Chapter 6: Quadro Sinko


Seminole County Public Schools

Project Director/School Principal and

Co-Designer of Project Excel, 1994-1995



March 29 1994 Wolf is noted as being the principal of Excel, “the district’s new alternative high school for disruptive students.” In this role, he brings “US Customs Inspectors” to the school, who in turn bring along drug-sniffing dogs, just like Brian Marcum was working with at this time. [LINK]

Wolfgang Halbig, principal of Excel, the district’s new alternative high school for disruptive students, did the frisking lesson. He’s a former U.S. Customs agent and still works part time at that. The lesson was an eye-opener. Using a student stand-in dressed in typical teen garb and calling on experience as a former assistant high school principal – discipline chief, that is – he proceeded to unload an inventory of illegal objects. The list included three guns, several knives, two sets of brass knuckles, a marijuana pipe, a pager and pack of LSD.


It should be emphasized that only a very small percentage of students bring weapons to the campus; by far a majority of students are law-abiding and attend to learn. What is distressing, though, is that the number of disruptive students grows each year, and the audacity of their conduct worsens.

Halbig, who has been teaching and administrating for 18 years, says the problem grows. ”They are more aggressive, more rude, more disrespectful each year.”

Sept 7 1994: Parks Open Later to Reduce Traffic, Crime – An article in the Orlando Sentinel reports that a park near Wolfgang’s school is opening two hours later now, due to the plague of student  crime. [LINK]

After getting dropped off, some students congregated at the park instead of walking straight to school, said school district security director Wolfgang Halbig. Students also have used the park as a parking lot.

Halbig said he was also concerned about students being targets for drug-dealing and other crimes.

They’re a captive audience,” he said.

December 4, 1994:  Teachers May Get Rap Sheets On Serious Offenders

Wolfgang Halbig, security director for Seminole schools, said teachers deserve to know what they are up against. But he also hopes the information is not used to label students as doomed for trouble. Some can be saved if they are identified and property handled, he said.

”You need to look at the whole child,” Halbig said. ”The first time he ran into trouble. His reading score. The family situation. Don’t let a felony determine who the kid is.”



Seminole County Public Schools

Director of Safety and Security, 1995-1999

May 7, 1995: Some Swear By Device, Others Scoff – This is is the first instance investigators have found and confirmed where Halbig is associated with a truly unbelievable product often called the Quadro Tracker. This fantasy technology promises to be able to locate any item – including illicit drugs, explosives, and firearms – in a given physical space. Even at this early stage, it is noted that many are very skeptical about the device’s legitimacy, but Wolfgang Halbig in unequivocally enthusiastic about the potential for this invention to improve his standing as security director for Seminole County schools. [LINK]

As fiercely as some believe the gadget is nothing more than a modern-day divining rod, some who have practiced taking smooth steps with the device in hand – taking care not to disturb the magnetic field that surrounds their body – are believers.

Wolfgang Halbig, security director for the Seminole County school district, said he wants to buy at least one tracker for each of the district’s 50 schools, to rid them of drugs and guns.

”We are going to purchase it, I want you to know that,” he said. Halbig said he learned of the tracker when Quadro’s distributors asked him to test the device and give an honest opinion.

Halbig said other people who were contacted by Quadro’s representatives scoffed openly at the device, but he is adamant that it will ”slow down kids bringing drugs to school.”

May 14 1995: Quadro Tracker letter to the editor is published, expressing concern over Halbig’s intent to buy these sham products:

REGARDING ”SOME swear by device, others scoff” in the May 7 Seminole Extra, Seminole County school security director Wolfgang Halbig wants to buy 50 ”drug-sniffing” electronic Quadro Trackers. My calculations say he would spend at least $19,750 of Seminole County taxpayers’ money for a device that the maker is afraid to patent and that uses ”voodoo” to find contraband with a method the maker can’t clearly explain. The U.S. Customs Service even tested it: The Quadro Tracker doesn’t work.

Mr. Halbig: Don’t buy the Quadro Tracker and engage in fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer money. If you want to find drugs in the schools, use dogs.

Question #8 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer: Why didn’t you know the Quadro Tracker was a fraud, since the U.S. Customs Service knew that, and you frequently tout your experience working for U.S. Customs? Why are you trying to sell a phony bomb detector to the school you work at? What if there really was a bomb?

May 14, 1995: Another letter mocking Wolfgang for believing the Quadro Tracker is published. The author of the letter, identified as Clarence R. Keller, displays an extremely low opinion of Halbig’s judgment.  [LINK]

And How About A Good Deal On A Bridge In Brooklyn?

OPINION – Letters to the Editor

May 14, 1995

QUICK, HOW can I get in touch with Wolfgang Halbig, security director for the Seminole County school district? He wants to buy 50 ”magic” drug-tracking devices to use in district schools at a cost approaching $50,000.

Tell him I’ve got a digitalized divining rod that’s guaranteed to find buried gold deposits under school properties. But he’s got to act fast. At the introductory price of $500 per, they’re selling like hotcakes! Quick! Get me in touch with this guy!

July 9, 1995: Principals Question Method Used To Report Misbehavior – Wolfgang is interviewed for an article about the rise in violence at a school in his district, during his tenure. In it, he tries to argue that all of the other schools are lying about their stats and he just looks bad for being honest. However, he ultimately concedes that the school he is responsible for securing is plagued by seemingly endless violence. [LINK]

Wolfgang Halbig, the school district’s director of security, agrees that the statistics don’t seem complete. ”You have to ask, are all other schools putting in all their data? I know they’re not.

Still, Halbig said, ”When you have a school that has 300 fights, you need to look at what’s causing these fights and what we can to do resolve it. That’s a lot of fights.”


National School and Workplace Safety Consultant

Expert Witness, Risk Assessments, 1995 – current

August 7, 1995: Report Targets School Crime –  Article reports that Halbig is still resisting the statistical proof that his school is a dangerous place, while at the same time claiming to be implementing measures to curb the bloodshed. Halbig also notes that a system of audio monitoring is already in effect. [LINK]

Teachers will be offered new training on aggressive behavior management, such as how to break up a fight and how to handle an assault.

”We hear that it’s more and more difficult, and there are more and more incidents that arise,” Parker said. As state law requires, teachers and principals will now be alerted to any students involved in the juvenile justice system.

– More security equipment will be installed. Audio detection devices, which pick up voices and other sounds during a break-in, are already in county high schools, Halbig said.

August 20 1995 – In Schools, Cost Of Crime Also Measured In Dollars – An article about the expensive security system Wolfgang has purchased for the school, and how ineffective it is. [LINK]

In addition, says Wolfgang Halbig, chief of school security, there are burglar alarms, video cameras, detection devices and fenced campuses, all to guard against theft and mayhem in the schools.

Mr. Halbig says the money being spent is all school money, money that can’t be spent for teachers, books, supplies, more classrooms. Even so, many thousands of dollars in property is stolen or vandalized each year.

October 15 1995: “Discipline, Violence Worry Local Schools” – An article about the completely unrestrained growth of criminal gangs in the schools under Wolfgang’s “protection.” Wolfgang defends his actions by pointing out that he successfully purchased a great deal of expensive equipment and hired more private contractors. He then openly wonders why everyone in the school’s administration hates him. Then he tries to sell them more products. It should be noted that one of the programs he champions is the “Save a Friend hotline” set up to receive tips, not unlike the November 5, 1992 stun gun tip.   [LINK]

”I don’t think we have a huge gang problem,” Gorman said. ”But this shows if we’re not vigilant, if we don’t quash it, this is what could happen on a widespread basis.”

Security director Wolfgang Halbig cites a number of successes under his tenure, including the addition of new security officers at schools and the installation of more sophisticated security equipment.

But he has encountered some frustrations as well, including a cool reception from several school administrators.

”Some have supported me,” Halbig said. ”Some have no support. They tell me I’m being overzealous or overreacting. There are some campuses where I feel uncomfortable because I don’t feel welcome.”

And he said schools have been slower than he would like to promote such programs as ”Save a Friend,” a hot line that allows students to anonymously report weapons or other threats to safety.

Superintendent Paul Hagerty praised Halbig’s efforts to increase safety consciousness. ”He’s made a lot of progress. He has a lot of good ideas and he’s impatient. That’s healthy,” Hagerty said.

November 6, 1995 – Halbig is listed as an administrative contact on a hiring contract for a DARE officer.


January 24, 1996: District To Hear Students’ Views On Violence – Students attending Seminole County schools, which Halbig is the security director of, organize a forum to discuss the ongoing and dangerous problem of violence in Seminole County schools. [LINK]

SANFORD — Seminole County students will get their say today on violence in schools.

About 40 high school students have been invited to a closed forum at school district offices in Sanford, sponsored by the district and the county’s chambers of commerce.

The purpose is to hear students’ suggestions for coping with violence and school safety issues, said Wolfgang Halbig, director of security for Seminole schools.

A cross-section of students have been invited, Halbig said. ”These are kids who are respected by their peers,” he said. ”We’ll ask them, ‘What do you see? What do you hear? What is happening? What can we do to help?’ ”

January 25 1996: Drug, Weapon Tracker Yanked Off The Market – An article in the Orlando Sentinel describes how the “Quadro Tracker” has already been taken off the market as an obvious fraud. [LINK]

The ideomotor effect is the user’s unconscious tendency to move the device, he says, just like using a Ouija board. The device appears to be working on its own, when in fact, the human is doing the work.

Randi of Fort Lauderdale said he and Seminole County school security director Wolfgang Halbig tested the device, and it worked only when Halbig knew where the hidden substance was.

When Halbig had no idea where the substance was hidden, nine times out of 10 the device pointed the wrong way, Randi said.

Halbig, who originally was an enthusiastic fan of the device, said schools everywhere are so eager to stop the flow of drugs and guns that the tracker seemed a godsend.

”It shows you how desperate we are,” he said. ”When someone tells you they’ve got this magic, it gets your attention. I’m just so glad we didn’t buy it.”

February 4 1996: Hollywood Halbig – More attention is showered on Halbig, who is potentially to appear on an upcoming broadcast of the news magazine show Dateline NBC. The adulation is despite the fact that Halbig is scheduled to appear as an advocate for a fraudulent technology, this being the premise for the entire segment.

Wolfgang Halbig, director of security for Seminole schools, may appear in an upcoming broadcast of Dateline NBC.

The news magazine interviewed Halbig last year about a dubious hand-held device that is supposed to detect hidden drugs and weapons. He’s been told the show will air later this month.

Halbig told Dateline he considered buying the $1,000 device, made by the Quadro Corp., until independent tests proved it was not reliable. Since then the FBI has called the device a fraud.

A memorable exchange that may not make the NBC show:

Reporter: ”If you could convince the kids you had some kind of psychic power, could you walk down this hall with a stick and do the same thing (as the tracker)?”

Halbig: ”I don’t think I can convince them I have psychic powers.”

February 13, 1996: Sales Of Drug Detector Sidetracked – The Quadro Tracker is reported to come under increased scrutiny, placing one Wolfgang Halbig under uncomfortable scrutiny. [LINK]

The Quadro Tracker is a magic wand to some, mysteriously directing its handlers to hidden drugs and weapons. But to the FBI, it’s nothing more than hocus-pocus.

They really hooked us,” Halbig said. ‘‘I mean, here’s a police chief telling us this device is 100 percent accurate. I really thought we had something that could act as a deterrent.

We were looking for magic,” Halbig said. ‘‘It shows how desperate we are to find something that will make a difference in our schools.’

March 24 1996: Students are Talking – Seminole County’s forum (see January 26, 1996) to address “coping with violence and school safety issues” appears not to have resolved the lingering anxiety on Wolfgang’s campus, as students publicly decry the lack of safety at their schools. [LINK]

Three actions on the part of safety officers are reported by young people to be troubling:

    1. Students are victims of unfair stereotypes by adults.
    2. Principals are too busy to listen to students.
    3. Administrators follow students around without cause; especially students of color.

Lake Mary High School’s newspaper, The Rampage, quoted one participant as saying school district security Wolfgang Halbig ”blew up” when the issue arose. ”Director Halbig totally lost his composure over this,” the student told the newspaper.

Halbig said last week he may have raised his voice but that he did not lose his temper.

”Teachers are losing their lives. Kids are losing their lives, and these kids are worried about being treated with respect,” Halbig said. ”They should be treated with respect, but my point was, they need to take responsibility for what is going on on campuses.”

April 22, 1996 – Federal indictment against marketers of Quadro Tracker.

[LINK 1] [LINK 2] ‘[LINK 3] [LINK 4]

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff, v.QUADRO CORPORATION, Wade L. Quattlebaum, Raymond L. Fisk, Malcom S. Roe, Defendants. Civil Action No. 1:96CV38.

October 14, 1996: Report from the Front Line: The Drug Battle in Central Florida – A congressional session is held regarding the drug war in Florida, including Halbig’s district. Hablig attends, and testifies that the headsets that children wear are particularly fortuitous avenues for smuggling contraband.


October 15 1996: ‘Drastic Solutions’ On Drugs Called For

Educators, such as Wolfgang Halbig of Seminole County and Margie LaBarge of Orange County, threw some of the responsibility back in the lap of Congress. Federal law prohibits teachers in schools receiving federal drug education dollars from telling parents if their children have drug and alcohol problems, they said.

November 1996: publishes an article Box of Dreams” on the Quadro Tracker, a bunk drug detecting device. Halbig is featured, and described as having only barely avoided  investing in the item for the school system, until skeptic James Randi debunked the device personally for him. Halbig is listed as “Director of Student Discipline” for Seminole County.

Maybe in the topsy-turvy world of an ultimately futile war against drugs, any old flimsy straw looks like a mighty log with which to build. Certainly, school officials who bought, or thought about buying, Quadro were really convinced it worked. Never mind that the “frequency chips” that had to be loaded in the Quadro (and cost hundreds of dollars extra per chip), which were said to be “oscillated by static electricity produced by the body inhaling and exhaling gases into and out of the lung cavity,” were merely small photographic images of the search target, sealed in plastic.

wolfgang halbig Quadro Tracker

But the Quadro boys were good salesmen. “It was a very exciting demonstration,” admits Wolfgang Halbig. “I was excited.” Halbig, director of student discipline for Seminole County in Florida, only narrowly averted wasting the school board’s money on the device, through magical intervention of a sort.

While using a Quadro on loan before purchase, he wandered around middle school hallways and parking lots, letting the antenna swing where it would. It reacted to a car driving into the school parking lot. Halbig is sensible about the subject–now, at least.

I used to be a customs inspector. We tried to be rational. We knew the profile. Why would Quadro react to one bunch of kids and not to another? You see a car drive in with a bunch of kids. Windows closed. They’re bouncing their heads. Next thing you know, you get them to admit, ‘Hey, I was smoking marijuana this morning.‘”The demonstration, and even some experience, made Halbig a believer. It took a magician to convince him that the Quadro Tracker’s magic was just an illusion. “Just as I was ready to make a commitment to buy one, I got a call from this fellow named James Randi. He told me, ‘Before you buy it, can I come up and show you a test?’ I checked the guy out on the Internet.”

Thus Halbig learned about James “the Amazing” Randi, professional magician and debunker extraordinaire. Through the generosity of some of his supporters, Randi has a standing offer to pay $624,000 to anyone who can conclusively demonstrate to his satisfaction any method or device that works by supernatural or extraphysical means. As a professional fakir, Randi is not easily fooled by others. Despite the plethora of the supposedly mystical in the world, no one has yet won Randi’s booty.

Halbig let Randi supervise a double-blind test of the tracker. It didn’t work. Later, Halbig began to wonder: Did the magician fool him? He tested it again, doing his own single-blind test in which he placed a bag of pot on a desk, and then put in different frequency chips without himself knowing what chip he was using. The Tracker failed. He similarly tested a colleague who had gone through extensive personal training in Harleyville with Quattlebaum. He failed too. The Quadro Tracker had lost a customer–a $49,000 customer, since Halbig had planned to buy one for every school in his district.

Chapter 5: Splitsville

Chapter 5: Splitsville


Wolfgang Halbig is working at Lyman High School as Assistant Principal during this time.

wolfgang halbig document detail and Splitsville


June 21, 1992: Schools, Parents Debate Proposed Anti-drug Policy  Wolfgang is quoted in an article about curbing teen alcohol use, foreshadowing thread that will become prominent in his own family life in the years to come:

School Board members want a countywide policy because they say there is serious alcohol and drug problem in the district. High school officials routinely snag fliers on campuses announcing keg parties and overhear stories in hallways about weekend drinking binges.

”I’ve taken about 35 fliers this year talking about a big keg party,” said Wolfgang Halbig, assistant principal at Lyman High School in Longwood. ”How do you prevent this? Do we turn our backs or get involved?”

Splitsville: Divorce between Halbig and Kathleen

August 12, 1992: A temporary relief is recorded relating to the marriage of Wolfgang and Kathleen Halbig. This indicates that a divorce has been initiated.

Investigators have been unable to 100% confirm any of the theories as to why the Halbigs ended their divorce at this point in time, however, it is noted in records that the divorce was initiated by Kathleen Halbig.

November 25, 1992, Stun Gun Could Mean Expulsion For Student

Another article from the Orlando Sentinel, this time about a student being caught with a “stun gun” at his school, quotes  “Lyman Assistant Principal Wolfgang Halbig.” Halbig, who had no independently documented involvement with school security before this event, takes special note that a student called the school to report the danger:

Halbig, who once worked as a state trooper in Miami, said the electric device can really zap a person.

”It can really hurt you and cause serious damage,” he said. ”It’s not something you bring to school.”

He was heartened that the tip came from students. ”They didn’t want to see anyone else get hurt,” he said. ”There are a lot of good kids who are really getting sick of all this.”



February 3, 1993: The Halbigs divorce.

Wolfgang Halbin Splitsville: Final judgement of Dissolution of Marriage

Question #6 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer: Why did you and your wife get a divorce? What happened? Did one of you have an affair? Was it because of your career? Your mental state? Why won’t you answer these simple questions?

May 23, 1993: School District Studies Expulsion Alternatives – Article about alternative schools quotes Wolfgang, who is still identified as “assistant principal at Lyman High School” and a member of a task force that presented their recommendations to the school board that week. [LINK]

‘These kids are becoming too aggressive. They aren’t afraid to get in your face,” said Wolfgang Halbig, assistant principal at Lyman High School and a member of the task force.

1993-1994 School Year: Wolfgang is transferred to Lake Mary High School, where he stays for one year. At some point during this year as Assistant Principal, Wolfgang meets Brian Marcum, a resource officer at the school who previously had worked for U.S. Customs.


Assistant Principal – Lake Mary High School, 1993-1994

2012 Wolfgang says:


United States Customs Customs Inspector, 1993-1994

• United States Customs Inspector, Orlando International & Sanford Orlando International

• Worked with foreign and American travelers  in inspection duties at International Airports

Wolfgang Halbig assistant principal on drugs and Splitsville

Question #7 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer: Why have you been touting your experience as a U.S. Customs Inspector for more than twenty years, when you know that it was an entry-level part-time job at an airport, lasting one year at most?

Chapter 4: The Lost Years (Mystery at Sebring High)

Halbig accepts sebring offer


January 14, 1983: Group Appeals to Legislature For New Song – An article about citizens attending a legislative session at Ocala City Hall that week. One of the attendees is Wolfgang Halbig.

It is again noted that Wolfgang’s run for Marion County School Board was unsuccessful. He is described as a “former Florida Highway Patrol trooper,” and it is recorded that he “served on the blue ribbon traffic committee,” showing a presumably strong dedication to the principles of traffic safety at all times.

At the legislative session, Wolfgang observes that since driver’s ed is no longer required, school boards look to it when budget cuts are needed (thus impacting his job prospects.) He also pushes for “more strict fines for people who violate the law,” possibly to recoup the expense of paying his salary.  [LINK]

April 6 1983 Halbig Accepts Sebring Offer” Halbig accepts the head coaching assignment at Sebring high, and thus is transitioning from Vanguard High School to Sebring High. Article notes that Halbig has “been out of coaching for two years” but was defensive coordinator at Lake Brantley and Lake Weir. [LINK] (RIGHT)

Investigators note that this position (head football coach at Sebring High School) is the same position that Halbig had inquired about while working at Lake Weir four years earlier, leading directly to his being fired. At the time, he claimed he was not looking for a job at Sebring; the school was looking for someone older. At the same time, he was demanding “enthusiasm, dedication, and loyalty” from his players.

Question #4 Wolfgang MUST answer: Why don’t you include your stint at Sebring High anywhere on your resume? You completely leave out 1983-1985 in your career, why is that?

While at Sebring, Wolfgang suffers a nasty fall, causing him to take “a lot of medication”:


Master of Science

Administration and Supervision, 1985, Nova University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

1983-1984 Academic year: Wolf attends the Gainesville, Florida satellite campus of Nova University according to his 2014 deposition.

Nov 23rd 1983: The Halbigs sell the Tall Pines property.


Question #5 Wolfgang MUST answer:


…why does your wife have so many aliases? What is she hiding? 


1984-1985 Academic year: Halbig claims in 2012 that he was working at Sebring High School this year.

transfer from sebring to avon park - the lost years




Dean of Students, Lake Brantley High School, 1985-1990

• Responsibilities involved school discipline and the safety and security of the school campus

• Girls Varsity Soccer, Head Coach

1985-1986 School year: Wolfgang is demoted to defensive coordinator and transferred to Avon Park High School (another school in Highland County, and also the one Wolfgang graduated from in.) After one year in that position, he resigns and takes a position with a Lake Brantley High School in Marion County.

NOTE: Wolfgang apparently asserts on his resume that he began at Lake Brantley in 1985, erasing any mention of working at Avon Park High School and shifting his start date back one year. Investigators have not yet been able to confirm if he was telling the truth on his resume, under oath, or possibly in neither case.


December 12, 1986: News story mentions Wolfgang Halbig as “Lake Brantley Coach” apparently for girls’s soccer. [LINK]


February 25, 1987: Lake Brantley, Lake Mary, Lyman Stars Dominate Sac – Wolfgang’s coaching fortunes have improved at Lake Brantley, and Halbig is even “ named coach of the year for his team winning the conference.” [LINK]


September 8 1988: An article notes that Halbig, in the 1970’s, was playing volleyball for the Air Force, experience that is coming in handy as Wolfgang is beginning coaching girls volleyball at Lake Brantley. [LINK]

More assorted sports coverage: [LINK] Sun-Sentinel [LINK 2] Orlando Sentinel


April 28 1989: – Schaefer New Soccer Coach At Lake Brantley [LINK]

John Schaefer has been named the girls soccer coach at Lake Brantley High School. Schaefer replaces Wolfgang Halbig who resigned to go into administration. Halbig coached the Patriots for the past two seasons, leading them to the district title two years ago. Schaefer, the junior varsity girls coach at Lake Brantley for the past two years, is the father of Lake Brantley’s all-state midfielder, Beth Schaefer, who will be a senior next season.



Assistant Principal, Lyman High School, 1990-1993

• Managed the school plant facilities, provided for a safe, healthy learning and working environment by evaluating needs, identifying and selecting appropriate services and personnel, implementing preventative day-to-day maintenance and cleaning schedules and directing personnel

• Served as an evaluator on the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools for the ten year study at Evans High School

• Administrator responsible for discipline, drop-out prevention, in-school suspension, Physical Education, Life Management, Drivers Education, school security and School Resource Officers Program

• Coordinated air-conditioning replacement as well as asbestos abatement throughout Lyman High School

• Directed and developed plans for improving the quality of athletic playing fields

• Developed a committee to prepare a video for staff development regarding violence in schools by bringing together a school board member, the teachers union, school administration and the Sheriff’s office

Chapter 3: Student Driver

wolfgang halbig student driver

April 14, 1979 Wolfgang Walter Halbig marries Kathleen Audrey Crace

img src=”/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/image160.jpg” alt=”Halbig fired as head football manager at lake weir”/>

May 9 1979 A blurb in the Ocala Star-Banner explains Wolfgang’s recent employment history.

It is reported that, after being abruptly and publicly fired from Lake Weir High School, Halbig was transferred to Lake Weir Middle School.

Wolfgang then received a coaching offer (apparently bumped back down to defensive coordinator) from Forest High School in Ocala, which he tentatively accepted and worked at for one week before changing back to Vanguard High School, where is expected to start as an assistant coach.

Concerning the coaching position at Vanguard, Wolfgang would later claim in his deposition that “I was told I had the job.”

Dec 21 1979: The Halbigs purchase property in the Tall Pines development. Wolfgang would later describe this property as “a home  for our first son to be born.”



May 5, 1980: Wolfgang’s first son, Erik Halbig, is born.

According to Wolfgang, it is around this time that his selection by Vanguard High School as “head coach” (assistant coach according to the Ocala Star-Banner) is rescinded. In his deposition, Wolfgang asserts that this was the result of yet another shadowy conspiracy at work, this time at the school board.

NOTE: Wolfgang in 2012 also apparently believes he was transferred to Lake Weir Middle School from Ocala Vanguard, when according to the May 9 1979 article he was actually reassigned to Lake Weir Middle after being fired from Lake Weir High, not Vanguard High. He may be having trouble keeping track of his rapidly accumulating collection of humiliating professional blunders.

October 27 1980: “Vanguard Teacher Battles for Driver’s Ed”: Halbig is “currently teaching driver education” at Vanguard High School, and “embarks on a crusade” to make driver’s education mandatory, after the State of Florida lifted the requirement. He cites one reason why driver’s education (the class he teaches, and thus his meal ticket) should be required: the safety of schoolchildren. His experience as a State Trooper is cited to add credibility to his sales pitch.  [LINK]


March 2nd 1981: Proposal Seeks Driver Education For Those Under 18 – A follow-up to the October 27 1980 story about driver education notes that Halbig has managed to get a proposed bill in front of the Florida legislature. The writer, Davi Cook, is once again praising Halbig [LINK]:
wolfgang halbig driver education for under 18

“You see, Halbig has personal experience on the road as a member of the Florida Highway Patrol for a couple of years, and as a teacher of driver education in our schools. He’s seen the mangled bodies of teenage drivers who didn’t know how to handle their vehicles in an emergency because they had never been taught defensive driving.”

Mar 19, 1981: short newspaper mention of Halbig’s past at Abilene Christian College. [LINK]


Feb 2, 1982 – “Racquetball is Growing” – Halbig is quoted. He is described as an instructor at the “Fontainebleau Racquet Club in Ocala.”


May 10, 1982, Halbig apparently gets the school district to expand driver’s ed to include motorcycles. thus increasing his own employability as a driver.


March 25, 1982: News article notes that Wolfgang has filed to campaign for a seat on the Marion County school board, district 5. He is listed as a Democrat. [LINK]

August 26, 1982, Candidates Call for Increased Education –  [LINK] Wolfgang is observed participating in a political forum at the local funeral home. The reporter documents how, when it came Wolfgang’s time to address the predominantly black audience, Halbig urged them to support him, though was vague on what exactly he plans to do if he were given power:

“The school board is responsible. They have to answer to you. They had their chance; now it’s time to put a teacher in there who knows the needs” of local students,” Halbig said.

“People want to know what I stand for,” Halbig said. “I stand for young people.”

September 7, 1982: Teacher, Two Women Are Injured Newspaper article reports “Vanguard Teacher” Wolfgang Halbig was in a car accident (it does not appear that the accident was Halbig’s fault.) The article also mentions that “Halbig was an unsuccessful candidate in the primary election earlier this month for a seat on the Marion County School Board.”  

Halbig sues the other driver’s insurance company, and the suit is eventually settled out of court.

Summer 1983: End of the school year. This marks the end of the period that Wolfgang Halbig lists on his under simply “Vanguard High School, Teacher/Coach, 1975-1983” but in fact appears to have unfolded in a more complex series of shorter tenures within the county. At least one of the moves was as a result of Halbig being fired in disgrace:

  1. Fall 1975 – Summer 1977: Lake Weir High (two years)
  2. Fall 1977 – March 1978: Vanguard (less than one year)
  3. March 1978-January 1979: Lake Weir High (less than one year
  4. January 1979 – ??? 1979: Lake Weir Middle (less than one year)
  5. ??? – ??? 1979: Forest High School (one week)
  6. May 1979 – April 1983: Vanguard High School (four years)

2012 Wolfgang says:

Chapter 2: Hurricane Fail

Wolfgang Halbig

1977______________ _______

March 13 1977: Halbig is listed in an article as “The Lake Weir baseball coach.” Halbig blames injuries for the 10-2 loss against the Eastside Rams, but despite the multiple injuries in one game, also claims that “We just didn’t have the aggressiveness a ball club should have.”(Ocala Star-Banner: “Lake Weird Nine Loses Bizarre Battle)

March 15 1977: Halbig’s coaching is “besieged by problems” according to a local sports writer. (Ocala Star-Banner: Kazually Speaking / “You Think You Have Problems?)

Halbig assures readers that his Hurricanes, who have yet to win a game, will soon be training using a pitching machine, even after he learns that there are no electrical outlets at the practice field.

“I think we’ll be back in the second half of the season.” [Halbig] said confidently. “ Once we get it together, look out.”

May 26 1977 An article notes that Halbig is now coaching football and living in Ocala, Florida.

“Managing Rose Pool for the second summer in a row will be Wolfgang Halbig, an Abilene Christian University graduate who now lives and coaches football in Ocala, FL. “


Mar 15 1978 Coach Halbig Returning to Lake Weir High School” – published in Ocala Star-Banner.

The article notes that Wolf is “currently an assistant football coach at Vanguard” and is “returning to Lake Weir as the head football coach” after having been “an assistant coach” at Lake Weir for two years previously. It is noted that the job will be Wolfgang’s first year as a head coach.

It is also noted that, before coming to Lake Weir the first time, Wolfgang was “defensive coordinator at Lake Brantley,” apparently referring to the six-month stint in 1973 that was cut short due to Wolf’s concerns about the attire the female students wore.

Question #2 Wolfgang MUST answer: Why did you try to make it look like you never worked at Lake Weir High? You say on your resume that you were at Vanguard High School from 1975 to 1983. Here we are in 1978 and you’ve only been at Vanguard for one year, and are about to leave. What happened at Lake Weir High School that you don’t want people to know about?

March 17 1978: – “Welcome Back Wolf a Hit at Lake Weir” – article about Wolfgang’s warm welcome back to Lake Weir High School. Lake Weir reportedly welcomes Wolfgang as a returning hero, and hopes are high that he will show his gratitude to the school that first took a chance on him by rebuilding their struggling football team.

Halbig explains that he has a “three-pronged plan” for improving the team, in that “the three things he said he wants out of the players are enthusiasm, dedication, and loyalty.”

The article, like many glowing articles about Halbig from this era, is written by columnist Mark Kazlowski, demonstrating that Halbig has developed a talent for recruiting journalists to increase his profile. LINK

May 1, 1978: Halbig To Speak To Boosters: A short newspaper blurb notes that the Lake Weir High School football team’s spring practice starts the following Monday, with Wolfgang as the new head coach, setting the stage for Halbig’s speech to the Lake Weir Booster Club. The school’s principal, Clyde Folsom, is also in attendance for this event, as is athletic director Bobby Hall.

Sept 7, 1978: ‘Canes Expect Exciting Year: In a lengthy write-up, Ocala Star-Banner interviewers learn that Wolfgang has long-term plans to rebuild the team, and Halbig is “really looking forward to two years from now and not right now. We’ll try to be respectable.”,1838577&hl=en

Sept 28, 1978 Halbig still confident in the Hurricanes, losing every game so far. “I believe we can win. Things are going to start going our way real soon and it could be Friday night up there.”


Jan 27 1979 Halbig is fired by Lake Weir High School from his position as head football coach, with a record of 0-10 and in less than one year. The firing is attributed not to his win/loss record, but for lying about looking for another job, when it is discovered that Halbig had been “checking on a coaching job in Sebring where he could be closer to his ill mother in Avon Park.” [LINK]

In his statement announcing the firing of Halbig as head football coach, [Clyde] Folsom said in part, “Within the past week, I have learned that Coach Halbig was interested in another coaching position in a high school in the state. It is my responsibility to secure someone who is totally committed to develop the football program at Lake Weir High School. Therefore, in the best interest of the football program, a change was necessary.

Halbig defends himself by hiding behind his students:

“If I were interested in leaving Lake Weir, I would have told the kids first and Clyde second,” he said. “That’s how I feel about the Lake Weir kids. My Job was to go into Lake Weir High School and build a program.” […] “My first obligation will be to the kids first and him second.”

Halbig goes on to explain that he didn’t even contact Sebring High School. He had contacted someone who works at Sebring High School who was also his acquaintance, and that furthermore, that person had advised Halbig that Sebring was looking for “an older coach with experience,” so Halbig had no chance.

“All I wanted to find out was what they were looking for,” Halbig said. “I never sent a resume. Never had an interview. If that’s a reason to show unloyalty, if that’s a reason to be fired for, then I don’t envy the next person coming in there.”

In the end, Halbig insists that his firing was all a conspiracy by Clyde Folsom and Bobby Hall to silence him:

Question #3 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer: Why were you planning to abandon the Lake Weir High School Hurricanes, right when the children needed you the most?

    • The school trusted you. You told everyone that “by game five you’ll be a different team.” But they were not a different team by game five – under your leadership, they lost every single game!
    • Even worse, you lied to those children about planning for the next two years with them. You were actually doing everything you could to ditch out on them and leave them without any coach for the next season. Some of those kids were probably aspiring college athletes, and you tanked their stats. Why would you lie like that? What sort of person does these things?

Chapter 1: Probie

Wolfgang Halbig



State of Florida State Trooper, 1974-1975

    • State Trooper-graduated from academy in Tallahassee, FL
    • Assigned Miami, FL duty station

Florida State Trooper: According to Wolfgang’s boasts over the years, he was the first trainee at the Tallahassee trooper academy to have held a college degree. 

According to Wolfgang, during his less than two years as a rookie State Trooper from 1974 to 1975, he witnessed over 200 autopsies, was shot at multiple times and was responsible for conducting “homicide investigations.” He has not provided any documentation or witnesses to substantiate any of these claims, nor has he explained why he was assigned these senior responsibilities during his probationary period. 

Wolfgang then quits, admitting that he is not cut out for law enforcement. 

2012 Wolf Says:

Wolfgang Halbig chapter 1 probie

Halbig graduated from the Patrol Academy on April 19. 1974, and by his own admission did not last longer than the end of 1975. So, the longest he could have possibly been working as a state trooper is one year, and eight months. Barely longer than the probationary period… aka, a “probie.”



Marion County Public Schools

Vanguard High School, Teacher/Coach, 1975-1983

    • Taught history, government, and economics in secondary high school
    • Served as head football, baseball, tennis, golf, and wrestling coach
    • Served on Southern Association for Colleges and Schools for ten year study at Ocala Vanguard High School


Feb 19, 1976: Wolfgang is listed as the coach for the Lake Weir Hurricanes wrestling team.

Wolfgang Halbig sec cage championship

OCALA STAR-BANNER February 19, 1976,4761777&hl=e

Prologue: Straight Outta Heidelberg

Wolfgang Halbig - The Hoax of a Lifetime - Prologue - They Call Him "The Kraut"

Wolfgang Halbig

The Hoax of a Lifetime

Prologue: Straight Outta Heidelberg

August 10th, 1946: Wolfgang Walter Halbig is born. somewhere in Germany.

Wolfgang Halbig – Early Life (Germany)

Wolfgang Halbig’s grandparents raised Halbig in the town of Heidelberg (State of Baden-Württemberg), until the age of twelve – twelve, or fourteen, or sixteen – but Wolfgang usually claims pre-teen.

Halbig’s grandparents brought him up as a Catholic while in Germany, but would claim no faith as an adult.

According to public statements made by Wolfgang on multiple occasions, he never knew his father. Wolf claims that his father was “in a concentration camp for three years,” sometimes saying the camp was located “in Posen, Poland.” This would presumably indicate Stalag XXI-D.

papers: Wolfgang Halbig Arrives in the United States - August 18, 1953
papers: Wolfgang Halbig arrives in the United States – August 18, 1953

Relocation to the United States

In 2012, Wolfgang gave a deposition as part of a civil lawsuit. In this deposition, Wolf explained the circumstances of his move to the United States of America.

Q: And why did you move to the U.S. when you were 12 years old?

Wolfgang: Well, I never knew my mother till age 12. The week that I was confirmed in the Catholic Church, she shows up with this military guy. They’re married, and she tells me and my grandparents (who raised me up to this point), that “you’re going to the United States…” so I saw my grandparents having a huge fight. And the next thing I know, I’m headed to Ramstein Air Base and I’m coming to the United States. I got my shoes and I was displaced from my grandparents and I was not very happy about it, ’cause I never knew her…

Wolfgang Halbig 2012 deposition

Wolfgang Halbig – Early Life (United States of America)

In the United States, Wolfgang’s mother raised her son in Avon Park, Florida.

From age twelve through high school, he picked fruit to earn money, according to the comments made under Wolfgang Halbig’s name to CNN news stories in November of 2012. Wolfgang Halbig writes:

“I picked fruit at age 12 all through High School to help my mother and I liked it because I got paid for my work.

The Mexicans are taking the blacks jobs because the blacks see those jobs as demeaning to their status in America.

Rosa Parks fought for the right to be in the front of the bus and now in Public Schools blacks ride in the back of the bus and beat up the kids who won’t let them.

How times have changed.”

Wolfgang Halbig - Politically Incorrect on CNN

Wolfgang Halbig in 1965

Wolfgang Halbig finishes his senior year at Avon Park High School and plays on the football team. In a 1971 profile in the Abilene Reporter, Wolfgang looks back and remembers complaining to the coaching staff about the physical pain the other players caused him.

Living in Avon Park, Florida, Halbig said Avon Park High School asks him to play football (even though he couldn’t speak a word of English at the time) “because they thought I was big so the first thing they had me playing was center.”

Recalling this, Halbig added laughingly, But then I got tired of getting beat up all the time because I was German and didn’t understand the game of football. They told me all I had to do was bend over and snap the ball whenever the guy said a certain number.”

Halbig complains to his coaches because he feels “beat up” all the time. The coaches move Halbig to halfback.

Summer of 1965

Wolfgang Halbig the karut 2012 deposition
Wolfgang Halbig answers questions in a 2012 deposition as to why he got bad grades.

Wolfgang graduates from Avon Park High School. To this day, Halbig cannot explain how this could be possible, given his abysmal academic performance.

November 8, 1965

Wolf is playing Defensive Halfback in Coffeyville, Kansas. In his later deposition, Wolf would explain that this school was a “Junior college for Florida State players who couldn’t speak English.”

Wolfgang Halbig in 1966

Wolfgang “transfers to Florida State University” from Coffeyville and unable to enroll in classes because Halbig never registers for the draft. He soon winds up joining the United States Air Force, claiming that he “had no idea” that there was a draft.

The “Kraut” as he’s called by fellow Wildcats at ACC, signed a scholarship to attend Florida State University. “But, not speaking English too good, they thought my chances in a four-year school were bad and they thought I couldn’t make it because of the English problem.” With that in mind, Halbig entered Coffeyville Junior College in Coffeyville, Kan., on a football scholarship. He played a year there and his team went 9-1 with Halbig making All-Conference as a linebacker.

However, an unusual happening came to pass. Halbig was informed he hadn’t registered for the draft (something he had no idea existed) and he joined the Air Force rather than go in the Army. Halbig had been stationed at Dyess Air Force Base when he got out. He then strolled over to the campus of McMurry College asking about a football scholarship and Buddy Fornes asked him to come to their spring tryout camp. In the meantime, Halbig inquired across town at ACC and Wally Bullington took a look at the fit German and said he could use him at ACC. (Abilene Reporter, Sept. 8 1971)

In 2012, Wolfgang claims the Army drafted him just before he enlisted in the Air Force:

Wolfgang Halbig 2012 deposition
Wolfgang Halbig was more surprised than anyone that he was able to graduate high school.

Question #1 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer: You were going to high school in America in 1965 and you didn’t know that the United States had a draft? Nobody on your football team mentioned Vietnam once? How is that possible? Were you trying to dodge the draft?

Wolfgang Halbig in 1967

Wolfgang “The Kraut” Halbig stationed at Lackland Air Force base, and then transfers to Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas.

NOTE: Entries from Halbig’s 2012 resume listed as “The Truth According to Wolfgang”:


United States Air Force, 1967-1970

Strategic Air Command
Combative Measures Instructor
Disaster Preparedness Instructor
Physical Fitness Specialist

The Wolf in 1968-1969

Wolfgang becomes a naturalized citizen in Abilene, Texas. This moment — reciting an oath of citizenship with his “right hand raised” — becomes a story that Wolfgang would recycle over and over for the rest of his life, often in the context of assuring an audience of his patriotism. 

Jul 12 1968

Wolf wins a “sportsmanship award” after his team comes in 3rd place

More sports stuff:

Wolfgang Halbig in the 70s

Bachelor of Science
Secondary History and Physical Education, 1973   
Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX

Early 1970

Wolfgang receives his honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, rank E-4.

Feb 8, 1970

“Halbig, who will be discharged from the Air Force this summer, has been a baseball and tennis star at Dyess.”

Feb 27, 1970

Wolf gets a football scholarship to Abilene Christian College (ACC; note the name change in the early 1970s to Abilene Christian University, thus also ACU.)

April 1, 1970

Article mentions football recruit Wolfgang Halbig as being “a 200-pound linebacker from Dyess by way of Florida and Coffeyville Jr. College.”

July 26, 1970

Article notes Wolf joins Abilene Christian College, after leaving Armed Forces.

Sept 18, 1970

Wolf noted as a “newcomer” at ACU, expected to play tight end.

November 4, 1970: The Kraut noted as having a bruised kidney.

Various sports headlines throughout the Fall:

Wolfgang Halbig in 1971

May 15, 1971

A correction in the Abilene Report’s sports section indicates that Wolfgang Halbig (age twenty-four) already noticeably sensitive about his public image.

Wolfgang Halbig of Abilene Christian College telephoned to report he WILL be the Wildcats’ fullback this fall. We had reported that Halbig had been shifted to fullback and should add power “if the coaches leave him there.” Halbig was somewhat upset over the statement as he is confident he will be at fullback. We did not know anything Wolfgang didn’t know so will confess, Wolfgang, that you [fragment ends]

July 17, 1971

Halbig’s exercise regimen detailed by his local paper:

Halbig, the enthusiastic Air Force veteran, is going after daily drills in a big way. The native of Germany runs the swimming pool at the Dyess Officers Club, teaching lessons and also getting in some swimming exercise in the mornings. He works 40 hours a week and works out every night. Halbig is running four miles every other evening, doing quick starts and sprints, riding a bicycle, lifting weights and playing catch the other afternoons. “I do it because I want to be ready,” said Wolfgang. “No second team for me. I want to start.” Halbig, who now weighs 208, says he wants to play at 205.

July 29, 1971

The Kraut injures himself in a car accident.

August 1, 1971

Wolf noted as frequently visiting Dyess Air Force Base, well after his supposed discharge.

But some athletes have managed to land more exciting, glamorous positions than others. Take for instance football fullback Wolfgang Halbig, who is a lifeguard and swimming instructor for the Officers Club at Dyess Air Force Base

More sports headlines from this period on The Kraut:

September 8, 1971

“Halbig Likes Switch to Fullback at AAC” – A detailed profile on Halbig’s path to Abilene Christian University is published. Wolfgang Halbig has by now been given nickname “The Kraut.” He complains about his position on the team and openly admits that he resents being passed over for a scholarship by the team’s upcoming opponents, McMurry University. He also shares that he did make the starting lineup, as he said he wanted to on July 17, but only because someone else got injured.

Halbig, 25, recently was sidelined with a bruised kidney and didn’t return to drills until Monday, although he’s been running through some passing patterns in shorts. His main challenge this year, he said, is to make the starting lineup. “I don’t want to make it this year because somebody is injured. I did it last year and I think it’s a poor way to have to start.” Halbig is bent on making it big on his own because “I want them to realize that I do have the potential to be a good ballplayer.” The deeply sun-tanned German stated definitely he has no plans of trying to play pro ball — even though he has the smarts and physical attributes to make a good go of it. “I’m more interested in teaching and going into coaching,” noted Halbig seriously. “I think by the time I graduate from Abilene Christian College I’m going to enjoy looking forward to going out, making a living and teaching the kids what I know.” 

The Kraut sees a good season for the Wildcats this year because of depth, despite the fact ACC lost some top players through graduation last year. Of the ACC-McMurry clash Saturday: “I just hope that I can prove to ’em that they missed their opportunity by not offering me a scholarship. I think they realized that last year when I played against them. I didn’t have a great game, but they knew I could play ball.” The game, as a whole, should be a good one said, Halbig. One thing’s for sure — Wolfgang Halbig will see action. He expresses no qualms at not liking the idea of being a utility man. Wolfgang Halbig is a ballplayer and plays his heart out whenever he’s called on. 

September 10, 1971

The Optimist publishes a list of “freshman women” that Wolfgang Halbig determined to be “most datable” and imply Wolfgang is a notorious womanizer:

The Optimist - Random Notes - Wolfgang's Top 10 Datable Women

Sports Headlines

Halbig has good blocking

The “Kraut” in 1972

Jan 20, 1972

Wolfgang admitted to the West Texas Medical Center. This appears to be for knee surgery, based on later reports.

Knee surgery confirmed:

September 28, 1972

Wolfgang “The Kraut” Halbig photographed playing football against Southeastern Louisiana University’s Lions. Wolfgang’s team, the Abilene Wildcats, go on to lose the game 14-10.

Wolfgang Halbig runs for a 1st down!

October 27, 1972

The Amarillo Globe-Times from Amarillo, Texas – Wolfgang is confirmed to be a Senior at Abilene Christian University, and plays running back for the Abilene Wildcats.

Wolfgang Halbig in 1973

Jan 28, 1973: Wolf noted in article to be officiating basketball games at Abilene Christian College.

February 11, 1973: The Kraut’s shoes are vacant at Abilene Christian

Summer 1973: Wolfgang Halbig graduates from Abilene Christian College. He earns a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

ACU - Abeline Christian University

ACU - Abilene Christian University

After graduation, Wolfgang “gets a phone call.” Lake Brantley hires The Kraut as a teacher in Seminole County. He thus returns to Florida.

Wolfgang then claims that he worked at Lake Brantley High School for only six months, bizarrely attributing his his sudden departure from teaching and coaching (which he had noted was his life’s ambition just two years previous)  to the clothing that female students at the school were wearing:

Wolfgang Halbig 2012 deposition
Wolfgang Halbig answers questions in a 2012 deposition as to why he quit teaching high schoolers.

Q: Just explain to me what you’re talking about.

Wolfgang: Well, in those days, in 1973, the fad was girls didn’t wear bras and they had very short skirts, and it seemed like nobody wanted to enforce the dress code. And for young coaches in those days, it — you could get yourself in trouble if you were not careful. To me, I didn’t want to lose me certification… so I became a State Trooper.