Thursday, January 23, 2014

William Dudley Pelley, International Fascism and the Sirius Tradition Part I

William Dudley Pelley is surely high in the rankings for most bizarre figures of the twentieth century. Chiefly forgotten in the early decades of the twenty-first century, Pelley none the less has had a vast and long-lasting influence on both far right ideology as well as what would eventually become known as the New Age movement. Pelley's influence on the latter is very rarely acknowledged, and understood even less. Over the course of this series I would like to present the reader with a more in depth picture of this strange little man and the curious influence he still wields on America's culture nearly 50 years after his death in 1965.

Of Pelley, the acclaimed researcher of right wing extremism Daniel Levitas remarks:
"As the son of a New England Methodist minister, William Dudley Pelley was a somewhat unlikely candidate to lead one of the largest openly pro-Nazi groups in America. But he also became a Vermont newspaper editor, a novelist, a Hollywood screenwriter, and a well-known writer of pulp fiction before he experienced a 'clairaudient' episode one night in May 1928 and reported conversations with the souls of the dead. Metaphysical experiences over the next four years further 'unlocked' Pelley's 'mental powers,' and led him to Asheville, North Carolina, where he promoted himself and his eclectic theology. On January 31, 1933, the day after Hitler became chancellor of Germany, he founded the Silver Shirt Legion of America. Although Pelley claimed twenty-five thousand members and seventy-five thousand sympathizers, actual membership in the Silver Shirts probably never exceeded fifteen thousand. Pelley's avid followers wore shirts emblazoned with an oversized scarlet L across the left breast signifying Love, Loyalty, and Liberation, as they denounced President Roosevelt, calling him a Jew, and praised Hitler as an enemy of communism. The agitations of Pelley's group concerned government authorities and others who feared the Silver Shirts might emerge as a fascist fifth column in America. Pelley's rantings gave them good reason:
"'I propose, from this date onward, to direct an aggressive campaign that shall arouse America's Gentile masses to a wholesale and drastic ousting of every radical-minded Jew from United States soil!' Pelley declared in 1938. He also pledged to establish 'the fullest and friendliest understanding and international relationships with all rightist and anticommunist nations abroad – particularly Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan...'"
(The Terrorist Next Door, Daniel Levitas, pg. 117)
Before getting to the notorious Silver Shirts let us first consider a few points about Pelley's early life. As noted above, Pelley initially earned a living as a professional writer. He began publishing short stories in the late 1910s and eventually graduated to full-fledged novels. Eventually his successes in these fields enabled Pelley to find work as a screenwriter in Hollywood during the end of that decade.
"Pelley's first three films were neither particularly significant nor overwhelmingly successful. Released in 1917, A Case at Law was a trite Western that starred Dick Rosson in one of his patented anti-alcohol 'message' films. The June 1919 release of One-Thing-at-a-Time O'Day, based on a Pelley's Saturday Evening Post story of the same name, featured future 'Lone Wolf' detective series star Bert Lytell as a well-meaning buffoon who falls in love with the circus bareback rider, only to have to sway her affections away from the circus's nefarious strongman. What Women Love provided Pelley with the most acclaim of the three films. Released in August 1920, the film starred the notorious Annette 'Diving Venus' Kellerman as bathing suit-wearing libertine wooed by a chaste young man who saves her from the clutches of an aggressive professional boxer. Thanks to Kellerman's drawing power and exciting aquatic sequences (including an underwater fight and a seventy-five-foot dive into the Pacific by the film's heroine), What Women Love proved to be a mild critical and commercial success.
"Unlike these earlier films, however, the 'White Faith' project allowed Pelley to delve into the motion picture business as an active participant. Contracted to rewrite the serial into workable script, Pelley quickly realized the money-making potential of turning his writing attentions towards film. With his short-story career foundering, Pelley also understood that his seminal style fit better with the prevailing mood in film than with the magazine fiction market. With The Light in the Dark (the script's new title) Pelley's 'seven-year submergence in movies had begun.'
"Pelley's shift towards motion picture work was aided immeasurably by the one lasting friendship that developed from working on The Light in the Dark. Although Jules Brulatour intended the film to showcase his wife, he also understood the need to flesh out the cast with more familiar names. Therefore, he contacted Lon Chaney, 'the man of a thousand faces,' to costar. Cheney, who began making films in 1912, became a featured performer after his appearance in The Miracle Man. Working together on the film, Pelley and the 'soft-spoken, jovial-mannered' Cheney became fast friends. When they were not filming, their two families spend evenings and weekends together in New York (with Cheney often cooking dinner for them). Their friendship ebbed at that the end of the decade as Pelley became increasingly anti-Hollywood in his outlook."
(William Dudley Pelley: A Life in Right-Wing Extremism and the Occult, Scott Beekman, pgs. 37-38)
Lon Chaney Sr in The Phantom of the Opera, one of his most well known films
Horror icon Lon Chaney was but one curious acquaintance Pelley would make during his lifetime, as we shall see. For now, let me wrap up with Pelley's time in Hollywood. Naturally the future Silver Shirt fuhrer's eventual disillusionment with Hollywood was partly driven by his budding anti-Semitism.
 "Pelley's daily interaction with the 'glamorous, cockeyed, crazy gang, booze-lit, and money-drunk children in Arabian nights palaces of papier-mache, however, proved significant for the screenwriter. Increasingly distressed over the actions of screen stars and Jewish studio moguls, and their influence on American society, Pelley began to develop the racist attitudes that shaped the rest of his life. Already deeply troubled by the changes being wrought in America, in Hollywood Pelley found a ready scapegoat on which to pin the blame for 'isms.' It was his only extended contact with Jews, but it left a permanent impression on him. As he later noted, 'for six years I toiled in their galleys and got nothing but money...'"
(ibid, pg. 41)
the longstanding far right obsession with Jewish domination of Hollywood, of which Pelley did his share to promote, continues to this very day
This was not, however, Pelley's first brush with anti-Semitism. Like many Americans during this era, Pelley's impression of Jews seems to have been heavily influenced by contact he had with White Russians in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution. Pelley even seems to have aided the White Russian war effort at one point, possibly on behalf of US intelligence. These events occurred in 1918 while Pelley was on a writing assignment in Japan. After the Russian Revolution broke out, he was sent to Siberia to cover the hostilities on behalf of the YMCA.
 "Stranded in Japan, Pelley undertook a cross-country tour, traveling to as many missions as possible to obtain material for his articles. While in Karuizawa he was approached by George S. Phelps, International YMCA Secretary for the Far East. Phelps offered Pelley the chance to see the war firsthand by going to Siberia under the auspices of the YMCA. The organization would help underwrite his journey and arrange for transportation in return for Pelley's writing reports on YMCA activities in the region and scouting out possible locations for canteens the organization hoped to establish for American servicemen stationed in Russia.
"Pelley sailed for Russia aboard the Penza from the Japanese port city of Tsuruga. He later claimed that it was while spending a few days in Tsuruga waiting for the ship that he was first exposed to the 'world-wide Jewish question.' According to Pelley, it was an unnamed American surgeon heading for Siberia, previously attached to Polish forces, who explained the cause of the war to the young New England newspaperman. The surgeon told Pelley the Jews had orchestrated the assassination of Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand in order to bring about a bloody and profitable war. Jewish plans during the war involved overthrowing the Russian czar and creating a Jewish homeland in Russia. From this Russian base of operations, Jews would launch their plan for world domination. Pelley's confidant informed him that the Russian Revolution was part of this program (and entirely funded by the Jewish-American banker Jacob Schiff), and that V. I. Lenin was also a Jew. 
"Pelley debarked in Vladivostok (which reminded him of the docks of Hoboken, New Jersey) to receive specific instructions from the staff at the headquarters of the YMCA's Red Triangle in the Siberian city. He later claimed he was immediately besieged with anti-Semitic pronouncements in Vladivostok. Pelley noted that these sentiments prevailed among the American and Czech troops in Russia as well as with his traveling companion from Japan, George Gleason.
"Pelley's commission with the Red Triangle involved traveling throughout Siberia in a canteen car attached to Allied troop trains. He was instructed to take pictures of conditions in the region and to write reports for the YMCA on the most efficient means of turning the youth of Russia away from 'satanic Leninism.' Pelley claimed he was a combination 'Red Triangle secretary, war correspondent, espionage agent, secret photographer, canteen proprietor, and consular courier... Striving to plant sanity, decency, and political stability in a land being slowly mutilated and mangled by Communism.'
"Pelley's excursions kept him primarily behind the Allied lines, but the frequently shifting positions of the front often left him dangerously close to combat. His first and most significant experience in a combat zone occurred in the city of Blagoveshchenck. Pelley's car was attached to a Japanese troop train sent in as reinforcement during the fight for the city. Arriving after most of the fighting ended, Pelley witnessed the entire city go up in flames. He was deeply moved by this 'terrible and unforgettable sight... as magnificent as it was tragic.'
"In November 1918 the most picturesque episode of Pelley's Siberian adventure began while he was staying in Irkustsk to watch the ceremonies that gave Admiral Aleksander Kolchak formal control of all the White Russian forces. At the American consulate he was persuaded to accompany two representatives of the International Harvester Company, three-quarters of a million dollars in company funds, and Washington-bound diplomatic documents from American bastard David R. Francis to Harbin, Manchuria. Harvester officials sought to rush the money out of the country before it fell into Bolshevik hands. Pelley's credentials, local authorities believed, would prevent the funds from seizure along the road to Harbin. Pelley chaperoned a money-loaded canteen for twenty-six days. Already fearful of being robbed, Pelley found the journey even more harrowing because of the vicious weather of the Siberian winter. When the cold and hungry trio reached Harbin, they learned that the war had ended during their treacherous trip. 
"While he possessed nothing but scorn for either the red Bolsheviks or the white Cossacks ('predatory hetmen'), Pelley's accounts demonstrated genuine sympathy for the Russian peasants. He decried the treatment of these people caught in the middle of a war they neither understood nor wished to participate in. Much as he did the rural folk of the American southwest, Pelley found the Russian peasants to be hard-working, friendly, and quietly noble. To Pelley they were the 'prototypes' of the generous New Englanders he grew up with, and their wholesale dislocation was a pitiable consequence of the Revolution.
"Pelley blamed only the Jewish Communist for the tragic destruction of the peasantry. He argued that the boxcar loads of refugees he traveled with were victims of a revolution perpetuated by 'two hundred and seventy-six Jews from New York's East Side.' Pelley later claimed that witnessing the actions of the 'scavenger Jews' in Siberia led him to understand the Jewish plot to take over the world, the Russian Revolution being merely the first step in this program. He used his experience in Siberia as first-hand 'evidence' of the fate awaiting Americans at the Communists took over the country. Pelley believed that Russian atrocities could 'happen in Kansas, Indiana, New Jersey... if this Communist peril becomes guerrilla warfare.'"
(ibid, pgs. 26-28)
the legendary city of Harbin prior to 1945
That Pelley would pop up in Harbin, Manchuria, China is most curious. Manchuria is of course the name of the region that inspired the name of Richard Condon's The Manchurian Candidate. Some researchers such as the great John Bevilaqua have insisted that Condon's use of Manchuria as a brainwashing center had a basis in reality. What's more, Bevilaqua has noted that Harbin became one of the chief centers of Russian fascism after the Russian Revolution.
"... Also recalled that the headquarters of Vonsiatsky's Russian Fascist Organization was Harbin, Manchuria, China. The birthplace of George deMohrenschildt's wife was also Harbin, which makes it highly likely that her parents were expatriate Russian Fascists who must have known Vonsitsky as the leader of their klan during their disporia there. George's favorite pseudonym was Philip Harbin."
(J.F.K. -The Final Solution, John Bevilaqua, pg. ci)
George de Mohrenschildt
George de Mohrenschildt is a curious figure frequently linked to the JFK assassination. I addressed him briefly before here. "Count" Anastase "Annie" Vonsiatsky was America's premier Russian fascist in the years between the World Wars, with his All-Russian Fascist Organization (VFO) being based out of Putnam, Connecticut. Like Pelley, he was imprisoned for sedition in 1942. Harbin, Manchuria was in fact home to a Russian fascist organization --the All-Russian Fascist Party --but there is some dispute as to how closely linked this organization was to Vonsiatsky's.

the headquarters of the All-Russian Fascist Party, which was located mere miles from the Siberian border in Manchuria 
Unsurprisingly, there is evidence that the organizations of Pelley and Vonsiatsky were linked in some way. The FBI's official website notes:
"During the FBI's investigation of Vonsiatsky's activities, evidence was obtained that he had had some dealings with William Dudley Pelley's organization. In fact, upon one occasion Vonsiatsky sent several copies of his publication, 'The Fascist,' to Pelley's organization in Asheville, North Carolina. On one occasion at least, Vonsiatsky ordered a hundred copies of Pelley's publication. During 1936, a representative of the Pelley Publishers wrote Vonsiatsky stating, 'Your work for the Cause we are mutually serving, publishing your Russian Fascist, has just come to our attention. From reports given us it seems you are fighting a rather lone battle, and a little camaraderie is not amiss.' The letter further stated that Pelley's organization had been in battle 'militantly' for over four years and was 'determined to block Judah in government and the Jewish bankers by the coming national election.'"
Even biographer John J. Stephan, who generally goes out of his way to depict Vonsiatsky in the most buffoonish light possible, grudgingly acknowledges there was some type of contact between Pelley and the Count from a relatively early date. A Pelley representative, for instance, approached the Count during the onset of one of his world tours to forge an international Russian fascist network.
"... John Eoghan Kelly, New York representative of Pelley's Silver Shirts, was also on hand to wish the vozhd well. Pelley had approached Vonsiatsky in January 1934 with an offer to get together, but Alex preferred to postpone any meeting until after his global pereginations. Kelly's appearance at the Vanderbilt probably reflected his chief's desire to be remembered as a friend – and beneficiary."
(The Russian Fascists, John J. Stephan, pg. 140)
"Count" Vonsiatsky
Naturally this encounter occurred just before Vonsiatsky was setting off to meet with the All-Russian Fascist organization in Harbin, Manchuria. Perhaps Pelley's representative was there to pass off contacts the Silver Shirt head had made there during his time in Harbin as well. Regardless, it is curious how many bizarre figures appear in Harbin, Manchuria between the World Wars. But back to Pelley and his Silver Shirts organization.

While there were over 700 pro-fascist groups in these United States in the 1930s Pelley's Silver Shirts remain among the most notorious. No doubt this was partly due to Pelley's grandiose vision for the organization.
"... The Legion was to be headed by the national commander (Pelley), a treasurer, and a secretary. Pelley was to be assisted by the General Staff, consisting of the chief, the chamberlain, the quartermaster, the sheriff, and the censor. Elected for ten-year terms, the General Staff possessed the authority to appoint Divisional Executive and Local Executive Staffs. The Legion maintained its headquarters in Asheville and divided administrative duties, handled by the Divisional Executive Staff (DES), into nine divisions. Each DES was presided over by a Divisional Commanding Officer, assisted by a treasurer and clerk. Although answerable to officials at the national headquarters, each division maintained Departments of Local Posts, Silva Rangers, Industrial Relations, Junior Activities, and Foreign Affiliates. The Silver Rangers, consisting of paramilitary bands of one hundred 'arsonists,' would, in particular, cause Pelley future difficulties.
"Anticipating that the Legion would serve as the foundation of a new theocratic state, Pelley also created departments to handle specific issues, including Public Enlightenment, Patriotic Probity, Crime Erasement, and Public Morals and Mercy. The Department of Public Morals and Mercy was seen by Pelley as especially important as it would be in charge of placing all 'vagabonds' in concentration centers, censoring the press, and arresting persons responsible for motion pictures that depicted violence.
"Membership in the Legion was open to all, save Jews and Blacks, over the age of eighteen who could afford the $10 annual dues and the $6 for a uniform. Prospective members submitted a photograph and personal information, including racial heritage, military experience, financial records, and the exact hour and minute of birth, and signed a document agreeing to abide by the organization's principles. These 'Christian American Patriots' pledged to 'respect and sustain the sanctity of the Christian Ideal, to nurture the moral tradition and Civic, Domestic and Spiritual life and the culture of the wholesome, natural and inspirational in Art, Literature, Music and Drama; to adulate and revere an aristocracy of Intellect, Talent and Characterful Purpose, and the Body Politic; to sponsor and acclaim aggressive ideals and pride of Craftsmanship rather than the golden serpent of profit, that the lowliest individual may aspire to a life of fullest flower; to exalt Patriotism and Pride of Race, and in the interest of progress and evolution, to recognize the integrity of every nation and seek to preserve his place in the Fellowship of Peoples...'
"New recruits attended nine weekly indoctrination meetings. Local Councils of Safety directed the proceedings at these meetings. The recruits received instruction on the threat of Jewish Communism and their responsibilities as Christian patriots. The bulk of these nine meetings was discussions of the 'four primers' with which all Silver Shirts must be familiar: the anti-Semitic standards The Hidden Empire and The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and two Pelley works. The Pelley writings, The President Knows and No More Hunger, outlined the theocratic (or 'Christ Democracy') state the Silver Shirt chief hoped to create in the United States.
"No More Hunger detailed Pelley's program for establishing the Christian Commonwealth. With moderate alteration, Pelley maintained this governmental plan, like his religious system, throughout his public career. The Commonwealth, then, should be considered one of the twin pillars of Pelley's thought (Liberation/Soulcraft doctrine is the other). He never let the book go out of print during his lifetime and claimed it had sold over eighty-thousand copies by the early 1950s.
"Pelley claimed that the Commonwealth was 'a social system that is neither Capitalism, Socialism, Fascism, or Communism.' In fact, the Commonwealth blended elements of all these ideas into a composite, not unlike the ideas expressed by his adolescent hero Edward Bellamy and the iconoclastic Populist-Social Gospeler Richard T. Ely. The system meshed a theocratic, corporate state; centralized production control of government-owned industry; civil service-style employment protection with private ownership of personal property; and an all-encompassing social welfare program."
(William Dudley Pelley: A Life in Right-Wing Extremism and the Occult, Scott Beekman, pgs. 81-83)
some Silver Shirts
Easily the most militant branch of the Silver Shirts was the one based in California. It was this section that would generate much of the organization's (somewhat over exaggerated) reputation for violence.
"Of all the large state organizations, California created the most problems for Pelley. The first Silver Shirt branch opened in Los Angeles in 1933 and met with surprising initial success, with statewide membership reaching a peak of three thousand in 1934. Pelley was so pleased with the progress in southern California that in February 1934 he moved the Silver Ranger, his newest magazine, from Oklahoma City (which had become the organization's 'second headquarters') to Los Angeles. That city eventually house six different local branches. This concentration of units in one city, the most in the country, allowed Pelley to organize the branches with specializations. For example, there was a Los Angeles branch for those most interested in Pelley's religious system (the astrology-minded Nazi William Kullgren was associated with this group) and another unit, headed by 'Captain' Eugene Case, for the violent 'arsonists'...
"While the Los Angeles branches created internal strife for Pelley and his organization, the San Diego branch foisted a surfeit of complications on the Silver Shirt chief. The San Diego group leader, Willard Kemp, had little use for Pelley's esoteric writings and focused his membership on preparing for armed struggle with Communist invaders. Not content to wait for the Communists to strike first, the San Diego chief proposed a series of violent schemes to his followers. In anticipation of bloodshed, Kemp armed his two hundred followers with rifles allegedly bought illegally from unscrupulous attendants at the North Island Naval Base armory and drilled them at a heavily fortified ranch near El Cajon. To ensure that his men were ready for action, Kemp hired to U.S. Marine Corps drill instructors (Virgil Hayes and Edward T. Grey) to train his men in military tactics and offered to buy any stolen weapons the two could procure.
"Kemp's indiscretions proved costly. Hayes and Grey reported Kemp's offer to their superiors, who instructed the two to infiltrate the Silver Shirts and report their findings to Naval Intelligence. The two marines and a number of Silver Shirts eventually testified about the San Diego unit's actions before an executive session of the Special House Congressional Subcommittee on Un-American Activities (the McCormick-Dickstein Committee) in August 1934. Already investigating Nazi propaganda in the United States, committee members were appalled by the schemes of the San Diego Silver Shirts, which included assassination of Jewish public officials and an armed march on San Diego during a May Day celebration. It proved to be the beginning of close governmental scrutiny of Pelley's organization. Investigators quickly discovered irregularities in Pelley's financial activities. As 1934 dawned, Pelley began twenty years of legal entanglements."
(ibid, pgs. 102-104)
And it is here that I shall wrap things up for now. With an outline of Pelley's background and the Silver Shirts out of the way, I shall focus my attention upon Pelley's ties to Nazi Germany as well as his extensive links within far right circles at the onset of the next installment. From there I will then address the metaphysical parts of Pelley's life, a dominate if little examined aspect of it. Stay tuned.


  1. And as we look out on this broken, ghettoized America, drowning in greed, enslaved by bankers, corrupted by a culture of filth, monitored by the PC police state, waging endless wars for the Zionists around the world, ask yourself: did people like Pelley perhaps have a point? How is this America better than the one your forefathers knew, that put men on the moon and walked tall, with dignity and pride in their people? Perhaps America needs new a new William Pelley, to start a revolution in this land, or to carve out a new nation from the ruins of this fallen one?

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    2. William Pelley et al. indeed had a point. Several!

      National Socialism was a response to Jewish Bolshevism, i.e., Communism.

  2. Sympathy for the delusional. Pride and jingoistic nationalism is the devise to enslave those who wave the flag. What can the 1% buy/persuade in this plutocracy? How can an honest man chart his future with such odds? Rule by and for the rich, filthy rich. Anoy you annoy my sensibilities and intelligence. Seig Heil freak. Dennis

  3. Thanks for the nice resume of Pelley. I knew a little but hadn't been able to find the time to learn in depth. I think your series will go a long way. Thanks again, Recluse.

  4. Anon-

    The funny thing is, there was once a man named Abraham Vereide who had a dream of establishing a New World Order. It would be one in which multinational corporations lorded over the earth like the feudal lords of old (by on a scale unimaginable to their ilk). This order would be established via a policy of deregulation of industry, suppression of labor unions (or really anyone who championed workers rights in general) and American imperialism abroad. And it would all be done on the notion that if the world was ruled by "godly" men who embraced Jesus Christ (largely removed from the Bible itself) as their lord and savior, every thing would be okay.

    Vereide emerged from the same fascist cesspool that spawned Pelley in the 1930s -indeed, the anti-labor forces of that era would play a rather significant role in the world affairs for much of the next century. Vereide out did them all, however: He effectively managed to turn "free market" economics into a religion. This was a prospect that greatly appealed to both the business as well as the military establishments in this nation and the halls of power were forever opened to Vereide and his disciplines. To say that they have had a rather significant effect on the history of this nation ever since would be something of an understatement.

    And yet Vereide and his followers were all but unknown to the general public until 2008 when journalist Jeff Sharlet published an expose called "The Family".

    Think about that for a moment: There are literally hundreds, possibly thousand of books written in the last century claiming to expose the "Jewish conspiracy" or the "Communist conspiracy" and yet this bizarre cult with nominally Christian trappings that has gained access to presidents and powerful forces within industry and the military establishment has gone almost totally unnoticed, even by the "alternative media", despite the founder's proclaimed goal of a transnational "New World Order."

    Kinda weird, huh?


    You're welcome and I hope you enjoy the series.


    1. I have surfaced information conclusively proving that a Pelley sycophant, Rev Gerald L K Smith was involved in the murders of both Huey Long and JFK. Smith came into a million dollars to build his Christ of the Ozarks shrine in early 1964. And he attended a meeting in Winnipeg discussing the JFK plot with Vonsiatsky. Get JFK The Final Solution at Amazon or Kindle. These bastidges killed JFK and got away with it. You will be convinced.

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  6. Great article!

    Reading between the lines, it seems pretty clear that the militant unit of the Silver Shirts in San Diego was actually under the control of the U.S. Navy. And it sounds like the group led by "Herr Schmidt," who also claimed to wield occult powers, in Rustic Canyon was probably connected with the L.A. branch of the Silver Shirts.

    The Navy was involved in mind control projects since WWII, like Project CHATTER. And the revelations of Dr. Thomas Narut revealed that the ONI was behind a mind control program aimed at producing psychopathic killers. He claimed its two stations were in a hospital in Naples, Italy, where he was stationed, and at a neuropsychiatric hospital run by the Navy in San Diego. A lab technician employed at the latter had a son who committed a shooting attack in March 2001 at Santana High School. He was born at Fort Detrick, where his mother was an Army nurse. A Russian word for Satan is "Satana," and the city of Astana in Khazakstan is saturated with esoteric symbolism.

    I bring all of this up because his claims of occult powers following "contact" with spiritual entities makes my mind go to mind control, especially since he is one of many strange figures to appear in Harbin, Manchuria, a reputed center for such projects. Having a father who is a minister and a past in Hollywood doesn't point away from that either. He was obviously working for the U.S. intelligence services. The official sponsor of his activities abroad was the YMCA, which would later be known to have provided cover for CIA assets. There are indications that Mark David Chapman was under the control of U.S. intelligence services during his travels as a YMCA representative.

    The de Mohrenschildt brothers and their father, in addition to their fascist connections, were all associated in an intelligence capacity with Allen Dulles. The brothers were also associates of R. Gordon Wasson, also an associate of Dulles and a man with very close CIA ties who appears to have been involved in mind control projects, for which Dulles was overseer. George de Mohrenschildt was later subjected to brutal electroshock and drug treatments by the mysterious Dr. Charles Mendoza.

    I also find it interesting that Richard Condon was a publicist for Walt Disney, an FBI and CIA asset, as well as a racist, misogynist and a fascist who attended Nazi meetings. Doesn't get much more MK-ULTRA than that. Given the strange "coincidences" tying the film to the assassination of both Kennedy brothers and to the deaths of Cass Elliot and Sharon Tate, I find it difficult to believe there was no deeper programming connected with the story.

    The story of William Dudley Pelley so far seems to underline the nexus of the military-intelligence complex, the entertainment industry, fascism and the dark side of the occult that Dave McGowan highlights.

  7. SJCP-

    Sorry for taking so long to respond. I'm glad that you're enjoying the series.

    It's entirely possible the Silver Shirts may have been used indirectly by the military as part of the nation's industrial security network during the 1930s as well. General Ralph Van Deman headed this private network during this period and he was based out of San Diego from the mid-1920s until the time of his death in 1952.

    Project Chatter was actually begun in 1947, but the Army did have its own "enhanced interrogation" teams during WWII such as the "Rough Boys" in addition to the notorious George Estrabrooks.

    Its also possible Pelley began to take serious notice of the occult during his time in Manchuria and Russia as well. While rarely acknowledged, Czarist Russia would have an enormous influence on Western occultism in the twentieth century and beyond. The influence of H.P. Blavatsky, G. I. Gurdieff (a Greek-Armenian who was born in the Russia Empire and reported worked for the Czarist secret police at some point) and P.D. Ouspensky has been especially wide reaching. As I'm sure you're well aware, the exiled White Russian community would also play an enormous role in shaping fascist ideology in both Europe and the United States after WWI as well.

    So it probably goes with out saying there were a lot of strange and terrible ideas floating around Harbin in the period Pelley spent there.

    That's an interesting point about Condon and Walt Disney.


    1. I found a copy of a Dietrich Eckhart manuscript in the Vonsiatsky Collection at Providence College. Eckhart was the Godfather of esoteric Nazism and Hitler ' s tutor. GLK Smith, Vonsiatsky and Pelley had JFK snuffed. I swear to you they did and Condon ratted them out in his novel The Manchurian Candidate using coded anagrams. Get my book. John Bevilaqua.

    2. "As I'm sure you're well aware, the exiled White Russian community would also play an enormous role in shaping fascist ideology in both Europe and the United States after WWI as well."

      You make it sound like "fascist ideology" is a bad thing. I can tell you it's preferable to Jewish-created Communism ANY day of the year.

      Ignorance = blind hatred. Get informed!

    3. Hearing references to Disney & Condon makes me wonder about my friend from AshEVILle, NC, my hometown, as he was so well connected as a Seely (They built a notorious ominous castle overlooking AshEVILle. Pelley must have considered it promised land for fascists as he moved his businesses there after his HOLLYWOOD setbacks looking for support in the Vanderbilt community in my opinion- that coincided w Hitler's rise and JFK's fall (he was related to the Vanderbilt mafia I think). Anyway Kent Seely and I were good friends in 1975-76 and he had been a youth test monorail driver in Orlando when it was being built, for fun. Does anyone know if the Long Island Kempd were related to William Kemp? I've speculated my wealthy Jewish stepdad Arnold Kemp was involved in JFK's death on my real Dad's birthday. Was he the 2nd ACE for Murder Inc which brings in the pedophilia angle considering the 30s era NYC candy store mafia legend. Being Massachusetts connected also aligns him with the Kennedy's and Vanderbilts possibly. Joe Kennedy was a huge Hitler fan for example as were many British Royalist appeasers with nothing but feudalism and fascism on their minds in .y humble opinion.

  8. William Dudley Pelley (1890 - 1965) founded the Silver Rangers of America on 31 January 1933 which soon became known as the Silvershirts. He was an accomplished author and was involved with many screen productions. After the jews declared their holy war on Germany in 1933, he soon became fingered as "the most dangerous man in America." The American Hebrew magazine, which first used the 6,000,000 figure in its October 31, 1919 issue, targeted Mr. Pelley since patriotism interferes with internationalism schemes.

    William Dudley Pelley and the Silver Legion of America "Christ or Chaos!" Two thousand copies of the Chief's new handbill were going out to Centralia, Washington from Asheville headquarters. "Can't hardly fill all these West Coast orders fast enough." Harry Martin's remark wasn't a complaint. As business manager for Foundation Fellowship Publishers, any comment Harry made about the boxes and boxes of Christian Party campaign literature being shipped each week came with a smile.

    It was 1936. Silvershirt Chief William Dudley Pelley had been busy promoting his candidacy for President since the previous August. "For Christ and Constitution!"

    In five years World War II would usher in the social circumstances Pelley's adversaries needed to indict him under the Wartime Sedition Act.

    Why was Pelley imprisoned? Was he a visionary or just delusionary? When you come to know the man and his mission you might begin to understand why red-tinged journalists honored him with the title "The Most Dangerous Man in America."

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  10. And guess who was the owner of International Harvester which Pelley served as a money courier for? Colonel Robert McCormick whose family developed and owned The McCormick Reaper. That family lost thousands of McCormick Reapers leased to the Czarists which were confiscated by the Commies. Later McCormick who owned The Chicago Tribune created the Little Orphan Annie comic strip featuring Wickliffe Draper as Big Daddy Warbucks and Annie Vonsiatsky as Little Orphan Annie. Draper and Warbucks looked exactly alike: 6'5" tall, partially balding, pince nez eyeglasses, an assistant named "Punjab" from Draper's wartime service in India where he caused The Bengal Famime. WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE? Vonsiatsky was also Richard Condon's Manchurian Candidate to become the next Fuhrer of a reconquered Communist Russia. "... known as Yaztahs, Fravashi and Amesha Spentas." was a Condon anagram for Vonsiatsky. Guess what it decodes to?

  11. Later Col Robert McCormick from International Harvester was a founder of both the isolationist America First group which Donald Trump frequently references for obvious reasons as well as The American Security Council (ASC) in about 1955. ASC members included many JFK haters and plotters cited in ManCand by Richard Condon like Ray Cline, J. Strom Thurmond, Hugh and James Angleton, James Eastland, Robert Morris, Gerald L K Smith, Tom Ellis from The Raleigh Phone Call and The Pioneer Fund of Wick Draper, Draper and Vonsiatsky who were Robert McCormick's Big Daddy Warbuck's and Little Orohan Annie in the Chicago Tribune starting in the 1920's. Read JFK THE FINAL SOLUTION by John Bevilaqua on Amazon and Kindle for more details. You will be flabbergasted, amazed and outraged and flustered by what is there. Trust me on this.