Vincent Bridges* AKA "Dr. Strange"
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UPDATE! July 20, 2003: Vincent Bridges - Jay Weidner Scam Alert!
UPDATE: COINTELPRO FILES
*for a long time, this report used a pseudonym for Vincent Bridges, "Maynerd Most." After six years of continued attack and defmation, the decision was taken to restore his real name to these files. We may have missed an instance or two, if so, let us know and we will correct it.
UPDATE 2008: After SIX YEARS of constant defamation and cyberstalking on the part of Vincent Bridges and his associates, the enormous amounts of time and even money that are spent on this activity, we suggest that it is time to state the obvious: Vincent Bridges is not just a cyberstalker, he is a paid COINTELPRO agent.
UPDATE 2003:- At the present point in time, Spring 2003, when the Quantum Future Group Websites are getting a "face lift," there has been some discussion as to whether or not to retain this report and its related documents onsite. It has been, to understate the matter, somewhat controversial. It has also made us a target for ongoing attacks from the individuals discussed herein. It could so easily be deleted. Things certainly might be very pleasant if we did so as we have been told by the subject of the report.
But, the "easy way" is not always the right way.
As we discussed the matter of the "Bridges Dossier," we realized that it was through the "lesson" and example of Vincent Bridges and friends that all of us were prepared to SEE through George Bush and his gang of warmongers as well as many other cyberstalking types.
The chief question we are concerned with is its value as a teaching tool. The Quantum Future Research Group members all agree that the dynamics of this "experience" did more to teach them about life in general than any other single process.
In order to understand this report, it is useful to read about Laura Knight-Jadczyk and her Cassiopaean experiment. As Laura has written, her interest in the paranormal and so-called "channeling" was purely scientific. Her background and extensive writings confirm this. She found the results of the experiment to be sufficiently interesting to publish on the net for discussion and feedback purposes. In fact, the source - declaring itself to be Laura in the future - had urged her to "network" via the internet. Following this direction was, in fact, the means by which she and her husband, physicist Arkadiusz Jadczyk, were brought into contact with one another. However, networking is problematical.
The internet is a double-edged sword. Not only does it offer the possibility for contact between like-minded individuals separated by vast distances and even belonging to different cultures, it also provides the opportunities for individuals of a predatory nature to seek out prey for any number of nefarious reasons. Never before have the possibilities of networking been so enhanced, and the dangers so prevalent.
In the case of Ark and Laura, there were certain safeguards in place. Ark was a prominent physicist in the European community with a public presence that could be easily verified. As Tom French wrote in his article in the St. Petersburg Times:
Ark had similar assurances about Laura. Not only had Mr. French spent over five years following Laura and her work, and was available for contact, Ark and Laura also had a mutual acquaintance - another physicist, Ruggiero Santilli.
In what seemed to be a similar situation, Vincent Bridges had certain "bona fides" published on the internet that assured Laura that he was who he said he was. What she did NOT consider was the fact that such bona fides were "manufactured." It's not only 14 year old boys on computers that we have to worry about. Anybody with a computer can claim anything they want to claim, create websites to "validate" their claims, and proceed to con anybody in any manner they choose.
Internet fraud generally refers to any type of fraudulent use of a computer and the Internet, including the use of chat rooms, email, message boards, discussion groups and websites, to conduct fraudulent activities. The attributes of internet technology - low cost, ease of use, and anonymous nature, among others - make it an attractive medium for fraudulent scams, child sexual exploitation, and increasingly, a new concern known as "cyberstalking."
Vincent Bridges first wrote to Laura in the spring of 1999. Mr. Bridges claimed to be writing a book about subjects which Laura had been researching for some time - alchemy and Fulcanelli - and she willingly shared all her data and answered his questions while he wrote his book. When Laura later read the book, she was disappointed to note that not only was it a shallow and juvenile treatment of the subjects, but that Bridges had obviously been utilizing the information Laura had freely given to him to pad his book in a few areas, though clearly he had either misinterpreted her comments, or had deliberatly twisted them. The correspondence lapsed. (This correspondence is archived with all headers intact and is available to legitimate researchers upon request. You can read the letters online HERE.)
In response to the many questions and requests for more information from readers of the Cassiopaea site, in the spring of 2000, Laura began to write the Wave Series. This attracted even more attention, mostly positive, though it also attracted the personal attention of some extremely questionable groups and individuals. Laura received a mysterious email:
Knowing that Vincent Bridges claimed to be an expert on "occult groups" from a journalistic perspective, Laura wrote to him to inquire what he thought of the above email. It was only later, after many other strange events transpired, that it was learned that Bridges, himself, had sent the above email with the hope that it would "re-start" the correspondence without him having to appear as the initiator. This is a typical tactic of the cyberstalker - to "create" seeming synchronicities so that the victim will be emotionally "ripe" for manipulation.
After a few exchanges, Bridges launched a discussion with Laura in which he claimed to be a struggling new publisher needing good authors - with an offer to publish her work and promote it with a "conference."
Laura, overwhelmed with the task of keeping up with the research group, answering questions, editing and arranging the transcripts, researching clues from the material, and writing articles for the site, thought that Mr. Bridges was a godsend! Having "known" him in cyberspace for almost two years - including being aware of his "credentials" published on the internet that he had pointed to, as well as having a book in her hand that bore the imprint of his claimed publishing company - Laura felt she could trust him, and she turned over to him unpublished material, confidential materials that he suggested he would help to edit, and believing that her life's work was in good hands, she settled down to concentrate on writing.
There were, of course, differences in opinion regarding the material and its possible interpretations between Ark and Laura and Vincent Bridges, but Laura was confident that, given time, Bridges would prove to be amenable to a more open-minded approach. As one observer of the dynamic noted succinctly: "If other people are so knowledgable about what Laura is doing so that they are qualified to pass judgment, then why aren't they conducting their own successful "experiment?" Why haven't their lives changed dramatically - and for the better - as Laura's and Ark's have because they have actually APPLIED the things they have learned?"
The fact is, Vincent Bridges did try his own "channeling" and the reader may like to have a look at a discussion between Dan Winter and "Dr. Strange" on the results. We were not impressed.
In the summer of 2001, Mr. Bridges came to visit Laura with the intent of attempting to hypnotize her to try to extract infomation that he believed she had in her subconscious. Laura cooperated with this experiment and, as a consequence, perceived a direct visual representation of Vincent Bridges himself! What she saw stunned her. His "mask" was so effective and convincing that Laura could hardly believe that what she was seeing was true. After all, this was not just a matter of deciding you didn't like someone and didn't want to associate with them for one reason or another. The fact was, Laura liked Vincent Bridges very much and had spent several enjoyable hours in conversation or correspondence with him.
Laura had many, many doubts about what she was seeing. It was actually painful to contemplate the necessary response to the understanding of Vincent Bridges's nature and malefic intent toward her - if it were true. And, since Laura did not consider psychically received information to be reliable, she decided to make some tests.
Ark and Laura discussed the matter for weeks seeking hard data - evidence. It was not lacking, certainly, but it was always possible to "give the benefit of the doubt" and overlook the subtle clues. A hypothesis was formed, a series of tests were devised, and with dismay, Laura saw that Vincent Bridges failed every test of honesty and sincerity.
As mentioned above, Ark and Laura had agreed to speak at a conference Bridges had said he was organizing. At this point, knowing what they did about Bridges's probably true intentions, they felt it was simply the best course of action to cancel the conference appearance and terminate any further business relations. Bridges had a number of other presenters lined up, and the cancellation was made more than six weeks in advance of the conference so there was no reason for this cancellation to produce any problems other than a change in schedule and perhaps a mild upset that is normal in any parting of the ways.
Ark and Laura were NOT prepared for the vicious and extreme attacks Vincent Bridges launched against them in public. Laura tried to understand it as "hurt feelings" - non-professional, certainly, but understandable - and even though she knew that they had done the right thing, and Bridges's reactions actually proved his true nature, she still felt a great deal of sympathy for Bridges who obviously had his heart set on the money he could make, and the prestige he could achieve as their publisher and associate. It was certainly these two things he targeted particularly in his months and months of virulent slander and defamation against them: their reputations and consequently, their ability to earn their livelihood and support their family. It seemed as if Bridges had decided that if he could not "own" Laura and her material, he would make sure that no one else would ever be interested in approaching it or discussing it with her ever again.
Observing this behavior was astonishing. Vincent had seemed to be a truly civilized man - even a Renaissance man - and to witness and experience him acting like a street gang member or an uneducated guttersnipe, was truly puzzling to Laura. It was this puzzlement that compelled the questions that lead to this report.
On a practical level, Laura's doubts about the matter were put to rest when the Quantum Future (formerly Perseus Foundation) research group undertook an investigation of Bridges - including a professional private investigator's report - in the fall of 2001. To Laura's chagrin, it was revealed that Bridges was little more than an ordinary con-artist. Not only was his entire published "resume" a complete fraud, he had a history of attaching himself to individuals - to ride on their coattails, so to say - in hopes of stealing their work, their money, or both.
Even though there was a history of fraud, Ark and Laura were reluctant to publish the report on Bridges. However, after three months of exhausting cyber-attacks including public defamation and cyberstalking, it became necessary to respond publicly. The results of the initial investigation were published on Thanksgiving Day, 2001.
Mr. Bridges reacted to the data presented in this report as expected: at all costs he wanted it removed, and since he could not force us to remove it legally, (according to U.S. statutes, truth is not libel or slander), he resorted to attempted blackmail and extortion to try to force us to remove this report.
We learned later that in addition to what we knew about his public activities, that Vincent was up to a lot more nefarious things behind the scenes. The reader may want to have a look at the data - including evidence - that Vincent Bridges was hacking into the computer of a member of our research groups and stole her passwords and used her internet account to the tune of about $800.00 over a period of three months . That's a lot of bandwidth!
In January 2002, a former member of the Cassiopaea experiment, Frank Scott joined forces with Vincent Bridges to discredit the experiment, to label the members of the research group as members of a "cult," obviously in a concerted effort to put an end to the experiment itself, to further destroy Ark and Laura's reputations, and thus to deprive them of the means of earning their living.
Laura had to acknowledge the fact that two people she liked very much, whose companionship she had enjoyed immensely, and who she felt could have been the most marvelous of co-experimenters, were simply not what they had presented themselves to be. She had, in short, been victimized by individuals fitting the profile of the psychopath.
Day after day Laura struggled to make sense of what was happening in her life. She was heartbroken. Her health deteriorated rapidly, and in January of 2002 she suffered a life-threatening illness that was a direct result of the daily stress of being stalked, defamed, threatened and harassed.
After she had recovered enough to sit at her desk, Laura did the only thing she knew to do with what she had learned: she sought daily to understand the dynamic she had experienced and then, shared it with others by writing the Adventures Series, an account of the events and dynamics as well as the many threads of research she followed and the results.
As it turned out, Laura's act of converting her suffering to sharing led to some of the most profound revelations brought forth in modern times regarding the nature of our reality. Seeking to understand the inexplicable perceptions and capacity for deception of Vincent Bridges, Frank Scott, and others involved in the attacks, Laura searched and probed and "tested" on the daily public stage of the internet. The search for answers led to revelations about psychopaths, a topic crucial to understanding history, religion, politics, and many other social constructs. This material found validation in the most interesting ways in terms of the work of Bob Altemeyer on the Right Wing Authoritarian personality type, not to mention some esoteric sources that emerged from the Eastern Orthodox tradition! Without this understanding, it would be almost impossible to comprehend the events on the World Stage, including the behavior of George Bush and his gang.
The Bridges Dossier
Vincent Bridges is a man who claims to have such extensive knowledge of conspiracy theory, mind control, Satanic ritual sex abuse, psychology and related subjects, that it seems amazing that he has not been assassinated by any of those people whose secrets he claims to hold. That, in itself, is a clue to the nature of his backers, though not the only one.
Bridges is one of many such individuals who have taken advantage of a special "market niche" in our reality - individuals who claims cannot be checked because they deal with an underworld of mystery - a field ripe for con-artists to move in, set up shop, and take advantage of a lot of people who have the idea that something strange is going on in our world - but that it is all hidden behind a veil.
In the time since the publication of this report, Vincent Bridges has altered his websites, changed his "bio," and generally "cleaned up his act" in public.
Let us look first at the credentials of Vincent Bridges as they existed on the Laura Lee Website at the time Bridges began his correspondence with Laura.
From the Laura Lee website, these are Vincent Bridges’ claimed credentials:
Altogether, quite impressive qualifications, are they not? Mr. Bridges is an accomplished writer, scholar, and collector of various initiations. The question is, are these statements true?
A former group member, an English teacher at the University of Wisconsin, researched Mr. Bridges credentials through the databases available to the university where she is employed. She discovered that Mr. Bridges had none of the credits he claimed. She attempted to find references to his early work. She found none. Looking for his name among the publications he had listed in his publishing credits, nothing was found under the name Vincent Bridges. She announced this research to our group, and we were certainly surprised because until she started to "check up" on him, no one had ever seriously thought that his credentials might be faked. We all just took it as a given that he was who he said he was.
The same former member then began to question Bridges's "educational" credits. Since she was in a position to check, Mr. Bridges responded to her that he had been very up-front with us about these matters. He later wrote the same in an email that he asked, at the end, to have "shared with as many people as possible." In this email he wrote:
We did read through all the old emails looking for a clue that he never claimed any degrees.
Mr. Bridges is correct. He never claimed any degrees. However, he wrote in such a way as to imply them. After all, one does not go to "grad school" without having graduated. And he did, definitely state that he was in "grad school." He later "explained" this to mean that he did "graduate level work." But that is putting so fine a point on it that it begs the question: why would someone make their meaning so obscure that 99 out of a hundred people would miss the "catch?"
Since none of Vincent Bridges "credits" and credentials were checking out on the briefest of inspection, another member of the group undertook to ask Mr. Bridges for "his side of the story." In the lengthy essay, chronicling his abuse at the hands of the members of the Cassiopaea group, he revealed that he had used several aliases in his writing career over the years. In his own words:
A quick check of the internet showed that Mr. Victor Sutherland was a dead character actor. Mr. G. Richard Bozarth certainly did appear as the author of a single story in Asimov's Sci Fi magazine.
Mr. Bridges has earlier stated clearly that a book Walpurgisnacht, written by one of his "aliases" was published, that it "saw print, though in a heavily bowlderized (sic) form." That does seem to suggest strongly that he actually laid eyes on his work. The story certainly has morphed when he says:
A "sign of insecurity?" I guess it does make people insecure when their claims don't check out. And if he had any proof of writing it, instead of "taking it out," why didn't he just produce the evidence? Don't authors usually memorialize their first book by copying the check? How about saving the contract? Questions, questions, questions...
Nevertheless, there was a listing of G. Richard Bozarth, and Victor Sutherland in an index! (Or so it was claimed.) What's more, the explanation about Walpurgisnacht was now seen as reasonable by some who were taken in by poor Mr. Bridges's charming and self-effacing way. We could all sleep well now. Mr. Bridges was just a tragic guy who needed real friends and supporters in his time of trial. It is utterly amazing how effectively psychopaths play the pity card.
And, so it was, in the course of reading the many posts by Mr. Bridges and his followers in order to find clues to understand his outrageous behavior, his stalking and relentless defamation of Laura and Ark, that Mr. Bridges's entire life rose to the surface demanding answers.
How was it that a man could claim to be a "New Age Guru" and to make so many "sage" pronouncements and present himself as a "purveyor of love and light," and be such a LIAR?
It wasn't even just being a liar: it was the kinds of lies he told. The filth that poured out of his mouth and pen was shocking. Here we aren't talking about differing opinions. We are talking about outright, objective lies. Lies about facts and dates and doings that were witnessed by a sufficient number of reputable people whose concensus was that Mr. Bridges either had to be stark raving mad - a delusional psychotic - or something very serious was going on.
Once the question about Mr.Bridges's sanity was raised as a result of observing his behavior, the next question was, of course, how much of all the things he had EVER said before, the things we assumed to be true, actually WERE true?
Had something just suddenly happened to the man to make him go off the deep end?
How can a person lie so blatantly and viciously and not even think that anyone will notice, nor that anyone will bother to check?
Only a crazy person would lie that way with no concern for being exposed.
Examining a large selection of Mr. Bridges contradictory remarks about channeling, as well as numerous postings on the internet regarding same, even including some of his own claims to have channeled "Ophanic Intelligences," and to have received profound "insights" of a dubious nature, we came to the realization that, again, something did not quite fit. Even an amateur could see that the material he "received" himself was highly questionable. It also raised the question as to why he undertook such a long process of insinuation into our group (an overview of his emails clearly indicates this process as is being revealed in the Adventures Series) if he had his "own source."
Since he was claiming, by virtue of his extensive credentials, to be the expert of all experts on channeling, and having these enormous questions about his sanity being brought to the fore due to his actions, we decided to have a look at one or two of these claims in order to be better able to assess his condition.
Was he lying so boldly and viciously because he had simply gone crazy? Or had he been lying all along and were we now seeing the REAL Vincent Bridges?
What we are presenting here needs the caveat that we have used due diligence in gathering our information. We are making no claims, we are just reporting. Any other person who follows the same procedures we have will find the same things. We have undertaken to contact all of the parties listed in Mr. Bridges resume, as well as the many "notable" people he has mentioned in his many emails describing how he came by his expertise. Our initial inquiries were neutral.
After these initial neutral inquiries to determine if we were in contact with the appropriate parties, Mr. Bridges claims in regard to his interactions with the many and varied people have been forwarded to them for review and commentary. When the results came back, if necessary, we sent follow-up inquiries so that the individual checking the records would be apprised of all the particulars that needed to be checked. We wanted to be fair and to include all the different aliases Bridges had claimed to use in the event the person may have known him under a different name. We include here only the final results.
All contacts and emails have the transmission codes and headers on them, stored in several places so as to verify their original status. Any claims by Bridges that we "manipulated" the results can be shown to be false. However, we consider it to still be "open" that one or more of the respondents to our inquiries could have missed something or may even have an agenda to harm Mr. Bridges. If Mr. Bridges can provide certified true legal copies of any proofs that he has to back up his claims, we will be more than happy to investigate if they are genuinely certified, and if so, to publish them here.
[Note added July 2003: to date, Mr. Bridges has NOT produced anything to certify any of his prior claims. He has said that he "made two little mistakes on my bio," and that he has "apologized" but that we, here at QFS, refuse to acknowledge his contrition. Even though he has cleaned up his false claims from his websites regarding his credentials, its clear that Bridges continues to lie.
Bridges has produced a set of images showing that he was a contributor to several free advertising circulars in the area where he lives, but this in no way corrects his previous lies about his major publishing credits.
He has also had his friends post comments about his "writing credentials," stating that he has actually "published far more than he originally claimed." It should be noted that these "publications" consist of articles and posts on internet sites, forums and groups and in no way can be considered to address the issue of previous, falsely claimed, major publishing credentials such as we address in this report.]
Some of Mr. Bridges claims are in regards to people who are now dead, but we have expectations that the heirs, associates, and/or executors of estates will be able to answer our questions, and we have forwarded the relevant material to them with requests that they inquire of any and all concerned parties so as to discover if there is any possibility that the claims are true. We certainly want to deal with Mr. Bridges in a fair and objective way.
As it happened, the to-date return on his claims and credentials from the various parties contacted has been 100 percent negative.
We realize that the likely explanation that will be given by Mr. Bridges for this factor, taking into account his previous postings, will be that of a "conspiracy." Somebody is "out to get him." (Probably us.) They have "erased" his life. He is really the only one who "knows the truth" and somebody wants to destroy him and they are using us to do it. That was, after all, what Ira Einhorn claimed when the authorities found Holly Maddux's mummified body in his closet. Curiously, Bridges once claimed an affinity for Ira.
"Just the facts, Ma'am, just the facts..."
In the late 1960's there was a very popular American TV show about the Los Angeles Police Department called "Dragnet". One of the lead characters, a terse and laconic Sgt. Joe Friday, became famous almost overnight for saying "Just the facts, Ma'am, just the facts...". Anytime he would interview someone and that person would start to embellish his or her story, he would interrupt them and remind them to say - "Just the facts."
What Joe Friday understood all too well was that whenever someone tells a story, they are giving their "interpretation" of the facts. The facts of a situation never change, but it's crucial to understand that how they are perceived, and then spoken about, depends very much upon who is telling the story. But in the case at hand, we are not merely dealing with an "interpretation" of the facts, we seem to be dealing with an appropriation of facts to the use of a single individual who does not seem to be entitled to these facts.
Magicians are very popular these days. One only need look at the soon to be billionaire J.K. Rowling and her cottage industry of Harry Potter books, with their associated tie-ins to marketing companies' dream lists of products that can be sold with the cache of her invented name. The Harry Potter movie alone is set to break all records and become the biggest grossing movie of all time. Harry Potter is a legitimate phenomenon and success story.
Which brings us to the antithesis of young Harry potter, and the subject of this report - Vincent Bridges.
Vincent Bridges: a real, honest-to-goodness magickal (with a "k", gotta have a "k" in magick or the spell won't work!) "Magician", who practices his questionable art on the edge of the Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina.
How do we know that Vincent Bridges is a real Magician? Well, he says so.
Vincent Bridges is the co-author, with Jay Weidner, of a book entitled “A Monument to the End of Time”. Due primarily to the authorship of this book, certain doors were opened to both Bridges and Weidner – an interview on the Laura Lee Show, an appearance on a Discovery Channel television program, and so on. This, along with the articles published on his own website, magicjourney.com, has given him a certain status in the New Age/occult/magic community. People look up to him. People go to him for advice. People go to him for hypnosis sessions. They go with him on trips to see the mysteries of Egypt and the secrets of Rennes-le-Chateau. They trust him, and they assume that he is who and what he says he is.
In addition to the credentials from the Laura Lee website, quoted at the beginning of this report, in an E-mail on Sun, 11 Feb 2001 19:29:46 -0500, (repeated later in a mass mailing) Vincent Bridges claims:
Altogether, quite impressive qualifications, are they not? Mr. Bridges is an accomplished writer, scholar, and collector of various initiations. The question is, are these statements true? Well, let’s see what we can find out.
We’ll begin with the easiest claim to check, the writing. We know that he and Jay Weidner did, in fact, publish “A Monument to the End of Time.” Not only that, but we are told that Vincent Bridges is a real honest-to-goodness published writer even before this book. How do we know? Well, he says so.
On Fri, 20 Apr 2001 10:58:57 -0400, regarding the book Walpurgisnacht, Mr. Bridges had written:
We are going to ignore the questions about being given access to archives of bizarre Nazi documents because we simply have no way of investigating such a claim. So let’s look at this novel, “Walpurgisnacht”. Daw Books still exists, and in contradiction to what Mr. Bridges notes above about their list of books, the on-line list goes back to their beginning. None of Mr. Bridges' aliases was listed in their on-line directory of published works, recent or otherwise. But that doesn’t negate the possibility that they made arrangements with him to publish the book (as indicated by his statement above about receiving an advance) but never published it. If an advance was paid, accounting records would still indicate it. So we wrote directly to Daw and asked if they had ever published or contracted for anything written by any one of the known aliases. The following reply was received from them:
Mr. Bridges has explained the fact that DAW books denies any business relationship in the following:
DAW has responded to this "morphing" of the story as follows:
What about his claim of writing for the North Charleston News?
Charleston News P.O. Box 60580 North Charleston, SC 29405
(We have other inquiries out on this. Stay tuned.)
What of his claim that he wrote science fiction under the name G. Richard Bozarth which was published in Asimov's magazine? Well, there is, in fact, a writer named G. Richard Bozarth, and he is a published writer. He did publish a science fiction story in Asimov's magazine. The problem is, he’s not Vincent Bridges.
After a long and circuitous series of inquiries, Mr. G. Richard Bozarth was found alive and well and still writing, though not science fiction.
Not long after, we were in contact with the individual who provided us with Mr. Bozarth's address and phone number, after we had explained why we were trying to contact him. A few days later, we spoke to his wife on the phone.
Mrs. G. Richard Bozarth is quite sure she knows who her husband is, and she is equally certain that he is the one who wrote the story published in Asimov's magazine entitle Bat Durston, Space Marshall. Not only that, but the Bozarth's are understandably concerned that someone is claiming G. Richard's identity and publishing credits! After our phone conversation on November 17, Mrs. Bozarth followed up with the following:
How about “Downbeat,” a respected music magazine? In response to our inquiry, On 20 Nov 2001, at 22:38, the following response was received:
[The inquiry listed the various aliases, however, to make certain, an additional inquiry has been sent.]
Let’s turn to the academic claims. How do we know that Vincent Bridges is a real honest-to-goodness Academic? Well, he says so. To review, at Laura Lee’s website, he presents his Academic credentials thusly:
As we have noted at the beginning, Mr. Bridges pointed out that he had never claimed to have graduated from anywhere. He stated that he did "graduate level work." However, it was pointed out that he did say "grad school" and not just "graduate level work," so the story morphed again. Here it is:
The above is all well and good, and we expect the final word any day not only as to whether Mr. Bridges ever graduated, but whether he ever attended classes, and if so, what. We will update this article when the information comes back. In the meantime, let’s look at a couple of interesting items in the above account.
UPDATE! We have received verification that Vincent Bridges did, in fact, attend USC, but that he dropped out in January of 1972. He did not, apparently, return to put together any degree as claimed. There was no further attendance by Vincent Bridges at USC as he has claimed, with or without a degree of questionable validity being awarded. We are still awaiting the return from UNC and will post the results when they arrive.
And from a USC associate of James Dickey:
We have contacted other members of the James Dickey Society, especially those from the University of South Carolina, who were acquainted with him. We will update this page as we receive more information.
Back to Mr. Bridges’ academic statement:
The officials at Oxford were highly amused by this tale. Here is the response:
In other words: there is no record of Vincent Bridges at Oxford where one would certainly exist even if only in the accounting offices. And the comment about any Shakespearean intensive being held at any of Oxford’s colleges during winter quarter is quite telling.
There are a couple other items in the above account by Mr. Bridges that deserve comment.
There probably was no BA passenger lounge in the States back in 1972. In the UK yes, plenty of them, much less so abroad.
Yet later, in Oxford, he is able to make a lightning trip to Stonehenge and make the morning flight out of Heathrow as follows:
Our investigator in UK has commented on this as follows:
"Imposible wthout a car. To get to Stonehenge you have to travel cross country from Oxford by train, necessitating a change or two, then a bus. Then, to get to the airport, another bus, train with a change or two or three and the underground tube line to Heathrow airport. Can't be done in a morning! Not in a million years. If you set off from Oxford at 8 am, did stonehenge for an hour, you would not be at Heathrow until evening."
Now "Suzy" had a place to stay in Paris, as she told Vincent. Now how on earth can you go broke in a week spending twelve week's worth of scholarship money and expenses? Were they staying at the George Cinq? Were they dining at the Ritz every night? The Moulin Rouge after?
So Vincent is broke after five days in Paris and survives four months without funds in Amsterdam? And just why was he arrested? Funds gathering, perhaps?
We are still investigating this point, but so far, what we have learned suggests that this scenario is impossible because if you are deported, first you have to serve your arrest sentence. If no sentence to be served, the State Dept. would not bail you out unless you were completely destitute, and even then we find it hard to believe. They do do it, and you are made to sign a chit that you will pay back the fare. No, Vincent's parents, guardians, or friends would have had to spring for the ticket home, not the State Dept. We expect that this will be the new variation on the story.
The remainder of this episode stretches credulity beyond the breaking point. So far, Mr. Bridges has tossed a chance at Oxford (according to him), stolen money from the university, gone on the lam for four months in a foreign country, is brought back in disgrace and all he says is this:
Did they (the "University") press charges? Without major family money or position, this scenario would never play out. And if there had been any money to begin with, there would have been no need for the scholarship, or the purported theft of the scholarship money, or the four months in Amsterdam living, we presume, on the streets.
After all that went before? People stuck their neck out for him, and he shafted them, and now he says someone else just liked him so much and felt so sorry for him that it was done again? Seems highly unlikely. Unless it was the Dickey effect, again.
No kidding. Well, until further information is received, we will leave this most interesting period of Mr. Bridges career.
The reader now has an idea of what a great writer Mr. Bridges is. Over the past year, Mr. Bridges entertained and entranced the members of the Quantum Future research and discussion group with his fantastic stories of encounters from his past, stories which were intended to convey a deep knowledge of, and first-hand experience dealing with far-reaching conspiracies, mind control, and Satanic sexual abuse. Unfortunately, some cannot be checked, as the main stars are quite dead. But not all.
[We are waiting for the reply from FRNM at Duke.]
[We have covered the bases. Dr. Roll has received an inquiry also.]
Well, there are two rather well-known names in this story. Dr. Michael Aquino is the executive director of the Temple of Set in San Francisco, an offshoot of the Church of Satan. He is also its founder. Lilith is his wife. He's pretty well known. But, as it happens, Dr. Aquino was a young guy working on his Ph.D. at the time the above events were said to be happening. "Full aging Mortitia drag?" (sic) We sent the above story to Dr. Aquino and asked for his input. This is his reply (not that we think he is a paragon of truth and virtue either, by the way!):
In a a follow-up email, Mr. Bridges "story" as follows was included for comment:
Dr. Aquino's comments regarding the above excerpt:
And what of the other person mentioned in Mr. Bridges' story, Christopher Hyatt? Mr. Bridges teacher and mentor? Dr. Hyatt is the editor-in-chief of New Falcon Books. They, too, have an extensive website. In response to an inquiry sent to Dr. Hyatt, the following was received:
We would like to point out that, in the above case, though Dr. Hyatt does own a boat, in Mr. Bridges account, Dr. Aquino owns the boat. "...the boss and his friends come on deck. They own the boat..." So, indeed, we do have "facts," but rather than being "interpreted" they are "appropriated" - and not very accurately, as it seems. In response to a follow-up letter. Mr. Tharcher, writes:
The following are real publishing credits of Vincent Bridges. They are not precisely along the line of his claims, but he has dug them up and provided evidence.
Keep in mind that Vincent Bridges publishes on the internet, on his own website and on the websites of his friends. He has also had some modest input in other internet publications, all of which he claims are proof that this report is a "smear job."
Well, we are not questioning what he has done since his appearance on the Laura Lee show - just what he used to launch himself on the stage of "expert status," all of which was false.
Following is a chronology put together from Vincent Bridges's own statements, a few comments from others who knew where he was and what he was doing. He sure does get around! He's a regular Doug and Dave of occultism and expert status!
1966- I may have mentioned that my early exposure to all of this was through a group of exiled leftist writers (John Dickson Carr was probably the best known) living in Greenville SC of all places. They were also keen Theosophist and that's where I first stumbled onto Burgoyne and the HBofL material. Not unusual, they had everything, including a bound collection of the Proceedings of the SPR. I was their mascot writer wanna-be from age 14 through college and later in some cases. Along the way, I met many people who only later when I watched the movie Reds did I realize were famous. One of these guys was an actor leftist science fiction writer by the name of Fritz Leiber.
1971 - In the early 70's, I spent some time at Eckard College/Florida Presbyterian and the adjacent St. Pete beach. I still have nightmares about SS check day at that huge department store downtown.
1971 -In 1971, at Fla. Pres. College, now I think it is Eckard University, out at St. Pete Beach, a group of us experienced repeated UFO sightings, and some other rather strange experiences, as well as the most overwhelming sense of evil and imminent destruction that I have ever felt. Then again, a decade (1981?) later in the aftermath of the Greensboro debacle, Reagan's election and the YIPie fiasco at the inauguration I was conned into coming to Clearwater for a vacation that resulted in my being arrested for burglary. After a week in the Pinelas County jail, my family managed to get the charges dropped. I guess I had more resources than they figured, because the rest of my friends from that period are either dead or still in jail on various charges.
1972 - winter quarter 1972, I was off to Oxford for a six week Shakespeare intensive, and then another six weeks working on the crew at the Shakespeare Festival at Stratford. ... 1972, I was 19 with an extremely high IQ (that would mean he was born in 1953, not 52 since his birthday is in May. ) I ended up in Amsterdam where four months later I was arrested and given a quick trip home by the State Department.
1972 - Between 1972 and 1976, I read everything, and I do mean everything, that had anything at all to do with what I thought was my quest. I went back to school, graduate work in Medieval History, and by 1978 was sure I had figured it all out.
1973 - December 1973, I officially graduated
1977-78 In the winter of 1977-78, I was in grad school in history and classical studies at UNC, working part time as a freelance writer, including books reviews, etc, for the Psychical Research Foundation at Duke, part of FRNM of the Rhine Foundation. ... Grad school in the mid seventies[...] I switched from English to History, got out of undergraduate work and then went on to psychology ... Left to pursue magickal studies.
1978 - I met a group of "magickal" folk who were looking for a guinea pig. My freelance rock'n'roll journalist career was in a slump, grad school was going nowhere, and frankly I missed San Fran and the high life. Like a fool, I signed on. Three years later (1981) I fled to North Carolina with my sanity hanging by a thread.
(Where did San Francisco and the "high life" come from?)
1979 - By the summer of 1979, my basic magickal training was over I was sort of assigne to write a novel about Aleister Crowley, Hitler and the more unsavory aspects of WWIIs black magick. I was paid for it, although it took until 1981 to see print, and then in heavy bowdlerized form. To do this, I was "given" access to every bizarred Nazi document in existence. One of my friends in the group even got me access to the archives in Washington to look up certain strange practices of the SS.
1980 - Back in 1980, I had the opportunity to follow around the UFO researcher who had first broached the whole Hanger 18 thing, Ray Fowler, for the Whole Earth people. They wanted proof of a gov. cover-up, but all I found after 3 months was that Fowler had been part of some gov. experiment, but it looked more like a Psy-Op project. I wrote the story, from the point of view that the aliens may or may not be real, but some portion of the gov. is going out of its way to make us think that they are. Needless to say, the Co-Evo Quarterly, spin- off of Whole Earth that commissioned it, refused to print it. I stood my ground, refused to re-write and change conclusions, and so got fired. I ended up back in North Carolina.
1980 - Three years later (all of which time spent in magical training) I fled to North Carolina with my sanity hanging by a thread.
1980 - I hopped on a bus and escaped to North Carolina.
1981 - By the time Hyatt found me, eight or nine months later, I was too deeply entrenched to remove easily. I played drug causality and pretended not remember anything and I suppose that helped. Anyway, they left me alone after that. In fact, all of this scared me so bad, what it said about me I mean, that I went into therapy and before the decade was out was a therapist myself. I rationalized what the weird people had said as fantasy and wish-fullfilment role-playing, enhanced by substance abuse, all around, and my own criminal nature projected outward.
1981 - three years of therapy with Dr. Margaret McCoy
[We have information from an informant that Vincent Bridges was actually a patient in the State Mental Hospital. Neither the doctor nor the hospital will confirm that information.]
1980 or 81 - (1981?) later in the aftermath of the Greensboro debacle, Reagan's election and the YIPie fiasco at the inauguration I was conned into coming to Clearwater for a vacation that resulted in my being arrested for burglary.
1983 - Crescent Observer article about reggae by V. M. Bridges copyright by Wyrd Trips, Ink - A travelogue, "get the tourists in to spend money filler type article."
1984 - I wrote a book, unpublished, called the White Indian Myth. It bounced around among publishers for a while, and the basic story was optioned for a movie, which also never happened. But in the course of my research, I turned up something truly strange. --Documented evidence, including archeological finds, of a Celtic group in central NC.
1984 - North Davidson Dispatch article about the Town creek Indian mounds. Written as a "travel guide" to drum up tourist business.
1985 - After a period of emotional recuperation, (from the magical training) I got a job at the Shakespeare Festival -- use that classical education! -- and began to write again. Fairy stories mostly, and one book on the white indian myth. Shakespeare festival publication on the 500th anniversary of the death of Richard III in 1485
1986- The day after Easter in 1986, I was sitting under a crepe myrtle bush in High Point NC meditating while I waited for my car to be fixed.
1987 - A year later, I was leading a Harmonic Convergence event. - Triad article - a local "film rag" . Oddly, in the image of the page, a photo has been blanked out and a piece of the masthead inserted in the place. WHAT was in the picture? Piedmont article: another "encourage the tourists" attraction description.
1988- I was a therapist doing deep hypnotic work on trauma abreactions
1987 and 88 - I was a facilitator for a Melchizedek group that focused on the Keys of Enoch
1988 - Back in 1988, Barbra Marciniak and I were part of the same newage/magickal group called the Order of Melchizedek in NC. The group was about to start some save the world type project involving traveling to remote places and anchoring the Blue Light (K-Marts specials for everyone!). Egypt was the first stop and BM came to me for a Tarot reading on whether she should go or or not. The indicator of the reading was the death card, crossed by the devil. She freaked, and I must admit, I had no pleasant way to interpret that kind of sign. She wouldn't stay for the rest of the reading and left in a huff. A couple of months later, we're in the Great Pyramid doing our hoodoo with the Great Guru, when BM starts to shake and passes out. She's sick the rest of the trip, having some truly bizarre episodes. [...]
1989 - And then, just as my practice got going in the summer of 1989, [working at Duke Diet clinic?] I met Dr. Andrija Puharich. Dr. P. was in hiding on the Reynolds family estate in Devotion North Carolina, and he felt that they were closing in. I suppose that the fact of one of his benefactors took a swan dive off a hotel roof in Tampa had something to do with that. I had followed his work from the late '50s through the late 1970s when he seemed to drop off the map. I was ready to hear anything the man had to say. Over the course of that summer, we became friends, mainly, as he liked to say after a few shots of good vodka, because I reminded him so much of Ira Einhorn.
1989 -A year after that I was leading the service for a hundred people on Bell Rock in Sedona while the Berlin wall fell.
[One wonders how Bridges could have been hanging out with Puharich AND be in Arizona at almost the same time.]
1990 - my practice exploded, - I was gaining credibility with the Bowman Gray Med School's MPD clinic, and all was looking bright.
[From an informant: The above is a lie. Vincent was living on poverty row in a house at 21 Devonshire. He was involved with L** H**. She use to own W**** in Forsyth Co. Her family were the ones that funded what was Charter Hospital (a private psy hospital) in Winston, N.C. Charter has now been taken over by Bowman Grey Hospital and L** sold W*** years ago. Vincent was a "friend" of L**'s and they worked together on W**** (a new age type of retreat). There was a falling out, L** tried to terminate relations with Vincent, but he wouldn't let her. He set her property on fire and destroyed her possessions. After a scandal, W**** was sold due to community opposition and problems with a non-profit and Vincent was run out of town.]
1990 - Style article - Says nothing about him being a therapist which you would expect it to say if, as he claims, his "practice exploded." It is another tourist guide type thing about Pilot mountain, building temples, UFOs and Bermuda Triangle. He says: "I'm part of the blue army. We're the rescue squad."
1991 - Two years later, I was in India, Nepal and Tibet, collecting Vishnu and Shiva initiations and following in the footsteps of Padmasambhava.
1993 - An old friend that I knew had intelligence connections called me up with a strange story. He thought that if anybody might have a clue what was going on, it would be me. A friend of his wife's, going back to Pentagon days, had gone crazy and started accusing everyone of being a satanist and under mind control. Her husband had had to take their kids away from her and she was on the run, calling them from phone booths along the highway. Could I help?
She called me the next day from a phone booth in Maryland, and we talked enough to convince her that I would take her story seriously. So she hopped in her car and drove straight through to Winston-Salem. She got to my office around six and we talked to midnight, when she left to hide somewhere, she wouldn't say where or how, and then came back the next day and talked for another four hours or so. Then she got in her car and left. I never saw her again, alive. ...A few days later I got a call from a detective in Memphis who wanted to know if I knew anything about her. She had been found dead in a motel room under suspicious circumstances and she had my card.
1993 - October I got the following letter. It had no heading or letter head and bore a Las Vegas postmark. Hi Vince, Good to hear from old friends, what they're doing and all, isn't it? We've been admiring your work, and we must tell you that we couldn't be more pleased. Doubt you would have been so effective even if you had taken our offer. Christopher I fell into a months long Sherlockian funk, that fortunately coincided with our several moves so I had time to think as I packed and unpacked endless boxes of books.
My new partner (Dr. Jean Templeton) and I worked out a plan. She would take the professional flack and work within the emerging treatment community to get the word out and to find more cases so we could see if my sample was skewed or accurate, or even if the whole thing was another form of mind control. I went to work on the technical end looking for therapies and gizmos that would aid in the recovery process. We worked at it until early 1997,
1995 - Three years after that, I was initiated into the Sufi order in Luxor, met the Dalai Lama and received the Kalachakra initiation. (What about the trip to Nepal, India, and Tibet in 1991? Or are there two trips to collect initiations?)
1996 - We invoked the Ophanic angels of Dr. John Dee, back in Sedona on Bell Rock. Then, I plunged into alchemy and Fulcanelli. In the next few years, some truly interesting things are scheduled to happen involving the Grail and Nostradamus.
1996 - Jay Weidner says: I didn't meet VB until 1996 when he was hanging out in Boulder with Dan Winter. I told him about Hendaye and the Cross and my visits to France. I funded (with my own money) a research trip to France. He told me that he would pay me back for the trip but that was 3 years ago and I have yet to recieve a cent.
1996 - On Wednesday, April 24th, 1996 I was in Tampa, the book says University of Tampa, but all I remember is a large and funky 1890's hotel deep in downtown, doing a seminar with my partner Dr. Jean Templeton for a group of therapists and psychs on early childhood abuse and our light and sound entrainment procedures for treating it.that was my last seminar with Jean. She went off to Masters and Johnson that summer and became famous for our technique. I manned the store while she was gone and then that fall I decided I had had enough. I started pulling back on clients, keeping only those that were willing to do the work. By early '97 I was officially retired.
1997 - [Re therapy practice] everything fell apart due to heavy pressure on my partner. Psychic attacks, Love Bite vampires and office break-ins forced a change. I went into semi-retirement, retreating to Mt.G.
1998 - From: "wiolawa72" .luke gato had a sacred geometry conf..in denver in 98 and stan said he would sue the participants because of dan..[...] conference participants..ie michael heleus..etc....[...]well it wasnt till a little later that dan brought holt to my house.. and holt set up an assassination plot.. headed my way with drunvalo...then dan had Vincent and his wife do a ritual with sekmet at bell rock in sedona. all nite and a crowley exericise in futility to the ophanim.... i didnt like that either..as they were using my timeshare.... [...] ron holt was drunvalos major jackass assistant.. and he is married to lyssssa royal.. yerka..was the czech.. who funded drunvalo.bought him a million $$$ house temple.whatever in prescott.. drug money king.. also funded hoagy... all that is a long story.... i got out of the assassination attempt thanx to dennis banks of aim.. police also trying to get drunvalo.. coca...etc..yes he is a snake....sedona is headquartersfor much nwo shit..solarcapstone.org.
1999 - March - in France with Jay Weidner sez VB
1999 - in "real" life I'm a therapist working with severe childhood trauma, sexual abuse, etc. Takes up a lot of my time. (What happened to being retired in 1997?)
If anyone can confirm or deny any of Mr. Bridges whereabouts or claims, please contact the owners of this website. Information will be kept confidential and any names will be disguised for the protection of the innocent.
Added, Spring 2004: While in the case of Vincent Bridges, we are not discussing a murderer, the following remarks from Bad or Mad? published in New Scientist vol 181 issue 2439 - 20 March 2004, page 38, have a direct bearing on the subject - it is only a matter of degree.
This last sentence above is the key to the behavior of Vincent Bridges as the reader has seen in this presentation of the "Bridges Dossier." Additionally, the following excerpts from our research on psychopathy will serve to make the report on Vincent Bridges more comprehensible.
The reader should note that, when the Perseus Research Team - now the Quantum Future Group - began its investigation of Mr. Bridges, the results - coincident with Bridges's behavior - were almost incomprehensible to us. While Bridges seemed to be in full possession of reasoning ability, even a superior intellect, he repeatedly demonstrated a complete inability to comprehend the meaning and significance of his behavior. He was described by one of his earlier victims (who contacted us as a result of this investigation) as a "spiritual terrorist." As time has passed, other victims have contacted us with their stories and it has become increasingly clear that our assessment has been correct though we are unable to publish most of this personal information because his victims are still so traumatized and frightened of his "aggressive response when crossed" that they are unwilling to expose themselves to further "spiritual terrorism."
One of the primary things the research team learned in dealing with Bridges was that the normal rules of etiquette simply do not apply. His inner landscape seemed to be so radically different that we began to think that we had landed on another planet and were dealing with a completely different species even though outwardly, he looked like a regular human being. On the one hand, he wrote many fine literary pieces that - on the surface - seemed to express a well-organized emotional state, while in real life, he seemed to have absolutely no comprehension of the effects of his actions on other - usually innocent - people. This was disorienting to all of the research members - about a dozen people - and we struggled to understand someone who knew all the right words about emotion, but didn't seem to have any ability to apply them to real life and real human relations. This problem is exemplified in Laura's reflections in The Taste for Things That are True:
The emotional, psychological and physical cost of the attacks of Vincent Bridges and his gang of cyber-terrorists on Ark and Laura, their family, friends, students and work, have been high.
CHARISMATIC PSYCHOPATHS are charming, attractive liars. They are usually gifted at some talent or another, and they use it to their advantage in manipulating others. They are usually fast-talkers, and possess an almost demonic ability to persuade others out of everything they own, even their lives. They are irresistible, persuasive, eloquent, and seemingly full of the milk of human kindness and concern for others.
While the psychopath has likes and dislikes and fondness for the pleasures that human company can bring, analysis shows that he is completely egocentric, valuing others only for their enhancement of his own pleasure or status. While he gives no real love, he is quite capable of inspiring love of sometimes fanatical degree in others.
He is generally superficially charming and often makes a striking impression as possessed of the noblest of human qualities.
He makes friends easily, and is very manipulative, using his ability with words to talk his way out of trouble. Many psychopaths love to be admired and bask in the adulation of others.
With the lack of love, there is also a lack of empathy. The psychopath is unable to feel sorry for others in unfortunate situations or put himself in another's place, whether or not they have been harmed by him.[Gordon Banks]
How Psychopaths View The World
Not only do they covet possessions and power, but they gain special pleasure in usurping and taking from others (a symbolic sibling, for example); what they can plagiarize, swindle, and extort are fruits far sweeter than those they can earn through honest labor. And once having drained what they can from one source, they turn to another to exploit, bleed, and then cast aside; their pleasure in the misfortune of others is unquenchable. People are used as a means to an end; they are to be subordinated and demeaned so that the antisocial can vindicate themselves...
The psychopath is a manipulator, who knows exactly what makes us tick and knows how to manipulate and influence our feelings. They have the talent to spot “kind, caring” women.
Mimicry of emotion by word or cleverly produced effects (including tears, sighs, and highly dramatized emotional appeals) is often used to convince others that the psychopath is a normal human being. He does this to create a false empathy with his victim. The psychopath will try to make you believe he has normal emotions by spinning some sad tale or professing profound, moving experiences; the truth is, most psychopaths go through life as in an incubator, touched by few and having no real compassion for others; but they will lie to convince you that they have normal emotions. The pity factor is one reason why victims often fall for these "poor" people. [...]
Lying is like breathing to the psychopath. From personal experience with psychopaths, I can relate to this. When caught in a lie and challenged, they make up new lies, and don't care if they're found out. As Hare states, "Lying, deceiving, and manipulation are natural talents for psychopaths...When caught in a lie or challenged with the truth, they are seldom perplexed or embarrassed -- they simply change their stories or attempt to rework the facts so that they appear to be consistent with the lie. The results are a series of contradictory statements and a thoroughly confused listener." [Hare, 46]. Often, their behaviour serves to confuse and repress their victims, or to influence anyone who might listen to the psychopath's side of the story. Manipulation is the key to their conquests, and lying is one way they achieve this.
When dealing with a really good psychopath, even the most astute observer can be fooled. And, the ones most easily deceived are those with real emotions which the psychopath engages, blinding them to objective facts. If you are a person with a highly developed empathic nature, you are more likely to be fooled by a psychopath than someone who operates at only a minimal level of human empathy.
The COINTELPRO Files: Vincent Bridges and Co. (photographic exhibit)
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