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    FL / DC - "The Finder's Case" of child abuse, 1987

    http://tedgunderson.com/Investigatio...l%20Nelson.htm

    THE "FINDERS" CASE:
    MORE CHILD ABDUCTION AND SATANIC ABUSE


    The Franklin case and Finder's case both include substantiated child abduction, child sexual abuse, and Satanic ritual abuse. Both cases raise serious questions of cover-up by United States Federal and State Government agencies.



    On February 7, 1987, Special Agent Walter Kreitlow, United States Customs Service filed a Report of Investigation on the Finders case. According to this report, the U.S. Customs Service was contacted on February 5, 1987, by the Tallahassee, Florida, Police Department who advised the Customs service that two white males - Michael Houlihan and Douglas Ammerman - both of Washington. D.C., were arrested in Florida the previous day on charges of multiple counts of child abuse.



    Houlihan and Ammerman were arrested in the company of six children ranging in age from 2 to 7 years old. The children were "covered with insect bites, were very dirty, most of the children were not wearing underwear, and all the children had not bathed in many days." A memo to the file in this report by Special Agent Ramon J. Martinez, United States Customs Service, indicated that the children stated they were en route to Mexico to attend a school for "smart kids." They were unaware of the function or purpose of telephones, television, and toilets. The children further advised they were not allowed to live indoors. They were given food only as a reward.



    The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department was also contacted by the Tallahassee Police Department because the van, which the adults were driving, traced back to an organization in Washington, D.C. known as "The Finders." Search warrants were obtained by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department for two locations of the Finders: 1307 Fourth St. N.E., and 3918/3920 W St. N.W., Washington, D.C.



    Information was developed by the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department that sex orgies and "blood rituals" had taken place at these two locations. They also suspected an unsolved murder took place at one of the two locations. A large collection of nude photographs, believed to be members of the Finders, was obtained during this search.



    An album contained a series of photographs of adults and children dressed in white sheets participating in a blood ritual. The ritual centered around the execution of at least two goats. The photos portrayed the execution, disembowelment, skinning, and dismemberment of the goats at the hands of the children. This included removal of the testes of the male goat, the discovery of a female goat womb and the baby goats inside the womb, with the presentation of a goat's head to one of the children.



    Further inspection by the U.S. Customs agents of the premises disclosed numerous files relating to activities of the organization in different parts of the world including Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Africa, Costa Rica, London, Germany, and other parts of Europe. There was also a file identified as "Palestinian." One file was identified "Pentagon Break-in."



    Telex messages were found, including one specifically ordering the purchase of two children in Hong Kong to be arranged through a contact with a Chinese Embassy there, and one expressing an interest in "bank secrecy" situations. Other discovered documents identified a keen interest in terrorism, explosives, and the evasion of law enforcement.



    There was also a set of instructions which appeared to be broadcast via a computer network which advised participants to move "the children" and keep them moving through different jurisdictions and instructions on how to avoid police attention. These instructions were issued the day Houlihan and Ammerman were arrested by the Tallahassee police.



    There were intelligence files on private families, not relatives of members of the Finders. The Finders appeared to have undertaken a systematic response to local newspaper advertisements for baby-sitters, tutors, etc. A member of the Finders would respond and gather as much information as possible about the habits, occupation, etc. of the family. The use of this information was unknown. There was also a large amount of data collected on various childcare organizations. There appeared to be training areas for children and what appeared to be an alter set up in a residential area of the warehouse. Many jars of urine and feces were located in this area. The news media was alerted to the raid.





    "FINDERS" CASE DEFINED AS CIA INTERNAL MATTER: INVESTIGATION CLOSED


    The United States Customs Service Special Agent Ramon J. Martinez appeared at the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department on April 2, 1987, for a briefing. Mr. Martinez states in his Report of Investigation:



    "I was advised that all the passport data [found in the van in Tallahassee, Florida] had been turned over to the State Department for their investigation. The State Department in turn, advised the MPD [Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department] that all travel and use of the passports by the holders of the passports was within the law and no action would be taken. This included travel to Moscow, North Korea, and North Vietnam from the late 1950s to mid 1970s."

    However, it should be noted that normal travel to those countries was illegal at that time. The final page of the U.S. Customs Service Report of Investigation states the following:



    "The individual further advised me of circumstances which indicated that the investigation into the activity of the FINDERS had become a CIA internal matter. The MPD report has been classified secret and was not available for review. I was advised that the FBI had withdrawn from the investigation several weeks prior and that the FBI Foreign Counter Intelligence Division had directed MPD not to advise the FBI Washington Field [Investigation] Office of anything that had transpired."No further information will be available. No further action will be taken."


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    Entire article can be found here:

    http://www.geocities.com/kidhistory/edocs/ttgvd.htm
    http://www.kathleen-sullivan.com/Finders%20Part%20I.htm


    Text from: Witkin, Gordon, Cary, Peter, and Martinez, Ancel. "Through A Glass, Very Darkly: Cops, Spies and a Very Odd Investigation." U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, December 27, 1993/January 3, 1994.

    The case is almost seven years old now, but matters surrounding a mysterious group known as the Finders keeps growing curiouser and curiouser.

    In early February 1987, an anonymous tipster in Tallahassee, Fla., made a phone call to police. Two "well-dressed men" seemed to be "supervising" six disheveled and hungry children in a local park, the caller said. The cops went after the case like bloodhounds - at least at first. The two men were identified as members of the Finders. They were charged with child abuse in Florida. In Washington, D.C., police and U.S. Customs Service agents raided a duplex apartment building and a warehouse connected to the group. Among the evidence seized: detailed instructions on how to obtain children for unknown purposes and several photographs of nude children. According to a Customs Service memorandum obtained by U.S. News, one photo appeared "to accent the child's genitals."

    The more police learned about the Finders, the more bizarre they seemed: There were suggestions of child abuse, Satanism, dealing in pornography and ritualistic animal slaughter.

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    Complete article can be found here:

    http://www.kathleen-sullivan.com/Fin...Part%20III.htm

    In an article published in Treating Abuse Today, investigative reporter Civia Tamarkin described the evidence confiscated in the raids:
    "One telex specifically ordered the purchase of two children in Hong Kong. Other files referred to The Finders activities and members in foreign countries. And there was a large amount of data collected on various childcare organizations."
    "In one area of the warehouse, according to the investigator's report, there appeared to be an altar. Jars of urine and feces were located nearby. The search warrants also turned up nude photos of children with their genital areas accented and 'on display.' An album contained a series of photos of adults and children dressed in white sheets and participating in the execution, disembowelment, skinning and dismemberment of goats. One photo showed the testes of a male goat being removed. Another showed a crying child looking at a decapitated goat. In fact, the goat's head and goat skins were recovered by Virginia state police during a search of a farm belonging to The Finders group." (Tamarkin, 1994).
    What began as an investigation into suspected trafficking in children, child pornography and satanic ritual abuse ended in an official whitewash.

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    Complete article can be found here:

    http://www.gregoryreid.com/id87.htm


    The Finders Case


    From Washington Post, February 7th 1987:



    "Authorities investigating the alleged abuse of six children found with two men in a Tallahassee, Fla., park discovered material yesterday in the Washington area that they say points to a 1960's style commune called the Finders, described in a court document as a 'cult' that allegedly conducted 'brainwashing' and use children 'in rituals.' D. C. police, who searched a Northeast Washington warehouse linked to the group removed large plastic bags filled with color slides, photographs and photographic contact sheets. Some photos visible through a bag carried from the warehouse at 1307 Fourth St. NE were wallet-sized pictures of children, similar to school photos, and some were of naked children.


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    I just found out about this case. Was anything else discovered? Is it all true or hyped up?

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    I got as far as "Ted Gunderson"... If you aren't familiar with the name, do a little Google-searching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowangel View Post
    I got as far as "Ted Gunderson"... If you aren't familiar with the name, do a little Google-searching.
    This Ted Gunderson seems to be promoting some fictitious stories.

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    A list of news archives on this case at the bottom of page I posted a couple below
    http://www.thepeopleshistory.net/201...ders-cult.html

    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/a...finders-keeper
    http://www.nytimes.com/1987/02/08/us...-and-cult.html
    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1...ildren-finders


    I've lived in Florida most of my life and when I read this thread I instantly remembered the story of the van and the children being in the news. I think I was living in Ocala at the time.
    Cindi Lou


    Some people may consider me crazy, I say I'm just inspired.



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