Thoughts On The Dead

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Where Are They Now?



  1. Wasn’t rakow ripping off scientologists or something?

    • 28/12/2001

      First I should start out by explaining the reasons for this unusual crosspost.
      Recently a huge Ponzi scam surfaced involving Scientologist Reed Slatkin and a
      number of associates, including one Mr. Ron Rakow. Quick research turned up
      that he had a former connection with the Grateful Dead before becoming a
      Scientologist and getting involved with Reed Slatkin’s scam. The background to
      this huge scam is on a website called and the
      official bankruptcy trustee’s site is
      Ron Rakow used to be a “manager” of the Grateful Dead, meaning he used to hang
      around with them and steal their money.

      Ron Rakow’s role in these matters is explained briefly at

      Encapsulated, the story is that after leaving the Grateful Dead, Rakow went on
      to become a convicted felon for a bizarre mail fraud with a guy named Chris
      Mancuso involving lactic cultures. This fraud is explained in more detail in an
      Esquire article reproduced here:

      Recently Google put up older Usenet archives, so I decided to do a little more
      digging on our friend Mr. Rakow. Anyone who knows anything more about this guy
      can feel free to chime in. I’m especially interested in what sort of ‘cloud’ he
      left under, or whether the ‘cloud’ was just that he was a swindling jerk in
      general, rather than any particular incident. I notice that around the period
      of his departure, there was massive bootlegging of the “Wake of the Forest”
      album and that one post in this section seems to indicate that somehow, the
      original “mothers” or stampers were found in his basement by some individual.
      However this is uncorroborated, but it would certainly explain a few things.

      I should note that Rakow appears to have taken advantage of the Scientology
      scene in the same manner he took advantage of the Grateful Dead scene. Despite
      the fact that he took some “advanced” Scientology courses, there is no real
      indication that he ever took it very seriously, using it instead as a source for
      dupes in his incessant series of bizarre scams and swindles.

      • Robin Russell

        June 20, 2015 at 1:38 am

        The link between Mr Rakow and the Wakeboard of the Fools album boots has long been a topic of humid gossip among the ugly roomer set.

  2. I cut and pasted that off Google

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