Showdown on Fort Hill

After I refused to be the Acid Messiah for the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, I walked away from the Hippie Experiment that was becoming a Cult, a mass-mind grope into darkness.

For fifty days I camped with Rena Christiansen atop a mountain in California. I considered us to be the new Adam and Eve in a world that was tearing itself apart in a deadly culture war. We were going back to being mere Individuals – high on life – and not drugs!

The last time I saw Rena was when I stopped in Lincoln Nebraska to see her at the University where she lived in a dorm. I was on my way to Rhode Island where my sister Christine was living with Michael Dundon and his mother, Rose. I would end up in Boston after Michael took Christine and her daughter, Shannon, hostage. Three year later, I am back in Oakland where two of my friends are being investigated by the FBI for being members of the Symbionese Liberation who took Patty Hurst hostage.

Taking people hostage in order to get them to believe in you and your cause, is the core theme of my novel ‘Capturing Beauty’. For on that mountain top I struggled with the plotter at the core of my being that hatched a thousand schemes on how I could capture my beautiful Muse, put her in a keep, and keep her very well – all to myself!

When I first beheld the Gothic tower on Fort Hill, I was reminded of the story of Repunzel where a beautiful maiden is kept in a tower, but, let’s her long hair down so her lover can climb up to her.

Rena Christiansen had become the symbol of the Great American Beauty that had been forsaken in the Cold War, and the Crusade to crush the Peace and Freedom Movement by the Christian Military Complex.

When the SLA murdered Foster for issuing identity cards in Oakland Schools, it was finished! When I spied on the Tea Party Patriots who came to my town three years ago, I discovered what I knew all along, that they are Evangelical Cultists in disguise – and they are very much like the SLA – in that they have to believe there exists a conspiracy out to get them so as to unite their followers on the battle ground of Armageddon, where evil folks are desperate to defeat them, and capture their Beautiful American Rose! But, I fear she has departed this world after marrying an Commodore, and baring two children on the Isle of Wight.

Rena was an expatriot, and if she is dead, then I am all alone to meet the enemy at the End of the World, there just me, the Lone Wolf standing, in the snow, below the Tower – crying in the wildness….

“Repunzel! Repunzel! Let down your hair!”

Here is a story about another man who ran for his life on Fort Hill, after he discovered Beauty was a Monster, a man wearing a wig, a rose captured in his clenched teeth, the teeth of a wolf in shepherd’s clothing.

There is no doubt in my mind many of the evangelicals that became Tea Baggers, were once hippie wanna-bes. But, they saw the light, joined another cult because they are religious addicts, and took over the Republican Party co-founded by John Fremont and Jessie Benton, whose kin and namesake lived just below the Dark Tower, where she was guarded very well.

One night, just befor midnight, it began to snow. I headed up to Fort Hill so I could see the city blanketed in white. There was a gold light in the clouds. Heading for the tower, listening to my boots crunching the fresh snow, I saw a figure come out of the darkness on to the park area, and head for the tower. It looked like he was trying to intercept me, cut me off.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2012

“The Manson Family preached
peace and love and went around killing people.
We don’t preach peace and love…”
-Jim Kweskin

At the south end of Boston lies the Roxbury black ghetto, a dirty oasis of trees, homes and small stores that suddenly emerges from blocks of old factories and railroad yards. Like many of our nation’s famous darktowns, Roxbury includes hundreds of decaying apartment buildings housing too many people on not enough land, ruthlessly noisy elevated trains, and a sprawling, brand new, all concrete police district station.
Yet there’s something different here. It can be seen from all over Boston: a tower, an ancient brick watchtower that rises needlelike from a secluded hill – Fort Hill – in the center of Roxbury. A relic from the original American Revolution, the structure stands some 70 feet above an abandoned city park. The stone tablet commemorating it is itself nearly 100 years old and starting to crumble around these words:

On this eminence stood ROXBURY HIGH FORT, a strong earthwork planned by Henry Knox and Josiah Waters and erected by the American Army June 1775 – crowning the famous Roxbury lines of investment at THE SIEGE OF BOSTON.
Five years ago a small community of young white intellectuals and artists from the Boston-Cambridge area moved onto the hill and “took over” several empty apartment houses bordering the park. Relations with the black neighborhood immediately deteriorated, and soon guards, members of the new Fort Hill Community, could be seen patrolling the fort for the first time in almost 200 years.
Since then peace has returned, relations have improved, and there is some question on a recent summer evening why guards are still needed at Fort Hill. Or who, exactly, is being watched. It’s dark, about 9:30 PM, as one of them approaches holding a flashlight. He appears troubled, glancing nervously up and down a long row of houses now owned by the community. Inside the first house some 60 Fort Hill members are eating dinner, methodically cleaning their plates after a 12-hour work day. Suddenly the guard turns and walks briskly to an area at the rear of the houses where garbage is dumped. He shuts off his flashlight and from a large green plastic garbage bag secretly retrieves a suitcase packed the night before. Then, without looking back, he runs as fast as he can, as fast as he’s ever run, past the garages, past the basketball court, past the tool sheds, down the long dirt driveway at the rear, through the winding paved streets of the ghetto and the straight paved streets of the first factories, past the nearest subway station, where they’d be sure to check, to a second station, blocks and blocks away, more difficult to find.
As the sentry boards a subway train, safe for the moment, the interior lights reveal his panting, boyish face. He is Paul Williams, a rock author and first editor of Crawdaddy Magazine, who several months ago gave up his writing career to join the Fort Hill Community.
“I was very frightened, sure,” he admitted later at his New York hideaway. “I said I was leaving the day before and they said I wouldn’t be allowed to. They said they’d be watching me 24 hours a day. So I was super paranoid, super cautious. But that doesn’t bother me. I mean, they owed it to me, in a sense, to keep me on the hill.
“If I grow enough, someday I may come back. I care about Mel Lyman more than anyone outside of myself; someday I may be able to care about him more than me. [The people who can, have something really beautiful going.]”

than you would in four years. “Let your ego go…let things happen to you. It’s a feeling of closeness to each other we are after, the death of the ego. A reference point for the rest of your life. You may change your value system, notions about life and viewpoints about people. It will produce a new breed of human beings with greatly expanded potentials. If you do your best, you can’t fail.” (Tony Lang, Synanon, Morantz archives on Synanon).

And although the Family was often accused of strong-arm tactics in dealing with neighbors and alternative-community groups, they certainly never killed anyone or even manifested serious homicidal intent.
However, in 1973, members of the Family, including Frechette, staged a bank robbery. One member of the Family was killed by police, and Frechette, sentenced to prison, died in a weightlifting accident in jail in 1975.[13]

If the function of art is to make us aware of what we know and don’t know we know, the function of the Christian Church and all its metastases has been and still is to keep us in ignorance of what we know. People living on the sea coast knew the earth was round. They believed it was flat because the Church said so. And hardcore Synanon members still believe the media put that rattlesnake in Paul Morantz’ mail box to discredit Synanon. Is there any limit to brainwashing? Apparently not. Such cults as Synanon, Scientology, the Peoples Temple derive from the same infected source as Christianity. In fact they recapitulate the story of Christianity word for word, like the inevitable course of some unsightly disease: criminal ignorance, brutish stupidity, self-righteous bigotry, paranoid fear of outsiders. For the cultist, psychiatrists, the media, Govemment agencies have become Satan incamate. Like the fundamental Christians, they have to be right.

Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force or Mademoiselle de La Force (1654–1724) was a French novelist and poet. Her best-known work was her 1698 fairy tale Persinette which was adapted by the Brothers Grimm as the story Rapunzel.[1]
She was the daughter of François de Caumont de La Force (eighth son of Marshal de La Force), marquis de Castelmoron and of Marguerite de Viçose. Raised as a Protestant, she converted to Catholicism in 1686 and received a pension of 1000 écus from Louis XIV. Like other famous women writers of the 17th century, she was named a member of the Academy of the Ricovrati of Padua.
Her first novels were in the popular vein of “histoires secrètes”, short novels recounting the “secret history” of a famous person and linking the action generally to an amorous intrigue, such as Histoire secrete de Bourgogne (1694), Histoire secrète de Henri IV, roi de Castille (1695), Histoire de Marguerite de Valois, reine de Navarre (1696).
She had a long affair with the much younger Charles Briou, finally managing to marry him secretly with the king’s permission, but her family and his father intervened to have the marriage annulled.[2]

Paul Morantz is an attorney at law specializing in the prosecution of fanatical cults, religious or otherwise, and their leaders for harmful conduct. He is most recognized for his cases against Synanon, a behavior modification drug rehabilitation group in the 1970s, which attempted to kill Morantz and derail his efforts to rescue members of the group.[1][2] Since then, Morantz has continued practicing law specializing in the prosecution of those whose victims suffer through the undue influence of coercive persuasion. Morantz served as pro bono appellate counsel in Molko vs. Unification Church in 1988, which became the first case where the California Supreme Court recognized brainwashing as a wrongful and harmful tort, and allowed victims the right to sue for damages.[3][4]
Morantz is also a freelance writer and investigative journalist, who wrote the story for the 1978 television movie Deadman’s Curve, based on the lives of surf singers Jan and Dean.[5] The original story Morantz wrote was published in Rolling Stone magazine in 1974 and was scheduled to be the cover, but Nixon resigned soon after and the story was pushed off the cover.[6] Morantz also has published an article in the Los Angeles Times about John Walker Lindh, the American man caught fighting with the Taliban. The article is an argument for understanding some of the psychological mechanisms which may have led to Lindh joining the Taliban and raises the question of whether he may have been brainwashed.[7]

Stacy Brooks (born April 8, 1952) is a critic of the Church of Scientology. Like her late ex-husband Robert Vaughn Young, a Scientology whistleblower employed by Scientology for over 20 years, Brooks was also a member of the Church, working in its upper level management in Los Angeles for almost fifteen years.[1] After leaving in 1989 Brooks joined the Lisa McPherson Trust, served as an expert witness in many high profile Scientology lawsuits, and to date has made many television appearances on programs including Dateline, 20/20 and 60 Minutes criticizing Scientology.[2]


ED NW _26_ PAC 29 JUNE 1979



Our Children are our most valuable future resource. Sea Org
children are the future officers and executives of the Sea Org.
LRH says in SCIENCE OF SURVIVAL “…an interest in children includes
an interest not only in the bearing of the child but in the child’s
well being, happiness, mental-state, education and general future…
The whole future of the race depends on its attitude toward children.”

Currently the execs of the CCO are working to set it up to take
care of our children but the current set up is inadequate for our
existing Sea Org children and far behind the growth of the baby
population in PAC. It is important that CCO be given the chance to
become set up to ensure our children are cared for optimumly and
trained for their future. We have alot of work to do on the third
dynamic here in PAC and alot to handle and the time and work having
to be expended to cope with the expanding baby population at CCO can
be better directed toward this. Therefore the following rule is


This rule will stay in effect until CCO has a new building,
has a full complement of the necessary personnel and an established
and functioning HCO which can and does continue to put the org there.
Once these conditions are met, the rule will be lifted.

Any couple violating this rule will be subject to immediate
Fitness Board to determine whether they are sufficiently a facility
differential to their org and the Sea Org to warrant the expense,
manpower and space required to care for their child. If the Fitness
Board finds that they are not, they will be routed out.

Any person recruited for a PAC Org who has children must be
weighed against his value to the SO versus the expense and work of
caring for the child or children. For example, a Class VIII who has
one child would be of sufficient worth to the SO, however, a Basic
Courses Grad with four children would not necessarily be. Before
any person with children is routed in a CSW showing the person’s
worth and how the org is going to accomodate for the children at CCO
must be approved through Sr HCO PAC.

This rule is not intended in any way to cut across the Second
Dynamic of PAC Sea Org members nor is it intented that Sea Org members
may not have children. It is only until CCO is set up to care for
and accomodate more children.

This rule applies only to further pregnancies, no SO couple
expecting a child is to be fitness boarded because of that. They
and their org however, should do all possible to assist in the
establishment and expansion of the CCO, as should any couple who
wants to have children. By actually putting CCO there and setting
it up to establish and expand itself, we will make it possible for
the growth and expansion of Sea Org children, those with us now and
those of the future.

The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) was an American self-styled left-wing urban militant group active between 1973 and 1975 that considered itself a revolutionary vanguard army. The group committed bank robberies, two murders, and other acts of violence.
The SLA became internationally notorious for kidnapping media heiress Patty Hearst, abducting the 19-year-old as she and her 26-year-old boyfriend, Steven Weed, sat relaxing in their Berkeley, California, home. Interest increased when Hearst, in audiotaped messages delivered to (and broadcast by) regional news media, denounced her parents and announced she had joined the SLA. She was subsequently observed participating in their illegal activities. Hearst later alleged that she had been held in close confinement, sexually assaulted and brainwashed.

n November 6, 1973, in Oakland, California, two members of the SLA killed school superintendent Marcus Foster and badly wounded his deputy, Robert Blackburn, as the two men left an Oakland school board meeting. The hollow-point bullets used to kill Foster had been packed with cyanide.[7]
The SLA had condemned Foster for his plan to introduce identification cards into Oakland schools, calling him “fascist”. In fact, Foster had originally opposed the use of identification cards in his schools, and his plan was a watered-down version of other similar proposals. An African American, Foster was popular on the Left and in the black community.
On January 10, 1974, Joseph Remiro and Russell Little were arrested and charged with Foster’s murder, and initially both men were convicted of murder. Both men received sentences of life imprisonment. Seven years later, on June 5, 1981, Little’s conviction was overturned by the California Court of Appeal, and he was later acquitted in a retrial in Monterey County.[8]
Little has stated: “Who actually pulled the trigger that killed Foster was Mizmoon. Nancy was supposed to shoot Blackburn, she kind of botched that and DeFreeze ended up shooting him with a shotgun.”[9]

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Treatment of children in Scientology
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From: (Stacy Brooks Young)
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology,,alt.
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Date: Mon, 07 Sep 1998 23:46:56 GMT
What Jesse and Warrior have described is absolutely accurate.
The treatment of
children in Scientology, and particularly the Sea Org, is utterly
I had a dear friend, Andy Lenarcic, with whom I worked for
nearly ten years,
beginning when I first recruited him into the Guardian’s Office in
DC in 1979
and continuing when we both worked in the FREEDOM Office in
the Office of
Special Affairs and later in the LRH Biography Unit under Pat
Broeker and
Andy and his wife Ann, also a dear friend of mine, used to live in
a small,
shabby room in the Hollywood Inn building on Hollywood

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Boulevard. They lived in
this room with Ann’s teenage daughter Heather and Andy and
Ann’s young daughter
Jennifer. Andy used to worry terribly about living in such close
quarters with
his wife and these two young girls.
Family time was extremely important to both Andy and Ann. At
that time, parents
were allowed to see their children for one hour during dinner, as
long as it did
not cut across any production and as long as their stats were up.
I was Andy’s
senior at the time and I always covered for him so he could see
his kids,
regardless of what supposed production “crisis” we had at the
time. For God’s
sake! There was always a production crisis, because we were
always given too
little time to get our assignments done, which meant we were
never able to get a
full night’s sleep. Andy was never able to see his children at
night, because
they were always asleep when he got home. If we were lucky we
would be allowed
to leave post at 11 or 11:30 p.m., but usually it was much later
than that, if
at all. So the only time he could ever see Jennifer was over
dinner. Whenever
possible Andy and I conspired to make sure he could see her, for
at least that
hour ever day. Often our production “crises” were so extreme
that it was out of
my control and he was forced to go for days at a time without
seeing his

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This was the situation for all the parents in the Sea Org in Los
Angeles. They
would be forbidden to see their children and then they would be
blamed when
their children got in trouble or got sick. It was a totally insane
Although I didn’t have children of my own, I heard about the
problems in the
Cadet Org because I was in OSA, and it was OSA that was
responsible for taking
care of the “flaps” caused by the children. For example, it was a
huge flap when
all of the Scientology children showed up at their public school
with lice. This
happened frequently. It was a flap when there was a health
inspection and the
children’s quarters were so filthy that an “all-hands” had to be
called to clean
up the filth before the inspectors arrived. It was a flap when a
Cadet Org staff
member was caught forcing sex on the children. This happened
several times that
I can remember. It was a flap when parents wrote reports
complaining that their
children — including babies — were being left totally alone all day
long and
into the night because there were no personnel to take care of
Many people routed out of the Sea Org because they were
unwilling to allow their
children to be treated this way. Many others “blew” (meaning
that they did not

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just leave staff or the Sea Org; they left Scientology altogether).
I know several women who are former Commodore’s
Messengers. These were young
girls, usually in the early to late teens, who waited on LRH hand
and foot when
he was on the ship, the Appollo. Some of these young girls had
as many as six
and eight abortions — in fact, the messengers required so many
abortions that
it was part of the routine whenever they docked in a port for all
the girls to
go to the local hospital and stay in a ward together for their
Later, these messengers ended up mostly at the secret
international management
compound (known as “Int”) in Gilman Hot Springs east of Los
Angeles. Children
were forbidden at Int, so these young women were forced to
have abortions in
order to remain there. I know several former Commodore’s
Messengers who are no
longer in Scientology specifically because they were unwilling to
have any more
abortions. Some of them now have lovely children; others less
fortunate are
unable to have children because of the damage they suffered
from repeated
Something else that used to happen all the time was that
parents would be sent
on mission to Europe or New York or Clearwater or wherever,
and no provision
would be made for how their children would be cared for. Parents

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were supposed
to “make it go right,” although how they were supposed to do
this was always
maddeningly unclear. A parent couldn’t ask a fellow staff
member to care for
their child, because only parents were allowed to have family
time. So there was
no way a parent could ensure their child was going to be cared
for while they
were gone. Often these missions lasted for months at a time,
and the children
were simply neglected the entire time.
Parents who refused to leave their children were subjected to
screaming, cursing, sleep deprivation, ethics conditions, and
security checking
to uncover the source of their “counter-intention.” Basically, as
in any other
situation in the Sea Org, the parents were simply beaten down
into apathy until
they agreed to whatever they were told to do. Psychologically
they were forced
to dissociate from their children completely so that they would
no longer feel
any responsibility for them. This had disastrous consequences for
But this is how it could happen that Mike and Kathy Rinder’s
baby died (the
scientologists say of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS,
others who were
there say it was from neglect and dehydration) and Mike never
went to Clearwater
for the funeral or to be with his wife. This is the state of mind

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that is
required of parents in the Sea Org. Had Mike protested, he would
have found
himself in lower conditions or worse. The truth is that some
losses are so
profound, you just keep them private, because you don’t
want your seniors in the
Sea Org to come anywhere near you. For Mike, I’m sure he
was terribly saddened
by the death of his child but never showed it to DM, because he
had no desire to
have DM degrade the memory of his child with his Sea Org
attitude that
“production is more important,” or that “the kid can just pick up
a new body
anyway, so what’s the big deal?”
Many former scientologists that I have spoken to feel terrible
guilt for the way
they allowed their children to be treated while they were in the
Sea Org. One of
my dearest friends was pregnant when she was assigned to the
RPF. She was on the
1977 RPF in Los Angeles, when the RPF was used as slave labor
to renovate the
newly purchased Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, which is now “the
Complex.” These
people were forced to do hard labor for thirty hours at a time,
and then allowed
only three hours of sleep. They were not provided any beds;
often they had to
sleep on the top floor of the parking structure, even when it was
raining. My
friend was desperately afraid that her baby would be damaged
by this physical

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treatment which she was forced to undergo, but when she tried
to get a more
lenient schedule because of her pregnancy she was assigned
lower conditions for
“putting her own welfare before the good of the group.”
To protect her baby she finally escaped from the Sea Org, but by
then her child
was already damaged. The doctors thought she had been a
heavy drug user during
her pregnancy, because her baby was so seriously ill when he
was born. In truth
it took several years before her child finally caught up with other
children his
own age. Today, he is a wonderful, charming young man, but his
mother will never
forgive herself for putting him at such severe risk in the first few
months of
his development.
There are many, many such horror stories that parents could tell
about life for
children in Scientology. For those of you who have such
information, I urge you
to come forward and tell your story. Only in this way will we be
able to save
the next generation of children from similar abuse and tragedy.
If any of you
are afraid to come forward for fear of harassment from
scientology, please write
to me privately at or call me at 206-463-6809. If
you would
prefer to write to me via the mail, you can send me your story at
PO Box 2698,
Vashon, WA 98070.

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