The Phantom Patriot was the name taken by Richard McCaslin of Carson City, Nevada, who, on January 19, 2002, attempted an 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. He was heavily armed with "a [pump-action/shotgun hybrid, a .45 caliber handgun, a crossbow, a 2-foot-long sword, a knife and a fireworks mortar tube." McCaslin slept in one of the cabins overnight. The following morning, he found the 30-foot owl statue, then later encountered caretaker Fred Yeager and maintenance man Bob Hipkiss. McCaslin set a fire in the empty banquet hall, then 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 seen the documentary film "Dark Secrets Inside Bohemian Grove", by radio show host Alex Jones.
After prison release
McCaslin was paroled on 19 May 2008. On June 28, 2011, using the name "Thoughtcrime", McCaslin protested outside the Alcoa plant in Davenport, Iowa, where Barack Obama was speaking. He accused Obama, as well as the Bushes, the Clintons and others of being reptoid/human hybrids, or "blue blood".
Most recently, McCaslin has adopted Las Vegas, Nevada as his base of operations. His story appears in the 2013 book, "Heroes in the Night; Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement" by Tea Krulos. He also has three Phantom Patriot videos on YouTube.
- Krulos, T. (2013). Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement. Chicago Review Press, Incorporated. ISBN 978-1-61374-775-9. Retrieved 8 April 2015. p.55.
- Masked man enters, attacks Bohemian Grove:'Phantom' expected armed resistance, by Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, January 24, 2002
- "Les Claypool - Discography - Les Claypool". lesclaypool.com. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
- 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
- Krulos, T. (2013). Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement. Chicago Review Press, Incorporated. ISBN 978-1-61374-775-9. Retrieved 8 April 2015.