In 1987 the New York Times ran a story about a little known cult called “The Finders”. The first paragraph reads:
“Police officials here said today that six disheveled children found in Tallahassee, Fla., might be the offspring of members of a little known cult, but the officials said they had not ruled out the possibility of kidnapping.”1
Who are these suspicious men, and what were they doing with 6 undocumented children, transporting them across the country? Two children who were with the Tallahassee men were found to show signs of sexual abuse.2 The Finders had long been a topic of discussion for locals, who were naturally fascinated with the cult that lived amongst them. The Washington City Paper once described the Finders as such:
“In appearance, the Finders—mostly middle-aged men, always in dark suits—wouldn’t be out of place managing a local funeral home. But the behavior of the handful of adherents has people wondering whether they arrived by flying saucer. Townspeople say the Finders constantly walk the streets, following people home and taking extensive notes and pictures. They often appear at local council meetings, never saying a word but simply observing the scene. At other times, they plunder the visitor’s center of brochures, maps, and local travel guides. And they haunt the courthouse, scouring land deeds to find out who owns the local real estate,” -Washington City Paper3
The Washington City Paper goes on to address the shocking specter of the alleged Satanist practices of the cult, with the startling revelation:
“But among all the cryptic inventory, cops found a photo album entitled “The Execution of Henrietta and Igor,” a series of snapshots depicting berobed adults and children slaughtering goats in a wintry woodscape. One photo depicted giggling toddlers pulling dead kids from a womb (“Baby goats!” ran the caption); another showed a grinning adult presenting a goat’s head to a startled child.”4
One US News and World Report article states:
“The more the police learned about the Finders, the more bizarre they seemed: There were suggestions of child abuse, Satanism, dealing in pornography and ritualistic animal slaughter. None of the allegations was ever proved, however. The child abuse charges against the two men in Tallahassee were dropped.”5
The children were apparently en route to Mexico, to what the children described as a school for 'smart kids'. It was noted in a Customs Report that the children were unable to accurately identify themselves or their custodians, could not identify the purpose of telephones, toilets or televisions, and were only given food 'as a reward'.6
These shocking developments led to a raid on the Finders compound by the U.S. Customs Service. The report produced after the raid is astounding:
“During the execution of the warrant at 3918/20 W Street., I was able to observe and access the entire building. I saw large quantities of childrens clothing and toys. The clothing consisted of diapers and clothes in the toddler to preschool range. No children were found on the premises.”“Cursory examination of the documents revealed detailed instructions for obtaining children for unspecified purposes. The instructions included the impregnation of female members of the community known as the Finders, purchasing children, trading and kidnapping.”“One such telex specifically ordered the purchase of two children in Hong Kong to be arranged through a contact in the Chinese Embassy there. Another telex expressed interest in 'bank secrecy' situations. Other documents identified interests in high-tech transfers to the United Kingdom, numerous properties under control of the Finders, a keen interest in terrorism, explosives and evasion of authorities.”“There was also a set of instructions which appeared to be broadcast via a computer network which advised participants to move 'the children' and to keep them moving through different jurisdictions, and instructions on how to avoid police attention.”“I was able to observe numerous documents which described explicit sexual conduct between members of the community known as Finders. I also saw a large collection of photographs of unidentified persons. Some of the photographs were nudes, believed to be members of Finders. There were numerous photos of children, some nude, at least one of which was a child 'on display' and appearing to accent the childs genitals.”“One of the officers presented me with a photo album for review. The album contained a series of photos of adults and children dressed in white sheets participating in a 'blood ritual'. The ritual centered around the execution of at least two goats. The photos portrayed the execution, disembowelment and dismemberment of the goats at the hands of the children. This included the removal of the testes of the male goat, the discovery of the female goats 'womb' and the 'baby goats' inside the womb, and the presentation of the goat head to one of the children.”“The warehouse contained a large library, two kitchens, a sauna, hot tub, and a 'video room'. The video room seemed to be set up as an indoctrination center. It also appeared that the organization had the capability to produce its own videos. There were what appeared to be training areas for the children and what appeared to be an altar set up in a residential area of the warehouse. Many jars of feces and urine were located in this area.” - USCS Report of Investigation Continuation, filed by Special Agent Ramon J. Martinez, March 2, 19877
A follow up report revealed the most shocking detail of the entire Finders case:
“I was advised that all of the passport data had been turned over to the State Department for their investigation. The State Department in turn advised MPD (D.C. Metropolitan Police Department) that all travel and use of passports by the holders of the passports was within the law and no action would be taken. This included travel to Moscow, North Korea and North Vietnam from the late 1950's to the early 1970's.The individual further advised me of circumstances which indicated that the investigation into the Finders had become a CIA internal matter. The MPD report has been classified and is not available for review. I was advised that the FBI had withdrawn from the investigation several weeks prior and that the FBI Foreign Counter Intelligence Division had directed the MPD not to advise the FBI Washington Field Office of anything that had transpired.”8 (Emphasis mine).
After the Finders investigation became a 'CIA internal matter', no action against the Finders was ever taken, and the case has largely faded from public memory. Not everyone was content with the investigation simply 'ending'. Florida congressman Tom Lewis was quoted as saying:
“'Could our own government have something to do with this Finders organization and turned their backs on these children? That's what all the evidence points to," says Lewis. "And there's a lot of evidence. I can tell you this: We've got a lot of people scrambling, and that wouldn't be happening if there was nothing here.'”9
Digging by the media could only produce one confirmed connection: A firm which operated as a 'front organization' for the CIA providing officers with computer training employed several members of the Finders. The Washington Times reported:
“Other Customs Service documents and records from the FBI and Metropolitan Police provide indications that the CIA had links to the Finders or at least to some of the group’s members. A Metropolitan Police document dated Feb. 19, 1987, quotes a CIA agent as confirming that his agency was sending its personnel to "a Finders Corp., Future Enterprises, for training in computer operations."And a later Customs Service report says that the CIA "admitted to owning the Finders organization as a front for a domestic computer training operation but that it had ’gone bad.’”10
The CIA, of course, has denied any connection to the Finders.
Food for Thought:
- Is the CIA responsible for various cults as 'front groups' for MK-ULTRA and other projects?
- Why were the Finders interested in terrorism and explosives?
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1New York Times, “Inquiry Spreads on 6 Children and Cult,” February 8, 1987
2Chicago Tribune, “2 Cult Children Show Signs Of Sex Abuse,” February 9, 1987
3Washington City Paper, “Finders Keeper,” May 24, 1996
5US News and World Report, “Through a Glass, Very Darkly,” December 19, 1993
6USCS report available here.
9US News and World Report, “Through a Glass, Very Darkly,” December 19, 1993
10The Washington Times, “CIA tied to cult accused of abuse ; Justice probes links to Finders,” December 17, 1993