Research for The Nuremberg Puzzle

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015 in Historical Puzzles, Mystery Novels, The Nuremberg Puzzle

My #1 source on the Catholic Church’s role in the development of murderous antisemitism in Italy:     The above book won the Pulitzer prize, 2015, for biography. My #1 source on Catholic involvement in the development of antisemitism across Europe, and its role in supporting fascist states, is Davis’s other iconic academic analysis, which in my version has notes throughout:       Thomas Harding’s bestseller, below, was described as “an essential history,” by John Le Carre. It provides a glimpse into the appalling crimes committed by the fascists, whose antisemitic ideology was unquestionably inspired by the Catholic Church.     For anyone who thinks the Catholic Church’s role in supporting the fascists of the Second World War has been disproven, please remember that the Vatican archives have only been opened to academics such as Professor Kertzer in the recent past. The evidence emerging provides proof of the role of the Catholic Church in the dissemination and acceptance of antisemitic ideas across Europe and beyond. The Nuremberg Puzzle will be based on the above research....

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The Secrets of Manhattan #5 Who’s stealing billions? Updated

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Historical Puzzles, The Manhattan Puzzle, The Secrets of Manhattan

The Manhattan Puzzle is available for in many countries here.   The fifth secret of Manhattan I am intrigued by is what the Freemasons do in New York. There are 60,000 Freemasons in New York state.  If we look at their own website, they give themselves an open field as to what they do. They say: There are things we want to do in the world. So, worldly acts are key to what goes on at a lodge. And in their own words, further down that page, ‘Masonry teaches that each person has a responsibility to make things better in the world. ‘ But better for who? The problem I have is that, what they define as making the world better is not fully public. Sure, good works, charity and helping others, is a key part of their mission, but from what I personally know that is not all that Freemasons are about. My experience, in London, was that the Freemasons I knew helped each other in business. Surprised? And I only knew low level Masons. Each and every one of them used their Masonic brothers to make profits I had never known possible on deals they made between each other. One Freemason I knew made a quarter of a million pounds in an afternoon on one deal alone. He sold computer parts at a massively inflated price to a brother, a purchasing manager. Another used bribes as a key part of his strategy. And I got fired within weeks of the above incidents for questioning some of that firm’s policies and digging my heels in. Now, if that’s what the low level Masons are up to what do you think the top ones are doing, chatting about football and baseball? Here is a description of the main Masonic building in Manhattan. You can get tours of this building and see the bible George Washington rested his hand on when he took his oath of office as first president. Would he be surprised at what Masonry has become? I think he would. The Masonic Building and Hall (between W23rd & W24th Streets) were designed by Harry P. Knowles, one of the architects of the New York City Center. The Hall includes a 1200-seat auditorium – the Grand Lodge Room – and a dozen other Lodge Rooms, all elaborately ornamented. Here is the building: Now, I am sure they do carry out charitable works, so does the Russian government, but until we know what this group do to feather each other’s nests, the world should be wary about Freemasons. Freemasons are a military style fraternity, where obedience and “need to know” are key concepts. Most low level Masons are there simply to follow orders. What interests me is what the very top people get up to. What deals are done in secret that influence the fate of the citizens of New York and...

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In Ireland at The Mountain of the Witch

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Historical Puzzles, Research

  Cairn T, at Loughcrew in Ireland, the site of the Prophet Jeremiah’s tomb. The site is known locally as the Mountain of the Witch. If you think I’m making this up, click here. The location sits near the Road of the Chariots (not on Google Maps yet) in County Meath, in the Boyne Valley, further inland than Tara, the later seat of the High Kings of Ireland. The cairn passage tomb is a little known archaeological site in Ireland, about 1 hr from where I live. The first picture above, from our trip Summer, 2014 to the site, shows the approach to Cairn T. Jeremiah was the prophet who escaped the ruins of Jerusalem with the Ark of the Covenant in 587BC. He had warned the Jewish state about the destruction that was to come and was imprisoned. He was released when the Babylonians took the city and destroyed the First Temple. He traveled to Ireland by boat after stopping in Egypt. Raiders of the Lost Ark claimed he went south to Tanis after landing in Egypt. That story is a red herring. Jeremiah’s landing in Ireland is recorded. The House of Windsor officially draws its royal bloodline from his journey. Jeremiah brought two daughters of the Jewish king with him. They married into a line of Irish High Kings, who later married into the line of Scottish kings. The House of Windsor is partly descended from this line. For how the site became the Mountain of the Witch, read on. For those who think I am joking about Jeremiah, take a look at this site: The second picture, above, shows the cairn, or mound of stones. The third shows the entrance to the cairn. The fourth shows the view towards Tara on the horizon. The area became known as the Mountain of the Witch because, for a period, Ireland was ruled as a matriarchy, that is the women were in charge. The site was where the female rulers gave out justice and imposed penalties. These women were the female descendants of the King of Israel, princesses first, then rulers after they married into the line of Irish High Kings. It is written in the Annals of Ireland that women judges, later called witches, could take your life if your crimes were sufficient. That ultimate penalty would be imposed at the time of year we call Halloween. If you wanted a wish granted you could walk around the cairn three times and then submit a request to the witches. I met a real witch when I was there. She was dressed all in black and was barefoot walking down with a companion when we arrived. I experienced a powerful feeling of peace and inner contentment when I visited. I will be going again at Halloween, as the sun sets on the day the season and the year changes. On another...

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The Secrets of Manhattan #3 What Manhattan woman inspired New Age philosophy?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Historical Puzzles, Mystery Novels, The Manhattan Puzzle

These posts are part of a series to commemorate the launch of The Manhattan Puzzle in the US, August 26, 2014. They describe some of the most interesting things I discovered about Manhattan during my research. The Manhattan Puzzle is available in many countries here. The third secret of Manhattan I am intrigued by is the work and influence of Madame Blavatsky. Helena Blavatsky lived in Manhattan from 1873 until 1879. She took up residence in Hell’s Kitchen and was responsible for a renewed interest in occultism, eastern philosophy and spiritualism in Europe and the US. Her influence included the foundation of the Theosophical Society whose initial objective was “study  of Occultism, and the Cabala.” Helena had an extraordinary life, in Russia as a young girl she was highly intelligent and had an interest in the esoteric and mysterious. In 1849, after a sham marriage to a much older man she travelled alone to Constantinople, where she met up with a Russian Countess and travelled through Europe, the Middle East, India and eventually all around the world. She pursued spiritual and esoteric knowledge, trying several times to reach Tibet before finally succeeding and living there at Tashi Lama near Shigatse. She ended up writing about her experiences and practising a form of spiritualism that had a solid core in its concern for eastern religion, universal brotherhood and the uncovering of the unexplained laws of nature and the latent powers within us all, as well as sham medium side with performances, which probably made her money, but cost her her reputation. But why did she start the The Theosophical Society in Manhattan? In the early decades of the 1800s, as New York state opened up to immigrants, it became home to many new social and religious movements. New York was the birthplace of Mormonism, Seventh Day Adventism, and spiritualism or talking to the dead. It also spawned utopian movements and settlements. New York City and Manhattan in particular was always a liberal and welcoming place to people with alternative ideas. It still is. Madame Blatavsky’s influence continued long after her death. WB Yeats, HP Lovecraft, Lewis Carroll, James Joyce, Leo Tolstoy, Rudolph Steiner, Thomas Edison, Paul Gauguin, Mahatma Gandhi and Carl Jung all came into contact with her, her followers and her ideas. Many were members of her society. To what extent she helped them explore art, the physical world and the world of the mind is debatable, but she certainly helped to inspire new ways of looking at things. She was therefore, in my opinion, one of the foundation stones of the modern world we all live in. This post is part of a series I wrote in the run up to the launch of The Manhattan Puzzle in October 2013. They describe some of the most interesting things I have discovered about Manhattan during my research. The Manhattan Puzzle is available for...

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The Secrets of Manhattan #2 Where are the title deeds for Manhattan?

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Historical Puzzles, Mystery Novels, The Manhattan Puzzle

These posts are part of a series to commemorate the launch of The Manhattan Puzzle in the US, August 26, 2014. They describe some of the most interesting things I discovered about Manhattan during my research. The Manhattan Puzzle is available in many countries here. The second secret of Manhattan I am intrigued by is the purchase of Manhattan island by Peter Minuit on May 24, 1626 in exchange for traded goods valued at approximately $1,000 in 2006, according to the Institute for Social History of Amsterdam. The  island was purchased from the Canarsee, who lived on Long Island. This single transaction illustrates the distinction between a common ownership society, such as the natives of the area generally practised – with exceptions- and individual property rights, the most important legal right for the development of a modern banking system. You can read about the philosophy of property rights here. Simply put, Aristotle was for it, Plato against it, for the obvious reasons. The Canarese, sometimes called Lenape natives were later pushed west by a combination of “deception, fraud, and extortion’ including acts such as the “Walking Purchase.”  The remaining Canarese now live in Ontario (Canada), Wisconsin, and Oklahoma. What I am interested in though is the secrets of this transaction. and the reasons why Peter Minuit was dismissed in 1631 from his post as director of the Dutch colony, which he carried out the transaction for. Myths and rumours exist that a legal document of the transaction was drawn up, which gave the Canarese the rights to Long Island, in exchange for the rights to Manhattan. This document was the reason for his removal, so the tale goes. The image above shows the document in his hand. Some even believe that the original document still exists, stored in a bank vault in Manhattan, as it was used to obtain credit for the Dutch West India Company who managed the colony. The Dutch West India Company went on to obtain a monopoly on gold and slaves in the kingdom of Accra (present-day Ghana). Subsequent one-sided contacts by this comoany, such as with the owners of the Asiento, obliged then to deliver 24,000 slaves. In 1663/4 thisa company sold more slaves than the Portuguese and English combined. But the company later got into financial difficulties, which was why they used the title deeds to Manhattan as collateral for a loan. What do you think the legal position would be if the original contract were found, and it granted rights to Manhattan, but also rights to Long Island to the native Canarese? My post on the first secret of Manhattan – Manhattanhenge – is...

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Research in Ireland on Jeremiah’s Tomb #2

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Historical Puzzles, Research

> As promised, here is the inside of Loughcrew Cairn T, in Ireland. Click on the picture for a larger view. . Many believe this is the site of the Prophet Jeremiah’s tomb. I had circled the cairn three times, as the witch I met told me to do, for good luck. . Then I entered the tomb. I tried to take a panorama picture, but for some reason the panorama app, despite working outside, wouldn’t work inside the tomb. . The image of the rock interpretation (that’s below) is from  The rock, the second on the left inside the tomb, is below the diagram, You can also see it in the image above on the left. . > (source > > . If I put this in a story you’d say it was too unlikely, but the fact that Jeremiah came to Ireland after the fall of Jerusalem in 586BC is how the current Queen Elizabeth II traces her royal ancestry to the house of David. See this for her line: Above is the view up to where the capstone would have been at the top of the cairn. What do you think? ., More details on the Mountain of the Witch after our visit at Halloween. If I make it back!...

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