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JoePosted: Sep 14, 2012 - 11:20

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FRANKLIN COUNTY • For years, Jeffrey Weinhaus preached across two states that a cabal of communists, Freemasons and devil-worshippers had long ago taken over his United States of America.

On his YouTube channel last month, Weinhaus called for the forceful overthrow of local officials if they did not step down by Sept. 17.

But Weinhaus was the lone casualty in his revolution after a series of events that ended Tuesday with his critical wounding by the police he despised.

In a newsletter called the Bulletin distributed in Jefferson County in the 1990s, then on a website and finally in stream-of-conscious video diatribes on YouTube, Weinhaus, know as Bulletinman, railed against police, lawyers and judges as evil agents of a false government.

Some dismissed Weinhaus, 46, as a harmless showman, or derided him as a lunatic, but he had advertisers and thousands of readers. More than 3,000 people viewed the video ultimatum to local authorities he posted Aug. 16.

"What I've been trying to lay down over the last 16 years is my right to go in there and blast you (expletive) out of there if we have to," he said. "You're going down one way or another."

Soon after he posted the threatening video, Missouri Highway patrolmen seized Weinhaus' computers from his home in Franklin County, sending him into a frenzy. Police would not say why they took the computers.

In his most recent video, posted Sunday, Weinhaus said his third wife had kicked him out and that he was "totally out of my mind, totally clinically insane."

He reiterated his threat to authorities. "You know, I showed remarkable restraint the other evening. And I actually believe the Highway Patrol tried to set me up into firing at them. I mean, they left my gun chambered and safety off."

On Tuesday, two officers with the Missouri Highway Patrol's drug and crime division arranged to meet Weinhaus at a gas station on Highway K near St. Clair. The station was near Weinhaus' residence, police say.

Police had a warrant for his arrest from Franklin County for two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of tampering with a judicial officer. Bail was set at $50,000.

A news release issued Wednesday morning by Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum gave the following account of what happened on the parking lot:

The patrol troopers saw that Weinhaus wore a holster on his side with a pistol in it. The troopers ordered Weinhaus to move his hands away from the pistol, but Weinhaus instead "unstrapped the holster and began to draw the weapon," the patrol said. "Fearing for their safety, the troopers fired at and struck Weinhaus. After securing Weinhaus, the troopers provided medical assistance until the arrival of emergency medical services personnel."

Weinhaus was hit at least twice, police say. Weinhaus was flown to Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur in critical condition. On Wednesday morning, Nothum said Weinhaus remains hospitalized.


Spewing vitriol at the government is how Weinhaus has made a living.

He got his start in radio by selling advertisements and spinning records for KHAD in De Soto, and later worked for stations in Sullivan and Owensville. He started the Bulletin in August 1996 in Jefferson County to rail against a used-car salesman who, Weinhaus claimed, had given him a raw deal.

"We are no longer free," he wrote in a November 1998 edition of the Bulletin. "The average American pays 30 percent tax, and most countries revolt at 20 percent. The EPA, IRS and just about any other gov't entity can take your property on a whim. DFS can take your kids. Order flows from the top down. It all starts with GOD. Revolution comes from the bottom up. Everything is fine for now; just wait until all the computers go down in about 380 more days. Have a GREAT DAY, JESUS IS THE ANSWER."

Back then, even some of the people he regularly lambasted said they couldn't resist reading the latest issue.

"I'll be quite honest; I do read it," Jefferson County Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer said in 1998. "Very often I disagree with what he has to say, but I find it so humorous. He is so blatant in what he is talking about. But he brings out some good points and says things people aren't willing to say sometimes."

In 1998, Weinhaus moved to St. Francois County to run a holiday lights extravaganza. He also ran for sheriff on a corruption-busting platform but lost to the incumbent, Dan Bullock. The attacks on Bullock did not cease in the Bulletin.

"His paper said I was a communist," Bullock said in 2001. "And it said I'm not really a bad guy, just stupid, and that I don't know any better."

Meanwhile, Weinhaus hosted rave parties and concerts at his property in the offseason, which were attended by thousands.

Weinhaus' neighbors organized into a group called Citizens Against Raves in 2001. A judge banned Weinhaus from holding more raves. But he held one anyway -- to raise money for his legal defense -- and was ordered to jail.

Weinhaus said he planned to sue just about everyone when he got out.

"The only other recourse I have is to shoot people, but that's not the way," he told a reporter. "Jesus said to choose life."

Weinhaus kept up his firebrand ways for a decade, making enemies across southern St. Louis hinterlands in Missouri and Illinois.

Last week, Weinhaus emailed several people he knew with an "emergency writ of replevin," a lawsuit against the corrupt "special maritime and territorial jurisdiction" that had been his country. He bragged that the Bulletin had been published "now over 5,720 days without a lawsuit and only 53 days in jail."

He warned police to return his computers. "As always, time is of the essence," he said.
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JoePosted: Sep 14, 2012 - 13:39

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A articel about this guy from 2001
When Jeffrey R. Weinhaus gets out of the St. Francois County Jail today, he'll be looking for a new place to live. He's used to it.

Many people are counting the hours until he's gone. He's used to that, too.

Three years ago, Weinhaus retreated to the woods of St. Francois County to run a drive-through holiday-lights extravaganza called J.C.'s Christmas In Lights after his frenetic and free newspaper trashed so many people in Jefferson County.

In Weinhaus' world view, politicians are commies, cops are the SS, lawyers are godless pagans and Jesus is coming. High on his list of conspiracy theories is that America is enslaved by a satanic cabal of banks, oil companies and Freemasons.

His newspapers -- the Bulletin and its successor, the Provocateur -- are mostly stream-of-consciousness diatribes he writes in a single session. His views have earned the 35-year-old publisher his share of enemies, but also 10,000 readers and a loyal cadre of advertisers.

Over three years in his new county, the Festus native made enemies in places high and low. Now he's serving a month in jail for contempt of court. He's also reached an agreement with his landlord to leave by Dec. 31.

"They all want to see me get on down the road, " Weinhaus said in a jailhouse interview this week. "So I'm going."

The more Weinhaus saw of St. Francois County government, the less he liked.

Hours before the candidate filing deadline last year, Weinhaus entered the race for sheriff as the Republican candidate. He adopted an upside-down elephant as his logo. His platform: to expose corruption within the county.

Consequently, the Provocateur started paying more attention to public affairs in St. Francois County.

"His paper said I was a communist, " said the incumbent sheriff, Dan Bullock. "And it said I'm not really a bad guy, just stupid, and that I don't know any better."

Bullock beat Weinhaus by about 10,000 votes.

Weinhaus, believing he was the true winner, filed an "emergency request for injunctive relief" the morning after, asking the court to remove County Clerk Sandra Wells as chief election official for the county. A judge denied the motion. A few weeks later, Weinhaus demanded the ouster of Bullock and a judge. Those were denied, too.

People in St. Francois County started to take notice of Weinhaus, said Tom Burcham, a lawyer from Farmington, Mo.

The paper also had some things to say about Burcham, who last year was the Republican candidate for the Missouri House in the 106th District.

"He said I have horns growing out of my head, " Burcham said.

Burcham won his race, too.

Burcham noted the criticism didn't hurt his campaign. "It was suggested by many people that I sue him for libel, " Burcham said. "I'd rather see the guy get on with his life."


Weinhaus did just that this summer. J.C.'s Christmas of Lights was a holiday moneymaker but was closed 10 1/2 months a year. Weinhaus had an idea to use the property to bring in money year-round.

Weinhaus sold the property to a man in Imperial and signed a contract to manage the property. He built an outdoor stage and courted St. Louis-based party promoters to host rave festivals with techno music, which, for the uninitiated, is nonmelodic music composed of electronic tones and fast pulses.

Weinhaus knows something about music. He got his start in radio, selling ads and spinning records for KHAD in De Soto before moving on to stations in Sullivan and Owensville.

The first rave in April brought 1,700 teens and people in their 20s to Weinhaus' facility. Deejays were flown in from Los Angeles and New York. Weinhaus said he took advantage of the opportunity to talk to as many partyers as he could about Jesus Christ.

Mainstream Christians have it all wrong when it comes to spreading Jesus' word, Weinhaus said. Jesus called the sinners to repent. Thus Weinhaus' gospel: You don't find the sinners at Christian rock concerts and revivals. You find them at raves.

"I was selling bottled water at the concession stand, and I would give anyone a free water if they said, 'Jesus loves me, '" he said. "I had all these kids coming up and they're all high on ecstasy, and they're saying, 'Jesus loves me!'"

Word of the next party spread on the Internet, and 2,700 ravers showed up on May 5. The music and lights pulsating from the woods bothered a lot of neighbors.

Donna Black was curious to see what was going on and joined a neighbor to watch the party from a bluff overlooking the property.

She said she saw young kids dressed in outlandish get-ups, some sucking pacifiers, other wearing necklaces of candy. Was that boy wearing car-wash mitts? She couldn't be sure. What she could be sure of was that two boys and a girl were having sex in full view of other partyers.

Complaints poured into the police department, which had to scramble to do some research on raves, Bullock said.

The officers learned that ravers often use drugs to enhance their experience. Some of them suck pacifiers to keep from grinding their teeth while high on ecstasy, a psychedelic amphetamine which is to raves what Milwaukee's Best is to frat parties.

Officers were ready for the next party - billed as the Love Festival - on May 11. Fifty law enforcement officers from across the county appeared and set up roadblocks for safety checks. A dozen partygoers were arrested on alcohol- and drug-related charges. Just 1,200 ravers made it to the party; hundreds more were turned away.

By mid-May, Weinhaus' neighbors had organized into a group called Citizens Against Raves. In June, Senior Judge William Rader issued an injunction prohibiting Weinhaus from holding more raves. On Aug. 3, Weinhaus appeared at the courthouse in Farmington to ask Rader to lift the ban.

About 40 members of Citizens Against Raves were there. But so were 40 rave enthusiasts. They marched around the courthouse holding signs that showed their support for Weinhaus.

"I didn't recognize any of them as being local people here, " Bullock said. "They wore the clothes that they wore to the rave parties. I don't know exactly how to describe them. Some of them, especially the girls, wore skin-tight clothes and all different color hair and body piercings."

Inside the courtroom, the ravers sat to the right and the local people sat to the left. The judge said he would rule on Weinhaus' request within three days.

Weinhaus didn't wait that long. The next night, he held another party. Weinhaus said he did it to raise money for his legal defense. Deputies arrested him on the spot and charged him with disturbing the peace.

A month later, Rader sentenced him to six months in jail and two years of probation for violating his order not to hold any more parties. He suspended five months of the sentence.

In the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a billboard went up at Weinhaus' facility overlooking Highway 67. It said, "American Terrorists, 24th Judicial Circuit."

Weinhaus checked into St. Francois County Jail on Nov. 1. A few nights before checking in, Weinhaus said he planned to sue just about everyone when he got out.

"The other only recourse I have is to shoot people, but that's not the way, " he said. "Jesus said to choose life."

Rockport Entertainment Complex has been sold again, this time to another Imperial man who has already revived J.C.'s Christmas In Lights. The owner, Stan Jagow, plans family-friendly events next year, such as motorcycle shows, haunted houses and Christian rock concerts. But no raves.

When he's released from jail today, Weinhaus, his wife, Val, and his 2-month-old daughter, Trinity, will be forced to move. They have agreed to leave by the end of the year.

That suits Weinhaus, who said he is through with Missouri - for now.

"I'm moving to Illinois, " he said.
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