With Best Friends, Who Needs Enemies?
Ms. Jade, for TheDogPress
Ms. Jade presents a 2-part investigative report beginning with
The Process Church, Satanism, street beggars discovering "free
money" in Animal Rights, to the now respectable Best Friends Animal Shelter in
Kanab, Utah. You will be
shocked, then intrigued. From a devil
worship cult, to animal sacrifice, and a tenuous connection with
mass murderer Charles Manson; the impeccably researched facts
are backed up by hard copy, incorporation records, and
has Katie Couric and the CBS evening news to help solicit
wants laws to criminalize dog breeding.
wants laws to grant citizen “rescuers” the power to steal your
Best Friends is
promoted on the Animal Liberation Front website.
is no friend of mine.
the richest and "largest animal sanctuary in
the United States",
Best Friends Animal Society aka The Process, Church of the
Final Judgment, aka the Four-P Movement, aka The Foundation
Church of the Millennium, aka The Foundation Faith of God, aka
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
The book “Best Friends - The True Story of the World's Most
Beloved Animal Sanctuary” professes to be a complete history
- but the religious incarnations are conspicuously missing. Why
do you suppose that is? Best Friends President Michael
Mountain (aka: Hugh Mountain, aka: Father Aaron) has
been a Processean since the early days. He claims the omission
was the author's idea, and not a marketing decision. Yeah, right
Thank dog for
the internet! Where buried treasure may be discovered by even
the amateur archaeologist. Let’s start by unearthing the
skeletons in their closet. The sordid past they would rather
keep buried. A passport may be in order for this globe trotting
expedition. Grab a shovel and let’s start digging.
Once upon a
time, over a half century ago, three friends were avowed
pseudo-Satanists; Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (aka: L. Ron
Hubbard) – the founder of Scientology, Aleister Crowley
(aka: The Great Beast) the head of the Ordo Templi
Orientis “OTO” in England and John W. “Jack” Parsons (aka:
Marvel Whitesides Parsons) – hand picked by Crowley to be
the leader of the Pasadena California branch of the (OTO) and
a physicist who played a major role in founding the
aero-space department at Cal Tech.
Not surprising, this
tale doesn’t have a happy ending. Crowley, addicted to
heroin for the latter part of his life and bankrupt from a lost
libel suit, passed away in 1947 at age 71. L. Ron Hubbard
absconded with roommate Parsons’ woman and his money, bought a
yacht and eventually landed in England. Parsons would later
self-immolate in an explosion in his garage laboratory in 1952.
Speculation was that he and Hubbard had been attempting to
conjure/create an elemental being, and
that his fiery demise was the direct outcome of that endeavor.
His mother Ruth committed suicide the next day. Home movies
would reveal sex with mom and the family dog.
forward to 1963. Our first stop on the Best Friends magical
mystery tour begins in London. While auditing at the
L. Ron Hubbard Institute on Fitzroy Street, architect
Robert DeGrimston Moore (aka “the Teacher”) met S&M
prostitute/madame (and ex wife of boxer Sugar Ray Robinson)
Mary Ann McClean (aka “The Oracle”). They eventually left
Scientology, and twisting it with Adler’s post Freudian ideas,
created a self-help process called “Compulsions
Analysis”. Mary Ann convinced Robert to drop the last name Moore
(they only used the name to travel incognito) and adopt
DeGrimston when they married in 1964.L. Ron Hubbard declared
them "suppressive persons" in December 1965.
After initiates would undergo “the process”, they began
initiating others – at a steep fee paid to the “Founders”,
of course. This allowed them to rent an office on Wigmore Street
where the group began to experience the mind effects of the
collective. It was in 1965 that they officially became The
Process Church of the Final Judgment. ("Process" meant
"pro-cessation," or "for the end" and according to doctrine,
the Final Judgment will bring "the purifying presence of fire in
the world... ") Processeans did not know exactly when the
end would come, but they expected it before the turn of the
century. I hope they weren’t too disappointed.
When a member
inherited, they leased a mansion on Balfour Place– owned at the
time by actor Richard Harris, in London’s exclusive Mayfair
district. There they first hung the official logo on the front
door. The young followers were directed to leave home and turn
over assets to the DeGrimstons. Soon after, Bob and Mary
Ann each acquired a large Alsatian (German Shepherd) Dog.
Acolytes followed suit. As one member of the Church explained,
"Dogs are much more high-level beings than we are...They're
pure.... Animals don't have conflicts of choice. They do as
they're supposed to. They're not conflicted."
Process members believed that the dogs could sense the coming
withdrew further, the rest of society was starting to feel like
a bad trip. In June of 1966, the DeGrimstons, 6
and about 30 other Processeans -
Friends founders Michael Mountain
and Faith Maloney
packed their bags and took the show on the road
in search of a retreat. After 3 months in Nassau (Bahamas) they
traveled to Mexico City where they were divinely inspired
to follow the Yucatan coast to the Eden envisioned in group
meditation. A place of “Mayan ruins” called Xtul; pronounced
'Shtul' the word meant 'terminus' or 'end' in Mayan.
set up camp in an abandoned salt factory. Mountain claims that
the property owner had dreamt they were coming the night before.
"So if there was any time when we felt that there was probably
something mystical there, that was probably it." If
Processeans had contemplated the end times, then the concept
must have really hit home in September when Hurricane Inez
pummeled the Yucatan for three days straight and the “shtul” hit
the proverbial fan.
salt factory at Xtul, 1966)
Members had sought shelter at one end of the building and the
wall at the other end collapsed in the 200 mph winds. "The idea
that we would abandon Xtul was out of the question," said
Mountain. “If the storm meant the end, so be it.” They
must have felt a sense of empowerment having been chosen
as survivors of a disaster that killed well over a thousand
people. A huge spiritual transformation had taken place. The
God forces had spoken. The therapy group had become a
In “Sympathy for the Devil”, former OTO member Gary Lachman
wrote “They returned to London filled with a sense of purpose.
Their return, however, wasn't a total triumph. While at Xtul,
the parents of some underaged Processeans sent a solicitor to
retrieve their children. In paradise, the solicitor
encountered a bikini-clad Mary Ann DeGrimston, fawned on by
ragged and underfed Processeans; he made a note of her long,
silver-polished fingernails, and talked to the press. The Sunday
Telegraph ran a negative story on the "Mind Benders of
Mayfair." The 'alternative' press wasn't too keen on them
either; a highly critical article appeared in the counterculture
gazette, Oz. But the
DeGrimstons weren't deterred. Back at
Balfour Place they opened a 24-hour coffee bar called Satan's
The group had made a sudden shift. They began to wear
black capes and
black turtle necks, and to sport shiny silver
crosses. They also wore badges
featuring the sinister Goat of
Mendes…They set up a lecture hall and bookshop, and an Alpha
Room, where they held their Sabbath Assemblies. (Novelist Robert
Irwin, whose Satan Wants Me is set against the
backdrop of occult 1960s London, recalls some deflowered virgins
at Process gatherings, but doubts if there were any virgins in
London then.) A movie theatre ran films dominated by
destruction and violence. They gave classes in telepathy,
self-expression and communication, and got on their soap-box in
Hyde Park to preach the apocalypse trip.
Processeans hit the streets asking for donations. …"cult
members were told to say the money was going to ‘animal
welfare’, although most of it landed in the DeGrimstons'