Re: Michael O'Connell
Date: May 09, 2023 09:20PM
Hi Pema, firstly, thank you, and respect! I'm posting this as a warning to anyone who may find this subject, in hopes that we're collectively able to safeguard people. I can only speak of the facts I know, and they are that he has perpetrated the most heinous kind of sexual abuse there with at least one teen (and the context of that of would be enough for him to spend years behind bars. He needs serious psychiatric treatment.
I will not give any details, due to the nature of the abuse, the person's anyonymity, and the fact that it is not my story to tell. The incidents alone would be enough reason for anyone to avoid him at all costs. I cannot emphasise the severity of this enough. Again, I will not give details as there are further complications from this abuse, and the people impacted by it are trying to live their lives.
These are facts. The person I knew was aware of it and tried to help the person he was abusing. At least one other woman in the highest echelons of the community (one who was in relationship with him) knew the details of the abuse. They also tried to help the person he had abused.
I found this thread today, searching for any mentions of him or Rosemullion around these very contexts, and registered specifically to leave this comment to support yours, Pema, and to leave the maximum, most serious warning for protection of anyone who sees this and considers getting involved. The details would leave you sick to your stomach.
I met him briefly in the 90s, with someone who had lived in (and was active in) that commune previously, on an ethical level, then left. People in Glastonbury joked about them "bringing another bride for Michael". I wasn't impressed by him at all, and thought the whole situation was toxic and vampiric, and that he was feeding off the womens' powerful creative energy and playing master wizard. When I found out the details of what he had done, it was so disturbing.
Anything else he may have done, any enterprises by the other women who lived there are completely overshadowed by what he did. I don't think they all knew what he'd done, but at least the two I knew of certainly did.
This is all I have to say. Best of luck, and thank you to the people running this forum for the work that you do to protect and help people.