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?

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 …