Theodore L. Gunderson (born 7 November1928) is a private investigator and a former high-ranking agent of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. Among his high-profile cases, the case of Jeffrey R. MacDonald who was convicted of the Fatal Vision murders stands out more than others due to Gunderson's effort to prove MacDonald's conviction as unsafe. Gunderson is also known for his belief in—and investigation of—criminal conspiracies involving cults run by government officials.
After retiring from the FBI, Gunderson set up a private investigation firm, Ted L. Gunderson and Associates, in Santa Monica. In 1980, he became a defense investigator for Green Beret Jeffrey R. MacDonald, convicted of the 1970 murders of his pregnant wife and two daughters. He obtained affidavits from Helena Stoeckley confessing to her involvement in the murders. His tactics in obtaining the affidavits have been criticized. The courts have been unwilling to find Stoeckley's statements believable due to the fact that there is no physical evidence of Stoeckley or conspirators she has ever named at the crime scene, that she had made numerous confessions and also statements of non-involvement, and that statements in her confessions are at odds with known facts (e.g., she named an individual who was in jail at the time of the murders as a fellow participant). MacDonald's conviction stands and he remains imprisoned.
Stoeckley had stated in her confessions to Gunderson that a satanic cult she was involved in were responsible for the murders. This was the beginning of Gunderson's beliefs and statements concerning satanic cults involving government officials.
Gunderson believes that Satanic cults engage in widespread child kidnapping for the purpose of child sexual abuse and ritual murder, and that these activities involve high-ranking government officials and/or the Illuminati. He credits William Guy Carr's Pawns in the Game with opening his eyes to the plans of the Illuminati.
Following the Oklahoma City bombing, Gunderson promoted Michael Riconosciuto's claims that the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was destroyed not by a truck bomb, but by a pineapple-sized "barometric bomb."
In 1996, Gunderson ran against House Republican John Ensign as the candidate of the Independent American Party (the Nevada affiliate of the Constitution Party). He garnered 2.65% of the vote, leading the third-party field.
In April 2008, Gunderson revealed his belief that Sonny Bono was murdered, rather than killed in a collision with a tree while sking. He claims that Bono was killed by government agents in order to prevent disclosure of government involvement in drug dealing.
Gunderson is also co-author with Roger McGovern of How to Locate Anyone Anywhere Without Leaving Home.
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