Across the Universe with Cosmic Connie, aka Connie L. Schmidt...or maybe just through the dung-filled streets and murky swamps of pop culture -- more specifically, the New-Age/New-Wage crowd, pop spirituality & religion, pop psychology, self(ish)-help, business babble, media silliness, & related (or occasionally unrelated) matters of consequence. Hope you're wearing boots. (By the way, the "Cosmic" bit in my moniker is IRONIC.)
Blue dies, Coldwell lies, crazy minions terrorize
I so wanted to start the month of
September fresh and free of toxic debris, and I almost
made it. I love September, because rather than feeling like the
beginning of the end of something, it always feels to me like the beginning of something new and exciting, even though in my neck of the woods it's not
really fall-ish yet. We generally don't get the burst of sudden cool air in
early September that some places do, and we don't get the glorious fall colors that some of
you lucky folks in the high country are already experiencing... but
something changes, subtly, even here: there's a small excitement
that whispers of relief from the oppressive summer.
But I am sorry to say that I am beginning September with one more
(and I hope it's only one more) post about the stupidest
man in Scamworld: cancer quack and alt-health fraudster Leonard Coldwell, the lowlife of the Lowcountry, ex-b.f.f. of
another Whirled favorite snarget, Kevin Trudeau. Believe me, I
was totally ready to get back to Kevin, aka KT, aka Katie, since
I have quite a few tidbits for you, including nearly 900 pages of
trial and sentencing transcripts that I was finally able to get from
PACER. Actually they've been available for a while but I have
been busy. I also have updates on some of the Global Information
Network (GIN) ripoff clubs, as well as blogworthy stuff about
other scams and scammers.
And I am painfully aware that for the past six weeks I have spent
far too much time and space on Coldwell, including a five-part
deconstruction of his current and past lies and lunacies (links
to individual posts are below), as well as a lengthy piece on his
crowning lunatic achievement where I am concerned: his recent accusation that I poisoned his pit bull dog
Blue. So I thought I had things pretty
well covered and that I had finally said everything that needed
saying on this blog about that little skeev for the time being.
But darn it all... LoonyC keeps looming, casting his fat little
shadow over my Whirled.
In a surprise plot twist, Coldwell's dog dies.
In late August, despite previous reports that Blue was almost all
better, the poor dog died, according to Coldwell's garbled
laments on Facebook. Accordingly he has redoubled his attacks on
Bernie at GINtruth wrote about it here. Frankly, he said most of what needed to be said, and in
much more forceful and direct language than I use, but I want to
put in my two-cents' too, and elaborate on a few points.
Please understand that I am not making light of a dog's
death, assuming that the death actually occurred. (With Coldwell you can never be certain.) I have been through that heartache myself too many times to make light of it (here is but one example). My
dogs and cats are my children. But I hope you can understand why
it is immensely difficult for me to work up any sympathy
whatsoever for Coldwell at this point. I can't see past the evil
he continues to perpetrate against me, crassly and cynically
using whatever it was that happened to his dog in order to incite
people to commit violence against me.
I had honestly thought the dog situation was resolved, at least
on Lenny's end, to the point that I decided to stop fretting
about it and go quietly on about my business. I even gave up on
trying to get Facebook to take down the worst of Coldwell's
screeds accusing me of poisoning his dog. They had taken
down the first two after receiving complaints from other people
(I wasn't one of the complainers), but they refused to take down the third one, which was so bad that even
I complained about it. It was worse than the first two but they refused to remove it, saying it didn't "violate their community
standards" regarding potential threats of violence.
So although my full name and home address were and are all over
Facebook -- they appear on several of Coldwell's pages, and have
been shared numerous times, complete with Coldwell's invitations
to his lunatic fans to "get in touch with me"-- I had,
as noted, decided to let things slide for now, at least on this
Whirled. I did add a few updates in the couple of weeks after I
published my blog post about Coldwell's dog being poisoned. For instance, on July 26, 2014 I noted that on July
22, eight days after the dog poisoning saga began, Coldwell
published two noteworthy threads to his Facebook page:
Oddly enough, it appears that none of Coldwell's
minions responded to the toxic plant list by asking him if
accidental toxic plant ingestion had been the real cause of
Blue's illness after all, rather than a deliberate poisoning by a
"revengeful Women in Texas." That's right: not one person asked the obvious question -- at least that I know of. Maybe
someone did, but perhaps Coldwell chose to wipe the comment -- and the
issue -- from his thread. That's certainly a possibility because
he is scared nutless of tough questions that will expose his
inconsistencies and lies.
- An announcement that Blue was almost fully recovered, thanks to love
and help from friends.
- A list, apparently taken from the ASPCA
site (though either drunk-typed, typed on a
malfunctioning keyboard, or (more likely) the results of bad OCR), of plants that are toxic to dogs, with the note
that he had learned about this list while trying to save
Blue's life. (The picture to
which I link is only the first panel of several, he
actually published a long list of poisonous plants.)
Even so, it's difficult not to
read between the lines when you look at the comments that are
still on the thread. One of the first commenters asked if animals
would eat those poisonous plants on their own. Coldwell simply
answered, "Some do." So... maybe a certain pit bull,
left unsupervised, scarfed down a plant that he shouldn't have at
the Coldwell rented McMansion or apartment? (By the way, you'll need to click on the screen shots for an enlarged and undistorted view. I'm not sure why some of them came out distorted on the smaller views, but they're fine when you click on them.)
Notice that great cancer-curing advice from a guy
named Kai, who seems to be saying that it's okay to give your dogs apple seeds
and apricot kernels, which, claims Kai, are not poisonous to dogs and can cure
doggy cancer. Jeez.
Actually there had been another discussion among
the natural "cures" experts a few days before the
announcement that Blue was almost all better. There's a revealing
thread about the natural remedies with which Blue was presumably
being treated. It seems good ol' Blue had alt-health support from
all over the place.
In any case, I figured that the dog situation was
more or less over for the most part. People who watch out for me
reported no more ramblings about the dog on Coldwell's Facebook
page. As awful and unforgivable as Coldwell's accusations
against me were, I was relieved that the dog was okay, because as you know if you've been following this blog at all, I
dearly love dogs and know that they are all innocent beings, no
matter how monstrous their humans might be.
Then on or about August 30, 2014 the rants began again. This took
me totally by surprise. Since Coldwell has me so thoroughly
blocked on Facebook, I didn't see this when it first happened,
but some of my "eyes" let me know that Coldwell had
announced his dog had just died. And once again he went on a rampage against me, redoubling his attacks,
this time publishing not only my home address but also my private
cell phone number, which I have never
published nor shared publicly. In case you can't get to the
screen shot I linked to (it's from Bernie's post about the
matter), here is what Coldwell posted on Facebook on August 30, 2014:
My Heart has been broken today! They
murdered our believed [sic] dog BLUE! At 6pm EST Blue died!
This is the very last picture of Blue ever, hours before he
died! The pain is overwhelming my tears make it impossible to
see clearly. I hear myself crying with all my pain in my
inside to deal with the pain! FB will as usual take this post
off because Connie Schmidt has some kind of contacts to get
this done and websites will be taken down, blocked etc (Her
cell phone number is #-###-###-#### in case you want to ask
her yourself, if she was responsible. (All information is
Public information don't take my post down FB dirt!) Please
repost this post asap because it will be taken down. The
website for Justice for Blue with all the info videos and
facts and proof is in the making since 11am this morning.)
All info will be soon on my main website. Because they will
as usual delete my post. Please re-post it!
The rest of the long rant contained some
tear-jerking prose about Blue's last day (and again, I'm not
making light of his death, if he really died, but you have to
understand the context here). Following that was a copy-and-paste
of the long screed he wrote on July 17, 2014, which contained my name and
home address, and that was shared on several of
his Facebook pages. That's the rant that I had tried to get Facebook
to remove and which they refused to remove because it conforms with their "community standards."
Today is one of the worst and painful days of my life and I
and many people believe we know who caused his death and
ordered directly or indirectly his murder! Blue was poisoned
directly after, Horny Connie, as many call her know [sic]
inquired about my physical living location. As I just heard:
She called my brother after that and stated that she will
hurt me hard and will never stop. She called employees and
friends of mine telling them it was just the beginning. And
all of this just because I did not want to have sex with this
disgusting women [sic]. She harassed me and my employees and
family members to make them to make me meet with her for a
sexual weekend. (Since all of this started we got countless
information about her alleged drug use -- jut look at her
picture and make up your own mind.) Witness Testimonies will
The picture of me that Lenny mentioned -- the one that allegedly
proves my drug use -- is my Blogger profile pic that you see on the upper left hand side of this
page if you're looking at the Web version of Whirled Musings. If you're looking at the mobile app the pic is somewhere down there at the end of the post. I wrote about that pic and what it means to me on my 8th Blogaversary post on July 27.
The "Horny Connie" nonsense refers to a painfully immature but thankfully dead-in-the-water defamation project that Coldwell or some of his twisted buddies initiated early in August; it has come to naught. For deets, see this post, under the bright red subhead, "Honk if you're horny."
As for the rest of the garbage in Coldwell's post -- the claims that I've posted under dozens of hundreds of fake names and have created fake web sites in order to smear him; the claims that I "found" two known child molesters and a "fake wannabe lawyer" to help me destroy him --
well, we've been through that already (see links at the end of
this post), and anyone with any cognitive abilities whatsoever
knows by now that it is just absolute bull.
I will say that the claim that I have
"contacts" at Facebook is bitterly funny, in light of Facebook's steadfast refusal to take down the very posts that endanger me. Not only has Facebook left the July 17 post up
there intact, but they've also left several subsequent rants in
which Coldwell shared my home address and spewed his disgusting
sexual fantasies about me. For instance, there's the semi-pornographic nonsense in the shot below, which I've shared before in part.
Notice that in
the conversation that follows that post, Coldwell claims that I was a
co-worker of one of his business partners, and he says that I have spoken
to Coldwell and his family and friends on the phone numerous
times over the years. Lies, lies, lies. Actually the claim that I am a former co-worker of one of Coldwell's business partners is a brand-new lie; I'd never heard it before. Being self-employed for decades, I haven't been anyone's
co-worker since long before Coldwell moved to the U.S., so I
seriously doubt that any of his "business partners" has
ever even met me, much less worked with me. And I have never
called any of Coldwell's numbers and have no intention of doing
Coldwell, surely you -- or your vigilant family,
friends, and employees -- would have recorded at least one of
those numerous "horny" communications from me, which
supposedly took place either over a period of three years, or
four months, or three months... depending upon your lie du
jour. Lacking that, surely someone from your top-notch legal
team would be on the ball and would have made the recordings. But
they couldn't because those phone calls never happened.
You have no evidence and no proof, because you are completely
making all of it up. Moreover, I've never heard a peep from any
one of your lawyers, so your claim that they have been
"dealing with me" for years is total hogwash (no
offense to hogs). And I can't wait to see all of those
"Witness Testimonies" about my "alleged drug
As stupid as that August 30 death announcement was, however, quite a few people shared it on their own Facebook timelines -- 24, at the last count [as of 15 September, 2014 ~CC]. There are 68 "likes," including Coldwell's b.f.f. bidness partner and my former frenemy Peter Wink, and Coldwell's first U.S. wife, Wendy Elayne Witchner, a fellow animal lover with whom I have tried to communicate privately to no avail. Wendy Elayne Witchner seems to "like" every scurrilous lie her ex-hubby has told about me, even though I have a very strong sense that she knows he is lying. Shame on you, Wendy. And shame on you, Peter Wink. You know better.
At any rate, the disturbing responses from Coldwell's most loyal and unthinking fans
resumed on Facebook. There had been dozens of similar responses to the first rash of accusations, and after the doggy death announcement the cretins just took up where they'd left off. One man named Michael Arnold wrote,
"I'm so sorry Dr. C... I hope some justice will be served...
like revenge very coldly." Another person going by the name
Ashley Alkalise-Energise Gilbert (I'm sure that was her birth
name; maybe her parents were batteries), wrote... well, let me
just share the screen shot of her post.
A lawyer friend of mine said that although it's profoundly stupid
for Coldwell to insinuate that I could poison a dog remotely, the
comments from some of Coldwell's imbecile followers made it clear
that it is possible to poison minds remotely.
Here are snippets from a private Facebook conversation with a person in Belgium whose mind has clearly been poisoned by Coldwell. He had
actually initiated the conversation on August 22, a little more than a week
before the dog's alleged death. Out of respect for the guy's
privacy I won't tell you that his name is Florian de Waele. Oops.
Conversation started August 22
4:33pm Florian De Waele
Dear zionist whore, I wonder how much is
big pharma paying you to destroy Dr Coldwell's business?
8:11pm Connie Schmidt
Dear Aryan idiot: Nobody pays me anything
to attempt to tell the truth. Oh, wait... this is a joke,
right? Ha, ha, good one!
7:44am Florian De Waele
The truth? Jewish lies! I prefer listening
to a true man of God instead of a filthy frustrated
prostitute. I'm warning you Connie Schmidt, you and your
neo-Zionist pharma sponsors might have started this fight but
Dr Coldwell will finish it!
10:12am Connie Schmidt
You are joking, right? If not, where do you
get the idea that I am Jewish or a Zionist? Not that there is
anything wrong with either -- and not that it is any of your
business -- but I am neither Jewish nor Zionist. Even
Coldwell has not lied that I am Jewish/Zionist -- well, not
that I know of anyway. He is such a sniveling coward that he
has blocked me from reading his social media rants, so no
telling what the little liar has said about me lately.
Coldwell HAS told many despicable lies
about me, though. He has lied that I am a prostitute (or
former prostitute), and he has lied that I have awful
diseases, and he has lied that I made sexual passes at him (a
big laugh because I am happily married and he disgusts me),
and he even lied that I poisoned his dog last month. And he
has lied that Big Pharma is paying me (or that anyone is
paying any other blogger who has written about him).
And he DID start this fight with me
when he made the choice to start telling filthy despicable
lies about me, simply because I raised legitimate questions
about him -- questions he is afraid to answer. He lied about
other bloggers too, falsely calling them child rapists (among
numerous other lies).
And he lied about all of us
"hacking" his web sites and radio show. Even his
webmaster and social media admin knows that those are all
lies but she dare not speak up against him, apparently for
fear of losing his business and/or his friendship.
Flo, you need to open your eyes and
stop parroting that ridiculous little man. Learn to think for
yourself. When you do, come back and apologize and I may
[NOTE: Between the time of that comment and his
next response, the dog died. ~CC]
10:46pm Florian De Waele
Do you think you're fooling me with your
Jewish nose and surname? Go tell to the children being
murdered by your Zionist buddies there's nothing wrong with
Zionism. Now you've killed an innocent dog you perhaps can go
join those Israeli murderers https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=287058068169551
Dr. Colwell is fighting for YOUR rights
and YOUR health as well and what is your gratitude? Attacking
this brave man who follows the Lord with all his heart! Let
us ask the age-old question "Cui bono?" "Who
How on earth could Dr. C benefit from
making up lies about you? On the other hand you and your
pharma sponsors have immense profits to lose when Dr. C's
message becomes mainsteam [sic].
You probably mean the "Bernie
O'Mahony" guy? That guy IS a child rapist, there was a
picture to prove it on Coldwell's site. People should be made
aware he's dangerous. If big pharma has the resources to hire
you to murder his innocent dog it is not hard for me to
believe they're hacking his sites too.
Dr C. is a ridiculous little man? OK,
that's your opinion, let me give you a quote "Multiple
awards winning Radio host of Coast to Coast George Noory
stated in his new TV show with Dr. Coldwell: "I know and
have interviewed most experts worldwide, Dr Leonard Coldwell
is simply the best of the best!"
5:48am Connie Schmidt
You cannot even keep Coldwell's lies
straight, can you? He claims I killed his dog because I was
angry about his sexual rejection of me. He didn't say Big
Pharma hired me to kill the dog.
Granted, his original lie (which he
started telling in October 2012) was that Big Pharma hired me
to destroy his reputation by writing about him on my blog.
But when he couldn't get anyone except possibly the stupidest
of the stupid to believe that whopper, he switched to the
"woman scorned" lie.
In any case everything he has written
about me is a lie. It is your choice to continue to believe
And everything Coldwell has written
about Bernie is a lie too. You obviously do not know that
originally Coldwell and Bernie were friends and allies.
Coldwell was at one time very supportive of Bernie's blog
GINtruth, back when Bernie was only writing about Kevin
Trudeau and GIN. Coldwell called Bernie "brother"
and said he loved him. Bernie in turn was supportive of
Coldwell and even had a link on GINtruth to Coldwell's main
Eventually Bernie came to realize that Coldwell had
been as much a part of Trudeau's huge scam as Trudeau was and
that Coldwell would have continued to happily push that scam,
knowing it was a scam, if Trudeau had not fired Coldwell.
Coldwell only became anti-Trudeau because he was angry that
he had lost an easy income source.
Bernie also found out some more
unsavory info about Coldwell (on his own -- not because of me
or Big Pharma or the Zionists), and he ultimately decided
that Coldwell was not someone he wanted to continue to
support. So he began writing critical information about him
on GINtruth. Coldwell started threatening Bernie and telling
him to choose sides or else Coldwell would sue/destroy him.
Bernie, in my opinion, chose the side of truth.
So contrary to what Coldwell has said
in different lies, Bernie is not someone that I
"found" to help me destroy "Dr" C, nor is
he someone recruited by Big Pharma.
I won't even address your stupid
statements that I support any murder of innocents, whether
done in the name of Zionism or patriotism, Islam or
Christianity. Clearly you will continue to believe whatever
you want to believe. You are one of those for whom "the
facts don't matter if the story is good."
7:01am Connie Schmidt
I went on to tell Florian the truth about the
"child rapist" lies about Bernie, giving him links to Bernie's
GINtruth blog post about the matter, as
well as the direct link to Bernie's original Facebook post that he wrote just after
he was beaten up by the Japanese thugs who gave him that black
eye. I also sent Florian a few screen
shots of Coldwell's praise and thanks to Bernie back in the old
days, when Bernie was just writing about Kevin Trudeau and GIN on
GINtruth. I've yet to hear back from him.
It occurs to me that I did not answer your
question, "Who benefits?" Coldwell is trying to
benefit from his lies about me because he is afraid of the
truths I tell about him. He is scared of the legitimate
questions I raise about him on my blog. Same deal with Bernie
and with all of the other people who have written critically
about Coldwell. Coldwell would obviously benefit if he could
silence all of his critics. Truth is a scary thing to people
such as he. Since he cannot silence us he is doing the next
best thing and using outrageous lies to appeal to idiots. And
clearly, some idiots are swallowing every piece of crap he
throws out to them.
The same day Loony announced his dog's death, an anonymous
commenter, apparently quoting from lyrics in Les Miserables, wrote to my blog.
It is possible that the Anon commenter was just being ironic,
perhaps making fun of the idiots who really are supporting
Coldwell's histrionics. But I don't know for sure. I'm erring on
the side of caution these days. So as always, I've recorded and
Over the next couple of days following the death announcement, Coldwell continued to
use his Facebook page as a wailing wall, milking that old sympathy cow
for all it was worth, portraying his dog as the embodiment of pure love and innocence, and me as evil personified.
But he wasn't finished yet.
Coldwell brings Mommy into the mix
I figured that with the dog dead, Coldwell's beloved mama had to
be next on the list of pawns in his deranged little game,
particularly since he had previously used Mommy to threaten me,
pretending to be his brother and using the totally fake name
"Rudi Kauder." I've shared that story and these screen
shots before, of course, but here they are again. This message
was sent on November 4, 2012. What spooked me when I first saw the threat (I didn't actually see it till January 2013) was Coldwell's threat to share my private information with his rabid fans. Ultimately he did make good
on that threat, of course, although not until more than a year and a half later.
For someone who "isn't a public figure," Mommy sure appears on public posts a lot, as well as in Coldwell's books. He parades her around in public like a prize-winning heifer. As you probably know if you've been following this blog (or him) at all, Coldwell's "health expert" shtick is based in large part on his tall tales of curing Mommy of liver cancer ("in a terminal state"), liver cirrhosis and hepatitis C 43 years ago (never mind that Hep C wasn't identified by medical science until 1989 -- a mere 25 years ago).
In any case I was of course correct in my prediction that Coldwell would bring Mommy into the mix in the wake of the dog "poisoning" saga. But I don't deserve too much credit for my prescience because he is
such a predictable little nutjob. In the shot below you'll see how he threw Momma into the narrative. Also notice that our favorite caps-lock terrorist, Haiah Victoria Kingsley, is back with her threats of violence against me.
In truth, I've never shared Mommy's current name anywhere, nor her address, so
chalk that up to just another one of Lenny's lies. I shared her
MAIDEN NAME once on my first blog post about Bernd/Lenny, which I
initially published in May 2012. I got
that name from a publicly available document concerning Coldwell's
legal name change, which took place in
Fauquier County, Virginia on June 25, 1998. But in a subsequent
post about the name change -- the one where I celebrated the Quinceanera
(fifteenth birthday party) of Lenny's new name -- I even redacted her maiden name.
As for her address, which presumably is
somewhere in Germany, I don't know it, don't want to, and
wouldn't share it if I had it. I don't think Mommy is totally
innocent -- after all, Lenny has publicly boasted online and in
interviews and in books that she manages his
"businesses" in Germany (which I can only imagine has
something to do with money-funneling) -- but nevertheless I do
think she is being used and perhaps to some extent duped by her
wicked son. And I always leave family members of scammers alone
unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise.
So, Coldwell, show us some place where I published Mommy's name
and address. Show us some concrete proof or even credible
evidence that Mommy was "hurt" by anyone as a result of
anything I wrote, ever. You claimed in a recent rant that she was
"instantly" hurt after I published her name
and address. When and where did this happen? If it happened
immediately after I published her maiden name on May 31, 2012 --
which is the only time I ever published it -- why are you only
just now saying that she got hurt as a result of something I
published? Why didn't you start hollering about her
Cosmic-Connie-induced injuries more than two years ago?
For that matter, show us proof that I went online
and obtained your home address, which is the foundation of your
ridiculous lie that I poisoned your dog or that I was responsible
for poisoning him. As noted before on this blog, I have only ever
availed myself of free data that pops up when your name is
entered into a search engine. I have never paid for a search for
your address or your dodgy background. With the exception of
mentioning the street where your mailbox is (an address that you have
published on all of your web sites), I
have never published your address, not only because I don't know
it but because I simply don't do things like that -- unlike you,
who published my address and private phone number with the clear
intent not merely to discredit me -- something you've not been
able to do with your nearly two years of lying about me -- but to
incite violence against me. You are such a coward, Lenny. If one
of your stupid fans comes after me it will, I promise you, not
end well for them, and that will be on your shiny little head.
I suppose the next thing Coldwell will do is make up another
story about getting his car bombed (again) or about some other brand new threat to
his own life or property. He might even post a picture of a
bombed-out car, or even a pic of himself with a fake black eye to
make people feel sorry for him. He has often claimed that there have been numerous attempts on his life -- four, eleven or twelve, depending upon the conversation. He claims he has been shot at and hit, and that he has a bullet in his body. If all of that is true, it seems that Big Pharma sure is hiring some incompetent hit men.
Or maybe Coldwell is not through with using Mommy to incite fans' wrath against me. Perhaps she will get ill or take a fall, as older folks unfortunately often do. And of course he will blame me
and get the imbeciles all fired up yet again. You just never
Somebody knows what really happened to Coldwell's dog(s).
According to Lenny's lament on August 30, Blue was to be cremated
and his ashes scattered "in the country." There was no
mention that I could see of a necropsy (which is what they generally call an animal autopsy, for some reason) to confirm cause of death, so I suspect there is a
dearth of forensic evidence. Not that his idiot followers are
going to even question his story, though.
Nevertheless, many people besides me have questioned his
story all along. Some outside speculators have gone so far as to
suggest that the dog did not actually die or never was ill in the
first place and that Lenny made the whole thing up as an excuse
to get people to attack me. That seems like an awful lot of
trouble to go through, even for Lenny, and besides, Blue was
supposedly an attraction at some of his seminars, and I can't see
him giving up any edge he might have had, since his seminars have
had so little to recommend them ever since Kevin Trudeau divorced
him. Some folks even suggested at the very beginning of the dog
saga that Lenny or someone else close to Blue did something to
the dog to create the drama -- kind of a Munchhausen syndrome by proxy
thing. I think that is far-fetched, but then again, with
Coldwell, you never know. He is pretty much bat-sh-t crazy.
Some people thought it possible that Blue had some chronic or acute disease process going on, perhaps contributed to by owners
who fed him too much people food, or the wrong kind of people
food. (Oysters, for instance, really are not good for dogs in
excess. Raw oysters can give people hepatitis A, and it's
possible that dogs can get some form of hepatitis or other
serious illness from eating raw oysters too (though canine hepatitis is usually spread in other ways). Left untreated, hepatitis can eventually kill. Even
cooked oysters can have toxic algae that can make dogs sick. Just saying, in light of the fact that Coldwell has
shared this 2011 pic.)
It's even possible that all of those "natural
remedies" that Lenny claimed to be stuffing down the dog had
something to do with hastening his demise. Food grade hydrogen
peroxide, colloidal silver, benzonite clay, sodium thiosulfate,
and all kinds of homeopathic stuff... good Goddess!
I've even heard theories from some folks who have
looked at all of the still pics and videos Coldwell has shared of
the dog, and have suggested that there might be more than one dog
involved. In some pics the dog Lenny calls Blue has a lot more
white on his head and body than in other pics. A trick of the
light... or a trick of a lunatic who will stop at nothing to
silence a critic? Lenny has said that he has several pit bulls. One friend of mine said he either can't tell his dogs apart or he is being untruthful about what happened to one or more of those dogs... and my friend is banking on the latter. As farfetched as the "different dogs" theory may be, it's still not as farfetched as his lie that I had anything to do with harming any dog.
All I know is that there are lots of holes in Lenny's dog story, apart from the big lie that I had anything to do with whatever happened. And the longer you look the more holes you can see. It's like a
sky full of stars, except ugly.
In any case, assuming that the dog(s) really did get sick -- from
whatever cause -- I have no doubt that somebody, somewhere
outside of Lenny's tight little circle of insanity knows much
more about what really happened to Blue than has been told so
far. Whether it's somebody who worked on the dog(s) at the
Charleston or Mt. Pleasant area animal emergency clinic when he
first took ill around July 14, 2014, or someone who subsequently
tended him/them at his regular vet, or cared for him/them along the way or
even before the alleged poisoning... somebody knows
something and has some information that can help me.
Maybe it's one of Lenny's neighbors or a property manager or landlord, wherever in Mt. Pleasant or Charleston that he may be squatting at the moment. (As noted before, I don't know his address and don't want to, but there are
indications that he moves around a lot -- more than the
average person, even in our highly mobile society.)
Somebody knows what happened to that dog,
and I am not going to give up until I find out or until Coldwell
retracts his horrible accusations. And this isn't any sort of
invasion of Coldwell's privacy. As I said in my previous post
(under the sub-head, "Why I have spent so much time writing
about Leonard Coldwell"), he invited me to the party by
falsely accusing me of a specific crime and by sharing my private
information. He gave up his right to privacy where the
situation with his dog is concerned. And no matter how obsessive
it makes me appear, I am going to keep on this until I get to the
bottom of the mystery or until he retracts and apologizes. I
suspect you might do the same if you or someone you love were
If you are reading this and you happen to
be someone who knows what really happened to Coldwell's dog, you
know he is lying about me and deliberately putting me in danger. You know that
it is wrong to just sit on this information. Sharing the
information with me is the right thing to do. If you work at one
of the vet clinics and are afraid you will lose your job, I
understand and I will keep you anonymous to the extent that it is
For the possible benefit of those who might be
familiar with some of the veterinary clinics in Charleston, here
are links to a couple of videos Coldwell posted on Facebook about
his dog's suffering. They reveal a little bit of the hospital
environment but I don't know if there's enough to make it
Below is a still photo of a dog that was
posted on Coldwell's Facebook page on July 19, 2014, five days
after the first rash of accusations and presumably 5 to 6 days
after Blue took ill. (Don't believe the claim that the post
was written by someone named "Katie" -- that is
Coldwell's writing style. And a friend of mine has had private convos with "Katie," who wrote a LOT like Coldwell and even referred to Coldwell in the first person.)
The point is that I need your help. Again, it's the right thing
to do. Allowing Coldwell to continue his lies about me will not bring his dog back and will only
be enabling a psychopath. I can't offer you a $10,000 reward like Coldwell did back on July 15 for
information linking me to the dog poisoning incident -- in fact I can't offer you any reward other than the
satisfaction of knowing you did the right thing. But please, help
me if you can. Or Coldwell could just save us all the trouble and
tell us where his dog was treated, and share the complete
veterinary records. But I don't see that happening.
As for the rest of you, I will try not to bore you any more than
absolutely necessary with any more Coldwell nonsense on this
blog. But count on this: I am not going to go away.
The back story to this post
(complete with disturbing screen shots of comments from crazed
Leonard Coldwell goes too far: lies about me
poisoning his dog (originally
published 16 July, 2014, with several updates)
Deconstructing Lenny in five not-so-easy
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Leonard Coldwell: stupid and dangerous, or simply stupid? (Part 5 of 5)
Leonard Coldwell, fake doctor and former
good buddy of imprisoned serial scammer Kevin Trudeau, may not be an A-list alt-health
"hero" or even an A-list Scamworld player (we discussed
some of those A-list health gurus in the previous post in this series), but he still has his small following of
passionate fans. Some are nice people who are simply uninformed
or misinformed, though a few seem truly deranged. Many are
willing make excuses for his increasingly erratic behavior,
continuing to cheer him on even as his social media posts grow
dafter. Just about every time he opens his mouth or posts
something on Facebook Coldwell betrays that he isn't very bright.
But is he actually dangerous? And in the larger scheme of things,
does he really matter? These are some of the matters we'll cover
in this concluding (finally!) installment of a series that has
dragged on far too long. And just in case you're wondering why I
have devoted so much time to Coldwell on this blog, I'll 'splain
that (again) in this post as well. In case you need to catch up,
links to previous installments in the series are at the end of
the post. OMT: I am fully aware that this post contains anecdotes and screen shots that I previously shared on this blog. Redundancies are intentional.
As daft as he is, not-doctor Leonard Coldwell still
has a small following of loyal fans who don't hesitate to rally
against his critics, particularly when he prompts them to do so,
as he recently did when he lied about me poisoning his pit bull dog, Blue. That was an eye-opening experience for me. I think
that's when I finally understood that trying to communicate with
the most stubborn or (dare I say it?) stupid fans is futile.
It's not that I've had exchanges with very many of them; to the
contrary, despite Coldwell's paranoid ranting that I am involved
in some awful conspiracy to turn people against him (rantings
that include his patently false claims that I have devoted
thousands of hours to creating numerous "fake" web
sites all over the Internet to defame him, and that I have
"harassed" his followers), I have spent surprisingly
little time and effort communicating or trying to communicate
directly with actual Coldwell fans. I have, however, engaged in
conversations with a few of them over the past couple of years.
Most of the time they initiated the conversations, though on
occasion I have done the initiating, and sometimes it was all
just part of a public conversation on social media.
For instance, here is one comment from a Coldwell fan who began a
private conversation with me on Facebook on July 17, 2014, in the
wake of Coldwell's crazy, unfounded accusations about me
poisoning his dog and trying to "defame" him.
Dear Connie Schmidt : I know that you
may not agree with everything that Dr. Leonard Coldwell says
but I ask you , Please give him the right of free speech and
tell his truth. He is a good man and helps many to create a
good life. May this be one of the many ways you can show your
love . With many blessings - [signed]
"Tell his truth?!?" Spoken like a
true SNAG (Sensitive New Age Guy/Gal).
I wrote back thanking the person for writing to me and for
communicating with me in a civil way. I reiterated a capsule
version of my now oft-told story about how Coldwell had made up
lies about me out of whole cloth, and had put me in possible danger by
posting my full name and address on his social media pages in
conjunction with his lies. I mentioned that I had tried in a
polite and civil way to defend myself on those pages but my comments
were deleted and I was blocked from commenting any further. I
mentioned that other folks had tried to politely defend me on those
pages and the same thing had happened, and then Coldwell had lied
about the content of their posts and had said they were I,
writing under fake accounts. "What kind of 'good man' does
this?" I asked my correspondent. And I respectfully asked
the person to read my blog post about the dog poisoning allegations.
I had a private exchange with another person who had referred to
me as an "evil sick woman" after reading Coldwell's
accusations that I poisoned his dog. I initiated this one; I sent
this person a private message via Facebook with a link to my blog
post about the dog incident. A couple of days later he replied.
I read your post and although Dr. C's
may be falsely accusing you of poisoning his dog he concluded
that based on you cyberbullying of the past 2 years. Dr C is
not the evil man you think he is, he's a hero who dedicated
his life to curing other people of cancer after he made that
promise to God. He had a very hard childhood and did
everything he could to find a way to cure his mother of
cancer. You can read all of that in his book "The only
answer to cancer". I really feel pity for Dr. C that
he's being attacked so hard on the internet and his
reputation is being destroyed despite his good intentions.
I responded with a few observations and
insights about Coldwell's inconsistent, mostly unverifiable
stories about his past, mentioning some of the suspicious details
in his narrative -- most notably, the claim that he cured his mom
of hepatitis C many years before it was even identified by
medical science. I also mentioned to my new friend that,
subsequent to the rash of accusations against me, Coldwell had
quietly and with little explanation used his Facebook page to
post a list of household and yard plants that are toxic to dogs.
And I noted that asking legitimate questions about a public
figure who makes extravagant claims is not
"cyberbullying." The fan responded:
Dear Connie, I agree that we don't have
proof of his 35,000 cured patients besides Dr Hohn's
affirmation. However if you read his books it's not hard to
believe it since he he makes use of several proven
alternative cancer cures like Gerson therapy, Dr. Hamer's
work, Dr Burzynski, Essiac tea, vitamin B17,... There's a lot
of documentation to be found on these if you google them. I'm
not sure about the Hepatitis C, but I remember he mentioned
his mother getting liver cirrhosis due to a blood
transfusion. Maybe he connected the dots and found out it was
likely she got Hepatitis C back then? I can understand you
feel angry and wronged due to Dr C.'s hasty conclusions, but
he acted on the information that was handed to him. He even
admited [sic] this himself: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-N83sbPKr5A8/U8b0-2EHc_I/AAAAAAAAEM0/XBciQwxTu3E/s1600/36-Coldwell-More-Accusations-against-Connie-Schmidt-on-Answer-to-Cancer-page-07-15-14-A.jpg Anger is a response to pain, I guess he was so
emotionally shocked by the poisoning of his dog that he
lashed out at you like that, because you were a
"likely" suspect to him. You're probably correct
about the reason for posting that list of plants and he seems
to be leaving you alone as well at the moment, I haven't seen
any posts about you on his FB pages lately. In my opinion
it's just all been a big misunderstanding on his part.
Here we have a Coldwell fan -- probably a
perfectly nice guy, despite having previously called me an evil
sick woman -- trying to cling to his fandom and to the narrative he
clearly wants to believe. From the post above you can see that
even though shadows of doubt seem to be looming, he is still more
willing to make excuses for his hero than to believe me.
He would rather believe that Coldwell's accusations were based on
anonymous misinformation than to entertain the notion that
Coldwell would create a body of vicious lies about me.
how the fan struggles to rationalize Coldwell's hepatitis C
claim, which is one of the larger holes in Lenny's backstory. Most of Coldwell's narratives leave no doubt that he is claiming to have cured his mom of Hep C back when he was a young lad. This snippet, from his July 17, 2014, screed about fighting the good fight against the forces of evil, is typical:
By the way, here's a screen shot of some info I
came across regarding Coldwell's very awkwardly named
"Foundation for Drug and Crime Free Schools and Health for
Children," in which he nobly claims to have put all profits
from his "books etc." because "I do not want to
make money on the suffering of ill people." Uh-huh. Actually
in most of his hundreds of boasts about the
"Foundation" he calls it the "Foundation for Crime
and Drug Free Schools and Health for Children" (instead of Drug and Crime Free). But I quibble. I doubt that the "Foundation"
is active at all, but in any case it seems to have had its exempt
Regarding some of the examples my correspondent
listed in his second message to me, quoted above: In Part 4 of this series I did
not cover the work of Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer (inventor
of Germanic New Medicine, née German New Medicine and New
Medicine). Nor did I mention Essiac
tea, or vitamin B17 (laetrile). For
that matter, I didn't mention someone else whom Coldwell has
cited and my correspondent failed to mention: the late Royal
Raymond Rife (1888-1971), who, not surprisingly,
blamed a "conspiracy" by the med establishment for the
rejection of his work. I did, however, discuss Burzynski and
Gerson therapy. As I noted on that post, my list was hardly
comprehensive. Hamer, Essiac tea and B17 are additional examples
of unproven practitioners and protocols, contrary to the
claims of the fan quoted above. All have been disputed by the
medical establishment but, I should also note, they have not been
Based upon correspondence he shared privately, Bernie
at GINtruth went through much the same
type of exchange with this same Coldwell fan via private message,
civilly and patiently explaining to him that contrary to
Coldwell's false accusations, Bernie did NOT hack into Coldwell's
web site(s), and Bernie is NOT a cyberbully, and Bernie is most
certainly NOT a child molester. As was the case with me, the
person seemed to become marginally more conciliatory as the
conversation with Bernie progressed, but it appears that he never
went so far as to accept the possibility that Coldwell was lying.
The fan finally told Bernie that Coldwell had made the accusation
about child molestation only because Coldwell's buddy and business partner Abe Husein had told Coldwell that Bernie had been
caught raping a child.
Bernie and Abe have had their differences, but I'm pretty sure
Abe never said anything like that, and I actually thought that
Abe wouldn't appreciate his pal Coldwell using his name in that
way. Turns out Abe doesn't care, though; when I mentioned it to
him on Facebook recently he said he never pays attention to
negative things people say or write about him. He added, "To
be honest, I don't think that is DR C posting those things from
his profile." Uh-huh.
Long before the latest cycle of Coldwell lies, I noticed a
pattern in fans' attempts to rationalize his erratic (to say the
least) behavior. For instance, there was this fan's defense,
which was part of a November 2012 conversation about the infamous Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina police report and Coldwell's rants about me
being a disease-infested former prostitute who is on Big Pharma's
Dr. C is an emotional man. He loves
strongly and when he is unhappy he doesn't pull any punches.
I think he is honest and I appreciate that. Besides, most of
the time he has the nerve to SAY what we are all thinking
anyway but are too nicey-nicey to say out loud.
"An emotional man"... so that's what the
kids are calling "bat sh-t crazy" these days. This person had privately told me that she did
not believe Coldwell's accusations that I am a former prostitute.
Yet she continued to defend him and even told me privately that
he is a great man who has accomplished far more than I ever will.
She also egged him on in the early days when he was threatening
to sue me for trying to "destroy" his business. Even
so, I have seen recent indicators that she is not nearly as
enamored of him as she once was; I heard buzz that he eventually
alienated her with some crude sexual remarks on Facebook. He has
a way of alienating people on his own, sooner or later, with no
help from the critics.
Once again I've probably belabored the point, that point being
that a handful of people continue to enable Coldwell and support
him even as he becomes more erratic. Some who seem to be fighting
their own inner doubts about him chalk his lunatic
statements up to an honest misunderstanding on his part, or they
speculate that Coldwell was simply given bad information, or they
theorize that his crazy posts were written by someone else -- an
assistant, perhaps, or a hacker... you know, the usual suspects.
Those are the excuses Coldwell himself has used on more than one
occasion when directly accused of writing something particularly
stupid. And when need be, his fans and friends are only too happy
to hoist the banner of external blame. It's always someone else's
fault. There are so many forces working against this brave and heroic man.
Is it love... or just cognitive dissonance?
Though Coldwell may sometimes seem to represent an extraordinary
type of evil, it could be argued that he is just a garden variety
psychopath who has found a few themes that resonate with certain
types of people: the alt-health hero v. the medical establishment
shtick, the loathsome "the Jews run the world" meme, and various other conspiracy-related motifs. Whether
he's extraordinary or garden-variety, there's really nothing so
extraordinary about the reactions of some of his fans to
criticism about their hero.
Excuse-making, or rationalization, is pretty typical
human behavior, and we all do it at one
time or another -- either on our own behalf or on someone else's -- to make life a little less painful. For instance,
we often do it when we're in the painful process of letting go of
some cherished belief. When we are obliged to reevaluate a belief
or a person or a situation to which we've grown attached,
rationalization shields us, for a while, anyway, from painful
Of course for some people (and some governments, for that
matter), excuse making is not part of a painful process; it's
just part of doing business and protecting one's income stream,
power, or both. It is nothing more or less than cynical propagandizing and disinformation in
order to keep the followers (or the citizens) in line.
But I'm more interested in what is going on with the people who
are genuinely struggling with "letting go." This means I'm more
interested in the Coldwell fans who seem like genuinely nice
people struggling with doubts than I am in the cronies and business
partners whose behavior indicates, at best, a gaping hole where their conscience or moral compass should be.
been written about the human tendency to defend people or beliefs
in the face of mounting evidence that they are defending the
indefensible. The gurus being defended may beam and say this
behavior is an expression of abject love (in contrast to the
"hate" being expressed by critics), but it is anything
but love. At best it is evidence that the gurus' cultish mind-control
tactics are working.
This excerpt from the online Skeptic's Dictionary entry on cognitive dissonance seems appropriate here. In this instance the writer was
referring to the followers of a 1950s UFO cult leader, but much
of this applies to other "public figures" such as
Coldwell or anyone else who somehow manages to create a devoted
With this kind of irrational thinking,
it may seem pointless to produce evidence to try to persuade
people of the error of their ways. Their belief is not based
on evidence, but on devotion to a person
[emphasis mine. ~CC]. That devotion can be so great
that even the most despicable behavior by one's prophet can
be rationalized. There are many examples of people so devoted
to another that they will rationalize or ignore extreme
mental and physical abuse by their cult leader (or spouse or boyfriend). If the basis
for a person's belief is irrational faith grounded in
devotion to a powerful personality, then the only option that
person has when confronted with evidence that should
undermine her faith would seem to be to continue to be
irrational, unless her faith was not that strong to begin
with. The interesting question, then, is not about cognitive
dissonance but about faith.
And in the end, that's what really fuels
Coldwell's sputtering career: the faith of his followers. To
argue with the most deeply faithful is indeed an exercise in
futility. It is not my job, nor is it yours, to try to convince
them that their noses are up the wrong behind. They will have to
find their own way out of that situation.
Coldwell is his own worst enemy
Coldwell has falsely and repeatedly accused critics of conspiring to destroy his "grounds of
business" and seriously cutting
into his income. The truth, as discussed on this blog numerous
times, is that his income was cut into in a major way when he was
fired from Kevin Trudeau's major scam, the Global Information
Network (GIN), from which Coldwell profited handsomely for a few
years. He was a paid GIN speaker,
receiving automatic payments of nearly $17,000 a month,
plus he had a downline that he reportedly worked quite
aggressively. Here's a little thing from 2011:
Coldwell still hasn't really recovered from his divorce from GIN
and Trudeau, although he has made a second career of
"exposing" Trudeau's scams and pretending that he was
duped just like everyone else.
Beyond his propensity for getting involved in failed scams,
Leonard Coldwell is and apparently always has been his own worst
enemy, which is just another way of saying that his public
behavior and statements make him look far worse than anything any
blogger or other critic has ever written or said about him. Virtually everything he
says or writes makes him look stupid, scammy, crazy, gullible, or (at
He continues to push his
iffy health "advice" as well
as every conspiracy meme going around the Net, particularly those
that have to do with the New World Order, Obama and the allegations of
"false flag" events. When he
can combine alt-health crackpottery and New World Order paranoia
into one meme he is truly in his element, and the deeply disturbing Ebola outbreak in Africa seems to be providing a prime opportunity for just
that. In some of his rants Coldwell has promoted the tale that
Ebola was an invention of the NWO and is being brought to the
U.S. by Obama in order to weaken the population so that it will
be easier to herd Americans into FEMA camps... or something like
that. His other pet theory is that Ebola was invented by the big
drug companies so they could make a fortune selling vaccines...
or something like that.
Fortunately there is colloidal silver to help get the nasty
Ebolas out of your system, although in a recent blog entry Coldwell copied and pasted an
article from a guy who says silver is useless for Ebola. Here's some Coldwellian healing advice from August 9:
Coldwell is also promoting his buddy "Dr. Rima's" colloidal silver
frauducts. "Dr. Rima," who
sells something called NanoSilver, is another person who claims
to be the victim of a "rampage of disinformation to keep you
in the dark about natural ways to dispose of dangerous microbes
without damaging your beneficial bacteria."
If you're interested in more scientific
information, here is a good blog post from 2009, which talks about
colloidal silver and other forms of medicinal silver, and
mentions Ebola in passing.
A couple of days after the Ebola silver
silliness, Coldwell weighed in on the tragic suicide of the much-loved actor and comedian
Robin Williams. This time Ebola and
Obama weren't the culprits; it was Red Bull with aspartame, suggested Lenny.
Many very bad-taste things have been said and written about
Williams in the wake of his death, and I was expecting Coldwell
to bring his own unsavory dish to the bad-taste potluck. He did
not disappoint, although I will give him this: on the bad-taste
meter his statements really couldn't measure up to Rush Limbaugh's idiotic insinuation that Williams'
profound depression was due to his "leftist attitude," or with the piece on the conspiracy site World Nut Daily that strongly insinuated Williams died because he
deliberately let the devil in to aid his art... or something like
that. But what Coldwell's statement lacked in horrendous taste,
it more than made up for in stupidity, for Coldwell seems to have
confused Robin Williams with the Brit
singer Robbie Williams, who is very
much alive and well, and he insinuated that Robin
Williams died because he was addicted to Red Bull with aspartame.
is Bernie's post about Coldwell's blunder.
I suppose it was in poor taste for
Coldwell to use Williams' death as an opportunity to flog his
buddy "Dr." Betty Martini's obsessive crusade against
aspartame, but the stupidity factor
outweighed the poor-taste factor this time. Beyond the major
gaffe of getting the two men's identities confused, Coldwell
seems not to have read the specific article he linked to very carefully. That piece, apparently written some
time in 2009, was all about Robbie-Williams-the-singer making a
comeback after some very tough times. There was one passing
mention of Red Bull, in the context of a paragraph about
Robbie having checked into rehab in the U.S. in 2007.
According to the article, there was speculation but no
substantiation that Robbie was "addicted to Red Bull and
coffee." (By his own account, his real addictions were to more serious substances, such as prescription pain pills.) Moreover, there was no
mention of aspartame in the article Coldwell cited. Perhaps
Coldwell is unaware that not all Red Bull contains aspartame anyway; only the Sugarfree and Total Zero Calorie versions
do, and the article contained no speculation about whether Robbie
Williams preferred sugar-free or no-cal to the sugary version.
Granted, Lenny wasn't the only person who had a
little bit of identity confusion between the two R. Williamses. Others did as well. On the
other hand, the vast majority of those folks were just ordinary
people, not highly-educated, all-knowing miracle healers and
health experts as Lenny claims to be. As Bernie
wrote in his GINtruth blog post about Coldwell's comical mixup:
Sure, the names are similar, but the
least you can do when you claim to be a
multi-talented-cure-all-lying-piece-of-crap, is check your
facts before posting them on the world wide web for everyone
to clearly see just how much of a complete and utter moron
you really are!
You just can't [be] much more stupid, not to mention shallow
in trying to capitalise on someone's misery.
That's about the size of it. But I suppose that
this whole identity confusion thing is not really that
surprising, since Coldwell has a problem keeping people's
identities straight. For a long time he thought (and may still
think) that my friend Julie Daniel and I are the same person. He
thought that blogger and book author Alexandra Nouri was Bernie, and then later decided Alexandra is I. He
seems firmly convinced that someone named "Tina S" is I
(more on that below). He thought my friend Tim Donohoe was Salty
Droid. And perhaps most comically of all, he thought Jason "Salty Droid" Jones and Omri
Shabat are the same person, took both
of them to court as such, and, after his own lawyer quit the sham case and Lenny couldn't (or didn't even try) to get another
one, he failed miserably. Mistaken
identity seems to be one of Coldwell's stocks in trade.
Another Coldwell fave is to dig up old and debunked alarmist
Internet memes and recycle them as something totally new. Lots of
ignorant people do that, though, so he is in good company. For
instance, on August 16, 2014, he posted this on his
misinfotainment hub on Facebook, "The Only Answer to Cancer":
You'll notice that the writing in the post above is much more
literate than the usual Lenny offering. That's because he (or possibly one
of his dimwitted admins acting with his approval) copied
and pasted from this site -- despite
the fact that much of the "information" had been declared a hoax a couple of years ago.
Then there's this
snippet of a 2012 interview -- brought to you by a clown who
calls himself the Cosmic Cowboy of Internet Radio -- in which the
bad Mocktor waxes icky about sex and so forth. We're so uptight in America, he says, as indicated by
the fact that families -- mommies and daddies and little kiddos
-- don't all bathe nekkid together like they do in Germany and
other parts of Europe and other places in the world. "If
Germany is such a paradise of freedom and enlightened attitudes,
why doesn't the little perv just go back there and stay?"
you may be asking. I don't really have an answer to that.
I think you get the point, although I'll be more than happy to
belabor this one too, for the sheer bloody fun of it. Apropos of
that, we'll have a couple more Coldwell stupidities later on in
this post. The point here is that Coldwell's public writings,
videos, and speeches about... well, anything he talks about...
make him look profoundly unprofessional, to say the least. And his methods of handling criticism and critics make him look even worse, if that's possible. Rather than
ignoring his critics, as most Scamworld players do (though certainly not all -- more on that in a moment too), he goes after them in clumsy, comical,
deranged and even illegal ways.
And the more he tries to prove how legitimate he is, the more
apparent his phoniness becomes, and the stupider he makes himself
appear. His train wreck of a Bio site is a
recent case in point, and it appears he has no intention of
stopping there, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that the
site got its little wings cut due to numerous complaints about the defamatory and legally actionable lies he had published. [Update, September 2014: Here's a newer and more positively focused, but still train-wreckish and comical, online attempt to vindicate Lenny: the Dr. Leonard Coldwell Hugs site. I wonder how many people quoted and pictured on that site now shudder at the thought that they will be linked to him in perpetuity via those online train wrecks.]
Honk if you're horny
Some interesting emails were sent out last week. On August 12,
2014, Bernie received an email with the following header:
From: gonnie schmid <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On the same day I also received an email from
someone going by the name "Tina S" -- which she told me
is not her real name. Naturally I was interested, because on July
15 Coldwell had posted that he was getting emails from
"Tina S," and he falsely insisted she was I; he made this claim in the context of his equally false
accusations that I had been sexually harassing him by email and
Date: 12 August 2014 08:38:36 GMT+9
To: Bernard O'Mahony
Subject: wow the info on www.hornyconnie.com
is unbelievable all of your guys past dirt on there
In her email to me, "Tina" mentioned that Coldwell had
apparently confused our respective identities, and she admitted
that she had emailed him. But it wasn't to sexually
harass him (I know, I'm as shocked as you are). Tina said she
wrote to him about "the ethics (or lack thereof) of his
anti-vaccination posts seen by his gullible audience."
She also wanted to let me know that she had
received an email with the subject line: "Just saw the
content of www hornyconnie dot com Wow I cant [sic] believe
it." When I responded to "Tina" I asked her where the email
came from, and she said it came from hornyconny at gmail dot com
-- the same party who'd sent Bernie the email. She added:
I only recently heard about Leonard
Coldwell and his antics. A colleague of mine posted a video
of his on our work's communication platform. It was meant to
give everyone a laugh (which it did!!). After watching the
video, I became curious as to who this guy was and a bit of
searching brought me to your blog (along with GIN Truth,
Glancing Web, and Salty Droid).
Tina also wrote that having studied microbiology
and having worked as a microbiologist, she finds Coldwell's
attacks on vaccination to be disgusting, especially since he has
the power to influence his followers, who seem to take his words
at face value.
Currently there is no content on the new site, which was only registered on August 5, 2014; it was registered via Domains By Proxy, LLC, and the
registrant's name is private. The site is being parked on
GoDaddy, and presumably because of the word "horny" in the
domain, the adbots assume that it is destined to be a porn site.
Beyond the fact that the emails about this new site seem to have
been targeted at Bernie and at someone that Coldwell thought and
may still think is I ("Tina S"), there are several solid reasons to believe
Coldwell is behind this, despite his web person's suggestions to
the contrary in a private conversation we had last week. She
seemed to be trying to be genuinely helpful but my very strong
sense is that Coldwell is not above lying to her or keeping things from her, even though he
claims to be her friend.
In any case I am watching the new site and have reported it for
potential abuse. If whoever created and is promoting this site
actually intended for it to aid Coldwell in any way, the effort
is already dead in the water. And until and unless I have
credible proof to the contrary I will simply believe that this is
one more stupid (and painfully immature) misfire from little Lenny Coldwell, or someone close to him.
So... stupid, yes. But is he
Coldwell has demonstrated repeatedly that he is a ridiculous
little man, but some have suggested he is also dangerous. Whether
he is or not is a matter for debate. I think that he personally
is a coward, but he has also demonstrated a desire to incite
others to violence on his behalf, and I have certainly taken that
into consideration. Some of the threatening things his fans said
about me in response to Coldwell's false accusations that I poisoned his dog gave me pause for thought.
Prior to that, I had heard from sources once close to Lenny that
he has been known to make disturbing threats about hiring a
"hit man" to take care of anyone who betrayed certain
confidences. Whether this was all bluff and bluster or not, I
couldn't tell you, but the people from whom I got this
information seemed to take it seriously enough. Salty Droid
Coldwell directly about the hit man allegations (and numerous
other allegations as well), but never
received a response.
Apart from an apparently volatile temper and disturbing reports about his personal behavior, some people simply think that Coldwell
and his alt-health colleagues are dangerous and should be stopped
because they may keep people from seeking conventional treatment
for cancer and other devastating diseases. However, as may be
apparent from my explanation in Part 4 about my
"middle of the road" views on these issues, I do not
agree with this stance.
Beyond anecdotal evidence, I think it is very difficult if not
impossible to truly quantify, on any reasonably large scale, any
damage done when people opt for natural "cures" in lieu
of conventional medicine. It seems to me that there are simply
too many variables; every case and every person is different.
Some people die of their cancer even when they choose
conventional cancer treatments, and no doubt some live when
choosing "alternative" or no treatments. I imagine that
the reverse is also true; some die when they eschew or delay
conventional treatment in favor of alternatives.
Accordingly, I do not advocate the banning or criminalization of
all "natural cures" advice, no matter how wacky that
advice may seem, nor do I advocate banning the
"natural" methods themselves. To me such bans would
constitute an untenable restriction on people's freedom to make
up their own minds about their personal health. Of course, this
does not mean I endorse Coldwell or other quack-titioners; again,
see Part 4, under "The lure
of the black-or-white."
Does Coldwell really matter?
Part of the argument about whether Coldwell is dangerous or
destructive rests on the question of whether or not he really
matters in the grand scheme of things. After all, it could be
argued that his most deranged rants over the past couple of years
have been on Facebook, to a relatively small audience. If he
doesn't have a very broad reach, how dangerous can he really be?
And notwithstanding Coldwell's own tales about daily death
threats and running from guns and car bombs, you can get an idea
of his insignificance in the grandscape by considering the fact
that so far, the skeptical organizations/publications (like Skeptical
Inquirer) and the respected science-based medicine bloggers
(like Orac, aka Dr. David Gorski, at "Respectful
Insolence") have not bothered to write about him. But they
have tackled other quacks -- particularly, in the instance of
Orac, cancer quacks. (There is a discussion about
Coldwell on "Respectful Insolence," but a reader
started it on one of Orac's posts about other cancer quacks. (The Coldwell part begins here.))
And yet... although not the world-renowned,
superheroic self-help and alt-health guru he claims to be, Coldwell
does have a considerably broader reach than Facebook. He's on
just about every conspiracy-nut, fear-mongering radio show on the
Internet, though apparently the big guy, Alex Jones of InfoWars, has refused to have him as a
guest. However, his being butt-hurt
over being rejected by Alex didn't seem to have discouraged him
from promoting Alex's wacko conspiracy theories about the recent
-- and long overdue -- indictment of Texas' doltish governor, Rick Perry on two
felony charges. I have a feeling
nothing will come of the indictment, given the fact that Republican politicians (particularly in Texas) seem to
find a way to squirm out of trouble,
but the news was welcome to many anyway, though obviously not to
Lenny and his little conspiracy nut-buds. This is from August 16:
(For those of you who need a bit of digression or
want some background info on Rick Perry's past atrocities, this October 2011 Rolling Stone article is a
great place to begin. And if you want
to get caught up on exactly what the Perry indictments are about,
this rather optimistic (for those who dislike Perry)
piece from HuffPost should prove helpful.)
Hosts and workshop leaders who present themselves as resources
for "alternative" health information seem particularly
susceptible to Coldwell's dubious charms, a case in point being
these two UK ladies, who recently played host to nearly an hour of Coldwell
blathering that tumors are good and
that mainstream cancer docs just cut people open in order to give
them more cancer and make as much money as possible from them
before killing them. And then there's "Dr. Livet" in
Trinidad, a former computer programmer whose real name is Uchenna
recently (April 2014) had a health-misinfo expo that featured
Lenny as a keynoter.And of course he is polluting YouTube as well,
boasting about his videos with their cumulative millions of
So Facebook is only a small part of Coldwell's outreach efforts.
With or without the aid and support of Alex Jones, Coldwell seems
to be doing a pretty effective job of playing to crowds who are
all too willing to believe in every kind of conspiracy, including
and especially the organized conspiracy against natural-cure
advocates. The desperate, the bored, and the easily fooled
eagerly embrace Coldwell's narratives that Big Pharma and the
cancer industry have conspired to destroy his reputation and even
kill him. And although some of his crazier fans might be
dangerous, I would like to think that most are probably harmless. "Psychopaths are for
the most part lazy," another blogger told me on the phone
not long ago. And this person should know, having dealt with
numerous psycho threats over years of blogging.
That said, I believe Coldwell still has the potential to
do harm in several ways, by spreading misinformation or
deliberate lies, as well as by abusing his position of
"authority," such as it is, e.g., taking advantage in various ways of vulnerable people.
Moreover, because he has failed so often in his
attempts to silence his critics, he also seems to be growing increasingly desperate and arguably more dangerous in
that area. On a larger scale, the
attempts by alt-health gurus and other hucksters to use the legal
system to silence critics is potentially a matter of concern and
could have a chilling effect on the freedom of expression that
many of these gurus claim to cherish. Just a few examples: Scientology... Landmark Forum... Tony Robbins... Bill Harris of Holosync infamy...
and -- bringing it back to Lenny's field, sort of -- Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski (in Part 4 I wrote in more detail
about Dr. B's threats to his critics). It's not a sign of a
persecution complex (another matter discussed in the previous installment) to
acknowledge that in many cases the critics are under a more
serious threat than those they criticize. (For those who are
interested, here's a resource about SLAPP
(strategic lawsuits against public participation) issues.)
Whether Coldwell himself is dangerous or not, though, he is
indisputably silly, and lately seems to have ramped up the
silliness with a vision of starting his own "sovereign
nation." This could either remain silly or become dangerous,
depending upon how many people Coldwell can ultimately persuade
to follow him on his fool's errand. I give you...
Lennyland: Big dreams of
|Thanks to my delightful and talented pal|
Jonathan Woodliff for this pic.
"When you build upon a scam/With a not-doc who's a
I will leave it to you to fill in the rest of the lyrics, to the
tune of "When You Wish Upon A Star." On a Facebook thread initiated on or about August 9,
2014, Leonard Coldwell announced his vision for a new sovereign
nation -- presumably somewhere in North Carolina if he can
procure the land, with possible plans to move it overseas at some
point. As usual, his garbled writing fails to make it clear.
Does anyone know what happened to the 130-plus
acres that Coldwell claimed to have purchased in South Carolina
last year? He made such a big fuss about it in April 2013, even stating that it would be its own town.
We are working on Town-rights and will
have our own elected Sheriff etc. The first step towards
liberty and freedom. And NO restrictions on what kind of
treatment we apply here!
On a later comment on the same thread Coldwell
wrote, "All my friends in the Health world will give
seminars and possibly treatments there." (Eeeewww.)
But then after that... nothing. I followed up a few months later
on one of Abe Husein's Facebook pages where Abe had shared the
news of the "purchase." I asked whatever happened to
the 130-acre "health resort," but my question was
ignored and soon deleted.
And now we have Lenny's newest and arguably larger vision -- an
entire sovereign nation, y'all! -- with a whole new,
though no doubt considerably smaller, gang of idiots to support
it. Lenny used to blather on about Kevin Trudeau being a cult
leader and GIN a cult in the making, and Trudeau having visions
of Jonestown. Look who's talking.
It's amusing that Coldwell gripes about America being Orwellian,
when he talks about his own vision of a "new Nation built on
love and honor..." In that context I think of Coldwell's
homophobic, misogynistic, anti-Semitic vitriol, not to mention
his history of pathological lying, and his fierce attempts to
disguise his past and many of his present activities; if those
are examples of "love and honor," then all I can say
is: Newspeak, anyone?
Apparently in support of his new-old vision, Coldwell has
returned to one of his favorite themes: the powerlessness of the
Federal government and the sovereignty of any nutjob who declares
himself or herself to be a sovereign citizen. The screen shot
below is from August 17, 2014. Note how one of Coldwell's fans, Gloria,
apparently suffering from a bad case of Jeezus fever, advises
that everybody needs to rebuke Stan. Who is Stan, and what did he
do that deserves rebuking? Gloria, by the way, is one who was very supportive of the idea of my being hunted down and poisoned in punishment for allegedly poisoning Coldwell's dog. Duly noted and recorded.
For a more detailed review of Lenny's sovereignty obsession, see this March 2013 Whirled post, as well as this one from February of the same year (under "And let's not even get into the
fear-mongering, gun-nuttery, and krazy conspiracy
Coldwell is not the first person in history to
have grand visions of an ideal community. At best, his vision
will fail to get off the ground and he'll just go on to his next
daft idea. It may not even get so far as an actual land purchase
-- unlike the potentially disturbing camp/resort/change-the-world
thingy that the leaders of the cultish sex-and-money org Access
Consciousness seem to be creating in Costa Rica (see "Update 21 August" towards the end of this
2013 post). If it gets off the ground
at all, Lennyland will probably end up in the scrap heap of failed utopias. Let's just hope there are no mass suicides or murders.
Why I have spent so much time
writing about Leonard Coldwell
(in case you're
Though Coldwell has at various times lied that I am a disease-ridden ex-hooker being paid by Big Pharma
to discredit him, and (more recently) that I am sexually obsessed with him and write about him
only because I am angry that he "rejected" me, the real story is not nearly as satisfyingly lurid as
his versions. Many of you know this part already, so feel free to
skip it. But as is the case with all of my purely intentional
redundancies of late, this is mainly for those who are new, or
just want to review.
As I've noted many times before, Coldwell only came on my radar
in the first place because he was associated with one of my frequent blog subjects, Kevin Trudeau. I was writing about what a scammer Trudeau is and what
a scam GIN was years ago, back when Coldwell (who later claimed
to have been harboring the knowledge of Trudeau's scamminess for
at least a year before he was kicked out of GIN) was still
happily chewing on the GIN teat and trying to lure thousands of
others into his GIN downline. Coldwell caught my eye not only
because of his association with Trudeau but also because of the
wild claims on his web sites and videos. He would have remained
nothing more to me than a clownish sideshow to Trudeau's big
circus, and more than likely I would have stopped at my initial (May 2012) post about him, but for the fact that additional information continued
to surface about him. I didn't go looking for the information; it
came looking for me.
When Coldwell subsequently went on his manic lying rampages about
me (and about other critical bloggers) he secured a more
permanent spot in the critical blogosphere. That was his doing --
not mine. Not Salty's. Not Bernie's. Not Omri's. Not Big Pharma's
or the medical establishment's.
Coldwell brought it on himself.
I had actually laid off writing about him for a while, having
grown bored with recording his predictable, almost formulaic,
lunacies. Then in June of this year he put up that awful Bio web site with its
atrocious "Defamation" page (which, as mentioned, has
since been taken down). So I wrote about that. Shortly
afterward, perhaps in retaliation or perhaps it was just random
lunacy, Coldwell initiated the appalling dog-poisoning lie
about me, and anybody who expected me to remain silent in the
face of that atrocity clearly does not know me. Early on
in the dog-poisoning saga, when I was making haphazard attempts
to defend myself against Coldwell's accusations, one of
Coldwell's fans told me I needed to get over myself. "I
don't give a sh-t about you, I just care about the dog," he
wrote to me. Others had similar responses: "This isn't about
you, it's about the dog."
Well, no. It could have been just about the dog, but
Coldwell, displaying a characteristic combination of derangement
and possibly drunkenness, invited me to the party. After
a little over a week of histrionics he appeared to be acting as if the party was over and
the lights were out, the implication
being that I should just go home and shut up.
But I will not shut up -- and I am not going anywhere. I am
home -- perfectly at home -- on this Whirled.
I will keep on writing, and you can be assured that I will keep
striking back with words when I am hit -- even if it makes me
appear obsessive. I will carefully and patiently record the
lunacies and will report them to the appropriate parties as
Though I have gone on so much about myself for the past few weeks
-- even more than usual, if that's possible -- I know that this is and always has
been about more than one frequently self-centered (I admit it)
hobby blogger. The lies Coldwell has told about me are but a
small part of a larger and much uglier picture. So I will
continue to ask questions about him and, for that matter, about
any other Scamworld guru who strikes me as silly, stupid, crazy,
dangerous, or all of the above. I will continue to share
information and opinions as appropriate. I will continue to be
part of the conversation.
My stories may never be as good or as entertaining as Coldwell's.
But all things considered, they always have been and always will
be far more truthful than his. And for the most part, that's good
enough for me.
The rest of the story...
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