving me too little. When
I look around me and then remember that I have you in my life, all
I want to know is where to send the giant Thank You note." -
Letter, L. Blood to M. Aquino, 6/30/80
"I'm sorry I've been so hard on both of us, but it seems I don't
learn these things easily, and for what it's worth to you I'd like
to say that moment [during her visit to San Francisco] when realization
flooded over me felt absolutely authentic; and although I did it for
myself, I feel you provided the catalyst I needed, and I'm grateful
for it. You stripped away the nonessentials while holding fast to
a very unique, special understanding and trust between us, and that
allowed me to see what I needed to see on my own unique terms, in
the way that would have the greatest impact and mean the most."
- Letter, L. Blood to M. Aquino, 11/19/80
- EVENTUALLY THE DISAPPOINTMENTS AND FRUSTRATIONS WORE ME DOWN.
"Funny, I suppose I shouldn't assume that because I have a sense
of 'sharing' with you that you feel something of the same with me.
I guess I just figure that's part of the reason you once said you
needed me too [for collaboration on a Star Wars story! - M.A.].
I should've asked you why. I need very much to know that I give you
back at least a little of the 'visibility' you give me, that this
Strange and Wonderful relationship is truly an exchange. I know how
careful and ethical you try to be, so please don't be afraid that
I'll take anything you say the 'wrong way', but I guess I do need
to know that we're still not just 'pals' too." - Letter, L. Blood
to M. Aquino, 9/8/80
"Tried to get you on the Watts last night with no success. Frankly,
I would prefer not to have to try to call you again until I'm in CA
next week. Even with your mother's kindness, it's proven to be a frustrating,
exhausting, and, to be quite honest, rather humiliating process. By
the way, please tell your Mom I hope she's over her 'flu." -
Letter, L. Blood to M. Aquino, 10/31/80 [Blood had access to a WATS
telephone at this time, and had been making continuous calls to my
mother's number trying to reach me when I was visiting her - M.A.]
"Please take care of yourself. When I heard how tired and drained
you sounded the last time we talked, I felt sad and a bit ashamed
of having contributed to it. I feel like I'm asking a battle-weary
soldier to remember God & country by telling you that something
good came out of it. It's been a hard few months for both of us, and
even though it doesn't always seem so, I care about how you feel,
so I hope things are a bit better now. It will be all right, Michael."
- Letter, L. Blood to M. Aquino, 11/19/80
- FURTHERMORE I HAD BEGUN TO LEARN SOME VERY DISTURBING THINGS ABOUT
HIM. ONE WAS HIS ADMIRATION FOR CERTAIN ELEMENTS OF NAZISM. AS THESE
REVELATIONS INCREASED AND THE TENSION BETWEEN US GREW, WHATEVER LOVING
FEELINGS HAD EXISTED BETWEEN US DISAPPEARED, AND THE RELATIONSHIP WAS
MUTUALLY BROKEN OFF EARLY IN 1981.
"Watched The Bunker the other night, the dramatization
of Hitler & Co's last days - I thought it well done, straightforward
and admirably free from the usual cheap shots. For me there was a
special horror in the totality with which many of those people's souls
had become lost in the Dream - that is, they no longer had any personal
identity outside of it. When Hitler said he had nothing of his own,
that it all belonged to Germany, to the Volk (to the Dream),
he was true not just in the sense of personal possessions but of his
Self as well. And I could empathize with them and feel the pain of
it while at the same time feeling an awful revulsion, a sense that
it shouldn't and needn't have been
so." - Letter, L. Blood to M. Aquino, 1/31/81
There was no "relationship", and I was the one who refused
to take further calls from Blood when it became apparent that she
was once again trying to insist on one.
- [Aquino convinces others] THAT HIS MOST OUTRAGEOUS BEHAVIOR IS DESERVING
OF UNDERSTANDING AND FORGIVENESS.
I am aware of no "outrageous behavior" of mine for which
I ask for "forgiveness", and Blood offers no examples of
- SOMETIMES I WOULD PICK UP THE PHONE AND SCREAM ABUSE AT AQUINO'S ANSWERING
MACHINE. I FELT I WAS FIGHTING FOR MY VERY SURVIVAL.
Messages from Blood on my mother's answering machine began February
1981 and continued incessantly until my mother's death from cancer
in 1985. During the last year of my mother's life she was extremely
ill and in considerable pain, and Blood's screaming and vulgarity
caused her great distress. [She refused to have her phone number changed,
she said, because of the many old friends of hers who might be trying
to call her.]
Screaming messages from Blood on Lilith's & my answering machine
at all hours of the day and night began February 1981 and continued
until July 1990. [Since 1990 we have had an unlisted telephone number.]
These came at a frequency of up to 10 calls/day; for example in the
May-December 1981 time period Blood made 266 such calls plus scores
of distinctive hangups. We never responded to these messages, but
recorded them on tape in the event legal or police action might be
necessary. Some examples:
"Now I'm going out in the car, and if I can manage to work up
the courage, I'm going to drive it into an abutment, and if I can't
work up the courage for that, I'm going to come home and take that
bottle of pills I've been working on, so pretty soon it'll all be
over ... I just wanted to give you a pep talk!" - 6/18/81
"Why don't you take that medallion I chose so tenderly and lovingly
and shove it up between her [Lilith's] legs the next time she does
a lust ritual for you?" - 7/2/81
"Give Dale [Seago] my number, Michael! Let him protect you just
like Heinrich wanted to protect Adolf. [Heavy breathing.] I already
told him about how ya finger-fucked me in Washington ... [heavy breathing]
... OH, HERE I COME! OH, GOD! UH! UH!" -7/21/81 [It was obvious
that Blood was masturbating to orgasm during this call.]
"I'm standing here stabbing myself with a pin, and it's taking
blood out of my arm ... I think I'll cut my wrists ... Oh, I've got
a nice big welter of it up there. I bet you wish you could do it yourself.
I know you don't have the guts to listen to this!" - 8/1/81
"I always knew you'd let me die, you fucking bastard! You're
going to have to have me committed! Won't you love that! And Lilith,
she'll love that - it'll make her spread her legs for you more than
ever!" - 8/2/81
"This is Mistress Blood from the Tenderloin [an area in San
Francisco known for prostitution - M.A.], you worm! You get in here
and you call me mistress! You want your hairy ass whipped and horrible
things done to your body? Get down on the floor in a dog collar!"
"Go on, FUCK HER - She's waiting for you!" - 8/21/81
"Bitch, you son of a bitch, you FUCKING BASTARD!" - 9/5/81
"Is she [Lilith] still wearing her makeup to bed so you won't
know what she really looks like?" - 9/11/81
"Mother-fucking son of a bitch, you know, when your mother took
you around to stay in those French whorehouses, the old NAZI-FUCKING
BITCH!" - 9/19/81
"Crawl, fucker, until you DIE!" - 10/26/81
"You know in your mind's eye you see me naked there on the bed
with your fingers up between my legs!" - 11/14/81
"It must have been difficult for a young man to resolve the
fact that his mother was FUCKING A NAZI!" - 12/6/81
"Do you think I'm a potential NAZI-FUCKER like your mother who
spread her legs for the kind of monster who killed off whole races
for the good of the iron Reich?" - 12/24/81
"You are CURSED, may your barren desert be everlasting and may
you keep having to stroke the aggrandizement of that little BITCH
you live with! But then what could one expect from someone who spends
most of his life trying to justify the fact that his old lady was
a NAZI-FUCKER!?" - 12/31/81
"If you don't like it, why don't you change your fucking phone
number?" - 1/1/82
"I see you have your trained BITCH running your errands for
you - I just want to tell you that since you haven't registered a
complaint, I'll use you as a punching-bag whenever I feel like it!"
"This is Mom - why couldn't my brilliant son marry instead of
shacking up with a bimbo?" - 2/8/82
"Are you being nice to MOM, bitch? Are you being nice to the
Ipsissimus's MAMA, being nice to MAMA, bitch? His little old NAZI-FUCKING
MOMMY, huh, BITCH!?" - 2/12/82
In March 1982 Lilith and I finally filed a complaint with the police
department of Blood's city (Lexington, Massachusetts). On 3/30/82
Detective Lieutenant George Forten wrote to me: "As a result
of your letter of March 25, 1982, I contacted Mrs. Linda Osborne Blood
and asked her to come to my office for an interview. Mrs. Blood arrived
at my office this morning, March 30, 1982, and we had a very open
and frank discussion in regard to her telephone calls to you. She
stated to me that she would discontinue making any more calls to you
and she would seek professional help." Blood moved to another
town and continued her campaign:
"I understand that ever since Omen III came out that
'BITCH' has been an especially appropriate word for you, honey!"
"Tune in 'The Wall' tonight, MAJOR MIND-FUCK, you'll enjoy seeing
the honored SS warriors in action. And of course Dale Seago could
come over in his uniform and bring his shiny new Eva Braun clone wife.
You know, it's a good thing Frau Betty [Ford, my mother - M.A.] wasn't
French, because they would have shaved her head and paraded her naked
down the street. You really should call the old BITCH up and tell
her to watch for herself - Go call the OLD BITCH up and tell her to
WATCH!" - 12/16/82
"Any woman who slept with an SS officer is a WHORE or WAS a
whore!" - 4/12/87 [This message was left after Blood had learned
that my mother had finally died of cancer. - M.A.]
"Get on the line, BITCH! You god damn BITCH, and you can play
this for anyone you want! We all know what you are and that animal
you're married to! I hear he married you a month after his old NAZI
WHORE of a mother finally kicked the bucket!" - 7/26/90
"You're there, aren't you, BITCH? Why don't you go put on your
stupid little belly dancer outfit and do one of your stupid little
destruction rituals? Why don't you go kill another kid, you god damn
BITCH!?" - 7/26/90
My mother, who had always been kind to Blood, was never involved
with any Nazi or neo-Nazi group. After graduating from Stanford in
1929, she went to Germany to study as an apprentice to the famous
sculptor Georg Kolbe. While there, she had a romance with a university
student named Karl Eitel Roth, who was not a member of the Nazi Party
[or the SS]. In the late 1930s my mother returned to the United States
and married my father, who served as a sergeant in Patton's 43rd Cavalry
in World War II and was decorated with the Purple Heart for wounds
in action. During the war my mother participated in various community
efforts on behalf of American soldiers, such as sponsoring visits
of draftees at Camp Roberts to San Francisco. Karl Eitel Roth married
a German girl, was drafted into the German army, and was killed in
the war. After the war my parents sent relief packages to his surviving
wife and child, who were in danger of starving in the post-war devastation
of their home. For the rest of their lives they remained close friends
with my mother, and were extremely distressed when I told them of
her terminal illness and death.
- I STARTED TO WORK WITH THE NEW CULT-MONITORING ORGANIZATIONS THAT
WERE BEGINNING TO FORM IN THE EARLY 1980S.
I have seen no evidence of Blood's involvement with any anti-"cult"
groups until after Lilith and I were attacked in
1987 in the Presidio of San Francisco "Satanic abuse" scam
and it received widespread publicity. As is evident from the examples
above, Blood's screaming messages on our telephone answering machine
were continuing during the 1980-84 period, however, but consisted
wholly of sexual vulgarities having nothing to do
with the Temple of Set or her organizational experiences in it.
- THESE SHOWED ME THAT MY EXPERIENCES WITH AQUINO AND THE TEMPLE OF
SET REFLECTED THAT OF MANY OTHERS WHO HAD BECOME INVOLVED WITH CULTS.
As documented above, Blood enjoyed the friendships she made and ideas
she exchanged during her Temple of Set membership, and her sole
objection to me was that, although considering her a close friend,
I refused to have a romance - or sex - with her.
In documented fact it was Blood who harassed, slandered,
stalked, and intruded upon the privacy of my mother [until her death],
my wife, and myself for a decade after her expulsion from the Temple
- THESE GROUPS [inc. Temple of Set] ARE INCREASINGLY DOMINATED BY A
PHILOSOPHY HOSPITABLE TO RACISTS, NEO-NAZIS, AND HOLOCAUST DENIERS.
The Temple of Set includes among its membership and highest offices
persons of a wide variety of races, colors, and nationalities - to
include African-Americans and persons of Jewish lineage.
The Temple of Set is not and has never been affiliated or associated
with any neo-Nazi group or activity.
The Temple of Set has made no official statement concerning the Holocaust.
Setians are welcome to decide such questions for themselves.
- THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT SOME PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH THE TEMPLE
OF SET MAY NOT BE CONDUCTING THEMSELVES IN STRICT ACCORDANCE WITH THE
RULES OF DECORUM LAID DOWN IN THE GROUP'S OFFICIAL PUBLICATIONS. CONSIDER
THE OBSCURE LITTLE GROUP KNOWN AS THE CHURCH OF RAVEN, WHOSE MEMBERSHIP
INCLUDES AN INDIVIDUAL WHOSE NAME ALSO APPEARED ON A 1990 TEMPLE OF
The Temple of Set has no affiliation with any other organization,
religious or otherwise.
Confirmed (II°) members of the Temple of Set may not belong
to any other religious organization. If they wish to do so, they are
expected to resign from the Temple. Nevertheless the Temple does not
aggressively involve itself in the private affairs of all of its members,
trusting them to follow its ethical guidelines as responsible adults.
When/if such ethical standards are found to have been violated, the
individual will be asked either to correct the problem or resign from
- THERE IS NO SECTION DEVOTED TO LOCKE OR TO OTHERS WHO CONTRIBUTED
TO THE INTELLECTUAL FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICA ELSEWHERE IN THE TEMPLE'S
READING MATERIAL, BUT THERE IS PLENTY ON THE NAZIS AND ON GERMAN PHILOSOPHERS
SUCH AS HEGEL AND NIETZSCHE.
In the Ruby Tablet of Set - to which Blood, as an Adept II°
member of the Temple had access - there are major narrative sections
dealing with the social contract theorists Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau,
as well as with empiricist Hume, formulator of modern conservative
political philosophy. Neither Hegel's nor Nietzsche's philosophies
are "Nazi", as students of these theorists are well aware.
Hegel formulated a theory of social evolution called dialectic
idealism, reacting to the ideas of Berkeley and Kant, and Nietzsche
reacted to the "rational history" of Hegel, asserting a
personal prerogative and freedom leading the way to modern existentialism.
- THE TEMPLE'S DEFENSE THAT ITS INTEREST IN NAZISM IS LIMITED TO THE
NAZIS' EXTENSIVE RESEARCH INTO OCCULTISM ...
The Temple of Set is interested not only in ideas, but in the social
impact of ideas. Hence it studies a great many of history's major
influences and episodes, including fascism. To study does not mean
to endorse, and the Temple has made it quite clear that it does not
endorse fascism, nor any other political ideology.
Blood's book - and her past interests and telephone screaming - do
substantiate that she herself is fascinated with Nazi themes, particularly
as a sexual stimulant.
- HE HAD HIMSELF PHOTOGRAPHED [in the Hall of the Dead of the Wewelsburg]
IN THE UNIFORM OF AN OFFICER OF THE U.S. ARMY.
I was not in Army uniform during my visit to the Wewelsburg, hence
was not so photographed.
- AQUINO HAS REFUSED TO CONFIRM OR DENY THE REALITY OF THE HOLOCAUST.
I am not an expert on the Holocaust, and I of course was not there
at the time to see for myself. I prefer not to make statements about
subjects which I have not carefully researched.
- DRURY, A PERCEPTIVE AND INTELLIGENT INTERVIEWER, IS OBVIOUSLY TROUBLED
BY THE CONTRADICTIONS HE ENCOUNTERS AND THE "DARKER FORCES"
HE SENSES IN AQUINO AND HIS MAGICAL PARTNER AND WIFE.
At no place in his book does Drury suggest that he is "troubled"
by his interview with Lilith and myself. Indeed he expresses interest
and admiration for the precision of the Temple of Set's approach to
metaphysics. Upon publication of his book, he sent us a presentation
copy inscribed to us with his best wishes and appreciation.
The Urban Myth of "Satanic Child Abuse"
- SATANIC RITUAL CHILD ABUSE ...
- does not exist in the United States, as reported
by the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime in
1992, after an 11-year study. "There are many children in the
United States who, starting early in their lives, are severely psychologically,
physically, and sexually traumatized by angry, sadistic parents
or other adults. Such abuse, however, is not perpetrated only or
primarily by satanists. The statistical odds are that such abusers
are members of mainstream religions ... For the last eight years
American law enforcement has been aggressively investigating the
allegations of victims of ritual abuse. There is little or no evidence
for the portion of their allegations that deals with large-scale
baby-breeding, human sacrifice, and organized satanic conspiracies."
(Investigator's Guide to Allegations of "Ritual"
Child Abuse, January 1992)
- does not exist in the United States, as concluded
by an exhaustive national study for the National Center on Child
Abuse and Neglect: "In a survey of more than 11,000 psychiatric
and police workers throughout the country, conducted for the National
Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, researchers found more than 12,000
accusations of group cult sexual abuse based on Satanic ritual,
but not one that investigators had been able to
substantiate. 'After scouring the country, we found no
evidence for large-scale cults that sexually abuse children,' said
Dr. Gail Goodman, a psychologist at the University of California
at Davis, who directed the survey. The survey included 6,910 psychiatrists,
psychologists, and clinical social workers; and 4,655 district attorneys,
police departments, and social service agencies. They reported 12,264
accusations of ritual abuse that they had investigated. The survey
found that there was not a single case among them
where there was clear corroborating evidence for the most common
accusation, that there was "a well-organized, intergenerational
Satanic cult who sexually molested and tortured children in their
homes or schools for years and committed a series of murders,"
said Goodman. (Daniel Goleman, New York Times, reprinted
San Francisco Chronicle 11/1/94)
- does not exist in the United Kingdom, as reported
by the British Government's Department of Health in 1994, after
a three-year investigation. "There is no evidence that these
["Satanic ritual abuse"] have taken place in any of the
84 cases studied ... The study of cases in detail showed that the
Evangelical Christian campaign against new religious movements has
been a powerful influence encouraging the identification of satanic
abuse. Equally important in spreading the idea of satanic abuse
in Britain are the professional 'specialists', American and British.
Their claims or qualifications are rarely checked. Much of their
information, particularly about cases in the United States, is unreliable."
(The Extent and Nature of Organised and Ritual Abuse, HMSO,
The 1987 Presidio of San Francisco "Satanic Child Abuse" Fraud
- IN ONE CASE, A THREE-YEAR-OLD GIRL HAD CLAIMED THAT SHE'D BEEN TAKEN
TO THE HOME OF U.S. ARMY RESERVE LIEUTENANT COLONEL MICHAEL AQUINO AND
HIS WIFE, LILITH, AND SUBJECTED TO BIZARRE SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE.
The claim was actually made not by the girl (Kinsey Almond - whom
Blood refers to in her book as "Lisa Adams-Thompson"), but
by her stepfather (Chaplain Lawrence Adams-Thompson), as part of his
and his wife's (Michele Adams-Thompson) effort to defraud the U.S.
government of a $3 million false claim based upon this fabricated
- ANGEL MADE FORMAL INQUIRIES ABOUT ISSUING A SUBPOENA TO LIEUTENANT
COLONEL AQUINO ... MICHAEL AQUINO NEVER DID APPEAR AS A WITNESS. HIS
ATTORNEY ASSERTS THAT HE NEVER RECEIVED ANGELL'S SUBPOENA.
Ms. Cynthia Angell was an attorney for the father in yet another
child-custody case in which "Satanic child abuse" tactics
were being employed against the other parent in an attempt to win
custody. On 11/13/90 Angell appeared on the Geraldo Rivera
show and twice stated that she had "issued a subpoena for Michael
Aquino". When on 11/19/90 my attorney wrote her for a copy of
such "subpoena", she never responded. Nor was any such subpoena
ever served on me.
Further on the Geraldo show Angell said: "They, they,
put me, they, one man got into my car, pushed a gun up against my
side, told me to take a drive. As I drove, he told me that I'd been
investigating things that I shouldn't be investigating, that I was
involved in something I shouldn't be involved in, and that unless
I dropped this case immediately that they would kill me. They took
me outside of the town, at which point I was blindfolded, put into
another car - there were two men at that point - they drove me around
for two, perhaps three hours and simply threatened me and told me
that these things were real and that I shouldn't pursue the case any
At first Angell says that two men kidnapped her. Now she says that
only one man kidnapped her, and that the second man appeared only
at a switch to a second car. Yet before "that point" she
said "they took me". So did the second man just "appear"
in her car while she was driving it?
After Angell had already had a good look at the two men during the
"quite lengthy" drive, why should they then bother to blindfold
her? Why should it take 2-3 hours to make 30-seconds-worth of threats?
Why should criminals try to convince a witch-hunt attorney that "these
things were real" if their interests lay in promoting the view
that "Satanic child abuse" is not real?
Obviously Angell did not drop the case, and by the time she went
on Geraldo she cited no further threats against her. Nor, obviously,
was she murdered. In fact she felt confident enough to go on Geraldo
and tell a detailed story about the supposed "abduction".
- A CHILD CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN TAKEN OFF THE POST [Presidio of San Francisco]
AND ABUSED IN A RITUALIZED MANNER.
As noted above, the claim was made not by the girl, but by her stepfather,
as part of his and his wife's effort to defraud the U.S. government
of a $3 million false claim based upon this fabricated story. (SFPD
- NO FORMAL CHARGES WERE FILED, THOUGH, LARGELY DUE TO THE DIFFICULTY
OF OBTAINING FROM YOUNG CHILDREN TESTIMONY THAT CAN SATISFY THE VERY
STRICT PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INTRODUCING EVIDENCE.
The decision not to file charges was officially made long before
the investigation was even completed, as communicated to our attorney
by the Army Judge Advocate General office, since the Army knew from
the outset that no such crime had ever occurred. The "investigation"
was never intended as such, but rather as a psychological device to
put pressure on my wife and myself to intimidate me into resigning
from the Army. [I was not so intimidated, and did not resign.]
- HOWEVER, THROUGH A PROCEDURE KNOWN AS TITLING, THE ARMY ITSELF HAS
OFFICIALLY TAKEN THE POSITION THAT THERE WAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE
THAT AQUINO COMMITTED AT LEAST ONE ACT OF RITUAL MOLESTATION.
The decision to "title" is significant only within the
Army's Criminal Investigation Division (CID), hence does not appear
in my official Army personnel file. The CID report containing the
titling resulted in no charges whatever when submitted
to the legal department of the Army. Nor were charges expected, as
the "titling" was decided long before the investigation
was actually completed, and substantiated by no evidence
in the report whatever. Immediately upon completion of the report,
my Top Secret security clearance was restored, and I continued in
service as an Army Reserve officer, with that clearance, for another
five years until my [voluntary] honorable retirement in 1994.
- WHILE HIS WIFE'S NAME WAS REMOVED ENTIRELY BECAUSE THE CHILDREN'S
IDENTIFICATION OF HER WAS INADEQUATE, MICHAEL AQUINO'S NAME REMAINS
ON THE INVESTIGATION REPORT BECAUSE THE EVIDENCE OF ALIBI HE OFFERED
WAS NOT PERSUASIVE.
Lilith Aquino's name was removed as soon as the CID learned of our
impending lawsuit concerning the report. It is strictly illegal under
Department of Defense Directive #55525.7 and Titles 18, 21, &
28 United States Code for the CID to "title" civilians.
Michael Aquino's name remained on the report because not to do so
would have acknowledged manufacture of evidence and deliberate falsification
of the report by the CID, in violation of Article #134, Uniform Code
of Military Justice.
As Adams-Thompson had accused us of doing the kidnapping and raping
together, and as the CID report echoed this theme, the removal of
Lilith's name while mine was retained further illustrates the fabricated
nature of that report.
The "evidence of alibi" that I presented for both Lilith
and myself was simply that we were both verified to be in
Washington, D.C. (where I was attending daily, attendance-recorded
classes at the National Defense University) at all times during
the alleged period (9/1/86-10/31/86) when Kinsey
Almond was at the Presidio day-care center. How the CID could
call this "not persuasive" remains a curiosity which it
declined to explain.
- LARRY AND MICHELLE ADAMS-THOMPSON, LEADERS IN THE FIGHT TO HAVE THE
CHILDREN'S CHARGES INVESTIGATED, HAD NOTICED SOME ODD CHANGES IN THEIR
DAUGHTER'S BEHAVIOR LATE IN 1986, SHORTLY BEFORE THE TOBIN CASE BROKE.
No records indicate that the Adams-Thompsons ever noticed anything
wrong with Kinsey Almond, or took her for an emergency medical examination
of a sexual-abuse nature, at any time during the 9/1-10/31/86 period.
(CID Report of Investigation)
On 1/14/87, after the Presidio child-care scandal had been in process
for two months, Chaplain Adams-Thompson and his wife Michele were
interviewed by FBI Special Agent Patricia J. Peyton. In this interview
- only 2-1/2 months after the time-period in which Adams-Thompson
would later allege so many different and dramatic sexual atrocities
occurred - the Adams-Thompsons stated Almond's denial
of any abuse. They made no mention
of any emergency medical care of Almond, such as would have been necessary
had she been abused as they would later allege. They made no
mention of anyone other than Hambright at all, nor of any reason to
think that Almond had been abducted from the day-care center at any
time. They did not accuse Hambright of anything. (FBI #FD-302, 1/14/87)
- IN JANUARY 1987 [Almond] WAS QUESTIONED BY THE FBI BUT MADE NO DEFINITIVE
From the transcript of the FBI report (FBI #FD-302, 1/14/87): "Mrs.
Adams-Thompson advised that her daughter Kinsey had been attending
the school [Presidio day care center] since spring 1986. When she
turned 3 in September, she was transferred to 'Mr. Gary's' (Gary Hambright)
class. When Mrs. Adams-Thompson asked if Mr. Gary had been mean to
her or tried to touch her, Kinsey replied negatively."
- IN FEBRUARY THE ADAMS-THOMPSONS TOOK [ALMOND] TO A THERAPIST ... AFTER
SEVERAL VISITS THE THERAPIST BROKE THE NEWS THAT THEIR CHILD HAD BEEN
MOLESTED BY HAMBRIGHT - AND BY AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN AND WOMAN KNOWN TO
THE CHILD ONLY AS MIKEY AND SHAMBY.
None of the therapist's (Debbie Hickey) notes, as incorporated in
the CID report, verify that Hickey ever made such an abuse-diagnosis
"Mikey" was never mentioned initially by Almond, and there
is no mention of this name whatever until 6/30/87 - after her mother
Michele had previously introduced the idea of a "Satanic cult"
to Hickey on 6/2/87. On 6/30/87 it is Michele, not Almond, who introduces
the name "Mikey" to Hickey, stating that "Mikey is
"Shambee" (Hickey's spelling) appears in the notes on 1/27/87,
introduced by Almond as "her friend at school who was spanked
by Mr. Rogers on TV". Almond added that Shambee "also had
its neck broken", indicating that "Shambee"
is either an imaginary "friend" or perhaps a doll.
In a CID interview on 4/7-8/89, Almond "denied that 'Mikey'
and/or 'Shamby' had ever done anything bad to either her or to other
children in her presence". (CID Report)
- ON AUGUST 12, 1987, AS THE FAMILY WAS SHOPPING AT THE PRESIDIO POST
EXCHANGE, [Almond] SUDDENLY RAN TO LARRY AND HID BEHIND HIS LEGS, APPARENTLY
TERRIFIED BY THE PRESENCE OF AN OFFICER STANDING A FEW YARDS AWAY. LOOKING
UP, LARRY RECOGNIZED LIEUTENANT COLONEL MICHAEL AQUINO. "DO YOU
KNOW THAT MAN?" HE ASKED HIS STEPDAUGHTER. THE FRIGHTENED CHILD
SAID NOTHING BUT CONTINUED TO CLING TO HIS LEG. LARRY CALLED TO MICHELLE,
WHO CAME TO HER DAUGHTER'S SIDE. THEN LARRY ASKED [Almond] ONCE AGAIN
IF SHE KNEW THAT MAN OVER THERE IN THE WHITE SHIRT. "YES, THAT'S
MIKEY," SHE REPLIED. LARRY GATHERED IN HIS FAMILY AND TOOK THEM
OUTSIDE. "HE'S A BAD MAN AND I'M AFRAID," [Almond] TOLD THEM
AS SHE WAS BUNDLED INTO THEIR CAR. AS THEY DROVE AROUND TO THE OTHER
SIDE OF THE PX AND OUT OF THE PARKING LOT, LARRY SPOTTED AQUINO'S WIFE
LILITH. HE ASKED [Almond] IF SHE KNEW THE WOMAN. "YES, THAT'S SHAMBY,"
There is only the word of the two adult Adams-Thompsons
that this incident ever happened at all. All that is known for certain
is that Lawrence and/or Michele saw us at the PX on that day. There
is no evidence that Almond was with them, that she reacted to anyone
as they alleged, and/or that she "identified" anyone as
they alleged. No PX employee substantiated the Adams-Thompsons' account
of this incident.
In his 4/10/89 statement to the CID, Lawrence Adams-Thompson admits
that he recognized me from the time I had still been assigned to the
Presidio Headquarters, and also that he knew at that time that I was
a member of the Temple of Set.
- [Clyde Foreman FBI report of 8/13/87 interview with Kinsey Almond].
Kinsey Almond made no "identification" of Michael or Lilith
Aquino during this interview, nor did she say anything about any "PX
encounter" (FBI #FD-302, 8/13/87).
- THE INVESTIGATORS TOOK [Almond] TO THE 2400 [Leavenworth Street] BLOCK
AND ASKED HER IF SHE RECOGNIZED ANY OF THE HOMES. AS THEY WALKED PAST
2430 LEAVENWORTH STREET, THE GIRL IDENTIFIED IT AS "MR. GARY'S
HOUSE" WHERE SHE HAD MET MIKEY AND SHAMBY. IT WAS THE AQUINOS'
The 8/13/87 official record of this trip by CID Special Agent Bradley
Potter reveals that virtually every element of Adams-Thompson's account
concerning it [above] was a lie. From Potter's report it is clear
that Almond did not "identify" 2430 Leavenworth
at all. She did not say anything about it, point at it, or refer to
it in any way whatever, after being taken by it repeatedly. All that
Potter's report establishes is that Michele Adams-Thompson finally
chose to pick Almond up and hold her in front of 2430 Leavenworth,
which Michele knew to be our address. Even while being held stationary
by Michele in front of the building, Almond said nothing about it
and made no gestures concerning it. (CID Report)
- ACCORDING TO THE FBI REPORT [Almond] TOLD THEM THAT SHE HAD BEEN "FILMED
WITH A MOVIE CAMERA WITH STEADY LIGHTS WHILE SHE BATHED IN A PLASTIC
LION BATHTUB". SHE ALSO DESCRIBED THE LIVING ROOM AS HAVING BLACK
WALLS AND A GOLD CROSS PAINTED ON THE CEILING.
The FBI report makes no mention whatever of a movie
camera, steady lights, a plastic lion bathtub, a living room with
black walls, and/or a gold cross painted on the ceiling. (FBI #FD-302,
In the FBI report Kinsey Almond states only that the house to which
she was taken had "a bathtub with lion's feet". As verified
by the SFPD, CID, and FBI on 8/14/87, our house has only one bathtub,
which is built into the wall and has no feet whatever.
- DURING THE INVESTIGATION OTHER CHILDREN WOULD IDENTIFY A MIKEY AND
SHAMBY AS THEIR ABUSERS.
There was no mention of any "Shamby" by
any other child in the investigation (CID Report).
The only other mention of the name "Mike" (not "Mikey")
was by Jaime Parker. On 7/17/87 Parker said that "Mr. Mike"
spanked kids and her. On 7/8/87, however, Parker identified this same
individual as "Frank" and said that "he watched the
news and didn't want her mom to make cookies". (CID Report)
- AFTER CONFIRMING [Almond's] IDENTIFICATION OF THE AQUINOS' HOUSE ...
No such "identification" occurred [see
- THE PURPOSE OF THE SEARCH WARRANT WAS TO SEIZE ITEMS THAT MIGHT BE
EVIDENCE OF THE SEXUAL MOLESTATION OF CHILDREN. WHEN THE POLICE LEFT,
THEY TOOK WITH THEM SEVERAL CARTONS OF SEIZED ITEMS, INCLUDING VIDEOTAPES,
AUDIO CASSETTES, NOTEBOOKS WITH NAMES AND ADDRESSES, TWO PHOTO ALBUMS,
FOUR PLASTIC CASES OF NEGATIVES, TWENTY-NINE PHOTOS OF COSTUMES AND
"STARS", AND A COMPUTER.
Every single item confiscated in the raid had nothing whatever
to do with the sexual molestation of children [or any other crime],
and all the property was returned to us.
In its later investigation of the serving of this search warrant,
the San Francisco Police Commission found that it had been improperly
executed, in that materials unrelated to the warrant had been
wrongly confiscated. (Findings of Investigation of Alleged
Misconduct Case #0468-88, 11/22/89)
- THE SEARCH ALSO CONFIRMED THAT THE AQUINOS' LIVING ROOM WAS PAINTED
The search confirmed that the Aquinos' living room was not
painted black [or even a dark color].
- HE CLAIMED THAT HE WAS LIVING IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AT THE TIME WHEN
THE ALLEGED ABUSE TOOK PLACE.
Daily attendance records of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces,
National Defense University, Washington, D.C. verified this.
- THERE WAS MEDICAL CORROBORATION ON THE TOBIN AND ADAMS-THOMPSON CHILDREN.
No allegations were ever made that Lilith or I had ever been in contact
with the Tobin child in any way.
There was no "medical corroboration" whatever
in the case of Kinsey Almond. As noted above, there is no record of
her ever being taken to the hospital for any sexual-abuse symptom
during the 9/1-10/31/86 time period. On 3/12/87 Kinsey Almond was
medically examined by the Presidio's Letterman Army Medical Center
in connection with the ongoing day-care scandal. The findings of this
medical examination state specifically that there was "no
physical evidence of abuse". (CID Report)
- [Asst. D.A. Mike Williams]: "THERE WASN'T ENOUGH CORROBORATING
EVIDENCE TO PROCEED ON THE INITIAL ALLEGATIONS [against the Aquinos]."
There was in fact no corroborating evidence whatever.
- THE CID TEAM SELECTED WHAT THEY THOUGHT WERE THE SIX STRONGEST CASES
AGAINST AQUINO, AN ADDED A FEW MORE AFTER INTERVIEWING SOME OF THE RELATIVELY
FEW PARENTS AND CHILDREN WILLING TO UNDERGO QUESTIONING YET AGAIN. SEVERAL
OF THE CHILDREN HAD INDEPENDENTLY IDENTIFIED THE AQUINOS AS THEIR ABUSERS.
The final CID report identifies only one allegation
by Presidio parents - Chaplain & Mrs. Adams-Thompson - that was
ever made concerning Michael and Lilith Aquino. There were no "other
cases" at all.
None of the children at the Presidio "identified"
the Aquinos at all (CID Report).
- ALL HAD IDENTIFIED THE BY-NOW DEPRESSINGLY FAMILIAR COMPONENTS OF
RITUAL ABUSE: DARKENED ROOMS, BLACK CANDLES, CHANTING, ROBED AND MASKED
FIGURES, BLOOD AND URINE, ANIMALS, CAMERAS, DRUGS, AND RITUAL SEX.
No such "identification" was made concerning
Michael or Lilith Aquino or their home by any Presidio child (CID
These features are simply staple fantasies invented and advertised
by promoters of the "Satanic Ritual Abuse" urban myth. Cf.
Jeffrey S. Victor, Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary
Legend (Chicago: Open Court, 1993)
- THE CID PREPARED VIDEO "LINEUPS" USING FOOTAGE FROM AQUINO'S
APPEARANCE ON OPRAH. WHEN THE CHILDREN WERE SHOWN THE FALSE AND
REAL VIDEO CLIPS ALONG SIDE ONE ANOTHER, THEY "PICKED OUT AQUINO
AS 'MIKEY' EVERY TIME".
At the time of the Adams-Thompson allegations, Kinsey Almond was
never shown a photo or video lineup.
As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle 8/2/88, at the time of
the allegations: "26 other Presidio children were interviewed,
and [said Deputy District Attorney Michael Williams] none
could pick Michael Aquino out of a police photo lineup."
My appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show occurred on 2/17/88,
by which time my photograph and numerous television interviews had
been sensationalized nationwide - as, of course, had been the "Mikey"
theme of Adams-Thompson's fabricated story.
- THEY WERE EQUALLY SUCCESSFUL IN PICKING HIS PICTURE OUT OF LINEUPS
OF DRIVER'S LICENSE PHOTOS, IN WHICH EVEN AQUINO LOOKED NO WEIRDER THAN
As noted above, I was never picked out of any such
lineup at the time of the allegations.
My driver's license photograph was never confiscated.
My distinctive facial features (including sharply pointed eyebrows
and prominent widow's peak) appear on my driver's license photo as
in any other photo.
- SOME OF THE CHILDREN WERE EQUALLY SUCCESSFUL IN IDENTIFYING LILITH
Lilith Aquino was never "identified" by
any child at the time of the allegations.
By the time the CID attempted "identifications" (mid-1989),
Lilith Aquino's photograph and numerous television interviews had
been sensationalized nationwide.
- ONE REASON FOR THE DECISION TO TITLE AQUINO, ACCORDING TO THE STATEMENT
OF AN ARMY SPOKESMAN, WAS THAT [Kinsey Almond] ADAMS-THOMPSON HAD PROVIDED
INVESTIGATORS WITH A SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT PIECE OF EVIDENCE. SHE TOLD
THEM THAT MICHAEL AQUINO SOMETIMES PARKED HIS CAR NOT AT HIS OWN HOUSE
BUT IN A GARAGE SEVERAL DOORS AWAY. SHE NOT ONLY TOLD THEM ABOUT IT,
SHE LED THEM TO IT. WHEN THE INVESTIGATORS FOUND HER INFORMATION TO
BE CORRECT, THEY FELT THEY NOW HAD ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO TAKE ACTION. AFTER
ALL, HOW COULD THE CHILD HAVE KNOWN THIS IF SHE HAD NOT BEEN THERE?
No mention of this garage appeared in the CID report, nor were we
asked about it by any investigator at any time.
Almond made only one trip with investigators to the 2400 Leavenworth
block - on 8/13/87 [see Potter CID report above]. There is no mention
of this "garage identification" in that report.
Mrs. Aquino and I had previously rented a garage near our house,
which the CID obviously learned about from canvassing neighbors. What
the neighbors evidently did not tell the CID was that we had rented
this garage only during a period several years previously, and had
had to return it to the landlord for other tenants two years
before the Presidio child-care scandal - at a time when the Adams-Thompsons
presumably had not yet even been assigned to the Presidio, and when
Almond would have been only one year old. After this we had no access
to the garage whatever, as its subsequent tenant was using it. (McGuire
Real Estate contract 1982 & notice of termination 1984).
- THE [northern California] CHILDREN HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO IDENTIFY ALL
OF THEIR ALLEGED ABUSERS AT FIRST, BUT SOME OF THEM SAID THEY RECOGNIZED
AQUINO WHEN HE WAS FEATURED IN TELEVISION AND NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF
THE PRESIDIO CASE.
In the entire rash of northern California "abuse" cases,
not a single child mentioned anyone remotely resembling Michael or
Lilith Aquino until after the Adams-Thompson allegations
had become a national media sensation.
The CID interviewed all of the northern California children whose
parents later alleged "identifications", and stated in the
CID final report that not a single such "identification"
was corroborated in the least: "During the course of this investigation
the following children who were reported victims of ritualistic sexual
abuse, at various locations in CA, were interviewed and provided the
opportunity to view photographic line-ups. None were able
to provide any information of value to this investigation."
- ONE SMALL BOY WAS WATCHING LOCAL TELEVISION COVERAGE OF THE PRESIDIO
CASE THAT INCLUDED A GUIDED TOUR OF THE AQUINOS' APARTMENT. ACCORDING
TO HIS MOTHER, HE "GRABBED THE ROCKING CHAIR AND HUNG ON REAL TIGHT.
HIS EYES GOT HUGE AND HE SAID, 'MOMMY, THAT'S THE MAN FROM THE CHURCH
IN FORT BRAGG.'"
In January 1989, when the child's mother alleged this, a worthless
"identification" after extensive media publishing and broadcasting
of Michael Aquino. This statement is not evidence of any alleged crime
whatever. I have never "led church services" at which any
minors were present, in Fort Bragg or elsewhere.
This same child had been used to promote a 1985 day-care child abuse
scam in Fort Bragg, California. Barbara and Sharon Orr, according
to a major national study conducted by the Memphis Commercial Appeal,
were two sisters who operated a day-care center in Fort Bragg, California.
In January 1985 they were suddenly attacked by the usual collection
of parents and "therapists". Under the usual "therapy"
children dutifully recited "rituals in which animals and babies
were sacrificed and children placed on meat-hooks and held underwater.
Barbara Orr was alleged to have cut the children with a long, jeweled
knife and sucked their blood. Parents took their children into graveyards
to search for clues. One mother upbraided authorities for declining
to send scuba divers offshore in the Pacific Ocean to look for a submarine
entrance to an underground amusement park." Obviously there were
no missing babies, nor meat hooks, nor knife-cuts, nor underground
amusement parks to be found. No charges were ever filed against the
Orrs, but they were of course terrorized and professionally ruined.
According to the 1/21/88 Commercial Appeal:
"Barbara Orr, 35, said she deteriorated physically during the
ordeal, suffering from stress and severe depression. She said she
contemplated suicide, but was inspired by others who said they were
falsely accused of abuse. 'I guess that's what really motivated me
- getting mad, saying "No, I'm not going to do this to myself,"'
she said. Ms. Orr said she has lost forever the ability to enjoy the
company of children. She's afraid to be left alone with, or show any
affection toward a child. 'It's something I don't think I'll ever
be able to get over,' she said."
- THE TEMPLE OF SET'S "HOLY LAND", CALLED XEMSET ... WAS LOCATED
IN A HILLY, REMOTE PART OF THE NEARBY TOWN OF POTTER VALLEY.
No such property was or is owned by the Temple of Set, and the person
who did own it resigned from the Temple in 1982.
- THE SFPD WAS BOMBARDED WITH DEMANDS THAT PAMFILOFF AND GALLANT, THE
POLICE OFFICERS WHO HAD CONDUCTED THE "MIDNIGHT RAID" ON THE
AQUINOS' HOUSE, BE REPRIMANDED AND DISCIPLINED - FOR HAVING EXECUTED
A LEGAL WARRANT.
A complaint concerning the actions of Pamfiloff and Gallant was filed
with the San Francisco Police Commission on 4/8/88. This complaint
was investigated by the SFPC for 1-1/2 years, and on 11/22/89 the
SFPC issued its formal letter of findings sustaining
the complaint concerning both officers.
- AN ARMY PSYCHIATRIST WHO HAD EXAMINED SOME OF THE CHILDREN WAS STARTLED
TO LEARN THAT HER NEW COMMANDING OFFICER HAD RECEIVED A LETTER FROM
MICHAEL AQUINO INSISTING THAT SHE BE COURT-MARTIALED.
Hickey was the "therapist" involved in the Presidio scare.
Documents obtained by me revealed that:
- Hickey diagnosed "sex abuse" in scores of children,
including her own.
- Hickey introduced references to the "devil", and statues
of "gargoyles", into her sessions with the children
- Hickey had no known training in the diagnosis or treatment of
"ritual child sex abuse".
- Hickey has no education in or experience concerning the Satanic
- Hickey regularly introduced leading questions into her sessions.
Tales of "sex-abuse" did not originate spontaneously from
the children, but only in response to specific and pointed questions
- When Hickey received an "unhelpful" answer, such as
a denial of abuse, she would refuse to accept it or change the subject,
and would persist in the question until receiving something she
could characterize as a "helpful" answer, i.e. supportive
of a "sex-abuse" diagnosis.
- On 23 April 1987, in a sworn affidavit, Hickey made numerous statements
about Kinsey Almond directly contradicted by her actual notes of
On 5/9/89 the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services of Hickey's
current unit refused to have Hickey investigated for professional
misconduct. He offered no justification nor explanation concerning
any of Hickey's actions at the Presidio as listed above.
- NEWSPAPER EDITORS RECEIVED COMPLAINTS ABOUT THEIR REPORTERS.
Only when a reporter wrote a story containing knowingly false or
inadequately researched information. All such complaints were documented
with accurate information.
- [Aquino] CLAIMED THAT LARRY ADAMS-THOMPSON HIMSELF HAD MADE THE ABUSE
ALLEGATIONS AND DESCRIBED THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, WHEN IN FACT HIS STEPDAUGHTER
HAD MADE THESE STATEMENTS DIRECTLY TO THE INTERVIEWING FBI AGENTS.
The first accusation against Lilith and myself - and invention of
the Kinsey Almond "PX encounter", "abuse story",
and "scene description" in complete detail - was made by
Chaplain Adams-Thompson to the San Francisco Police
on 8/14/86. Almond herself was not interviewed, and
was not even present. (SFPD Incident Report)
In an interview with the FBI the previous day, Kinsey Almond did
not "identify" either Michael or Lilith Aquino, and did
not recite a story even close to the elaborate version invented by
her stepfather. (FBI #FD-302, 8/13/87)
The Hickey "therapy" session notes, which Adams-Thompson
cited in his SFPD statement, do not substantiate, and in fact contradict,
his 8/14/86 fabrication. (CID Report)
- LARRY HAD MERELY CALLED THE AUTHORITIES TO NOTIFY THEM OF [Kinsey
Almond's] IDENTIFICATION OF THE AQUINOS AT THE PX.
As noted previously, there is no evidence that this "PX identification"
was anything more than a complete invention by the adult Adams-Thompsons.
In fact, they themselves gave significantly different and inconsistent
versions of it to the SFPD, the FBI, and the CID.
- AQUINO ALSO CLAIMED THAT THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION SHOWED [Almond] TO
BE "COMPLETELY UNTOUCHED".
Correct, as cited from the official Letterman Army Medical Center
- BUT THE ARMY RESPONDED THAT THIS WAS A "DIRECT LIE", SINCE
THE MEDICAL EVIDENCE DID INDEED SHOW THAT [Almond] HAD BEEN SEXUALLY
A deliberately false statement (in direct violation of UCMJ #133
& 134) by the CID, which possessed a copy of the LAMC official
records cited above, but which was pre-committed to a scenario in
which Almond had to have been "abused".
- AQUINO'S COMPLAINTS AGAINST ADAMS-THOMPSON WERE DISMISSED WHEN AQUINO
SUGGESTED A CONTINUING INVESTIGATION.
I twice preferred formal court-martial charges against Adams-Thompson
for making false official statements (Article #133 UCMJ) and for attempting
to defraud the government of $3 million in false claims (Article #132
UCMJ). These charges were documented in detail. They were simply dismissed
without proper investigation as required by law.
- AFTER REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE, LIEUTENANT SCHWENDER DETERMINED THAT
THERE WAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO CHARGE AQUINO WITH "OFFENSES OF INDECENT
ACTS WITH A CHILD, SODOMY, CONSPIRACY, KIDNAPPING, AND FALSE SWEARING",
THIS LAST STEMMING FROM HIS SWORN STATEMENT AGAINST ADAMS-THOMPSON.
There was no "evidence" whatever of any
such crimes against any child, and all of the statements in the sworn
charges I preferred against Adams-Thompson were and are true.
Not a single one was ever refuted by the CID or any
"Schwender's determination" had been pre-decided by the
CID headquarters in Washington for political reasons.
- THE ARMY'S JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S TEAM [was] CONVINCED THAT LIEUTENANT
COLONEL AQUINO "DEFINITELY DID ABUSE" [Almond].
No charges were ever preferred against me by the
Judge Advocate General.
The Judge Advocate General's office of the Department of the Army
knew full well that the CID report was an intentional fraud with a
predetermined conclusion. The titling was announced before the report
was even completed, and the report's Summary of Significant Information
presents not a single item of evidence that any such crime
- THE REASON THEY GAVE "FOR NOT FORCING A COURT-MARTIAL IN THIS
CASE" WAS THAT THEY DID NOT THINK IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE CHILDREN
TO GO BACK TO COURT AND FACE CROSS-EXAMINATION.
This was simply the cover-story, as the paper trail of the "investigation"
later established. From the outset it was never intended that I be
court-martialed, as the Army knew no such crime had ever been committed.
The CID "investigation" was designed simply to be an attempt
at intimidation for political reasons.
- AS A MEMBER OF THE TEAM OBSERVED, "WE JUST WON'T RENEW HIS CONTRACT,
SO IN FACT WE ARE GETTING RID OF HIM THAT WAY." IN 1990 AN ARMY
RESERVE CONTINUATION BOARD RECOMMENDED DISCONTINUING AQUINO'S MILITARY
SERVICE, AND HE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY PROCESSED OUT OF THE ARMY.
As noted above, the actual intent of the "investigation"
was to intimidate me out of the Army. This it did not accomplish.
Therefore the CID - illegally - used an administrative board to discontinue
my full-time active duty. This the CID denied doing under oath in
federal court, but in the above quote, the CID Judge Advocate General
in charge of the "investigation" admits this illegal action.
[I requested disciplinary action against him accordingly, which was
ignored by his superiors.]
Although the board discontinued my full-time active service, I retained
my commission as a Lieutenant Colonel, received the highest possible
performance evaluation in my current assignment, and proceeded directly
to another 3-year assignment as an Intelligence Officer for the U.S.
Space Command. I honorably retired in 1994 on my own initiative, in
On September 8, 1994 the [new] Secretary of the Army awarded me the
Meritorious Service Medal "for outstanding meritorious service
over a long and distinguished military career, whose service was characterized
by selfless dedication and great personal commitment from 22 March
1984 through 21 March 1994. This dedicated service, marked with significant
contributions, has greatly improved the effectiveness of the U.S.
- THE APPEALS COURT ... AGREED THAT THERE WAS PROBABLE CAUSE FOR THE
ARMY INVESTIGATORS TO BELIEVE THAT AQUINO HAD COMMITTED THE OFFENSE.
I filed suit under the Privacy Act, which would have required the
court to review the actual evidence on which the CID made its findings.
Understandably the CID argued strenuously that its investigative reports
should be exempt from the Privacy Act - that the court should endorse
its right to draw any conclusion it wished in such reports without
looking into the reasons. The court simply upheld this exemption,
thereby avoiding a de novo review of the "evidence". In
refusing such a review, how could it then endorse "probable cause"?
Aquino/Temple of Set Lawsuit for Libel against Linda Blood's The
On October 28, 1994 the Temple of Set, Michael A. Aquino, and Lilith
Aquino filed suit in federal court for libel against Warner Books and
Linda Blood for The New Satanists.
After detailing the true, ethical nature of the Temple of Set, and Blood's
actual experiences with the Temple and sexual obsession with and harassment
of Michael and Lilith Aquino over ten years, the complaint continued:
"On August 14, 1991 Linda Blood left the following message on the
Aquinos' answering machine:
'It's going to be coming down real hard on hubby. You soaking all this
in? Uh-huh, you bet. We're gonna hang him up the way he needs to be hanged
up and the way he deserves to be hung up, you little whore!'
"Given that this statement was made immediately prior to the writing
of the book in question, actual malice on the part of Blood can be inferred.
"Notwithstanding this actual malice on the part of Blood, Warner
proceeded to accept a manuscript and went to press with The New Satanists.
"Warner, without contacting the Aquinos, the Temple, or any other
party subject to the defamations contained in the book, proceeded to publish
and distribute the book, which publication and distribution were done
with malice and/or in reckless disregard of the facts."
Neither Warner Books nor Linda Blood filed an Answer with the court denying
any of the allegations of the complaint, nor challenging nor refuting
any of my corrective statements in this commentary.
On January 31, 1995 the president of Warner Books and Linda Blood signed
an out-of-court settlement of the lawsuit. While a condition of the settlement
is that its details remain confidential, the Temple of Set and Michael
& Lilith Aquino are satisfied with its provisions.
Copies of this commentary concerning Linda Blood's The New Satanists
will be provided to anyone who contacts the Temple of Set concerning the
book. Recipients are welcome to copy this commentary for other interested
persons or groups, as long as it is not abridged, altered, or overprinted
in any way.
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