The Prisoner of San Jose
The Prisoner of San Jose chronicles the amazing story of Pierre S. Freeman’s enslavement by a mind control cult, an occult organization headquartered in San Jose California. The touching and powerful memoir begins in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, where Freeman was pursuing an engineering degree at the prestigious Faculte des Sciences. Although highly successful in his academic studies, Freeman is tempted by the promises of prosperity and spiritual freedom offered by the so-called spiritual organization called the Ancient and Mystic Order of Rosae Crucis, commonly known as A.M.O.R.C.
Soon, Freeman was investing more time in the Rosicrucian lessons than in his own engineering studies. The studies he undertook were mostly embodied in monographs, developed by Founder, H. Spencer Lewis, in the early part of the twentieth century. If studied with diligence, the monographs promised spiritual and material success. Spencer, a charismatic leader, conducted healing ceremonies and even a public transmutation of a common metal into gold at the dawn of his leadership. The Prisoner of San Jose gives some insight as to the origins and purposes of this organization, which in some way, resembled the earlier Order of the Golden Dawn.
Having undergone a significant alteration of personality, Freeman quickly accepted the monographs as having priority over his work, personal relationships and other formal education. His on-the-job studies continually sabotaged his work and he found himself without a home. Only years later, did he realize that his meditative work, instead of elevating him spiritually, had driven him to higher levels of suggestibility. He learned to doubt all the social, educational and religious influences around him.
After enduring twenty plus years of homelessness, Freeman happened on a fork-in-the-road that led him to the discovery of informational literature pertaining specifically to Mind Control. He found revealed a portrait of himself in descriptions of cult personalities by Stephen Hassan, author of Combating Cult Mind Control and Margaret Thaler Singer, now deceased, who wrote Cults in Our Midst: the Hidden Menace in Our Everyday Lives. The writers were describing the kind of mind control indoctrination that was routinely transmitted by rough, even hostile “in-your-face” banter, imposed upon promising victims by cult trainers.
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MY 24-YEAR CAPTIVITY
Twenty-four long years in captivity.
Looking back, it seems almost impossible that I had given away my hopes and dreams, indeed, my core identity, to an organization whose vaunted promises led to poverty, degradation and a life without real meaning.
A.M.O.R.C.- even the acronym still summons, in my mind, a world of exotic mystery, of unlimited personal power, of wealth and security grounded in a distinguished spiritual organization, an organization of unprecedented antiquity and authenticity.
For many, many decades, the Ancient and Mystic Order of Rosae Crucis had been soliciting members through ads promising potential membership in a secret society graced by distinguished historical figures such as Sir Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon and Benjamin Franklin.
The secrets of the ages were offered to the masses in strange but alluring ads that spoke of invisible worlds, astral projection, attunement with Cosmic Consciousness, gifts of illumination bestowed abundantly on its true initiates.
As a young man in Haiti, I was used to the ambiance of mystery and religiosity. Voodoo and the Catholic Church flourished bountifully in a society serving only the privileged few. Young men like myself knew the only hope for surmounting the deep poverty surrounding us was an education and a job.
But this route wasn’t always easy. There were great complexities in it- immense competition laden with various levels of bureaucratic and collegiate favoritism. Money was the best way to grease the journey to upward mobility- but who had it?
Could an ancient mystic order and its secrets be the lubrication I was seeking?
I certainly hoped so. And, when I left Haiti, bound for jumpstarting my path upwards in the United States, I took my hope in AMORC’s promise with me.
But instead of fulfilling that promise, I found myself in a strangely perplexing state of mind.
It’s hard for anyone, caught in my predicament, to neatly explain how one steps into an organization subtly promising wealth, power, gratifying relationships and true vocation and then wake up one day in an entirely different set of circumstances than in the world one imagined; indeed, in the grips of a mind control religious cult.
Few people, including myself, who managed to be recruited, young and innocently, into such an organization, would have thought such an eventuality to be even remotely possible. I never even dreamed that I could one day be a victim of mind control, hypnosis, or even brainwashing. It never crossed my mind until years after I was recruited by AMORC.
Yes, I saw myself as a victim of society, of poverty, of a social class, of an unfeeling government for the hungry masses, but never something as strange as mind control.
Now I know that religious cults like AMORC feed on struggling, desperate, but somehow still hopeful souls like me. They pray on the confused, downtrodden and vulnerable.
Surveys of present and former cult members indicate that the majority of people recruited into destructive cults were approached at a vulnerable time of stress in their lives. The stress is often due to some kind of major transition: moving to a new town, starting a new job, breaking off a relationship, experiencing financial instability, or losing a loved one. People in such situations tend to have defense mechanisms that are overloaded or weakened. If they don’t know how to spot and avoid destructive cults, they are easy prey.1
Steve Hassan, Combatting Cult Mind Control p.49.
The key to the success of a religious cult often lies in the close structural similarity between certain traditional spiritual practices like prayer and meditation and its own techniques of hypnosis and mind control…..
by Bill Krohn
Bill Krohn is the American Correspondent for Cahier du Cinema, the French film magazine; author of Hitchock at Work, Stanley Kubrick; film maker of Orson Welles’ documentary: It’s All True. Award-winning writer and filmmaker.
“‘In my view, remote indoctrination is not all that rare.’ That quiet observation explains why Pierre S. Freeman’s The Prisoner of San Jose is one of the few books that has appeared at the outset of the millennium that might help the human race live through the daunting challenges ahead.
A 24-year member of the Ancient Mystical Order of Rosae Crucis, Mr. Freeman has experienced remote indoctrination — total subjugation of the victim’s independent judgment at a distance, as distinguished from the intensive brainwashing techniques used on prisoners and mind control of the kind exercised by communal cults like Heaven’s Gate and Jonestown — at the hands of a modern cult whose roots are purportedly very old, widespread and profound. This is a survivor’s report on the Cult of Cults, one endowed with vast unearned prestige (“Newton was a Rosicrucian”: certainly trumps “Tom Cruise is a Scientologist”!) as well as seasoned cunning in the art of separating members from their souls and their pocketbooks — and ultimately from what Freeman calls, in another eloquently simple phrase, the cherished gift of liberty.
This courageous personal account of one man’s enslavement and escape from cult programming can be a valuable tool for scrutinizing the baffling state of humanity in a hundred cultures, in developed and developing societies alike. How can young Muslims be programmed to be suicide bombers, operated at a distance by their controllers with a high degree of reliability that puts to shame manufacturers of “smart bombs” and other advanced weaponry? How can citizens of one of the world’s oldest democracies allow themselves to be bused like cattle to the ballot box to vote against a specter called “gay marriage”? — to name only one example American history offers of how venal politicians have embraced Article 16 of Freeman’s “Declaration of Remote Indoctrination”: (“Create a good, solid phobia”) to deprive voters of their inalienable right to democratic representation. What is the technology of human programming, and how has it worked through history to create otherwise baffling phenomena like The Third Reich and American Idol?
By the time you put down this book, Freeman’s experiences with the Rosy Cross (illuminated by many excerpts from the diary he kept during his 24-year mental captivity) will have become a powerful lens for seeing how the aims and strategies of remote indoctrination, which date back to the beginnings of recorded time, are everywhere woven into the fabric of the modern world. His modest account dizzies the imagination by the way it extends our understanding of the term “cult,” but it is also a practical and highly readable guide to offer to anyone you know who is actually in a cult and needs to get out. Read it at your own risk — the world we live in will never look the same to you afterward.”