Von Mierers had espoused the ways of his mysterious group ``Eternal Values' through mail-order cassettes, at a Park Avenue church and on talk shows, including a cable television show for which he was host. I believe in the master race!". . As the leader of the group Eternal Values, it was Von Mierers responsibility to find the others, and teach them about their true origins and noble calling. Its like: I was a promising kid from a good (if somewhat screwed up) family. The stones were badly scratched; their color was cloudy. From somewhere, I heard music which sounded like an organ on a Moog synthesizer. "Don't become a cock worshiper! "Look at these emeralds," he was telling me, stroking his gems. "Then it became something else. "It is the beyond," he answered. Incredibly, von Mierers was able to persuade scores of his followers to buywith cash or money orders only his very pricey jewels. "No one is being kept here," he told me. Jesus, Rama, Krishna, Buddha did not come to promise you another piece of ass. "How does Frederick know so much?" He lived in this awesome apartment and had all these young, intelligent and wealthy followers. "Freddie used to tell us all in those days that he had spent $20,000 to decorate it, which was a tremendous amount then!". In the light, it was obvious that the furniture was shabby, that the fabrics were second-rate. The terrible earthquakes, the storms that will beset humanity! I like who I am now. Frederick told me that my deficiencies were so horrendous that I needed a stone that was at least two to three and a half carats. Cults have always attracted those with deficiency needsmissing pieces of psychological makeup that family, religion, or education did not supply. Recently, odd sexual practices have been encouraged by the group. Pay the money or you're out.' Black Vanity with Carrara Marble Top. There are allegations that he, like the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, was able to persuade his followers to sign over their paychecks, houses, even furniture, to further his cause. "That always sounded suspicious to me," a friend of von Mierers's told me, "but he was always around with Mrs. Williams, and she was such a sweet old lady." I have been in journalism a lot longer than you, young lady! We would party, go to Studio 54 and crash at his apartment. As John Hoyt made his way around New York, he talked about von Mierers to other models he would meet. "I have never heard such hatred in a civilized setting. The speaker was emaciated, obviously very ill, but swathed in white cashmere, flawlessly groomed. Instead, they sent the body to Chapel Hill for autopsy by the state medical examiner. Did it matter? ", I was staring into the face of Frederick von Mierers. And that is all I am going to say.". His hair was the color of canned pineapple; his eyes were hard, cold blue, the eyes of a man who finds little surprising anymore. Vanity Includes Mirror. More, she had been taught to dress by a fine stylist who had taken her to Chanel and Scaasi to rid her of the jeans and sneakers of her modest Florida childhood. Montgomery had been so moved by Andreadis's letter that she felt compelled to consult the Guides. A year later, as a highschool senior, he ran into Frederick again. And no one could control Frederick anymore. The weird thing was, in this crazy screwed up way, I believed they were right to punish me. Every few moments, the birds spread their wings. A few days later I called him and said, 'I don't want the ring!' He said he had come to Earth to warn people of an impending apocalypse, and to train his students to become leaders in the aftermath. Rich kids with troubled psyches took themselves off to Tibet to see the Dalai Lama or invited plump Indian swamis to move in. On a black January night just six days after American jets began bombing Iraq, Oscar S. Wyatt, Jr., the 66-year-old bad boy of the Texas oil and gas industry, faced more than 1,100 well-heeled . When I look around, I see that, to a greater or lesser extent, we all have cultic relationships with peoplerelationships where the person we love, the person from whom were seeking approval, is also the one who is dishing out the abuse. "Frederick immediately saw that we needed an organization, merchandise, a name!" Solemnly, the merchandise was spread out near me. And so, in 1984, Andreadis wrote to the best-selling author. (''This cassette describes how the one Principle of Cosmic Intelligence expresses itself. The ring had twelve of my own diamonds in it, and I was shocked when I learned that the whole ring was worth at most $15,000, because Frederick had told me that the stone was worth $23,000. He no longer needed to suffer the dreadful slights that often beset ambitious and aging pretty boys. "Frederick never trusted me," Adams told me. Although not a member of the group, the great New York arts patron Alice Tully reportedly had a life reading, as did Sylvester Stallone, the actress Rae Dawn Chong, and the daughter of an Iranian Cabinet minister close to the Shah. Maybe you remember seeing it on late-night public-access cable TV. He would tell prospective buyers that he was able to get stones at a tremendous discount, which the inflated appraisal papers would confirm. I gave Freddy every penny I earned. "Everyone fancied him," a friend told me. . Part of many life readings was a "gem prescription." With an entire group of new friends who looked up to him as a spiritual guide, he could reject social New York as it had once rejected him. Every movement was a tremendous effort. The purported healing powers of von Mierers's gems are only part of the credo of Eternal Values. In 1984 von Mierers took him to see his old friend Joe Hunter, the president of the Ford modeling agency. ``You can't miss it,' he advises lake visitors curious about the house. Frederick Von Miers Sciences Education Art Writing & UFO - Page 2. While I was at Fabios, I began doing a lot of reading. This guy is raking in millions! We talked a lot about becoming highly evolved personalities. We did a lot of ego renunciation. Freddy talked a lot about the coming apocalypse, which made the need for personal wealth and relationships unnecessary. Life is vice. "I almost had a breakdown. Von Mierers would stare at the camera with his cold blue eyes and talk about Satan and "the dark forces." Like von Mierers, they were dressed in expensive clothes. One tenant in the building had to stop a doorman from letting in a threateninglooking group of men on their way to 4N, von Mierers's apartment, at three A.M. "I said, 'Lock the doors! Freddy did astrological charts and life readings. von Mierers scolded. Jeremiah will take over your body.' Of course, some conditions are more extreme than others. What is a famous model doing here? I could write three books about him. "We must spread our message to help humanity." In fear, Andreadis and Adams went to Jamaica. Now prosecutors in the office of the Manhattan district attorney are investigating the possibility that von Mierers was involved in a multimillion-dollar gem ring. He demanded $20,000 in cash or money orders immediately." Only the elite will be saved. "Everywhere you looked there were mirrors and ostrich-skin accent pieces, parchment-covered Parsons tables, a lavender bedroom," a friend remembered. Ruth Montgomery had devoted three lengthy chapters to his status as a "Walk-in" from Arcturus, his genius as a psychic, the distinguished quality of his followers, and his rejection of his privileged past. "We had a conversation about various things that had already occurred in my life, ' ' Hoyt told an interviewer. "I said to him, 'Come on, John, do you really think you're from another planet?' von Mierers insisted. The literature and cassettes of Eternal Values appear harmless; they are similar to those of hundreds of other organizations that synthesize Eastern philosophy to cash in on the New Age boom. The real reason I left was because I felt like a failure. Id fly to Tokyo for a shoot and have to be back by Monday to take an exam; I was proud I was able to graduate with my class, in1985. Overhead was costly, so the early gem prescriptions were for semiprecious stones. ''Cash would come in for the gems from all over the country," Andreadis told me. His actual childhood remains a mystery. Von Mierers would wax eloquent on the legendary Hindu belief in the healing properties of certain precious gems. Next, in the guise of psychic and oracle, von Mierers would tell his new friends how unhappy their lives really werea fairly safe assumption to make about young people seeking a psychic. Then he opened his sweater and showed us all the gems he was wearing. 1913 TO TODAY. I thought there was the possibility for real violence. The message was simple: Adams and Andreadis were evil; their egos would have to be ' 'destroyed. ' I asked. In a series of visions I saw the coming wars, the destruction of New York City, my own mission, and the future of the earth." It was impossible not to notice that von Mierers's friends all wore large gems. .. About this time a Ford model named Susanne Gregard attended von Mierers's regular Wednesday-night "family dinner" for the inner circle of the group. One of the women, Erika Wilson, a model with the Ford agency who has appeared in Glamour and Self, had a bland, sweet expression and an allAmerican beauty. . It was Christmas this past year at the Ford agency, and Eileen Ford was frantic. He put me up in his house for almost 18 months. ''. There was a big Vanity Fair expos at one point in the early 90s; I was involved with them for more than 20 years, from 1978 through1999. What's the harm?" Always, he was immaculate; he combed his hair, which was dark then, straight back like an heir to Morgan Stanley. I had it taken apart when I got back to California, and I learned it was almost worthless." It is all very positive," the Houston lawyer Douglas Wyatt told me. There, in 1978, he met a sixteen-year-old named John Hoyt. Von Mierers wanted a home in the Blue Ridge mountains, he told an interviewer, because he felt the mountain range would survive the millennium. "I decided not to let the moment pass," Adams told me, ''and I introduced myself to John.". I hung out with Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell. My nickname in the group was Dipshit. Released in 2015, the film has been an official selection in over fifty film festivals and has won more than forty awards, including 15 for Best Picture and 10 for BestActor. Karr visited the house occasionally, until the ``no trespassing' signs went up several months ago. "I thought I was in love with Jacki," he told me. The fairy tales of this dimension! The gem and its harmonic vibrations are in harmony with your body. "I wanted to get married and I wanted out!" He exalted Germans and referred to the Aryan master race. His looks fading, he went to California for cosmetic surgery. The gem operation was confined to New York, although von Mierers also used jewelers in Washington, D.C., and Iowa to obtain stones. Many of her fifteen books are still in print, filling the psychic-phenomena sections of the paperback racks. "We were like one entire family. ' This last year, in the early fall, I received another call, this time from a close friend. . Ruth Montgomery detailed von Mierers's relationship with Mrs. Williams in Aliens Among Us: "In company with his dowager godmother, Frederick traveled the high roads of Europe, meeting socially with the Queen of England and European aristocracy. Von Mierers had learned what it took to glide through New York's best drawing rooms. And we are they!" We all lived together in the same apartment building. I was like, Oh my God. von Mierers would tell them. "You need to have your pussy slammed," he reportedly told one model before sending her a well-known man from the group. All this pale-blue lacquer. I just took that checkbook to the lawyer and told him, 'Do you know what this guy has been doing?' "I ran into her on an airplane," a close friend of hers told me. At times, his anti-Semitic remarks were almost comical. I also got a lawyer and brought a civil suit against Eternal Values. Amelia is kind and innocent and comes from a family with money. New members of the group, such as a model who had met John Hoyt on a photo shoot, were gradually told about the sexualinitiation practices, including the multiracial sex rite which members called "the treatment." Access everything Vanity Fair has ever published.Join Now Subscriber-Only Benefit The Complete Vanity Fair Archive EVERY ISSUE. I bought an emerald. Von Mierers rented a house on Nantucket, where Baldwin always spent his summers. Mostly it was menial jobsdoing dishes and laundry, scrubbing toilets, doing vacuum packing. The whole time I was involved with Eternal Values, I was working pretty successfully as a model. "Suddenly my son was talking like a robot.". It was the go-go 80s. ", "My grandmother-godmother was an extraordinary archduchess of New York," von Mierers told me. Like so many cult leaders, he appealed to his followers vanity, telling them that they were special enough to literally save the world. Early on, he felt the strong need to camouflage the fact that he had grown up in Brooklyn. She was told that it was her duty "to lie, to cheat, to make up any story" to ensure von Mierers's security. Much of her childhood was spent in rural poverty. By now Andreadis had seen and heard enough. Ha, that seems so simple when you say it. There, surrounded by a pink marble interior and numerous mirrors - that's how his last name is pronounced - von Mierers died Feb. 4 at the age of 43. "I was represented by Ford," he told me. The stones were all set in similar simple heavy gold settings. From then until now, Ive worked to rebuild my life. Hoyt Richards was dubbed the 'world's first male supermodel,' pulling in a minimum of $15,000 a day. "We are not a cult," von Mierers told me angrily during the strange afternoon we spent together. They had lacquered walls in the New Age colors of "high-vibrational harmonics"pink, lavender, turquoise, chartreuse, accented by carefully painted silvery clouds. He even let me drive one of his Porches. "I was so highly evolved," he told me. "There are really two kinds of Jews," a friend remembers him saying. A dozen of the group share apartments in von Mierers's building, at 405 East Fifty-fourth Street, where Noel Coward and Hermione Gingold once lived. Two bodies cannot occupy the same space in the material world, which is what they are trying to do when they're having physical intercourse. Like anyone suffering from Stockholm syndromewhere a hostage identifies with his captorsI had no ability to objectify my experience. Beware the razor's edge is sharp," he told one model. John comes back down here and Frederick starts smashing him across the face, and just saying, 'You fucking liar!' Purely by coincidence I met a modeling agent; the next summer I was cast in a big ad campaign for Geoffrey Banks. Often he would take his new clients to Doubles. They speak in New Age jargon and talk of "highly evolved" personalities and "ego renunciation." I sought counseling and have a little bit of a film careerwriting, acting and producing several movies. Without Freddy to focus on, there were an increasing number of strict rules and codes of punishment. It would be the final certification, for who in the psychic world could ever doubt Montgomery's famous Guides? "She left less than $400,000," Williams told me, With access to Mrs. Williams severed, von Mierers retreated more and more into his spiritual pursuits. von Mierers told a TV talkshow host named Richard Bey in 1988 to characterize the followers he had with him on the show. Don't hit me!' It's real bottom-line. I had no sleep, ever. The former V.F. Everyone I am training for leadership will have perfect features. Near me, six of von Mierers's friends and followers stared at us, as if hypnotized, throughout our interview. In Welcome to the Beyond, which premiered at Doc NYC on Tuesday, director Brent Huff deep-dives into Hoyts double life. I said, 'Freddie, you can't put this out! Sometimes I would have to go out to the end of the dock and do 15 belly flops as a form of self-punishment because supposedly Id been a dickhead that day. "It made me cry," she said. There wasn't much around the Lake Lure home of Frederick von Mierers to indicate a fast-paced lifestyle and the idea that he was a prophet from the star Arcturus. Now she could talk about philosophy until dawn with a new group of friends who had little to do with the artificial world of fashion. When I later examined the emerald ring the model had bought, I noticed it was engraved FVM. Dr. Thomas Clark, who appeared on the ``Inside Edition' report last week, confirmed von Mierers died of AIDS. It is embarrassing to admit, but looking back, I didnt finally leave the group because I was being abused or because I was mad about giving them my money. Von Mierers seems to have been aided in his gem operation by several New York jewelry appraisers, who were gifted fantasists when it came to evaluating the Eternal Values stones. We all know its not. They're cheaper than you could get wholesale!' He is trying to alienate him from all of us!" He was a fringe player who appeared "to know everybody," as he might have said. "He just understands everything about us." Within a few weeks, I met with a beautiful model named Jacki Adams, who for some years had been the face on the Elizabeth Arden campaign. By the time Jacki Adams introduced herself to Andreadis, von Mierers's successor was becoming disenchanted with Eternal Values. Got a tip? Von Mierers describes on them past lives of clients; this one was a "healer'' in Egypt, that one a "courtesan" in ancient Rome. She was saved by her intelligence and her astonishing beauty. "When I first met Frederick, I was only sixteen years old, and I was so naive I still believed that anyone who said he was spiritual was holy," a young man named John Andreadis told me. By now von Mierers had perfected his pitch. In January 1988, on a television show called People Are Talking, he cried, "Americans, you are going into the most crucial period of earth history! And Rutherford County officials in charge of von Mierers' now-cremated corpse have also said Seaman tried to get them to sign a death certificate for von Mierers. a city detective recently asked a Ford model who had fled from the group. He says he gave von Mierers $17,000 for a sapphire, a topaz, and a cat's-eye which von Mierers assured him he was getting for an astonishing bargain price, "way below wholesale." I was in this weird catch-22. That is the crux of the recovery process. Andreadis dismisses this as pure invention. 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