BIOGRAPHY


R.J. STANCHFIELD WROTE A HOAX IN THE EARLY 1970s. THE NOW HISTORIC HOAX OF THE 'HAMPTONS SUBWAY SYSTEM' OCCURRED WHEN RONIN REMINDED DAN RATTINER IN OR AROUND 2004 OF HIS STORY. THE IDEA WAS RESSURECTED BY DAN'S PAPERS WITH DAN RATTINER THANKING RONIN WITH "A TIP OF THE HAT TO STANCHFIELD."

          Ronin James Stanchfield, storyteller, has journeyed through life, including opposing the war in Vietnam, being a founder of the United States Green Party, and shutting down two nuclear reactors.

          He was a whistleblower at the Shoreham Nuclear Power Station and, a few years later, found the hidden 'lost pages' describing the radioactive leak at Brookhaven National Lab’s High Flux Beam Reactor when he was Vice Chair of the Suffolk County's Environmental Task Force. In the late 1970s, Stanchfield arranged a network of housing for Iranian Jews who fled Iran.

     Ronin had top secret security clearance for the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system, and for the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) system. The clearance assessment of the deployment of these systems was governed by the strategic theory of mutual assured destruction. His job was twofold: "I was to design and draft the schedule of construction of each site. I also did the structural design and drafting of Electric Boat’s converted Ohio-class (Trident) ballistic missile submarines into SSGNs, a multi-mission platform, optimized for conventional strike and special operations warfare. Spies might seem like a throwback to earlier days of world wars and cold wars, but they are more prolific than ever—and they target our nation’s secrets." He was also responsible to meet with the highest levels of all branches of the military to explain each system. This period was from 1964 through 1986. Throughout the years he received assignments all over the country in situations labelled task force and each one was different from the other. There were times when NRC, DOE, or FBI agents would meet with him so he could discuss with them the potential dangers of espionage.

     Ronin went from military and heavy industrial construction to two decades of high-end residential design and construction, building country homes in Southampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Shelter Island. During these years, he always made time to get involved in creative projects — filmmaking, painting, writing essays, short stories or books.

    He was a staff writer at Billboard Magazine and the Chelsea News, and wrote freelance articles for many of the Hamptons newspapers and magazines. It included Dan’s Papers where, as the headline points out, he wrote the original hoax of the infamous 'Hamptons Subway System'. It became one of Dan's most read sections of his newspapers. For R.J. Stanchfield, writing The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch and The Little Black Book and Other Stories seemed like the next logical step. Stanchfield sums it up by saying, "I’m going to spend my remaining years writing stories. I have a lot of stories to tell.”