Anke Richter—Two Faced or Just Naive?

Journalism or politics; it can be difficult to realize the difference. This disparity can be unearthed in the recent work of a New Zealand reporter, Anke Richter, who wrote several cult-related articles. Richter has over the last few years joined a special niche of “cult bashers.” She’s not a remarkable or famous journalist but exhibits some notable writing talents. Looking her up online, I was immediately greeted with her smiling profile picture that successfully offered up an approachable aura of friendliness. Although, profiled next to her rests the scowl-faced picture of Be Scofield. I enjoyed reading several of Richter’s articles, but was disturbed by her blind fascination and support for Scofield. Who I believe is the most distinguishable sham journalist in the US, at least when it comes to spiritual intolerance. In fact, it was that cult connection between the two of them that first goaded me to research Richter’s work.

Like Scofield, she’s written several articles on religious cults. But unlike Scofield’s fact-less debaucheries of ethical journalism, Richter’s are relatively well researched, and mostly, exhibit an evenhanded approach. My initial feelings when I first lit up her website on my laptop screen was that I’d find another bigot. Honestly, I couldn’t find much to criticize in her articles. Instead, I read her work with real interest. But there is also something else there, that nagging indicator of something more going on; her unquestionable, almost pet-like dutiful support for Scofield. As a result, my admiration for Richter’s work aversely transitioned into future-visions of her journalistic career going down in flames. Which is inevitable. It’s only a matter of time before Scofield’s debauchery and manipulated hit pieces are exposed for what they are. When that happens, any associated praise-writers like Richter will most certainly go down the drain with her. When the sagacious and long-awaited critical voice of reason comes forward to set things right, which in the long run, it always does, we’ll unfortunately not remember Richter as a promising social journalist, but as someone who was on the wrong side of the tracks.

I read one of Richter’s articles, where she commendably criticized an uncomfortable indifference of NZ citizens who allowed a Neo-Nazi group to briefly participate in an anti-supremacy-oriented public symposium. I certainly understand indifference. I encounter it frequently in my line of work. I agreed wholeheartedly with Richter’s professed anti-Nazi perspectives. She began her article by announcing herself as German born. As an expert on intolerance movements because she’s someone who carries subliminal cultural residuals left over from a horrible era when her country fell under the spell of Hitler’s Nazi hate and prejudice campaign. The irony of that only came to the fore when I realized just how hypocritical that article was in the greater context of her work. There it was, in plain sight, Richter’s claim to be defending our world against intolerant haters, posted alongside her obedient support for a known hate instigator, Be Scofield. Who like Hitler, uses lies and manipulations to inspire angry emotions to get her audience to hate with her. Here was a talented journalist, professing to be an advocate for acceptance and racial equality, blindly voicing support for that age-old monster of fact-less propaganda. How does that not mask a secret agenda of spiritual bigotry. Is racial bigotry so dissimilar from spiritual or religious bigotry? Wasn’t the Jewish religion a vital part of Hitler’s campaign of hate? How is trading one form of hate for another okay? I say that confidently because there is a profound difference between supporting factually reported wrongs committed by real cult leaders, juxtaposed to blindly supporting a charlatan fake news blogger who regularly cooks up deceptions and assassination pieces on any spiritual leader she can find to gain fame and recognition.

In order to write this piece objectively, I had to get past an uneasy impression haunting my mind, planted there by an international colleague, a professional corporate crime investigator, Herr Fromm, who stated emphatically, “Anke Richter is not who she claims to be, there’s something deceptively surreal living beneath her public persona.”” Rifling through his collection of comments, I found that his research was revealing, but inconclusive. Without more irrefutable evidence that specified exactly what that deceptiveness is, I defaulted to a wait-and-see approach. He may be right, but my topical impression is that Richter is a genuinely decent reporter. But one question remained with me all the same; why would Richter, who knows how to do investigative research, repeatedly support a disreputable “guru basher,” without first reconnoitering to determine if her articles are based on fact or illusion? It rarely takes me more than a few minutes to see through Scofield’s smoke and mirrors and fake cult scenarios, and merely a few hours more to catalogue all the falsification of facts she deliberately uses to sell her agenda.

What was yet unresolved for me was how banally Richter rushed in to aid Scofield by publishing Scofield praise pieces, as if she’s secretly bound to an unseen agreement to jump to her aid whenever her real agenda-hiding defenses fail. Scofield nauseatingly brags about herself and recurrently praises herself on her websites, which she likewise does at the beginning of each of her articles. She laughably promotes herself as star-studded and famous, as if someone else is applauding her, and reliably posts that tired out self-branding statement, “Scofield is the most prominent cult Journalist in the world.” She works that brand ongoing, along with her half-true and half-fake placement of credentials. Entering her website, or reading any of her shoddily written articles, is like driving down a road to a land of make-believe, with a long row of Scofield-aggrandizing billboards lining the way. Where the wise refuse to go, Richter shows up loyally, like an eager dog carrying her praise in its mouth. Why would Richter, who has talent, and a promising journalistic career, do that?

Scofield is about to release a new book, that she titles “Toxic Spirituality.” No reputable publishing house would touch it. Scofield will have to self-publish. The reason those publishing houses gave for not accepting her work as publishable, wasn’t her shoddy writing skills, it was because they were unwilling to be sued for her libelous content. Every publishing house that Scofield contacted understood that. Is that so hard for Richter to understand? Doing my best to make sense of that fact, I started to surmise, there’s something else going on. I decided to take another look at Fromm’s research on Richter, and mix it up with a warning given to me by a private New York based investigator. He offered me the following information after I asked him if he could provide some insight on Scofield’s secret life. He did so because we agreed to exchange gathered notes.

“He answered, “It appears Scofield’s crowd funding may just be a clever cover that supports her carefully strategized underdog championing profile. There might be a stealth company of wealthy religious fanatics, and possibly a few foreign entities, who are secretly funding her unique needs that are committed to the downfall of any newly emerging or highly influential spiritual groups. Subsidizing her travel fees, housing and food costs, digital expenses, and if ever needed, any legal costs. If true, her crowd funding effectively serves as a laundering scam that explains her ability to always have the required funds to do what she intends.”

While this above statement sounds fantastical. I assure you, it isn’t. Since I wrote that article, I received a few emails from Scofield’s fed up ex-followers who confirmed the same. You might well ask, what does this have to do with Richter? Possibly nothing, or possibly everything! A genuine investigative journalist is compelled by ethics to always do his or her best to get all the facts right before publishing a piece. Richter does a fairly good job of that in her usual pieces. But when it comes to praising Scofield, oddly, facts don’t seem to matter. Her praise pieces reek of a political agenda. On closer examination, it appears notably strange that a NZ reporter would be monitoring the activities of someone like Scofield. There is this, — The common denominator between them is they are both pushing the same agenda. The difference is Richter is doing her work somewhat responsibly, Scofield is doing her work deceitfully. Though their portrayed motivating agenda is identical, linking them to a common thread.

We’re all too familiar with politically motivated news. We suitably call it “fake news.” The goal in publishing fake news is to promote agenda over facts. Fake news is reliably funded or promoted by unseen agents. Is the shared, almost identical, theme that exists between Richter and Scofield evidence of a common clandestine connection? Does Richter’s lack of concern for facts, when offered in praise of specific Scofield articles, reveal a political schema? Does this suggest a shared involvement with concealed agents, and possibly stealth funders? Is there a support source of elite funders backing Scofield, and possibly also Richter, who hope to eradicate or destroy all newly forming and influential spiritual groups? First through branding them as cults, and then through using one blogger-journalist as their do-anything-say-anything attack dog, and another as her public exonerator?

The Trout, a Shell Game, and Be Scofield

When I was still quite young, every summer my parents would pack up my two sisters, my brother and me, and stuff us into our go-anywhere Land Rover to drive cross-country to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. My dear departed grandfather owned a beautiful cottage lakeside estate there. One particular summer presented a defining moment in my life. It was the year “grandfather and father” agreed it was time to induct my brother and me into our family trout fishing ritual. I was beyond excited; my brother, a lot less so. But that’s another story. To get to my point, what I remember most from that experience was that first trout I reeled in. Not the assumed thrill of the catch, but that awful moment when I saw that eight-inch silver splendor gasping for air in the grip of my hand. That was the day I realized I had little stomach for fishing. That was also the day when I had my first gut feeling; one day, I’d be a vegetarian. Today, I’m vegan!

Those feelings of concern never developed into a similar sympathy for certain people. I care; genuinely I do. I sincerely feel empathy for family, friends, and I am determinedly moved to compassion whenever a child or animal is harmed. Resultantly, I frequently find myself moved, if not driven, to fight back against the useless wrongs people inflict on each other, often for nothing more than their heartless need for ego-recognition. This brings me to my reason for writing another piece on Be Scofield. She is the poster girl for everything that drives me to defend the innocent.  

I started Baxter’s Journal’s website to post a few altruistic pieces I had brewing in the back of my mind, mostly on religious intolerance and trending social injustices. I came to know who Scofield was through the defaming pieces she hashed out on a sexual revolutionary, Alexa Vartman, a lovely and highly fashion-oriented new age seminar leader, Teal Swan. And, a mainstream corporate guru, Bentinho Massaro. Viewing Scofield’s zealous betrayal of journalistic ethics exampled in her online attacks of these three icons stayed with me until I set up my website in the early part of this year. Since then, I witnessed even worse, and will no doubt see more to come. Those hyped up and discernibly fake pieces Scofield wrote, and most everything else she wrote over the last decade, roused that burning fight-back sense of urgency in me. I see her work as a prime example of the kind of spiritual intolerance I now feature recurrently on my website. I wasn’t sure if my new website was going to work out as an ongoing effort, but I have enough get-up-and-go, and technical knowhow to keep it up; at least for now. I’m internet savvy and well trained in security, so my first step was to set my site up safely overseas. That’s the single best way to maintain sovereign security. We can no longer buy any worthwhile security in the US. It was a safekeeping I knew I’d need once I started ruffling a few feathers.

I hadn’t intended to focus so entirely on Spiritual intolerance. I hoped to start broader and work my way into an interested audience that would respond through providing supportive feedback, helping me refine my focus and direction along the way. After my first Scofield piece, several requests came in to keep it up, so I stayed the course. There’s a difference between religious intolerance, which already has a well-built legal advocacy for defending the insulted, and our still-young world of trending spiritual group intolerance. Groups that are zealously singled out and bashed by a few culprits like Scofield, as if they have no right to be.

Over the last few years, I watched in near disbelief as Scofield cooked up story after story, purposefully smearing lives and doing her online reputation damage. Originally, I intended only to research her effort at exposing deceptive spiritual leaders. The more I dove into my research, the more I realized Scofield was the deceptive one. That’s a bold statement, but it nearly always came to that. Very little that she writes has any accuracy or substance. What makes her work appear real is her cunning talent for deceiving her readers through sham-befriending her audience, and then manipulating their emotions. Again, and again, I was astonished how little of her blogging matched reality. Her work is at best, across-the-board debauchery. I might have found it comical if it wasn’t so heart-rending in its effect on innocent people’s lives. Fortunately, there seems to be a guru-bashing blowback trending. It’s on the horizon. Many of the people who were unjustly hurt by her are starting to show some willingness to fight back. I see real trouble in the air for the dark inquisitor of cult bashing. Her days are numbered, and those that are still supporting her are soon going to feel the sting.

Occasionally I hear from a Scofield-weary mole who is still prowling her Facebook friends list. She sent me a snapshot of her latest private page posts. A new one just came up. It’s meant to be read in her secret FB underground, kept moderately secret behind her handy wall of guarded security settings where she controls all the narratives and comments. In her post, she desperately tries to bash a man named Alexander Vera and another man named Alexander Fred, along with a website called “Culture or Cult,” and me. Apparently, we all got under her skin, enough to shake up her ego standing beyond repair. We did so through exposing her bogus blogging efforts as shams, in repeatedly uncovering her lies and secret agendas behind her fake stories. Viewing her desperate attempt at conveniently putting the blame for all her troubles into one manageable package, and claiming one person was responsible for everything that exposed her tactics, was a lot like watching that desperately gasping fish I witnessed dying in my hands.  
Scofield began her new backroom post like it’s an official news flash: Extra, extra, read all about it. Along with her usual, “Scofield is the best in the world,” guff.  

Scofield’s news flash: “Alexander Fred of Dayton, Ohio has been identified as the person behind a string of anonymous articles, and fake news stories”As a result, I’m in contact with the FBI cyber crimes unit, and lawyers to file cyberstalking charges and a lawsuit.He’s published that I’m a fugitive on the run evading numerous criminal charges, a druggie, a rapist, pedophile, a dangerous sociopath, and an attempted murderer.”

If Fred had written those things, I’m not entirely in disagreement. I have been researching her hit pieces quite thoroughly, along with most all of the articles written by others who stood up to her. I also read a related article written by a psychologist, Robert B. who offered his professional analysis of her, stating in no uncertain terms that “Scofield is a hostile sociopath.” I also read an Austrian article published by Anke Richter, involving an interview where Scofield bragged about always being on the move and never answering her phone, which she does to avoid any potential legal summons. I also read a now defunct article that was removed from being online, by the author, Erin. It described his horrific ordeal with Scofield, who he accuses of drugging and then raping him when he was 14 years old. He detailed the event that he alleged took place in Berkeley, California, nine years ago, before Scofield went transgender. But nowhere have I seen anyone come forward to accuse Scofield of “attempted murder.”

I’m relatively good at doing my job but was not able to find any tangible evidence that Alexander Fred had anything to do with her claims. But that isn’t at all surprising. She attempted to create the impression that the FBI is daft enough to cater to her whims, and that they are secretly setting up a stealth task force to take Alexander Fred down for his crimes against her.

There’s a true story circulating online that anyone can read or view on YouTube. It involves two drug dealers transporting drugs illegally across a border. They imagine the police are following them. To resolve this issue, they decide to call 911 to complain to the police dispatcher that they were once caught transporting contraband across the border, and would like the police to stop following them. They were arrested shortly after with a trunk full of drugs. I see close similarities in Scofield’s claim that she went to the FBI to report cyber-stalking. Scofield is a serial cyber-stalker talking to the FBI to accuse online journalists, who are attempting to expose her criminal activity, of being the stalkers. A renowned novelist, Bernard Malamud, once wrote, “Where do you look if you’ve lost your mind?” Doing all she can to deny her own insanity, Be Scofield looks at others. Yes, that’s insane!

Keep in mind; Scofield is a self-ordained cult-bashing blogger who deceptively seeks attention anyway she can get it. Is it even comprehendible that she expects the FBI to believe she’s being cyberstalked? I’m quite sure what her supposed lawsuit lawyers, (which don’t exist) and those FBI cyber investigators must be thinking right now. 
— O’ Be Scofield: “The muses doe attend upon your throne, with all the world at your beck and call!”

Scofield: “As a highly prominent journalist, exposing and shutting down cults, I’ve been followed, videoed, hacked, slandered, falsely accused, given death threats and repeatedly attacked online.”

Not really! First, she’s not highly prominent. She’s a blogger. And, that’s what she encourages her unimaginative followers to do to the people she regularly bashes in her stories, which she’s repeatedly been seen bragging about on Facebook. In her discernable “I’m a victim post,” she included: “People want to personally destroy and kill me.”

I can’t really disagree with that, that might actually be true. You know that old saying, “Do unto others…”

This next part was particularly amusing for me.

Scofield wrote: “Using my digital sleuth skills and a forensic writing analysis program I’ve recently uncovered a multi-layered plot by SEO specialist Alexander Fred to falsely accuse me of rape, defame me and attack my work. He’s used the similarly patterned aliases Robert B. / J. Baxter, W. Fromm, and one that uses his real first name, Alexander Vera, to write fake news stories and slanderous articles about me.”

You may have missed that, that’s me, J. Baxter, being accused of being Robert, Fred, Fromm and Vera.  When I read this accusation, I had to wonder; did she make that analysis comparison in her own secret forensic lab. Is that where she also keeps her vampire stakes and holy water?

Scofield wrote: “He built two nearly identically themed websites “Culture or Cult” and “Baxter’s Journal,” setup multiple Medium.com writer profiles and created a Reddit sub-thread all solely dedicated to attacking me.

That’s a pretty glanderous claim. That anyone would care enough to do all that. I do know Fromm. I briefly wrote about him in one of my articles. I hope to feature some investigative work in the near future. He’s a friend and masterful international legal investigator who I met years ago in London. He recently did me a favor by investigating one of Scofield’s cohorts, Anke Richter. She seems to mysteriously appear whenever Scofield desperately needs an online praise writer to heralding her glory, which struck me as oddly convenient. I’m based in New York, so I asked Fromm to investigate. Richter is from Germany. Fromm is German and works internationally. I thought he’d have more access. He posted an article on my site when I was rock climbing, out of range from any cell reception. He sent it to me via my webmaster pal, who I earlier let know that Fromm might be submitting some work. She misunderstood that as a go-ahead and right away posted it on my site. When I cell-connected again, I realized what he wrote was so strongly scathing I decided to take it down. Fromm doesn’t mince words. Unlike Scofield, who is mostly wrong, he never is. But what he uncovered was simply too dark. Not about Richter, but Be Scofield. I won’t post that unless I have enough evidence to get past any concerns of potentially or inadvertency libeling her. I need more substantiating facts.

I am not involved in Culture or Cult in any way! I don’t have any articles there, not yet, though I may soon. They seem to be on the right track. It’s a cool site. “Rebels with a cause.” I do however see why she’s intimidated by them. Culture or Cult has allowed a few good writers to post their momentous acumens on her. Right there for everyone to read: culture-or-cult.com. Take a look.

I’m not Robert B.! I’m not Alexander Vera! I’m not Fromm! And, I’m not Alexander Fred! I don’t yet interact on Reddit! But all the same, I’d like to take this moment to congratulate Be Scofield on her usual and thorough “sleuth” work.

Be Scofield wrote: Both culture-or-cult.com and Baxter’s Journal are WordPress sites that use Cloudflare to mask their identities. Both use overseas hosting to avoid US legal and civil prosecution.

Not surprising: This is a prime example of how Scofield presents her evidence, this time through banally relating misplaced circumstantial similarities. This is how she cooks up her articles. She lauds her new “sleuthed” discoveries. Here she insinuates misdirects through first correctly stating that my website uses WordPress and Cloudflare. She then asserts that claim as if that is somehow a technical marvel and hard to discover, and that it’s damning evidence! When in fact, that’s very easy to determine, using only grade school computer skills.  She asserts Culture or Cult website also uses WordPress, and Cloudflare. She then asserts, because those websites have those two things in common, she sleuthed definitive evidence that they are one and the same. What she opportunely fails to reveal is WordPress is the single largest website platform in the world. One out of every three websites use WordPress. In fact, WordPress holds a market share of 34% of all the websites in the world. That adds up to approximately 1,200,000,000 WordPress users. She also fails to write she too uses WordPress as her website platform. And she too uses Cloudflare. And she too uses an offshore platform outside of US jurisdiction. Cloudflare is a free service that has over 193 data centers around the world, with over 20,000,000 users. If we read her claim correctly, that would mean Scofield might also be the owner of Culture or Cult, and Baxter’s Journal website. Sadly, that is precisely how she writes her stories, playing her accusations like a shell game that relies on her audience’s inability to keep up.

Scofield: “Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass an individual, group, or organization…It may include false accusations, defamation, slander, and libel…” I’m hopeful that working with the proper authorities will lead to a conviction. He’s also severely defamed me and I am pursuing a lawsuit against him.”

That cyberstalking claim is perhaps the most accurate description yet of what Scofield does ongoing. Stalk, harass, online and offline, and use defamation, slander, and libel to get her intentions into play?

Toxic Spirituality? Or, Be Scofield’s Toxic Journalism

When we think of freedom of speech, we might look with appreciation and gratefulness toward the insightful work and foresight our American forefathers labored into law. Ensuring us our right to convey our ideas and views fearlessly and transparently. The First Amendment was implemented on December 15, 1791, as a portion of the Bill of Rights, the initial ten amendments to the US Constitution. It established legislative safeguards for varied and distinct liberties, affecting freedom of speech, right to assemble, and the right to worship in whatever fashion. Upholding our right to communicate our opinions, even disliked or objectionable ones, without fear of government censorship. But not all speech is protected. Conducts of speech not insulated under the First Amendment include any expression or display of immoral sexual material, such as child pornography. Protections also exclude speech that incites illegal activities or crimes, or that involves plagiarism of copyrighted materials. And, unquestionably, the First Amendment does not protect defamation, libel, and slander. I sense it’s necessary to emphasize, it includes that everyone in the United States has the right to practice his or her own religion, or no religion at all.

To be clear: Libel is published, broadcast, or digitized, online defamation of character, as opposed to spoken defamation of character. Vocalized defamation of character is slander. Libelous publications basically involve false or harmful statements that are communicated to someone other than the person being libeled. It can involve anything from a text or article that’s copied and spread to only a few, or through an online or physical newspaper article with multitudes of subscribers. It’s libel when those efforts expose any person or group of persons to hatred, humiliation, disgrace, contempt or mockery. Or, when it injures any person’s reputation and causes them to be eschewed or avoided. Or, when it injures their work or occupation. Libel is not protected by freedom of speech!

Certainly, anything that’s provable isn’t libel. But this article isn’t about what’s provable; it’s about the precise opposite, it’s about a total disregard for both real facts and the resulting damage done to innocent person’s lives in the deceptive pretense of investigative journalism. It’s about the premeditated libelous efforts of an online blogger named Be Scofield, who has for the last nine years gotten away with, and scammed her public viewers into believing she is “the chosen one”, the “toxic spirituality” watchdog for the world, who is fittingly beyond reproach and sanctioned by the US, First Amendment.

You might ask; if it’s defamation, why has she been able to go on with it so long? Why hasn’t she been stopped? The answer rests in understanding the distinctions between our US civil and criminal laws. Civil cases typically involve private disputes between persons or groups. Criminal cases involve activities that are considered harmful to society as a whole, and are subsequently deliberated as offenses against the city, state, county, or federal government, which thenceforth involves governmental jurisdiction of prosecution. Libel is a civil crime. In simpler terms, if you’ve been defamed, don’t expect your government to come to your aid. It’s up to you, the claimant, to bring the offender to court through an attorney. And, if you are like the majority of US citizens, you don’t have six months to a year of legal processing time, and many thousands of dollars to redistribute into your attorney’s bank accounts… Need I say more?

In Be Scofield’s unique paradigm, it’s even more complicated and difficult. She rarely stays in one place long, and never answers her phone. She does this specifically to make it close to impossible to serve her. On balance, the average citizen doesn’t have the able means governmental law enforcement does. She brags about being an outlaw digital strategist. Which I’ll begrudgingly admit; she’s fairly good at. She researches and surfs the web using an untraceable VPN, and posts her defaming articles on FB, (Mark Zuckerberg unfailingly doesn’t care about online libel), and on her Gurumag website that she set up in Iceland, outside US jurisdiction. She’s created a shady alliance with a number of malefactor conspiracy theorists who have similar websites, that more than eagerly post anything she sends them. She has an abundance of aliases, which she deceptively uses to comment admiringly on her own posts for all to faun over, and digitally blocks anyone who might comment against her favor. She crowd-funds regularly for cash, which she salts with a few falsified donations under her own aliases, just to get things rolling, all the while feigning a suffering lifestyle. That’s a fairly effective strategy that took her several years to perfect.

I was recently contacted by a sharp-minded private investigator that lightheartedly referred to himself as “Sleuth Legalos.” After reading one of my recent articles that named Scofield, he hoped to make use of any material I might have gathered. After a bit of back-and-forth laughter and an abundance of humorous sarcasm, I realized he was far more informed than I was. Which led me to ask if he knew how much of her online profile is real.

He answered, “It’s hard to say. But, an increase in background chatter in her sway of influence conspicuously suggests that a few of her closer allies either have knowledge of, or are catching on to more going on monetarily than meets the public eye. It appears her crowd funding may just be a clever cover that supports her carefully strategized underdog championing profile. It appears there might be a stealth company of wealthy religious fanatics, and possibly a few foreign entities, who are secretly funding her unique needs that are committed to the downfall of any newly emerging or highly influential spiritual groups. In particular, subsidizing her travel fees, housing and food costs, digital expenses, and if ever needed, any legal costs. If true, her crowd funding effectively serves as a laundering scam that explains her ability to always have the required funds to do what she intends.” 

As I am writing this, I can’t help wonder if the IRS has any tax forms they’d like to send her?

For those of you who don’t yet know who Be Scofield is, which is very likely, she’s a transgender writer who fancies herself to be a guru destroyer or spiritual group nightmare Journalist. Though blogger would be a more apt term. In a few instances she’s been fairly successful in causing very real reputation damage to the persons or groups she targets. But more often than not, she’s shrugged off as insignificant. Which would be more frequent if her strategy was a bit less honed to take advantage of her target’s follower’s viewing influence. Due to Google’s algorithms and “Cambridge Analytics” brand of tracking policies, anyone who can get enough attention, regardless of how or why, quickly climbs in Google’s search engine ranking. That’s the unfortunate outcome of Google’s commercial aspiration to get what it blindly believes you want into your online searches. Equally, regardless of the obvious, too many people continue to misguidedly believe if it’s on the Internet it must be true, particularly if it’s dark and scandalous. After all, who would dare to openly publish something libelous? Their material would certainly get pulled down and they’d be sued, —right? Well no! Just about anyone can lie up a storm and say just about anything they want on the Internet —and get away with it. Especially if they belong to Facebook, or have a website located outside US jurisdiction, and are effectively able to dodge being served any legal subpoenas.

Be Scofield first caught my attention when she posted a hit piece on her Gurumag website on Bentinho Massaro. I’d previously been contacted by a Microsoft buddy from Seattle asking if I’d consider doing a piece on him as “an inspiring rising star and newest phenomenon in the corporate guru world.” I told him I’d look into it. Before I’d gotten two steps into my research, I learned people were already blindsided, stunned, and agape at what just happened. What most surprised me wasn’t so much that Scofield had written her poorly executed attack on Massaro, filled with obvious nonsense, it was that so many of his mainstream viewers ran headlong into her takedown strategy, carefully reading her trashy fiction as if somehow it had some measure of merit to it. As a result, regardless of Scofield’s distinct lack of journalistic savoir-faire, she went from virtually unknown and insignificance, to close to 200,000 readers in only a few weeks. Readers she later fraudulently claimed were her followers. No, they weren’t her followers! She actually caters only to a paltry few who cling to her like a demigod from a malice-spewing dreamland! Those were all Massaro’s followers trying to sort out what was going on. Unfortunately for Massaro, Google’s AI analytics kicked in and shot her threadbare blog site into a much higher level of search engine rankings. It is precisely here where we might take a moment to consider the very real dangers posed by Google’s merciless surveillance analytics.

Honestly, I was moderately shocked myself. Here was a guy who had no previous criticisms to speak of, who was universally admired, had a devoted following of highly intelligent people, and was philosophically in tune with our times, —who was suddenly thrown against the wall as if he had committed some kind of unforgivable crimes. My first impression was genuinely curious, why would anybody take Scofield’s toxic rants seriously? Her piece was so easily discernable as contrived prattle spiked with obviously bogus sensationalism, faked quotes, wild insinuations and loads of misdirected facts. Regrettably, after she published, Massaro didn’t stand up and fight, even after his corporate gigs were canceled due to their shareholder’s fear of a scandal. He could easily have proven libel damages and taken Scofield down then and there. Instead, he retreated back home to mom and pop in the Netherlands. I would have preferred he would first have considered taking a few coaching lessons from Tony Robbins. Notwithstanding, I sincerely recommend that you take the time to read the below article written by Alexander Vera.  https://medium.com/@avera.media/cult-mania-inside-the-attack-on-bentinho-massaro-part-1-881b5628b89a

As she commonly does, Scofield infiltrated incognito into one of Massaro’s symposiums to drudge up any material she might use to smear his image. Having spoken directly to a few individuals who met and conversed with Scofield, I learned that she had premeditatedly come with an agenda to feverishly persecute Massaro; and was fully prepared to brand him as an evil cult leader, with no foreknowledge of what he taught or believed. When she negatively prodded a few of Massaro’s Symposium attendees for the goods, if any of them tried to say anything that countered her assertions, she quickly brushed them off as ill-informed and brainwashed, and moved on in search of someone more pliable. She openly brags in her hit piece that she was urged on by some kind of higher providence that she received while lying in her bed that caused her to shimmy and shake until she succumbed to her call to destiny.

She wrote, “I laid on my bed and felt a cosmic download. My body was overwhelmed with tingles from head to toe. My body started to shake. I couldn’t move. I felt surges of power pulsing through me. I just knew it. I had to stop this guy.”

That sounds suspiciously like cult babble, if you ask me. On the other hand, she did first consult her astrologer-lieutenant, MelaLuna Moonbeam, in Asheville, North Carolina, for the best star-time to assault Massaro. 

Scofield’s attack on Massaro was nothing short of an old-fashioned Catholic inquisitional witch burning, camouflaged in a pretense of Journalistic watchdog news. In her article, she used pictures of Massaro colored up in a Halloween Joker costume to make him appear as if that was his secretly dark profile. Then persecuted his principles along with his right to believe, as if that freedom was in some way a crime against God. The right to believe in any way, or not to believe is, by the way, everyone’s freedom, established in our US Bill of Rights as an essential human safeguard against bigoted people like Be Scofield. 

She openly revealed to numerous persons her pre-planned intentions to ruin Massaro’s reputation by whatever means necessary, regardless of what she might unearth. Did Massaro not recognize, possibly being a Netherland born man, and not being familiar with US law, that in the US that’s the very definition of civil malice, and exactly what he needed to sue her for defamation. Prior to witnessing what she did and wrote on Massaro, never had I witnessed such a devious and abusive use of journalism, done for the purpose of smearing a target individual just to get the attention she desired to further her online image. Unhappily, her online abuses didn’t stop there. Massaro’s story only emboldened her to do worse works thereafter. 

It’s necessary to mention that Scofield predictably recycles a few of her prime sensationalism tactics that she uses to attack her targets. She uses accusative catchword terms like cult, guru, and sexual abuse more than any other. Why? Because they’re highly targeted or pursued on the Internet. But notably, there’s an all too obvious contradiction in her sexual abuse accusations, which anyone might discover if they ever chose to delve deeper into Scofield’s secret personal pastimes. “Pussywitch,” a self-styled sex instructor, whose real name is Sara Luna Dietrich, is one of Scofield’s staples. Sara has written a series of sex blogs like “Fuck Foreplay”, “Wildest Fantasies,” “Loving Fiercely,” “BDSM,” “Period Sex,” and “Transforming Pussy Pain into Pleasure,” to name only a few. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not puritanistic, or in any way judgmental of people’s sexual preferences, but Scofield is passionate about Pussywitch, and at the same time equally passionate about bashing any spiritual persons or groups who show the slightest liberty in their sexual attitude, which she uses unabashedly to emphasize her sell. That spiritual people are all opportune perverts. She attacks them with a zest, with exception given to those sex groups she herself attends. According to one woman I spoke with, who we’ll just name Cindy, who claims to know her and her habits intimately, Scofield is a demonstrable sex addict, who spends most of her off time in extreme pseudo Tantra sex workshops, multi-partner bacchanalia, and indulging in her special sexual rubdown massages. Now before you go off and claim, I might be doing my own brand of bashing here, I want to assure you, unlike Scofield, I checked and double checked all of my sources. I don’t insinuate and don’t twist facts to suite an agenda. I had these statements confirmed by at least two other Scofield amigos. This knowledge did not come from her enemies; it was given to me uncoerced from her slightly disenchanted acquaintances. I bring this up, not because I’m calling out any odd sexual behavior. I am bringing it up because she just recently published her full out online attack on another spiritual guru, Mooji. That she claims is a ruthless sexual predator, who has way too much sex, and lives promiscuously with numerous young women in his Portuguese compound. Before you jump to any conclusions about Mooji, please take into account that Scofield is a serial liar who presents her stories with little-to-no-regard for the truth. She attacks these groups primarily to get the press coverage that results from the commotion she generates when tossing about those highly attractive and favored search engine terms, in this case all three, sexual abuse, cult, and guru.

Approximately a year ago, when travelling through Portugal, I spent a couple of days visiting Mooji’s “compound.” And, I’ll confess, it did call up memories of those long-ago hippie free love rebellions, along with my early memories of when my parents shared their kid stories of the love generation and Woodstock. I could easily accept that the people visiting or staying there, young and old, were fully dedicated to that kind of free revolution lifestyle. No one there was twisting their arms to stay. In fact, all the visitors I came in contact with were relatively joyous.

I haven’t concluded my research on Scofield’s assault on Mooji yet. It’s a complicated mess and a networking nightmare to wade through. But, after viewing and dissecting Scofield’s mean and determined hit-piece article, I was again shaking my head in disbelief.  How in the world could any intelligent reader get through all that phony Scofield psychobabble and not walk away feeling dirtied? I want to make it clear, Scofield has never met Mooji, and undoubtedly, by what she indicates in her article has never read or watched anything he has written or taught open-mindedly. I’m personally not a fan of Mooji’s Advaita, but I can quite easily allow anyone’s right to believe. Scofield focused on one thing alone; write anything, regardless of how preposterous it may be, to shade Mooji in a bad light. Plainly nothing fresh or unusual for her there! She filled her pages with wild sexual conspiracies, and verifiably false witnesses, while outright attempting to misdirect her readers away from any real or genuine critical thinking. There’s not one iota of neutral honest journalism in her entire article.

Scofield regularly pokes her nasty stick at anyone she can find who may get her some press. Which speaks into Sleuth Legolas’s notion, that her agenda may be secretly much broader than just a few guru takedown efforts. It unmistakably smacks of servicing a deeper more sinister agenda that includes doing damage to any charismatic spiritual leader or group who might exert an influence on our global free-thinking spiritual communities. Does that suggest a fear-driven agenda that works to keep people shackled to the world’s mind dominating religions? If so, then who does that actually serve?

The list of Scofield’s targets is extensive, including highly thought of and illustrious names like, Ken Wilber, Craig Hamilton, Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle, Aaravindha Himadra, Mooji, Teal Swan, Terry Patten, Dali lama, Uma Inder, TJ Bartel, Andrew Barnes, Robert Masters, Padma Aon Prakasha and Alex Vartman. Please forgive me if I missed anyone. This does seem like quite a celebrated list that most any spiritual teacher would enjoy being part of, given any other circumstances.

Before Scofield’s assault on Mooji, she landed her mordant gaze on Aaravindha Himadra, another international spiritual teacher who she claims she pre-auditioned for an attack through her shimmy and shake download process. But not before announcing herself as “the most prominent writer in the world exposing cults and abusive gurus.” I am not yet sure how, or why anyone would want to compete with that entitlement?  My first thought when I read that was, should I be impressed or disgusted?

Her assault on Himadra was, in my opinion, nothing short of criminal. A “Frameup” is the legal term when someone knowingly tries to frame someone of a crime. Let me reiterate: In the US perpetrating a Frameup is criminal! In my professional journalistic perspective, that is precisely what Scofield tried to do with the help of two underhanded cohorts. Does she even realize that can lead to real jail time? I can see why she opted to go that way. I searched high and low through Himadra’s work profile, read his book, Immortal Self, read a few of his articles, and spoke with many people who either know him or are familiar with his teachings, and then read through an endless stream of testimonials, and couldn’t find anything that Scofield could have sunk her fangs in to justify her usual “Cult-Guru-Sex” attacks. I learned of only three or four embittered students who had over the last decade not moved on without first throwing a few punches, but there just wasn’t anything that stood out as cultish. I’m now convinced Scofield ran into that same lack of cult material. Consequently, she resorted to not only libel; she consorted criminally to do him as much harm as possible through inspiring a Frameup attempt.

Keep an eye out. I’ll be posting Himadra’s story, along with a few more Scofield’s victims in a follow-up article, which I’ll publish under my new copyrighted title:

“Mother Justice, —How Be Scofield Duped Her!”

I am aware that Himadra is presently suing Scofield for Civil defamation, which has kept him precautious and watchful with what he was willing to reveal. In our phone conversation, he apologetically stated, “I’m not at liberty to disclose too much at this time, due to the potential of any leaked information acting as interference to our legal suit.” He also indicated he’s not interested in vengeance for what she did, or in any way looking to punish her. He simply wants to set things right. I can certainly appreciate that, but honestly, —a little vengeance might give some of her other past victims some worthwhile relief.

I haven’t concluded my research yet, there’s quite a bit yet to do. But I can definitely say I hadn’t previously seen her go to such extreme lengths in online trickery as she did in her effort to destroy Himadra’s reputation. She strove to Frameup Himadra in a heinous crime that didn’t actually happen fourteen years ago. She completely twisted up the suicide death of a 52-year-old woman, Carla Jean Shaffer, who the Himadra’s had only come to know cursorily. The Himadras knew Carla, but she was apparently a relatively new acquaintance, who the Himadra’s had minimal contact with. The case was closed fourteen years ago, after an extensive investigation, which is common in situations like that. Himadra was never considered a person of interest when the investigation was in force. He had absolutely no motive and no opportunity. But that didn’t stop Scofield. She chose to blatantly ignore the lawful verdict on the cause of death, which clearly stated, no drugs and no foul play. She decided in its stead to rewrite history to conveniently suit her plans. Scofield cooked up the theater, the settings, and many of the characters in her article to convince her audience that the law was wrong, and her “special” divination method of astrology, quivering surges, and preposterous false testimonials, were the real deal.

More’s information is coming in my collection of follow-up stories, so I’ll keep this short. The first attempt Scofield perpetrated was to cast Himadra as dubious, by quoting a few statements he had made about Miss Shaffer, a select few of which contradicted a long-term student’s comments. As it turns out, that student, who I’ll call David, was not in-the-know. He apparently was only guessing offhandedly when he offered his answers to Scofield’s deceptively disguised phone interview. Later, after a longer and more careful effort to remember back fourteen years, he corrected those answers on his own volition. Once David read her published online hit piece, he felt deeply regretful for being duped, and recorded his more properly considered answers under oath in an affidavit that he sent Himadra and his lawyers. That affidavit apparently reads entirely in favor, rather than in contradiction to Himadra’s statements. Scofield refused to publish that fact, and also refused to remove the false contradictory answers because they better complemented her agenda. Her second attempt was to use a cohort’s quote and a few senseless insinuations that accused Himadra of an attack that took place in Miss Shaffer’s Orcas Island home that inevitably served as a forerunner to Miss Shaffer’s death. —Another provable lie. Himadra and his wife were away during the time of Miss Shaffer’s ill-fated incidents. They were away on a teaching tour in Europe for those two months when Miss Shaffer had undergone those traumas. Even though the Himadras had unmitigated passport evidence and witnesses that confirmed their long absence, Scofield pressed on with her lies. Scofield’s debauchery goes on and on in her hit piece on Himadra, with her predictable unrelenting air that indicates she will do anything to destroy any spiritual leader’s reputation, even to the point of criminality, in an ostensibly blind duty to something that’s still a half-lit mystery to me. Could this have something to do with Legolas’s investigation? Or is it due to some unremitting anger toward God? I can’t honestly say.

What I learned while writing this, and what surprises me to no end, is that very soon after Himadra’s lawyer served Scofield her lawsuit summons, she very quickly mustered up a high-powered pro bono attorney, named Tim Cunningham. This oddity not only vexes me, it throws my usual sense of reliable logic into a WTF tailspin. —Why? What right-minded lawyer would do that? He must have been either blind in reading her online menagerie of articles, or is desperately driven for media attention. Or is he just a dedicated Scofield fan? Or is there some other secret influential voice of authority spurring him on?

For me, the problem uncovered here, goes far beyond Scofield, or this retro-trend of attacking our freedom to choose what we want to believe. The real issue our online readers must face now is unquestionably how do we as a free society keep our liberty of press honest and clean in our online communities that are increasingly assailed by those fake news journalists like Scofield? Mind and emotion manipulators, who so willingly foul the playing field for their own ailing agendas? This is no easy task! What if we fail? What are the consequences when we can no longer trust in the good works of those genuinely dedicated few that would give us the real news and knowledge we require? To learn, act on, and guide our future course. What will become of us as a free society if we allow those odious bigots, who would so maliciously tread on our natural human right to believe to triumph? There’s a clear and distinct bash-um’ fashion haunting our collective awareness today. It’s time we ask, who is controlling that? Are you aware enough to step back, to think for yourselves, or is it already too late? Have you already succumbed to the mind deafening assaults of those online fear manipulators who threaten to control the free collective through their strategically deceptive tactics?

 

 

Be Scofield’s World of Wonders

Be Scofield’s World of Wonders

J. Baxter

When I received an email from a former mole in Be Scofield’s inner circle, notifying me that she was able to net a Pro Bono lawyer from a high-powered law firm, I nearly dropped my morning latte in my lap. Why would any respectable attorney even consider defending such an obvious offender for free, donating his or her work to wrangle an unmistakably innocent couple that filed a defensive lawsuit against her for defamation? My interaction with a number of attorneys in the past has led me to realize, most attend tactically to their image. If even a semi-aware attorney would invest but a few minutes into viewing the unsophisticated nonsense presented in Be Scofield’s writings, they’d easily spot the contrived prate she regularly peddles to her online devotees. In genuine disbelief, I decided to find out more. 

After enquiring around and perusing a number of Tim Cunningham’s profiled cases, I couldn’t perceive anything that indicated he is in any way as obtuse as he appears in taking on that Scofield lawsuit. I was at a loss. When that happens, the common approach for most investigative journalists like myself is to refine an unobvious query through elimination. After jettisoning possibility after possibility, what still remains is likely the answer. Per se, the axiomatic last man standing is Cunningham appears to lack a moral compass. He seems to have a general disregard for the obvious damage Scofield exacts on innocent lives, and the resulting ordeals of the blameless. He seems more interested in displaying his argument for freedom of speech than he is concerned for civil or moral justice. I say this with some confidence as he had a choice. Offering Pro Bono, he was not pre-indebted to be neutral. The only remaining incentive that appears to make any sense is that Scofield promised Cunningham media coverage, clearly coming at the cost of the public figures she’s defaming. This makes most sense because this kind of tactic is right up Scofield’s alley. As a crude unethical blogger, she has a relatively small audience. To effectively sponge up the recognition she craves Scofield strategically draws her sought after attention from the followers belonging to the persons she defames. Sadly, Google analytics unwittingly supports that. My sense is that she was successful in tempting Cunningham into taking that bait.

I nearly halted my interests there. After my initial research commotion, I began asking myself the question, why do I care? Why concern myself with the insignificant drivel coming from an irrelevant tabloid blogger? I have plenty of other paid writing engagements that are calling. I was about to close my laptop, when I found myself unexpectedly paralyzed with the realization, this is exactly how true journalism dies. When those who care stop caring and allow the noble voice of genuine journalism to be soiled with the angry neurosis driven efforts of the broken, the entire world sufferers. True journalism is meant to be the voice of truth in our global communities. Scofield is not that voice. She is the offshoot of a festering hatred; apparently born of a pain she is unable to face and deal with internally. When that happens, the beast comes forward to do the damage. We are then willed the voice of more hatred in an ailing medium that urgently requires more love and insight. Change doesn’t come from indifference, it comes through caring.

Viewing her Facebook pages, I found her to be fully engrossed in feeding her followers needs for more of her antagonistic form of entertainment, while making herself appear as if she is the victim of an attempted injustice in being litigated for defamation. This is for any intelligent reader nonsensical. The plaintiffs who are suing her are clearly not addressing her right to free speech. I am myself a staunch defender of that. Defamation is not protected by freedom of speech. Defamation refers to false statements of fact that harm another’s reputation. Defamatory comments often include false comments that a person committed a particular crime or engaged in certain sexual activities. That is precisely what Scofield has done.

I haven’t been successful in contacting the lawsuit plaintiffs to ask them for their perspective in this Pro Bono issue. I’ve only been able to examine Scofield’s present and absurd world of wonders. This doesn’t offer much of a balanced view. Fair perspective doesn’t live there. She unquestionably deletes all comments that might come in to threaten her authority or dares to challenge her control over her audience. There’s only a carefully managed one-way view of things. What comes through there is her intentions to do the plaintiff’s further harm through writing more defaming material. And it appears her audience may be willing to pay for the show. She began a new go-fund-me effort, hoping to get some more cash for her prowling efforts.

I don’t believe her motivation here is anger at being challenged. I believe it is now pure fear that drives her actions. This will undoubtedly backfire. It doesn’t require much insight to see that kind of offensive action speaks more of terror than confidence. A confident journalist could just sit back, and let the lawyers have all the room they need to find an amenable outcome. Or, she could just let the defaming article drop away. It wouldn’t really be questioned if it quietly disappeared. Her renewed aggressions speak more of her crumbling world that is about to come tumbling down. Her efforts to do more damage reveal fear clearly has her by the throat.  I have seen this a number of times before. When that happens, judgement wanes. More aggression effectually equates to losing your cool. It won’t take her audience of sharks long to see that as well. Once they smell the fear and sense her blood in the water, they’ll begin to turn on her and she’ll become the fodder.

The Misdeeds of Be Scofield and the Mysterious Orcas Island Death of Carla Shaffer

We ordinarily associate ethical journalism with an earnest effort to bring a deserving story of social value into public awareness. As a writer, for me real journalism represents an honorable profession, something that might at times require real sacrifices and hard work that in the end, leads to honest, principled reporting. I quickly take issue with anyone who would dare abuse this noble profession, for any reason, but in particular for personal glory or recognition. Ethical journalism should never be about the journalist, like it so evidently is for Be Scofield. I’ve singled out Be Scofield and her website Gurumag.com because she not only represents the antithesis to what I believe true journalism is all about, Be Scofield’s writings indicate that she genuinely delights in misleading her unsuspecting readers into believing her wildly concocted Gurumag.com tabloid fantasies. I have not in one of her articles found anything resembling fair or ethical reporting. be Scofield promotes all her Gurumag.com articles with an outright, take-no-prisoners arrogance that often leads to flat out defamation.

I recently came across an article written by Alexander Vera on medium.com. It discloses the previously untold story behind an attempted take-down piece Scofield wrote on Bentinho Massaro. Massaro is a 30-year-old Netherland born, modern-day guru who describes himself as a proponent of enlightenment and empowerment teachings drawn from a variety of sources, contemporary and historic. In his article, Alexander Vera does a brilliant job of taking apart Scofield’s sinister style of distorting the simplest of truths into insinuations and morphing her charily disguised accusations into emotionally driven catalysts for inciting outrage and contempt. You can read Vera’s article yourself @ https://medium.com/@avera.media/cult-mania-inside-the-attack-on-bentinho-massaro-part-1-881b5628b89a. Though I caution you as well. Every time you give online time to a defaming article like hers you refresh the crime that wronged Massaro in the public eye.

In my own assessment, I feel Massaro is a brilliant young man with some genuinely insightful ideas and concepts. Whatever the reader might personally feel about him, Scofield’s piece on him had only one goal in mind. To misdirect you into believing she is your hero, and Massaro is your enemy. She not only trod so far beyond anything resembling ethical journalism, she pushed her craft of misinformation into tangible criminal defamation. But hey! To her limited audience, that’s entertainment. Irrefutably, medium.com did the right thing in banning her from their host site.

Scofield presently appears to be in a fatal down trend in her deceitful storytelling freedom. Her work is now restricted to her self-hosted offshore website Gurumag.com, and Facebook, that predictably doesn’t seem to care if they’re hosting a prosecutable defamatory writer.

After assaulting Bentinho Massaro she concocted one of the most unethical pieces I have yet to see her write. Her focus fell on an American born spiritual teacher, known as Aaravindha Himadra. In her assault on Aaravindha Himadra, she scandalously pushes the boundaries of reason and rationality into a field of unethical storytelling that is nothing short of nauseating. No doubt emboldened by her on and off, on the lam status, hiding from any legal prosecution for her former articles, she pushes the limits between fiction and preposterous further than ever before, twisting obvious facts into seeming lies, and the non-threatening into sinister insinuations. All in an effort to disfigure the official details and lawful conclusions that relate to the untimely death of a woman named Carla Shaffer, who Himadra and his wife once valued as a dear friend.

Once the astute reader catches on to her methods in this latest article, it’s going to be all too obvious that she desperately needed a new guru-smashing focus after her medium.com loss. She needed to douse her burning tailfeathers with an invented new win and more entertainment to prop up her flailing cult-killer reputation. Once she discovered Himadra’s book, Immortal Self, published by Sounds True, and carefully premeditated on his picture, she decided she found her new target.

Aaravindha Himadra is not as well known in the US as he is in central Europe, where his book, “Das Tal der Unsterblichen Meister”, has been a spiritual bestseller for years. According to his website, Himadra is the originator of Sambodha, an international organization that’s dedicated to raising consciousness worldwide. He provides an evolving array of seminars and lectures wherein he teaches extensive technique on beginning and advanced meditation, along with a variety of other skills on how to awaken and advance one’s sleeping potential and inner power. The testimonials on his personal website aaravindha.com might give you a small glimpse into his expansive breadth of knowledge, his humor in teaching, and his willingness to be fully available to everyone he encounters.

How Be Scofield creates unethical journalism

When I first read Scofield’s article, I attempted to call Himadra to get more information on the way this all came down. After a few times receiving automated answering services I got through. Unlike so many other well-known spiritual teachers today, who require you to pass through a litany of layers to talk to them, he actually answered the phone himself. I asked him about the article Scofield released, imagining he’d respond with a long list of defenses. After assuring him I wasn’t a follow-up attack writer sent by the likes of Scofield, he calmly stated, “It’s in the hands of our legal defamation lawyer now, so I’m not at liberty to comment on some aspects of the process in motion.” After sharing a brief synopsis of his personal experience, he suggested I should attempt to summon the official public records on Carla’s death and possibly also speak directly with the investigators and the district attorney who oversaw the investigations. He told me anyone can do that, to go find out for themselves if anything Scofield asserted in her article had any semblance of truth. He suggested that I might also talk to anyone who knew him and his wife thirteen years ago when Carla died.”

I’m not easily fooled by the shell game Scofield plays with her audience. I decided to follow up and collected a few facts of my own that I included in this article. What I found had absolutely no resemblance to the falsified and twisted facts Scofield posted in her online article “Aaravindha Himadra and the Mysterious death of Carla Jean Shaffer.”

Frequently abroad in Europe, Aaravindha Himadra and his wife primarily use their home on Orcas Island as a go-to hideaway when taking time to rest or write. This inconvenience limited Scofield in her practiced tactic of secretly infiltrating spiritual organizations using one of her many fake names like she did with the Bentinho Massaro community, Ashvillage and the California Institute of Integral studies. And who knows if Be Scofield is even her real name?

Scofield previously claimed, “I would end up spending a month infiltrating his group and writing about it”. She admits purposely and deceptively infiltrating Bentinho Massaro’s group, “The resulting story went viral, getting 200,000 views in a few weeks.” She claimed 18 days after she published, the cult leader fled Sedona and went into hiding. Be Scofield likes to brag about her many readers. The truth is, she only managed to get those views because the several hundred thousand followers who visited her article came from Massaro’s following.

Otherwise jobless, Be Scofield regularly asks for donations via her Facebook. An expensive trip to Europe to infiltrate Himadra’s community was out of reach. Instead, in October 2018, she opted to come to Orcas Island. She came with a readied plan to do her damage, but to her dismay couldn’t find any traction. No doubt frustrated, she shifted gears resorting to digging around for anything she might be able use in Himadra’s island life history. It wasn’t long before her ears caught wind of the story of a woman who had tragically taken her life thirteen years ago, Carla Shaffer. She learned Carla Schaffer was an island friend of Himadra and his wife. Scofield then decided to manufacture a new plan that outlined how she’d ruin this guru she’d never met. Meeting him was never the point. All that mattered was that she managed to somehow bring more glory to herself as the “guru-killer.” She determined to accomplish that task by associating Himadra to Carla Schafer’s demise in a way that made it appear as if he had killed her. Try not to sneer, this isn’t a cheap fiction.

Here are the parts that I believe are the most grievous and heinous in her article. She clearly premeditated the crime of extreme libel, knowing full well that she would have to rework the facts to serve her purpose. After Scofield learned that there was a death that was fully investigated and concluded in an officially closed case of drowning suicide, she decided to blatantly ignore the facts and conclusions. She made it sound in her article that the investigators were considering reopening the case. They weren’t! She fabricated that lie as a primary seed of doubt she hoped to plant in the minds of her reader’s.

She also learned that the Himadra’s were out of the country teaching in Europe when the most telling and dominant share of the tragic events that took Carla Shaffer’s life occurred. The Himadra’s have in their possession passports with stamped dates that show they were out of the country. But that vital inconvenience in her plan was merely a minor hurdle that could be dismissed by a simple omission in her article. Be Scofield knew the Himadras were never persons of interest but were instead, reliably Carla Shaffer’s friends. Scofield had been informed through numerous sources that Ms. Shaffer was a devout Baha’i, specifying that she wasn’t even enrolled in any of Himadra’s previous European meditation seminars. She had attended only one informal gathering on the subject of developing the intuitive heart. Hardly a cult-like event like Scofield repeatedly asserts. Carla Shaffer followed the Baha’i path of prayer rather than meditation. Knowing all these facts, Scofield, all the same, worked with great zest and enthusiasm to invent a theater of illusions that would hide all these truths, and that Himadra and his wife’s friendship was enough reason to make him appear like a murderer. If she could just twist a few of those facts far enough to discredit him in the eyes of her eagerly awaiting audience. The way she attempts to do that in her article is to the astute reader almost laughable, were it not so tragic.

She couldn’t find or formulate a motive or intent to do Carla Shaffer harm, so instead, she set out to create a slight-of-hand diversion. Be Scofield contacted one of Himadra’s students telling him the lie that she was a journalist interested in doing an article of Carla Shaffer’s life. She offered him one of her many false aliases. At the time, he was immersed in an Arizona desert meditation retreat. He did his best to answer her questions but wasn’t entirely clear on some things she had asked him. The questions initially seemed inoffensive and simple: Was Ms. Shaffer close to Himadra? Was she involved in any of his group gatherings? Did she meditate? Did she show any mental decline before she died? Pretty straightforward stuff, right? The phone connection was poor quality, the student resorted to texting his last few answers.

Either just before or after, she contacted Himadra using the same fictitious story that she was a journalist who hoped to do a piece on Ms. Shaffer’s life. She immediately broke Washington State law by recording their conversation without first informing Himadra. She called him on a static-filled or poorly connected phone, which reportedly caused Himadra to speak a bit more loudly than he normally would. She later cut her recording into very short carefully selected sound clips, omitting anything that might be construed as a simple honest answer. She then uploaded those clips into selected segments of her article, aside his student’s texts. It’s quite obvious the texts she chose were manipulated to appear as if clashing with Himadra’s answers, propping up her planned purpose of making Himadra appear as if he wasn’t being honest. She constructed the ridiculous conclusion: if Himadra didn’t answer her questions truthfully than he must have something to do with Ms. Shaffer’s death.

Right now, I can only imagine you’re shaking your head with eyes stretched wide in disbelief. Once Himadra’s student read Scofield’s article and viewed his erroneous out-of-place texts, he left his meditation retreat, drove to the closest notary, and filled out a legal affidavit declaring what he’d truly said. All of which was precisely as Himadra had answered. Need I say more?

How Gurumag.com gets away with it

I am now more interested in understanding how anyone could be so mindless in reading a defamatory article that is so easily dismantled for what it is and would still choose to believe it. It seems that most of her followers, like many of today’s online readers in general, seem to believe every kind of slander without checking the facts. The reasons for this are a mystery to me, my best guess is that it is some kind of mob mentality that takes over. For a while, I went over and over in my sympathetic emotionally torn thoughts, how could it be legal to do what Scofield did in writing that article. She openly accused an honest spiritual teacher, a good man and his wife who have dedicated their lives to raising global consciousness, of a heinous crime through omitting facts, insinuations and stating fictional anonymous sources. How is that legal in a sensible society today? Then suddenly I remembered, it isn’t! It’s against the Law!

Journalists have an ethical and legal obligation to stay in the confines of factual reporting, lest they do unwarranted harm through defamation and libel. Scofield is not a journalist! She’s something else! You might ask, why is her stuff still online? Because she’s posting offshore, hosted in a digital field that’s out of US jurisdiction! And because she’s on Facebook, an online network that has no legal morals. She is doing what she predictably always does after releasing a libelous story. You can still send her an email. She has almost as many emails as she does aliases. But her physical body is now crouched in hiding in a home with an address that’s not hers, hoping as she has before the papers she will be served will simply fall away over time. She no doubt continues to hope people won’t find out she still has a few other unanswered crimes to face in N. Carolina.

Ethical Journalism must in ideal and content always support the high art of truthful reporting. It’s our humanity’s vital ageless information craft that should persistently support its laboring writers for the sole purpose of presenting intelligent unbiased knowledge. It can only survive as a reliable craft and service to humanity if it strives steadfastly to attain the highest standards of ethical commitment to truth, exactitude, objectivity, fairmindedness, balance, and reliable accountability.

On 12/3/19, Be Scofield has found her latest target, the spiritual teacher Mooji …

Are We wrong about Cults?

The Dangerous Weaponizing of Words to Further the Bias of the Bigoted

It’s easy to recognize the word “cult” as a seedy scheming term that’s used by the sordid to deliver their age-old bigoted purpose. Cult, and interchangeably guru, are the favored go-to terms used by the spiritually prejudiced in place of the older previous standbys, heretic, blasphemer, infidel, or pagan. What we see emerging online today is a loathsome use of cult and guru.

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The Sudden and Freakish Rise of Cyber Hate Groups

An introspective examination of the unprecedented rise of spiritual intolerance in our online communities

As a published journalist and writer, I’ve spent thousands of hours researching and doing follow-up work on countless subjects that demanded I find the most heart-rending ways of imparting reasoning with an intelligent choice. My belief is that simply reading an article without experiencing an evolution in emotional growth or change, to whatever degree, is a useless waste of time for the reader. Unless the reader is emotionally called to invest in the promise of a redemptive or morally driven storyline, or to some degree to move toward a genuine level of heart altering arousal, the resulting natural retention will most likely turn that read into a short-term memory moment. I tend to research story material that inspires emotional substance while also promising change. And always, to some measure generates actionable hope for a better world.

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A New Culture of Cult Fear

These people must be cult members … they do Yoga and Meditation and are a group!

It would be unfairly biased for me to right away promote a blanket acceptance that all spiritual movements today are fundamentally harmless, without first pointing out there have been some really terrifying and dangerous cults in our recent history that indicate otherwise. That being stated, our mainstream, and additionally our still very young Western spiritual culture is currently going through an unnecessary cult-fear resurgence. Although you can hardly fault our middle-of-the-road audience for that. They’re reminded almost daily through our media’s incessant fascination for the macabre just how unaware past segments of our society have been when it came to following or dealing with the charismatic attractions of various demented spiritual leaders. Affirming the sentiment, you had better beware!

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