MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
The other day I stumbled upon a story that sounded like the beginning of a spooky vampire film. In Kingwood, Texas, an 86-year-old man claimed that a woman came into his home stood next to his bedside — hissed like a snake and bit him on his arm.
Houston-area authorities are searching for a woman who reportedly hissed and bit an elderly man in his home.
Police said the incident happened on May 11 at 6:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Mustang Trail in Kingwood. According to police, the 86-year-old victim told police he woke up because he felt the presence of someone standing next to his bed.
The victim told police that an unknown woman was standing next to him as he laid in bed. He said the woman hissed at him, attacked him by jumping on him and biting him on his bicep. The man said he was able to fight off the woman, who then ran out of the house through the back door that had been unlocked.
According to the victim, he had never seen the woman and did not know why she entered his house.
The suspect is described as a white woman between 18 to 25 years old. She is said to have black curly hair.
It is stories like these that I often file in my bookmarks to see if any more supernatural or bizarre things happen where you question if the paranormal and the supernatural possess some people –and where you ask yourself of there is any legitimacy to the story.
This case triggered a memory of another case that I filed for Ground Zero back in 2016.
I am sure nobody remembers this one but involved then Presidential candidate Ted Cruz and an Idaho man who shot the Pastor who gave the prayer at a Cruz Rally in Coeur d’Alene.
Kyle Odom was arrested outside the White House after he was sought after for the shooting of pastor Tim Remington outside Altar Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, after Sunday services.
Odom claimed that the pastor was a reptilian demon.
Days before, Ted Cruz was the victim of an attempted exorcism in New Hampshire. Two protesters interrupted the Cruz’s rally with a cross and a mirror.
The two men screamed at Cruz telling him to look in the mirror and let the evil spirit depart.” They also shouted “He’s possessed by a demon!”
People began booing. Cruz made a quip about the Bernie Sanders campaign trying to disrupt him. The man and his less theatrical partner kept on, as a policeman pushed them toward the exit ..
“He’s possessed by a demon! The demon has to leave. That’s why the body is so disgusting to look at!” the man said. Why the mirror? So “the evil can confront itself. Evil body! Evil spirit. Look yourself in the mirror!” he shouted.
Days later, Kyle Odom is arrested at the White House saying that he is on a mission to destroy those he thought were demonic reptilians.
In a Facebook post, hours before he was reportedly taken into custody, Odom posted that he had shot Pastor Remington 12 times because he claimed he was a reptilian shape-shifter who had ruined his life.
The Pastor was shot six times and miraculously survived.
Odom submitted a 21 page manifesto which authorities say Odom sent to his parents as well as several Idaho television stations, is a window into what he was thinking.
According to Coeur d’Alene police, Odom has a history of mental illness. In his manifesto, he outlined his path to Sunday’s shooting in clear but increasingly paranoid prose.
He admitted to plotting to shoot Remington. He also claimed that the pastor was part of a vast reptilian alien conspiracy to enslave the human race — a conspiracy that Odom believed extended to Congress.
Odom thought he saw the reptilians everywhere. They disguised themselves as humans but really looked like giant green frogs with proboscises on the top of their heads, he wrote in the manifesto.
He also claims to have met with Pastor Remington before the shooting and that while he was speaking with him – the pastor’s face changed.
.“We were in mid conversation when he suddenly revealed himself to me,” Odom wrote. “I have no clue how he did it, but it looked as if his human face became his real face. … His eyes … were huge and bulging, the eyelids were darker green, and the irises were yellow/brown with slit pupils.”
Odom thought the church was going to turn him into a “sex slave,” he wrote, but when that didn’t happen, he left and didn’t return, until he came back and shot him.
Odom thought he was being hunted by these creatures, because of his background in genetics. He actually went to school for a degree in Biochemistry. He won numerous scholarships and awards. Graduated Magna Cum Laude then got invited to prestigious university to work on genetics.
“Unfortunately, they followed me to school,” he said of the beings. “There were several of them in every class I took. They made it impossible for me to study, and they continually harassed me especially while I took tests.”
Odom wrote that he was targeted because of his knowledge of genetics and because the aliens had a hard time controlling his mind.
“I was too smart for my own good, so they decided to remove me from society,” he wrote. “They were worried I might change the way other people think, which could lead to problems. Problems in the form of a scientific revolution.”
After trying to kill himself twice, Odom felt that his only option was to go after the reptilian creatures, he wrote.
“My life was ruined,” he explained. “Ruined by an intelligent species of amphibian-humanoids from Mars.”
The manifesto doesn’t discuss why, exactly, Odom allegedly went after pastor Remington- it was only hinted that he suspected him of being a puppet of an alien conspiracy.
The manifesto suggests that Odom traveled to Washington to deliver a message to Obama. Part of his letter is addressed to the president.
“I want to thank you for your sacrifice to this country,” it begins, before suggesting that the president Obama is controlled by aliens.
“They brag to me about what they do to you,” Odom wrote. “… I hope you stop letting them humiliate you. … It’s time someone took a stand to end this nonsense. Can you think of a better legacy than that?”
The manifesto also includes a list of “noteworthy reptilians.” On the list are 50 members of Congress — belonging to both parties — as well as roughly three dozen members of the “Israeli leadership,” including “every single Prime Minister since 1948.”
He then concluded his manifesto by saying:
“Things are not what they appear to be. The world is ruled by an ancient civilization from Mars. Pastor Tim was one of them, and he was the reason my life was ruined,” Odom wrote in a Facebook post, changing his profile photo to a picture of an alien. “I will be sharing my story with as many people as possible. I don’t have time right now, they are chasing me.
“I shot Pastor Tim 12 times,” he said. “There is no way any human could have survived that event. Anyway, I have sent my story to all the major news organizations. I have no time, I have to go.”
He was arrested after being seen throwing things over the fence at the White House. Authorities are saying that he was throwing Flash drives over the Fence so that president Obama could read his manifesto.
Now keep in mind that all this happened before we heard of QAnon — or reptilian pedophiles or even Adrenochrome.
I remember I did a show about this case and the majority of those who called in said that they believed his story.
The Public Religion Research Institute a non partisan group recently took an opinion poll and found that that an estimated 15% of Americans believe that the government, media and other entities are controlled by demonic possessed pedophiles running a child sex trafficking ring. Another 15% of the more than 5,000 poll respondents said that “true American patriots may have to resort to violence” to save the country.
Twenty-three percent of Republicans believe these theories compared to 14% of independents and 8% of Democrats. Republicans are four times likelier than Democrats — 28% to 7% — to believe so-called “patriots” may have to take up arms, the poll showed.
Now, we can determine that perhaps 20 percent of those who believe this may also believe that the Vaccine is the mark of the beast and that this group of people are responsible for the sudden drop off in those who wish to get the vaccine.
Plummeting vaccination rates have turned what officials hoped would be the “last mile” of the coronavirus immunization campaign into a marathon, threatening President Biden’s goal of getting shots to at least 70 percent of adults by July 4th.
Polls have found that about one-third of Americans have no immediate plans to get vaccinated, with some holdouts saying their skepticism has intensified over time and others arguing the issue is moot because the pandemic has receded in the United States.
Some are avoiding the jab because of religious reasons—and I wonder what religious reason is cited?
In my own little echo chamber on Facebook all I see are Christian fundamentalists saying that the jab is the Mark of the Beast – or the wearing of masks is the mark.
The UFO report that will be produced by the government is also suspected of being a demonic deception – that will usher in the Antichrist and the New World Order,
I have been told and I have seen posted on my Facebook site that there are many people who secretly believe that reptilian shape-shifting demons are truly the fallen ones or the aliens and that the great deception includes most of Hollywood and the Democratic elite.
But of course, one’s political leanings in my view have nothing to do with whether or not a person is evil — and a supernatural framework for the fight of good and evil has always been part of the apocalypse — where the spiritually wicked are founds in high places.
This of course is a matter of religious belief.
God moves in mysterious ways — but he is not as mysterious as some of his followers.
The supernatural world view is changing and two thirds of the American people give respectful consideration to the paranormal and many of the things that were once dismissed as hallucinations, or mental abnormalities are now being accepted as unexplainable phenomena that seems to replicate or increase.
Cultural anthropologists no longer dismiss these experiences as mere mental illnesses. In fact there has been a consistent appearance throughout history of various satanic panics. Granted many of these panics are connected to mass hysteria and group think, there are now actions and intentions where antiquated ritual and intent have been involved in creating the social trance needed conjure various demons and entities.
Cultural anthropologists have a term for the intentional ratcheting up of opposition to an idea or an experience, it is called, schismogenesis. In fact, cultural anthropologists have acknowledged that the paranormal experience is part of the human experience and is far more normal than paranormal and should not be dismissed as some psychological disorder.
It can be said that Americans now have been forced into a sort of schismogenesis in all matters. We are divided politically, religiously and even with matters of paranormal activity.
It is like there is this ongoing battle for superiority and conflict which breeds the same toxic environment of confusion and by some sick irony the environment is a hive for all kind of chaotic and misguided thought. The same environment that true believers say demons dwell in.
We can’t simply draw lines in the sand and say that the human experience is not full of unexplained or supernatural activity. Everyone has an experience that they can’t explain. Some deny it and others embrace it.
Over the weekend Liam and I watched the new film that features Ed and Lorraine Warren. It is called “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.”
From the very first scene in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, we are told that that the film is based on a true story.
No doubt the emphasis on the true story aspect of the film is a creative choice intended to make for a spookier viewing experience. Of course Hollywood has the privilege of sexing up a story even if it isn’t historically accurate.
Everything that you see in a horror film is loosely based on; in fact, we learned this when we did the show with Kevin Mannis about the Dybbuk box.
The characters of Ed and Lorraine Warren—played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in the Conjuring movies—are based on the real-life Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were paranormal investigators and authors. Ed Warren was a self-taught “demonologist,” while Lorraine Warren claimed to be clairvoyant and a medium. The married couple would go to investigate claims of ghosts, demons, and other supernatural happenings, and then they wrote and sold books about those experiences.
Ed Warren died in 2006, while Lorraine Warren died in 2019.
The Devil Made Me Do It, is based on the true story of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, which is known for being the first legal case in the U.S. in which the defendant used “demonic possession” as a legal defense for stabbing a man to death.
Most of The Conjuring 3 is spent not on the actual court case—of which there is verified documentation—but on a completely fictionalized story involving the Warrens tracking down the satanist who cursed Arne, as well as a side plot about a missing girl. Beyond that, many of the details of the murder were changed—the victim was actually Arne’s landlord, the location was outside a dog kennel not inside a house, there were more witnesses to the murder… the list goes on.
And despite the film’s emphasis that this a true story—including text at the beginning and end of the film setting up and concluding Arne’s story, as well audio of the supposed “actual exorcism” of the young boy David Glatzel over the credits—there’s a lot The Conjuring 3 leaves out about the case of Arne Johnson.
On February 16, 1981, 40-year-old landlord Alan Bono was stabbed to death with a 5-inch pocket knife by 19-year-old Arne Cheyenne Johnson, after the two argued outside of a dog kennel in the small town of Brookfield, Connecticut. Reportedly, the only witnesses to the crime were Johnson’s two younger sisters, and his girlfriend.
Johnson was arrested for first-degree murder but pleaded “not guilty” in court. Though Johnson himself never actually said that he was possessed—only that he didn’t remember the stabbing—his attorney posed the legal defense that he had been possessed by a demon at the time of the killing. He made headlines as the first defendant to blame the devil for his crimes, at a time when the 1973 film The Exorcist was still fresh in the cultural memory, and belief in demons was on the rise.
According to a 1981 report from the New York Times, Johnson’s girlfriend, Deborah Glatzel claimed that Johnson had participated in the exorcism of her younger brother, David . This claim was backed up by Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were contacted by the Glatzel to assist in an exorcism for David—who they said was speaking in tongues, convulsing, and more—alongside the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Brookfield. The Church denied performing a “formal exorcism.”
Lorraine Warren told The Times that she witnessed Arne Johnson tell the devil to leave David alone and take him instead. ‘He would actually say, ‘Come into me – leave the little lad alone,’” she said.
An excerpt from the Times article regarding Deborah Glatzel’s testimony that her boyfriend was possessed reads:
Glatzel, who had watched” The Exorcist” on television with the rest of her family, and who had attended at least one of the Warrens’ lectures before her brother began to claim his daily and nightly visions of the devil – a presence they all refer to as ”the master” or ”the beast” – says that her brother told her the day after Mr. Bono’s death that he had had a vision.
A superior court judge dismissed Johnson’s “demonic possession” legal defense on the grounds that it could not be proven. Johnson was convicted of first-degree manslaughter by a jury and given a 10-to-20-year sentence, of which he served nearly five years. He was released early due to good behavior. While in prison, Johnson had his story was made into a television movie, got married to Deborah Glatzel, and received a high-school degree.
The movie does bring up a subject that most people do not think about, but I have discussed at some of the paranormal gatherings I have been at and that is — If The courts expect you to swear the truth whole your hand is on the bible — or if you swear under oath to tell the truth in front of a jury and the almighty –then why are court cases dealing in spectral evidence are disregarded in the courtroom?
If God is there to keep you honest, what if by some rare chance the devil is involved in some ritual killing, or in the heat of a murder, possesses someone? This is possible; however, dismissed in a court of law.
Many people believe in a supernatural god –why isn’t there a court for the sake of supernatural law? If it were found that that there was a true satanic connection to any crime we would hear it –and if there is fraud involved then we would hear that too but that does not dismiss the fact that there are stories that have been in the news recently that have sparked my interest in the topic of supernatural law that could be heard in a courtroom.
I have been reading about exorcisms that have gone bad, it seems that there has been an inordinate amount of them in the news. There have also been stories of Satanic rituals that seem to be rebooting the stories of blood libel and Satanic panic. Add to that the 15 percent of Americans that conclude that reptilian shape-shifters are trafficking children for an ingredient in their blood –and you have a whole new war to contend with.
Cases of ritual abuse of children were always a matter of documentation during what was called the era of Satanic Panic.
The Thurston County ritual abuse case was a 1988 case in which Paul Ingram, county Republican Party Chairman of Thurston County, Washington and the Chief Civil Deputy of the Sheriff’s department, was accused by his daughters of sexual abuse, by at least one daughter of satanic ritual abuse and later accused by his son in 1996 of abusing him between the ages of 4 to 12.
Ingram pled guilty and his confession grew increasingly elaborate and detailed, while Ingram’s young daughters and their friends subsequently accused a sizable number of Ingram’s fellow Sheriff’s department employees of abuse.
He now maintains he is innocent and alleges his confession was coerced. He tried to withdraw his plea and requested a trial or clemency, but his requests were refused. According to the appeals court, the original trial had conducted “an extensive evidentiary hearing on the coercion issue” and found that Ingram was unable to prove his claims of coercion, a situation his appeals did not change. Ingram was released in 2003 after serving his sentence.
The case is often cited by proponents of the idea that satanic ritual abuse actually exists as proof because Ingram was found guilty; in reality, Ingram was never charged with “satanic ritual abuse” but with six counts of rape in the third degree, and received an unusually long sentence – rather than a maximum of three and a half years, he was sentenced to twenty years The “satanic” aspects of the case were dropped by the prosecution although the appearance of Satan was integral to Ingram’s confessions.
In 1944, the Supreme Court declared that, in the United States, “Man’s relation to his God was made no concern of the state. The federal Constitution contains no mention of a supreme, supernatural being and religious tests are not allowed to be a citizen of this country.
American law “knows no heresy, and is committed to the support of no dogma, the establishment of no sect.”
However, even in this secular legal tradition, Americans’ religious beliefs—specifically Christian beliefs—are regularly a concern of judges, juries, and appellate panels.
Yet the Devil is never allowed as a scapegoat for crime, even in the event of documented evidence of Satanic influence.
The problem is simply that devil-related court rulings or cases discussed, raise serious questions about church/state separation, religious bias by judges and juries, and how American legal institutions discriminate among faiths.
So are we tried in a Christian court that recognizes one deity and rejects another form the darker realms? Should it be a case that the court does not recognize Luciferian litigation?
It is that nearly all litigatory invocations of the devil create tangibly negative legal outcomes, and not just because one party always has to lose. In American law, accusations (and admissions) of Satanic loyalty cause damage to reputations, create civil liability, help to convict defendants, harshen sentences, constrain religious exercise, and get claims dismissed. The American legal system, ostensibly secular as it is, is not insulated from the bad religious baggage that Satan carries.
Serious belief in the devil’s dark presence in the daily affairs of men sems to be a concern for many Americans — and so should the courts respect this?
Chad and Lori Daybell (formerly Vallow) were married shortly before they began to make the headlines in December 2019. Vallow’s children, aged seven and seventeen, had not been seen since September. When the police visited the home of the Daybells in Rexburg, Idaho, the couple claimed that the children were with a relative in Arizona and then swiftly left the state. As the details of the case continued to emerge, the media learned that Chad and Lori had married only a few weeks after the sudden death of Tammy Daybell, Chad’s wife. Tammy’s husband, Charles Vallow, had been killed by her brother in July 2019. (The killing was ruled as self-defense.) Later, the authorities and reporters located Chad and Lori in Hawaii and Lori was ordered to appear with the children in front of a judge in Idaho. The Daybells stayed in Hawaii instead, and there has yet to be a legal consequence for their refusal of the court order.
There was a religious angle to this story. Representative articles classified Chad as a “cult leader” and Lori as a “doomsday mom.” Lori and Chad’s enthusiasm for the last days seemed to be at the core of their relationship. Chad had become well-known in circles of Latter-day Saint prophecy enthusiasts for his novels on the end times.
He later revealed that he was a visionary who had used the genre of fiction to write about the things he had seen. Lori Vallow had participated in podcasts for Preparing a People, an organization that held conferences about the last days. Over time, reports have contained further details about the couples’ private beliefs. Allegedly, Lori believes she is “an immortal,” who in a previous life was married to the Book of Mormon prophet, Moroni. Allegedly, Chad thinks he can reveal individuals’ past lives and whether they were good or “dark” in these incarnations. Both could, reportedly, reveal whether individuals were part of the 144,000, a significant body of last days believers mentioned in the book of Revelation. The most disturbing of the new claims about Chad and Lori is that they were sealed—ceremonially married to one another before either of their spouses died, allegedly believing that they would die soon.
The media’s interest in the Daybell’s beliefs has been limited to their provocative strangeness and whether such ideas might have served as motive for the couple’s assumed crimes. Scholars of religion, on the other hand, have an opportunity to think about other topics: media representations of alternative religion, perceptions of danger and violence supposedly inherent in apocalyptic belief, the establishment of digital religious communities, or the nature of popular belief existing on the margins of established traditions.
Prophecy enthusiasts are their own subculture, and the programming of their religious beliefs motivate them in mysterious ways — either the devil makes them do it or in some strange way, God told them to do it — much in the same way Abraham was told to sacrifice Isaac.
This is a difficult situation because the apocalyptic subculture is gaining momentum and who knows what will happen if a group of individuals decide that the kingdom of God is at hand and that the battle of good and evil includes an armed conflict that is not limited to a bunch of tabloid like stories that appear from time to time in the media.