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Former NYPD Talks Process Church Allegations & “Son of Sam” Murders

On January 6th, Ed Opperman, of The Opperman Report investigative radio show, interviewed decorated, former NYPD officer Michael Codella. Having already published a memoir of his career in New York, entitled, Alphaville: 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for New York City’s Lower East Side, Codella officially came on record to discuss a brief period during his time as an NYPD supervisor, when the infamous Son of Sam murders were unofficially re-opened for investigation by the department in the early 1990’s. Originally meeting an inmate looking to talk to officers in hopes of a sentence reduction, Codella listened as the man spun a tangled and bizarre thread of details regarding the infamous and legendary scene of controversy that was the seedy occult underground of New York throughout the last half of the 20th century.

For those unfamiliar with this gritty, post-noir era of New York police investigation, the department has juggled the evidence of the state’s low-key history of cult congregations and occult ritual activity for quite some time, seemingly unsure of what to do with it or unwilling to do something of it (likely a combination of both throughout the ranks). Former NYPD detective Jim Rothstein has as well come out on record in recent years, discussing his career investigating Human Trafficking for the department in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, which led him directly to the center of a branch of organized crime that can be considered nothing less than “occult/cult organized crime.”

As a quick summary, a majority of Rothstein’s assertions are focused on the cult activity that was heavy in New York at the time(and still is), and that these cult networks were responsible for a large portion of the black-market revenues—from human and drug trafficking, prostitution, hit-men for hire, and even kidnapping for human sacrifice. Rothstein claims that the epicenter of this dark-occultist crime syndication is a group called The Process Church of the Final Judgement.

Officer Codella’s informant was formerly a member of a nasty old-school biker club named the Rat Pack, and was serving time for sexual crimes against his wife, son, and daughter. Codella recalled that the guy more or less had the body-build of a bear, and gave the officers so many details in different directions, that it was hard to keep a focus at first.

Opperman’s interview with Codella focuses around two narratives: the visits with the biker-informant, and the follow-up investigations into his claims. What came from the informant’s mouth was not disappointing, and was verified in a variety of different aspects, although astonishingly, no arrests were possible through unfolding circumstances. Codella supervised an investigation that withstood for a year, looking into the claims of this informant, and followed interesting leads throughout many different directions in hopes to sniff out a piece of this cult network that NYPD could pounce on—one piece of the investigation even leading them to a car dealership in Florida, where the successful dealership was shut down without a trace quickly after being contacted in person by the department.

Among many interesting details discussed in this interview, Codella tells that his informant was a prominent member of the Rat Pack biker-gang, which ran a business providing black-market security to anyone who had the money, and this biker-security force was often rented by cult-members to maintain a perimeter outside of houses where satanic rituals, often sacrifices and orgies, would take place. The cult considered at hand was the infamous Process Church of the Final Judgement. After a withstanding business arrangement between the “Church” and the Rat Pack, the informant and other bikers were reported to have initiated themselves into the Process Church, where they enjoyed the long list of any and all illicit black market activities, including pedophilia, and even kidnapping for specific purposes of ritual sacrifice.

While Codella withholds the name of the individual, he tells of one case where his informant claimed to witness the sacrifice of a person who was a well-known missing-persons case in New York for quite some time, and still remains unsolved. Codella regrettably admits that some officers are still doing work on the case, and he does not want to stifle any further investigations. (On record, of course, the informant claimed to have walked out of the room right before the sacrifice occurred, and had it confirmed to him later.)

Lastly, but perhaps most pertinent, the informant claims to have seen David Berkowitz, known as the “Son of Sam” serial killer (who claimed that Satan spoke to him telepathically through his neighbor’s dog and gave him a list of people to kill) at a number of these Process Church gatherings, long before the infamous killings took place. Rothstein also had informants who claimed the same thing, and Codella said that upon talking to Rothstein recently, that Rothstein’s informant had indeed been a man who Codella had investigated for the same reasons years later without knowing.

Many readers at this point may recall researcher, Maury Terry’s book, The Ultimate Evil, investigating the Process Church’s relationship to organized crime, and specifically to the Son of Sam and Charles Manson murders. Having come out in the late 1980’s, Terry’s book has since become a classic for independent researchers, true-crime enthusiasts, and “conspiracy theorists,” and has received an equal amount of hatred in the media for those who claim it is indeed “conspiracy theory,” “Satanic Panic,” and/or “religious bigotry” against the Process Church. The reader should and can decide for themselves, by viewing the research novel here.

Despite the Process Church’s avid and continuous attempt at upkeep of their public image, with documentaries, social media accounts, “tell-all” books, et cetera, the evidence refuses to go away, and continues to surmount towards the Process Church’s fractional involvement (at minimum) with the vast amount of occultist corruption that elitist communities like Hollywood and Washington DC.

From allegations of members ranging from Sirhan-Sirhan, Manson, and Berkowitz, to many known political officials throughout the decades, and many famous celebrity followers such as Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski, Jayne Mansfield, John Phillips and Cass Eliot of The Mamas and the Papas, Sammy Davis Jr., Liberace, a whole host of people in the old-school and modern heavy-metal music scene, and an obscenely longer list from there. Anyone who may doubt this notion of influence only has to remember that Robert de Grimson was close friends with L. Ron Hubbard and a practicing Scientologist, who eventually left the practice to found the Process Church of the Final Judgement.

Truly, it is a small world.

Mike Codella is currently looking to investigate any further leads into the David Berkowitz connection to the Process Church, and asks for anyone with any information on the matter to contact him at

His full interview on The Opperman Report can be viewed here.


Anthony Tyler
A journalist and author from Anchorage, Alaska, Anthony Tyler aims to twist the knife in both phony new-age ideals and scientific materialism by drawing attention to the rich heritage of esoteric science throughout history. Far from being “satanist,” the esoteric (i.e. occultism or comparative religion) marks the beginning of mathematics, astronomy, psychology, medicine, and even politics. Esoteric science represents a cache of little-known knowledge detailing how to decipher the human's unconscious mind--and the unconscious mind is essentially everything that the human mind is not considering at any given moment.

2 Replies to “Former NYPD Talks Process Church Allegations & “Son of Sam” Murders

  1. Fascinating read. Do you know, the cult sacrifice/orgy scene from Faces of Death 1 (1979), I had it verified, it was the real thing. It was in California somewhere, I believe. Do you suppose the people in that scene had any connection to some remaining Process Church members, or perhaps were a break away group from the Solar Lodge(post 1972)?

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