INTERNATIONAL Online Child Predators: The Lost Boy Bulletin Board
(Part 5)

Jeffrey Greenwell

At the sheriff's office in Union, the Franklin County seat, Chuck Subke opens a red binder on a conference-room table. On the front it reads: "Sensitive information enclosed. Not for public release. Law-enforcement eyes only."

Inside is a 175-page document, entitled, "How to practice child love. Child love explained by professionals." Subke and the St. Louis FBI agent say the guidebook is much like the one on the Lost Boy forum, explaining everything from "risks involved" and "when to start/what age" up to "exploring the child's genitals" and "making love for the first time." This specific version incorporates a section called "Our Latest Project: How to kidnap children." It seems basically like a Wikipedia for predators.

One section points out a particular relevance to the Greenwell case. Its title: "Single parents and moms with kids.". The chapter begins with: "Unfortunately not all of us are blessed with children in our lives, as in having our own children, or children in the family," and "But do not worry, that is not a show stopper."

The handbook suggests advertising for dates on websites and in newspapers and limiting one's search to single mothers looking for long-term relationships. It states:

"The usual guy does not really like single moms with a lot of kids running around,". "So these moms are therefore suffering from the lack of men, love and self-confidence." 

Readers are encouraged to emphasize a mom's "inner values" during the romance.

The writer warns:

"We want to apologize in advance for this statement," & "The uglier and fatter the moms, the easier it will be for you to get into that family."

Brian Mize notes, that pedophiles are connecting more and more with their young victims via interest-specific websites, such as a youth soccer team's home page. Mize also says, that predators fine-tune their Facebook profiles, to match the interests of the kid they're targeting. The omnipresent smartphones these days, facilitates communication out of range of parents' prying eyes and ensures that video capability is just a click away.

FBI investigators say Jeffrey Greenwell relied on a consistent method to seduce boys: In nearly every instance, he sought out single mothers on online dating websites. He would romance a woman and spoil her son, frittering the boy with attention and gifts. After a while he would push the relationship to a more intimate level, taking the boy on trips to Six Flags or babysitting him and, finally, sexually molesting him.

Six Flags New England
"You're talking about "the best" predators ever," the federal agent from St. Louis stated.  

"Greenwell was very smooth-talking. He dressed normally. He wooed the heck out of the mothers. This wasn't 'the guy in the ice cream truck.'"

The agent points to a flow chart the investigators created to diagram Greenwell's various connections to molestation victims and their parents, as well as two suspected fellow pedophiles. He gestures to photos of four mothers and ticks off Greenwell's tie to each: "boyfriend, boyfriend, babysitter, coworker."

Subke and his partner from the FBI questioned their objective at the sheriff's office on the evening of Greenwells arrest.

Subke began, by offering Greenwell, age 37 at the time, a soda. After reading him his rights, the investigators explained that there had been some allegations made against him. At first the conversation was heading toward small talk.

Investigator: "Mr. Greenwell, what kinds of hobbies are you into?" 

Greenwell: "Scooby Doo, SpongeBob and playing Xbox."

Investigator: "What's your type, Mr. Greenwell? Guys or girls?"

Greenwell: "Guys. Young males, specifically - around eight to twelve years old. But I don't like hardcore sex images, as Society doesn't look too kindly upon adult males who like young boys."

Investigator: "Let's talk about child porn,".

Greenwell: "They're boring," 

His computer skills, Greenwell added in response to another question, were "beginner to low-intermediate." He said he had encrypted the contents of his hard drive "because of personal information."

The Federal agent asked about a framed picture of a boy he had seen on a wall in Greenwell's home: It appeared to be a formal school portrait. Greenwell explained that it was an old photo of a boy he'd been a father figure to.

After a while the investigators brought up the fourth grader who had described how Greenwell had sexually molested him. Eventually Greenwell admitted that he had fondled the boy's penis and photographed the experience.

But Greenwell didn't stop there.

Aware of Greenwell's affinity for Scooby-Doo, the investigators brought up the topic in the hope that he might be familiar with the "Scooby-Doo Productions" material that LA investigators had uncovered on Lost Boy. But instead of referencing those videos, Greenwell described a pornographic video a friend had sent to him - and also a non-pornographic video he had made, which featured the son of a coworker playing in a park.

"We didn't know what the hell he was talking about," said the Federal Agent. "So we played off of it."

"Yeah, tell us about those other videos," the agent prompted. At that point Greenwell abruptly opened up.

He admitted incorporating Scooby-Doo imagery into the home movie he'd shot in the park, featuring a boy he knew. He began spouting "computer lingo," as the agent puts it - saying he had used the Sony Vegas software to tag three other videos with his "Scooby-Doo Productions" .

He hadn't shot those videos, he said; they'd been sent to him by acquaintances. He said he'd obscured background details so as not to reveal where the videos had been made.

"Everyone knew him as 'the computer guy,'" the federal agent noted in afterthoughts. "If there was something in the background that identified someone, he would take care of it."

The detectives asked Greenwell who'd sent him the videos. One man was from New Hampshire, he said; another, who went by the screen name "SpongeBob," was from Utah. The investigators could hardly believe what they were hearing.

"LA was hot after 'SpongeBob,'" the FBI agent explains. When Greenwell offered up the man's name, Antonio Cardenas, "We immediately called LA, and Salt Lake started their investigation full-bore."

And Greenwell kept talking and admitting.

He also admitted that the framed photo on his wall was of a boy he had molested, and he told Subke and the agent where the boy's mother lived. He admitted that he was "Muddyfeet." He admitted to operating a child-porn message board of his own, called "aLL bois." He identified by name all of the boys in photos that had been sent from Los Angeles. He came up with the screen names of ten additional fellow porn traders.

After three and a half hours of questioning, minus a few breaks for cigarettes, Greenwell finally broke down.

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