by Laura Knight-Jadczyk
This article is copyright 2001 Perseus
Foundation, Inc. It may be freely copied and shared only if the
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UPDATE! July 20, 2003: Maynerd Most - Alvin Wiley Scam Alert!
At the present point in time, Spring 2003, when the
Group Websites are getting a "face lift," there has been some
discussion as to whether or not to retain this report 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.
But, the "easy way" is not always the right way.
As we discussed the matter of the "Most Dossier," we realized that
it was through the "lesson" and example of Maynerd Most and friends
that all of us were prepared to SEE through George Bush and his gang
The chief question we are concerned with is its value as a teaching
tool. The Cassiopaean group and the Quantum Future School Members
all agree that the dynamics of this "experience" did more to advance
them on the path of esoteric understanding than any other single
Added, Spring 2004: While in the case of Maynerd Most, 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
WHAT is evil? In todayís largely secular western society we may find
it hard to define. But, historically, the question of evil has been
a theological one. Generations of apologists have searched for ways
to justify God in an imperfect world. In the Christian tradition,
Saint Augustine distinguished between two forms of evil: "moral
evil", the evil humans do, by choice, knowing that they are doing
wrong; and "natural evil", the bad things that just happen - the
storm, the flood, volcanic eruptions, fatal disease.
Whatever your views on
God, the distinction is appealing. In our
secular world, where crimes are punished, we need to believe that
someone who commits an inexplicable act of violence or physical
cruelty, such as torture, child abduction or murder, has freely
chosen to do so. We accept that there may be mitigating
circumstances, including diminished responsibility or mental
illness. What we find most chilling are crimes that are planned,
where offenders have a goal in mind and demonstrate control. Like Uma Thurmanís character in
Quentin Tarantinoís film Kill Bill,
people who commit such crimes are seen as unambiguously morally
evil. "Itís mercy, compassion and forgiveness I lack," she says,
Thurmanís character "The Bride" can be seen as possessing what is
now recognized by psychiatrists as a severe antisocial personality.
Such people are not clinically mentally ill, and they usually know
when they are doing wrong. But are they really evil? Neuroscience is
beginning to tell us that while the cognitive, planning part of the
brains of severely antisocial people works normally, other neural
centers do not. [...]
Whether violence is impulsive or premeditated, we want to know what
makes people do it. Here science can move beyond the theological
explanation of free will. Starting in the 1990s, Adrian Raine, a
British psychologist at the University of Southern California, Los
Angeles, pioneered the use of brain imaging to study people with
antisocial personalities. His brain scans of impulsive, reactive
killers show that these people have reduced activity in frontal
regions of their brains, including an area called the orbitofrontal
cortex. This area sits at the head of a chain of connected brain
regions, including the amygdala, hypothalamus and peri-aqueductal
grey, which are activated when we are threatened. People with damage
to this area often display loss of control. They are inappropriately
irritable and aggressive when crossed, and they find it hard to
alter their response to a situation when circumstances change and it
would be in their interests to modify their behavior.
This last sentence above is the key to the behavior of
as the reader will soon see in this presentation of the "Most
Dossier." Additionally, the following excerpts from our research on psychopathy will serve to make the report on
Maynerd Most more
Alvin Wiley and Maynerd Most
The reader should note that, when the Perseus Research Team - now
the Quantum Future Group - began its investigation of
Mr. Most, the
results - coincident with Mostís behavior - were almost
incomprehensible to us. While Most 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
One of the primary things the research team learned in dealing with
Most 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 didnít seem
to have any ability to apply them to real life and real human
relations. This problem is exemplified in Lauraís reflections in
Taste for Things That are True:
During the past week or so, we have had to sit down with our
children, show them the terrible, hurtful lies that are being
written about us by these contemptible, solipsistic, malignant, and
lawless people. We have had to show them that these people have no
compunction about writing about the children themselves, using their
names, possibly endangering them, certainly embarrassing them, and
most definitely hurting them psychologically and emotionally.
We have had to explain to them about people who choose conscious
evil; people who are malicious, evil-minded, envious, obnoxious, and
loathsome. We have had to explain to them about people who are so
twisted that they derive gratification from deceiving other people
and hurting other people. And we have had to explain to them that
these people pose as "good and helpful and friendly" when they meet
you and when you have something they want, or something they wish to
destroy, whether they are being directed by some nebulous Control
System, or their own internal deficiencies and general failure at
What is more, we have had to explain it to ourselves.
And of course, the children have asked us: Why do you even do it?
Why not just walk away from the world such people inhabit? Why not
just go back to "normal life," and forget about it. Let the world do
what it wants to do, let everybody just go away and leave us alone?
And frankly, as I write this, I am hard pressed to answer that
question. Why, indeed?
The emotional, psychological and physical cost of the attacks of
Maynerd Most and his gang of cyber-terrorists on Ark and Laura,
their family, friends, students and work, have been high.
When normal people are shown pictures of peopleís faces expressing
distress, the amygdala is activated. It sends signals to the
hypothalamus and other brain regions that prompt our bodies to react
with the characteristic racing heartbeat and sweaty palms. Only
later, when the brainís higher cortical regions are engaged, does
the emotional response become conscious. Ray Dolan from the
Institute of Neurology in London has found that we respond even when
our attention is diverted to other matters and we see pictures of
distressed faces only at the periphery of our vision. Empathy,
concludes Dolan, is automatic and visceral. It is beyond our
control. When we feel a wave of emotion at someoneís suffering, or
revulsion at the sight of their wounds, we are communing with them,
whether we like it or not.
But violent individuals do not react in this way. Is their lack of
empathy a cause or an effect of their behaviour? Do such people
start life without empathy, does it fail to develop, or do they lose
it through wrongdoing? Opinions vary. Raine and others have found
that children who later grow up to be violent have abnormal visceral
responses such as a relative lack of palm sweating. Twin and
adoption studies point to a substantial contribution of heredity to
criminal, antisocial conduct, although the genetic effect is
stronger for acquisitive and impulsive crime than for premeditated
crimes against other people. [...]
Some commentators have suggested that
the architects of the
Holocaust and other genocides must have been abused as children -
why else would they have committed such appalling acts? But all the
available evidence contradicts this. James Waller at Whitworth
College in Spokane, Washington, has trawled the literature on what
he calls "extraordinary evil". He and other social scientists find
perpetrators of evil who look remarkably normal in psychiatric
"Men become builders by building and lyre-players by
playing the lyre; so too we become just by doing just acts,
temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts."
Modern thinkers agree with the idea that, in part, we create
ourselves through our actions. The way the antisocial brain is
configured may limit a personís choices from the outset, but, argues
forensic psychiatrist Paul Mullen from Monash University in
Victoria, Australia, it is by choosing evil that we seal our own
fate. Mullen sees the antisocial personality as the outcome of a
developmental disorder of ethical action. Someone who does not
reflect upon the consequences of their actions while growing up - or
who is not provided with a parent who will do so for them - creates
their own antisocial destiny. [Bad or Mad? New Scientist vol 181
issue 2439 - 20 March 2004, page 38]
The terms sociopath or psychopath often bring to mind images of
sadistically violent individuals such as Ted Bundy or the fictional
character of Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal"
Lecter in the book and
movie The Silence of the Lambs. But I believe the defining
characteristic traits of sociopaths actually cover a much broader
spectrum of individuals than most of us would ever imagine. The
sociopath is that truly self-absorbed individual with no conscience
or feeling for others and for whom social rules have no meaning. I
believe that most all of us know or have come in contact with sociopathic individuals without even knowing it. [Wendy Koenigsmann]
Maynerd of Arabia?
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 anotherís 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 ďkind, caringĒ 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. [...]
Maynerd Most as "Nostradamus Expert" (at right)
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 donít care if theyíre 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."
Often, their behaviour serves to confuse and repress their
victims, or to influence anyone who might listen to the psychopathís
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.
As noted in the introduction to the Cassiopaean Experiment, from the
very earliest days of the Cassiopaean contact, Laura had been urged
to "network" via the internet. Following this direction was, in
fact, the means by which she and Ark 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
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 seemed perfect for Laura. In fact, he seemed almost too good to
be true. So I checked. I did not want to see Laura crushed into
oblivion. I did not want to learn, six months down the line, that
this soul mate of hers was actually a 14-year-old boy in
Philadelphia, doing what any 14-year-old boy would be doing on the
other end of the computer line. I asked one of the Timesí
researchers to see if Arkadiusz Jadczyk was real. Indeed he was; in
1995, he had even won something called a Humboldt Award, which if I
understood correctly, was a respectable achievement in the world of
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, Dr. R. Santilli. In a similar way, Maynerd Most
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."
Itís 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."
In spite of the dangers, of which both Ark and Laura were aware, the
Cassiopaea web site was launched in 1998, giving the
experiment an expanding public presence. Many readers began to join
in the research process and widespread sharing of data and
experiences served only to confirm - again and again - many of the
concepts and clues provided by the Cassiopaean material.
The publishing of the Cassiopaean communications and the
establishing of the network of dialogues among those interested in
this material was followed by numerous extremely unpleasant events
for Ark and Laura. Most of this consisted in ad hominem attacks on
them by "true believers" of many kinds from Christian
Fundamentalists to New Age promoters of "the aliens are here to save
us" ideas. They took it in stride, considering that the sharing of
the information was worth the risks even if the Cassiopaeans had
Agents and agencies are omnipresent. You were moving in a direction
whereby the knowledge gained would be most compromising, if shared.
We have suggested before that this forum was better served as an
educational realm for you, rather than one from which to launch upon
an effort to educate all others.
Even though the above comment from "us in the future," (as the
Cassiopaean source identified itself) would seem to mandate that
Laura might have been better served by NOT sharing her information
so freely, it is also true that such "cautions" in the transcripts
are about equally balanced with suggestions that "networking" is
serving others. This "confusion" was only later understood, as has
been described in: What is Laura Hiding? The Cassiopaeans Answer.
Maynerd Most first wrote to Laura in the spring of 1999.
claimed to be writing a book about subjects which Laura had been
researching for some time - alchemy and
- 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 Most had obviously been utilizing the information
Laura had freely given to him to write his book, though clearly he
had either deliberately misinterpreted her comments, or had been
incapable of the depth of thought required to "grok" them. The
correspondence lapsed. (This correspondence is archived with all
headers intact and is available to legitimate researchers upon
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
From: "Christaofer Richarde"
To: Laura Knight-Jadczyk
Date sent: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 19:25:39 -0700
Oh, it is possible to even concoct the wanderings that you have
concocted. Nevertheless, there is more to this story of Rennes, than
meets the eye...as the king might say.
Laughed my way, wholeheartedly, through your article!
would be most amused, in fact.
May Saturn husk hexagonal corn for you..... D-
Knowing that Most 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 Most, 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 psychopath - to "create" seeming
synchronicities so that the victim will be emotionally "ripe" for
After a few exchanges, Most 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
Laura, overwhelmed with the task of keeping up with the discussion
group, answering questions, editing and arranging the transcripts,
researching clues from the material, and writing articles for the
site, thought that Mr. Most was a godsend! Having "known" him for
almost two years - including being aware of his "credentials"
published on the internet, 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 lifeís 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
Most, but Laura was confident that, given time, Most would prove to
be amenable to a more open-minded approach. As one observer of the
dynamic noted succinctly: "If other people are so knowledgeable about
what Laura is doing so that they are qualified to pass judgment,
then why arenít they conducting their own successful "experiment?"
Why havenít their lives changed dramatically - and for the better -
as Lauraís and Arkís have because they have actually APPLIED the
things they have learned?"
The fact is, Maynerd Most 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.
Most of the dynamics of the interactions between Most and Ark and
Laura are described in the series of Zaca Lake articles, but the
bottom line is that, in the summer of 2001, Laura experienced a
direct visual representation of Maynerd Most. 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 didnít like someone and didnít
want to associate with them for one reason or another. The fact was,
Laura liked Maynerd Most 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 Maynerd Mostís nature and malefic intent toward
her. Laura realized that if knowledge really did protect - but only
if applied - Ark and Laura had to apply what they now knew.
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 Maynerd Most failed every test of honesty and
As mentioned above, Ark and Laura had agreed to speak at a
conference Most had said he was organizing. At this point, knowing
what they did about Mostís "character flaws," they felt it was
simply the best course of action to cancel the conference appearance
and terminate any further business relations. Most 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 idea that
this would produce any problems other than a mild upset that is
normal in any parting of the ways. Ark and Laura were NOT prepared
for the vicious and extreme attacks Maynerd Most 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, she still felt a great
deal of sympathy for Most 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.
Observing this behavior was astonishing. Maynerd 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. It was this puzzlement that
compelled the questions that lead to this report.
On a practical level, Lauraís doubts about the matter were put to
rest when The Perseus Foundation research group undertook an
investigation of Most - including a professional private
investigatorís report - in the fall of 2001. To Lauraís chagrin, it
was revealed that Most 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,
Even though there was a history of fraud, Ark and Laura were
reluctant to publish the report on Most. However, after three months
of exhausting 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. Most 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 Maynerd 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 Maynerd Most was hacking into the computer
of a member of our discussion groups and stole her passwords and
used her internet account to the tune of about $800.00 over a period
of three months.
In January 2002, a former member of the Cassiopaea group, Frank
Scott joined forces with Maynerd Most to discredit the experiment,
to label the members of the Cassiopaea discussion list as members of
a "cult," obviously in a concerted effort to put an end to the
experiment itself, to further destroy Ark and Lauraís 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 a 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.
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 it turned out, Lauraís 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 Maynerd Most,
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, which
opened the door to our understanding of Organic Portals. Without
this understanding, it would be almost impossible to comprehend the
events on the World Stage, including the behavior of George Bush and
Maynerd Most 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.
Most 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
In the time since the publication of this report, Maynerd Most has
altered his websites, changed his "bio," and generally "cleaned up
his act" in public. The Perseus Foundation, which has transferred
its assets and records to the Quantum Future Group, Inc., archived
the original sites and any researchers who wish to see the pages as
they originally existed may write with their request.
Let us look first at the credentials of Maynerd Most as they existed
on the Laura Lee Website at the time Most began his correspondence
From the Laura Lee website, these are Maynerd Mostí claimed credentials:
Maynerd Most currently practices a form of psycho-acoustic therapy,
a trauma abreaction technique using light and sound entrainment of
brain frequencies, in the Uwharrie Mountains of North Carolina.
His academic background includes (at the University of South
Carolina and North Carolina) English, History and Classical Studies
with graduate research into the Hermetic origins of the Renaissance;
other fields of intensive research include: ancient cultures and
their shamanic practices, the history of language, cultural
anthropology, Egyptology with extensive research into the El-Amarna
Era, comparative religion, mathematics and sacred geometry, brain
physiology, psychology, theoretical physics and psycho-acoustic
He is also a consulting geomancer or earth grid engineer and the
Director of the Fifth Way Mystery School, an international group of
Maynerdís background includes stints as a small town journalist, for
the North Charleston News and the North Davidson Dispatch; rock
critic for magazines such as Rolling Stone, Cream, Downbeat,
Seventeen, and High Times; fiction in Isaac Asimovís Science Fiction
Magazine, Hustler, Crescent Review and a novel, Walpurgisnacht from
DAW Books (1981).
An initiate of many different spiritual traditions, including
Voodoo, Sufism, Rosicrucianism and ceremonial magick, Maynerd lives
with his wife, the artist Darlene, and their four cats in a haunted
yellow Victorian house on the edge of the Uwharrie National Forest.
Altogether, quite impressive qualifications, are they not?
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. Most credentials through the databases
available to the university where she is employed. She discovered
that Mr. Most 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 Maynerd Most. 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 Mostís "educational"
credits. Since she was in a position to check, Mr. Most 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:
Laura has made much of my bio listing on the LL site and its
supposed errors. If she had read through her old emails and inner
group postings she will find that Iíve already told the story. I
went off to USC, South Carolina, as an English major. I had a few
awards in poetry and playwriting to my credit and had met James
Dickey the summer before my freshmen year at a poetry conference. He
liked me, I already knew how to drink, and he became my mentor that
fall at school. With his help, I breezed through the undergraduate
English courses on advanced studies and by my sophomore year had a
major for myself in History and Theatre Arts, as it was quaintly
called in those days.
We did read through all the old emails looking for a clue that he
never claimed any degrees.
From one of the earliest, on Fri, 7 May 1999 he writes: "as far back
as Grad school in the mid seventies."
On Sun, 3 Oct 1999: "I switched from English to History, got out of
undergraduate work and then went on to psychology... I went back to
school, graduate work in Medieval HistoryÖ"
On Fri, 20 Apr 2001: "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 or the Rhine Foundation."
Mr. Most 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 Maynerd Most "credits" and credentials were checking
out on the briefest of inspection, another member of the group
undertook to ask Mr. Most 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:
ďÖTwo other points here: My novel and my credentials as a therapist.
First of all, the DAW books list that I find on-line covers only
backstock and doesnít even go back to 1981. It is possible that
there is another list I havenít found that covers every title
theyíve ever published.
"All I know is that DAW paid me a small advance for a book called
Walpurgisnacht, by "Roland Maxwell" in 1980 and my sudden departure
in 1981 left everything hanging. If by some chance they chose not to
publish it, then thatís actually good news to me. That I used it at
all on my bio is a sign of insecurity and I plan to take it out.
Another sign of insecurity was my habitual use of pseudonyms, Victor
Sutherland for music reviews, G. Richard Bozarth for science
fiction, and so on.Ē
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 Asimovís Sci Fi magazine.
Mr. Most 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:
"All I know is that DAW paid me a small advance for a book called
Walpurgisnacht, by "Roland Maxwell" in 1980 Ö If by some chance they
chose not to publish it, then thatís actually good news to me. That
I used it at all on my bio is a sign of insecurity and I plan to
take it out."
A "sign of insecurity?" I guess it does make people insecure when
their claims donít check out. And if he had any proof of writing it,
instead of "taking it out," why didnít he just produce the evidence?
Donít authors usually memorialize their first book by copying the
check? How about saving the contract? Questions, questions,
Nevertheless, there was a listing of G. Richard Bozarth, and
Sutherland in an index! (Or so it was claimed.) Whatís more, the
explanation about Walpurgisnacht was now seen as reasonable by some
who were taken in by poor Mr. Mostís charming and self-effacing way.
We could all sleep well now. Mr. Most 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. Most
and his followers in order to find clues to understand his
outrageous behavior, his stalking and relentless defamation of Laura
and Ark, that Mr. Mostís entire life rose to the surface demanding
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 wasnít 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
arenít 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. Most either had to be stark raving mad - a
delusional psychotic - or something very serious was going on.
Once the question about Mr.Mostís 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
Examining a large selection of Mr. Most 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
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 Maynerd Most?
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. Most 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. Most 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 Most had claimed to use in the event the person
may have known him under a different name. We include here only the
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 Most 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. Most. If Mr. Most
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. Most 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 Most continues to lie.
Most 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
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
Some of Mr. Most 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. Most 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.
Most 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 Madduxís mummified body in his
closet. Curiously, Most once claimed an affinity for Ira.
"Just the facts, Maíam, just the facts..."
In the late 1960ís 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, Maíam, 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 itís 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
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
companiesí 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 - Maynerd Most.
Maynerd Most: a real, honest-to-goodness magickal (with a "k", gotta
have a "k" in magick or the spell wonít work!) "Magician", who
practices his questionable art on the edge of the Uwharrie National
Forest in North Carolina.
How do we know that Maynerd Most is a real Magician? Well, he says
Maynerd Most is the co-author, with Alvin Wiley, of a book entitled
ďA Monument to the End of TimeĒ. Due primarily to the authorship of
this book, certain doors were opened to both Most and Wiley Ė 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) Maynerd Most
ďI have been initiated into five different traditions. I hold a 3rd
degree in traditional Wicca, I am a Christian minister of a gnostic
and non-demoninational variety, and I am one of the highest ranking
initiates of anything that passes for the Golden Dawn, also I have
the barakah of the founder of the Abu Al Hagagg Sufis of Luxor Egypt
and I am part of the Medicine Buddha and Kalachakra lineage of
Tibetan Buddhism as well as a terton or terma treasure holder, of
the Nyngma-pa tradition.Ē
Altogether, quite impressive qualifications, are they not?
is an accomplished writer, scholar, and collector of various
initiations. The question is, are these statements true? Well, letís
see what we can find out.
Weíll begin with the easiest claim to check, the writing. We know
that he and Alvin Wiley did, in fact, publish ďA Monument to the End
of Time.Ē Not only that, but we are told that Maynerd Most 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. Most had written:
In a very weird way, I was sort of assigned to write a novel about
Aleister Crowley, Hitler and the more unsavory aspects of
black magick. I was paid for it, although it took until 1981 to see
print, and then in a heavily bowlderized form. To do this, I was
"given" access to every bizarre 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. Again, I
didnít question any of this, it just happened, so go with the flow,
donít think too much, have a good time.
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 letís look at this novel, ďWalpurgisnachtĒ.
Daw Books still exists, and in contradiction to what Mr. Most notes
above about their list of books, the on-line list goes back to their
beginning. None of Mr. Mostí aliases was listed in their on-line
directory of published works, recent or otherwise. But that doesnít
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:
From: "Fodera, Sean"
Subject: RE: Maynerd Most
Date sent: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 16:05:00 -0500
Thank you for checking this with us. According to our records, we
have never had any contract with Mr. Maynerd Most (under the "Roland
Maxwell" pseudonym, or any other) for any title. Nor have we ever
published any novel titled Walpurgisnacht. Mr. Most claims of a
business relationship with DAW Books appear to be false.
Please contact us if you require any further information.
Sean P. Fodera
Dir. of Contracts
DAW Books, Inc.