Karla Brada Strangled to Death by AA Member Eric Allen Earle Says Lawsuit Filed Against Alcoholics Anonymous

Jaroslava and Hector's baby Karla.

Parent’s Worse Nightmare – Domestic Violence, Anonymity, Death of Your Child – The Story of Karla Brada

One such story is that of Jaroslava and Hector Mendez and family. The Mendez’s live in a beautiful ranch style home in Santa Clarita, California, filled with memorabilia from their past, a very homey feel, pictures and treasures adorning the living room and, of course, pictures of their three daughters. Their eldest, their youngest, and their middle child Karla, who died at 31 years old, on August 31, 2011. Karla was a beautiful young woman who was a diabetes supplies medical tech, a great softball player, and loved her dog Kloe, as a mother loves a child. Karla was just getting started in life. At 31, she was dating and enjoying life, having fun and beginning to discover herself. She was also drinking alcohol and testing her limits, like most young people do. She had been charged with a DUI (driving under the influence) after a car accident. She was reportedly driving with a bac (blood alcohol level) of .08. Fortunately, she was not injured, nor had she injured others. She attended inpatient rehab and was taken in a van, with all the other patients, to AA meetings. Jaroslava and Hector wanted their baby Karla to get the help she needed and were happy to see her getting some help.

Soon after becoming a member of AA, Karla met a man there and bought a condo in which the two were living together. His name is Eric Allen Earle, and he was mandated by the courts to attend AA meetings as a condition of his parole. Eric Earle’s criminal record looks like something from a CSI TV show. It is truly terrifying the number of restraining orders that have been filed against Earle, by his ex-wife and his own father. Earle allegedly murdered Karla by strangulation after she had asked him to move out of her condo. A few weeks before her death, Earle was arrested for battery after beating Karla. Earle’s AA sponsor, Patrick Fry, allegedly talked Karla out of pressing charges, and the charges were dropped. Since 1991, Eric Earle has been charged and convicted of 22 civil cases, has 8 restraining orders filed against him and has accumulated more than 52 criminal charges.It might seem strange that he did not spend more time in jail, but his record shows that he was put on probation, with AA attendance as a stipulation, an all-too-common mandate.

As any thinking person knows, AA and the 12 steps are cult religions that require one to give one’s life over to a higher power, pray, and recruit others to the cult. Those indoctrinated in AA are now screaming (and boy do they scream when someone tells the truth), “AA is spiritual, not religious.” No sorry, you are mistaken and brainwashed. Those of us who have studied this cult and have been exposed to it know that it does more harm than good. The so-called <em>Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous</em> was taken directly from the Oxford Group teachings, but the references to God were softened in order to attract the most members possible. Please see the link below.
The claim that AA is “spiritual, not religious” is one of many ways AA founder Bill Wilson covered his tracks, and sold his program to the vulnerable and lost people it still attracts and brainwashes today.


Eric Earle had proposed marriage to Karla and she had accepted. As evidenced by his criminal history, Earle is one of those guys who preys on vulnerable women like Karla, gets into their lives as fast as possible, then bleeds them dry of all their money and simply moves on to his next victim. Originally, Earle was not charged with murder since he claimed he woke up to find Karla unresponsive the morning of August 31, 2011. Allegedly, the police believed Karla was the victim of an overdose. Months later, after an autopsy was finally conducted at the insistence of Karla’s family, Earle was arrested for the murder. Her family knew that she had not overdosed, she did not take drugs, and at the time was not even drinking. Her family had no idea that Earle had been mandated by the courts over and over again to 12 step meetings. They had no idea that Earle had been kicked out of his parents house for beating his father. They had no idea that Earle was living off of Karla and had her paying his child support. They trusted the pervasive dogma that anyone who wants help need only attend meetings and work their miraculous “steps.” Is your child safe in 12 step meetings? Absolutely not. The guilt Jaroslava and Hector are now living under 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is truly heart breaking. Be warned … No one is safe in a 12 step meeting as long as people like Earle are there.

The 9th circuit appeals court in 2001, deemed that “coerced participation in a religion-based program was unconstitutional because eight state and federal courts had ruled on the issue and all had agreed that a parolee has a right to be assigned to a secular treatment program.” This Federal Court System has deemed mandated AA attendance unconstitutional. This system covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, N. Mariana Islands, Oregon and Washington. However, all these states continue to mandate AA because a circuit court decision is a ruling, not a law. This does not mean that people do not fight it, they do, but very few because of the cost. Also, most people do not know their rights and go along with whatever the judge, lawyer and parole officer says in order to comply. It is also a get out of jail free card for criminals like Eric Earle. Eric Allen Earle was mandated to AA for at least 17 years before murdering Karla.

Has AA been established to be a religious organization? You betcha. Anyone in their right mind can see clearly that AA is a cult religion and therefore is a breach of the Establishment Clause of your first amendment rights – that is, as the First Amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . .” What’s not at issue in these cases is the question of whether AA is, in fact, religion-based. All litigants typically agree that it is, and the courts are unpersuaded by the idea that it’s “spiritual” and not religious.

Technically, mandating people to AA is not illegal in any state … yet. It can be fought if you have the money and the time, which few have who find themselves in situations of this kind. Even if the court or probation department cannot mandate AA attendance as a condition of parole, secondary establishments such as the DMV can. As part of the court sentence, there can be a stipulation that you must complete classes at the DMV. These classes require attendance at AA. This is a loophole commonly used by judges and parole officers. The way things stand now, the most dangerous people are mandated to AA, while the most vulnerable people attend out of a desire for help. Neither party is getting what they deserve. Please see the links below for the AA Guidelines on cooperating with the courts. As you can see, AA tells members to avoid criticizing the program but to actively sell the AA way of life to incarcerated people.



Is AA complicit is harboring the criminal past of it’s members? There is no doubt. AA actively recruits new members from courts and prisons (see link above from AA’s actual guidelines publications). Do not think for one second that Karla’s case is an isolated incident. Nothing could be further from the truth. AA does not want the publicity lest the truth be revealed. Why? Because if the general public knew the truth, AA would turn into the fringe cult for desperate religious fanatics which it is destined to become. Also, if the truth came out, all would see that AA does not work. AA simply hides behind “anonymity” to protect the revelation of the truth. Like any good cult, it has covered it’s tracks to perpetuate survival. AA is not about helping the alcoholic recover. No, AA is about helping AA stay in power, in spite of all the inherent dangers. The indoctrination is indeed powerful.

I did not always think this way, after all I was trained at the Hazelden Graduate School for Addiction Studies, the mothership of all 12 step based recovery. Since 95% of rehabilitation facilities are in bed with the 12 steps, it is difficult to get training other than in the steps. My transformation happened slowly and was sealed after writing an article for the Huffington Post (link below). I was astounded at the anger and vitriol exhibited in the over 800 comments on my article. The fact that the indoctrination is so strong to bring someone (many in fact) to the brink of threatening me and others who criticize their beloved program, is enough to reveal their brainwashing. Even those who have been in the program for years and years and do not even attend meetings any longer will still claim that it is “spiritual, not religious,” along with all the other dangerous dogma. The number of stories I have heard of “13th stepping” and of abuses of power financially, emotionally and physically, are truly mind-boggling.


So now you know – convicted criminals are routinely mandated to attend 12 step meetings as a condition of their parole. Jarloslava said to me while sitting in her lovely kitchen, “I have no reason to live anymore. My only reason to get out of bed in the morning is my attempt to get justice for Karla. My joy is gone.” They are completely lost and are grieving a loss of incomprehensible magnitude. The worst nightmare of a parent has come to pass for them.

What makes matters even worse is that they are rightfully suing AAWS (Alcoholics Anonymous World Services), but are having a very difficult time finding the proper representation. There are convicts sitting next to our daughters in AA meetings, the Mendez’s have a strong wrongful death case against AAWS and yet, Earle has more rights and protection in jail than Jaroslava and Hector have in their attempt to get justice for Karla. This lovely American couple is looking to our justice system for the help they deserve. Thus far, we are failing them. There is no excuse for allowing the dangerous practices of AA to continue. Exposing the truth is the only solution.
The beginning of the truth rests in finding true justice for Karla Brada.

{For secular help please refer to the link below for the many safe and secular alternatives available.]


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7 thoughts on “Karla Brada Strangled to Death by AA Member Eric Allen Earle Says Lawsuit Filed Against Alcoholics Anonymous

  1. Such a tragic story. Karla Brada looks and sounds like she was a very vibrant young woman. Karla Brada and her family put faith in Alcoholics Anonymous and now their daughter has been murdered. I pray that Karla gets justice, and Alcoholics Anonymous is finally held accountable.

    I suspect admitting in their own literature that AA members contribute to suicides by telling members to not take their meds was only done out of a settlement where a family demanded that they acknowledge it. Lawsuits can bring change.

    • This story is horrible…but you know what rings in my ears when I think of how we are trying so hard to get more exposure for Karla’s death and the danger of AA and NA meetings?

      I remember Dr. Stanton Peele saying, “It happens every day!”

      Was he exaggerating?

      Do murders like Karla’s with AA and/or NA involvement happen even generally with any great frequency?

      For it to happen at all is unacceptable, but I am becoming more and more interested in knowing how much more one’s chances of falling victim to violent assault, attempted murder and murder are just by virtue of attending AA and NA meetings.


      Please post here if you can:


      • I believe it happens ALOT illbefree. I started looking into crime stats, which is a huge field. Recidivism amongst people with prior arrests is VERY high. In fact the majority of all crimes are committed by people who have already been arrested. So with our court system mandating so many violent felons and sex offenders to meetings, it would only make sense that they are committing crimes against people they meet in AA and NA in greater numbers.

        If you ever sit in Drug Court or other criminal courts, you will see firsthand how many people are there for violating probation for committing ANOTHER crime. It can be robbery, rape stealing cars, domestic violence etc. When I have gone just to observe, I was quite shocked at how many people were there for Drug Court in Orange Jumpsuits for crimes they committed while on probation and also while being in the Drug Court program.

        I was just reading an article last night about a murder over 10 years ago where a man met another man through AA Meetings. He decapitated this guy he met!

        • Years ago I worked as a victim’s advocate those who had suffered domestic violence. I had to spend hours and hours sitting in court.

          Now that you mention it, most of the cases I saw were just as you described.

          It is a HUGE revolving door of … Money Changing…

          Have you seen this project?

          Eugene Jarecki Documentary: The House I Live In

      • Alcoholics Anonymous has had nearly 8 decades to “perfect” the wordsmiths of Bill Wilson and his movement into talking people into praying to a “higher power” claiming it is “spiritual, not religious.” Unfortunately, it will take many years to break this obvious play on words. This only comes with exposing the truth to as many people as possible which is happening on a global scale at this time.

        You hit the nail on the head when you said, “Most people succumb to it because they would rather go to AA than to jail and many do not have the financial resources to fight for rights that they already thought they had.” It all comes down to a money and resources issue. AA has been at this for a long time and actively spreads the “spiritual, not religious” myth to courts, jails, prisons, probation, parole and DMV departments. Very few people have the money or time to fight mandated AA from these entities and if they try, they are usually told that they “aren’t working the program correctly” and sentenced to Rehab or more meetings so that the brainwashing takes hold so they will parrot the same slogans.

        They claim the choice is yours to make, but in reality unless you start parroting the slogans and searching out more way to bring more people into the “god given program of Alcoholics Anonymous,” you just get gang stalked and harassed until you capitulate. Lawyers cost normally around $250-$350 an hour and any court cases that you attempt have the possibility of costing you thousands, so most people just give up and go with the program.

        If it weren’t for the myth, fallacy and outright lie of “it’s Spiritual, not Religious” Alcoholics Anonymous would be just like any other religion that people would get mandated too. If Scientology, the LDS Church of Warren Jeffs or any other religious sect were mandated by any of these entities they would be stopped very quickly by public opinion because of public outcry. Unfortunately the public is not aware of the “Spiritual, not Religious” con game of Alcoholics Anonymous used to grow its ranks.

        Public exposure is the key to stopping this illegal mandating of a religion that calls itself only spiritual. This con game need to be exposed….

        • Precisely JR. The more I look into it the more convoluted and horribly insidious the entire system reveals itself as being. I rather think the situation with AA is like what one of the men in the video below describes as perhaps a “SUCCESS” if one looks at it from another perspective.

          You know, the perspective where OTHER people do not matter.

          Profits Over Persons

          AA & NA members may just be cogs in a gigantic wheel serving the purpose of a much larger and more malevolent agenda as our democracy devolves more and more into a corporatocracy…

          The 12 step program industry is a billion dollar industry. This senseless “structure” that they have of feeding people through this system makes money if it doesn’t make sense.

          It is all done with American citizens as the sacrificial lambs. And due to public opinion regarding the ostensible benevolence of AA and the presumed diseased, close to worthless status of alcohol and drug users, it makes it easy to allow The Machine to grind away churning people lives into chum for the sharks.

          Americans must look be allowed, educated and empowered to see a humanized view of alcohol users & drug users. We’ve got to hold a Mirror Up…We must not be allowed the faux comfort of always seeing in our selves/our fellows, the status of ones who are “OTHER”

          It is this otherness which allows people to be deceived.

          There is no OTHER.

          What we allow to be done to “them” is done to US ALL…

          I’m ranting…

          It is so HUGE.

          By the time the sheople see what goes on, they are at the slaughter house door.

          Sometimes it all seems to me an immovable wall.


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