Tyler Gleason: The Messianic Facebook Manifesto of the Man Who Allegedly Left His Baby in the Sun on FM 1960
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.
(The intersection where the baby was allegedly left in the median.)