A Twisted Tale

A well-known erotic performer is now an international fugitive. A look into who’s getting caught up in the identity theft crackdown.

"I'm going to miss her," Nathan said, nervously flipping a cigarette lighter between his hands. "I think San Francisco is going to miss her."


All rose when Chief United States Magistrate Judge James Larson entered the courtroom on Jan. 11 for the sentencing of Jade-Blue Eclipse.

Everyone, that is, except for Jade, who didn't show up for the hearing. That's when her lawyer reported rumors that she'd left the country. The assistant U.S. attorney assigned to the case asked for a bench warrant and it was issued.

Michael Manning
MARY SPICUZZA

Jade is now a fugitive wanted on charges of possession of a false U.S. identification document and failure to appear in court. DSS would not comment on whether she will face any additional charges. If caught abroad, she could be extradited.

Jade has decided that a life on the lam is far better than doing time in jail.

"After much deep listening and surrender, I came to the conclusion that it is very ridiculous to engage in conversations with a system that treats human beings as non-living beings," she recently wrote.

The arrest, she said, inspired her to do something she would have normally never done — close down her new crime-scene cleaning business and head to South America. There, she wants to travel to the Amazon and meet shamans. She discovered a psychotropic Amazonian vine called ayahuasca about a year ago, and wants to use it to learn how to live "in harmony with the land."

Jade seems completely enamored of her new boyfriend Smokes, who she says "takes care of me better than any woman" whom she's dated.

Before she left town, the pair made a batch of ayahuasca tea at their "temple" in Pescadero as Jade did her laundry and packed her things. She alternated putting her clothes in the wash and pounding the twisted ayahuasca vine with a hammer. They then added it and other ingredients into a massive silver turkey fryer and boiled down the brew to create a kind-of tea known for its hallucinogenic properties.

Jade looked softer now, compared to promotional pictures from her days as a performance artist, her face rounder and muscles smoother. Her hair no longer dyed any bright colors, she's traded her sexy clothes for mala meditation beads, a warm jacket and scarf, and a leather hip sack. She sat in the living room near the book Ganesha: Remover of Obstacles, held a drum, and talked about losing her identity, her name, and saying goodbye to San Francisco. She says that she's "held the heart of this city" for a long time, but that the city has changed and is now expensive, gentrified, and growing to be a police state.

"My life, it seems sad," she said. "But in the end I get to do these crazy, amazing things."

Sometime around Christmas Day, after visiting her boyfriend's family, Jade somehow slipped across the border. It's unclear how she got across, or how she made it to South America. But the ever-resourceful woman seems thrilled with her new surroundings. Still, she's already talking about visiting Asia. "I'm the type of person who'd rather die trying something. Live, you know, live something," she said. "You gotta say, 'I lived.' I did some things, even though it was so dumb and lame and ridiculous. It was worth it. It was delicious, 'cause I actually tasted it. And it was decadent. And it was all that."

As for special agent Dubsick, he predicted an SF Weekly follow-up story in Jade's future. When they catch her.

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