posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 05:19 PM
During the early 1970s, Todd became one of a handful of speakers making the rounds in evangelical Christian circles warning young people against the
occult. Like two other of those speakers, Hershel Smith and Mike Warnke (whose claims of being an ex-Satanist have likewise been disproved), Todd
claimed to have been a Satanic high priest before his conversion, which he dated as 1972. (In one meeting between Todd and Warnke, the two had a
backstage confrontation and Todd accused Warnke of stealing his testimony regarding the Illuminati.) Todd also claimed that John F. Kennedy was still
alive and that he had been Kennedy's "personal warlock". Christian publisher Jack T. Chick created a comic book, "The Broken Cross", based on
Todd's allegations that Satanists were taking over America. In 1973 allegations surfaced that he had been making sexual advances toward young women
and teenage girls at Christian meetings and a Jesus Movement coffeehouse, was incorporating witchcraft teachings into his Bible studies, was carrying
a .38 handgun into church meetings, and was using drugs. In addition, he impregnated his wife's teenage sister. After some Christian leaders who had
promoted him took steps to distance themselves, including evangelist Doug Clark denouncing him on his television show, Todd dropped out of sight from
fundamentalist Christianity. During this time, Todd spoke in charismatic churches, claiming to have evidence that fundamentalist churches were tools
of the Illuminati.
In 1974 Todd moved to Dayton, Ohio where he opened an occult bookstore and began recruiting for a Wiccan coven. In 1976 Todd became the subject of a
criminal investigation over reports that he was involving underage girls in sexual initiation rituals for his coven. Following an investigation of his
activities by neopagan leaders Isaac Bonewits and Gavin Frost, which uncovered drug use and underage sex, Frost's Church and School of Wicca revoked
the charter it had granted to Todd's coven. He was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and given a six-month sentence, but served
only two months before being released due to epileptic fits.
Todd resurfaced in the evangelical Christian community in late 1977, this time claiming the existence of a vast Satanic conspiracy led by an order of
witches called the Illuminati, supposedly including a number of Christian organizations and well-known Christian figures such as Jim Bakker, Jerry
Falwell, Billy Graham, Bob Jones, Sr., Oral Roberts, and Pat Robertson. He claimed to have given, as a member of the Illuminati, $8 million to Pastor
Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel to launch the Christian rock industry, which Todd said was a Satanic invention to entrap Christian young people in rock
music and its "demonic beat". He claimed that Falwell had been "bought off" by the Illuminati with a $50 million donation. He also claimed that US
President Jimmy Carter was the Antichrist and that the Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged was the Illuminati's blueprint for unleashing a planned Satanic
takeover. He urged Christians to stockpile weapons and food in preparation for a Satanic takeover in 1980. He found a niche speaking in fundamentalist
Independent Baptist churches, and for a time created quite a stir.
Tapes from Todd around 1979 just prior to dropping out of sight indicate that he had returned to teaching Oneness Pentecostal (aka, "Jesus Only")
theology. Todd dropped out of sight again after 1979, reportedly moving to rural Montana after issuing warnings that the Satanic takeover had begun.
He was later reported to have delivered a speech in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1983 at the invitation of Randy Weaver.