The Finders

A mysterious group entangled in allegations of child abuse and espionage.


Founder: Marion Pettie
Founded: 1960s
Location: United States


Background

The Finders is a group that gained notoriety in the late 20th century. Originating in the United States, the group was often described as an enigmatic commune or cult. It first came into the public eye in the 1980s, following a series of police and FBI investigations.

Formation and Ideology

The Finders was formed in the 1960s by Marion Pettie. Pettie, a charismatic leader, attracted a following with his unconventional ideas about communal living, child rearing, and societal detachment. The group’s philosophy was rooted in exploring human behavior, consciousness, and societal structures. They sought to create a self-sufficient community, living apart from mainstream society.

Structure and Lifestyle

Members of The Finders lived communally and shared resources. They were known for their nomadic lifestyle, often relocating between various properties owned or leased by the group. The Finders emphasized a non-traditional approach to education and child rearing, with children being raised collectively by the group rather than by their biological parents.

Controversies and Investigations

The group came under scrutiny in 1987 when two members were arrested in Tallahassee, Florida, on charges related to child neglect. Six children were found with the men, leading to concerns about their welfare. This incident sparked a wider investigation into The Finders, involving local police and the FBI.

Allegations emerged that The Finders were involved in child abuse, satanic rituals, and even espionage. However, subsequent investigations by the FBI found no evidence to support these claims. The child neglect charges were eventually dropped, and the children were returned to their mothers, who were members of The Finders.

Later Developments and Disbandment

Following the investigations in the late 1980s, The Finders continued to face public suspicion and media scrutiny. The group gradually disbanded in the 1990s, with members dispersing and the communal lifestyle dissolving. Marion Pettie, the group’s founder, passed away in the early 2000s.