Deceived: The Moo Years" is the true story of one young man's compelling, at times terrifying, former involvement with the martial arts cult Chung Moo Quan. Based on his soon to be published memoir, "Deceived: a Journey into Darkness", author and producer Russell Johnson's 12 week podcast combines a powerful narrative and witness interviews with martial artists, mind control experts and former victims of the Chung Moo Quan.
Death Certificate of John C. Kim 02/14/2016
The following pictures are shown in the order in which they occurred. Some will have more detail and links to additional information.
Russell Johnson and Sue Young
Russell Johnson’s first experience in the martial arts was with his childhood best friend Su Young. They trained at the World of Self-defense in South Minneapolis. The picture was taken around 1974 Russell practicing an arm lock on Sue Young.
Chung Moo Quan School C
This is a picture of the shopping mall located at 6800 Humboldt Ave North Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
The school was located next to a coffee shop and down from a pizza parlor. No one could have know that the school was a front for a destructive cult.
Russell Johnson White Belt 1980
This picture of Russell Johnson was taken in July 1980. The story of Russell joining the school is told in episode 2 of the Deceived Podcast Series. Click on the picture to go to episode 2.
The Lowry Avenue Moo Apartment Building
This is the Apartment Building that Russell Johnson shared with other Chung Moo Quan members. It was located on Lowry Ave North Minneapolis and known in the school as “Lowry”
Click on the picture to be directed to episode 7 which details living at Lowry.
John C. Kim's Birthday
One project was decorating cakes for Master Kim’s birthday party. The School usually ordered decorated cakes with tigers made of icing, but they always looked weird or funny. So Assistant instructors took over the cake decorating. They would normally make a cake for each School, and one for the birthday party. Usually, they would be up for a couple days getting all the supplies needed to decorate the cakes, then stay up all night until the last cake was finished.
Each student was expected to give Master Kim a cash birthday gift - as much as each could afford, but it had to be at least $100. They were told the money was not for Master Kim; the money was for their future.
The story about John C. Kim’s birthday is told in Episode 5. Click on the picture of above to be directed to episode 5.
Russell Johnson 4th Section Belt Rank
Chung Moo Quan Halloween Party
A picture at a Chung Moo Quan Halloween Party. Keith Brown (Not his real name) as Rambo.
Russell Johnson 5th Section Belt Rank
The Obituary of Instructor John Brice Maddox
John Brice Maddox with Parents
Chung Moo Instructor John Brice Maddox on the left. Pictured with his parents celebrating his birthday. The story of John's death is told in episode 11. Click on the picture above to be directed to episode 11.
CBS WBBM Investigative Reporter Pam Zekman
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Chicago Life Magazine
Investigative Reporter Pam Zekman was interviewed by Chicago Life Magazine. In her interview she was quoted as saying of two Chung moo Quan officials “Two of the officials sat across from me and said an accident was going to happen to me that they couldn’t control it. They talked about having my tongue ripped out and things like that.
Click on the picture to read the pdf.
Drawing from Chung Moo Quan the Cult and the Con
This is a drawing from Pam Zekman’s 1989 News Report Chung Moo Quan the Chung and the Con.
A former student told Zekman that he handed his instructor his paycheck and would be given back money if they felt he needed it.
Click on the picture to be directed to our Youtube Channel to watch the Cult and the Con news series along with other related videos.
Chung Moo Quan I.D. Card
The Chung Moo Quan I.D. Card. It stated that a students rank was registered with the Asian Chung Moo Quan Headquarters and was signed by Master John C. Kim himself. But in truth, the I.D. card was nothing more than another prop to perpetuate the belief in The Asian Chung Moo Quan Headquarters. This place where Russell Johnson believed his rank was registered did not exist.
New I.D. Card
In Reporter Pam Zekman’s 1989 Report Chung Moo Quan the Cult and the Con she asked an Instructor who was also an attorney for the schools about the I.D. Card.
Zekman also showed the attorney I.D. cards for advanced students that say their rank is registered with the "Chung Moo Quan organization. Asian Headquarters." He admitted there is no such organization.
Zekman: ‘It doesn't exist?”
Attorney: “Not that I am aware of.”
Zekman: “Is that a good idea legally, to be giving out these cards, if there is no such organization?”
Attorney: “I will say this, Pam. You have brought it to my attention, and I'm going to look into it, and I'm going to review it, and if I feel some changes are necessary, I will make those changes.”
After the news report students I.D. Cards stating that their ranks was registered to the non-existent Asian Chung Moo Quan Headquarters were rounded up and collected. They were replaced with new I.D. Cards which now said their rank was registered in the United States. Students that were unaware of the new reports were not told that the Asian Headquarters did not exist but that the school in the Untied State had broken from them. The pictures on the I.D. Card are the before and after the news reports.
Chung Moo Quan Big White Advertising Flyer
This is the picture of the Chung Moo Quan large white flyer. Students would go to businesses door to door hanging them in windows. Notice on the bottom of the flyer it list schools located in Hawaii, Canada, Australia, Guam, Seoul, Pusan, Hong Kong, Tokyo. This was an adverting fraud the schools did not exist.
The IRS Raids in 1990
The Training Injury to Russell Johnson's Arms
The Boston Phoenix - Chung Moonies? 10/25/1991
In October 1991 Russell Johnson would speak out about Chung Moo Quan for the first time in an interview with The Boston Phoenix Newspaper. To read the full article click on the picture for the pdf.
Minneapolis City Pages April 1, 1992
Russell Johnson on the cover of Minneapolis City Pages. The story was released on John C. Kim's birthday. The story behind the article will be told in Deceived Podcast Season 2.
Click on the picture to read the full City Pages article.
Russell Johnson Wanted Poster #1
This is the first Wanted Poster that Chung Moo Quan put out on Russell Johnson.
Texas Chung Moo Quan Wanted Poster
This is the Chung Moo Quan Wanted Poster put out on Former Chung Moo members Kurt Chappel and Jeff Austin and Cult Expert Joe Szimhart. A simular Wanted Poster was put out on Reporter Pam Zekman which was reported to call her a Witch.
Minnesota School A
This is a picture of Minnesota School A which was the flagship school for Chung Moo Quan in Minnesota. The picture was taken in the winter of 1992 by photographer Daniel Corrigan accompanied by Russell Johnson. The picture was taken about 2:30AM so the two would not be caught by Chung Moo Quan taking it and it made an eerie picture. The picture was published in the 1992 City Pages article Be True to Your School The Dark side of the Moo. School A would end up closing and for a short time became an adult book store.
Wanted Poster #2
This is the 2nd Wanted Poster Chung Moo Quan put out on Russell Johnson. It was taped to light poles and distributed on campus at the University of Minnesota. Russell received a call one night from a bouncer at a bar that he frequented and to inform him that the Wanted Poster was being distributed in the bar.
April 11th, 1995 Arrest Warrant for John C. Kim
On April 11th, 1995 An Arrest Warrant was issued for John C. Kim. Kim was charged with Conspiracy to Defraud the United States of America.