As longtime readers of this blog are no doubt well aware by now, Recluse is quite obsessed with the mysterious network of self-styled chivalric orders commonly referred to as the Sovereign Order of Saint John (SOSJ). Virtually all of these orders in turn trace back to one particular outfit, long based out of Shickshinny, Pennsylvania. This group claimed to be the legitimate Knights of Malta, via the Russian line of succession, with the "official" Sovereign Military Order of Malta group being the impostor.
Whatever the case, by the 1960s it emerged with a roster top heavy with former military and intelligence officers, and extensive ties to the far right paramilitary underground. Bizarrely enough, it also featured an abundance of cult connections as well. One of the most blood-stained were those with Christian Identity "theology," which were explored before here. However, they also possessed even stranger links to various metaphysical circles, ranging from UFO contactees, ceremonial magicians, and even one known, self-described "orgone specialist." These connections and more will soon be explored in a forth coming work by your's truly.
Today, however, I would like to shine a light on a book that got me started on this mysterious journey. It's called J.F.K. -The Final Solution by the great John Bevilaqua. John has been on the trial of the Kennedy assassins for sometime and he has come to believe that the SOSJ was instrumental.
Recently I was able to sit down for a chat with John on The Farm. In order to introduce everybody to the vast body of John's research, I thought a good starting point may be The Manchurian Candidate, both the Richard Condon novel and the 1962 film version. Have you ever wondered, for instance, why Condon selected Manchuria of all places for the title and such a crucial plot point? Well, here you'll find out about all the strange groups and characters active there in the aftermath of the First World War and beyond. One of them is the future Nazi and Ufologist William Dudley Pelley, whom you're going to be hearing a lot more about in the coming weeks here.
But this is only scratching the surface. Bevilaqua also covers such notorious and little known figures as Count Anastasy Vonsiatsky and Colonel Wickliffe Preston Draper; his own "twilight language"-esque approach to both Condon's work and a far right code system; and even a bizarre connection to the legendary Illuminatus! Trilogy. Be sure to check this one out guys, it's a good one.
It can be found here or on the sidebar.
John also provided some addition thoughts here that I'm reprinting now for context:
"The significance of Hunt and Rockwell attending Brown while Vonsiatsky still attended football games is that Annie and/or Draper probably recruited him and paid him to start the ANP. And Hunt named his son St. John after Vonsiatsky's Order of St. John."
"It is also important to note that the Rev Gerald L K Smith was not only part of The Winnipeg Airport Incident but he knew both William Dudley Pelley from their mutual Silver Shirts work during World War II and Father Charles Coughlin when they were both part of the Demagogues of the Depression in the 1930's and the early 1940's. And Anastase Vonsiatsky also attended the Winnipeg Airport Incident meeting as well and probably flew to Wichita, KS the home of Koch Family Empire where they were expecting to be paid off for the murder of JFK. Edwin Walker's grandfather gave the Koch family their financial start in America. His last name was deGanahl and Charles deGanahl Koch was given his name as his middle name as a symbol of thanks. Walker, Willoughby, Gale and Fellers were ALL working for Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War and even after that as private citizens. And Walker, Fellers and Willoughby through MacArthur were all implicated by Condon in Man Cand anagrams or key words. Fighting Francis Bollinger is an anagram for Bonner Fellers. Fellers was stationed in Cairo during World War II and was given Montgomery's tank movements as part of a scheme to undermine his efforts at evading the Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel who was not really a Fox at all. Fellers forwarded these proposed tank movements to James Angleton in Rome where he was stationed and he in turn sent these messages to Erwin Rommel.
"Mark Schulman Did not know that. S&C's early work with mergers between Boston Fruit and United Fruit bears that out. I thought they just did the legal work on that deal. Looks like they did both ends of the deal now. When did the Dulles Brothers join the firm? Other heads of the OSJ over time included Frank Capell, Revilo Oliver's pal, Charles Thurout Pichel, Hitler's American contact, John B. Trevor, Draper's Pioneer Fund crony and some M.D. from Florida. Vonsiatsky was also the international leader of the SMOSJ. Col. Philip J. Corso, OSJ a UFO nut working for Strom Thurmond was knighted into OSJ for running the Nazi Rat Lines from the Vatican for the eventual Pope Paul VI through Grace Steamship Lines of Peter Grace, OSJ. Angleton and Colby were also OSJ Knights. Spoiler Alert: Angleton was revered by the Israelis for saving Judaism from the evil Arabs AND for saving the R.C. Church from the Commies by siding with the Nazis at one point. Very versatile and accommodating guy. Angleton may also have helped the Israelis with their Dimona Nuclear Reactor secret program by removing any obstacles or blockers to that program. Hint, hint. Samuel Zemurray's agents from United Fruit funded Homer Echevarria's plots against JFK by his own admission IMHO."As always guys, I hope everyone enjoys. Best to all in these troubled times and as always, stay tuned till next time.