EX-JW.com: Update

This website recently was updated and is continuing to be modified through major reconstruction and redesign. Many components of the site are changing that will make it easier to read and to update. Like so many other projects, due to time constraints and myriads of other projects that I am involved in, require me to split my available time. In this website’s case, I’ll have to do it in small bits and bites (and bytes) to accomplish everything. I am still getting familiar with all of the new features and processes involved with the theme and layout. You may notice some rather awkward-looking pages and layouts until I get it completed.

Please bear with me as I have a dozen other projects going at the same time. At the same time, with a little hunting, you should be able to find most of the articles previously published on this site since it first appeared.

Some History

Ex-JW.com made its first appearance as a simple blog in January 2009. The first few versions were quite crude and offered very little at beyond the standard group of articles that described my early involvement with Jehovah’s Witness. 

I had grandiose plans for the website in those early years. But I soon realized that so many other ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses who were also publishing quality websites. Many of them were critiquing the Watchtower in ways that were on point and effective. They were doing a much better job than I could ever expect to do. They had set the bar very high for me.

Over time, I managed to find time to publish a few articles each month based on current events. I also published a few that critiques the Watchtower Society and its leaders. I still understood that other “competitive sites” were doing that in ways that did not fit my style or interests. 

I decided to redirect my efforts toward helping other ex-JW web reporters. I helped Richard Kelly set up his first website that focused mainly on his family and his personal activities.  He suggested that I create some websites for some of his acquaintances. I took on a few of those projects that were, for the most part, personal or commercial and not related to anything connected to the Watchtower or Jehovah’s Witnesses.

My goal for EX-JW.com was that it would become my version of an equivalent publication that would be an ex-Jehovah’s Witness version of  Readers Digest, Time magazine, and National Enquirer all rolled into one. It would be designed for a readership made up of former and current Jehovah’s Witnesses and their friends and families. It would also provide additional “fodder” for other Watchtower critics.

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This website recently was updated and is continuing to be modified through major reconstruction and redesign. Many components of the site are changing that will make it easier to read and to update. Like so many other projects, due to time constraints and myriads of other projects that I am involved in, require me to split my available time. In this website’s case, I’ll have to do it in small bits and bites (and bytes) to accomplish everything. I am still getting familiar with all of the new features and processes involved with the theme and layout. You may notice some rather awkward-looking pages and layouts until I get it completed.

Please bear with me as I have a dozen other projects going at the same time. At the same time, with a little hunting, you should be able to find most of the articles previously published on this site since it first appeared.

Some History

Ex-JW.com made its first appearance as a simple blog in January 2009. The first few versions were quite crude and offered very little at beyond the standard group of articles that described my early involvement with Jehovah’s Witness. 

I had grandiose plans for the website in those early years. But I soon realized that so many other ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses who were also publishing quality websites. Many of them were critiquing the Watchtower in ways that were on point and effective. They were doing a much better job than I could ever expect to do. They had set the bar very high for me.

Over time, I managed to find time to publish a few articles each month based on current events. I also published a few that critiques the Watchtower Society and its leaders. I still understood that other “competitive sites” were doing that in ways that did not fit my style or interests. 

I decided to redirect my efforts toward helping other ex-JW web reporters. I helped Richard Kelly set up his first website that focused mainly on his family and his personal activities.  He suggested that I create some websites for some of his acquaintances. I took on a few of those projects that were, for the most part, personal or commercial and not related to anything connected to the Watchtower or Jehovah’s Witnesses.

My goal for EX-JW.com was that it would become my version of an equivalent publication that would be an ex-Jehovah’s Witness version of  Readers Digest, Time magazine, and National Enquirer all rolled into one. It would be designed for a readership made up of former and current Jehovah’s Witnesses and their friends and families. It would also provide additional “fodder” for other Watchtower critics.

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JW Crime Story on Discovery ID August 20th

***IMPORTANT MESSAGE***

wolvesAiring Wednesday, August 20th in the United States a new documentary produced for television on Identification Discovery (ID) channel, based on Jim Kostelniuk’s book, Wolves Among Sheep: the true story of murder in a Jehovah’s Witness community.

DEADLY DEVOTION SEASON 2: the episode “Witness to Murder” will be shown Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EST as well as Thursday, August 21st at 12:00 a.m. (midnight)and Sunday, August 24th at 10:00 a.m.

For those who subscribe to cable systems (Comcast, Cox, and Time Warner) the program will also be available on “On Demand” and other similar services after the show airs on ID Discovery (“Discovery ID” in some markets).


AAWA Releases New anti-Child Abuse Video

The activist group Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA) has released a new video to the public that clearly describes the dangers inherent in a Watchtower Society policy that protects pedophiles within their congregations.

This is a subject that can no longer be hidden or covered over by denials, lies or half-truths. It has been proven to be a fact in a court of law. In spite of the overwhelming evidence against them, the Watchtower continues to require elders managing local Kingdom Halls to adhere to their insane policy of the “Two Witness Rule” that provides shelter and opportunity for pedophiles in their midst to go about their nasty business with few or no restrictions.

The “Two Witness Rule” is based on an old Hebrew law that protected Jews from being falsely accused of a crime. The idea is based on the principle that it is easy for one person to make up a lie to take advantage of someone by accusing them of criminal behavior – but more difficult if another witness to an infraction is required.

In modern legal terms that general policy continues to apply to criminal and civil law. You can’t just go into a police station and accuse someone you don’t like of gross crimes and misdemeanors and demand they be arrested. You must have some form of proof (videos, crime scene evidence) or present other witnesses to the event before police will act. Without such evidence you will be shown the door.

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“Truth Be Told” came to Seattle, Portland

The Truth Be ToldGregorio Smith’s documentary, “Truth Be Told,” was shown in the Pacific Northwest on Monday, September 16, 2013, in Seattle, Washington, and again on September 17th in Portland, Oregon.

I only live about 50 miles south of Portland, I was privileged to attend that showing.

I enjoyed the movie thoroughly and was also able to meet a few of the principles associated with the film.

Scores of ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses and their supporters had an opportunity to see the film in its full-screen version in the Pacific Northwest region.

“Truth Be Told” Official Website


Tragedy in Gresham, Oregon

Whitney Heichel never made it to her job as a barrista at a local Starbucks last Tuesday (October 16). Her husband Clint reported her missing within three hours after she left for work.

Police detectives arrested Jonathan Holt on Friday after interviewing him at least three times during their investigation. Holt was charged with three counts of “aggravated murder.”

Officials said Holt kidnapped Ms. Heichel as she left for work in her Ford Explorer SUV Tuesday morning. They say that evidence indicates that he killed her somewhere in Clackamas County and then disposed of her body near Larch Mountain in Multnomah County. (Parts of the city of Portland extend into Multnomah County.) However, according to the police, because the murder occurred in Clackamas County, the case will be prosecuted within that jurisdiction.

Both Ms. Heichel and Jonathan Holt were Jehovah’s Witnesses and attended meetings at the Gresham Kingdom Hall. James Vaughn, one of the elders at that Kingdom Hall, has been representing Ms. Heichel’s family, making public statements on their behalf. Police credit members of that Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation for helping them look for clues into Ms. Heichel’s disappearance.

Detectives began searching Larch Mountain on Wednesday when evidence of her vehicle was found there. Other evidence includes video taken at a local gas station and a Wal-Mart store parking lot.

Jonathan Holt was described by elder Jim Vaughn as “an irregular attendee” of the Gresham Kingdom Hall. He also stated that members of his congregation were shocked to hear that Jonathan Holt was involved in such a horrible crime. Friends and acquaintances of Holt and his family described him as “ordinary” and “never a problem.” Holt grew up in northeast Portland and attended Parkrose High School. He married his girlfriend in 2010 and lived in the same Gresham apartment complex as the Heichels.

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Candace Conti Videos Now Online

A set of eleven YouTube videos (soon on Vimeo, as well) about Candace Conti’s historic court case are now available. Access and view them by clicking on the thumbnails below.

Miss Conti and her attorney, Rick Simons of Furtado Jaspovice & Simons, A Law Corporation appeared before a group of supporters and friends in Walnut Creek, California on July 14, 2012. Two video cameras and an audio recording device were used to make a live record of the event. Those privileged to attend the private gathering all agreed that they had witnessed an amazing presentation.

If you want to learn the truth about one of the most significant legal cases of the 21st century, especially for Jehovah’s Witnesses, watch every one of the videos below and read the court transcripts (available on several websites and soon on this one as well). You will be shocked at the facts revealed.

There will be more on this subject here at Ex-JW.com within the next few days. In the meantime – WATCH AND BE AMAZED!

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We encourage comments and questions. If you were (or are) a Jehovah’s Witness child abused by a member of your Kingdom Hall, please feel free to comment below or send a confidential email to help@ex-jw.com.

We want to read your comments and opinions on this most important and timely subject.

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