The following two reports are reprinted from GREEN EGG, #77: OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE PRESID
The following two reports are reprinted from GREEN EGG, #77:
OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ON HIS
INVESTIGATION OF THE JOHN TODD/LANCE COLLINS AFFAIR IN DAYTON
1: There is insufficient hard evidence of an unusually harsh
harrassment campaign against Todd, on RELIGIOUS GROUNDS, to
warrant continued AADL attention or intervention.
2: There is more than sufficient soft evidence to indicate that
Todd may be using his own peculiar version of the religion known
as Witchcraft as cover for illegal, immoral and/or infiltrative
3: It would definitely be advisable for as many different
Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies as possible to
investigate Todd's past and present activities.
4: We should expect a number of wild accusations from Todd about
heinous crimes and attitudes on the part of myself, Dr. Gavin
Frost, the Aquarian Anti-Defamation League, Inc., the Church and
School of Wicca, the Church of All Worlds, the American Order of
the Brotherhood of the Wicca, Inc., and other Pagan, Occult and
Witchcraft organizations of an Aquarian nature.
5: Dr. Frost and I have been unable to find a single legitimate
Witch, Pagan or Occultist, inside or outside of Dayton, willing
to serve as a character reference for Todd. On the contrary,
every Aquarian wiht whom we have discussed Todd has emphatically
disassociated himself or herself from Todd's beliefs and
activities. Todd is NOT representative of the Dayton Aquarian
community in any way.
6: Between AADL and the C&SoW, we have spent a great deal of
time, energy, and money on this case, for which we have received
no positive return. I therefore recommend that we avoid further
expenditures of these valuable commodities upon ths matter.
Respectfully submitted, this 23rd day of February, 1976 c.e.
THE DAYTON CAPER
On Sunday 22 Februrary the following Resolution was passed
unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Church and School of
Resolution to Rescind School Charter
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of the Church and School
of Wicca that said Religious Association rescind and nullify the
Church Charter issued to the "Watchers Church of Wicca" in
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that J.W. Todd aka Lance Collins, and
Sheila Spoonmore aka Sheila Todd aka Deona, be defrocked and made
unwelcome by the Church.
The reasons for this action lie in the investigative reports
of Gavin Frost and Isaac Bonewits (Aquarian Anti-Defamation
League) who went to Dayton to examine the case. For a copy of
the AADL report, write to Isaac Bonewits Box 3720, Minneapolis,
55403, enclosing a donation. Briefly, the investigation showed
no evidence of harrassment by law-enforcement agencies but turned
up considerable evidence soft evidence that the Todds are using
the cover of Witchcraft to corrupt minors.
Following is a copy of the report made by Gavin Frost to the
Board of Trustees:
1. Despite the fact that the Church has in its hand a notarized
sworn statement that the Todds are initiated Witches, there is
(1) Evidence that, though emotionally convincing, would not
stand up in a court of law.
(2) The real relationship between the Todds is unclear.
John Todd introduced her as his wife; previously she had been
introduced as his sister. No believable evidence that they are
or ever have been initiated. Claims by Todd that his mother
initiated him while she was a member of Gardner's Isle of Man
coven have been checked. No American and no wman by the name of
"Todd" was ever a member of this group.
2. The use of "speed" in the Circle is not condoned by our
3. The rituals used by the "Watchers Church" bear little or no
resemblence to those of our Church.
4. In careful cross-questioning, it was apparent that Todd had
no knowledge of the methodology of the use of kundalini or dance
in the raising of power. Thus the sex acts that were apparently
performed were purely for the gratification of the Todd's
personal sexual perversities.
5. The tradition used is eclectic and is based on a Dianic
mythos. Aradia is viewed by John Todd as a "fifteen-year-old
bitch." Cernunnos is added as Aradia's brother and an overseeing
group of demi-god watchers is added. This mythos is not
acceptable to our Church; nor do we know of any other church to
which it would be acceptable.
6. The Todds have in the past claimed both to the media and to
other pagans that they are "in control of the area." They have
no such right.
7. The Todds claim to be "sixth-degree initiates." This
methodology is similar to the Satanist Church of the Process and
is not acceptable to our Church.
8. It is the stated intention of the Todds to open a public
Church of Wicca and to start an occult newspaper. It is our
recommendation that neither of these projects be supported by
Witches, because the Todds have neither the qualifications nor
the knowledge necessary for such endeavors.
9. In closing this report, I would like to thank specifically
the various law-enforcement agencies, the Dayton area Witches,
and Wes Hill (reporter for the Dayton Daily News) for their
cooperation in a rather unpleasant task.
E-Mail Fredric L. Rice / The Skeptic Tank