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The QAnon-JFK cult is turning to cryptocurrencies

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Former President John F. Kennedy (left) and a QAnon enthusiast (right). (Photos: Story/Universal Images Group via Getty Images and Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)

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His mother had been kicking herself since last November for missing the opportunity to go to Dallas to see John F. Kennedy risen from the dead.

But then she heard that QAnon influencer Michael Protzman was once again asking his followers to make another trip to Dallas to see the return of JFK, and she was determined not to miss it.

“She wanted to go in November but she didn’t have the means,” said her daughter Linda, who uses a pseudonym to protect her mother’s privacy. She “she was very upset that she didn’t go, but she made all the excuses why it didn’t happen.”

Last week, Linda’s mom “picked up and went” to Dallas, and within hours of arriving, Protzman, known to his followers as Negative 48, was teaching her how to invest in cryptocurrencies.

“He called me this afternoon and told me that they are hosting classes on how to invest,” Linda told VICE News on Monday, referring to a cryptocurrency network that has been promoted within Telegram channels linked to Protzman and his followers.

Linda’s mother was joined by about 100 other people in Dallas this weekend, with most of the group staying at the Hyatt Regency downtown.

Protzman has spent the past seven months living off donations and financial support from supporters to cover lodging costs since he lived out of his car before initially traveling to Dallas last November.

But this time, Protzman made it clear in an audio chat on his Telegram channel that those without money shouldn’t bother coming to Dallas and said people should plan to be in the city for more than a few days.

In addition to teaching classes for people who have traveled to Dallas, Protzman’s Telegram channels have been sharing videos giving his 70,000 subscribers detailed instructions on how they, too, can invest money in the cryptocurrency network, which is linked to yet another conspiracy. extensive about a global future. financial reset.

Protzman made his statement that no one without enough money should travel to Dallas because JFK’s last scheduled return on Saturday never happened, and now Protzman has moved up the date of the former president’s return, which he predicts will trigger “10 days of darkness.” —as of June 24.

“She told me that Michael changed dates again, and when I asked if he saw Jesus, he called me a satanist and a devil and then hung up,” Linda said, adding that her mother has completely changed her personality since she started. to follow Protzman’s online conspiracies last year. “My real mother would never do that.”

Over the course of the weekend, Protzman once again had his supporters spend hours waiting in downtown Dallas for JFK’s return. While they waited, some spent their time harassing people attending a March for Our Lives event by telling them the Uvalde school shooting was a hoax.

Like many family members of those under Protzman’s spell, Linda is now weighing whether or not she should abandon her mother entirely. “I don’t know who this person has become. I am torn between letting go of the relationship and putting up with it to keep them in my life,” she said.

Protzman has destroyed dozens of families over the course of the last seven months, and many of his inner circle now have nowhere to go, even if they wanted to leave the cult.

This has led to increased tensions between certain members of the group and over the past weekend in Dallas, there were some angry clashes between Protzman’s group and a splinter group known as the “Scooby-Doo Crew” who were kicked out. by Protzman due to money problems.

During a confrontation in the lobby of the Hyatt hotel, one of Protzman’s most loyal supporters punched a member of the dissident group in the face. The growing anger is also manifesting itself in increasingly unhinged audio chats on Telegram, with some members making open threats against opposing groups.

“I keep saying something will eventually happen, one of them will break. I just don’t know which one,” Karma, an open source researcher who has been closely following this group since the beginning, told VICE News.

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