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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fugitive Michael Johnson

Fugitive Michael Johnson

The following is self explantory and is forwarded to districts bordering the U.S and Ontario.
Please cause a check of all lodge registers in your respective districts to see if this individual has visited an Ontario lodge.

The Ontario lodge register could indicate a visitor from: Patmos No. 348, White Rose No. 706, York No. 266 or Zeredatha No 451 (all Pennsylvania). Any other pertinent information concerning the subject, please advise.

This Maryland request for assistance will be forwarded to Grand Secretaries, Canada wide.

Advise this office accordingly, upon completion of the Inquiry.

Fraternally - Terry Shand
Grand Secretary

----- Original Message -----



Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 1:04 PM

Subject: Wanted Fugitive Michael Johnson

Dear Mr. Shand,

I greatly appreciate anything you can do to contact your membership in regards to the following individual. We have reason to believe prior to Johnson fleeing from police in the United States , he was attempting to make contact with Masonic Lodge members in Canada . Johnson is a Masonic member in PA and there is information that he was reaching out to Canadian members prior to fleeing in an attempt to make contacts and or possibly a place to stay. Johnson was last seen operating a blue 2006, Chevrolet Cobalt with Pennsylvania license plates. The license plate number is MB11785 and is a Masonic Temple organizational plate. However Johnson had several license plates in his possession and may not have the same license plate on his car. Please reach out to any contacts in your law enforcement community that may help us locate Mr. Johnson.

The following is a brief synopsis from the Americas Most Wanted website which I forwarded to you from their webpage.

On Nov. 2, 2008, Johnson posed as an active police officer, picking up a 21-year-old woman in Southeast Baltimore and telling her he was arresting her as part of a sting operation on prostitution in the area.

Johnson then handcuffed the woman to the back seat of his minivan and allegedly drove her to an isolated area, and told her he'd let her off the hook if she had sex with him. The victim was able to describe her attacker's van and give a license plate number.

Johnson was quickly linked to the attack, and on Dec. 1, 2008, at his home near Hanover , Pa , Johnson engaged police in a standoff at his home, surrendering only after two long hours of confrontation. Inside his house, many police IDs and badges from various agencies.

That should have been an indication of Johnson's refusal to go down for his alleged crime. But soon after his arrest, the accused rapist was released from custody on $100,000 bail.

Johnson Takes Off Before Court Date
Following his arrest and release, Johnson, a commissioner in Penn Township , Pa. , soon became a hot topic in the local press. When his photo was splashed across newspapers and televisions in the area, it was discovered Johnson's alleged Nov. 2 attack was not his first.

Two other victims, independent of one another, came forward claiming Johnson had done the exact same thing to them in September -- just a month before his alleged Baltimore attack. Both victims were from York , where Johnson held the title of police officer for four years. Police believe Johnson had traveled to York because he knows the area well.

Johnson took off after learning of the impending charges, failing to appear for his scheduled arraignment in early December.

We are doing everything we can to find Johnson, and believe he is likely a serial rapist.

Johnson targets women he believes to be prostitutes and uses the same method each time he strikes. We believe he's likely armed and dangerous and probably willing to do anything to stay free.

You cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Todd W. Liddick
Trooper First Class
Maryland State Police
Westminster Barrack
Criminal Investigations Section
1100 Baltimore Blvd.
Westminster, MD 21157

410-386-3057 Desk
410-386-3000 Barrack
410-386-3003 Fax

See also newspaper article: http://ydr.inyork.com/ydr/ci_11187394




  2. Well, that's what it says, and he's well versed enough that he has apparently visited at least one lodge on his flight from justice. Which I find truly peculiar, that he would take time out from his busy fleeing schedule to stop in for the reading of the minutes, eat some suspicious cold cuts and green beans, sip a little Wal-Mart pop, and move on.

    BTW, Cain. Why the SHOUTING?

  3. Chris, thank you for making us aware of this. It is unsavory and unpleasant in the extreme, to be sure, but no organization is without its bad apples, and we must be diligent about picking out the really bad ones--and, if necessary, aiding in their apprehension.

  4. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28353612

    Michael Johnson was found dead in NY state, dead from a self inflicted gun shot wound. I'm a Pennsylvania Mason and it makes me sick to think this man took the same oaths that I did. Hopefully the Grand Lodge of PA will strike him from the roles. Whoever let this man through the outer door really should be ashamed.

  5. Thanks for the information.

    The man was a policer officer as well, so he didn't just fool his lodge, who took him at his word. Freemasonry is a human institution, and as Mark implied, no organization, especially one of a large size, can avoid having its share of men who deceive from the start, or those who slip and turn down the wrong path later in their lives.

    In the end, he passed a penalty on himself far harsher than any court would have pronounced. Sometimes a man's own conscience is a hanging judge.

  6. dont talk about my cousin you dont even know him he was a good person and a good family member he lovrd his family and we loved him and we are never going to for get about him


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