There is a famous old quote by Benjamin Franklin that states, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” However my experiences in life have led me to the conclusion that this is only partially true. I submit that there are two other certainties which haunt the human existence; gynocentrism and corruption. And though all four of these certainties tend to paint a somber picture within the vast tapestry of the human experience, it is often hopelessness and pain that drive men to seek answers outside themselves, searching for relief and understanding as to why these debilitating concepts must exist in a life that they were promised so long ago would be fair, loving, and just.
The truth is, life is none of these things and I am not going to try and explain to you what it is. Many men who have faced such dire times and looked deep within, or reached vast distances without to seek answers, often find themselves in the warm embraces of philosophy, meditation, religion, spirituality or even MGTOW. In a space which gently whispers promises of consciousness beyond this existence; promises of things to come, things that life lied to them about. Yes, I can’t explain what life is with its corruption and mortality, but instead I will tell you the story of one man who very recently has come face to face with these unwanted certainties of life.
The Story Begins
Neil Bantleman was like any other expatriate living and teaching here in Indonesia; a man and his wife seeking employment opportunities in a tropical foreign country. The money is great and the experience invaluable. I do not know him personally but I share much of his experience as I too am an expatriate teacher in this country and also a Canadian citizen. I’m sure that for Neil, living and working here was a choice he made with a sense of adventure as part of his motivation; a chance to experience a new culture, learn a new language, try new foods and explore a beautiful and rich country. But like all adventures it came with risks. Risks that anyone living here will tell you are worth taking when considering all that one can benefit from such travels. However today, Neil and many others following his story may be having second thoughts.
Around March of last year, 2014, corrupt wheels were put into motion which would eventually lead to Neil, aged 45, being found guilty and thrown into an Indonesian prison on charges of assault and sexual abuse of a minor. And the engine of this inevitable train wreck was first fueled by the accusations of one wealthy mother of a young Indonesian student who was attending JIS (Jakarta International School); the same school at which Neil was employed as a learning coordinator. With the power of a traditionally gynocentric and very corrupt culture behind her, this still unnamed woman accuser came forward with allegations that her 6 year old son had been sodomized by a group of five janitors who were working for JIS at the time. According to the mother, she had become suspicious when she noticed her son had been having troubles going to the bathroom. Her story and the typical gag reflex of the corrupt, jumping at any chance to make a quick buck, led to the arrest and detention of these poor bewildered male janitors. The events that followed read like a poorly scripted detective thriller, one in which the plot is very difficult to follow.
Fast forward to April and a story breaks saying that one of the accused of raping the child had killed him self while in police custody. A spokesman for the police said, “Azwar, [the suspect] drank bleach and other cleaning liquids in the bathroom of the police’s women and children’s unit, where he had been brought earlier in the day for questioning.” The same article also says this about the incident, “Azwar’s death, however, raised questions from activists who accused the police of hiding some facts, and being discriminatory and partial.” For those of you who are unfamiliar with Indonesia and its political history, being discriminatory and partial are the norm of how things work here, so this news came as little surprise to many following this story. The subsequent handling of this case by local police quickly turned into a circus show.
It wasn’t long before the first mother who made the original accusation was joined by two other mothers of students from the same school, both saying the same thing; that their children too, were assaulted by this motley crew of janitors, victims of regular meetings of sodomy in the washrooms of this internationally renowned and popular school. They say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but try multiplying that by three money hungry wealthy and privileged mothers, backed by the pitchforks and cries of a corrupt and very traditional country; all existing in a world where everyman is looked upon with suspicion and considered a potential threat to both women and children.
Enter Neil, Stage Left
Then in June of last year the plot of this insane story took a twist and this is where our main protagonist or antagonist, depending on who you ask, Neil Bantleman, comes to center stage. It is the opinion of this author that the original women who had first come forward with accusations that their children had been raped realized that by targeting poor Indonesian janitors, any monetary compensation would be minimal at best. So in June 2014, the news came out that two teachers were now being questioned in relation to reports of sexual abuse on three children at the school, one child being involved in the original case that ended in the death of one of the accused. The busted caper of the lowly janitor pedophile gang had now morphed into an international incident involving actual teaching staff who may or may not have been involved in a larger conspiracy that included regular sodomizing of children, between classes, during school hours. Neil was one of these accused teachers.
This chapter of the story began with these words by one of the lawyers representing one of the mothers. “This is in response to a follow-up report made by the parents of one of the victims. [The victim’s mother] made a report four months ago that her child was sexually abused by the janitors of the school. Now that has changed. There have been changes. We will provide the details later.” Yes, now everything has changed, things have changed. But today we see that what has changed is not the gynocentric model, or the haste of an unjust and corrupt state to find guilt, but the life of one innocent Canadian expatriate man, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Neil and another Indonesian teacher, Ferdinant Tijong, had been accused by a mother of “assaulting her son in the school’s administrative office.” She also claimed “JIS kindergarten principal Elsa Donohue had videotaped the assault.” Interestingly enough, a video tape never surfaced as evidence of the crime, and the female principal is the only one of the original three accused not currently serving time, and she was never detained while awaiting investigation. Of course the two male suspects were not so lucky. Not long after questioning, Neil and Ferdinant were held on suspicion of committing sexual assault on a minor and thrown in prison. Indonesian law in accordance with international human rights allows for the holding of a suspect of a crime for 120 days while an investigation takes place. Unfortunately for the accused they remained in a prison cell all the way up to their trial in March of this year, clearly violating international human rights.
Of Magic Stones and Underground Rooms
After Neil was detained, a clown show of epic proportions commenced of what can loosely be described as an investigation. A number of incredible claims came forward by the mothers of the alleged victims. Among these claims was mention that the sexual assaults had occurred in a glass walled administrative office during school hours. None of these assaults were witnessed by any other staff in this busy school and after the assaults had taken place, both the teachers and students involved went peacefully back to their classes as if nothing had taken place. This routine had apparently gone on for months while no one was the wiser. Perhaps the reason no one had apparently witnessed or was aware of these assaults for so long may lie in the testimony that they (the assaults) often took place in secret underground rooms. None of these rooms, until today, have been proven to exist.
The real gem in this cartoon masquerading as a just investigation came when one of the mothers of the victims stepped forward with the claim that the teachers had used a magic stone which was produced out of thin air to anesthetize the children so they would feel no pain during these acts of sodomy. (I swear you cannot make this stuff up.) During this time many doctors were consulted on whether or not the children showed any physical signs of sexual assault, and according to one hospital in Singapore, there was no such evidence. However it didn’t take long for these rich privileged, harpy like mothers to find a corrupt doctor to testify that sodomy had occurred, and a corrupt lawyer with big enough balls and enough friends in high places to take this gong show to court. Then in March of this year, Neil Bantleman and Ferdenant Tijong were put on trial, accused of sexually assaulting three minors.
The trial was swift and brutal, and far from anything representing what we would consider just or fair. No solid evidence was presented in court and only witness testimony was taken into account. Neil’s brother who was present during the trial said this, “The judge basically threw out every piece of evidence, every witness that the defense put up through the case. It’s mind-boggling. There hasn’t been a piece of evidence that has actually proven anything.” A reporter who was also in attendance had this to say. “There has not been an objective observer at all and now it’s become a media trial, with the defense trying to get their point out. It’s left us in a complete no-man’s land. There are still three children with two parents each who decided it was worthwhile putting their child through this. One is suing for $125 million but the other two aren’t.” Oh yes, did I miss out that small detail? One of the mothers responsible for this mess is looking to get a huge payout of 125 million USD from the school that Neil worked at. But I’m sure money is not an incentive in these corrupt proceedings.
I think it is also important to point out here that the judge presiding over the trial was also a woman, and the same reporter I quoted above had this to say about her. “The judge clearly hates Neil and the defense team, so I’m not sure I trust her summary of the trial. The judge might normally be an objective observer but having observed her, she is not an objective observer.” Anyone that has made their way to this website and is reading this article now probably doesn’t need to be told why things like this occur in our gynocentric world. A non-objective female judge, a rich and spoiled over privileged mother with dollar signs in her eyes, three young children tugging at our heart strings, and in the middle of it all an innocent expatriate man now serving 10 years in an Indonesian prison for a crime he did not commit.
As of today, Neil Bantleman is just beginning his 10 year sentence. A man who I am sure on his arrival to this country had wide eyes and an open heart ready for his adventure in this foreign land. A man who as a teacher, must have been filled with ideas of making a positive difference in the lives of the children he would connect with as an expatriate here. But now, though hopeful as any man should be, I am sure his eyes have lost their spark somewhat and his heart closed a little having experienced firsthand these certainties of an unjust world; these certainties of not just death and taxes, but of rampant corruption and gynocentrism.
It’s Not Over
Looking back on the series of events that led up to Neil’s conviction and imprisonment, this author can’t help but wonder how things may have been different if say, the accuser was not a privileged rich mother or if the shrieking accusatory words of a woman were not backed by a corrupt and traditional gynocentric culture. Or if perhaps the judge had been a man instead of a woman. No one can say for sure, but one does have to wonder.
This is not a man’s world. Neil Bantleman and his story are testimony to that. This is a world where men are easy scapegoats, looked upon with suspicion; where even the word ‘men’ is often uttered with contempt under the breaths of so many people in society today. A world where a man is a rapist and abuser first and an innocent victim last. Where men cannot be raped, cannot be abused and are often guilty until proven innocent. To most of you reading this, it probably seems like I am preaching to the choir, but the main reason I am telling Neil Bantleman’s story is not just because it is a familiar one, but also to bring it to your attention in order to inspire some of you to reach out to your fellow man and offer Neil support. To give him a little more hope and perhaps somehow assist in getting this innocent man out of prison and on with his life.
I am going to include Neil’s wife’s twitter account here: https://twitter.com/tbantl. Please go to her twitter page and tweet your support for her and her husband through these horrible times they are facing. Let her know that other men like us MGTOW men care and that we support one another. Maybe this is a case where MGTOW can make a difference. And maybe if there is enough interest I can pay a visit to his wife and Neil himself to personally represent what we as MGTOW stand for. After all I am in Jakarta, so you can also contact me if you have any questions about these ongoing events through my twitter account https://twitter.com/AyamSirias or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see the video I made about this case back in October of last year here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SPimYk5vTM. There are a number of articles linked to the story in the description of the video if you are interested in more information on this case.