Jeremy Cedric Spencer (British; aliases used include Jonadab and Jonathan, though he now goes by Jeremy again) was born in West Hartlepool, England on 4 July 1948. Spencer was one of Fleetwood Mac's early guitarists, joining the band in 1967. His specialty was the slide guitar and he was strongly influenced by blues musician Elmore James. Spencer remained with the band until February 1971 when he joined the Children of God, upon which he renounced his possessions and cut his long hair.
He remains with The Family International (as the group is now called) to this day, participating in missionary activities, performing in studio recordings for the group (primarily in Brazil), and illustrating Family publications for children. Spencer lived in Ireland and worked mainly as a book illustrator and story writer for The Family International. As of 2013, he lives near Munich, Germany with his second wife, "Dora", where his efforts to reestablish himself as a mainstream blues guitarist are ongoing.
Spencer performed in concert tours in India with other Family International performers in 1995, 1998, and 2000. Shortly before the start of his 1998 tour, Fleetwood Mac performers including Jeremy Spencer were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In January 2014, Spencer announced plans to tour the United States starting in February 2014 and launched a Kickstarter project to raise funds for the tour and the production of a new album, Coventry Blues. On February 6, 2014, Safe Passage Foundation started a petition urging the organizers and supporters of the tour to "take a stand against child abuse" and immediately cancel the tour and fundraising project. The petition also urged Spencer's financial backers to "consider whether giving money to a child molester and child pornographer is the best use of their financial resources." Four days later, Spencer's publicist announced the tour had been cancelled due to "unspecified health reasons" and the following day, the Kickstarter fundraiser was also cancelled. 
- 1 Personal family
- 2 Family publications
- 3 Alleged child sexual abuse
- 4 Fleetwood Mac albums featuring Jeremy Spencer
- 5 Jeremy Spencer solo and other albums
- 6 Press
- 7 References
- 8 External links
At age 18, Jeremy met Fiona who was 14-years old at the time. They had five children together: Jez ("Dicon"; b. 3 June 1968), Heidi (b. 8 November ~1970), Mareshah, Ben ("Koa"; b. 1972), and Nathaniel ("Nat"; b. 21 April 1974). Fiona and Jeremy were separated circa 1978. Fiona (who changed her name to Kitty) later married Andres (Italian) and together they had three daughters: Katuscia (b. ~1979), Talitha ("Tally"; b. ~1980/81), and Rebecca ("Becky"; b. 21 January 1983). Jeremy was later partnered with "Dora" (from Germany) whom he met while living in the Philippines. Of Fiona's eight children, only one is still a member of The Family International. She has been promoted to a senior position within the cult, and has remained in regular contact with the other siblings. Some of these children have formed a rock band in England called JYNXT. The band members are Nat, Koa, and Tally Spencer, along with non-relatives, Blaine, DJ Dan Brown, and Joe.
- The Wicked World Behind the Scenes of Rock & Roll (TSM#2, 1990-01) — Jeremy Spencer's Traumatic Testimony
Alleged child sexual abuse
There have been a number of allegations of child sexual abuse made against Spencer. Information about some of these allegations can be found in court documents from Argentina and the United Kingdom, and in published statements, sworn affidavits and court testimony by his first wife and a number of people raised in The Family who alleged he sexually assaulted them during their childhood. In 1982, Spencer's first wife publicly accused him of statutory rape and also alleged that she and Spencer had found adults willing to sexually share with their older children. In a 1992 child custody case, three people testified under oath that Jeremy Spencer sexually assaulted them and otherwise sexually abused them when they were children. In 2005, a number of people provided sworn affidavits alleging child sexual abuse by Spencer to an FBI office in San Diego. The FBI investigation of Spencer ended in 2006 when the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California declined to prosecute due to the statute of limitations having expired for the alleged criminal offenses within its jurisdiction. In 2007, Harper Collins published a book, Not Without My Sister, in which one of the authors described child sexual abuse by Spencer in graphic detail. In 2014, another one of Spencer's alleged victims, released a public statement describing his ongoing sexual abuse of her starting at age 7 and his violent physical abuse of her two-year old sister. In a June 2009 public statement released on his web site, Spencer complained that he had been "subjected to slander and controversy" and "absurdly misquoted and presented in a less than favourable light" but did not specifically deny any of the allegations against him other than denying "speculation" that he was "a leader in the organization." His empathetic denial of the allegation that he was a leader in The Family appears to be in response to Lord Justice Ward's mention of him, 14 years earlier, in a section of the 1995 Ward Judgment titled "The Leaders' involvement in sexual abuse."
Court documents concerning child abuse
In 1992, Argentine lawyer Hector Walter Navarro was appointed as an expert by Judge Liliana Puccio in Rosario, Argentina to report on literature, documents and other evidence obtained during an investigation of The Family in that city. At their request, he also later submitted written reports to Judge Julio Manuel Cámpora in Mercedes and Judge Roberto Jose Marquevich in San Isidro. In one of his reports, he noted that Merry Berg alleged that Jeremy Spencer sexually abused her when she was 9 years old:
Excerpt from "Not Without My Sister"
In a 2007 book, "Not Without My Sister, co-authored with two of her sisters, Celeste Jones, who lived with Jeremy Spencer when she was a child, described alleged child sexual abuse by Spencer in graphic detail:
Statement by Davida Kelley
In February 2014, Davida Kelley described how Jeremy Spencer began sexually assaulting her at age 7 and his violent beatings of her 2-year-old sister:
Statement by Fiona Spencer
In an FN article published in 1982 and in June 1985 in the "FN Encyclopedia", Spencer's first wife, Fiona Spencer, described her relationship with Spencer. In her account she stated that Mr. Spencer "could have been put in prison" because she was a minor and he was an adult when they began having sexual relations that resulted in her pregnancy. She also described how her older (described as being between the ages of 10 to 12 and up) children were "fortunate" in that she and her husband had been able to find "loving", "helpful" and "patient" adults to sexually "share" with them:
Statement by Jeremy Spencer
On 2 June 2009, the following statement was posted on Spencer's web site:
Fleetwood Mac albums featuring Jeremy Spencer
- Fleetwood Mac (Blue Horizon 1968)
- Mr. Wonderful (Blue Horizon 1968)
- English Rose (Epic 1969--US only)
- The Pious Bird Of Good Omen (Blue Horizon 1969--UK only)
- Then Play On (Reprise 1969)
- Fleetwood Mac In Chicago/Blues Jam In Chicago vols 1 & 2 (Blue Horizon 1969)
- Kiln House (Reprise 1970)
Additional compilations/outtakes collections
- Greatest Hits (CBS 1971 - compilation)
- The Best of Fleetwood Mac (Reprise c1971 - Germany only but featuring rare songs)
- The Hits of Fleetwood Mac (Columbia 1990 - compilation)
- 25 Years - The Chain [Box set] (Warner 1992)
- Like It This Way (Elite - compilation)
- The Vaudeville Years of Fleetwood Mac 1968 to 1970 [Box set] (Receiver 1998)
- Show-Biz Blues 1968-1970 [Box set] (Receiver 2001 - Companion to "Vaudeville Years")
- The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions 1967-1969 [Box set] (Columbia UK, 1999)
- Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac (Columbia UK, 2000)
- Original Fleetwood Mac: The Blues Years (3-CD set, Castle, 1990)
- Madison Blues [3 disc box-set] (Shakedown 2003 - recorded 1970)
- Green Shadows (Union Square Music 2003 - compilation)
- Live at the BBC (Castle 1995 - recorded 1967-71)
- Shrine '69 (Rykodisc 1999 - recorded 25th January 1969)
- The Blues Collection (Castle, 1989 or 1992)
- Live at the Boston Tea Party, vols 1-3 (recorded February 5-7, 1970. Comprehensively released 1998 by Snapper Records, having previously been repackaged and bootlegged several times)
- Jumping at Shadows: The Blues Years (released 2002)
Jeremy Spencer solo and other albums
- Jeremy Spencer (Reprise, 1970)
- Jeremy Spencer and the Children (CBS, 1972)
- Flee (Atlantic, 1979)
- In Concert - India 1998 (PolyGram India, 1999)
- Precious Little (Bluestown, 2006)
Jeremy Spencer has also recorded a significant amount of music intended only for internal distribution within The Family.
- Classic Rock: Mac, Myths and Mysteries — 2006-03
- London Times: Band on the run with rock'n'roll in their blood — 2005-10-29
- www.middlesbrough-indexes.co.uk — accessed 2007-02-09.
- Jeremy Spencer interviewed by Martin Celmins, Classic Rock magazine, March 2006.
- Kielty, Martin. "Jeremy Spencer Kickstarts next Album." Classic Rock Magazine. N.p., 15 Jan. 2014. Web. 12 Feb. 2014.
- Change.org Petition: Take a stand against child abuse
- Jeremy Spencer: A child-abuser unworthy of your support." Web log post. Safe Passage Foundation. N.p., 12 Feb. 2014. Web. 12 Feb. 2014.
- Guzman, Richard. "Jeremy Spencer Cancels Tour, Long Beach Performance, for Health Reasons." Long Beach Press-Telegram. N.p., 10 Feb. 2014. Web. 12 Feb. 2014.
- Luzar, Charles. "Child Abuse Victims Speak Out Against Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist’s Kickstarter Campaign." Weblog post. Crowdfund Insider. N.p., 11 Feb. 2014. Web. 12 Feb. 2014.
- Jeremy Spencer interviewed by Martin Celmins, Classic Rock magazine, March 2006.
- The Guardian: After the 'Family' broke us apart
- Navarro, Hector Walter. Investigación sobre la bibliografía de Los Niños de Dios: Existencia de correcccionales clandestinos, 1993.
- Buhring, Juliana; Celeste Jones, Kristina Jones (2007). Not Without My Sister. Harper Element (HarperCollins), pp. 66. ISBN 0007248067.
- Spencer, Fiona. Testimony of a Child Bride & Young Mother, FN Encyclopedia, 1985, 1308-1310.