The saga of Tyler Deaton and his Kansas City 'prayer group' just keeps getting stranger by the minute.
On October 30, 2012, Deaton's wife, Bethany, was found dead in a minivan parked near Longview Lake. A note and an empty bottle of over-the-counter pain medication was found along with the body, leading police to rule Mrs. Deaton's death a suicide. Over a week later a member of a prayer group Deaton led, a human being known as Micah Moore, came forward and told police that he had murdered Bethany at Deaton's request. This was not the only curious thing Moore told authorities about Deaton and his prayer group.
|Tyler and Bethany Deaton (left) and Micah Moore (right)|
He also asserted that other members of the prayer group had drugged Bethany and sexually assaulted her with Deaton's approval. Deaton apparently wanted Bethany dead because he was afraid that the drugging and sexual assaults would come out during therapy sessions his wife had recently begun. Moore also claimed that Deaton engaged in sexual acts with male members of the group to achieve a "religious experience."
Or at least that was Moore's story as of a few days ago. On November 28 attorneys for Moore stated that he had made a false confession brought about by his "fragile mental state" over the death of Mrs. Deaton. And that is where things presently stand.
So, to recap: A young man confesses to killing a woman who was a long time friend and whom he was said to have shared a 'like-mindness' with. The murder was initiated by the woman's husband, the leader of a cult that both his wife and her murderer belong to, and the killer carried out his assignment seemingly without question despite his close relationship with the victim. Said cult allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted the leader's wife while he and other male members simultaneously engaged in homosexual acts said to elicit a religious experience. Then, just as suddenly as the killer had made the confession and spun his wild allegations, he recants it all.
If ever there was a story fit for conspiracy blogging, surely this is it. Beyond the obvious parallels the Deaton group has to Monarch and Satanic Ritual Abuse theories there are some rather striking occurrences of synchronicity and twilight language. But before getting to the good stuff I would like to more closely examine Deaton and his group for a moment.
Deaton founded the group at Southwestern University at Georgetown, Texas some time after 2005, though it was never sanctioned by said university. He apparently found the group necessary after official campus organizations fell short of what he wanted. Deaton's group was said to have "...prayed longer. Sang stronger. And held its members to stricter interpretations of the Bible," according to the Kansas City Star. The group reportedly used the school chapel at all hours of the day, making them easily noticeable to students wandering across the campus. They also attempted faithhealings from time to time, including a go at making a paraplegic student rise from a wheelchair and a blind woman to see.
|the Southwestern University chapel|
Southwestern University seemingly became uneasy with Deaton's group eventually and barred them from using the campus chapel. This combined with Deaton's growing frustration with sanctioned campus organizations spurred him to relocate his prayer group to Kansas City in 2009 upon graduation. Several other members who had recently graduated, including Bethany, followed Deaton there. The group that he had founded at Southwestern continued on there as well, eventually creating a pipeline from Texas to Missouri.
In Kansas City many of Deaton's followers became enrolled at the International House of Prayer University, the educational arm of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City, an evangelical charismatic organization focused on missions and preparations for the end times. The latter objective apparently held much appeal for Tyler's group, which also believed the end times were near.
Some time around 2011 things started to unravel. Previously Tyler and the Kansas City wing of his group had maintained close contact with the Southwestern wing, with 6-8 members visiting the campus once or twice a semester. Contact between the two was frequent and strong. Then, during the 2011-2012 school year, Tyler announced that the Kansas City contingent would not be as close with Texas members as before. From then contact became sporadic at best. Outlining members, friends and family have recently claimed that they have not had contact with the Kansas City wing for weeks or months. One mother reported that her son had fallen in with Deaton's group some three years ago and that she hadn't heard from him since then.
Deaton's cult bares some similarities to the 'shepherding movement' that emerged among charismatic churches in the 1970s. In such cases highly secretive cell groups will formed within churches and religious organizations under the dominion of a shepherd who frequently maintained dictatorial control over his sheep. Naturally abuse was rampant.
"Since its inception, the shepherding movement within the United States has been steeped in controversy, with charges of personal abuse flying fast and furious. By the mid-1970s, scores of 'sheep' were reporting to the larger Christian community that the rigorous demands of the shepherds were depriving them of all independent decision-making powers. Members were not allowed to date, much less marry, without shepherds' permission. Some former members of shepherding churches describe having to bring their checkbook registers to 'cell group' meetings in order to prove that they were donating ten percent, called a 'tithe,' of their monthly income to the organization..."
"By the late 1980s, the Cult Awareness Network, which monitors the activities of what it considers to be 'destructive' cults, was reporting an upsurge in cases of individuals suffering profound psychological trauma at the hands of authoritarian shepherding church leaders. This was a noticeable shift from the prior decade when the most prominent cults were based on some form of Eastern religion. In contrast to a cult like the Unification Church, which has a single hierarchical chain of command, the 'cell group' structure adopted by independent 'charismatic' churches offers room for more bosses and more underlinings. Without the oversight measures found in the by-laws of denominational churches, the free-wheeling shepherding churches provide abusive leaders plenty of leeway, with little institutional recourse for victimized 'disciples.'"
(Spiritual Warfare, Sara Diamond, pg. 116-118)
The International House of Prayer, the organization Deaton's group sought close ties with, is part of the charismatic movement that spawned the shepherding culture. As such, it seems highly likely that Deaton would have been aware of the techniques of the shepherding movement at the very least. Circumstantial evidence seems to suggest that it had some kind of influence on the structure of Deaton's group.
One of the most curious aspects of Deaton is his reputed homosexuality. Deaton reportedly believed that homosexuality was a sin based upon his interpretation of Scripture despite his own sexuality. Members of his group claimed that Deaton had "overcome' his homosexuality after struggling with being gay for years. If reports of Deaton engaging in sexual acts with his male followers to elicit some type of religious experience are true, then I daresay it was a Pyrrhic victory at best.
Of course, anyone considering these charges with a decent knowledge of conspiracy culture can't help but be reminded of similar allegations made against Medieval, Gnostic-leaning, heretical 'Christian' sects such as the Knights Templar, the Cathars, and the Bogomils (from whom the word 'buggery' derives).
"The Bogomils of Bulgaria were themselves heirs to a long line of 'heresy', and had acquired a colourful reputation among their opponents. For example, our word 'bugger' is derived from the name Bulgar, and is meant both literally --all heretics are accused of sexual deviance, whether or not the accusations is justified --and in the general pejorative sense.
"The Bogomils and their offshoots such as the Cathars were Duelists and Gnostics..."
(The Templar Revelation, Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince, pg. 93)
These Medieval sects were not the only Gnostic Christian groups accused of ritualistic homosexuality. It is a charge that has occurred time and again since the dawn of orthodox Christianity.
"Some of the early Gnostic sects --such as the Carpocratians of Alexandria --practiced sexual rites. Not surprisingly they were condemned as debased and disgusting by the Church Fathers, and in the absence of less hostile records we have no way of knowing exactly what form they took.Whether or not Deaton's group had some kind on Gnostic ideology is impossible to tell at this point with what little has been revealed about their inner teachings of the group. Certainly sexual abuse, however, has been a time honored method of controlling followers in cults. Jim Jones, for instance, raped the male members of his inner circle fairly regularly as means of control, as I noted before here.
"Throughout the history of Christianity, 'heretical' sects incorporating a more libertarian attitude to sex sprang up but were invariably condemned and suppressed..."
(ibid, pg. 156)
Two of the key dates in the Deaton saga are most interesting. The first is October 30, the day on which the body of Bethany Deaton was discovered. October 30th is of course the day before Halloween. Halloween has its origins in Samhain, one of the four major fire festivals of the ancient Celts. This date obviously holds much occult significance. The day before Halloween, October 30th, has also gained its own notoriety of late. In some sections of the United States, most notably in the city of Detroit, it is known as Devil's Night.
Beginning in the early 1970s it became something of a tradition in old Detroit for residents to engage in acts of vandalism and arson on the night of October 30. The arsons would especially capture the public imagination by the early 1990s --Devil's Night was first incorporated into The Crow (the 1994 film that resulted in the death of star Brandon Lee) and later 8 Mile. D12, a group famously featuring 8 Mile star Eminem, also named their debut album Devil's Night.
|The Crow famously incorporated Devil's Night into its plot|
The other key date in the Deaton saga is November 9th. It was on this day that Bethany Deaton's funeral occurred in Texas and Micah Moore first approached the police about Bethany's death. At the time most of the nation was focused on the Petraeus scandal, which first came to public light in the wake of CIA director's resignation in November 9th.
11/9 has seen more than its fair share of weirdness and tragedy over the years. Most notably, it became a key date in Nazism. On November 9, 1923, Hitler's infamous Beer Hall Putsch came to a disastrous end, resulting in his imprisonment along with other early Nazis. It later became a kind of mythological event in Nazi Germany.
"And so it was the day of the Beer Hall Putsch of 1923, a day that Hitler commemorated forever after with speeches and festivities, and sanctified with the creation of the Blood Order: a society of those men who marched with him on that fateful day, and symbolized by the Nazi flag that they carried and with which all other Nazi flags were 'blessed' by being touched with it in impressive ceremonials presided over by Hitler himself. It was the day of a failed assassination attempt in 1939 on Hitler's life at a meeting commemorating the Putsch... And it was also the day of Kristallnacht, when roving Nazi gangs went on a rampage in 1938, smashing shop windows and destroying Jewish homes, businesses, and temples. If anyone in Hitler's Germany believed in numerology, they would have spent considerable time in analyzing this most pregnant of dates for the Third Reich."
(Unholy Alliance, Peter Levenda, pg. 142)
|Hitler with the legendary Beer Hall Putsch Nazi flag|
More information on 11/9 can be found here.
One of the most striking synchs is Tyler Deaton's name in and of itself. According to this website, the surname Deaton is a combination of the pre-seventh century word dic, meaning ditch or dyke, and the suffix tun, meaning a farm or settlement. Thus, Deaton roughly indicates a farm or settlement around a dyke or moat. A dyke (also spelled dike) is also slang for a lesbian. The highly controversial, proto-synchromystic researcher James Shelby Downard had some interesting observations about female dikes as they relate to sex magic.
"Crossroads are significant to ritual sex magic; the wearing of clothes of the opposite sex and the performance of bisexual acts are called 'crossraods rites.' The women engaging in these perversions were referred to as 'dikes,' and it was said that they traveled 'the old dike road' and 'the old dirt road.'"Its tempting to speculate that a 'Deaton' may have been a crossroads along the "old dike road," but I have no way of confirming Downard's statement. Still, it is interesting given the allegations of some kind of bizarre sexual rites being performed among the male members.
(Secret and Suppressed, "Sorcery, Sex, Assassination and the Science of Symbolism," James Shelby Downard, pg. 63)
The word 'tyler' has much significance in Freemasonry.
"The Tyler is the sentry, sergeant-at-arms, and enforcer of the Masonic lodge. He screens visitors for credentials, secures the meeting place, and then stands guard outside the door with a drawn sword in hand."
(Born in Blood, John J. Robinson, pg. 55)
Robinson later gives a more in depth explanation of this curious position.
"The Tyler had as his primary duty the protection of the lodge from 'cowans and eavesdroppers.' The usual Masonic explanation is that the word cowan was an old Scottish term for a stonemason not yet skilled enough to be admitted to the guild. Upon investigation, we could not find cowan in any compendium of old Scottish words, and we knew that the Lowlanders of Scotland in the Middle Ages were linguistically more akin to the English than to the Gaelic-speaking Highlanders; the common people used the English tongue and the Norman-French nobles, who constituted the bulk of the Lowlands aristocracy, used French. Once again, the French language produced a sensible solution in the word couenne ... Its meaning is an 'ignoramus' or 'bumpkin,' so it is possible that the word was indeed applied to an unskilled laborer in Scotland, but its use was by no means limited to that application, nor was it limited to Scotland. Further, this derivation was supported by the French courade ..., which came into English as 'coward.' The Tyler, then, protected the lodge meetings against the ignorant (cowans) and the curious (eavesdroppers).Beyond the Masonic association, I also find the resemblance between Deaton's name and that of Tyler Durden remarkable. Tyler Durden is of course the name of the head of the terror group depicted in the novel and film Fight Club, a work heavily revered by conspiracy culture. Countless conspiracy blogs have adopted Fight Club as kind of blueprint for overthrowing the New World Order. The book and film revolve around the creation of a secret society by the mysterious Tyler Durden.
(ibid, pgs. 225-226)
Initially this society is simply a fight club for pampered yuppies to get in touch with their inner manhood. As the plot advances, however, the group begins to conduct terror campaigns geared toward lashing out at America's consumer culture. Initially these acts are more comical than horrific but by the story's end the group has blown up buildings housing credit card records, effectively wiping out debt.
If such an event happened in real life, it would make the police state 9/11 ushered in look like Endor by comparison. In other words, it would be highly useful to the Cryptocracy, a notion hinted at in Fight Club. One of the major twists in Fight Club is that Tyler Durden and the story's nameless narrator (played by Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in the film, respectively) are the same person. Conspiracy theorist of have long alleged that major domestic terror groups such as the Symbionese Liberation Army (of which I've written more on here) were in fact agent provocateurs directed by mind control victims suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Patty Hearst, the most famous member of the SLA, displayed signs of a multiple personality during her time with the group, for instance.
Then there's the appearance of the name Tyler in Fight Club. I've often wondered if this was a sly reference to the 1381 Peasant's Revolt, which some allege was directed by the Knights Templar and/or the Freemasons. The leader of this revolt was a mysterious figure known as either Walter 'Wat' Tyler or Wat the Tyler. But I digress.
|Wat the Tyler|
The Tyler Deaton saga is ripe with numerous hallmarks of conspiracy culture even as it turns some of them on their head. The Deaton cult was not seemingly based upon some type of occult order, but likely derived from the shepherding movement. That said, if allegations of the cults sexual practices prove to be true, it stands to reason that there were other influences. I can't help but be reminded of the warped Gnosticism that appeared in cults such as the Manson Family and the People's Temple (of which I adressed briefly before here). Was Deaton's sect another occurance of this ideology? It's impossible to say at this point, but certainly this is a story to keep track of.
|Crennel (left) and Pioli (right)|
"Jovan as a boy's name is of Latin origin. Variant of Jove, from Jupiter (Latin) 'the supreme God.' Jupiter was the supreme deity of Roman mythology, corresponding to the Greek Zeus.
"The surname Belcher has its roots in medieval England, and, before that, in France. The name Belcher is composed of two syllables: Bel and cher. In Old French, Bel meant 'beautiful or fine.' The Middle English word cher (also derived from the Old French) meant an "an expression on the face"; in Middle English, this word was also spelled chere (as in Richard Belechere). A person's mood, especially gladness or joyfulness, as expressed on a person's countenance or face, was called chere orcher, the word we know today as cheer. Cheer denotes gladness or joy. Cheer was also spelled scher, shere, or chire (which is very similar to some of the variant spellings of siror sur, as in Belesur). When spelled cher or chere, the word also referred to good hospitality (such as one would find on the estate of a sir, knight, or gentleman). Thus, the Belcher name refers to a beautiful or fine expression on the face, hospitality, or, in summary, Bel = 'good' + cher = 'cheer.'"
"The withdraw of the genuine Magical Tradition occurred when the Gnostics, the true pre-Christian Christians, were stifled by the forgers of 'historic' Christianity. A certain amount of the original Gnosis is preserved in Talmudic and Rabbinical lore but, generally speaking, the Jews, like the Greeks and Christians, did all in their power to distort all traces of the original current...The Kansas City Chiefs were founded by Lamar Hunt, son of oil tycoon H.L. Hunt and are still owned by Lamar's son, Clark. The Hunt family has been involved in various far right causes over the years, most notably Nelson Bunker Hunt's (Lamar's brother) attempt to corner the world silver market in the late 1970s. This endeavour, which also involved brother William Herbert Hunt, made the Hunt brothers heroes in some segments of conspiracy culture, based on the premise that they and associates like Jonathan May were trying to take down the Federal Reserve System. Of this plot, the legendary and highly controversial conspiracy theorist (some say disinformation agent) William Cooper wrote:
"The Cult of Sumer represents the initiated Stellar Tradition as it was carried out of Egypt, where the pre-eval Cult Set characterized the religious modes of the dark dynasties. These were dynasties whose monuments were mutilated and scarified by the adherents of the later Solar cults who abhorred all reminders of the saean origins of their theology."
(The Magical Revival, Kenneth Grant, pgs. 70-71)
"Jonathan May attempted to free us from the shackles of the Federal Reserve by creating an alternative banking system with instruments backed by land, raw materials, mineral deposits, oil, coal, timber, and other wilderness holdings. Jonathan aided Governor Connolly and the Hunt brothers in their effort to corner the silver market. The silver would have been used to create a 'Bank of Texas' issue of 'real' money. This would have destroyed the Federal Reserve had the Hunts been successful. When the world bankers realized what was happening, they destroyed Connolly, the Hunt brothers, Jonathan May, and Texas."
(Behold a Pale Horse, pg. 333)
|the Hunt brothers: William Herbert (left), Lamar (center), and Nelson (right)|
Destroyed is a strong word. Hunt lost a considerable sum of money in his silver speculation, but by all accounts he still remained filthy rich. Certainly, it didn't hinder him from donating to far right groups such as the John Birch Society (he presently belongs to the council of said organization). Interestingly, Nelson Bunker Hunt was also a major backer of Bill Bright's Campus Crusade for Christ.
"In 1980, Hunt hosted a weekend retreat at a luxury hotel in Houston for 5000 millionaires. They came to hear Campus Crusade, evangelical politicians and entertainers discuss the need for the gospel and they pledged more than $20 million to Campus Crusade. Hunt and his brother Herbert lost nearly a billion dollars themselves in 1980 when they made a bid to corner the world silver markets and suffered huge losses when silver prices dropped suddenly. But after 'Here's Life,' Nelson Bunker Hunt continued to be a leading financier of Campus Crusade projects. He gave Bill Bright $6 million to start the Genesis Project for production of the evangelistic film 'Jesus,' which Campus Crusade translated for missionaries' use into 21 languages."Campus Crusade seemingly had an enormous influence on the Shepherding Movement, having pioneered (officially) the use of cell groups in Christian organizations. It has also long been alleged to have ties to the CIA. More on Campus' links to the Shepherding Movement and the Company can be found here.
(Spiritual Warfare, Sara Diamond, pg. 53)
Clark Hunt took over control of the Chiefs shortly before his father's death in 2006. A few years later he would hire Scott Pioli to effectively run the organization. Some have alleged that under Pioli what could be described as a police state was imposed upon the organization. Former head coach Todd Haley reportedly believed that his phone calls were being monitored, among other things. The Kansas City Star reports:
"Looking up toward the ceiling, he darted into a back hallway before hesitating. Then he turned around, going back through a door and stopping again. Haley suspected that many rooms at the team facility were bugged so that team administrators could monitor employees’ conversations. Stopping finally in a conference room, Haley said he believed his personal cellphone, a line he used before being hired by the Chiefs in 2009, had been tampered with.
"Paranoid? The Chiefs have adamantly denied that they tap phones or listen in on conversations. But as the team enters another period of transition after elevating defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel last week to head coach, interviews with more than two dozen current and former employees suggest that intimidation and secrecy are among the Chiefs’ principal management styles — and that Haley wasn’t the only one with paranoid thoughts...
"Some of the first changes involved shutting off access and protecting information. Non-football employees, including those who had worked for the Chiefs for decades, were told that they weren’t allowed on certain floors, or in certain areas of the team facility. Business-side staffers with an office window facing the practice fields were made to keep their shades drawn during practices. The team president was no exception. A security guard made the rounds during practices, sometimes interrupting phone calls and meetings to lower shades.
"Chiefs president Mark Donovan said his shade is drawn for the sake of consistency, to give the impression that no business-side employee is trusted more or less than another."In general, Pioli's treatment of employees has been highly controversial, bordering on abusive. While Pioli has generally been described as the driving force behind such policies, other believe he is merely implementing the wishes of Clark Hunt. The same Kansas City Star article notes:
"A few former employees, though they don’t deny that the working environment was tense, said they believed Pioli and Donovan simply carried out changes that Clark Hunt, a graduate of the results-oriented Goldman Sachs training program, had authorized."
|Hunt (left) and Pioli (right)|
Did the high pressure environment of the Chiefs some how contribute to Belcher's breakdown? Possibly the most disturbing aspect of this whole incident is that Belcher felt compelled to thank Pioli (and Crennel) before committing suicide. The environment created by proffesional football has been described as cultish before. Certainly Belcher's reverence for his bosses is not unlike those of cult members toward their leaders.
And thus we come full circle. In Kansas City the month of November was bookended by two shocking and tragic events, one directly related to a cult, the other displaying behavior similar to that of cult members. Both events are marked heavy by twilight language, especially in relation to the names of Tyler Deaton and Jovan Belcher. What's more, both events bare traces of brainwashing to some degree or another. Some of the links between the two events may seem tenious, but I can't help but feel something strange is happening in Kansas City.
There are a few other interesting points surrounding the Belcher murder/suicide and the Deaton cult that have recently occurred to me. Here's a brief rundown:
*I suspected that the numbers nine and eleven would crop up in the Belcher tragedy and they have: Belcher reportedly shot his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, nine times. Even more disturbing, Belcher and Perkins' daughter, Zoey Michelle Belcher, was born on 9/11/12, the eleven year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and the day of Benghazi attack. As noted above, nine and eleven played a major role (specifically the date of 11/9) in the Deaton saga.
*In the comment section one of my regular readers has pointed out that the 1991 film The Last Boy Scout depicted a football player who kills three players in the midst of game before committing suicide. The Last Boy Scout was directed by Tony Scott, who recently committed suicide under mysterious circumstances.
*On December 8, 2012, a week to the day of the Belcher murder/suicide, tragedy once again rocked the football world. Dallas Cowboy practice squad player Jerry Brown and nose tackle Josh Brent were involved in an alcohol-fueled car crash that resulted in Brown's death. Brent, who was driving, was charged with intoxication manslaughter. Both players have the same initials (J.B.) as Jovan Belcher. What's more, Brown was the same age (25) as Belcher at the time of his death. Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamal Charles, whose wife was Kasandra Perkins' cousin and the person who introduced Perkins to Belcher, wears #25 and is presently 25 years old. Incidentally, Lamar Hunt originally founded the Kansas City Chiefs as the Dallas Texans. They assumed their current name in 1963 when Hunt moved the team to Kansas City after originally being based in Dallas.
|a Dallas Texans helmet, the original Kansas City Chiefs|