AA Member John Michael Siscoe Declared a Dangerous Offender and Sentenced in the Worst Case of Torture In Canada

John Michael Siscoe.John Michael Siscoe

This is one of the case of torture in Canada. John Siscoe met his victim in an AA meeting. This one an extremely sick twisted dangerous man who was a 12 stepper looking for another victim to brutally attack. 

A dangerous offender designation is reserved for only the worst of Canadian criminals — and an indeterminate sentence is the harshest possible penalty.

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John Michale Siscoe: ‘Sick and deviant’ abuser’s dark, cruel history revealed in court

An abused child turned “horrific” abuser, who confined and tortured a friend in his home for nearly three months, was declared a dangerous offender  Friday.

By:  GTA,  News reporter, Published on Fri Dec 06 2013

Warning: extremely graphic content.

 For nearly three months John Michael Siscoe confined and tortured his lover’s husband in a Toronto apartment. John Siscoe met him at an AA meeting.

When the man was not kept in a tiny bloodstained closet, Siscoe beat him with broomsticks and hammers, poured lighter fluid all over his body and set it alight, cut him with razor blades, stuck him with pins, viciously sexually assaulted him and threatened to kill both him and his parents. Orange Papers does AA work?

Often the man’s wife, then pregnant with Siscoe’s child, watched. The woman, who like both her husband and Siscoe is developmentally delayed, was sentenced to eight years in prison in May. NA and AA Daytona meetings in Port Orange, Holly Hill and Ormond Beach.

By the end, the man was so battered and broken that if the police hadn’t found him on Jan. 19, 2010, he would be dead, said Justice John McMahon.

On Friday McMahon declared Siscoe a dangerous offender and sentenced him to indefinite incarceration. McMahon called him a “sick and deviant individual” capable of “human depravity of such a nature that it shocks the conscience.” Continue reading

AA Member Troy Stills Kidnaps People to Get Ride To Kill His Ex-Wife and Children

This AA member thought it was a good idea to stop by his AA Sponsors house after kidnapping his mother and her boyfriend. Crazy people in AA!

Man Accused Of Tying Up And Kidnapping Two People In Grayson County

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX — A West Texas man is accused of taking two people on a wild ride after tying them up with cords.

Troy Stills, 30, of Roby, Tex., was indicted on two counts of aggravated kidnapping.  According to court documents, Stills tied up his mom and her boyfriend in June while he was staying on their property, using cords from a lamp and a hot plate.

He allegedly told them he wanted a ride to abilene to kill his ex-wife and children because he was told he couldn’t see them.

They wound up at his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor’s house near Van Alstyne, where he got out, and the alleged victims got away, documents state.

Stills is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond while awaiting trial.  If convicted, he could face from five years to life in prison.

http://www.kten.com/story/23724037/man-allegedly-ties-up-and-kidnaps-relatives-in-grayson-county

Marty Mann And Felicia Gizycka Could Have Endangered Alcoholics Anonymous In 1940′s

This is a fascinating story…………..

How Sexual Deviance Could Have Crippled Alcoholics Anonymous
FEB 17 2012, 11:04 AM ET
Instead of fight for her mother’s inheritance—and risk exposing her sexuality—Felicia Gizycka dropped a lawsuit to protect a developing AA.

Marty Mann

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a three-part series from Amanda Smith about the drinking life of Countess Felicia Gizycka, daughter of famed newspaper editor Cissy Patterson, and the other women involved in the early Alcoholics Anonymous movement.

In 1943, Countess Felicia Gizycka severed relations with her mother, the notorious Washington, D.C., newspaper publisher and Chicago Tribune heiress, Cissy Patterson, in what would prove to be the last of the many vicious “drunken rows” they had engaged in over the previous 20 years. Several months later, through her psychiatrist, Dr. Florence Powerdermaker, Felicia was introduced to “Bill W.” and his small, but growing fellowship, Alcoholics Anonymous, in New York City. For the first time in her life Felicia experienced a sense of community and belonging. In her sponsor, Marty Mann, Felicia had found a stalwart lifelong friend. By the end of the Second World War, Felicia had committed herself to a life in recovery.

After their mother-daughter “divorce,” there had been almost no communication between Felicia Gizycka and Cissy Patterson, a Chicago Tribune heiress and the publisher of Washington Times-Herald, the most widely read newspaper in the nation’s capital. As a result, the telegram Cissy received from her estranged daughter in the spring of 1947 sparked more surprise — and suspicion — than it kindled any hope of reconciliation. In light of Mrs. Marty Mann’s upcoming lecture engagements in Washington, Felicia wondered, could her close friend and A.A. sponsor stay at Cissy’s mansion on Dupont Circle? “Marty Mann was for a time the head of the Women’s Division of Alcoholics Anonymous and the only person I ever knew who had great influence on Felicia,” Cissy explained shortly afterward in a letter to her reactionary cousin, Colonel Robert Rutherford McCormick, publisher of the Chicago Tribune. “Well, that would be all right, too,” she continued, betraying her anxiety as to the exact nature and extent of the proposed guest’s sway over her daughter, “if Marty were not a notorious lesbian, and that is rather hard to swallow.”

Perhaps honoring the many efforts that friends had made to reconcile mother and daughter over the years, perhaps for other reasons, Cissy Patterson did invite Marty Mann to stay at her home on Dupont Circle, graciously placing her household staff as well as her personal secretary at her guest’s disposal. For reasons that go unrecorded, however, the hostess was absent while the friend and mentor who had so profoundly changed her daughter’s life was in town.

On her rigorous national lecture tours, Mrs. Marty Mann repeated what would become a familiar refrain: “We must overcome the stigma of sin that has been fastened upon the alcoholic if we are to get anywhere.” But while she and her colleagues made sweeping headway in dissociating alcoholism from venality in the popular mindset, Mann was deeply aware that the blossoming organizations to which she had devoted her life stood to be irrevocably blighted by any taint of what was considered at the time to be “sexual deviance.”

As a result, already burdened with the public-relations encumbrances of being a recovering alcoholic and a woman, she took careful steps to prevent her sexual orientation from becoming known outside of her circle of close friends, or publicly associated either with her work for the National Committee for Education on Alcoholism or with the Alcoholics Anonymous movement generally. Indeed, as her biographers Sally and David R. Brown put it, in her distinguished professional life “Marty’s use of the title Mrs. served the purpose of blurring her real orientation.” Within the necessarily insular gay and lesbian communities of Manhattan and Fire Island, Mann and Priscilla Peck were known as a committed couple. To outsiders, they were “friends” and “roommates.” They did nothing to hide the fact that they lived together; indeed, their unmarried, heterosexual counterparts did so customarily for the sake of economy and safety. By the early 1950s the couple would sell the cottage at Cherry Grove where Felicia had been a constant presence over the preceding decade. As Fire Island developed a reputation as a gay and lesbian summer retreat during those same years, Marty arrived at the conclusion that she could not risk the exposure that her continued presence there might occasion. Such fears were legitimate inasmuch as she and her circle appear to have been threatened with exposure, directly or indirectly, during Felicia Gizycka’s internationally sensationalized efforts to break her mother’s will in the autumn and winter of 1948-49.

Complete article-

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/02/how-sexual-deviance-could-have-crippled-alcoholics-anonymous/252700/

All 3 articles

http://www.theatlantic.com/amanda-smith

AA Member Who Bilked Millions Is Sentenced In Ponzi Scheme

New Jersey Alcoholics Anonymous member Jenifer Devine ripped off millions from some of the people she met at her New Jersey AA meetings. She is described to be an alcoholic, bipolar and suicidal and is now hospitalized to get help. Jenifer still had the mental ability to  deviously lure AA members into her web of lies and gain their trust to bilk them.

Stories of AA members getting financially scammed by fellow members is nothing new. It is on the list of the many 12 step predatory behaviors that have been documented.

If you go to AA/NA/CA meetings, please be wary of people asking to borrow money or encourage you to invest in their financial schemes. Don’t do it! You are not an ATM machine. Addicts by nature are very manipulative and deceitful. Protect yourself financially and physically. No need to let your guard down for sponsors either!

Fair Lawn resident receives sentence in Ponzi scheme

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012, 1:54 AM
BY JUSTIN ZAREMBA
STAFF WRITER
Fair Lawn – A borough resident who bilked investors out of $2 million in a Ponzi scheme was sentenced to more than three years last week.

Jenifer Devine, 39, of Fair Lawn – the owner and operator of Devine Wholesale in Carlstadt – admitted to wire fraud charges in U.S. District Court on Sept. 15 in connection to her $8 million Ponzi scheme. She was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Claire C. Cecchi on Jan. 11 to pay more than $2 million in restitution to her 10 victims, some of whom she meet through Alcoholics Anonymous.

Cecchi rejected pleas that Devine be allowed to say goodbye to her two children and immediately remanded her into custody. Devine, who has a history of alcoholism and bipolar disorder, was hospitalized last week for suicidal thoughts, authorities said.

Cecchi said Devine would be sent to a facility where she can receive appropriate care.

Devine raised more than $8 million from investors between December 2008 and September 2010 by promising high returns – approximately 25 percent – to investors in New Jersey and throughout the United States within 30 to 60 days. Devine convinced investors that she was in the business of buying and selling wholesale clothing and electronics for profit, but actually did virtually no legitimate business, authorities said.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/137648503_
Borough_resident_receives_sentence_in_Ponzi_scheme_.html

AA Midtown Groups Sexual and Financial Abuses Against Teens

Washington Post-When Kristen was 17 and drinking out of control, her psychologist referred her to an Alcoholics Anonymous group that specialized in helping the youngest drinkers. In the Midtown Group, members and outsiders agree, young people could find new friends, constant fellowship, daily meetings, summer-long beach parties, and a charismatic leader who would steer them through sobriety.

But according to more than a dozen young people who structured their lives around the group, the unusual adaptation of AA that Michael Quinones created from his home in Bethesda became a confusing blend of comfort and crisis. They described a rigidly insular world of group homes and socializing, in which older men had sex with teenage girls, ties to family and friends were severed or strained, and the most vulnerable of alcoholics, some suffering from emotional problems, were encouraged to stop taking prescribed medications.

Kristen, now 26, said that for eight years, she was “passed along” from one middle-aged male leader of Midtown to another. She said her sponsor urged her to have sex with Quinones — widely known as Mike Q. — as a way to solidify her sobriety and spiritual revival. Kristen, who spoke on the condition that her last name not be used in keeping with AA traditions, also recalled helping to persuade other teenage girls to sleep with older men in the group.

“I pimped my sponsees out to sponsors,” she said, referring to the AA members who agree to watch over a fellow member’s sobriety. “I encouraged them to sleep with their sponsors because I really believed that this would help with their sobriety.”

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Rest of article-

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/rawfisher/2007/07/midtown_group_aa_group_leads_m.html

Former Members of Midtown Call it a Coercive, Cultlike Group; Were Cut Off

From Friends, Asked To Do Menial Chores, Date Only Group Members

Current Members Say ‘Midtown’ Saved Their Lives; Say Critics Resent Their

Success, Settling Scores

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/newsweek-recovering-alcoholics-taking-sides-in-dispute-against-a-washington-dc-area-aa-group-58847522.html

Newsweek-

Recovering alcoholics say a Washington, D.C., group has hijacked the 12-step program’s name.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2007/05/06/a-struggle-inside-aa.html