Williams survived being abducted and kept in a pit for two years, only to find he had lost his family and owes years child support.
by Philip Waters
June 14, 2009
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Canadian authorities released a Detroit reporter recently connected to a Windsor mass-suicide after the man had been missing for over two years.
Axel Williams, a Post Detroit reporter, was abducted on Christmas Eve of 2006, while on his way home to his wife Cheryl, and newborn baby, Suzy.
His kidnappers smuggled him over the Canadian border to a Windsor-based cult, the Diocese of Nero's Children, or DNC.
Friday a long-haired, bearded Williams stumbled into a Windsor police department to tell his story.
"We thought he was just a drunk American, eh," said Constable Derek Rousseau, "but he was covered in blood and screaming about 'the bodies,' so we decided to check it out."
Windsor authorities followed Williams back to the house to find 47 dead cult members, including homeowner and suspected leader Wally Coatcher.
"Wally wasn't the leader!" insisted Williams. "It was Jim- the young, blonde guy. You've got to find Jim."
Windsor police believe "Jim," who Williams only claims to have seen twice, may not exist.
"Mr. Williams went through a traumatizing ordeal," said Rousseau. "Some parts of his memory mat not be real."
Williams was drugged and kept in a pit in the basement for not agreeing with cult tenets, namely that a god named Nero will come in a golden chariot to release all human souls' from suffering.
For two years William lived off of scraps of food thrown into the pit and was forced to hem garments for the stable of callgirls that supported the cult.
When the DNC committed mass-suicide, sometime after New Year, Williams was stranded in his pit with the body of a cult member and callgirl, Jill "Cinnamon" O'Brian, who fell in.
"We don't know whether the harlet was dead when she fell in or if Williams did it. Either way, the poor guy's been through enough, hasn't he?" said Rousseau.
Williams, who was forced to eat O'Brian to survive and later fashioned climbing tools out of her bones to escape his pit, would only say,
"Cinnamon's got an itch!"
Williams has had a less than warm homecoming in Flint, Michigan.
His exwife, Cheryl, got remarried to Hal Dunkin, a Chrysler executive, four months after he went missing.
"Hal has an eight-bedroom mansion with two pools, six cars and a yaught!" said Cheryl Dunkin. "I mean- we had a spiritual connection that I never had with Axel."
Williams' return has also come with immediate financial responsibilties.
"Hal was about to adopt Suzy, but now that Axel's back, we can get at least $500 a month in child support," said Cheryl. "That's straight shoe money!"
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Williams has had a tough time readjusting to his old job at The Morning After Post in Detroit.
"Axel does some strange stuff," said co-worker Nick Sivaroli. "Yesterday I saw him stick a Twinkie down the back of his pants. Last week I caught him drinking his own urine he'd run through a coffee filter."
Williams has also been prone to violent outbursts.
"Last week's incident happened when Frank offered Axel some candy- Hot Tamalies, I think," said Sivaroli. "He started punching Frank, yelling 'Cinnamon's boy-shorts need to be pleated!'"
Post Detroit's HR director, Rick Jacoby, agrees that Williams is showing symptoms of severe post-traumatic stress disorder and should probably be admitted to a mental health facility.
"Unfortunately, the Post's HMO doesn't provide for mental health care," said Jacoby.
While Williams readjusts to life outside the pit, Windsor authorities have almost wrapped up their investigation of the DNC.
"One of O'Brian's bones are still missing," said Rousseau. "We tried asking Williams, but he just started babbling again."
"Cinnamon's got an itch!" Williams repeated. "Jim's gonna scratch it!"

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