It was my pleasure to be a guest on That’s So F****d Up podcast yesterday. You can see it on Instagram right now at https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cnp2n4LhiqS/ Michelle and Ashley were kind enough to have me on the show to talk about Smash, Smash, Smash: the true story of Kai the Hitchhiker and the disparity between what the record shows that I’ve reported versus the prosecutors’ claims in Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker from RAW TV Ltd and Netflix. You can also watch the interview here on YouTube.
Remember to check out http://truestoryofkai.com as well for links to the materials I cite in the book and end notes, links to Kai’s petitions, fundraiser and social media, all my articles from here at philfairbanks.com, sample chapters from the book and a link to the Indiegogo where you can pre-order the print book and get the digital delivered same day!
Fiona Dodwell wrote an article about how Netflix’s Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker documentary seemed potentially exploitative. I reached out to her shortly after seeing it to offer her a digital advance review copy of Smash, Smash, Smash: the true story of Kai the Hitchhiker my new book. She has just published the first review online for the book! In other book-related news, I also appeared on That’s So F****d Up podcast today live from 330pm to nearly 5pm. As soon as the podcast link arrives will share it here.
Meantime, we are getting our first backers, pre-orders and digital sales of the book coming in slowly but surely. You can check out truestoryofkai.com for info on Kai’s petitions and fundraiser, the Indiegogo where you can get the book and my previous articles and interviews related to Kai. While you’re waiting for TSFU Podcast and some other to-be-announced guest spots, you can see me talk about what the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker got wrong about the case in this livestream I did with BZ Douglas (contributor of the afterword to the book).
Courtesy of the James T. Richardson special collection at San Diego State University, some files related to Aum Shinrikyo, sent from the group’s New York chapter to Richardson in 1995. Also included a paper on the “new neo-religions” of which Aum and Happy Science are only a couple of the politically motivated/activated new religious movements. With Halloween coming up going to try to do at least one video on a “spooky” subject from the rare docs I’ve been collecting over the past year while working on the Kai the Hitchhiker book.
Up next? Expect some MK-Ultra researcher Dr. Louis Jolyon “Jolly” West connection to the rise of the Satanic Panic in the late 80s.
Speaking of New Religious Movements, I met with Happy Science last month and bought a couple books. The embedded video below is from the Manila International Book Fair directly skip to 17 minutes and 15 seconds to jump to the spot where I get to the Happy Science booth. Keep scrolling for the Aum documentaries A and A2.
Major publishers, indie and small press, book signings and books as far as the eye can see. The Manila International Book Fair 2022 had something for everyone.
In between the lockdown of 2020, the spinal injury of 2021, and the financial recovery from surgery the previous year I haven’t been able to get out much the past few years. Despite not having much money to spend while I was there though I made my way to the Manila International Book Fair at the SMX convention center in Pasay. The longest-running book industry trade show in Asia, the last event was held in 2019 and had an attendance of around 160,000. It’s been a staple of the literary world in Manila for over 40 years now.
I’d already reached out to the book fair representatives asking about covering the event they advised me to first head to the media area, which conveniently was right near the front. After signing in, the woman at the table walked me along with my friend Kathleen and her friend, who acted as my cinematographer for the day.
First, we headed to see Pol Medina Jr. Sir Pol had a new release, Blood of the Shinobi book #4. It’s a bit bloody in parts but fast-paced action. I also brought my copy of volume 4 of Ink and Politics. They had some copies of volume 1 for sale there. Medina is also a political cartoonist. The volume I have is from 2018, so there’s plenty of material related to Trump, the Singapore NoKo/US summit even Dennis Rodman makes an appearance in a frame. Another highlight for me was getting to hear a woman express her excitement at finally getting a book signed by Pol.
As mentioned earlier, the indie village section was very interesting to me. I love small press always have, indie music, indie movies, and the freedom from the micromanaging of the industries that treat art as a commodity alone is a beautiful thing. While there, I talked with Gay Ace Domingo with San Anselmo. And I had to pick up a copy of a book by Ara Villena, who I’ll be collaborating with on my first children’s book coming in 2023. Her artwork is amazing, she’s also had work published by Adarna and met some of the folks from there at their booth as well.
Project Stargate was centered around SRI International research center and the CIA, NSA, DIA, DOD and multiple US military branches took advantage of the work done there. The work being done was related to “remote viewing” and psychic spying. I was aware that 2 of the 3 main researchers were Scientologists, but until delving into the Ingo Swann special collection was not aware to what extent that Scientology and Dianetics played in the secret spy program.
It’s certainly been a long time coming, but it appears as if the Kai the Hitchhiker book is nearing completion. Last week I finished the first draft and did one last read through and fixed some typos and other issues. Now it’s off to be proofread and while that’s going on I’ll finish the end notes and work on the companion volume (transcripts of interviews, portions of the jury selection, grand jury and trial transcripts and portions of motions filed by Kai or parties he has taken to court that are cited in the main book). Over 5 years in the works and certainly my most intensive investigative work to date. Expect to see it available by early December, but possibly sooner if you pre-order (pre-order sales should begin in October). Drop me a line at kafkaguy[at]gmail.com if you’d like a review copy or to set up an interview, podcast appearance, livestream etc. later this year once it gets closer to release date.
The thing about following down rabbit holes is you never know where they’ll lead. Sometimes the results are exciting, sometimes scary. My recent journeys down a couple particular New Jersey rabbit holes have been both and thanks to an anonymous tipster I have new leads to chase regarding the organized crime and corruption element that stems from Union County’s valuable waterfront property. The info ties implicates multiple cops from Elizabeth, Union County in cocaine trafficking and protecting drug dealers. I’ve also identified the 1970s-80s cocaine route via Florida originating in Colombia. How that ties to a stash house/car repair shop/money laundering front who may have been the ones installing those trap doors in cars to smuggle the dope out of state. Also, a source with explosive news that I’m working on corroborating has led me down a rabbit hole that may tie the cop protected cocaine trafficking rings to the slew of predators who I was remiss to personally call an organized ring until just recently when that same anonymous source shared personal information that may tie a Union County sheriff to the drug trade via the Hernandez crime family. Buckle up folks, this is a wild one…
I was asked back on the Dangerous World podcast this week. We talked about the human sacrifices with the Matamoros drug trafficking cult and the fascist origins of groups like Order of 9 Angles and The Temple of Set as well as the latest news with The Satanic Temple. We also cover some of my recent investigation into the Kai the Hitchhiker case.
The Satanic Temple is no stranger to suing anyone who calls them out. Despite claiming to be champions of free speech and expression if you choose to express yourself by pointing out facts about the organization that are on the record, or outing instances like multiple sexual assault allegations the group swiftly turns as rabid as Scientology on a bad day.
Dr. Louis Jolyon West, or “Dr. Jolly” as he was known to some was a fascinating character. Known today mainly for his work on mind control he was also involved in the civil rights movement, took part in the Jack Ruby investigation, the Patty Hearst Trial, investigated Jonestown, fought Scientology, headed the Cult Awareness Network and much more. I was doing some digging today in regards to an upcoming project that has required me to do a deep dive into rare materials, some unavailable online or only found in certain archives by request. During this search, I found this gem of an artifact. Dr. West, who was mentioned in Tom O’Neill’s book on Charles Manson due to his proximity to the Haight-Ashbury scene where he had a “pad” he lived in to observe the hippies as well as “treating them” in his free clinic, gives a talk in the late 60s entitled “Hippies, Teenyboppers and the Asphalt Sherwood Forest.” After a few minute intro with some background from me you can listen to it in its entirety here.