Archive by Author



Comments ( 0 )

Zielinski Vs. Sandusky

As John Zielinski has said, “I’m not alone.” The Daily News just posted this article today.



Self-described ‘child prostitute’ connects Jerry Sandusky to Poly Prep sex abuse scandal and coach Phil Foglietta

Greg Bucceroni sends off email detailing explosive allegations that late Poly Prep football coach, whom he met at fund-raiser for Sandusky’s Second Mile charity, was involved in child sex ring.

A Philadelphia man who claims to have been paid to have sex with former Poly Prep football coach Phil Foglietta in 1979 as part of an alleged pedophile ring that included Jerry Sandusky sent an email to several Poly Prep officials on Monday – including current headmaster David Harman – detailing the explosive allegation.

Greg Bucceroni, 48, also sent the email to Kevin Mulhearn, the Orangeburg, N.Y., attorney who represents 12 men who sued the school, alleging Poly Prep officials knew that Foglietta was a sexual predator but covered it up for decades in order to protect the elite institution’s reputation and fund-raising efforts.

Bucceroni says he was a teenager when he said he met Foglietta at a Second Mile fund-raiser near State College, Pa. The Second Mile organization, which helped at-risk youths, was founded in 1977 by Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach who was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse of minors in June. Sandusky, who is scheduled to be sentenced next month, is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.

In the email to Poly Prep, Bucceroni said he was “a child prostitute” and was associated with a pedophile ring that included Sandusky, Foglietta, now-deceased Philadelphia businessman Ed Savitz and former Wharton School of Business professor Lawrence Scott Ward, who is serving a lengthy prison sentence for trafficking in child porn and smuggling photos and videos of himself having sex with a teenage Brazilian boy.

“(Between) 1977-1980 I was a child prostitute associated with a tri-state (NYC-NJ-PA) pedophile ring. (During the) summer of 1979 I was brought to the State College area by Ed Savitz for the purpose of child prostitution with Jerry Sandusky at a Second Mile fundraiser,” Bucceroni wrote in the email. “Due to time constraints, Sandusky became unavailable and I was introduced to Phil Foglietta by Ed Savitz & Jerry Sandusky. Foglietta was introduced to us as Coach Phil who coached youth football in NYC. Foglietta agreed to pay $200.00 for child sex and followed us back to a Philadelphia hotel, myself (sic)ad another child prostitute then engaged coach Phil in child sex.”

A spokeswoman for the school said Poly Prep had no comment on Bucceroni’s email.

In a series of interviews, Bucceroni told the Daily News that Savitz and Sandusky knew each other through Second Mile, political fund-raising and sports events.

Bucceroni said his stepfather completed paperwork for the boy, then 16, to be enrolled in Second Mile in 1980 and that Bucceroni and Savitz delivered it to Sandusky, but that an altercation between Bucceroni and Savitz that same year destroyed any chances of him being accepted.

Bucceroni claims to have been abused by Savitz over several years in the late ’70s. Savitz was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse in 1992 in the horrific case, but died of AIDS before his trial was to begin in 1993. More than 2,500 photos of Savitz’s alleged victims were seized by authorities who raided his homes, including an apartment near Philadelphia’s posh Rittenhouse Square.

Lynne Abraham, the former Philadelphia district attorney who prosecuted the Savitz case, told The News that she was unaware of any connection between Savitz, Sandusky and Ward.

“I know nothing about this,” she said.

At a hearing on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Frederic Block – who is overseeing the Poly Prep sexual abuse lawsuit filed by 10 former students and two day campers – urged the plaintiffs and the school’s lawyers to reach a settlement. A source familiar with the case said no settlement has yet been reached, but that there have been several settlement conferences before a magistrate judge.

The lawsuit filed by Mulhearn in 2009, which seeks $20 million for each of the plaintiffs who say they were assaulted by Foglietta, claims that Foglietta may have abused hundreds of other boys. According to the suit, a plaintiff identified as John Doe III says he found hundreds of photos of naked boys, apparently taken with a Kodak Instamatic in Foglietta’s apartment, when he opened a dresser drawer in the coach’s bedroom in 1971.

Foglietta died in 1998. According to a source familiar with the coach, he claimed that he had been offered a job on several occasions to serve on Joe Paterno’s Penn State football staff at Penn State. But Foglietta chose to stay at the Dyker Heights school because, according to the source, “he wanted to be big fish in a small pond.”

Mulhearn declined to comment Bucceroni’s email.

Bucceroni told The News that he was contacted by authorities on Wednesday to discuss Foglietta, and in the email to Poly Prep, he says that he has cooperated with the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspectors.

Read more:

Comments ( 0 )

Halfway There

I’ve heard other filmmakers say, “Once you finish your film, you’re half-way there.”  It’s the truth. It’s taken us over a year, but we’ve found the perfect distributor for our film – The Orchard, based in New York. They loved our bizarre little documentary and were able to put it in their line-up. It’s never been easier to give the gift of ZiELiNSKi — now available on iTunes, for rental ($3.99) or download ($9.99).


Apparently, ZiELiNSKi has already made a splash in Canada, where it is currently one of the top documentaries on iTunes. Thanks, Canada!

As the Penn State scandal continues to unfold, 72-year-old John Zielinski is on the move again.  He is planning an all out assault on pedophiles, Satanists, human traffickers, and the CIA. Take a listen:

“I circulated a newspaper on [Univ. of Iowa] campus in November 1992, one article in eight pages suggested that pedophile activity was going on and a mentioned NAMBLA influence. A short time later a editorial came out that stated “There is a newspaper circulating on this campus that suggest there is an organization which targets little boys for sexual purposes, we want to tell you that is all a myth, no such organization exists.:”  How or why was this choose out of a eight page paper to be commented on.  Why am I getting threats from Alumni Magazine today for revealing what I published 20 years ago?  Three month after the editorial appeared there was a major expose in Reader’s Digest on NAMBLA.  Kill(ing) Zielinski would cause too much attention, better to discredit and suggest he was a nut case.”

Stay tuned. Beware. Let the truth be told.

Comments ( 0 )

John Makes Headlines

Columbia residents remember personal connections to Martin Luther King Jr.

Columbia residents share stories of Martin Luther King Jr. as a real man who touched their lives
MISSOURIAN –  Sunday, January 15, 2012 | 6:40 p.m. CST

Martin Luther King Jr. poses for a photograph before speaking at a rally near downtown Chicago on July 24, 1966.   ¦  PHOTO BY JOHN ZIELINSKI

COLUMBIA — As Columbia and the rest of the country take time Monday to reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., three Columbia residents shared their personal remembrances of the late civil rights leader.

George Farris

Related Media
  • Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd of approximately 125 people in downtown Chicago on July 24, 1966.

Martin Luther King Jr. liked the greens they served at his parents’ table. That’s one thing George Farris, 86, remembers about King.

Farris’ brother, Isaac, married King’s sister, Christine. The two families would visit each other in Missouri and Atlanta. Once, King came to the Farris family farm in Eolia, and his mother cooked them a homegrown meal.

“They had regular greens that they raised in the garden and Kentucky Wonder Beans and peas. They had other food like potatoes fresh out of the garden,” Farris said.

They had dandelion greens, too, though they called it spinach. Farris said King really enjoyed the way his mother cooked, and King commented on the greens.

Farris said he often discussed issues of the day with King.

“He would just talk to me like a brother,” he said. “We’d sit down sometimes and talk maybe half an hour or an hour. He’d bring up something and I’d bring up something and he’d say, ‘Well you know why that is, don’t you?’”

Then King would give the historical or economic context for a certain social issue, Farris said.

King was down-to-earth, Farris said. “He didn’t act like he was any different than me.”

Farris respected King as a leader.

“He just wanted everybody to have a chance to give their expression,” Farris said. “Just because a person is a different color or different religion doesn’t mean you can mistreat them and think you’re right, because that’s not the way the Lord looks at it.”

John Zielinski

It was pure chance that John Zielinski came face-to-face with King that sweltering day in Chicago.

Zielinski is a professional photographer now living in Columbia. But on July 24, 1966, he was a college student with a summer job in Chicago who took his girlfriend’s 35mm Praktica camera to a shop downtown to find new lenses.

A police officer approached him on the street while he was taking pictures, Zielinski said, and warned him that King would be speaking later and there could be a riot, so he should stay away.

Instead, Zielinski said he went straight to the site of the rally.

The temperature was in the 90s. King, who looked exhausted, pulled up in a large truck with several other speakers, Zielinski said.

“I was impressed that as hot as it was, he was there in a black suit,” he said.

Just as a crowd of about 125 pressed toward the stage, a man moved his hands and parted the crowd like Moses.

“He split those people in two to let me take those photos,” Zielinski said.

Zielinski never thought he would get to see King except on TV. He stepped to the edge of the platform, about four to six feet away from King, and snapped a photo head-on.

“I had been there at an important moment in history,” he said.

When people look at the photos these days, Zielinski said, he hopes they come away with “a warm remembrance of the man.”

Comments ( 0 )

True/False 2011 Interview by Scott Johnson

During True/False, on one of our many walks up and down the streets of Columbia we met Scott Johnson. Well not really. I’d met him at some party at Mojo’s a year or so before. He was wearing huge ski boots and a flowing scarf. I had to say hello. Ryan and I kept running into Scott at the parties and at the films. Mostly the parties. He had this awesome set up in the basement of the Regency Hotel (soon to be demolished). The basement was full of mirrors and he had brought a ton of gear and lights to get interviews with filmmakers that had a film in the festival. He showed us the space one night and we were like, “Sure. We’ll let you interview us.” We scheduled a time to meet the following day and it was done. Well… not really. We woke Scott up in his Regency room at 5pm the next day. He had just got in from the night before. A true rock star. He was in rough shape but found the energy to shoot our interview. We helped him set up and he went from looking hungover to consummate professional at the press of the record button. His enthusiasm for our film was contagious. Sadly we were one of the only interviews captured in the soon to be destroyed Regency Hotel. Please take a moment of silence before you hit play to pay your respects to all the good times that have been had in the Regency.

Click to Play

Thanks to Erika Adair for editing this piece and thanks again to our boy Scott Johnson for not flaking out.

Comments ( 0 )

Paul and Hannie

Much love to our Amsterdam connection. Paul Pollmann created the text and poster for ZiELiNSKi film. He also made this sweet poster to celebrate he and his wife’s 50th birthday. So if you are in Amsterdam, buy ‘em a drink!


Comments ( 0 )

Expect Resistance Pt.1 – Doing Time with John Zielinski

We will be posting John’s emails that discuss his weekend in jail. Part 1 begins… now.

I just got out of jail after spending Saturday and Sunday at Boone County Correctional Facility.  City Court neglected to withdrawn the warrant that should have been withdrawn in August.  I am contacting the media Ch 8, 13, 17 about doing something on this not me particular but the awful conditions inside these walls.   This morning I was handcuffed and leg chained to go see a judge–when someone from City got thru to them after I talked to Carolyn Mathews about the arrest warrant that was supposed to have been squelched in August.  One of the deputies let slip that false arrest or arrest made after the warrant had been cancelled happen frequently.
Steel beds with a pad less than an inch thick.  I had to crawl up the side of double bunk because the lower’s were all taken.  Lights go on a four in the morning, despite the fact that they do not feed us until seven.  A lock-down occurred yesterday delaying lunch by two hours.  Recreation is practically nil.  Food not sufficient to sustain anyone and half the bay were given regular medication. I expect to have a real fight to get inside and film, therefore, I am trying to get the major media interested first.  Failing that I will try with CAT camera to interview the sheriff, etc.
Expect resistance, and the attitude: “They are criminals why should we give them any better treatment.
-John Zielinski
October 24th, 2011
Comments ( 0 )

Get ‘em while they’re HOT!

ZiELiNSKi, the DVD, is now available around town. You have 3 options:

1. Go to 9th Street Video on Hitt Street.

2. Go to Maude V on Broadway.

3. Buy one directly from John Zielinski.

Each copy is $15 and comes with an autographed photograph by John Zielinski. It’s a good deal. Thank you for all of the local support. We hope to use this money to purchase 1000 copies. John Zielinski will then sell them from the trunk of his Ford Festiva, that runs on vegetable oil, all over this country; all while wearing a Lone Ranger outfit. So please, support our cause.

Comments ( 0 )

Going International!

OCTOBER 24th-29th
We’ve been trying and trying to get our film screened abroad. See our bananas page for proof. We found refuge in Hamburg. The more I read about this festival the more intrigued I become. I think ZiELiNSKi will be a great fit for this year’s line up. Thank you, RADAR, for selecting our film! If anyone knows somebody that lives in Hamburg, and wouldn’t mind a couple of well-mannered dudes sleeping on their couch for a couple of days, please let us know. We are currently working on a new trailer just for the event, so stay tuned. Also, our brand new DVDs should arrive in the next 2 weeks. There are only 100 for now so email us if you would like to reserve a copy. We’ll keep you posted on screening times and dates as they come to us from Germany.

Comments ( 0 )

Hey Bellingham!

We are pleased to inform you that ZiELiNSKi will be screening on Friday, October 7th at 8:00 pm as part of Pickford Film Center’s DOCTOBER.

In 2006, Pickford Film Center joined forces with True/False Film Festival, in Columbia, Missouri, to produce True/False West Film Festival, which won a 2007 Mayor’s Arts Award, and shocked Bellingham with over 25 films in three days at several venues. While the festival was a success, festival politics made it untenable to continue as a Spring festival. From this festival, Doctober was born in 2007 in an effort to continue to bring great documentaries—and often guests—to Bellingham, and give our patrons a month to see as many as possible.

Tell ‘em James and Jesse sent ya’.

Comments ( 0 )