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The Phantom Patriot was the name taken by Richard McCaslin of Carson City, Nevada, who, on January 19, 2002, attempted a failed attack on the Bohemian Grove. He was imprisoned in California. He is the subject of the song "Phantom Patriot" by Les Claypool on his album Of Whales and Woe.
McCaslin, wearing a skull mask and a blue jumpsuit with "Phantom Patriot" written in red on his chest, infiltrated the site of Bohemian Grove, just north of San Francisco. While heavily armed with "a semiautomatic rifle/shotgun hybrid, a .45 caliber handgun, a crossbow, a 2-foot-long sword, a knife and a hand-made bomb launcher," McCaslin encountered no one on the premises and slept in one of the cabins overnight. He attempted to burn down a couple of the buildings in the compound, and was later removed peacefully by local law enforcement officers and was briefly held at the mental health ward of the Sonoma County Jail. He later claimed to have been inspired by talk show host Alex Jones.
McCaslin was paroled on May 19, 2008.
Most recently, McCaslin is now part of the Real Life Superhero Movement, under the name Thoughtcrime.
- Masked man enters, attacks Bohemian Grove:'Phantom' expected armed resistance, by Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, January 24, 2002
- Bohemian Grove intruder says he feared human sacrifices, Illuminati Conspiracy Archive
- Bohemian Grove commando found guilty, SFGate, April 17, 2002
- Rashah McChesney. Alcoa protester believes Obama is an alien, Quad-City Times