The following interview was conducted on February 5th, 2013 shortly after the mysterious death of Milo Brecklin. Brecklin was found savagely mutilated at his estate in Boulder, Colorado on December 21st, 2012. At the time, Tanner Wallace was a long-time employee of and had become the closest confidant of Mr. Brecklin. Although Wallace was working on an assignment for Brecklin in Antarctica at the time of Brecklin’s death, he suffered an immediate nervous breakdown at virtually the exact moment of Brecklin’s death. Wallace was institutionalized in an effort to properly treat his condition. The investigators tried numerous times to question Wallace with no success, being that Wallace was unresponsive. Slowly, Wallace began to emerge from his condition after several weeks. What follows is a transcript from a cassette tape of the initial interview that Agent Deborah Simpkins, an agent of a special unit of the FBI, conducted with Wallace while he was still recovering at Napa State Hospital. Simpkins planned on doing several days of interviews but the day after this interview, Tanner Wallace disappeared from Napa State Hospital. He hasn’t been found yet.
Simpkins: How did you first meet Milo Brecklin?
Wallace: I met him back in 1985 shortly after being discharged from the Service. I was in an Army Special Forces unit but was discharged for an incident that occurred involving a botched operation. It wasn’t my fault, but I had information that they were trying to sweep under the rug and decided to “do the right thing”. Only no one gave a shit about the right thing and I was black listed and eventually kicked out. It was shortly after that incident and I was sitting in some Podunk bar outside of Bragg nursing my pride with copious amounts of alcohol when Brecklin found me. At the time I didn’t realize just how connected Brecklin was. I thought it was just happenstance that he found me. In reality, he was recruiting me. He knew people in high places and apparently, they knew that I was right after all. I couldn’t be protected from within, but Brecklin needed my skill set and was informed of my situation.
Simpkins: And just what did he need you for?
Wallace: Well, at first he was extremely vague about that. He made it sound like it was a shame for the government to put so much effort into my training only to let it go to waste. He said he needed someone to work security for him on various adventures around the world. I took him to mean that he would be going into countries where the governments were corrupt or unstable, you know, on things like mountain climbing expeditions, safaris, river trips, you know, things like that. I mean, he was obviously a rich man and I just assumed he liked to throw money at these adventurous trips.
Simpkins: What made you assume he was rich?
Wallace: Oh, he just exuded it. Brecklin was a larger than life fellow. He carried himself that way. He spoke with authority and had an amazing charisma. He also smoked the finest cigars, drank the top shelf liquor, wore expensive clothes, and never hesitated in paying for things with cash – you know, a big, fat roll of it on him at all times.
Simpkins: So, what did he really need you for? When did you suspect that his adventures were, ah, quite eccentric?
Wallace: That actually started to hit me with the very first assignment he gave me. See, I had nothing tying me down in North Carolina. No wife, no kids, no family, no home. He immediately offered to relocate me to Colorado, put me up in an apartment, and pay me a retainer until I could do a couple of jobs for him to see how I thought I would like it. He was a slick guy, real suave and super intelligent. He knew what he was doing alright. If he could just get me to agree to the initial trial run, I would stick around. After moving what little possessions I had out to Colorado, he sent me on my first assignment to interview a prisoner who was serving in a prison for the criminally insane in Alabama.
Simpkins: Do you remember where exactly in Alabama?
Wallace: Oh, sure, it was the Wetumpka State Penitentiary in the town of Wetumpka. The inmates name was Charles Kordish. At the time, I was wondering what the hell I had gotten myself into. The assignment was nothing like I thought it was going to be. To me, at the time at least, the Kordish guy was just plain crazy and I kept thinking that maybe Brecklin had a few screws loose too. Brecklin wanted the interview conducted in a very certain way and warned me that the guy would be saying things that were outlandish but to stick exactly to the questions he had prepared.
Simpkins: And just what did the guy tell you?
Wallace: He was incarcerated for murdering several people – they had taken up residence next door to him – after he believed them to be grave robbers. Two of the people were professors; one was a local professor at Coosada University and the other was some Brit. Both were archaeologists who specialized in ancient cultures. The other guys that were killed by Kordish were a couple of hired hands. Anyway, this Kordish fellow starts telling me about all of this occult crap the men were into and how he had discovered them robbing graves and performing black magic rituals with the corpses. Only they weren’t just going through the motions, the spells actually worked and he walks in on them summoning these creatures and proceeds to go nuts on them and kills everyone. But, of course the creatures disappear along with the body and the cops just find him and the four dead bodies – you know, the professors and the hired help. So I’m thinking this guy is crazier than a cuckoo clock and his whole story is suspicious as all hell. But here’s the best part, the guy was a shaky fellow, all nervous and scared because he believed that the creatures that were summoned were still out to get him. In his mind, he was convinced that he was being stalked by these ghouls.
Simpkins: Ghouls? Did he use the term ghouls?
Wallace: Yeah, he used that term. He also knew their real names: Chaklah’i.
Simpkins: Chaka – what?
Wallace: Look, do you know the kind of stuff Milo Brecklin was really into?
Simpkins: I know that he was heavily into occult lore and esoteric history; however, I don’t know nearly enough to know why. I’m trying to piece together his work.
Wallace: You mean, you’re not investigating his murder?
Simpkins: Murder? No, I mean, we don’t know that he was murdered, first of all, but, that’s only a part of my investigation. I’m investigating his life’s work, which also includes how he died, I suppose.
Wallace: I’m sorry, I thought you were… What exactly are you, anyway? Who do you work for?
Simpkins: I work for the F.B.I.’s Division 212 – the division that investigates Fringe Science. We investigate any significant crime such as terrorism, murder, or any malicious plots that involve credible ties to incredible things. Look, Mr. Wallace, can we return to the topic of the ghouls?
Wallace: Do you believe in such things? Do you believe that Milo Brecklin had uncovered things that ought not to exist in a sane world?
Simpkins: Yes, I do. But we are at this time completely in the dark in having a clear picture. And that’s why we need your help in understanding what Milo Brecklin was searching for.
Wallace: I see. I returned to Boulder struggling with whether or not to quit. I mean, it was some nuts-o stuff but it was also easy money. Brecklin met me and I debriefed him on Kordish. I asked him if he really could help get Kordish out and he laughed and said he could but that he had no intention of doing it. When I asked why he said that it would be better to let the Chaklah’i get him so that no one would know the truth. Then he proceeded to bring up what was on my mind. He knew I was thinking this whole thing was complete hogwash and he couldn’t blame me. He told me to just suspend my opinion until I could do one more job for him. He promised that after this job I would understand.
Simpkins: And what was that job?
Wallace: Well, it was really a series of jobs; but it was all carefully calculated by him to show me things.
Simpkins: Which was?
Wallace: It began with a trip to England. Really it began with me meeting the D’Amato Twins.
Simpkins: The D’Amato Twins?
Wallace: Yep, Jalenne and Janelle D’Amato. They both had paranormal abilities giving them the ability to locate and communicate with the dead.