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The Story of Johnny Todd - Report by John S. Torell

Report by John S. Torell


August 11, 2011

I was introduced to the Jack Chick when I came to California in 1969 and became excited about reaching people with Gospel tracts that were nicely illustrated and written with captivating story lines. I learned that just about everyone would pick up a Chick tract and read it regardless if they were Christian or not.

Johnny ToddAround 1973, Jack Chick started to produce what was called “Crusader” magazines and these were more or less illustrated comic books. When he came out with “The Broken Cross,” I became interested since our ministry kept running into people from the occult. I found out that Jack Chick had based this story on information given him by Johnny Todd. But as time progressed, information started to circulate that Todd was a charlatan and a plant from the occult. He had infiltrated the Christian churches to bring in truth mixed with lies, creating fear and sowing discord. At the time he was popular with conservative Baptist churches and he held meetings all over the United States which drew big crowds. He told the people that they should start carrying guns, prepare for the period of the Antichrist and stock up on food and water and build survival camps. This brought much fear to the Baptist people who had no previous knowledge of the occult and how evil they were.


I called Jack Chick sometime in 1978 and shared my concerns about Johnny Todd. Jack told me it was all lies and all the bad reports had been issued by people in the occult who were trying to destroy Todd and his ministry. Jack also told me that Todd was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Canoga Park, California. Dr. Roland Rasmussen was his pastor, the church had done its own investigation and that they stood by Todd and his ministry. In this report I have included a letter from Jack Chick, written June 16, 1978, in which Jack Chick defends Todd.


I had the privilege of speaking to Dr. Rasmussen at length and he shared with me the grief he had over the Todd situation. He had tried everything possible to help Todd to get out of his past involvement in witchcraft, but when Dr. Rasmussen found out that Todd had been preaching in Baptist churches at night, and then teaching occultism during the day time to people interested in that subject, he had no other choice than to strip him of his church membership and tell people the truth about Todd. In this report I have included a letter from Dr. Rasmussen dated June 13, 1978.


It is impossible to get an accurate story of Johnny Todd. He claimed that he came from an occult family and was initiated as a witch at the age of 14. At the age of 18 he was initiated to become a high priest and was given his own coven. Most likely this is not true since he had also talked about his childhood where he was abused, they were very poor and he was mobbed in school for having dirty and tattered clothing.

According to Wikipedia, he was born in 1950. Todd claimed that he had been in the Army and served as a Green Beret in Vietnam but this is another lie. His Army records show that he served as a general/typist clerk for one year, five months and 21 days.[1] Todd re-enlisted when his active duty was up and was assigned to a post in Germany where he served for a period of four months and 12 days. On his discharge papers it lists that he was discharged because of “character and mental behavior disorder.”[2]

It is not known when Johnny Todd accepted Christ; he just burst on the scene as a street preacher during the ending years of the hippie movement with drugs and free love in the early 1970’s. My personal belief is that Johnny Todd was a broken child who came of age during the hippie years and was caught up in the drug and free sex period. During this time the United States still had the military draft and he was drafted into the army like all other young men. He was discharged because he was mentally unstable and a liar, he then decided to become a Christian and make his living that way.

On June 7, 1978, Bob Jones III of Bob Jones University wrote a letter to Mrs. Allan Hoegsberg and a copy was given to me. You will also find her letter in this report.


During my years as a pastor, I became a good friend with a man from England by the name of Roy Livesey. He and his wife published a newsletter called “New Age Bulletin.” Somehow Roy had been given a copy of our magazine, “The Dove,” and in time we included a number of articles written by him and his wife. Sometime in 1993, Roy contacted me and told me that he was in the United States and planned to visit Johnny Todd in a prison in South Carolina. He told me that he was going to publish his report and that I was free to use the information in our publications. At this time our ministry had just started to use computers and the report was re-typed by one of our ladies in our ministry and this manuscript was then used for publication in The Dove which I am also including in this report.


Johnny Todd had relocated to South Carolina in the 1980’s, and in 1987 he was arrested for the rape of a University of South Carolina graduate student. Additional charges were later made against him of sexually molesting two children. He was convicted of the charges in May of 1987 and sentenced to 30 years in state prison.

He was released from prison in April of 2004, after having served 17 years of his sentence, but because he was deemed a sexually violent predator pursuant to South Carolina law, he was transferred to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. This information was given to me after I contacted the South Carolina Department of Corrections and I am including a copy of the e-mail with this report.

Johnny Todd died in this mental institution in November of 2007.

I have the highest regard for Roy Livesey and the final message from Todd was that he had never been a Christian and it had all been a deception.

It is impossible to verify that Johnny Todd was raised in a Wiccan family but we do know that he became a Wiccan during his time in a prison in South Carolina and boasted that he was head of the Church of Wicca that he had founded in prison.

According to his own words, Johnny Todd sentenced himself to hell and a future life in the Lake of Fire. Todd was 57 years old when he died in 2007.

The sad thing is that younger generations are building up Johnny Todd to be a hero who was framed by the Illuminati and sacrificed by the Christian Church. The truth is that he was a master manipulator, a sexual predator and a liar.  Todd was in the same class as Mohammed and Joseph Smith. Our prayer is that young people do not take this dead man as their leader of another cult that the world does not need.


1.      Letter from Jack Chick

2.      Letter from Roland Rasmussen

3.      Letter from Bob Jones

4.      Report from Roy Livesey

5.      South Carolina Department of Corrections email


[1] The Todd Phenomenon, or JTP, Darryl Hicks & David Lewis, 1979, pp.54-55

[2] Ibid



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