On Monday, October 7, 2019, after finishing their anniversary dinner in New York, Agnes and Joseph Valenti were on the phone with their daughter, Erin Valenti. Their 33 year old daughter was a successful businesswoman and tech CEO who at the time of the call was 2,900 miles away in Paolo Alto, California. From New York and throughout the day, they had been in constant contact with Erin, who was visiting California for a tech conference, a workshop and to have a discussion amongst her peers about future business ventures. But, when Erin called this time, things were different. Erin was distraught, slightly panicked, and she couldn’t locate her rental car, a gray Nissan Murano. Agnes and Joseph stayed on the line during the duration of her search and luckily she did end up finding her car. Although when she did, their conversation took a bizarre turn.
Agnes and Joseph Valenti would later recount that Erin started speaking erratically “at a mile-a-minute” – and making very little sense. It was of their opinion that their daughter was having an unusual manic episode. According to Joseph, she was talking about coming home for Thanksgiving one second, until finally, and before hanging up with her parents for the very last time, she said:
“It’s all a game, it’s a thought experiment: we’re in the Matrix. I’m going to miss my flight.”
This outlandish compilation of words, would be the very last phrase Erin spoke to her parents before she was found deceased 5 days later on October 12 in the back seat of her rental car in San Jose.
With no visible sign of foul play or viable cause of death, questions abound as to the circumstances of her death.
Was Erin the victim of foul play or is it possible she took her own life? What did she mean when she said “we’re in the Matrix?” What could cause Erin Valenti, a woman with no known history of mental illness or substance abuse, to speak so erratically to her parents the night she disappeared. And why couldn’t law enforcement find her any sooner?
Erin was born in 1986 to Joseph and Agnes in Fairport, NY and would grow up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her friends and family described her as a highly ambitious, active and outgoing woman, earning herself the nickname “Armageddon Erin” due to her boisterous personality and odd propensity for being at the location of a natural disaster right when it occurred. She was known as a lover of writing, climbing, and Yoga, and often surrounded herself with her friends and family. Even as a child, her drive and determination to succeed were some of her defining characteristics according to those around her.
Erin would graduate from Georgetown University with a degree in Finance and International Business and go on to climb the corporate ladder: she had spent some time as the head of product development for Overstock.com, and eventually founded Tinker, a website and application development company, working as their CEO. At the time of her disappearance, Erin was living in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, Harrison Weinstein, who worked as a psychologist.
But beyond her success in the business world, it was the time, money, and effort she put towards humanitarian endeavors that made her stand out as an individual. Erin was also a volunteer for Not For Sale, an organization dedicated towards fighting Human Trafficking by creating sustainable living and economic conditions, and helping at-risk communities to create their own businesses. She was known to spend time mentoring and educating refugee entrepreneurs.
Erin was beloved and respected by many of her friends, family, and colleagues.
One of the accolades that she was supposed to receive, was an award in her honor at a conference for Women in the Tech Industry. But when Erin failed to appear at the conference in Utah to acknowledge her recognition on Tuesday, October 8, it became apparent to all that she did indeed miss her flight the night before. Alarmed by this, Erin’s parents and husband were quick in their attempts to file a missing persons report with the San Jose Police Department. But despite their overwhelming concerns and in depth explanation of their worries, the San Jose Police department failed to be moved. They explained, just as is heard in many other missing persons cases, that Erin Valenti had a right to go missing…
Two additional days would pass until Erin was officially reported missing on October 10. Following the official filing, the San Jose Police Department would perform a lackluster attempt in their search. A few police units were dispatched to drive through the local neighborhoods and asked to keep a look-out for the Gray Nissan Murano. Whether it be due to the casual efforts or the fact that Erin Valenti wasn’t in the area at the time of the patrols, no trace of the vehicle or Erin could be found.
Unsatisfied with the efforts of the San Jose Police Department, Harrison Weinstein started a Facebook Page called “Help Find Erin Valenti” in which he pleaded with the public for any help or leads that may aid in finding his wife. With an outpouring of support from people online and locals within the Bay Area, volunteers set out to patrol the streets of the San Jose area to see if anyone could find the whereabouts of Erin Valenti.
On Saturday, October 12, one of these volunteers finally located the rental car parked in a quiet residential area on the 6500 Block of Bose Lane in San Jose’s Almaden neighborhood - only half a mile from Erin’s last known location. Erin was discovered deceased in the back seat of the car, and according to the police, there were no visible signs of violence or foul play. Her family took to Facebook later that day to announce to the public that she had passed away, and mourners would later visit the site of her discovery, offering messages of condolences and sympathy to Erin and her family.
Joseph Valenti later expressed his frustrations to the media about the lack of urgency on the part of the San Jose Police Department. It was of his belief that if they had taken more action, then perhaps the police could have discovered Erin sooner and provided her with the care and protection that she so obviously needed. He called their initial actions in searching for her a “charade”, pointing out that the police didn’t file the missing person’s report until the Thursday after she went missing, and that they classified her as “voluntarily missing” despite missing a scheduled flight for an important event. The San Jose Police Department offered no response to the media at the time as the results of the coroner’s examination had still been pending.
Questions, rumors, and speculation began to circulate online and within the media about the nature and cause of Erin’s death.
What led her to say those final words: “We’re in the Matrix”?
If Erin had no history of mental illness or substance abuse, what caused her to change? Could it have been some undiagnosed condition, like so many online speculators suggest?
How long was Erin’s body in that car before the volunteer located her vehicle?
And if the San Jose Police had acted sooner, could Erin have possibly been saved?
Unfortunately, for those close to Erin Valenti, there would be few satisfactory answers provided even upon the release of her autopsy and toxicology report. According to Business Insider.com, the coroner determined that Erin’s cause of death was of “natural causes following an acute manic episode”.
Harrison, a professional psychologist, maintained to the press that his wife had zero history of any mental illness, psychosis, or substance abuse, and she was on no pharmaceutical medications of any kind. Fellow co-workers at Tinker also reported no noticeable change in her behavior prior to her trip to California. Erin’s friends and family said that she was constantly surrounded by people close to her and they noticed nothing odd or different either.
Then what could have caused a manic episode that ended her life?
This unusual conclusion made at her autopsy only fueled further speculation. A simple search of Erin Valenti’s name online would likely lead to message boards with theories of the paranormal or the conspiratorial explanations. What did Erin witness that would have led her to believe that we are all in the Matrix?
But there are also entries online written by doctors and psychologists who suggest that Erin could have suffered from an undiagnosed condition, and that dying of natural causes during an acute episode - while extremely rare - is possible under the right circumstances.
In the next part of this blog, we will explore some popular theories surrounding Erin’s case. I want to make it a point to state, I am not implying any theory is truthful or that I agree with any individual theory. This is just what is floating around the internet and is worth some thought.
Murdered by a ECO Terrorist Group - “Individualists Tending Towards the Wild-USA Natures Wrath”
In the early weeks of November 2019 an ECO Terrorist Group known as, “Individualists Tending Towards the Wild-USA Natures Wrath” commonly abbreviate as ITS, stepped forward to claim responsibilities for not only Erin Valenti’s death but another tech executive, Tushar Atre.
Their claims of responsibility could first be seen in a posting on the groups website “Maldicion Eco-extremista” on November 9th, 2019. It reads as follows, quote:
“Our thirst for blood has been satisfied and we praise Pan and Dionysus and all of the Unknowable for leading us to this action. Like the predators of the forest, we caught the scent of our prey and acted from our hunger for human flesh. We SHIT on all Western morality and all of our American anarchist naysayers.We rejoiced as Death itself rose from the underwater world as our personal accomplices. After the action, we celebrated, fornicating while the sweet blood of our victims remained fresh on our hands. Wishing death to all of civilization, our group of extremist happily murdered two tech executives in the West Coast, Tushar Atre and Erin Valenti. We conducted the killings for no other reason than the symbolism of seeing two flimsy appendages of the technoidustrial system laying first in agony and then motionless before us. We gave no fuck about Atre and his money or his employees and how he abused. Although, the very real fake news claims correctly that he was mixed in with the wrong crowd! We laughed as Valenti became aroused at her kidnapping and as she pleaded with her parents to become awoken in the hours before her death! The Underwater Panther was pleased with her sacrifice which she seems to have accepted. We came before both victimes yelling “Hoka Hey!” in the memory of our tribal ancestors who only remained Chiefs of War if the balance of bodies is maintained.” End quote.
ITS has shown a history of claims to multiple deaths of different persons since their founding in Mexico in 2011. In 2011 they claimed to have taken the life of a nanotechnology research scientists, years later in 2017 they claimed the murder of Lesvy Berlin Rivera Osorio, leaving a statement about her death stating, “every human being merits extiction.” In the same year they would claim the deaths of two hikers in Mexico. Their reasoning for killings of these two was sickeningly similar, they were killed for simply being in the forest.
Despite multiple claims since their creation, the validity of their involvement has yet to be verified. Without further evidence present it is hard to tell whether any of their claims hold truth. Many believe that ITS used and will continue to use similar claims to invoke fear without having any involvement at all.
Human Trafficking advocacy
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing and profitable criminal enterprises in the world. It is estimated that globally, 32 billion dollars yearly is made exploiting human beings freedoms through acts of both forced slavery and sex trafficking. The organization, “Not For Sale” has a mission statement to “end modern slavery and exploitation” and over the past fourteen years they have provided aid to over 271,000 people, throughout 12 countries, that are considered high risk of human trafficking.
President and Co-Founder David Batstone formed “Not For Sale” after a disturbing discovery found while visiting his favorite San Francisco restaurant. David discovered that this restaurant was the center of a human trafficking ring in San Francisco that saw waves of teenagers taken from their homes around Bangaloure, India and forced into modern day slavery. This eye opening discovery led to David publishing a book titled “Not For Sale” exposing human trafficking and his research led him to Kru Nam, a woman from Northern Thailand who actively saved targeted children. Kru Nam and David would bond, forming a relationship over a promise from David to provide shelter and food for the children Kru Nam had saved. This promise blossomed into what “Not For Sale” stands for today and actively supports victims globally.
Erin Valenti was an active volunteer for “Not For Sale” and like David, was strong willed and determined. This next statement might hang on the hinges of conspiratorial, but is it possible Erin Valenti discovered a situation similar to what David had before her. Did Erin stumble upon shocking evidence of human trafficking within one of her favorite hang arounds or possibly the involvement of a co-worker or peer within the human trafficking ring?
This idea is not backed by much evidence and is merely an observation so I’ll leave it at that.
Erin tried to expose sinister technology - Tinker Ventures neurotechnology
On October 26, 2019 a blog posting would surface on a website named the frankreport.com holding the title “Are Thomas Reardon’s Experiments on ‘Brain Wave Interfaces’ Connected To Erin Valenti’s Death?” forever imposing the question and imprinting the theory into the readers minds. The Frank Report is a website created and managed by Frank Parlato, an investigative journalist with cited works across hundreds of news outlets across five continents.
Frank’s work is also credited as helping to take down NXIVM (nek - see - uhm). NXIVM on the surface was a multi-level marketing and personal development company that offered large group awareness training through its “Executive Success Programs.” But underneath, it was a cult focused on sex trafficking, forced labor and racketeering. In 2019 Frank would act as a consultant and lead investigator for the producer of the two-hour long documentary The Lost Women of NXIVM which aired on Investigation Discovery. He would also be credited in multiple shows spanning networks like HBO, Starz and A&E for his work. So when reading an article on the Frank Report about Erin Valenti, one might believe it holds credence.
The article is brief and it features two direct quotes from a blog posting on medium.com titled “Mind Control,” that Erin Valenti posted on Tinker Ventures Twitter feed.
The article focuses on CTRL-labs, a company led by neuroscientist and internet explorer creator Thomas Reardon. Frank’s content writer is sure to point out that Reardon is a high standing figure, but lacks background information. The Frank Reports article alludes to the fact that Erin was involved in this line of work based on the idea that Tinker Ventures had their hands in many companies, and solely based on this shared medium.com article. The captured quotes in the Frank Report article are as follows:
“The future of brain-machine interfaces is non-invasive. Instead of surgical implants, CTRL- labs uses state-of-the-art detection and machine learning to read your neurons from outside the body. The first step will be technology precisely picking up the signals from inside your body to control devices outside of it with little more than natural gestures. The next step – and we are already closer than most people realize – will be reading the intention directly from your brain.
”CTRL-labs is pioneering something entirely new at the intersection of biology and code. He did this by assembling a rare cadre of scientists and technologists: PhDs in computational neuroscience; biomechanics paired with hackers and coders; experts in signal processing, machine learning, and human-computer interaction; and industrial designers.”
Frank believes that Erin might have found out something she shouldn’t have and was confrontational with Reardon about it. He alludes to the fact that this disagreement ultimately led to her death. At the end of the Frank Report article he leaves the reader with quotes from Erin’s final conversation with her parents.
“Mind control = neurocontrol.”
“We are all in the Matrix, it's all a game, a thought experiment.”
Honestly I think this theory is weak, but given Frank Parlato’s background as an investigative journalist and his work taking down NXIVM. Is it worth a second thought?
But despite the endless debate and wild speculation…
Despite what you, the viewer may theorize about the cause of Erin Valenti’s death…
For her friends, family, and colleagues, Erin’s story is that of the tragic loss of someone who was in the prime of her life and career. She was beloved and an inspiration for those around her. She was a loving daughter and a wife who put time into helping to make the world a better place whilst climbing the ladder of success.
She is also remembered fondly by those close to her, and those who didn’t know her - as evidenced by the outpouring of grief and sympathy online, and the memorial set up in her honor at the site of her discovery.
Since the events of Erin’s passing, her family has created the Erin Valenti Leader in Entrepreneurship Endowed Scholarship at the University of Utah. This scholarship has the stated goal of honoring Erin’s passion for entrepreneurship by supporting young and aspiring business leaders. If you wish to make a donation in honor of Erin Valenti, please follow this link --> https://www.givecampus.com/schools/DavidEcclesSchoolofBusiness/erin-valenti-leader-in-entrepreneurship-endowed-scholarship
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