Tyler Gleason: The Messianic Facebook Manifesto of the Man Who Allegedly Left His Baby in the Sun on FM 1960

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With the marines he went to Hawaii, where he got married. For a time, he tried to interest his bride in the cult, even though he was on their official shit-list, but he says that interest evaporated when it came to light that the leader was diddling the true believers.

"Finally, I started to question everything they had taught me, truth came clearly into view, life started making sense. I became an excellent student now that I was free to learn about whatever I liked, I still am," he writes, and in the next paragraph, has this to say:

I wasn't perfect, and I ended up being discharged from the Marines as a result of being prosecuted and convicted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. I made a dumb decision while trying to deal with a difficult situation, and I spent a total of 3 1/2 months in the brig.

After that vague admission of dark doings, he's back to preaching..."I've been in jails a couple other times in life for stupid stuff. But I've noticed that most of the folks in our jails are there as a result of the drug war and petty stuff like 'failure to identify' or 'public intoxication.' I've noticed that most of the people in jail are ethnic minorities and I think our justice system furthers racist agendas, and that no prison should ever profit anyone."

Well, Amen to some of that, Brother Gleason, but you said you were all about keeping it real. Why did the marines tell you to go pound sand?

Gleason headed across the world with his wealthy wife, who he says was from the upper crust. They flitted about in private jets and took long road trips. Eventually they got into real estate, but the market crashed, and the wife exits the picture with no explanation.

For his part, Gleason pops up in Houston in 2008. Here he worked for Sears as a sales manager and claims to have made almost $100,000 in 2009, and then he yada-yadas some more trouble.

"I made close to six-figures in 2009, some bad decisions in 2010 and by 2011...
I checked into a homeless shelter, and lived there for 8 months."

At Haven for Hope in San Antonio, Gleason says that he was so touched by all the help he received that he eventually came to realize that he "owed any debt that I tried to repay to society as a whole....NATION of HOPE is my attempt to repay the debt that I owe to those who cared enough to be certain that I had the help I needed when I needed it. Will you help me?"

And elsewhere on his page, he has this to say about his big idea:

I've been noticing a rise in the number of people who think I've got a good idea and a decline in the number that think I've gone insane. I rank high in most people who know me's list of unconventional people, but I spent a bunch of time in counseling learning to be ok with who I really am... and life got stranger, more peaceful, and more satisfying after that.

We're thinking that if yesterday's allegations are proven true, the balance of people who think he has a good idea versus those who think he's gone insane will shift a bit back in the other direction.

Court records state that Gleason is currently homeless. As of this writing, he still had not made his $2,000 bond. Tonya Gleason is currently free on the same bond.


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(The intersection where the baby was allegedly left in the median.)

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DreamingKat
DreamingKat

Two, completely unrelated points. The important part, that everyone seems to be overlooking, is what are homeless people supposed to do with their children when it's hot out?  The safety net is weak and full of holes, and when people fall through they end up with no-win choices.  The public library is no longer open every day, much less open for all the hours that it's hot, and you really can't have crying infants in there anyway.  Day care of any sort is crazy expensive, and by definition, homeless people don't have a home to keep the child out of the heat in.  Do we expect everyone who finds themselves on the street to turn their children over to CPS?  Do they have to do it the same day they find that they no longer have a home?  What if they're relatively sure that they'll be able to find a safe place in a few days?  You can't ask CPS to take care of your kids fo a week until a check comes in, and if you don't have close friends or family you can get to, what do you do?  Are folks who know that they'll be homeless for more than a night or two supposed to teach their children that unless they hide from authority, their family will be split up?  Seriously, what are people who find themselves homeless supposed to do with themselves and their children in inclement weather?  To the point more directly concerned with the article, I've met Tyler, and while I won't say he's the most stable person in the world, I can say that he *does* have a good idea with his homeless shelter.  Additionally, he's working towards trying to actualize those ideas in small steps (but he doesn't tell you about those at first) and helping those around him help themselves too.  The last time I saw him, he was leading a discussion of homeless people sharing tips on how to make better signs for pan-handling.  Which, even if the sign sharing didn't increase revenue for the folks, he was convincing people who had little hope to work together to attempt better their situation (they left the location I was at to collect cardboard and go back to a studio apartment that a handful of them were sharing to use the markers there and make signs).  Even if he's crazy, helping people remember that they can work together to improve their situation, no matter how bad the situation is, is valuable.  

Guest
Guest

" I like how I look right now, my wife likes it, my friends like it. " Does your sunburned baby like it, too?

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

You see just a smile, and if he was posing for his TDL I'd agree. However, he is posing for a felony mugshot there. Context is everything.

Tyler Gleason
Tyler Gleason

John, Context certainly is everything, and I want to clarify the context as I saw it for my smile in my arrest photo.   I was well aware that the photo would likely be printed.  I like how I look right now, my wife likes it, my friends like it. However, I thought a smile as subtle as the hints of black-currant in a good Shiraz would soften any (insert anyone with a real manifesto here)-like appearance. Secondly, I’d like to provide some additional information on the context of my “About Me” section on Facebook that you’ve called my “manifesto.”  It is an internet profile, and as no one would advise jumping into a relationship based only upon a dating profile on the internet, it was ill-advised of you to jump to the conclusions that you did based only upon my Facebook profile.  Just as you often find that someone is not what you thought they were after a first date, I believe that an interview will yield a more accurate picture of me and my intentions than you have published in your article. Feel free to contact me if you would like to gain a better perspective.

clive
clive

Looked at Tonya's FB and she has many pics of the baby posted. He is a darling baby, very cute and happy looking. She seems like a good mom. Sounds like she dumped Tyler a while back. Hope that's still true.

Jay Pledger
Jay Pledger

I'm a retired Tx parole officer and I can tell all of you based on my experience that Gleason is smooth talking an methodical con man that will do any thing for personal gain even it means destroying someone else's life. He practices Fallibilism which is scary Stay away from him because he is dangerous .

Chris
Chris

Not to downplay the serious accusations, but I lol'd at 'The unshakable smile of a true zealot.' and 'the same messianic zeal you see in his mugshot,'. Much as I look at the picture I just see smiling...

Michelle
Michelle

He regularly panhandles in Tanglewood. That is where I see him. He asks everyone he meets to check out his FB page.

Hanabi-chan
Hanabi-chan

Perhaps he was under the influence of a case of that "subtle" Australian wine?

MadMac
MadMac

Why do I keep getting an Ira Einhorn vibe off this cat?

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

 A panhandler with a Facebook page and an ardent appreciation of the "subtler notes" of a fine Australian shiraz.

Technocrates
Technocrates

He's a panhandler with a Facebook page. Hmm. Facebook is stupid.

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