Tuesday, February 23. 2010
"Everything about Tommy Baumler was dark."
Greetings, boys and girls. You may remember my long series of articles (or a series of long articles, mejor dicho) concerning New Orleans, Lee Harvey Oswald, and a veritable apostolic succession of wandering bishops who operated out of Guy Banister's office in the Big Easy. You may recall such names as David Ferrie, Jack Martin, Carl Stanley ... and Thomas Jude Baumler. Well, you'll never believe it, but Tommy Baumler's name came up again in the most bizarre place of all these bizarre places.
He was the lawyer who incorporated the Process Church of the Final Judgment.
Take a breath.
For those of you who need some background on Tommy Baumler, here is an excerpt from my series of articles posted here on the wandering bishops (more may be found in volume one of Sinister Forces):
Now, in a book entitled Love Sex Fear Death: The Inside Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgment, (Feral House, 2009) former Process member Timothy Wyllie goes into some detail about the founding of the movement and much of the day-to-day events in the lives of its members. It is a fascinating tale for those who are interested, and contains over 100 pages of art, articles, and other disjecta membra of that notorious group. It is on page 74, however, that he drops the name Tommy Baumler and describes the man perfectly. There can be no doubt. In 1967 -- while a priest of the American Orthodox Catholic Church, a Freemason, a hypnotist, a racist -- and as the Jim Garrison investigation into his friends David Ferrie and Jack Martin for their alleged role in the Kennedy assassination was heating up, Tommy Baumler was hanging out with the Process and even going so far as to suggest a name for their group: The Church of Christ and Satan. Wyllie says they had to talk him out of it, and finally settle on the name The Church of the Final Judgment.
Readers may remember the hysteria surrounding the Process from its earliest days. There were accusations that it was a mind-control cult, that they were devil-worshipers, that they were involved with ritual murder, etc etc. The fact that they were involved to a degree with Charles Manson didn't help; the fact that Charlie once famously proclaimed that he was Robert Moore (the co-founder of the Process) didn't help much either, or the interview with Charlie that appeared in the Process magazine. The fact that issues of said magazine bore such themes as Death and Fear was probably another clue to the already paranoid.
But then throw in the Son of Sam connection (made famous by Maury Terry, but to be fair was also bruited about by David Berkowitz himself long after his sentencing, and corroborated by self-described former members of the Process) and you have a truly sinister fantasy. The Process and Charles Manson; the Process and the Son of Sam cult. Okay, that will do.
Then toss in the "dark" Tommy Baumler and the Kennedy assassination conspiracy and you are deep inside Sinister Forces territory.
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Bingo! Another hit. The whole "wandering bishop" trip is fascinating.
What I still wonder about is why the obsession with the laying-on-of hands? Do these "bishops" believe some sort of esoteric magic is involved? One would think these pseudo-priests wouldn't really care about such a practice, considering their true vocations.
Hope former Fug Ed Sanders reads this entry.--jjdickinson, Athol, Idaho--formerly of San Diego
hello, this is not so much a comment on this artical, but I just droped in to say im reading part one of sinster forces now witch i had to order form America, I must say i don't think i have ever enjoyed a book so much it has piced together things i have had intrests in but can never find relyable onfo on because resurchers usealy have agendas and want to convince you of such.
Im not to good with reading and writing so i apoligise for spelings and that but if you ever need ilustrastions http://6fingers.deviantart.com/ id be more than happy to supply them and once more thanks for writing this book reading it has almost a weird syincronisty in what i find intresting and what you have written about,
looking forward to reading the rest of your books
thanks again peter for another fascinating dip into this bizarre reality.The threads are all about,all you need to do is keep tugging at them.
Adam Curtis is a bbc journalist who works similar in style especially his blog,its worth the visit...
peter,just stumbled across a bizarre character,a wandering bishop who was accused of pederasty,wore a wig and in the only known photo seems to have painted eyebrows?his name was montague summers and wrote extensivley about demonology,vampires and witches,was thought to have used magick in his youth,died 1948 u.k.
Hey Peter, yet again you've provided amazing stuff to think about, but can I ask you a question that curiously puzzles me. In virtually everything I've read of your research and works (and also for example the material of Farrell and Hoagland) you have unearthed sinister conspiracies, complex intrigues and dark forces at play in this world, whilst the rest of humanity lives as slaves and shunted cattle and used as cannon fodder. So, can I ask, have you ever come across evidence of an equally powerful force or group who work for the GOOD of man? Unfortunately, this world seems so totally dominated by the people and groups you name as Sinister Forces. Kind regards, Evermore
Read and enjoyed Sinister Forces and Unholy Alliance.
I happened to listen to the podcast you did on Eerie Radio. I know that was a very long time ago, but a couple of points.
You mention that Blavatsky's Theosophical Society based their doctrines on a belief in spiritual evolution, with Aryans at the top of the spiritual ladder. You imply that this had something to do with the Darwinian theory of evolution. Actually, Blavatsky was dismissive of this theory, almost in the same terms as Christian Fundamentalists are and were. In mockery of the theory, she owned a large, stuffed baboon that she dressed as a ninteenth century gentleman. Peter Washington's book "Madame Blavatsky's Baboon" takes its title from this. I think this is important, because otherwise your statements could be seen as giving aid and comfort to those who would attempt to falsely discredit the proven fact of biological evolution by linking Darwin and other proponents to Nazism or fascism.
Another thing: You mention the Nazi antipathy toward Freemasonry. Do you see any significance in the fact that Freemasonry continues to be a major target of "conspiracy theorists" today, mostly of a right wing bent? To my mind, (American) Freemasonry basically shot its wad in the 19th century, and anyone who's that obsessed with it is either crazy, misinformed, or duplicitous. Thoughts?
Many thanks for your kind email.
I would like to point out that even Theosophists themselves seem divided on whether or not HPB approved of Darwin or evolution, or both, or neither. A critique of Peter Washington's book appears on the website of the American Section of TS, and seems to indicate that HPB did approve of the theory of evolution but only argued that it did not happen naturally but was directed by a spiritual force (I am paraphrasing mightily here, but you can read the entire article at http://home.pacbell.net/amsec/theo2b.html). This would dovetail neatly with Nazi ideas concerning the spirituality of evolution as opposed to a merely mechanical view. I make it clear in my work that I do not hold HPB personally accountable for the Third Reich, nor do I include the TS as among the culprits. There is no escaping, though, the fact that the TS was originally incorporated in NYC as the Aryan Theosophical Society and that HPB's ideas about Aryans and the superiority of the Aryan race did in fact contribute to the confusion.
As for Freemasonry, I have no special argument with Freemasons. There is always the potential for abuse within any secret society, of course, and I have a problem with the way Freemasonry tries to portray itself as perfectly benign. That was not always the case -- as I point out in The Secret Temple -- and Freemasons were political activists in the 18th and 19th centuries. By the time we had the P2 scandals in the 1970s and 1980s, of course, we had another example to make the conspiracy theorists crazy especially as P2 was nothing if not an extreme right wing Masonic organization. But I grew up during a period when conspiracy theorists were viewed as leftists, and now they are right wing paranoiacs! If you ask me, the right wing -- including the tea party -- are giving conspiracy theorists a bad name! (as if it could get any worse!)
I am listening to your enlightening talk on Media Monarchy uploaded August 27, 2010.
You discuss how The Manchurian Candidate as pulled after the Kennedy assassination.
Eye of the Devil has also been out of circulation, especially in the US. Its a great film and people like Sharon Tate. I own a copy.
Do you know why it will not be released? Nobody can get an answer that has tried.
Off the subject (or maybe not...)
Have you seen this article?
A car said to have been a gift from Adolf Hitler to a Nepalese king will be repaired and used to drive visitors around the grounds of a palace museum, a government official said on Thursday.
The 1939 Mercedes-Benz was presented by the Nazi leader to King Tribhuvan, grandfather of Nepal's last King Gyanendra, deposed two years ago.
It has been stored at an old palace garage for more than five years. Authorities said the doors, seats and hood were damaged.
Mod Raj Dotel, a Ministry of Culture official, said the equivalent of $537,000 was being sought from the government to restore both the car and a chariot once used by King Tribhuvan.
"The idea is to repair them so visitors can drive in the car and ride the royal chariot", Dotel told Reuters.
"This will be more attractive to visitors and will also give people a feel of the political change the country has undergone."
I'd like to say that since reading Sinister Forces--The Nine I've been noticing unusual coincedences in my daily life. Maybe not daily but close. An example: In the book I'm reading about the Bluebird project. I happen to be parked in my car. Upon leaving I'm behind a yellow school bus. It stops. On the back bumper in big letters is the word BLUEBIRD. This is a typical coincedence. I'm almost done with the book. Will they stop then?
Was D.B. Cooper a wandering bishop? Wolfgang Gossett, the leading suspect in the Cooper case, was a paranormal investigator, army intelligence, and guess what? A priest who wasn't really a priest. Some type of "a vicar general in the Old Catholic diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah".
He reportedly asked his son after giving a mass "you think those people believed it?" with a devilish grin. Maybe I'm way off base here. Maybe not though.
Somebody named Tommy Baumler competed in the US Open Chess Tournament in NOLA 1954...doesn't appear to have done too well...
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