Ian Arnold was a hapless, socially awkward man.
Adoring the fantasy elements behind Vampire lore and fiction, and loathing the more mainstream titles, Arnold focused upon the more obscure material. Friends and family described Arnold as tender and
sweet and despite his problems socializing, these traits would shine through.
Confused in his desires, Ian Arnold turned to vampire kink circles for gratification and acceptance. Shortly after falling in with the Hammet cult he became their next victim.
His social anxiety made meeting members of the opposite sex very difficult for Arnold. Even through online dating and fetish websites any relationships he managed to develop quickly petered out. He was
often too meek to open up fully and show the side of him that potential mates would value, one that featured encyclopedic knowledge of Vampire “history” and that ever changing fictional landscape.
His connection to the Hammet cult did not end as cleanly though.
Ian worked at a supermarket where his boss recognized his exceptional effort, regularly awarding him with “employee of the month,” and calling him a model employee. Unfortunately, he loathed his supermarket job, regularly complaining to friends about his role.
At the time of his murder, Ian Arnold’s application to study filmmaking at a local university was being reviewed.
Formerly a marketing “promo girl,” handing out samples of alcohol, showcasing cars and designed products, Cinnamon Morales ultimately finished her short life being known as the fifth victim of the Hammet cult.
A huge fan of 70’s B-Movie cinema, Cinnamon’s draw was through cheesy Vampire films that she saw as fun and playful. Like everyone else she had a lust driven side. That playful element drew her into the cult.
Finding Brandon and Kyp online, Morales casually entered into what she viewed as a “boat-pushing once in a lifetime ride.” The blood element confused and excited her, and with the cult members’ explanations and clean needles, she was surprisingly willing to indulge in these acts.
Unlike other Hammet cult victims, Cinnamon Morales had no qualms about informing her best friends. Although they did try and convince her that these acts were extremely risky and they attempted to deter her involvement, they allowed her to engage as a consenting woman in whatever she wished to. The police were notified of her disappearance earlier than the other batch of victims from the first wave of fatalities.
Edgar Hammet referred to Cinnamon as, “A confused and pusillanimous woman,” which her family contend. The rest of the world perceived her as an affectionate and loving girl. Olya stated Cinnamon was “consistently bemused.”
The family that Cinnamon Morales left behind have all condemned the lack of scrutiny in dating websites and are still in the process of forcing surrounding laws to change.
Few managed to escape from the Hammet cult, and of those that did, only one man survived. Troy Rothko was that one man. He currently works as a chef in local restaurant chain.
A huge rap and Hip Hop fan from a young age, Troy Rothko frequents local shows and as a single man, Troy also enjoys trying his hand throughout the city’s bar and pub scene.
Although Troy regularly struck out, he had enjoyed his share of one night stands. Never though one with such dire consequences as the night he met Olya and Remy, changing his life permanently.
His induction into the Hammet cult wasn’t along the same lines as other victims as the documentary showcases.
Troy can be reached online via Twitter at @TroyRothko or on Instagram @TroyRothko
“The whole thing was a fucking contradiction, misled completely. They didn’t believe in hexes, in ‘vampires’ being repelled by garlic or crosses or holy water or whatever, but Edgar afraid of mirrors and believed life was obtained from drinking blood. They all made no sense.”
– Troy Rothko
A confirmed victim of the Hammet cult, Joan Swanson was initially brought into the group after meeting Brandon Smith online. Brandon Smith was always very quick to encourage meeting potential donors, and Swanson was apparently more than willing to meet with very little time spent introducing herself to him and vice versa online.
Becoming jaded with conventional clubs and who she was meeting there, Joan Swanson turned to local fetish nights as she learned more about BDSM. Eventually she moved more into exploring worlds online, crossing paths with Brandon and involving herself in the Hammet cult. Kyp referred to viewing Joan as a very “distressed” woman, and that when she began hanging around she appeared afraid and vulnerable.
Sadly and arguably ironically, Joan Swanson was in the process of studying to become a nurse. This sends her actions into question due to her awareness of risk and also the solution.
The police have spent considerable time evaluating whether Joan Swanson had committed suicide by engaging in these acts, given that she knew the clinical outcome. However due to her absence from answering, there’s no real way of knowing.
Swanson left behind considerable debt after her passing, mainly derived from student loans and credit card frivolity.
As with countless others, Margaret Woo died at the hands of interacting with the Hammet cult. Maggie, as she liked to be known as, was o huge fan of the movie “Interview With A Vampire.” After watching this for the twentieth time, Margaret Woo decided to move online and look for someone to spend time with that had similar tastes.
Described as being cute and generous with a very giving behaviour, Margaret Woo came from a very strict family. Her broad desires would never be permitted and she never felt able to fully express these thoughts to her family nor her friends. When news arose that she was one of the Hammet cult victims, people she knew were shocked. This was a side of her never unveiled to those closest to her.
According to his brother and best friend Chris, Jay Marx was much more than solely a victim of the Hammet cult.
An extremely popular man, Marx worked as a bouncer prior to getting mixed up in this mess. Jay never had problems meeting women, he was personable and attractive, but he wanted something new. He informed his brother that he wanted to experience something he couldn’t find through the traditional methods he had become accustomed to, so he went online and, unbeknownst to him, found members of the cult. He became intimate with them and before he knew it, tragedy struck.
Within the slew of Hammer Cult victim profiles, Jay Marx was one of the least likely to have fallen into this arena. Ex-girlfriends of his have suggested that if he was into something more unusual, all he would have had to have done was to ask them. However, like most that wish to dabble in something taboo, Jay Marx had to seek something more privately established.
At the time of his death, Marx was apprenticing during the day at a small local carpenters. His disappearance was made known to police after having not shown up for work three days running. Although notoriously late, not showing up at all was not something the carpentry company knew Jay Marx a doing. The issue accentuated when he couldn’t be reached by phone or text, another typical habit of this potential filled fatality.
It’s unfair to trivialize the other victims of the Hammet cult, but Scott Marshall, to Remy White was arguably the most devastating participant to have lost.
Taking a very short time to get bites in her line, Remy was spoiled for choice after putting her face and biography on the dating website. Seemingly picky, but willing to date most after approximately a week of email flirting, Remy agreed to meet with Scott Marshall and the two began almost exclusively dating within the cults twisted and eccentric environment.
Each victim of the cult would proclaim that Edgar would not allow any member to fall in love with one of their suppliers. This wasn’t something Remy had planned for, but it became all too real extremely quickly.
Described as dark humoured and easy going, Scott Marshall was an expert in all things dark and horror draped. He enjoyed nothing more than a twisted movie, or like the Saw films are referred to, “torture porn.”
During their brief relationship, both Scott and Remy spent nearly every moment together. His devotion to her was inspiring.
After Scott Marshall passed, Kyp and Brandon trounced his name as a regular reference for what to avoid in handling their “suppliers.”
Laurie Bader was found brutally murdered, with the situation framed as suicide. After coercion and acquired evidence, it was concluded that her life was taken by members of the Hammet cult.
Attracted to become involved wholly by Remy White, Laurie Bader ultimately found herself trapped when she clashed with Edgar. Like other victims, Bader had met Remy through online dating sites and the two had become both close and intimate. As they spent more time together, she is quoted as having complained extensively about Edgar’s domineering behaviour and that Remy should have been in a more senior position.
Frequently she was noted confronting the reclusive cult leader. This was shown to be a tragic mistake.
Miss Bader had a reputation for loathing people. She was perceived as quite butch, despite her appearance contesting that stereotype. It wasn’t uncommon to hear her snap at people for minutia or to deliberately sabotage a situation in order to gain some sadistic pleasure.
Laurie Bader is survived by her four year old daughter and her parents. Her daughter’s father left her before being made aware of the pregnancy and has since attained a degree of custody, shared with the grandparents.
Neyla Reed was ultimately the girl that managed to pull the plug on the Hammet cult. Initially she dated Edgar, ever so slowly learning about his hidden side and twisted nature. Neyla managed to maintain her distance as things became more scattered, panicked and erratic. Though she did involve herself within some of Edgar’s at the time perceived “kinks”, she made a strict point of not becoming a part of what the cult developed into.
She didn’t get along with Edgar’s other girlfriend Olya (her presence a fact that Edgar kept secret from her for quite some time) and she also didn’t connect with the other Hammet cult members. She had an adversarial relationship with the majority of the group, including with Kat Jones, a woman that would ultimately follow the same path as Neyla.
Neyla Reed attempted to stay away from her assumed eccentric boyfriend, but her feelings persisted, and eventually she returned to the group.
Twitter @NeylaReed or on Instagram @neylareed
Brandon Smith remains as stubborn as Olya Palinski with regards to maintaining a view that what the cult did wasn’t an atrocity.
One of the founding members of the Hammet cult (a term which he loathes), Brandon Smith met and became friends with Olya while training to become a nurse in 2008. Although he managed to progress further in training to become a nurse, once Olya dragged him into Edgar’s circle, his days of helping people ended.
He enjoyed luring prospective donors online, and subsequently enjoyed the experiences he was privy to far more.
Brandon Smith remains one of the most detested members of the Hammet cult due to his passion with the atrocities they committed.