The Fraud of "Dr." Bill Deagle

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The Fraud of "Dr." Bill Deagle

By Brian Karjala

My parents were friends with Bill Deagle when he and his family lived in Colorado Springs in the mid-1990s.  My parents met Bill and Michelle Deagle at Ted Haggard's New Life Church in a small home group setting.  Bill Deagle dominated my parents' small group with talks of his strange visions.  My research on the man led me to discover that one of Deagle's many outrageous claims is that he is one of the Two Witnesses mentioned in the Book of Revelation.  I don't think I've ever encountered a bigger ego.  Deagle is also a quack medical doctor who misdiagnosed my appendix pain symptoms in August 1995.  He told me then that the pain from my stomach was not from my appendix and bragged that he had never misdiagnosed an appendicitis attack.  In his pride and arrogance he tried to confuse me with medical terminology where, if I'm not mistaken, I think he was making up words (this charge is also made by other critics of him).  I did not seek out an additional medical opinion.  Well, my appendix eventually ruptured and almost ended my life.

Deagle used my near-death experience as a manipulative tool against my parents.  While I was away at college in Florida one night at Deagle's house in Colorado the man videotaped my dad's conversation without my dad's consent.  When my dad found out he had my brother Todd secretly confiscate the tape with the intent to erase the content.  (Todd confiscated the tape but my parents later returned it.  The tape was never erased.)  When Bill and Michelle found out about what my dad had done they were angry.  My parents apologized.  But Bill let them know that if they had not apologized their first born son (that would be me) would have been taken away by the angel of death earlier when my appendix ruptured.  That's Bill Deagle's style.  That's how he operates.

I don't know what story my dad told that night but there's no story of my own that I would need to hide from the public.  The Deagles were treated better by my parents than I ever was.  I've never received any apologies from my dad for his hatred and violence against me as I was growing up.  Bill was the one in the wrong but my parents' response was to grovel before him.  But that wasn't good enough for Bill.  He had to make a threat against my life.

I only saw Bill Deagle about three or four times before that incident and never got the chance to confront the short stout man about his spiritual threat against me (hey, I had nothing to do with the videotape incident for which he said I had to die over!).  [As a repentant believer in Jesus Christ I do not bear the iniquity of my father's sins, a truth revealed from the Old Testament (see Deuteronomy 24:16; Ezekiel 18:19-20).]  My parents didn't even realize they were being manipulated by Bill.  Eventually my parents and the Deagle family were involved in a conflict over a real estate deal.  As real estate agents my parents found the Deagles a house in Denver in early 1996 but the Deagles did not want to pay them commission so they filed a claim in court with lies against my parents that the judge later tossed out.  That was the end of the relationship between the Deagle family and the Karjala family.

Bill Deagle creates conflict and chaos wherever he goes.  Ted Haggard's church asked him to not return there.  Years later Deagle was kicked out of the heretical The Prophecy Club (founded by a Stan Johnson) who for a time had promoted him (you know you're an extreme nut when you're too nutty for The Prophecy Club which profited financially by creating fear over the Y2K "threat"!).

So now you have "Dr." Bill Deagle manipulating and even dominating sections of the so-called patriot movement on radio and the internet (but not all have been fooled) while also running a vitamin scam with his wife before and after having his medical license revoked (search the site for William Deagle).

Bill and Michelle Deagle have three sons and one handicapped daughter -- just like my parents before my sister passed away (though in the mid-1990s the Deagle kids were in elementary school while me and my brothers were in college).

Kristy Karjala and Kelsea Deagle
(circa 1995)

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