Five months ago, I started this blog in response to some serious allegations of misdeeds on the part of Sam Kerodin. Being part of the III movement for some time, I was familiar with many of the bigger players in the movement.
This blog was never about Kerodin versus Mike Vanderboegh versus the myriad of influential players in the III movement. Not supporting one or the other didn’t make you an automatic fan of the other folks.
Over the years though I got skeptical over some of the actions of the Kerodins. It seemed that they weren’t focused so much on the goals of the III movement and liberty, but instead became focused on self interest – power and money.
Last year I started hearing from folks that I consider to be very solid IIIs. Many of them were planning on leaving the III movement. I started hearing about folks being run off by the Kerodins. Folks whose business efforts were being attacked by Kerodin and his supporters. Folks who just wanted nothing to do with the IIIs and liberty any more.
I decided to investigate. What I found disgusted me. You’ve read the results of my investigation on this blog. I thought that what the Kerodins did to JC Dodge was the lowest thing that I had seen in a while. Leave it to the Kerodins to double down on being lowlifes, though. I found out about the “legal” action that they had started against Kenny Lane. Three legal actions initiated. First was a temporary restraining order against him and it was thrown out before it got to court. Second was the court trial to take his guns away. Third was the civil case that the Kerodins decided to not show up in court for.
There has been a lot of evilness being thrown around regarding these cases. It was interesting to watch the evolution of the supporters of the Kerodins as the truth came to light. The comments went from nasty attacks to many folks seeing the light as the evidence mounted. The Kerodins took advantage of the time between the second law suit and the last law suit to attack Kenny, knowing that he wouldn’t comment until the final suit was heard. They even asked for a continuance to keep Kenny from commenting until April! Hopefully, the last few Kerodin supporters have finally seen the light and have washed their hands of them.
So, where do we go from here?
Folks, the cause was and remains liberty. Sammy tried to make it about him. Some fell for his glib tongue. It’s easy to understand. Folks are always on the lookout for the easy solution vice the hard work.
We need to remember that the III movement is you. It’s not Sam, it’s not Mike, it’s not Pete, it’s not anyone else but you. Watching the downfall of the Kerodins doesn’t automatically make you a supporter of someone else. A fail for the Kerodins is not a victory for anyone else. Let’s not be liberals here! It’s the Kerodin’s downfall. Period.
One of the biggest problems that most folks have with police misconduct isn’t the misconduct itself. It’s the fact that the police won’t police themselves. Misconduct get’s ignored at best, and covered up at worst. Some of us in the III movement fall into the same trap. We defend the actions of folks that claim to be IIIs even in the face of clear misdeeds.
I am very proud of the folks that stood up to the Kerodins and weren’t afraid to question their misdeeds. Some of them took harder hits than others, such as JC and Kenny. Some of them took professional and personal hits that most of us will never know completely.
It is a sign of a healthy group like ours that we can police ourselves.
So, what is the future of the Kerodins? I think they are done with the III movement. They have been tried and found wanting. They own a lot of assets that we in the III movement paid for. They own the land for the Citadel (sorry for the “investors” but the Kerodins own the land). They own whatever III Arms stuff still exists (sorry founders, but legally it’s theirs). They own the TOC and everything that was donated to fill it (night vision goggles, comms gear, etc.). They own their dojo.
Much of this isn’t very liquid, so getting cash out of it might be a challenge in the near term.
I see one of two things happening.
The first one is that they sell everything, change their names again and move on. I’m guessing that they have been selling things for a few months now and getting everything ready to move.
The second is that they try and save something out of this. Sammy will claim to have to go “dark” to take care of some “serious III business”. He passes control of the society and some of the other things that don’t make money to some gullible III. And then we never hear from them again until the next con with a new name.
Either way, I won’t miss them. It’s time to move on and double down on our preps.