authorities that the Finders were "a cult" that conducted "brainwashing" techniques at the warehouse
and the Glover Park duplex at 3918 20W. St. NW. This source told of being recruited by the Finders with
promises of "financial reward and sexual gratification" and of being invited by one member to "explore"
satanism with them, according to the documents.
According to the affidavit the source told authorities that children were used in "rituals" by the
members, and though the source had never witnessed abuse of the children, the source said the
children's grandparents feared for their safety.
On Dec. 15, a D.C. police detective observed a clearing in the area of the 3900 block W. St. NW where
"several round stones had been gathered" near a circle, as well as evidence that people had gathered
there, according to the document, which stated that "this practice is sometimes used in satanic rituals."
Armed with that information and the report from Talahassee police of the allegedly abused children,
D.C. police sought search warrants for the Glover Park residence and the warehouse.
Meanwhile, authorities in Florida attempted to learn more about the six small children, described by a
police spokesman as "hungry and..pretty pathetic" who had set the investigation in motion.
The children, identified in a court document only by the first names of Honeybee, John Franklin, Bee
Bee, Max and Mary, were described as "dirty unkept, hungry, disturbed and agitated" They had been
living in the rear of the van for some time, the document said. Yesterday, police spokesman Hunt said
one of the children, a 6 yr. old girl "showed signs of sexual abuse" but that an examination by a local
doctor showed none of the children as being ill.
Five of the children were uncommunicative, according to police, and none seemed to recognize objects
such as typewriters and staplers. However, the oldest was able to give investigators some information.
She said that the two men "were their teachers," according to Hunt. She was not sure where they had
been recently or where they were going. But until recently, they had been living in the District in "a
house with other children and adults." They lived mainly on a diet of raw fruit and vegetables, she said.
The girl told the police that while they were in the District, the children received instruction from "a man
they called a Game Caller or a Game Leader," according to Hunt.
According to the D.C. court document, a Tallahassee police investigator identified this man as Marion
Pettie, who the confidential police source "also identified as the Stroller, leader of this 'cult.'"
The children have been placed in emergency shelters in Tallahassee, according to Merril Moody of the
Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. He said officials were trying to identify them.
Neighbors of the W Street house last night identified the photographs of two of the children as residents
of the house.Before their arrests in the park, Ammerman and Houlihan had told police that they were
teachers from Washington "transporting these children to Mexico and a school for brilliant children,"
according to Hunt. When police asked the men where the children's mothers were they said they were
being weaned from their mothers.