Fred needed help. Leaning on his cane in the McDonalds parking lot, he listened intently as the Greyhound driver explained to Fred that the criminal justice system had failed him again. His ticket was for 4:15 am, not 12:15 pm like his fellow releasees. And rules are rules; a 12:15 bus requires a 12:15 ticket.
Fortunately, Mike (see A Hard Worker) clicked into action and for $20 was able to reroute Fred on the correct bus to Bangor, ME, including the 12:15 ready to depart. Jay hovered over Fred to make sure no help was needed getting him out of Wytheville, and then at the next stop offered to review Fred’s ticket to ensure Greyhound got it right this time. Fred was very appreciative, offered Jay a seat, and the story of a lifetime unfolded in the miles between Roanoke and Lynchburg.
To see Fred is not to understand him. Grey hair, bright blue eyes, a bit overweight, in prison greys, Fred initially came across as a kindly, grandfatherly type. He is far more.
Fred is a very intelligent guy who artfully swears like the Marine he was. He has a clear understanding of how he was set up and the layers of conspiracy in the system. For convenience, I will summarize our conversation by topic as opposed to how it was delivered — flipping rapidly between autobiography and conspiracies.
In 1993, Fred was sentenced to 270 months in federal prison for a weapons charge and conspiracy to distribute 4 oz of cocaine.
Prior to his arrest, Fred lived a bold and colorful life. He was a successful business man, running a construction company in Bangor and Miami and owned a resort property, several strip malls, and a couple homes. His estimate of his net worth at time of arrest — $141 million.
His pre-arrest life was not without tragedy. He married a Columbian beauty who was attending Berkeley when he met her. A quick courtship resulted in her father surprisingly suggesting they get married during a visit to Bogota. The father was the chief of police and eager to marry his daughter to a wealthy American. They had five children together before she was killed in a drive-by shooting outside a Miami jewelry store. The youngest was 4 months, and the kids were sent to be raised in Columbia.
Surprise marriages became a bit of a pattern for Fred. Sharon and her three kids were living with Fred when the youngest asked him when he was going to marry her mom so she could stop telling her friends that she lives with her mom’s boyfriend. Sharon denied any knowledge of her daughter’s comments, but the issue was now on the table. She asked Fred every hour whether he would marry her and late into the night, he finally relented and said, “yes, I promise I will marry you tomorrow.” A comment Sharon recorded because she understood how important words were to Fred. So they were married, which Sharon likely regretted when Fred taught her oldest son to fly and then jumped out of the plane with a parachute during one of the son’s first solo flights. P
Sharon opted not to wait the 270 months, especially as the Feds were quickly selling off the houses and the businesses. She was not completely abandoned, however, as Fred gave her access to $4.8 million in a Cayman Island account.
Eyes alight and gently poking Jay’s arm to puncture his points, Fred explained some of the legal secrets he discovered during his time studying in prison.
Few Americans appreciate that when Roosevelt changed the US from a democracy to a republic, he also gave the Fed financial ownership of Americans. Using a little-know English common law provision, birth certificates incorporating names with capital letters give the government ownership rights in those individuals, which can be, and are, traded by the Fed on the stock exchange. (Jay did not ask which exchange.). Personally, Fred has resolved this issue by changing his name to all lowercase letters.
Fred also subscribes to a method of reasoning Jay described as “letterology.” It is akin to numerology but finds hidden patterns with words and letters instead of numbers. An example of this is the word “individual”. Note that the word contains three I’s and ends in the word “dual”. As such the word has the legal impact of two (the person and the person’s government owner). To convert the meaning of the word to truly represent an individual and to deny the Goverment its rights, one must capitalize the second “I”, which makes it the Roman numeral one. (Jay did not ask what would happen if the first “I” was capitalized)
The reasoning around the word individual was only one of dozens of examples that erupted during the 75-minute long conversation. Notwithstanding Jay’s best efforts to steer the conversation toward biography, Fred was an evangelical conspiracy theorist and would quote from the Bible (moderately accurate quotes) and the Uniform Commercial Code (who knows?) to explain the extra-legal and counterintuitive true definitions of a couple hands full of words.
Fred declined any assistance but gave Jay a big smile and thumbs up as the bus pulled from the curb carrying Fred to his next adventure.
Thanks to M’s research ability, he was able to confirm that Fred was convicted of the crime he shared with Jay. While some of the details vary, Fred was sentenced to a very long time in prison given the nature of his crime. M and Jay can’t figure out if the excessively long sentence was a result of potential other crimes or Fred’s legal ability.