I will leave out most of my personal speculations and keep to the facts that I was able to unearth about what happened to Jack and G. during the period of 1983-1996, the time period that I call the Lost Years.
As most of the readers of this page know, Jack and G. fled Long Island in the early 1980’s. I have evidence that suggests that it wasn’t just the Foibles article (published in 1983) that caused Jack to flee Long Island. At the time, several investigations were being conducted by law enforcement. For example, in 1982 the FBI opened up a file on Jack Hickman (they also opened a new file for an investigation in 2002). Due to the many investigations going on, Jack fled the East and took his catspaw G. with him.
Jack and G., like many others with shady pasts, fled into the American West. They spent much of the next decade living in and out of cheap motels that could be rented by the week. By staying in places frequented by other unscrupulous types without permanent addresses, Jack and G. were able to remain hidden. They could also leave these places at a moments notice.
They spent many of these years in Colorado and eventually moved to California. As some of you have already guessed, Jack’s escape from New York was not paid for though hard work. The Lost Years were funded almost completely through Shoresh Yishai and through cult members paying directly for Jack’s rent. Jack did not work for the rest of his life; he lived off his follower’s money instead.
G. worked during some of the Lost Years and this did allow for Jack to do nothing constructive. This gave him ample time to spend focusing on G.’s personal brainwashing. Jack probably called it special teaching.
During that time of trouble, G. did not date women. He told many members of the cult that he was celibate, just like Jack Hickman had always been! I do not have details about Jack and G.’s sleeping arrangement when they lived together during the Lost Years. I just know that a young, good-looking G. lived with Jack who had a sexual history of having sexual affairs with teenage boys and young men.
In the midst of this period, Jack’s slovenly lifestyle and poor eating habits caused him to have a heart attack. While in the hospital, Jack had several life saving medical procedures performed. One of those was the insertion of a pacemaker.
Jack Hickman was physically feeble for the rest of his life and had difficulty walking. He also had very poor circulation after his heart attack. I believe that his heart condition and poor circulation left him impotent. Jack’s impotence will become more important in the years after the regrouping of the cult in 1996.
In the 1990’s, Jack and G. began to live in more permanent and expensive residences in Southern California. Like previous properties, his followers paid for Jack’s homes. I never saw the California homes. I was told by several sources that did see them that they were situated on prime real estate and were large. The homes were rented and never became part of the cult’s assets.
It was in California that Jack began to revive the cult. He had G. call the Clan Heads (Jack’s handpicked men who were in-charge of different families in the cult) and he told their followers that Jack was going to begin teaching their children. In May of 1996, his loyal followers sent their teenage children to a meeting where Jack would once again begin brainwashing young minds.