The CROSS of the JUDAS CURSE: Where two forces meet

This article is a continuation of a Tracking the Leopard Meroz post published October 17, 2019, titled Playing Us False:  The Ventriloquist of Cicada 3301.  Under the subtitle Timelines…and their interpretation, I wrote, “Cicada 3301 had three puzzles published sequentially on January 4th of 2012, 2013, and 2014.  Founder Bruce C. Clarke, the former CIA manager***(see update January 26, 2020 at end of this article), died on October 5, 2014, in Vienna, Austria.  The second founder of this puzzle was Ian Murdock, originator of the Debian Project and Linux Systems, who died under suspicious circumstances on December 28, 2015, although it was officially deemed to be a suicide.”

19 days before Ian Murdock’s death an agreement was written between Thomas Schoenberger, Michael Levine and Richard Lech to commercialize Cicada 3301.  That agreement dated December 9, 2015 represents day one of that enterprise and therefore it is curious that on day 666, on October 4, 2017, the First Amendment to Amended and Restated Attachment Agreement was created.  Defango had remarked that Thomas Schoenberger seemed to like the number 666, as it was part of his Shadowbox Strategies phone number.”

Circumstances surrounding the death of Ian Murdock

On March 4, 2018, Terris Renfro uploaded a video to his YouTube channel called Ian Murdock Autopsy Report!!!!  Does This Make Sense to You???  Under the Case History section of the Autopsy Report, we read, “The subject, a 42 year old male, resides alone at 2410 Green Street, in San Francisco.  The subject was found inside his locked residence, hanged by his neck, by San Francisco Police Officers performing a well-being check, after friends were concerned by the subject’s suicidal ideations he was ‘tweeting’ all day on social media’…Friends of the subject read these ‘tweets’ and became concerned for the subject’s well-being.”

“Reportedly numerous anonymous persons began to call the San Francisco Police Department, asking for an officer to respond to the subject’s residence for a well-being check.  San Francisco Police…responded to the subject’s home at approximately 1910 hours.  Police Officer Thompson #1292 looked through the window of the subject’s front door and saw the subject lying facedown on the stairs, unresponsive…then kicked the subject’s locked front door down in order to gain access…noticed the subject had an electric cord from a vacuum wrapped around his neck, unresponsive.”

“According to the subject’s neighbor, the subject was recently going through a lot of problems.  The subject recently broke up with his girlfriend and was being evicted from his residence at the end of this month.  The subject is a known drinker and can get ‘out of control’ from time to time, per the neighbor.  The police have been called to the subject’s residence before by a neighbor due to loud noises, screaming, and reported domestic issues with his girlfriend, which have been caused by the subject’s drinking…”

The autopsy report also indicated that there were traces  of chlordiazepoxide, noriazepan, diazepam, oxazepam and temazepam found in Ian Murdock;  the first four are used to help with anxiety or alcohol withdrawal, and the last one is for insomnia.

The turmoil of Ian Murdock’s arrest two days prior

According to a report on a forum which quoted on Ian Murdock’s death, two days prior to his death, “At 11:30 PM on the 26th, police were called about someone attempting to break into a home.  They found Murdock yelling on the street outside a residence, and held him for questioning…he appeared to be drunk, and was hostile to the police–resisting..the police called for paramedics who took him to the hospital. ..At 2:40 AM on Monday, the police were called again to the same address, with the caller stating that Murdock had come back and was banging on the door and yelling…they arrested him for resisting arrest, assaulting emergency personnel, and two other misdemeanors…Later on Monday, police were called back to Murdock’s neighborhood on the 2400 block of Green Street in San Francisco and found Murdock dead, apparently after committing suicide.”

The autopsy report includes a record of a phone call made to authorities by Ian Murdock’s sister on December 29, 2015, explaining that the subject “has been having psychological issues for about 20 years, but she did not know if he ever made any suicide attempts before.”

A sample of Twitter Messages Around the December 28, 2015 death of Ian Murdock


The autopsy report also reveals that Ian Murdock left his own minor children out of his will.

On May 6, 2016, Ian Murdock’s sister called the police regarding Ian Murdock’s property. The record of that phone call noted, “There was a will that left everything to the girlfriend.  The will is being contested by the family and a court date is scheduled for next week to review the will.”

So, after  completing his computer science degree from Purdue, Ian Murdock continued on to become a very wealthy man and was reputed to have earned 1.4 million dollars in the year prior to his death. Yet his Last Will and Testament apparently left nothing to his three minor children.  I am assuming the Court corrected this situation, since his children were young.  What can never be rectified for these children is the knowledge that their father had written them out of his will, in the first place.

Cicada 3301’s Mind Altering Influence

The history of Cicada 3301 is not a noble one, despite the pretensions that the original founders were not motivated by money, but by higher ideals.

How do online puzzle creations affect those  who are drawn into their fictional world? These puzzles are not simply mathematical curiosities, but also the interweaving of religious and legendary motifs into the consciousness of the solver’s mind. One should ponder what establishes the foundation for a sound mind, as compared to an unsound one, because the introduction of false philosophical systems by “gurus” or con artists  often creates confusion and instability in a student who has a gentle soul.

Consider Matthew 15:18, which says,  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart, and they defile the man.  If that is true for the speaker, who as a teacher, is like the headwaters; then what effect does his defiling words have on his students, who drink of that stream?

Just under four years after the first Cicada 3301 puzzle was published, and nineteen days prior to Ian Murdock’s suicide,  the December 9, 2015 contract between Thomas Schoenberger, Michael Levine and Michael Lech was written with the intention of profiting off of the mystique of Cicada 3301.

Of what significance is the death of Ian Murdock death to our topic today, The Cross of the Judas Curse:  Where Two Forces Meet?  Let’s just say for the time being, that similar to Judas, the manner of his death was classified as a suicide by hanging in the autopsy report.

Stasis:  Where two forces meet.

Stasis is a Greek word with a rich history, and in logic refers to a method of getting to the heart of an argument.  It also has a meaning rooted in warfare, as stasis is where two forces meet. The symbol of the Cross, the tree of execution of the Romans during the time of Jesus Christ, represents stasis. In the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 21:22-23, the man who has committed  a sin worthy of death was hung on a tree as a sign of being accursed of God. The concept of stasis is ancient and deeply embedded in our being.

On January 14, 2020, Jesse Davis published a video on his Just Me You Tube channel, in which he displays a screenshot of a July 7, 2017 email from Thomas A. Schoenberger of Sophia Musik to his wife Paula Davis.  Schoenberger had represented himself to Tracking the Leopard Meroz as a Christian; yet here he explicitly denies the resurrection of Jesus Christ by declaring that “Jesus never died on the cross.”

Approximately seven months later, Thomas Schoenberger accused Paula Davis of becoming a Judas, in the sense that he regarded her as having betrayed him.

Now the interesting thing is that by denying that Jesus died on the cross, Thomas Schoenberger was essentially acting both as an apologist for Judas Iscariot and as a revisionist historian of the Old and the New Testaments. In the style of his Shadow Box Strategies reputation defense business, Schoenberger’s declaration is an attempt to exonerate Judas Iscariot’s accountability for the death of Jesus Christ.

Yet on the other hand, Schoenberger has a reputation for accusing others of  being a “Judas”. Therein lies a subtle and confusing contradiction which serves as an example of why it is difficult for a reasonable person to follow this continuing saga; for what is constantly encountered is that occult mindset, known as the union of opposing principles.  In less philosophical terms, we are dealing with LIARS.

That self-contradictory style of confusion is again observable in a more recent incident which occurred on May 13, 2019, when Isaac Kappy reportedly killed himself after he dropped off of a highway overpass and was hit by an oncoming vehicle.

Hours after that horrible event, several persons began suggesting that it was Thomas Schoenberger who was the influence behind Isaac Kappy’s statement, “I am the reincarnation of Judas Iscariot, the great betrayer”. That declaration is pivotal to the suicide scenario of Isaac Kappy.  Schoenberger has responded to those allegations by claiming that he  believed that Isaac Kappy had not committed suicide, but rather had been murdered, and he is promoting the idea that authorities might reopen the investigation into Kappy’s death.

The Curse of Judas in the Old Testament

Usually when we think of the foreshadowing of Judas Iscariot in the Bible, the scriptures which come to mind involve the prophetic verses on Christ being valued at only 30 pieces of silver, and the familiar friend who became a betrayer. What never seems to be mentioned is this verse:  Deuteronomy 27:25 Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person.  And all the people shall say, Amen.

One of the aspects of Deuteronomy 27:25 is that the Hebrew gematria is 2455.  Curiously, one finds in a Strong’s Concordance of the King James Bible that the Greek word listed under 2455 is Judas. This Old Testament scripture says that a hired assassin is cursed if the target is an innocent person.

Matthew 27:3-5 records the reaction of Judas Iscariot to the condemnation of Jesus, who he knew to be innocent.  These verses say, Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.  And they said, What is that to us?  See thou to that.  And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

Thus Judas Iscariot comprehended that the curse of God was upon him for taking reward for delivering Jesus, an innocent man, over to those who condemned him to die upon the Roman cross.  He  coveted the reward of the assassin.  

The Isaac Kappy death…puzzling connections 

Recently a distasteful Go-Fund Me was set up for $100,000 by Julio Cesareo Jacquez, as shown below. The purpose of this fundraiser is to make a documentary of Isaac Kappy, who committed suicide on May 13, 2019.

Gabe Hoffman has filed a defamation lawsuit against Julio Cesareo Jacquez of All American Cartel LLC.  One of the defamatory texts displayed by Jacquez asserted that “Gabe is now after Thomas Schoenberger because Gabe hired the hitman who killed Kappy.”  These accusations surrounding the death of Isaac Kappy are often speculative and self-serving, yet it is interesting to note how the Judas Curse motif is woven into this story.

I am hoping that the three Gabe Hoffman defamation lawsuits will serve to lay out authenticated evidence on the legal table, because these free flowing defamatory speculations made by many need to be silenced.

Hoffman has also filed a defamation lawsuit against Thomas Schoenberger, which has not yet been served due to Schoenberger’s ability to move about freely between unknown locations.  Recently Schoenberger has claimed that he is gathering evidence on his own, and in conjunction with an attorney, as a basis for a re-investigation into Isaac Kappy’s cause of death.

Revisiting 2017…is there a starting point to this story?

I have been following this ongoing story since June 14, 2017, when the Port of Charleston dirty bomb hoax incident was reported by  the mainstream news media.  Subsequently, I began to publish the documents filed in the two civil defamation lawsuits which emerged from this situation; Robert David Steele and Earth Intelligence Network vs Jason Goodman, Patricia Negron and Queen Tut (Susan Lutzke/Holmes) and also the D. George Sweigert vs. Jason Goodman lawsuit.

Until recently I kept my focus narrow by purposely ignoring the messy underside of this legal tapestry which involved the Seth Rich murder story and the peculiar world of the Cicada 3301 and Tengri 137 puzzles.  The most noticeable thread seen on the front and the backside of this complex story is Manuel Chavez III, known as Defango, and more recently as the Il1usive Man. Unbeknownst to me in 2017/18 was Thomas Schoenberger, and his connections to multiple stories.

Nathan Stolpman’s 2017 observations

Nathan Stolpman on June 9, 2017, five days before the Port of Charleston incident, published a video called George Webb, Defango, Cicada 3301, Tengri 137 and the 7 Degrees of PSYOP on his Lift the Veil YouTube channel.

At the 6.06 mark, Nathan Stolpman says, “…and Defango is working with somebody who is an agent and he’s working intimately with him so that’s a problem but he doesn’t know any better, you know, but this is the PSYOP.  Sorry I say things I sometimes shouldn’t say. I’m excited, but that’s the fact; it’s a guy that’s contacted other truthers before with this info and disinfo guests, for example Steve Pieczenik, Robert Steele, these people are pit–I’ve been pitched you know Steele before.  It’s disinfo.”

“They’re trying to get my stink of legitimacy on them for my audience, who they care about for some reason.  Same way they care about Defango’s audience and why they’re gonna play along.  They want to be his friend.  Everybody wants to be Defango’s friend right now.  Everybody must feel good.  People want to be my friend too until I tell them to F off.  But you gotta be careful who you associate with…” (7.20)

Nathan Stolpman continues, (7.54), “The puzzles you’re working on, Cicada, you know those are designed to find the smartest people, the ones that want the truth, the ones that want to change the world.  Tag ’em, map ’em, and control them.  And I’m afraid that’s you know what’s going on.  It, in the case of you know a genuine person, you know Defango, well, actually he’s involved with it because of the damn puzzles.  This puzzle thing and the George Webb story, it’s a puzzle.  It’s designed to take smart people who could be solving problems in this world and get them going down rabbit holes.  Not only that, identify them, map them, and control them.  George Webb, Cicada 3301, Tengri 137, bulletin boards you know, 4-chan–they’re all designed to find you, tag you, map you, and control you.  That’s the freaky PSYOP.

At the 10.45 mark, Stolpman remarks, “…this guy that, this guy that Defango works with–all he’s ever done to me is misdirect me and invite me to his house.  By the way, puzzles, Hollywood, and I know because that same guy is reaching out to other Youtubers pitching the same bullshit.  So other YouTubers, wake up, it’s not the world you think it is.  The people in your comments are not the people you think they are, especially if they really  like you and they really agree with what you’re talking about.  That’s when you really worry….Because they’ll misdirect you.  It’s a big “F”ing PSYOP.”

Dopey Dave also utilizes the same motif of suicide and death executions

Schoenberger feels that the blame for these Dopey Dave videos lies primarily with Marcus Conte, Manuel Chavez III, and Kerry Wolf aka Allseeing Ewe.  However, because this YouTube account is anonymous, I have approached this situation from a different angle as seen in my article dated December 21, 2019, Dopey Dave’s WHEEL of MISS FORTUNE. 

In the most recent Dopey Dave video, published on January 19, 2020, titled Dopey Dave the Actor is a Homo God, one of the targets included the son of Thomas Schoenberger.  Despite my many differences with Thomas Schoenberger, I felt compelled to email him to express my extreme displeasure with the originators of the Dopey Dave videos and to say that I am praying against such persons that have targeted his INNOCENT son.  Whatever your opinion is of Thomas Schoenberger, his son has nothing to do with this ongoing internet war of words.

On his Grabbler Babe YouTube account, Thomas Schoenberger on January 19, 2020 stated that it was his final video for a year, and he identified 5 persons who would be observed to be judged within the coming year.  Of course it was not really his final video for the year…but I would like to note that two of the persons on that list, Manuel Chavez III and the graphic artist known as Lestat, were actively involved in business associations with Schoenberger, including Cicada 3301.  A third person, Esteban Trujillo, is included because he has been actively documenting Cicada 3301 history through various interviews.  Apparently the dark sphere of internet puzzles does not desire light to be shed on their inner workings.

Why would anyone think they were the reincarnation of Judas Iscariot?  Maybe someone who believes that Jesus never died on the cross…but there is an American Messiah in our midst?

Isaac Kappy said something that was interesting in an Instagram post displayed a  couple of days prior to his death. His unsigned confessional statement declared, “Also, it should be noted that I have recently been made to believe that I am the reincarnation of Judas Iscariot, the great betrayer.”

The date of this confessional was July 4, 2019, which was 52 days after his death.

Who was it that Isaac Kappy claimed was causing him to regard himself as the great betrayer, Judas Iscariot?  Why did Kappy feel that he had to carry the cross of the Curse of Judas? And why are there those who are attempting to capitalize on his death?

***Update January 26, 2020

Esteban Trujillo has raised the question about whether or not the late CIA manager Bruce Clarke, Jr. was involved in Cicada 3301 as a founder, or at any point in its history.  This is a good question as the sources from which this information was related to me are sometimes misleading or presenting false rumors as fact. In light of numerous falsehoods that have been planted in the public record, Esteban Trujillo is right to advise caution when discussing the history of Cicada 3301.

Here is what Trujillo had to say:

I have a small bone to pick. You mention Bruce Cooper Clarke, Jr. as a “founder” of 3301. There is zero forensic evidence that BCCJr played any role in 3301, or was even aware of it. At his death, he was an 88 year old man, he had been in failing health for many years. There are no indications that he was involved in any internet activities, indeed there is no proof that he even knew how to use a computer. Clarke was an analyst, as he ascended the ranks at CIA he migrated into arms control. He was in the end a bureaucrat, an administrator.
There are no indicators that he was a cypherpunk. I am tracking a report that TS met the old man in Vienna, and I am aware of his claim that Clarke was godfather to his son. There is no proof of it.
There is a 3301 origin story that is pushed by Outtrim that claims that 3301 was founded by a triumvirate of Murdock, TS and Clarke. Until I interviewed gHOST, I was aware of no evidence that Murdock had anything to do with the order. Now I cautiously accept that Murdock was involved, even played a principal role. The details shared by gHOST were persuasive. I published these details on my site.
By comparison, the only evidence that Clarke was involved comes from TS, and I trust nothing that man says. I looked hard into Clarke. There is no proof that he was involved in 3301. There is meager evidence that he met TS in Vienna, probably through an interest in Mozart, though there is also a tale that TS was attempting to sell Mozart memorabilia as historical artifacts to museums and collectors. I am gathering the tendrils of this story.
Thanks for listening!




Playing Us False: The Ventriloquist of Cicada 3301

“Cicada, Cicada, Cic-Cic-Cic-Cicada, we hear the sound, and eager creep to spot whence comes, when lo, ’tis gone!–but yet again, Cicada, Cicada.  We look in vain, for Nature’s own ventriloquist has played us false.”  Hardwicke’s Science-Gossip 1827

Thomas Schoenberger is shown in this photo displaying his keyboard skills.   Lestat says he never saw Thomas play, but Defango claims he did and that Thomas Schoenberger is an accomplished pianist. Schoenberger claims both men are liars and are not to be trusted.  Contradictions are the black and white keys which Schoenberger has in fact mastered.

I have never had any interest in the Cicada 3301 puzzles, not even when Thomas Schoenberger  started frantically emailing me that he was being set up, and his life was in danger.

But all that changed when I read Esteban Trujillo de Gutierrez’s  interviews of three of the Cicada 3301 insiders on his website, Those interviews are part of an ongoing, methodical approach to information gathering which the political scientist historian Trujillo is slowly building to form an insightful history of the Cicada 3301 puzzle makers.

The ventriloquist that played us false

Thomas Schoenberger was an insider of Cicada 3301, who some now accuse of being an infiltrator that betrayed the original intent of this puzzle, when he attempted to  commercialize it.  Schoenberger first contacted me around the end of August, 2018, and over the months I gained a firsthand partial knowledge of his side of events.

Others are acquainted with Thomas Schoenberger’s words through his use of a  multitude of internet anonymous handles.  And if you ever attract his attention, you will soon understand his ability for flooding an email box, as he attempts to persuade the recipient of his position on an issue.

More recently Schoenberger’s short YouTube video presentations have been viewed by both his allies and opponents, as he defends his version of events. Like a cicada, first his voice was heard over there with his Parody Lives YouTube channel, then over here with his Exposing Gangstalkers channel, and now he is yet again throwing his voice from a concealed location through his Doc Holliday channel.

One question to ask is whether Thomas Schoenberger IS the Ventriloquist himself, or just the Dummy who moves his mouth by an unseen hand.

Thomas Schoenberger vs Manual Chavez III (Defango)

A few months back, Thomas Schoenberger and his friend Dan Cromer aka Leppo of the Teenage FBI YouTube channel were instrumental in creating division among various persons, when unsubstantiated  allegations were made against Defango.  In conjunction with these accusations, both Dave (Acton) Sweigert and Steve Outtrim of and Cryptobeast also expressed their ongoing issues with Manual Chavez III (Defango). 

Interestingly, Esteban Trujillo, the historian of Cicada 3301 who interviewed Defango, but as yet has not published the transcription of that audio, found himself caught up in the net of these interpersonal vendettas.

Trujillo describes it this way:  “This is one of the problems that I have.  I interviewed Defango (Manuel Chavez III) for like three hours, he told me that he recovered deleted files from a lady named Linda, she was the girlfriend, the cohabitation- co-habiting girlfriend of Thomas, and he used her MacIntosh to work on Liber Primus and Defango says that he recovered the second half in clear text, and I haven’t been able to get it out of him yet.  And he’s kind of touchy, he’s mad at me because I published Lestat’s interview first, you know and honestly I didn’t intend to piss him off, I didn’t do it, it didn’t ever occur to me that he would, you know, flip out the way he did, but he got mad, because like, there’s a real rivalry between these guys and the thing about Defango is the guy’s got to win, you know.  He’s absolutely got to win, and if he’s not winning, he’s mad.  So he called me a ‘fool,’ and a ‘douchebag,’ and I don’t take kindly to that…”.

As Trujillo explained to his guest gHOST, Defango had “flipped out.  Look, and I didn’t do it because I’m choosing sides.  I did it because Lestat’s came out to 10,000 words and Defango’s is 40,000 words, man.  And unless…unless you have an understanding of the amount of work and labor and attention to detail and focus and concentration that goes into producing a document of 40,000 words alone, you don’t know what you’re talking about.  You know?  And Defango, he’s learning disabled, he can’t really read, and he can’t write, ok, this is why he does these videos, ok, and I feel sorry for the guy, alright?  I really do.”

The Satanist Accusations Began Where? When?  How? Who? Why? 

But although Esteban Trujillo wanted to avoid taking sides, the fact is that this entire group of related individuals demand that others pick a side.  I have had to explain to more than one person that I judge others by principles, rather than personal politics.

So in addition to all of this ongoing drama with regard to Defango, Thomas Schoenberger’s Leppo connection caused further discord when Leppo interviewed Satanist Michael Aquino. All of these events resulted in a split between Dave Sweigert aka Dave Acton and two of his faithful friends, Bridgit and Sugar Shine. I do not know either of these women, but I respect their opinions, and was dismayed at what had transpired.

And because Steve Outtrim was openly supporting Thomas Schoenberger at the very same time I was refusing to get involved in his personal vendettas,  I asked Dave Acton to remove my blog’s name from his channel, in order to maintain my own separate identity and integrity. At the center of all of this confusion was Thomas Schoenberger.  It is apparent from hearing the testimonies of many persons, that his presence routinely results in fractious contention.

Lately Schoenberger has attempted to disparage the character and honor of Esteban Trujillo, the historian  involved in the long term project of documenting the history of the Cicada 3301.  I am an admirer of Trujillo’s writings, and consider him to be an honorable man.  Born in Denver, Colorado in 1960, Esteban Trujillo served in the United States Army from 1979 through 1994, and received a Silver Star as recognition for his courage. His awards include the Combat Medical Badge, Master Parachutist badges, Special Forces and Ranger tabs, and Armed Forces Expeditionary medal with arrowhead.  Trujillo wrote a book on his experiences during the Invasion of Panama.  His published works can be located on

Esteban Trujillo as author and historian

I am going to provide a few general quotes of Esteban Trujillo from his Cicada 3301 articles on [All bolding is mine for emphasis].

Trujillo comments, “Some may complain about the length of this interview:  indeed, it is longer than I intended.  But these things take as long as they take.  Others may cringe from the wall of text that confronts them here, but one of my pet peeves is the laziness of those who prefer to passively absorb information through videos rather than doing the hard work of reading.”

One should reflect on that last sentence and compare the motives and the content of the long term writing project of Trujillo with that of the off the cuff short videos which Thomas Schoenberger has been producing, which end up being struck from YouTube for harassing behavior.

After Thomas Schoenberger approached me with his story of being falsely accused and his fears that someone was targeting him to be swatted, I advised him to take the time to carefully document his own story with evidence AND a timeline IN WRITING, rather than attempting to manipulate others by using their platforms for his own personal agenda.

Esteban Trujillo continues his above quoted comment, saying, “This is why I provide only the audio of these interviews.  I may at some future point post the video with additional analysis, but for now, I consider the video an impediment.  I include the audio file as a SoundCloud download in the interest of authenticity.  Anyone can review the audio and compare it to my transcript.  Best of all:  text is searchable, and unlike video, it is indexed on the net.”

Trujillo adds, “You will find no filler here.  This is raw, usable information, for students of Cicada 3301, for social scientists researching this phenomenon of the internet age, for historians to come.  I comment on these interviews and I place supporting information adjacent to where it is needed.  Anyone can dispute my commentary or the information that I provide, but the data itself stands on its own merits.”

Thomas Schoenberger has disputed Esteban Trujillo’s work in progress, by calling him a liar, among many things, in an effort to slander the character and career of Trujillo. Apparently, this ongoing research into the history of Cicada 3301 by Trujillo represents a strong counter narrative to what Thomas Schoenberger has been asserting, and he wants this written work silenced.

Thomas Schoenberger’s involvement in Cicada 3301 raises many questions

In this comment in the gHOST3301 interview, Esteban Trujillo says, “…I address Thomas Schoenberger’s culpability in the collapse of Cicada 3301 on May 7, 2018, and his infiltration of the order between 2015-6.  We recount the efforts of Schoenberger and his colleagues, Michael Levine and Richard Lech, to monetize the order, excluding the actual puzzle creators from their schemes.  More detail, more information, much of it in the form of Cicada’s internal documentation, is forthcoming.”

“For the corporate lawyers reviewing this interview, consider the tenuous ownership position of the profiteering triumvirate.  They may hold a trademark, but they can demonstrate no ownership of the intellectual property of the order.  The internal documentation of Cicada 3301 itself demonstrates that Richard Lech played no discernible role in puzzlemaking.  Michael Levine’s involvement appears titular and marginal and Schoenberger’s participation was collaborative.”

Thomas Schoenberger’s hero Steve Outtrim endorses his claim that he worked for the  Pentagon on the Stargate Project?

According to Steve Outtrim’s June 22, 2019, Burner’ article titled Latest Weapon in the InfoWar:  Data Maps, he claims that, “It has now come out that Cicada 3301 was founded by Bruce C Clarke, Jr, the former head of the CIA’s research division; and co-founder Thomas Schoenberger previously worked for the Pentagon, possibly on remote viewing projects such as STARGATE or GRILL FLAME.”

Is there evidence to support this latter statement on Thomas Schoenberger? 

Timelines…and their interpretation

The Star Gate is an ever expanding project to accommodate Thomas Schoenberger’s ever expanding girth, so that he can finally cross over to the other side where he belongs.

Cicada 3301 had three puzzles published sequentially on January 4th of 2012, 2013 and 2014. Founder ***(update at end of article) Bruce C. Clarke, the former CIA manager, died on October 5, 2014, in Vienna, Austria.  The second founder of this puzzle was Ian Murdock, originator of the Debian Project and Progeny Linux Systems, who died under suspicious circumstances on December 28, 2015, although it was officially deemed to be a suicide.

19 days before Ian Murdock’s death an agreement was written between Thomas Schoenberger, Michael Levine and Richard Lech to commercialize Cicada 3301. That  Agreement dated December 9, 2015 represents day one of that enterprise and therefore it is curious that on day 666, or October 4, 2017,  the First Amendment to Amended and Restated Attachment Agreement  was created.  Defango had remarked that Thomas Schoenberger seemed to like the number 666, as it was part of  his Shadowbox Strategies phone number.

This portion of a draft agreement is published on and elsewhere.

The Leopard Meroz is a Master of Numbers and Timelines

I am curious about Thomas Schoenberger’s mathematical skills, and whether they extend beyond his ability to multiply numbers in his head.  Once upon a time I was a solid mathematician and participated in math contests on the high school level.  And although I never went beyond Calculus, almost 19 years ago I was able to discern (decrypt) the Meroz code.  Once in awhile I overlay it upon a timeline, such as we see here for Cicada 3301, to see if someone such as Thomas Schoenberger is on a collision course with the leopard Meroz.  It is possible with all of Schoenberger’s pretensions that he has offended someone far more dangerous than Defango.  And I am not talking about me;  I only track Meroz based on the footprints he leaves behind.

Hiding under a Twitter Block

Getting back to The Real Samizdat blog,  Trujillo explained an experience he had 6 months ago, saying, “Somebody is talking to somebody, as immediately after I asked Thomas Schoenberger for an interview on April 16, 2019, DJ Genki, qntmpkts and a number of Schoenberger sock accounts blocked me on Twitter.  I recently sent Genki and other Cicada insiders interview requests.  If they read this, they should consider that my intent is to ensure that Cicada 3301 is accurately chronicled and archived.  I am not a journalist, I do not engage in gotcha journalism.  I am an old cyberpunk, a political scientist, and an historian.  In my youth, I was a soldier.”

Schoenberger should ask himself whether he wishes his involvement in Cicada 3301 to be characterized by his critics or by himself.  So far, only his critics are talking to me.  None of his allies.  I strive to be dispassionate, but my analysis will inevitably be shaped by my sources.”

In conclusion, it appears that Schoenberger most likely fears Esteban Trujillo’s statement that, “And I’m trying to produce an artifact that will endure, that can endure and resist attacks and analysis and that will ultimately be used going down years, decades.”

***Update January 26, 2020

Esteban Trujillo has raised an interesting question as to whether Clarke was a founder of Cicada 3301, as reported on the internet.  His comment is as follows:

I have a small bone to pick. You mention Bruce Cooper Clarke, Jr. as a “founder” of 3301. There is zero forensic evidence that BCCJr played any role in 3301, or was even aware of it. At his death, he was an 88 year old man, he had been in failing health for many years. There are no indications that he was involved in any internet activities, indeed there is no proof that he even knew how to use a computer. Clarke was an analyst, as he ascended the ranks at CIA he migrated into arms control. He was in the end a bureaucrat, an administrator.
There are no indicators that he was a cypherpunk. I am tracking a report that TS met the old man in Vienna, and I am aware of his claim that Clarke was godfather to his son. There is no proof of it.
There is a 3301 origin story that is pushed by Outtrim that claims that 3301 was founded by a triumvirate of Murdock, TS and Clarke. Until I interviewed gHOST, I was aware of no evidence that Murdock had anything to do with the order. Now I cautiously accept that Murdock was involved, even played a principal role. The details shared by gHOST were persuasive. I published these details on my site.
By comparison, the only evidence that Clarke was involved comes from TS, and I trust nothing that man says. I looked hard into Clarke. There is no proof that he was involved in 3301. There is meager evidence that he met TS in Vienna, probably through an interest in Mozart, though there is also a tale that TS was attempting to sell Mozart memorabilia as historical artifacts to museums and collectors. I am gathering the tendrils of this story.
Thanks for listening!






Loop Holes in Entrapment Laws form a New Entanglement as Privately Funded “Litigation Support” Tricksters manipulate the Scales of Justice

TEKEL;  Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.  Daniel 5:27

Three years ago one of my readers challenged me to read the position paper,  From PSYOP to MindWar:  The Psychology of Victory by Colonel Paul E. Vallely, Commander,  with Major Michael A. Aquino, PSYOP Research & Analysis Team Leader, of the Headquarters, 7th Psychological Operations Group, United States Army Reserve, Presidio of San Francisco, CA, 1980.

As a result, I wrote an article on June 4, 2016,  called The Strength of the Confidence of the City of the Mighty.  One of the points Vallely and Aquino argue is that “The advantage of MindWar is that it conducts wars in nonlethal, noninjurious, and nondestructive ways.  Essentially you overwhelm your enemy with argument.  You seize control of all of the means by which his government and populace process information to make up their minds, and you adjust it so that those minds are made up as you desire.  Everyone is happy, no one gets hurt or killed, and nothing is destroyed.  Ordinary warfare, on the other hand, is characterized by its lack of reason…The only loser in MindWar are the war profiteers…”.

There are a number of fallacies in the justification of MindWar as a non-destructive operation, as essentially a person is manipulated into the position of turning against their own best interests through the use of principles that they believe in.

This form of dictatorship is ruinous of the well being of the most valued members of a free society.

Techniques for Overturning Justice

Steve Outtrim’s #govLarp hypothesis is based on the very real observation that there are many former government employees connected with the Jason Goodman Crowdsource the Truth channel which had publicized and instigated the Port of Charleston incident.

Since the advent of the internet, we live side by side with a cyber-based world which is  utilized by many different interest-based agents to promote subtle mind warfare techniques that work for their own selfish interests, rather than the public good.  Although the presence of former government agents is notable in the Alternative Media, it does not necessarily indicate that a government sponsored operation is in play.  As we shall see below, there is another possibility.

I was interested recently in a footnote of a Washington and Lee Law Review article, (Volume 16-Issue 1) dated March 1, 1959, called   Entrapment Re-Examined By United States Supreme Court.

Foot note 2 states, “According to the federal courts, the entrapping person must be an agent or officer of the government; inducement by a private person does not make the defense available, Polski v. United States, 33 F.2d 686 (8th Cir. 1929), cert. denied 280 U. S. 591 (1929).  However, courts have considered paid informers and those promised immunity to be government agents.  Cratty v. United States, 163 F.2d 844 (D. C. Cir. 1947); Hayes v. United States, 112 F.2d 676 (10th Cir. 1940); Wall v. United States, 65 F.2d 993 (5th Cir.1933).  Cf. Mayer v. United States, 67 F 2d 223 (9th Cir. 1933).

Did you notice the loop hole?

Much ado has been made about the FBI informant activities of the hidden source of the false report that shut down the Port of Charleston on June 14, 2017. It was Susan Luztke aka Queen Tut, who led the way in researching the background of Jason Goodman’s Mr. Hudson, which also was George Webb’s Deep Uranium source.  Lutzke identified that source as being Okey Marshall Richards, the infamous paid informant for the FBI who betrayed his own militia group.  The backstory of Richards can be read in my May 28, 2018 article, The Unusual Telephone Calls of FBI Informant Okey Marshall Richards, Jr.

I am not aware that anyone has proved that Okey Marshall Richards had been employed by the FBI at the time of the Port of Charleston dirty bomb hoax. In other words, Richards could have been employed by a private interest group, and he was known to be a liar throughout his lifetime, who liked to profit monetarily from his lies.

Government versus Privately Funded Covert Operatives 

The loop hole in the law of entrapment, is that such activities are permissible if performed by a private person who is not funded by the government.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of this section of Alternative Media that I have been covering for the past two years, is the sheer bungling and incompetence of the host of characters who have garnered our attention.  From Robert David Steele’s attempts to maneuver a plastic wrapped #UNRIG tax exempt RV across America, to Jason Goodman’s on air rants and straight jacket styled legal imaginations, to Steven S. Biss, the attorney that Judge Lauck criticized for being “unintelligible”,  to Defango’s foul language and use of mind altering drugs to maintain his lifestyle as an unemployable cyber genius, to Queen Tut’s furnishing the court with false documents in lieu of a credible defense, to Jason Goodman hitting Marcus Conte with his pink umbrella…one has to wonder what in the world is going on.

And now what has surfaced is that grand piano player Thomas Schoenberger, who claims to have composed thousands of musical scores, when no one has ever witnessed him playing a piano.

We are not in the land of Gucci, but some kind of Alternative Media flea market where merchandisers peddle cheap plastic counterfeits.  And in the process, real America is being destroyed by these fakers.

The cheap Imitation of Black Cube’s reputation repair business became Shadowbox Strategies

It was Thomas Schoenberger, the persistent manipulator of all those he encounters,  that founded the reputation repair business known as Shadowbox Strategies.  Some of those company documents which revealed fee structures and marketing methods was displayed on Defango TV, as Manuel Chavez, III prepared to send documentation to the attorneys for the Aaron Rich defamation lawsuit.

Black Cube’s main business is to provide litigation support and they make use of the resources of former Mossad and Israeli operatives, to provide quality services to their clients.  One of their clients was Harvey Weinstein who was arrested on May 25, 2018 on rape and sexual misconduct charges, and who was able to be released on one million dollars bail.

A Look at Black Cube’s Contract with Weinstein

Ronon Farrow, who won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for public service and authored War on Peace:  The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, published an article November 6, 2017 with the New Yorker.  Farrow titled it, Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies:  The film executive hired private investigators, including ex-Mossad agents, to track actresses and journalists.

Farrow begins, “In the fall of 2016, Harvey Weinstein set out to suppress allegations that he had sexually harassed or assaulted numerous women.  He began to hire private security agencies to collect information on the women and the journalists trying to expose the allegations.”

One of those agencies was “Black Cube, an enterprise run largely by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies.”  Farrow says, “Two private investigators from Black Cube, using false identities, met with the actress Rose McGowan, who eventually publicly accused Weinstein of rape, to extract information from her.  One of the investigator’s pretended to be a women’s-rights advocate and secretly recorded at least four meetings with McGowan.  The same operative, using a different false identity and implying that she had an allegation against Weinstein, met twice with a journalist to find out which women were talking to the press.”

According to this New Yorker article, “The explicit goal of the investigations, laid out in one contract with Black Cube, signed in July, was to stop the publication of the abuse allegations against Weinstein that eventually emerged in the New York Times and The New Yorker.”

Farrow adds, “Over the course of a year, Weinstein had the agencies “target,” or collect information on, dozens of individuals, and compile psychological profiles that sometimes focused on their personal or sexual histories…In some cases, the investigative effort was run through Weinstein’s lawyers, including David Boies…”

Where have we encountered the issue of Conflict of Interests before?

“Boies personally signed the contract directing Black Cube to attempt to uncover information that would stop the publication of a Times story about Weinstein’s abuses, while his firm was also representing the Times, including in a libel case”.

Further down in Farrow’s article, he writes, “Techniques like the one used by the agencies on Weinstein’s behalf are almost always kept secret, and, because such relationships are often run through law firms, the investigations are theoretically protected by attorney-client privilege, which could prevent them from being disclosed in court.  The documents and sources reveal the tools and tactics available to powerful individuals to suppress negative stories and, in some cases, forestall criminal investigations.”

Success Fees to obstruct the publication of facts

On page 6, Farrow comments on the July contract with Black Cube, noting that several “success fees” would allow the agency to receive “an additional $300,000 if the agency provides intelligence which will directly contribute to the efforts to completely stop the Article from being published at all in any shape or form.”

“The contracts also show some of the techniques that Black Cube employs”.  These included using a “project manager, intelligence analysts, linguists, and ‘Avatar Operators’ specifically hired to create fake identities on social media, as well as ‘operations experts with extensive experience in social engineering’.”  There are other interesting facts and observations which Farrow discusses, and I recommend reading the entire New Yorker article which is linked in a prior paragraph.

Distracting from the real story of underlying relationships  

So let’s get back to what was going on with Crowdsource the Truth around the time of the Port of Charleston dirty bomb incident which caused mainstream media and the general public to turn aside to find out how a YouTube journalist managed to shut down a major U. S. Port for eight hours, and gain new subscribers as a reward.

At that very same time, the Seth Rich story which had been headlined on CSTT, was winding down when Jason Goodman  started accusing Defango of spoofing the files.

Defango was a business associate in 2017 of Shadowbox Strategies, Thomas Schoenberger, Trevor Fitzgibbons and Ed Butowski, and others.  Those former associations are now being looked at in association with the Aaron Rich defamation lawsuit which resulted because of false allegation made in regard to his brother,Seth Rich’s death.

But what most YouTube viewers are seeing now is constant squabbling between Schoenberger and Defango about their past history together.  In the meantime, persons who were acquainted with Thomas Schoenberger and his online puzzles, are publicly discussing his methods of harassing people on the internet.

In the past few days, Abel Danger has featured several videos on Thomas Schoenberger.    Two of those includes the August 9, 2019 YouTube video published by Jethro and the August 11, 2019 video called Jesse’s Full Story Regarding Thomas Schoenberger-Case Study #4.

Both of the above videos are insightful.  Jesse also provides a link to some legal documents and court records on Schoenberger, in addition to his video explanation of what happened to his wife’s mental health after engaging with the online puzzle maker and his gang stalking associates.  It appears that Schoenberger is so manipulative that he impersonated a medical doctor in an attempt to interfere in the treatment of Jesse’s wife.

As usual, it helps to draw back once in awhile to gain a panoramic view of these bizarre interactions on the internet.  Please be cautious always with online strangers who want to inject themselves into your life.  Often it is only hindsight that reveals what the true motives were, and how some of these players are lining their pockets.




Pillow Talk “Mind War Comedian” Leppo Sets Forth Serious Allegations Against Defango; but is he credible or engaging in reckless speech?

Thomas Schoenberger is alleging that Defango and Eliahi Priest have made threats against him, which he considers to be credible.   But why has he presented these allegations on a Comedy channel?  These are serious accusations, and if unfounded, would seem to be actionable in a civil court of law as defamation.

Thomas Schoenberger

Today I am reviewing a video that was published July 28, 2019, on the Pillow Talk YouTube channel as  Defango’s Darkest Secret Exposed, Part 01.

According to Pillow Talk ‘s video description,  “Defango claims he is just a You Tube Content Creator.  We investigated these claims and reached out to investigators in Oz.  This is Part I in our 6 part Elusive Teenage FBI investigation video series.  In addition, we are also reaching out to American police and FBI on the subject of Defango and his questionable shadowy ties to intelligence groups such as Black Cube.”

The owner of the Pillow Talk and Teenage FBI Live You Tube channels calls himself  Leppo,(VaporBat Records Productions) and he has categorized his channels as comedy.  His  subscriber numbers are set on private and therefore does not offer a statistical analysis history of these two channels.  As a new platform dating from June 7, 2019, it has already accumulated nearly 15,000 views.  One of Leppo’s guests has been Thomas Schoenberger, who has been featured with Frank Bacon, who writes a crypto Sci-Fi novel on Steemit.

The video under review today appears to be a collaboration between Pillow Talk, an anonymous woman presenting herself as an Australian “Inspector” and Thomas Schoenberger, in a joint effort to raise criminal allegations against Defango.

Schoenberger is  known for contacting others, including this blog, Tracking the Leopard Meroz, in an effort to gain sympathy for his version of the personal dispute he has with Manuel Chavez, III aka Defango. Although I have listened to that one-sided version of events, I have declined an invitation to write about that long and tedious internet exchange between these two men.  Based on what I viewed of yesterday’s publication of Defango’s Darkest Secret Exposed, Part 01,  I want to document why I find  that  video to be highly irresponsible in its presentation.

Pillow Talk Owner Leppo

Business Associates

Formerly, Manuel Chavez, III had been briefly involved with Thomas Schoenberger’s company called Shadowbox Strategies, which I discussed in a June 26, 2019 Tracking the Leopard Meroz article called, In The Company of SHADOWBOXers.

In that previous article, I noted some concerning aspects of that former business arrangement, based on my knowledge as a former bank auditor.

Last month, prior to sending some documents requested by the attorneys for the Aaron Rich defamation lawsuit, Defango published images of various Shadowbox documents on his YouTube channel, Defango TV. Like others, I reviewed the contents of those documents and had noted that Shadowbox’s first month fee for its reputation repair services was $40,000. This was a highly expensive service, and for the price, a client would expect to see noticeable results by the end of 30 days.

If this reputation repair business could not produce results in that first month, I noted that situation would raise a red flag in the mind of an auditor, prompting further investigation.  Why would that raise a concern?  Well, if a client does not receive what he has paid for, one has to ask if this is a legitimate business enterprise, especially when the cost is so steep.  Was the client defrauded?  Or was the exorbitant fee for services not delivered just a cover for a money laundering business?  These are questions which auditors routinely ask, and follow through on.

An Anomaly

Thomas Schoenberger created a high priced reputation repair business, and although it is reported to have been a short lived operation,  I have to assume that as the CEO, he considered himself capable of delivering his high priced product to his clientele.  So why would Schoenberger subsequently be asking others for assistance in the “reputation repair” of his own name?

I have suggested to him that he establish a stand-alone blog under his own name, in order to lay out his own story with complete documentation and a timeline which is accurate and comprehensive.  It appears he has not done so; thus it leaves me wondering if Schoenberger prefers to place others in a potential liability position by using their platforms for his story, rather than shouldering that risk by himself.

Does Pillow Talk even comprehend the legal risks he is taking when he produces defamatory content on his own platform, by not adequately backing up his allegations with credible evidence?

A Fair and Balanced Treatment of Internet Issues

By bringing up these questions, I am not siding with Defango, who plays fast and loose with his own video content.  The point I am addressing is the fair treatment of others in the public domain.

I oftentimes  publish links to Steve Outtrim’s blog and his CryptoBeast  YouTube channel, in order to provide another viewpoint of the issues which I comment on. Regular readers of this blog know that I disagree with Outtrim’s views on certain topics, and I expect them to weigh all matters by their proper value.

The same goes with regard to Dave Sweigert’s published opinions.  My relationship to him solely rests on the fact that in 2017 I began to post PACER court documents on the Robert David Steele lawsuit.  Since that time, Sweigert has filed documents to the court in that case, and in June of 2018, he filed his own RICO lawsuit, and I have posted the court documents in both cases, as a public service.

Here is a Twitter message which Steve Outtim made on July 28, 2019 referencing the Pillow Talk video Defango’s Darkest Secret Exposed, Part 01.  

So let’s take a look at Defango’s Darkest Secret Exposed, Part I, published July 28, 2019.

The beginning image is presented in silence and we read:

These first words are highly prejudicial and not supported by the short video clip which follows, which is lacking a reference to its context. No explanation is provided which leads the viewer to understand why Defango’s words would represent a real blackmail/extortion threat.

In this 22 second undated and un-sourced video clip, Defango is viewed saying, “Dude, you’re done.  Can I expect that thousand bucks in my bank account?–in my PayPal–by the end of today, and if that thousand bucks is not in the bank and my PayPal at the end of the day, more information will be released.  This time it’s going to be the stuff that shows you doing nasty things to melons and things.”

We are left to wonder if Defango’s words were said in jest, or to be taken seriously.  From what others have explained, the backstory involved some kind of bet between Montagraph and Defango, and the melons reference deals with  a video Montagraph had made years ago.  Recently Montagraph had sued Jake Morphonios for making references to Montagraph’s online reputation, and in reply, Morphonios discussed those past videos.

What follows are several screen shots of Twitter and video comments.  For example, Fin@Solus777 (Thomas Schoenberger) replies to LadyStephC @vaporbatrecords and 10 others, saying:  “As I have maintained repeatedly since May 2018, Defango attempted to extort me and attempted to silence me from exposing that he was working with Ed to illegally wiretap the Rich family.  He said if I did not comply, and pay him, he would “ruin my life”.  His day is coming. (image of scales of justice shown).”

The Pillow Talk video does not show proof to back up this allegation of extortion; nor does it show that Schoenberger had filed a police report.

One of several allegations made against Defango, but posed as a question

The next image is a comment by the anonymous handle jcsgodmother.  She explains, “After the way Defango pointed the finger at TS minutes after the news that Kappy supposedly committed suicide was published, it is hard to regard TS (and gang) as the instigator.  After the way Defango turned on Acton and warmed up to Jason 2 days after that and now Defango is doxing Girltown for no good reason; it seems Defango is the one causing it all.  Defango looks like the instigator.  If you get a protective order against someone, you are not supposed to initiate hostilities against him.  After Defango broadcast his accusations which are difficult (if not impossible) to prove against TS, a judge may refuse to enforce the protective order.”

Jcsgodmother makes some good points, and it appears she has been attempting to follow this ongoing dispute between Schoenberger and Defango.

But here is the difficulty which an impartial observer to this dispute encounters:  in any long running dispute of words, one has to go back to the beginning and see how this all developed.  The context of any particular exchange of words may actually be an extended period of time, and a sample exchange of words will probably not fairly represent the heart of the matter.  My own opinion is that these two men both have serious character faults, and it would have been better for all if both had just avoided contact with each other in the first place, and moved on in life.

At the 1.03 mark, this image is displayed.A male voice, which I believe is that of Leppo, the channel operator, says, “We are joined tonight by a member of a 12-person investigative team looking into Defango or Fandango, and his network and his ties to the DNC, Crowdstrike, David Brock, and Israeli disinfo agents.  Because this investigation includes current and former law enforcement, we have kept their identities private.”

He adds, “Also we are told multiple agencies are involved in investigating Manuel Chavez for gang-stalking, criminal extortion, threats and RICO violations.  Here at VaporBat Records we’ve reached out to local police and FBI field offices.  We did not get responses from those folks, so we reached out to the Wikileaks community and we were put in touch with a task force that includes law enforcement investigators and a journalist, a particular journalist, and tonight we are joined by an Inspector, Victoria, and I know her time is limited so it’s our honor here at VaporBat Records to have this Inspector with us tonight to share information about a Manny Chavez aka Fandango.”

Point No. 1:  Are you serious, Leppo?  Why should we regard your statements as credible when you regard yourself as a Mind War Comedian of PsyOp Parody, and show an icon of a clown face alongside your name. You have classified this show as a comedy.

Point No. 2:  You have listed a number of “ties” which you claim Defango has to different organizations.  Do you know what the post hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacy is? (“after this, therefore because of this“).  The cartoon below conveys that fallacy in a humorous way to  demonstrate the rule that “correlation does not imply causation“.

If this video does not properly document what it has promised to deliver in Leppo’s  introductory words, then it’s mere “correlation of associations” does not necessarily lead to the conclusion that Defango has engaged in legal misconduct.

If the FBI and other law enforcement and local police have ignored you, perhaps it is because your accusations of gang-stalking, criminal extortion, threats and RICO were unsupported by proof.  And when others claim that these agencies are “looking” at Defango, it does not mean that they can verify that is the actual case or that law enforcement investigators would come to your desired conclusions. In my own experience, federal law enforcement agencies do not disclose their investigations until after an indictment has been formally requested.

Point No. 3:  Let me make my readers absolutely clear on one point.  The journalist which Leppo claims is helping him is NOT me. I don’t know who it is, and why their name is being withheld.  And a task force connected to the Wikileaks community…is a bunch of anonymous law enforcement investigators?  So called “Inspector” Victoria had better be credible, because an impersonation of a law enforcement officer is illegal.

At the 2.35 minute mark, this image is displayed, and “Inspector” Victoria begins speaking.

“Inspector” Victoria:  “Fandango was sending out disinformation on Julian Assange on purpose so we started looking into him.  He was being paid in crypto and in PayPal by various proxies.  Our contacts are numerous.  He now works for Israeli players who think he works for peanuts, OK.  So let me prove my street cred by giving you something NOBODY KNOWS.  Jason Goodman reported Defango to Manhattan FBI.  They sat on it until Aaron Rich’s attorneys started making noise.  Now they are investigating Defango and Maga Coalition along with a hedge fund manager with ties to Alan Dershowitz.”

[That proves your credentials?] 

Leppo: (3.19)  “Well, our Intel gathering here at Vaporbat Records, as everyone knows, is clean as a penny whistle and we’ve learned that Fandango has been involved with Black Cube, through a man named Eliahi Priest, and he seems to have connections to CIA, possibly MI6.  Another frequent guest of this program, Thomas Schoenberger has reported being threatened by Defango and Priest and we’ve noticed growing suspicions that Priest and Defango may have been involved with Kappy’s murder.  We heard from Vegan Mikey that Kappy disliked Fandango and feared Priest and even said, ‘If anything happens to him, look at Priest and others so can you walk us through this scenario who is Priest?  And did Fandango introduce Kappy to his murderer?”

[If your comedy site “Pillow Talk” intel gathering has a reputation for being “clean”, it is now being muddied by your efforts to press your conclusions into the minds of your viewers, in an effort to override the glaring reality that you do not provide any supporting evidence for your allegations, nor the credentials of your so-called law enforcement Inspector. 

By the way, do you have proof or a set of credible facts that supports your theory that Isaac Kappy was murdered?  Despite some persons’ attempts to paint Kappy as some sort of a hero as a “pedophilia investigator”, the sad truth about this man is that he had no self control;  for example, his choking assault of Michael Jackson’s daughter at a party. Kappy also liked to broadcast conclusory allegations against others, without providing the requisite proof.

What kind of witness is an anonymous handle named Vegan Mikey?  Was he under oath when he quoted a man who is now dead and cannot speak for himself?]

As a side note to my regular readers, Victoria’s familiarity with Fiona Barnett is interesting.  That was a name I came across, when I looked into Robert David Steele’s sovereign citizen-styled International Tribunal for Natural Justice group, where he holds the title of “Chief Counsel” for the mock inquiries they conduct into child sex trafficking.  Fiona Barnett is one who gave a “witness” statement to the ITNJ,  and because it was a litany of allegations with little substance, she does not show herself to be a credible witness.  As the ITNJ has dispensed with standard legal rules of evidence, so any statements presented to them are not challenged in regard to their authenticity.

I have transcribed the entire interview for my records, yet I have only covered a sample of the entire video in this post, in order to demonstrate my concerns. I encourage my readers to watch this video in its entirety, to form their own opinions.

In closing, Pillow Talk has placed its audience in a quandary. Are we to consider that unsupported allegations of criminal offenses against Defango are to be laughed off as mere comedy?

Rather, this video is a representation of reckless speech.  As such, it detracts considerably from any credibility which Leppo, Thomas Schoenberger, and “Inspector” Victoria might have earned, had they displayed credible evidence to prove their  conclusions.

In The Company of SHADOWBOXers

Thomas Schoenberger

Thomas Schoenberger is billed on  his website as a polymath, composer, historian, entrepreneur event designer, inventor and writer. In addition, in  2017 he started Shadowbox Strategies as a reputation defense business, with Manuel Chavez III aka Defango.

Over time, problems arose between these two men, which have since become a public online conflict noticed by other YouTubers involved in the online puzzle world of Cicada 3301 and Q, and crypto-currency platforms such as Steemit.

On June 22, 2019, Schoenberger aka Parody Lives published an unlisted YouTube video called Proof Defango is Lying.

This 4.25 minute video is Part I of a VII-part series.  In today’s article, Tracking the Leopard Meroz will be reviewing this video and comparing the narrative with some documents shown on Defango TV.  I do not favor either Schoenberger or Manuel Chavez and consider that each man is responsible for his own credibility.  I am viewing this video simply to evaluate it for its effectiveness as a stand alone production of an expose.

The title “Proof Defango is Lying” immediately raises the bar of expectation high, because we will be looking for proof, and asking if evidence and facts are presented to  justify the creator’s conclusion that “Defango is lying”.  It hardly matters if the video creator believes this statement to be true, if an objective outside observer is not persuaded by the narrative provided.

Thomas Schoenberger is known for his wonderful music compositions, and thus it is not surprising that throughout the video we hear Bach as the background music. This entire video is composed of written words, supplemented by a few photographs and two short segments of non-sourced videos.

[My commentary below is shown in maroon.]


Parody Lives begins with a speculative conclusion that Defango aka Manuel Chavez the 3rd is a criminal scam artist who is tied to DNC operatives and David Brock. [No background information is provided for Brock, so I will link the Wikipedia article here.]

One of the problems with starting an argument with conclusions, especially those based on opinion and not on a firm foundation of fact, is that the viewer or reader is not drawn into the narrative.  If we are to be kept outside of the loop of the prejudices of the narrator, why should we care about the conflict between Schoenberger and Defango?

IMAGES 2,3, & 4:

Video Image #2

Image #3 shows a photo with the caption:   Ed Butowsky and close friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Image #4 shows a photo of the parents of Seth Rich, sitting together and jointly holding a photo of their son.

Parody Lives says Defango is tied to Ed Butowsky, and he goes on to note Butowksy’s connections to others in the same sentence.  This serves to imply a subtle guilt by association that may have no basis in reality as it concerns Defango.  What is not also promoted is the truth that by doing business with Butowsky, Parody Lives aka Thomas Schoenberger is also TIED to Butowsky and possibly his connections, as well.

On March 26, 2018, Aaron Rich, brother of the deceased Seth Rich, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against Edward Butowsky, Matthew Couch, America First Media and the Washington Times. See redacted Document 3 here.

Introduction Document 3 Aaron Rich federal civil court Complaint filed 3/26/2018

As seen in the screen shot above, Ed Butowsky and his co-defendants have had serious defamation allegations leveled at them by Aaron Rich.

Just this past week, Defango  published a YouTube video  displaying some of the documents which he is providing to Aaron Rich’s counsel, as part of the Discovery process.  That video called, Subpoena Compliance-Aaron Rich lawsuit was published on June 22, 2019, the same day that Parody Lives published part I of his 7 part series on Proof Defango is Lying.

IMAGES 5, 6 & 7

Image # 6“A man named Trevor Fitzgibbon was also a partner.  Trevor had done PR work for Wikileaks.”

Image # 7“Trevor Introduced us to Ed.  Ed hired us through Trevor.”

In Image # 2, Parody Lives emphasizes the point that Defango is tied to Ed Butowsky.    But then, in images # 6-7, that allegation is modified by stating that it was through Trevor Fitzgibbon, a partner in Thomas Schoenberger’s company, Shadowbox Strategies, that Ed Butowsky showed up as a high-paying CLIENT.

It is not explained how Schoenberger and Defango were introduced to Fitzgibbon, whereby a partnership was formed between rank amateurs and a seasoned media man. For Influence Watch’s commentary on Fitzgibbon Media, see article here.

Like many others, I was straining to read the small print on the documents which Defango displayed in his June 22, 2019, “subpoena compliance” video.  However, I was able to screenshot a few on the Shadowbox company so that I could provide documented content for my commentary.


One interesting email from Th Stg to Defango which appears to be dated March 11, 2018, has Thomas Schoenberger aka Th Stg aka Parody Lives declaring, “I am not going to put CEO.  It’s power structure bullshit Manny, You are right.  I will put partner.”

Wait just a minute here!  In the REAL WORLD of business it matters how a business is structured, because that structure determines how day to day operations function, how legal liability is apportioned, etc. So to dismiss the importance of power structure, as Schoenberger did in his email, causes me, as a former bank auditor, to ask if Shadowbox is a false corporate front to legitimize some other activity.

There is a legal difference between a corporation and for example an LLC, which is commonly used for tax purposes involving partnerships. Schoenberger does not display any corporate papers to allow his viewers to understand whether or not this company was registered as a corporation, LLC, or sole proprietorship…or how partners or employees were paid, what kind of tax return was prepared for 2017, who was the treasurer and comptroller.. there are lots of unanswered questions in Schoenberger’s narrative.  These questions are critical because of the accusations which have publicly been made between these partners regarding the legal problems of their client, Ed Butowsky.

Thomas Schoenberger claims in his Parody Lives video that “I started a company named Shadowbox strategies with Defango in 2017.”  Yet Defango has stated that his name was not on the documents that set up the company.  So what document exists that legally establishes that Manual Chavez was an actual partner in this firm, and not just an employee/agent?  Did Chavez put up any capital for Shadowbox?  If so, what percentage?  Were the partners equal, or did one person have a controlling interest?  I find it peculiar that Thomas Schoenberger at first regarded himself as CEO, and then later bowed to a partnership concept, while at the same time disregarding the important issue of where authority and responsibility for the company lay.

What documents establish the partnership basis for Trevor Fitzgibbon? 

All of these details are essential in establishing the legal accountability of each of these so-called principals of Shadowbox.  Parody Lives does not show any documents relating to his company; it is Defango that displays actual documents which provide insight into Shadowbox’s stated mission.

Defango is turning over whatever Shadowbox paperwork he has, to a federal civil court proceeding wherein Shadowbox’s client Ed Butowsky is being sued for defamation. The fact that some of those documents can be viewed, however imperfectly, at Defango TV,  upholds Defango’s credibility.  If Thomas Schoenberger, as former CEO of Shadowbox at its inception,  wants to be believed, he should offer at the very minimum the same level of documentation as Defango does.

At the 2.06 mark of Defango’s subpoena compliance video, a letter is shown which has the Shadowbox logo alongside the heading, Your Silent Partner in Business, Go Viral, Be Secure, 669-666-1378.

The first paragraph of this letter reads, Shadowbox is an elite team of online specialties that can respond to a variety of client situations and needs based on real-time events.  We use a combination of tactics and strategies to effectively promote your content, operation or services to create viral marketing campaigns that effectively target organic growth systems.  We take targeted marketing to a new level of access by identifying positive and negative promoters to prudently manage social online presence and engagement in real time which translates to sales, or higher visibility.  We can also help mitigate militia-like tactics used in targeted harassment campaigns to effectively thwart and vanquish internet threats, character assassination attempts, deleterious media, embarrassingly or potentially damaging links on google.  We act as your silent partner and protection in the vast online world and offer you cutting edge tactics ….”

Our backgrounds range from covert reputation strategists to technical specialists and PR experts with global influence caliber contacts. We specialize in uncovering unique intelligence and social business interaction methodologies and apply them to ensure rapid deployment virality across the media spectrum. Our researchers uncover what others cannot use cutting-edge intelligence mapping systems, private detective networks, ex-intelligence agents and officers….”.

At one point in his video, Defango reads a glib written on his skills saying: “Manual Chavez, our tech guru, and You Tube personality will build out three fundraising platforms for Ed, including Steemit, GoFundMe, etc. We will have our “man in the street” campaign starting immediately with Manual Chavez doing ‘New York Minute’….”.

Hahahahahahaha………!!! The New York Minute!!!  That’s great!  Just like Jason Goodman!


At the 1.55 mark of Defango’s video, a Shadowbox document is displayed, which appears to be an example of promotional work. [As usual, I have bolded some phrases below, which were not in the original document.]

“You’ve been attacked.  Your reputation, your family, your clients and livelihood, you feel like the earth is moving under your feet.  You are in jeopardy.  You didn’t pick this fight.  But you can’t afford to lose it.


Shadowbox is your army.  We solve your problems and expose truth.  We unleash a multifaceted, strategic battle plan through integrated research earned media, legal and digital chaos.

Where your enemies have lied to paint you as the bad guy, we sow the seeds of doubt and present the counter-narrative that they are, in fact, the villains, and you have been unjustly accused.  We do this through sophisticated use of internet technology, meme creation, PR, and cyber-guerrilla tactics that stop the bleeding and begin to sway public opinion and the media in your favor.


Shadowbox designs crisis management/ counterinsurgencies to debunk and hit back at malicious and defamatory online and media attacks on our clients…..Our operations unit effectively routs adversaries away from you, sending them to chase phantoms and rendering them exhausted and perplexed.…”  etc. etc.

IMAGES 8, 9 10, 11 & 12

Image #8:  “In a meeting in Sept 2017, in which 8 people were present, including myself, Defango, Matt Couch, Ed Butowsky, Malia Zimmerman and others, Ed laid out a plot to surveil the Seth Rich family.”

Image #9:  same photo of Seth Rich’s parents as shown in image #4

Image #10:  “I refused, Defango agreed to Ed’s plans and met privately with Ed after the meeting.  Defango later told me he was helping Ed work on the computers needed to wire tap the Rich family in Omaha, Nebraska.”

Image #11:  “Even though I refused, I did agree to work with Ed and when he offered to provide a hotel suite to me and Defango in Feb. 2018, I flew out and roomed with Defango for roughly 60 days.”

Image #12:  Ed was gracious at times and then very weird at others.  He wanted Shadowbox to be his militia.”

For Only $40,000 for the first month, you can command your own private army!

The Shadowbox advertisement I noted earlier under “This is War” says, “Shadowbox is your army.”  So why would anyone be surprised that Ed Butowsky should interpret that to mean he is paying for his own private militia?    In the letter below which appears to be an April 4, 2017 draft of an agreement between Shadowbox and their client Ed Butowsky, it states in the 3rd paragraph, “For this work, Shadowbox will charge a fee of $40,000, for the first month with additional months to be negotiated in advance on client needs, plus expenses.”

IMAGES 13, 14,15,16 and 17

Image #13:  Ed hated an attorney named Stuart Blaugrund. The video you are about to see is a zoom capture of a meeting Ed had with Defango, Trevor and me in October 2017.  You can witness Ed baiting us to mess with Stuart.

Image #14:  Here is Ed asking Defango, me and Trevor to do something nasty to Stuart.  Does this sound like a request for reputation defense, as Defango alleges?

Image #15:

Ed Butowsky in an undated video clip, which would not be considered evidence in a court because it has not been Authenticated.

The music which plays at the same time as the video monologue makes it difficult to understand the soft spoken and demure Ed Botowsky.  Looking at this video, and not knowing his background, one wonders that Thomas Schoenberg found him intimidating.  I cannot understand what executive or professional skills Schoenberg provided Shadowbox, given that he is a musician whose past business reputation is tarnished by online allegations.  If Ed Butowsky in this video has already paid $40,000 for the first month of Shadowbox services, he certainly seems rather placid in this videotaped request, which Schoenberger regards as evidence of “soliciting gang stalking and doxxing”.

Ed Botowsky says, “Hi. It’s Ed Butowsky.  So, I need some help. umm.  There’s a guy named Stuart Blaugrund and I’m not really sure how to deal with this so I’m asking for some help.  If you know what I mean. So I’m not really sure what to do.  I mean.  I could go like on Facebook, let everybody know his phone number _____, or his email _____, and show his picture and then tell everyone hey look at all of his activities and his relationships and maybe express your feelings towards him directly of any kind…I could do that (Schoenberger’s background music covers over Butowsky’s monologue).  So if you have any suggestions, how you would handle a situation like this, umm, please let me know.” (1.35 – 2.51)

Image # 16:  Ed later asked me to set Stuart up with anonymous accusations of rape.  I again refused.

Image # 17:  Ed now claims I tried to extort $300,000 from him.  I challenge Ed to produce any evidence to support that allegation.

In Images # 16 and 17, Schoenberger does not provide proof that Ed Butowsky has made the statements he attributes to him. In business settings, people ask for all sorts of things–some are serious requests and some are said in jest.  Just say no, and leave it at that.  The tail should not be wagging the dog.

In Image #14, we find out finally what the title of this video meant when it asserted that Defango was lying about who-knows what.  The center point of contention seems to be that Defango was alleging that Ed Butowsky was merely asking for reputation defense and not illegal retribution

The statements made by Parody Lives concerning both Ed Butowsky and Defango are unconvincing in that the only documentation provided is weak.  It would be helpful for Parody Lives to have at minimum provided links to the original source of the full videos, which he excerpts short clips from.

Image # 18:  “After two months, Defango left and threatened to dox my friend and me.  He threatened that we would beocme (sp) “suicides:  Defango even made threats as late as Dec 16th 2018 against her and her small children.”

Image #19:

video clip from undated Defango YouTube upload, which unfortunately shows him in his car high after taking LSD

This clip shows Manuel Chavez III saying, “If you give him that trademark, I’m going to stop at nothing in the entire world to ruin your life, your family’s life, your husband’s life and anyone that’s ever been known to you…like I said, if you ever EVER think about it, even attempt it -to give that thing to him-it’s all over.  And that’s it.” (3.13-3.48)

Image #20:  “Both Ed and Defango use the exact same tactics, doxxing, false allegations, reputation tarnishing, and urging others to attack.”

Although Defango’s intelligence shows clearly in his video productions, his profanity,  and threatening speech are also frequently on display, as well.  Defango is 33 years old, and accountable for his words and actions, including this inexcusable drug induced threat directed to a person in a vulnerable position.  It is not surprising that there are constant online exchanges between Defango and Thomas Schoenberger, as well as others.

However, it needs to be noted that in the Shadowbox enterprise, the other partners were at least 20 years older than Defango, and they could have reined his immaturity in.  Where is there any leadership displayed in the Shadowbox business set-up?  Why set up a flimsy business model when the first month fees charged were $40,000?  This is big money, and if the services described were not delivered IN THE FIRST MONTH, it is a red flag for a money-laundering front in the eyes of the IRS and the FBI.  One can be sure that the attorneys for Aaron Rich will be asking the same questions which are noted here.

IMAGES 21, 22,23, 24, 25 & 26

Image # 21  “I responded by telling Defango I would make public his little black op with Ed.”

Image # 22:  “Defango now has an army of people to try and stop me from telling the truth.”

Image #23:  “Including but not limited to:  @powerful primes, @Tafoyovsky, @youngatlas, Bobby Sauerwalk, an ex con, and Diane Nordstrom of Jamestown NY Diane is known as “Nutbag” Nordstrom”

Image #24:  “Jared T – Swift Real name James Lefeber, Mason and Satanist”

Image #25:  “I am exposing everything, since these satanic demons need to be exposed and then sent to prison.”

Image # 26:  Stay Tuned

Defango responded to the Parody Lives’ video in detail on June 23, 2019.  That video can be seen here: #Checkmate Merlin Defango vs. Demonitization.

I look forward to viewing Parts II-VII of the Parody Lives expose, and hope that future episodes will provide courtroom ready documentation to support all allegations.  In reviewing both videos discussed in this article, thus far it is Parody Lives– zero points; and Defango-one point.