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Everything We Know About The Finders

Correcting the record on this fascinating social movement
Finder Tobe Terrell (right) conducts a press conference in Washington, D.C.

Finder Tobe Terrell (right) conducts a press conference in Washington, D.C.

The Finders was a social movement based in and around Washington, D.C. from the early 1970s until their founder, Marion D. Pettie, passed away in 2003. It was known in the capital's countercultural scene, and among people tuned into alternative lifestyles worldwide, but for the most part remained obscure until 1987, when police in Tallahassee, Florida, mistook the group's members for a band of child-abusing Satanists. The mistake was cleared up eventually, but the damage was done and the group became the subject of absurd conspiracy theories that have persisted to this day.

This fascinating group deserves to be examined beyond the lurid headlines.

Check back to this space for Failed State Update's original coverage of Marion D. Pettie and his fellow travelers.

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