- Category : Occult-Fields-Psychic-Medium-Spiritualist
- Type : GE
- Profile : 3/6 - Martyr / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Vessel of Love 2
American Satanist who lived in a black cottage, had a black cat and entertained guests in a living room with a tombstone for a coffee table. At the height of his career in the early '70s, he was a sought-after and interesting public speaker and a psychic who was booked up for months ahead. His notoriety carried him to guest spots on such shows as Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin and even to lectures in churches and community groups. He is the author of a cookbook, "Witchery in the Kitchen."
The son of alcoholic parents, Ted was 18 when they died, leaving him to raise and support three younger siblings. He relates that his life unfolded easily and he got everything he wanted as long as he was subservient to the devil. He was just starting in witchcraft when the movie "Rosemary's Baby" was released. Then "The Exorcist" brought more publicity to his chosen field. As a practicing Satanist, he felt privileged to descend into drugs and alcohol. He dyed his hair white-blond and wore contact lens that were a brilliant azure, but in the early '80s, he began to feel that he was being a bad warlock. He was casting spells that were not part of a nature religion but were evil and causing harm. He said that "It was no longer a joke. I was beginning to believe in my power and all I wanted was fame and notoriety. I was close to not having any morals, values or standards."
Perhaps a strange view for a Satanist, but Ted's drinking was affecting his life badly and he was aging and feeling ill. He joined Alcoholics Anonymous. The meetings had a profound effect on him. He was still attending covens but the impression of God began to overwhelm his former beliefs.
After about a year of inner struggle, Ted gathered all his satanic paraphernalia and burned it. Scheduled for a radio interview, he phoned them and said, "Hi ho, the witch is dead."
Life became difficult. He worked as a janitor but went on disability when he became diabetic and suffered from thyroid problems. He wrote his autobiography and is trying to interest a publisher. He still does psychic readings but casts spells no longer. He wears a salt-and-pepper hairpiece on his bald head and looks like a rather pleasant average citizen, a bit heavy set. He says "I still believe in God and the devil. I've just changed sides."