An Answer To A Response




So Tom Raspotnik responded to my last blog. It is so full of lies and make believe that I felt I should point out a few things. The first thing I would like to point out is I think it is shameful for a 50 year old man to spend so much time posting slander/libel, threatening,  and outright lying to people and then attempt to  make himself out to be a victim when the person he attacks doesn’t cave in. It is the type of shit you expect from children, not grown adults.

Allow me to present my counter points…..

Tom says–“Daniel Paden has been stalking me for months after I exposed a few intriguing facts about him, and his gang of internet stalkers.”

The screenshots below are from the comment section of “Letters to Satan: How do you respond to the widespread accusations of Satanic ritual abuse and Satanic occult crimes? ” 12/02/14


Does that say 4 months ago?  So when Tom Raspotnik tries to claim I have been stalking him for months, it turns out he is full of shit the truth is exactly the opposite….again.

Tom has been making claims that some “ex” of mine contacted him. Let’s talk a look at the origin of that idea and when it formed in Tom’s pea brain.

At first I guess Tom didn’t have his plan worked out yet. You can see in the chat suddenly a guy named Rhinelander has “some dirt” on me then some Erlanger shows up. These profiles are basically just names no chat history on their profiles, no profile information. It’s as if someone just created them for this occasion…and they all use the same wording and have the same grammar errors as Tom Raspotnik.

First, someone named Rhinelander says something about me abusing my son. Then a threat to call Child Protective Services. That doesn’t work out  when I tell them my son doesn’t live with me so they move to the next option…



For the record… I don’t know Adam Daniels. I have never met him or exchanged any type of communication with him, ever. Not once.








So now I have told Tom exactly what he can do . Now lets look at some of Tom’s replies…keep in mind these are all in the same thread and the time window is about 90 min or so , maybe less. Watch the shit pile grow.





So Tom hatches a plan to accuse me of abusing my daughter. First some random pals of his claim to have “dirt” on me. Then in the same thread a sort time later he  claims all his info comes from an “ex” girlfriend of mine. In the past 4 months or so Tom has changed the details  of his contact with this “ex”. First it was emails, then a phone call, then Tom claims he has built some kind of rapport with the “ex” and she is telling him “dirt” about me. Then it turned into I had stalked my “ex” for 9 months. Again, none of it supported by anything except Tom’s word. I asked Tom if he could even provide a name for his contact. he couldn’t. I know exactly why. Because none of it is true, it is a tactic Tom uses to try and ruin people he doesn’t like or can’t beat any other way.

Since I got back from MI in addition to publicly accusing me of stalking his wife and father for doing nothing more than asking them where Tom was,  Tom’s story of the ex has grown. Now Tom Raspotnik has announced he is doing a second interview with my “ex” and that will give more “dirt” on me. Funny how anytime Tom feels like he is going to be held accountable for his actions or someone doesn’t bow down to his demands. Suddenly Tom’s  blog will exclaim BREAKING NEWS! Next thing you know there is some negative claim against that persons character and damage done to their reputation. Not to  mention the stress of defending themselves from a false claim against them. How can you defend yourself from information that is made up by another party as needed? It is difficult to do and it takes a lot of energy and time. Even if you do prove there is no validity to the claims there is no way you can totally undo the damage that has been done .

Of course as always Tom doesn’t have anything to support his claims.  No case number after turning evidence over to police, no name for this “ex”, no emails…..nothing except -Tom said so.



In Tom Raspotnik’s rambling “answer” to  me  He tries to accuse me of “stalking” anyone who disagrees with me. This is just silly. Over the last 8 years of blogging, podcasting, activism,  and speaking out against frauds and bullies of course you are going to find examples of conflict and fighting I have been involved in. I can honestly say the majority of those disputes have ended on a positive note and some of the people I disagreed with became good friends of mine in the end. There are some people I will never agree with, that’s okay. No reasonable person expects to get along with everyone they ever meet. It has never been my style to lie or threaten people who disagree with me I don’t see how that is useful to anyone involved.

I would also like to mention  none of the people I have had disagreements with in the past  have attempted to bring my kids into the argument or openly threatened my friends and family until Tom Raspotnik came along.


Besides the lack of writing ability Tom’s logic often fails during his attempt to fabricate stories and talk shit in order to shield himself from the truth. For example..

Daniel questioned my Academic Background.I have presented several photos of my degree and my certificates, as usual someone being a low education level, he failed to see the photos I presented and decided to put a “spin” on my credentials acting in sheer jealousy since he is unemployed and has been underemployed most of his working life.

If Tom had at  some time provided photos of his degree and associated materials how would a “low level education” have kept me from seeing those photos? Does our education system teach students how to see any photographs whenever we wish?  I’m pretty sure it doesn’t. How hard would it have been for Tom to post those photos along with his answer? That would have put the issue to rest. No photos were included and a person could use basic reasoning to guess the most likely reasons. Either Tom doesn’t want to resolve the issue or he can’t resolve the issue because he has no photos.

I worked for 25 years as Facility Manager of the  largest indoor entertainment center in northern CA. One quick look at my youtube channel can provide some proof of that. I have a background in IT, electronic repair, HVAC, plumbing, interior design, building repair, landscaping, commercial food service equipment repair, audio/video systems, stage and effect lighting, I can even repair AMF 82-70 pinsetters and bumper cars if needed. I worked 60 hour weeks for years and made pretty good money. I’m changing careers now and all of Tom’s criticism about my being unemployed or underemployed is just another example of how little he actually knows about me. He lives 2000 miles away, How much could he really know ?

Another problem Tom has is the fact I don’t consider him to be  a leader of any sort in Theistic Satanism or anything else for that matter. Besides the widely accepted fact Satanism is not a religion that assigns “leaders”, he just doesn’t display leadership qualities.

He shows a lack of  ability to accept responsibility for his actions and a total disregard for the consequences of his actions. Look at the way he attempts to trash me based on lies and then threatens to include all my friends and family members. Then he attempts to blame me for any harm his actions cause because I let them be hurt by not doing as Tom demands of me.

“Look what you made me do.” Really showing some great leadership qualities there Tom.

As someone who worked in management for decades I would inform Tom Raspotnik that good leaders are respected not feared.


Tom’s reply continues…

   “Daniel claims I am smearing him by calling him an alcoholic, and all the pictures including this picture I am using where he is smashed on a bench drinking the “cheap beer” Pabst. “I thought only old men drink Pabst?” Many people from his past have admitted to me he has a long record of drinking”

Again I would point out that Tom Raspotnik lives over 2000 miles away from me. What  he knows is what he sees on facebook.  There is very little chance that Tom has had any contact whatsoever with any people from my past much less anyone who would say I have a “long record of drinking”  because it simply isn’t true. I drink, lots of people do. I drink a wide variety of beers. Sometimes I drink cheap beer, other times I drink more expensive beer.  For Tom Raspotnik to attempt to judge my character and make false public claims about me based on one picture shows the limited ability he has to understand exactly how little he knows. Besides Tom I was on my first beer….


Then this …

The Temples of Satan Clergy condemn the actions of Daniel Paden, and condemn his internet stalking behaviors, we have begun to inform the public and shall fight the good fight against those involved in offenses against the Theistic Satanic Community. Please contact our TIP LINE should Daniel Paden threaten you as a member or clergyman or woman.

That  entire paragraph is bullshit. First I am the one being threatened. I have posted proof here on this blog and I have plenty more. I am the one who is being defamed and lied about.  I’m no victim and I my refusal to be a victim is why Tom Raspotnik has tried tactic after tactic to get me to shut up and back down from him.

I told Tom 2 weeks ago if he would remove any and all material he has posted that can not be supported by evidence then I would see that as a sign Tom wants to engage in mature dialogue and we could go from there. he refused. Now he claims to be the one who is offering to make peace…on the condition I remove my posts and videos of events. Meanwhile Tom has literally dozens of blog posts and recordings accusing me of molesting my daughter, stalking, being an alcoholic, and getting fired from past jobs for criminal behavior.

I have told no lies about Tom Raspotnik and I have never said or done anything to threaten him or his family. They were mad I was bringing attention to their statements claiming “real Satanists” engage in animal sacrifice.  I don’t expect them to be happy about it but holy shit to threaten my daughter while I’m in MI? Tom Raspotnik is old enough to know what his words insinuate.



How does Tom explain this shit?

“Daniel has made claims I am stalking his daughter, and posting pictures of her on Face Book I did provide him an insightful picture of his daughter so he would know I knew who his ALLEDGED VICTIM was, and that it was shameful if the allegations were real. I did no way stalk his daughter who is classified an adult. I have stood up for children in the Occult and while his daughter probably not an occultist I would hope has had some form of counseling if the allegations are real. “The more I look into these allegations I am of the opinion these allegations are “very real.”



This is “an insightful picture”? Right. And the only reason my daughter would need  counselling is if she saw that you were threatening to come visit her on her fathers Facebook wall while he was in MI. You clueless idiot.

You know what  strikes me as a bit odd? Tom claims that I was stalking his wife and father and engaging in “criminal  behavior”  Then he mocks me for “running away”  instead of waiting to meet him.  The facts are when Tom heard I was in Michigan he immediately started making public his intent to head to California, as you see above. The entire time I was in Michigan Tom was texting me trying to convince me he was at or near my house. Why wouldn’t he just head home instead? I’m sure many are asking the same question, only Tom knows the answer.

Tom has made a claim about my editing video to leave out any security or law enforcement involvement. That claim has no basis in truth and and I never interacted with any security or law enforcement during my time in MI because I wasn’t there to break the law. If I wanted to break the law I could do it without flying in a plane 6 hours. I was there to bring attention to an animal abuse/rights issue as a Satanic Priest and provide an example to counter Tom’s claim that “real satanists” ritually sacrifice animals. I also wanted to hear Tom explain why he was making false claims about me involving my children. Since it was something he kept posting about and speaking about in public forums despite having any proof I felt like I had a legitimate concern and interest in the matter.

At this point it is pretty clear Tom Raspotnik will deny and lie to the end. He is a grown man with the behavior habits you  should expect of a ten year old. Problem is he isn’t 10 he is an adult with the freedoms and ability of an adult but lacking sound judgement as to not harm others just because he can.


Tom also says that my claim he has used  harassment and bully tactics on others have no validity. He denies intimidating, lying, or making threats towards other people. Tom has posted attacks on Zach Black in his blog more than once. Tom has been making false claims about The Satanic Temple for about a year now. And those aren’t the only examples. Unlike Tom I will back my words with some evidence.

Robbie Fraize has nothing to do with any of the issues between Tom Raspotnik and myself. He wants nothing to do with any of it and I have done my best to keep him out of it. Despite Robbie doing nothing more than adding me on Facebook he gets this from Tom.




Do those look like threats to anyone else? Is it just me ? I’m pretty sure those are threats to once again post negative content to harm Robbie for some imagined betrayal.  And Tom Raspotnik expects me to agree to any informal deal with him?  Why would I? So later he can come up and threaten to ruin my reputation again? NO THANKS Tom.


Tom wraps up his reply like this-

“I am done with Daniel Paden and Beth Hedrick, I appreciate the time you took in reading this article and shall now move forward with my wife, issuing this warning if you decide to return and “stalk” my wife or any family member I shall make sure you face the most severe repercussions because in closing I know as well and many in the Theistic Satanic Community that this argument was never about your daughter and allegations of your ex girlfriend or was it an issue with religions sacrificing animals during religious practices but simple a failed attack upon those who stood against the Satanic Temple, nothing more nothing less and you Daniel were elected the spokes idiot.

Thanks Dr. Tom Erik Raspotnik”

    All I can reply with here is that Tom obviously has no care for the damage he does to others in any form. The public claims I raped my daughter and that he had a legit source for those allegations and the damage those false claims do to me mean nothing. The fact my daughter has to pay extra attention when she goes to work or out to dinner , just in case. The stress that puts on her means nothing to Tom Raspotnik, not to mention the horrible things she has to hear said about her father. Tom  seems very comfortable with his actions and considering the number of people he has done this sort of thing to I guess that should be no surprise. If you read Tom’s blogs or listen to his soundcloud recordings he is so busy trying to convince people he is successful or superior to everyone else he never notices how foolish he sounds

    Now …the day after Tom says he is done, he has recorded a soundcloud post titled “Bored Stupid Actions“. In his recording he assures the listener that he has”people who will handle certain things ” several times. This is a clear threat towards those of us who have refused to cave in to Tom’s threats. Tom seems to have no clue whatsoever about the truth is and assumes people believe anything he chooses to say. In other words- nothing has changed. Tom refuses to stop making threats of harm to others and he doesn’t show any awareness that his ongoing defamation is harmful or care that it is against the law.

 It is too bad Tom can’t spend his time doing more productive things. After learning about his work involving Satanism I’ve noticed it is very difficult to find anything positive or constructive Tom Raspotnik has taken part in, that is the legacy he will be remembered for. At least he can take full credit for it.