That is deeply disturbing.
Of course, being where he’s from, this will probably increase his popularity. The famous saying where he’s from is “Keep Austin Weird.” Playing grabass and chickenstrokin’ in the woods qualifies.
Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle’s name was also on the list. When contacted by the Press, he declined to comment.
Scinto had to make a choice: stay and continue with the program, or try to walk away alone along the poorly marked country roads, lost and terrified someone was close behind, hunting him down.
In a letter to the sheriff’s office, he detailed some of the rituals and activities he witnessed:
Blindfolded walking tours in the nude;
People blowing sage smoke in his face while 50 or so naked men danced around candles;
Men sitting naked in a circle discussing their sexual histories while passing a wooden dildo called “The Cock”;
Naked men beating cooked chickens with a hammer.
At the end of the third and final day of the retreat, the leaders and staff members herded the initiates into the main room.
“They threatened us with imprisonment,” wrote Scinto. “They said that if we were married to tell the wives we loved them. They told us not to discuss any of the process that we went through. Then they let us leave.”
Fifteen days later, on July 25, 2005, Scinto’s father and sister found him dead, rotting in his apartment from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
“That is deeply disturbing.”
Tommy Daschle is deeply interested but fears he may be too little to gain any notice.