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“Satanic” Pedophile Theory of Aaron Swartz’s Suicide

“Was Aaron Swartz Killed By an MIT Satanic Child Porn Ring?”

I found this strange article, originally posted at, via David Icke’s website. It was written by Yoichi Shimatsu, a conspiranoid “journalist” specializing in child prostitution and pornography. I have no idea who this guy is, but he provides some telling background information:

From 2003-2009, Shimatsu was involved with an all-male team of volunteer anti-pedophilia activists that traveled to Cambodia to investigate some rumours, including allegations that former Newsweek Tokyo bureau chief Bernard Krisher had snapped photos of naked babies and put them on display at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong. Shimatsu claims the Correspondents Club was a “den of pedophiles connected with the Jimmy Savile case”, and that the former British Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patton [sic], is “suspected as a high-level protector of the satanic BBC rapist [Savile] and his old-boy circle”. Lord Patten, it should be noted, publicly condemned the late Savile and encouraged the posthumous investigations into his alleged child molestation.

Shimatsu contends that hacktivist Aaron Swartz was also investigating the “vile pedophile elite”, using the JSTOR issue as a “cover for his covert investigation into MIT wrongdoing”, which was somehow linked to crimes against children perpetrated by what Shimatsu terms the “military-corporate-pharmaco-porno” complex. Swartz was far too bright and ambitious to be wasting his time swiping inexpensive documents from JSTOR, Shimatsu argues, so it’s almost certain that he was actually planning to expose MIT professors who have been supplying child pornography to an elite clientele that includes State Department and military officials, intelligence agencies, major corporations, and even people in the White House. He provides absolutely zero evidence to support any of this.
Shimatsu appears to base just about all of his “MIT pedophile” theory on Nicholas Negroponte, the professor who founded the MIT Media Lab. Shimatsu’s “team” in Cambodia had zeroed in on an orphanage supported by Krisher that had a satellite-link tower, which was supposedly being used to “uplink child-porn videos and connect American pedophiles to their little sweethearts”.
Unnamed teachers at the orphanage allegedly told Shimatsu the satellite communication system was installed and maintained by Negroponte. One teacher told him, “Nick was a frequent visitor and one of the orphanage sponsors who arranged the weekend pajama parties in the city whenever foreign VIPs arrived”. Shimatsu concluded that Negroponte used Phnom Penh as a base from which to send encrypted child pornography back to secret databases at MIT.
The One Child One Laptop program [sic] initiated by Negroponte is a transparent ploy for pedophiles to have 24/7 access to their child victims, he asserts.
As one can always expect from, he also goes out of his way to inform us that Negroponte and his brother are Zionists with “family origins in the Jewish community of Greece”.

So what the flipping hell does any of this have to do with Aaron Swartz? Well, based on the surveillance footage used to indict Swartz, Shimatsu has reached some conclusions about what the brilliant young hacker was really doing at MIT. Here’s his “evidence”:

  • The length of time it took Swarz’s laptop to download the material indicates it was “high-quality video” rather than just documents.
  • The server he targeted could not be hacked; it could only be accessed via a dedicated line, indicating the server had strong encryption designed to protect illegal content. [I am assured by people far more technically gifted than myself that nearly any server can be hacked if it’s connected to the Internet, and that this surely would not have presented a challenge to Swartz.]
  • MIT didn’t own the JSTOR material, yet filed theft charges against Swartz. The actual proprietor, ITHAKA, was not the chief plaintiff in the case.
  • Swartz was reportedly dissatisfied with his job working for Reddit/Wired. In Shimatsu’s view, this was probably because Reddit had “gained profitable notoriety for its sub-edit groups that promoted discussion and images on underage sex, snuff porn, violent rape of adolescent girls, incest and abusive language.” Reddit’s worst offender was “Violentacrez“, who turned out to be Michael Brutsch, a former soldier with a wife and kids.

Shimatsu then provides additional “evidence” of child pornography at MIT by detailing the backgrounds of a handful of Media Lab employees. Joi Ito is singled out because he once owned a nightclub and was Timothy’s Leary’s godson. Stewart Brand is suspect because he endorses science and technology. Frank Moss once worked in Israel. Worst of all, the Media Lab is involved with military-related projects. “MIT Media Lab is yet another spin-off from the all-powerful MK-ULTRA and DARPA. No wonder it’s been producing child porn and involved in overseas pedophilia.”

And now Shimatsu’s anti-Semitic “anti-Zionist” side comes out swinging, as he bemoans the “assault on Aaron Swartz” as one more example of a “crusading American Jewish individual being persecuted, punished and likely executed by their Zionist ‘brethren'”, his death a “microcosm of the sort of brutal mafia enforcement within the Jewish ‘community’, which unfortunately has gone nearly unreported in the Zionist-controlled media.”

So that’s pretty much it. That’s Shimatsu’s evidence that Aaron Swartz was hot on the trail of MIT pedophiles.
His “evidence” that Swartz was murdered amounts to the fact that Swartz had a small waist, meaning his belt wouldn’t be long enough to hang himself.
As for the “Satanic pedophiles”: the article includes just one use use of the word “satanic”, and there is no further explanation of how Satanism is connected to any of the alleged criminal activity Shimatsu describes. It’s a fat, juicy red herring to fill out the story’s headline, which might just as well read “Why Yoichi Shimatsu Doesn’t Like MIT or Zionists”.


D&D and the Devil’s Boardgames

This story is a few months old, but it bears repeating.

Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons, passed away on March 4, 2008. So the organizers of GenCon, the gaming convention founded by Gygax in the ’60s, decided to donate the proceeds of its annual charity function to his favourite charity, in memorial. They raised nearly $17,000 for Christian Children’s Fund.

And CCF refused every penny.

The org said it couldn’t accept money that came, in part, from D&D sales. Well, actually they said they couldn’t “endorse” a gaming convention or any other event with which they were not directly involved, but I think we all know what they really meant. If the money had come from a creationism convention or something, I’m sure the ink wouldn’t have dried on the check before CCF cashed it. (1)

I wonder how CCF staffers explained to the starving children that they wouldn’t be eating for another week because of a game.

This is so ’87. Literally. Throughout the ’80s, idiots like “former Illuminati witch”/child rapist John Todd, “former Satanist”/”vampire” Bill Schnoebelen, and Jack “It Must Be True If You Find It in a Comic Book” Chick were warning all and sundry that D&D was designed specifically to indoctrine kids into the occult. Schnoebelen even claimed the creators of D&D consulted his Satanic coven in the late ’70s because they wanted to make their game “authentic” (Dungeons and Dragons was created in the early ’70s, and it’s about as authentically Satanic as Taco Bell food is authentically Tex-Mex).

Meanwhile, a Virginia mother named Patricia Pulling decided that her son Bink’s 1982 suicide was not the result of his obvious mental instability, nor his delusional lycanthropy (2), nor the fact that his name was “Irving”, but the result of a fracking game. She started an org called BADD (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons) to spread the message that role-playing fantasy games are bad, m’kay?

According to Ms. Pulling, D&D is a thinly veiled form of Satanism, incorporating demonology, witchcraft, voodoo, murder, rape, blasphemy, suicide, sexual perversion, and cannibalism (among other things). She also believed that about 8% of Richmond, Virginia, residents were practicing Satanists. (3)

She insisted Bink killed himself because he had become so immersed in D&D that when a curse was placed on him in the game, he thought he was really cursed. She also attributed the suicide of Sean Hughes in 1988 and the murder of Mary Towey in 1984 to D&D. (4)

Unfortunately, a few people actually listened to Pulling and accepted her lunacy as something other than the grief and denial of losing a son to suicide. She was a guest on 60 Minutes in 1985 (along with Gygax), as well as on several TV talk shows. She was allowed to testify in criminal trials in three states as a “gaming expert”. (2)

Ms. Pulling passed away in 1997, but the legacy lives on. Dr. Thomas E. Radecki, also a D&D “expert”, has testifed in 9 trials involving crimes allegedly connected to fantasy role-playing games. (5)

Admittedly, I’ve never played D&D. I did sit in on a game of Magic: The Gathering once, and witnessed nothing more sinister than a long, heated debate over whether or not you can give yourself Pestilence. But I don’t need to be familiar with the game to know that it does not cause violent outbursts, homicides, or mental illness. No game can do that. However, adopting the POV of Pulling et. al. for a moment, let’s look at some timeless, popular games that really can pose a threat to the mental and spiritual wellbeing of your children…

Operation: Makes malpractice look fun and easy. Oops, don’t touch the sides! But if you do, it doesn’t matter! We’ll just put the dude back in the box and pretend it never happened…

Life: Teaching kids that their lifestyle and career choices are dependent wholly upon chance, rather than on dedication and skill? Is that a good idea?

Candyland: Can you say “gingivitis”, kids?

Battleship: All the fun and frivolity of maritime disasters in a handy carrying case.

Scruples: Designed by a batshit insane man who thinks The Protocols of the Elders of Zion are authentic, and sees Sapphic overtones in candy bar commercials.

Risk: Global imperialism for ages 8 and up.


1.Children’s Charity Turns its Back on Gygax Memorial Donation” by correspondent Andrew Eisen. Nov. 4/08

2. “Satan’s Fantasies” (part I) by Kerr Cuhulain,

3. Wikipedia entry for Patricia Pulling. Retrieved Jan. 29/08.

4. “The Pulling Report” by Michael A. Stackpole (1990)

5. Radecki’s website, Modern
Radecki, the founder of the National Coalition on Television Violence, had his license suspended in 1992 for inappropriate sexual behaviour with a female patient (Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 25/92).

Need a Laugh?

Or maybe a good cry, at the stupidity of your fellow man?

Then read the Conservapedia wiki entry on homosexuality. It starts out with all the brilliance you would expect from fundamentalist young Earth Creationists: “In regards to homosexuality research, much of the research that has been in regards to the causes of homosexuality and the effects of homosexuality has been done since the latter part of the 20th century.”

And it somehow manages to go downhill from there.

I won’t go into all the inaccuracies and other howlers in the entry, because my point (for the purposes of this post, anyway), centers on the captioned photograph that appears about halfway down the page. It’s so blatant as to be almost parodic, and for Conservapedia that’s saying quite a lot. Beneath a familiar bald head, we read: “The occultist Aleister Crowley was a bisexual and was dubbed in his lifetime ‘the most wicked man on earth’. Aleister Crowley stated: ‘I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.'” (Other illustrations include an artist’s rendering of the destruction of Sodom and photos of prominent “former” gays and lesbians.) There isn’t much I can say about this that isn’t blazingly obvious. I’ll just add that the entry doesn’t contain any information about the bi/homosexuality of J. Edgar Hoover (or a possible link between being deeply closeted and persecuting Communists), Ted Haggard, or Errol Flynn (or a possible link between being deeply closeted and being a Nazi).

On a more serious note, check out Tom Rawstorne’s May Mail article “Why no child is safe from the sinister cult of emo“, which is not a satirical piece. We see BE and AE (Before Emo and After Emo) photos of 13-year-old suicide Hannah Bond, a fan of My Chemical Romance. The pictures look identical aside from some eyeliner, bringing to mind the Canadian Goth murder newspaper coverage of a few years ago. Rawstorne provides pointers on How to Spot an Emo:

They wear “black, favouring tight jeans, T-shirts, studded belts and sneakers or skater shoes.” No, not sneakers! Anything but that! God have mercy on our souls!

Sheesh. But it gets worse.

Emos like guitar-based rock with emotional lyrics.” They particularly enjoy My Chemical Romance and Blink 182, according to Rawstorne, who apparently researches teenage subcultures in his own ass.

Some describe it as a cult or a sect.” Hannah told her bewildered parents that her wrist-cuts were part of an “emo initiation ceremony”. She also talked about “The Black Parade”, “a place where all emos believe they go when they die.”

Once again, the media somehow manages to avoid examining the actual social issues behind a story (undiagnosed depression, suicide) while zeroing in on almost entirely insignificant peripheral matters (crappy music and questionable fashion sense).

If Mr. Rawstorne and his pseudojournalistic ilk want to address a troubling youth trend, why not examine the callousness of those who enjoy mocking suicides and harrassing the families of children who kill themselves? They seem far more emotionally disturbed than any emo.

Death Metal Murders and Suicides

I’m currently reading Michael Moynihan’s book Lords of Chaos, a study of the most extreme forms of heavy metal music and their evolution (or devolution) into quasi-Satanic “black metal” in Europe, the UK, and Scandinavia during the late ’80s. In the early ’90s, Norwegian black metal fans and musicians torched Medieval churches throughout the country and indulged in a lot of other Satanic weirdness. But the chaos didn’t end there. To this day, gruesome acts of violence are being attributed to death/black metal musicians…

Italy’s “Beast of Satan” Murders

From BBC online, “Investigating the Death Metal Murders” by Sam Bagnall, 25 Nov. 2005: “One man’s relentless search for his missing son led him to uncover one of the most shocking crimes in post-war Italy – a tale of Satanism and violence that has gripped the country for more than a year.”

On a January night in 1998, 16-year-old friends Fabio Tollis and Chiara Marino drank together at a Milan heavy-metal pub called The Midnight. They never returned home. Police presumed they were runaways, as did some of their friends.
Fabio’s dad, Michele Tollis, began attending metal concerts throughout Europe searching for his son, passing out fliers with descriptions of the two missing teens. No luck.
If the stuff found in Chiara’s bedroom (human hair, teeth, and fingernails, along with instructions on how to use them in Satanic rituals) was any indication, she had been interested in Satanism; on a hunch, Mr. Tollis decided to pursue this line of inquiry. He knew that death metal and Satanism are inextricably linked, and he also suspected that some of his son’s friends knew more about his disappearance than they were telling him. For 6 years, he carefully tracked their activities in the hopes of finding a chink in the armour of silence.

In January 2004, Andrea Volpe admitted to the brutal murder of his ex-girlfriend in Somma Lombardo. He had shot Mariangela Pezzotta, 27, in the face – then buried her alive in her greenhouse. His new girlfriend and a plumber named Niccola Sapona allegedly assisted in the murder.
Mr. Tollis recognized the young man’s name at once: Volpe had played in a death metal band called Beasts of Satan with Chiara and his son. He went to the carabinieri with his voluminous files, and they agreed to question Volpe about the ’98 disappearances.
Volpe confessed to killing Fabio and Chiara, and led authorities to their remains. But that wasn’t the end of the story.
Fabio’s school chum and bandmate, Mario Maccione, admitted beating Fabio to death with a hammer. According to witnesses, Niccola Sapona had also been present. Chiara and Fabio had been killed on the night of a full moon for reasons that remain unclear; the killers were on cocaine, and believed Chiara was an incarnation of the Virgin Mary who had to be sacrificed to the devil. The pair was beaten, stabbed, and possibly buried alive in a shallow grave upon which Sapona urinated and danced.
The Beasts of Satan had also terrorized drummer Andrea Bontade into suicide. About 8 other suicides, disappearances, and murders have since been linked to the Beasts of Satan, which operated as both a band and a Satanic sect, allegedly led by the plumber Niccola Sapona.

The revelations sparked fears of Satanism and Satanic crime throughout Italy, leading cult-watchers to guesstimate the number of Satan-worshipping cults in the country at anywhere from 5000 to 600,000. Father Aldo Buonaito called for a ban on death metal and set up a helpline for people concerned about Satanism, while famed exorcist Gabriel Amorth warned that the Catholic Church’s downplaying of Satan’s power has resulted in the recent spread of Satanism. Carlo Climati, a specialist in Italian youth culture, believes death metal itself leads directly to organized Satanism and criminal activities.

The “Satanic” Murder of a Nun by 3 Girls

Chiavenna, Italy: On the night of June 6-7, 2000, three teen girls tricked 61-year-old nun Teresina Mainetti into an isolated area by pretending one of their friends was pregnant and in need of help. Then they forced her to kneel on the ground, insulted her, and stabbed her 19 times with 2 knives. (“Teens Said to Confess to Nun Murder”, AP Online, June 30/00)
The girls were arrested 22 days later, and intially said they committed the murder out of boredom (Chiavenna is a small town). Later they said the nun was a sacrifice to Satan. When police searched their homes they found black metal albums, including some by Varg “The Count” Vikernes, a neo-Nazi/pagan incarcerated for the 1993 murder of bandmate Oystein Aarseth. Vikernes was also responsible for the arsons of half a dozen cathedrals in Norway. Today, from prison, he promotes “nationalistic paganism” centered on worship of Odin, one-eyed god of war and death, and insists the church-burnings were carried out in protest of Christian suppression of the ancient pagan religions. He has also adopted the surname Quisling. (Moynihan, Lords of Chaos)

The Slayer and Judas Priest Lawsuits

Though Slayer is not a black metal band in the European/Scandinavian mold, it was sued in 1996 by the parents of a murdered teenager, who said she was killed in a Satanic ritual inspired by the group’s songs. 15-year-old Elyse Pahler of California was stabbed and stomped to death by 3 male “friends” (15 and 16) in a eucalyptus grove in San Luis Obispo. The boys were into drugs and Slayer.
The case was dismissed in 2001.

British band Judas Priest (also not a black metal band, but frequently scapegoated by anti-occult activists) faced a similar lawsuit in 1986, a year after two Nevada teens entered into a suicide pact. One boy killed himself, the other blew his face off with a shotgun. The parents’ lawyers declared the Judas Priest songs the boys had been listening to on the fateful day contained backwards messages (“backmasking”) of death and destruction that drove the them to have suicidal thoughts (they claimed the words “do it” could be heard chanted repeatedly throughout one song, but this proved to be incorrect).
The parents also sued CBS Records.
The case went to court in Reno in 1990. A foregone conclusion: Judas Priest and CBS Records were exonerated (you’ll never convince me the kids in Heavy Metal Parking Lot were Satanists).

Rock groups that used faux-Satanic gimmicks and props were frequently cited by Christians as purveyors of the occult throughout the ’70s and ’80s, as were mainstream pop groups like the Beatles.
Strangely, bands whose members actually did dabble in the occult (the Stones, Zeppelin, Blondie, etc.) were infrequently mentioned by the Satan-watchers, and the hardcore death metal rockers who spewed blood-&-guts hatred and inspired countless criminals in Europe were totally unknown to them (for example, G.G. Allin was never mentioned). Opposition focused on groups that really weren’t diabolically inspired at all. For instance, Ozzy Osbourne’s circus-geek stunts – gnawing the heads off chickens and so forth – were widely perceived as a weird sort of annimal sacrifice, the acts of a deranged or depraved man. But as the TV reality show revealed, the reality of Ozzy is infinitely more mundane.

Satanic Suicides In Europe and the UK

Concurrent with the black metal blight, there was a rash of “Satanic suicides” among European teenagers. In one of the more disturbing cases, three boys (14, 17, and 18) who allegedly dabbled in Satanism threw thsemlves off the 150-year-old Goeltzschtal Bridge near Reichenbach, the tallest brick bridge in the world (and already infamous for suicides) in August 2001. The oldest and youngest boys had their feet tied together. A suicide note was found at the bottom of the bridge.
Some observers speculated that despair and occult activity was a particular problem for young people in eastern German, people who had lost a sense of security and stability in the wake of communism.
As with black metal bands, some of eastern Europe’s Satanic sects also had neo-Nazi or fascist aspects.

In March 2005, 29-year-old Gareth Bonetto hung himself in his Cardiff home after spending some time in a mental facility. He had formed the death metal band Blood Retch 3 years earlier, performing around Europe and the UK as “Mad Eddie Richards”. Bonetto’s father, Lawrence, noted that his son was an entirely different person when he was with the band, reveling in pain and darkness. (“‘Evil’ Music Blamed for Suicide“,, Dec. 7/05)

Satanic Murder in Europe
In June 2004, Satanists Daniel and Manuela Ruda stabbed Frank Haagen 66 times in the course of a Satanic ritual carried out in their flat in Bochum (in Germany’s Ruhr region), supposedly on the devil’s orders. Throughout the trial, the pair defiantly made faces at cameras and showed no remorse for their crime. Experts said they both suffered severe narcissistic personality disorder. They were sentenced to 15 and 13 years in a psychiatric ward.
The pair practiced a crude form of “Goth Satanism”, not religious Satanism. Manuela says she was called by Satan at age 14, and became a practicing vampire in London. At the time of the murder, she slept in a coffin. Daniel sold car parts alongside his victim.

Sociology professor Maria Macioti of La Sapienza University: “In the past, there were intellectual Satanists. Today, you’d have difficulty finding people who can write two sentences.” (Fortean Times, “Satan Strikes Again”, April ’06)

There are still oodles of intellectual Satanists out there, but sadly they’re always being overshadowed by the far less cerebral attention-seekers.