I tried to tell all this to the checkers at Trader Joe's, the food store where we shop, and they cancelled my check-cashing privilege.
PKD, Selected Letters 1977-1979
Philip K. Dick and Ira "the Unicorn" Einhorn, sixties radical activist turned seventies New Age networker cum fugitive ax murderer, began a correspondence in early February of 1978 centered around Dick's firmly held belief that the Russians were beaming psychotronic (RF signal) transmissions via satellite into his already somewhat-disturbed mind. According to Dick - often known for his far-out flights of paranoiac fancy - these "microwave boosted telepathic transmissions" commenced on March 20, 1974, showering Dick with endless reams and streams of visual and audio data. Initially this overpowering onslaught of messages Phil reluctantly received were extremely unpleasant; he termed them "die messages." Within the following week he reported being kept awake by "violet phosphene activity, eight hours uninterrupted." A description of this event in a fictionalized version appears in Dick's brilliant though demented anti-drug novel A Scanner Darkly. The content of this phosphene activity was in the form of modern abstract graphics followed by Soviet music serenading his head, with Russian names and words appearing there as well. The ever-speculating Phil conjectured that a radical drop in GABA fluid in his brilliant but balmy brain might have accounted for these strange voices and images, though he was at a loss to further explain exactly what would have precipitated such a drop in his GABA fluid. This conveniently lent more credence to his original theory, as crazy as it sounded to his own buzzing ears, tuned into this foreign frequency that had invaded his mind.
In recent years various information on remote mind-control technology has filtered into the conspiracy research community through various fringe publications such as Full Disclosure, Resonance, and countless others, including a booklet by a Finnish gentleman named Matti Koski, "My Life Depends On You". Over the years Mr. Koski has been sharing with our mind-controlled world at large his horrifying tale, documenting as it does the discovery of rampant brain tampering committed upon himself and others, including R. Naeslund, another victim of brain research. The perpetrators of these evil-doings allegedly include the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP), the CIA, and Finnish Intelligence among countless other covert intelligence agencies. In Secret and Suppressed, edited by Jim Keith, a remote mind-control testimonial appears entitled "An Open Letter To The Swedish Prime Minister Regarding Electromagnetic Terror", authored by the aforementioned R. Naeslund.
Another legendary figure in the arcane annals of conspiracy research - and ranter extraordinaire - is Kerry Wendell Thornley. Thornley claims that while serving in the Marines with his buddy Lee Oswald he became subject to just this sort of mind control scenario, having had planted into the base of his neck some sort of high-tech implant. This enabled Thornley to receive malevolent transmissions from Military Intelligence or others of that ilk who were tampering with his brain for reasons far too complex to even attempt to broach at this time. It would only swerve us away from the topic at hand into even weirder realms concerning a genetic breeding experiment to which Thornley believes he fell prey at the hands of Nazi Controllers. (Refer to the Kenn Thomas audio interview of Thornley available through Steamshovel Press.)
Along this same twisted line I'm reminded of an incident related to me a few years ago. A close friend suffered a nervous breakdown and was diagnosed paranoid-schizophrenic as a result of malevolent voices he was hearing in his head. My friend believed that a group called "The Laser People" were trying to drive him bonkers (and perhaps succeeded) via lasers which were, perhaps, more accurately psychotronic devices beaming these voices his way. He's doing better these days, I'm glad to say, due to medication that quiets these voices in his mind. But I often wonder if my friend was the unfortunate subject of a mind control experiment. If this is the case, then did his malevolent Controllers meet their objective in that they now have another narcotized subject under their control who poses no threat to their power control structure? I'm not implying my friend was some great threat to this power structure, but he was a rebellious character. If they could do this to him on an experimental basis, then maybe it would work on others whom the Invisible Government deems dangerous.
Dick initiated his correspondence with Ira Einhorn due to a letter written by Einhorn that Phil had read in CoEvolution Quarterly in early 1978. The letter examined the work of Nicola Tesla vis-a-vis the transmission of electric energy through the ether without aid of electrical power lines. During the mid- to late seventies Einhorn had constructed a vast network of contacts with the intent of creating, as he described it, "an international conspiracy to make the planet more livable." Among these contacts was Lt. Col. Thomas Bearden, author of several books including Fer-De-Lance: A Briefing on Soviet Scalar Electromagnetic Weapons, which contends that the Russians - through the use of this hidden technology that Tesla discovered around the turn of the century - had been not only modifying US weather patterns with electromagnetic waves but had also developed a "death ray" they were using in the late seventies/early eighties in Afghanistan.
Ira Einhorn emerged to major media prominence as master of ceremonies for the first "Earth Day" in Philadelphia in 1970. This recognition gave Einhorn immediate access to the best minds of his generation. His networking and consulting skills not only enamored him with to New Age counterculture crowd but also captured the imaginations of such corporate giants as AT&T, who hired Einhorn as a consultant to better tap them into the New Age information highway that was just then getting underway. Shockingly, on April 28, 1979 the remains of Einhorn's long-time girlfriend Holly Maddox were found in a steamer trunk in Einhorn's apartment, the victim of an ax murder. Einhorn was subsequently arrested but he denied murdering Maddox, saying in essence that the CIA had set him up because of certain information to which he'd become privy through his vast network of Aquarian Conspirators. Einhorn hired former Warren Commission lawyer Arlen Spector to represent him, which takes this tale on another sordid twist. Specter was the infamous creator of "The Magic Bullet Theory" which convicted a defenseless Lee Oswald in his grave. While out on bond Einhorn skipped the country and has been seen in recent years in Ireland - among other foreign countries - using a false identity with a new girlfriend. When someone in Ireland discovered his identity, the Unicorn promptly left for parts unknown and the last I heard he is still at large.
Did the Unicorn stumble upon certain dark secrets regarding psychotronics and mind control that led him into a frame-job by Intelligence agents? The evidence against Einhorn - according to Steven Levy in The Unicorn's Secret: Murder in the Age of Aquarius - seems quite incriminating. Even some of Einhorn's staunchest supporters who, when informed of the Maddox murder, stood unflinchingly by his side, afterwards came to doubt Einhorn when the evidence made it apparent that he was most likely guilty of the crime. The one person who seems to have stood by Ira Einhorn all the way down the line was Tom Beardan, who shared many of the Unicorn's conspiracy theories regarding the use of psychotronics to monitor and control human behavior and modify weather patterns. Unfortunately, we'll probably never know the full story of what happened to Holly Maddox. Nor will we learn whether this whole sordid tale really was spun around a tangled web of psychotronics, murder and mind control, with Ira Einhorn made the ceremonial scapegoat of a tragic conspiracy.
In all my readings of Dick I've never seen mention of anything in regards to brain implants. I find this rather odd in that in all the other cases where I've researched this sort of brain tampering, implants seem always to play a role in the scenario. I believe Phil might have received a brain implant during dental surgery which occurred just prior to his fabled first visit from VALIS (Vast Active Living Intelligence System) chronicled in his novels Radio Free Albemuth and VALIS. Both are fictionalized accounts of these bizarre though real-life occurrences which began in March, 1974. (Also see the autobiographical account of this documented in Dick's Exegesis.) As the story goes, Phil went one day to have some major work done on his teeth and later - when he arrived back home - a delivery was made from the local pharmacy of a pain killer to soothe Phil's aching mouth. The deliverer of this bottle of relief was none other than a hip, foxy chick with a Christian fish hanging from her neck. I'll not pursue now the deep significance of this Christian fish symbol, but suffice it to say its impact upon Phil was enormous in respect to the events that transpired after this fish swam into his life over waves of breast and cleavage. The young lady in question said a few cryptic words, then mysteriously disappeared forever into the ocean of human life. Phil theorized that this young lady - who claimed to be a Christian - delivered unto him some sort of veiled Gnostic knowledge, which afterwards proceeded to unfold its answers gradually to a whole host of hidden Gnostic secrets for several years.
Another scenario might have been that this young lady was on an intelligence mission, delivering some kind of drug to not only soothe Phil's pain-ridden mouth, but also to help activate the devices that had surreptitiously been inserted into Phil's head during the dental surgery. Yet another possible explanation is that the short cryptic sentence the Fish Lady uttered was in reality some sort of codeword which triggered this mind-control apparatus into operation. Oddly enough, it was later on this very same day that Phil's "visions" first began.
To suggest that a dentist might have planted psychotronic receptors into the mouth and head of the greatest science fiction writer of all time might seem utterly preposterous, but nonetheless connections between certain dentists and mind control implants is not a new one. The opportunity to insert said devices during dental surgery - while the patient's anesthetized mind is off dancing in the merry land of Nitrous Oxide - is most definitely there, and one that would not readily be suspected by his/her patient/victim.
According to master conspiratologist John Judge, Uri Geller's "dentist was the person who first developed the patents on six different of the earliest mind-control devices for the CIA and military intelligence, which were actually radio transmitter implants into the jaw and teeth so that instructions could be heard through the teeth..."
Coincidentally (or maybe not so coincidentally) lra Einhorn had formed an intense relationship with not only Uri Geller but with his mentor, Dr. Andrija Puharich, whose respective characters in recent years have both been called into question. This is in regards to suspicious Intelligence contacts and the spread of disinformation and hoax proliferation vis-a-vis UFOs and psychic phenomena. What interest, one might ask, would intelligence agencies have had in Phil Dick? One area might have been his anti-war stance; in the late sixties Phil signed a petition which appeared in Ramparts opposing America's involvement in Vietnam. Shortly thereafter his apartment was ransacked, a safe blown open, and various documents stolen. Phil at the time suspected the CIA and/or FBI to be responsible for the break-in.
Even though at the outset Phil felt the emanations invading his mind were of a malevolent nature, in time he began to believe they were something entirely different. In a letter to Einhorn dated February 10, 1978, Phil went into more depth on these psychotronic transmissions, claiming that they "seemed sentient." Phil felt that an alien life form existing in some upper layer of the Earth's atmosphere had been attracted by the Soviet psychotronic transmissions. Apparently, this alien life form operated as a "station", tapping into some sort of interplanetary communication grid that "contained and transmitted vast amounts of information." Initially what Phil received were the Soviet transmissions, but eventually this alien life form - whom Phil called Zebra (and later, VALIS) - became "attracted or potentiated by the Soviet microwave psychotronic transmissions." This paralleled similar experiences Nicola Tesla had had with ETI's, where Tesla had been contacted by "what he believed to be signals from another planet," quoting Einhorn from CoEvolution Quarterly.
Over the years that followed this alien entity vastly improved Dick's mental and physical well-being in a number of ways. It gave Phil "complex and accurate information about myself and also about our infant son which, Zebra said, had a critical and undiagnosed birth defect which required emergency and immediate surgery. My wife rushed our baby to the doctor and told the doctor what I had said (more precisely what Zebra had said to me) and the doctor discovered that it was so. Surgery was scheduled for the following day - i.e. as soon as possible. Our son would have died otherwise." Phil wasn't just blowing smoke rings about this incident. His wife Tessa and others have since confirmed this story regarding the medical conditions of himself and his son, Christopher. Phil felt Zebra was totally benign, and it held great contempt for the Soviets and their psychotronic experiments. Furthermore, Zebra informed Phil that the Earth was dying, and that spray cans were "destroying the layer of atmosphere in which Zebra... existed."
Some have questioned whether Phil had created an immense hoax regarding Zebra/VALIS, or if he was actually "crazy as a soapdish", as Harlan Ellison recently stated in an interview with Larry King. Were his "visions" simply delusions of which Phil tried to make some sense throughout his many theological musings in the Exegesis? From a clinical standpoint, a condition known as Frontal Lobe Epilepsy might explain the visions which appeared to Phil. Or could it all have been exactly as Phil first assumed: psychotronic mind control transmissions beamed at him from Russia or God knows where else? Was Phil just pulling our gullible legs? The same could be asked of Kerry Thornley, with his many tall tales of sinister spiders spinning conspiratorial webs.
My response is yes, they both have probably pulled our legs a bit, but so what? It has surely made the world a hell of a lot more interesting place in which to live - has it not? - what with the twisted tales they've shared of alien and foreign influences beaming microwave missives into their abstruse minds.