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Linda Minor
01-01-2009, 07:29 PM
The following quote is an excerpt from John Simkin's post (http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=13767&st=15) at Education Forum under the title John Profumo, Bobby Baker and JFK. Since most of my posts have been ignored, I thought I would post here to see if there is any interest in this subject.

In 1987 Tony Summers and Stephen Dorril published their book on the John Profumo/Stephen Ward case, Honeytrap. During their research they managed to speak to several members of MI5, including Keith Wagstaffe, Ward’s case-officer. The book confirms that Ward had been involved in an operation that was attempting to persuade Eugene Ivanov to become a double-agent.
As a result of the book being published the authors were contacted by a former MI6 officer who claimed that Ward was murdered by a contract agent called Stanley Rytter, whose cover was as a freelance journalist and photographer. Rytter had died in 1984 but Summers and Dorril investigate the allegation and got the story confirmed by one of his associates, Serge Paplinski.

An excerpt from http://www.spyschool.com/spybios/profumoj.htm

...Stephen Ward's downfall was a highly convenient bit of luck for the disgraced ex Minister for War John Profumo. Focussing attention, as it did, on the sordid details of the lives of two pretty but extraordinarily silly girls, Ward's trial displaced from public awareness the fact that Profumo had lied to Parliament about his private life and prevented serious investigation of the real security aspects of the affair. Profumo's career in politics ended but he was awarded the CBE in 1975. Following Ward's trial and tragic death he devoted his time to charitable work. Less than two months after Ward's tragic and mysterious death, an official report was produced by Lord Denning, master of the rolls. He criticised the government for failing to deal with the affair more quickly, but concluded that national security had not been compromised and privately both Denning and the Government pushed the blame onto the shoulders of Sir Roger Hollis, Director General of MI5. He was responsible for not having warned his political masters of the possible security repercussions of the Minister of War sharing a whore with a Soviet Intelligence Officer. The Profumo affair was no passing sensation. It all but brought down the Macmillan government and it almost certainly finished Macmillan himself as Prime Minister. In October 1963, less than a month after publication of the Denning report, the MacMillan resigned citing ill health.

The Security aspects of the affair have never been entirely or satisfactorily explained, but it is known that MI5 ran a brothel in Church Street in Kensington throughout much of the 1950's and early 1960's for the use of visiting dignitaries, diplomats and intelligence officers. While for those too important to visit such an establishment certain discreet gentlemen were called upon to provide young female or male company directly to the VIP hotel bedroom, Dr Stephen Ward was probably one of those 'gentlemen'. He certainly had the right social connections, the girls and indeed he had an MI5 controller, Keith Wagstaffe (cover-name 'Woods'). John Profumo stumbled upon a joint MI5-SIS honey-trap operation designed to persuade Ivanov, the Soviet Naval Attache and probable spy to defect. Indeed, Sir Colin Coote, Editor of the Daily Telegraph and a former officer in the Secret Intelligence Service was responsible for introducing Ward to Ivanov at the behest of his old service.

A senior MI5 officer involved in the operation said that it was a pity that Ward's true role had not been revealed at the time of his trial. "I think that everyone involved did feel sorry about Ward and the final outcome". Ward, he added was a patriot working for his country. "Nowhere in the Denning Report does it say that Ward was acting under our (MI5) instructions, that is very unfortunate." To cover up the risk of international humiliation, political and security embarrassment, someone had to be sacrificed, that someone was the unfortunate and very loyal Dr Stephen Ward.

Comments --The original 2000 and 2002 Workbooks for Spy School were based on the information in "Spy Book, The Encyclopedia of Espionage, by Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen." and "Espionage, An Encyclopedia of Spies and Secrets by Richard Bennett ".
A story by Richard Purser entitled the "Denning Report," appeared as the first of a series in Winnipeg Free Press on September 30, 1963:

LONDON: Lord Denning's report reads more like a popular novel than a government document. A combination detective story and spicy memoir, it is well and tightly written — as enthralling a hundred pages as can be bought anywhere for $1.15. It would be good entertainment if it were nothing else. But it is much more. It is part of the picture of an era in the nation's life.

The varied events of the Profumo affair are assembled under chapter headings representing aspects of the case. Their presentation in this form has been widely summarized by the press services. Reassembled in chronological order, and with emphasis on material previously unrevealed or misunderstood in public, the
story's essentials follow.

They are presented in this manner here because the timing of different events in the affair still tends to confuse
the ordinary reader's attempts to relate them. The first encounter between personalities in the case came
1950 when Lord Astor went to Stephen Ward, an osteopath, for treatment after a fall in hunting. Successfully cured, he thereafter sent Dr. Ward many of his friends for patients. In 1952 Lord Astor inherited his peerage and tenancy of the great estate of Cliveden. That, year he also loaned Dr. Ward $3,750, the first of several loans.

In 1954 came the next encounter later to have a bearing on the case: one Mr. John Lewis won a divorce, but only against Dr. Ward appearing in support of his wife's testimony and seeking to turn the case against Mr. Lewis. The judge at the time described Dr. Ward as "a far from attractive witness on whose testimony not the slightest reliance could be placed." Dr. Ward, with no basis in evidence, later tiled to sue Mr. Lewis for libel". The story is recalled in "Scandal '63," an excellent journalistic account of the Profumo affair written , by a Sunday Times team under Mr. Clive Irving and available in Canada through the British Book Service, Toronto.

The story makes it clear why Lord Denning could say there was "no love lost" between Mr. Lewis and Dr. Ward, and why Mr. Lewis was all ears when evidence came before him eight years later. In 1956 Lord Astor let Dr. Ward the cottage on: the Cliveden estate at which many of his revels took place. In 1958 a 16-year-old girl named Christine Keeler left home and soon took a job at a London cabaret which involved, "as she put it, just walking around with no clothes on." Before long she fell into the orbit of Dr. Ward, who met her at the cabaret. In 1960 two other characters took their place on the stage: on March 27- Captain Eugene lvanov arrived in London as assistant Soviet naval attache. A fluent speaker of English and bon vivant, he was spotted by the security service as an intelligence agent. In July Mr. John Profumo became war minister.
Dr. Ward, who used his pseudo - medical talents and ability as a portrait artist to meet people in high places and was "prone to exaggerate" his acquaintanceships, was described by Lord Denning as a sympathizer with the Soviet regime. He told an editor who was a patient of his that he would like to go to Moscow to draw pictures of Soviet personalities. The editor, who is not named by Lord Denning but was Sir Colin Coote of the Daily Telegraph, accordingly introduced Dr. Ward to Ivanov at a lunch on January 20, 1961. (Ivanov was well known in Fleet Street.) The two quickly became friends.

In June Miss Keeler began the longest phase of her on-again off-again relationship with Dr. Ward, who "seemed to control her." She moved into his flat in London. Lord Denning does not go into details of the odd relationship
between the two, but it is believed this was Dr. Ward's only platonic affair.

He introduced her to many men, "sometimes men of rank and position, with whom she had sexual intercourse." Dr. Ward led an orgiastic life, going far beyond promiscuity to catering for friends with perverted tastes.

The security service meanwhile caught on to the Ward-Ivanov friendship, and on June 8 a security officer saw Dr. Ward about it. The officer's report said Dr. Ward was open about the friendship, had ideas which were exploitable by the Russians, and while not yet a security risk himself was "obviously not a person we can make any use of." In response to Dr. Ward's offer to help, the security officer asked him to report any propositions Ivanov might make. At his flat, Dr. Ward introduced the officer to "a young girl, whose name I did not catch, but who was obviously sharing the house with him."
A month later came the first mass meeting of the affair's participants — the famous Cliveden weekend of July 8-9, 1961. On the Saturday night Lord and Lady Astor wandered down to the Cliveden swimming pool with their guests Mr. Profumo and his wife, actress Valerie Hobson. Then they found Dr. Ward and some of his girls. One, Miss Keeler, was swimming naked and had to disappear clutching a towel around her. The next day after lunch both house parties were at the swimming pool together again, this time with Dr. Ward's contingent strengthened by the arrival of Ivanov.
Mr. Profumo was attracted to Miss Keeler, but that night she went back to Dr. Ward's flat with Ivanov. "There were perhaps some kind of sexual relations," but Lord Denning regards the night as an isolated incident. He does not believe the two became lovers, although they met frequently. Mr. Profumo met Miss Keeler again through Dr. Ward, and the affair began. At one point Miss Keeler told Mr. Profumo that her parents were
badly off, and he gave her $60, "realizing that this was a polite way on her part of asking for money for her services."

During the Cliveden weekend Ivanov asked Dr. Ward if he could find out through his friends when the U.S. would
implement its alleged decision to arm West Germany with atomic weapons. It was probably during the same month — recollections are vague — that the incident arose which Miss Keeler later described as a request from Dr. Ward that she get this information from Mr. Profumo. Lord Denning is convinced that any such request was in jocular form; something like "You ought to ask Jack about it," uttered during bandying conversations between Dr. Ward, Ivanov and Miss Keeler. She never asked Mr. Profumo for the information. "He would have jumped out of his skin" if she had, said Dr. Ward.
At any rate, on July 10 Dr. Ward telephoned the security officer and asked to see him. On July 12 he told him of Ivanov's request. He also told him of Mr. Profumo's presence at the Cliveden swimming pool party, describing Mr. Profumo as a close friend who visited him at his flat, and mentioned that Ivanov had gone to his flat with Miss Keeler on July 9. The security officer reported that he didn't think Dr. Ward would be intentionally disloyal
but might be indiscreet . On July 31 the security service asked police special branch to check on Dr. Ward and Miss Keeler. The same day the head of security service suggested to cabinet secretary Sir Norman Brook that he
speak to Mr. Profumo about Dr. Ward and Ivanov. On August 2 special branch reported to security that they had nothing on Dr. Ward or Miss Keeler, and on August 9 Sir Norman passed on the security warning to Mr. Profumo.

Security, special branch, and Sir Norman were all unaware of the Profumo-Keeler affair but Mr. Profumo concluded that someone had got wind of it and Sir Norman's real purpose was to politely indicate that he should end it. Accordingly, he immediately wrote the famous "Darling" letter breaking off a date for the next night. He saw little if anything of either Miss Keeler or Dr. Ward after that, although it is uncertain whether the affair ended immediately or dragged on half-heartedly until December at the latest. Dr. Ward remained friendly with Ivanov and was continually trying to help him find out about general British political intentions, presumably in the belief he was helping East-West relations. He enlisted the aid of friends, and on September 2 Lord Astor wrote to the Foreign Office saying Dr. Ward could be useful if it was desired that the Soviet embassy should be correctly informed of Western intentions.

On the 18th the Foreign Office interviewed Dr. Ward and told him his services as intermediary would not be required. In October Dr. Ward introduced Miss Keelor to West Indian cafe society so she could procure a colored girl for him. She did so, becoming acquainted in the process with reefers, Indian hemp and colored men. Two of them, "Lucky" Gordon and John Edgecombe, considered her their private property.

In March, 1962, she left Dr. Ward and went to live with Gordon. Marilyn Rice-Davies soon filled her place in Dr. Ward's flat, but non-platonically. Dr. Ward meanwhile tried to use another patient of his, Sir Godfrey Nicholson, MP, to establish a relationship with the Foreign Office. Sir Godfrey arranged a lunch on April 1 between Dr. Ward and Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Harold Caccia, but Sir Harold declined Dr. Ward's offer to put him in touch with Ivanov. Berlin, East Germany and disarmament were on Ivanov's mind at the time.

Reports grew about Dr. Ward, and the security officer saw him again on May 28. A basically decent fellow who has swallowed too much of Ivanov's propaganda and talks too much, concluded the officer. He could do harm
without intending disloyalty. On June 12 security warned the Foreign Office that Ivanov was an intelligence agent and Dr. Ward was naive and indiscreet. Other aspects of his life began to come to attention. A report reaching security on October 4 from an informant not named by Lord Denning said "I strongly suspect that he is the provider of popsies for rich people."

Then came the Cuban crisis and Dr. Ward's misdirected efforts to mediate, which made "'everyone more suspicious" than ever of him and Ivanov. On the critical night of the crisis, October 27, Miss Keeler was at an all-night club with Edgecombe. Gordon arrived and in the ensuing fight received a 17-stitch facial slash.
Edgecombe disappeared before he could be arrested, and Miss Keeler went to live with him. After an October 31 incident in which Dr. Ward and Ivanov crashed a party at the residence of Conservative House Leader Ian Macleod, security answered a Foreign Office political information request with a November 2 report that. Dr. Ward was not trustworthy. A frustrated Dr. Ward wrote Opposition Leader Harold Wilson on .November 7, saying that "I was the intermediary" for an October 26 Soviet offer to the Foreign Office of a summit conference. Mr. Wilson sent the usual non-committal reply merited by this sort of letter.

Last December Miss Keeler left Edgecombe, who determined to get her back. On December 14. when she was visiting her friend Miss Rice-Davies at Dr. Ward's flat, he arrived outside and fired some shots toward the window and at the door lock. He was arrested later and charged with the shooting and, the earlier slashing. It was his trial that was to lead to public revelation of the whole story — Ward, Profumo, Ivanov and all.

Within a discreet time thereafter, in April 1964 it was announced that Sir Colin Coote, age 70, retired as editor of The Daily Telegraph and would be succeeded by "Maurice Green, 57, his deputy for three years, the paper announced. Coote, a former Liberal member of Parliament, joined the Conservative Telegraph in 1942 and became editor in 1950."

In June 1965 it was announced that a weeks-long conference of British media would begin auspiciously on November 22 of that year--the Quinquennial Conference of the Commonwealth Press Union--in Bermuda, Nassau, Montego Bay and Kingston, Jamaica, followed by Barbados and Trinidad, as announced by the London headquarters of the Commonwealth Press Union. The delegation, and the conference, was to be headed by Hon. Gavin Astor, chairman of THE TIMES, accompanied by Lady Irene Astor, as well as a virtual Who's Who of British press world-wide, including none other than Sir Colin Coote of the Daily Telegraph, with Lady Coote (a possible reward for something he achieved in 1963?) [reported in the Kingston, Jamaica Gleaner, June 1, 1965]

In 1944 Gavin Astor, son of Col. John Jacob Astor, owner of The Times, had been reported missing in action in the war. He was "nephew of Lady Astor" of Cliveden, and therefore the cousin of Viscount Astor who employed Stephen Ward. Fortunately [or not?] Gavin returned safely and in 1948 was working in journalism at the New York Times. His wife, Lady Irene Astor, was daughter of Field Marshal Earl Douglas Haig. From that position he toured the United States, making favorable contacts wherever he went.

After the Astor name appeared in 1963 in connection with Dr. Stephen Ward's cottage "rented" from the Cliveden tenancy controlled by one member of the Astor family, an American columnist named George G. Connelly decided to determine the connection of the members of the Astor tree. He wrote:

The Astors acquired Cliveden when William Waldorf Astor left the United States in what is politely called "high dudgeon." President [Chester A.] Arthur made him minister to Italy, but he had been twice defeated for Congress, and his wife was losing the bitter battle with his aunt for the title of "the" Mrs. Astor of New York. So he took his millions to London, bought The Observer, and threw so much money around that King George V made him a viscount over the protests of just about everyone.

WILLIAM WALDORF had two sons, Waldorf and John Jacob. The latter, of course, is not the founder. Jacob Astor, who was born in Waldorf, Germany, exactly 200 years ago, the son of a butcher. He came to America, made a fortune in furs, bought, a chunk of Manhattan, and died the nation's richest man. Nor is John Jacob to be confused with the John Jacob who went down with the Titanic in 1912. This John Jacob bought the London Times and Hever, Anne Boleyn's castle in Kent, and spent $10 million restoring the place though he never got rid of the ghosts. But he doesn't live at Hever anymore. Because English taxes kept him from living in the accustomed Astor style, he huffed off to southern France. His brother, Waldorf, became second viscount when William Waldorf died in 1913.

The biggest thing that ever happened to Waldorf was his marriage to the divorced wife of Robert Gould Shaw, who was no kin to the New York Goulds but to Page & Shaw of Boston. She was one of the Langhornes who, according to Virginia legend, were three Southern beauties, one of whom married Charles Dana Gibson. ...

When her [Nancy Astor's] husband went to his rest in 1952, the title passed to William Waldorf, the third. He is the present ringmaster at Cliveden whose marital vaccilations often make news. His current spouse is a Pugh, a former model, not to be confused with the great Pews of Pennsylvania. Both were interviewed by Scotland
Yard on the Profumo case since they had rented one of the Cliveden cottages to the osteopath Ward.

THE PRESENT William Waldorf's cousin is Gavin Astor whose wife is the daughter of Field Marshall Haig of Haig & Haig. [Note: This is the same liquor company which licensed Joseph P. Kennedy, who was also fronting for one of the FDR sons, I believe.] Gavin is the editor of The Times and a friend of the Queen. It is alleged he incited Her Majesty to chastise Macmillan for arranging to have Mr. and Mrs. Profumo invited to the Queen Mother's box at the races following the war minister's speech denying any improper relations with Miss Keeler....

Gavin Astor gets his name from J. L. Gavin, onetime editor of The Observer. ...

THE BIGGEST Astor of them all was Vincent. He was the grandson of William Backhouse Astor. He fought in both world wars and belonged to more clubs than any New Yorker though it was rumored he once voted Democratic. Or at least he gave rides to F.D.R. on his yacht.... Vincent was the only Astor who was good looking and popular. He once owned the St. Regis and Newsweek, had three wives and told the city of New York they could buy all the old Astor slum tenements at their own price — which they did.

The Connelly column is a little too blase for my taste. What he failed to mention was that Vincent Astor and FDR were each related to Laura Astor, daughter of William Backhouse ASTOR II, and that she married Franklin Hughes DELANO, for whom FDR was named. Franklin Delano's brother, Warren Delano. The family history is set out in http://www.delanohomestead.com/bed-and-breakfast/family_history2.html which states:

Warren Delano II, President Roosevelt's grandfather, born July 13, 1809 in Fairhaven, also embarked upon a maritime career. In 1833 he sailed to China as supercargo on board the Commerce bound for Canton Company. In January 1840 he became a partner in the house of Russell and Company, also of Canton. During the Opium War, Warren remained in Canton and Macao, serving as acting counsul for the United States. In 1843 he returned to the United States where he married Catherine Robbins Lyman (a daughter of Judge Joseph Lyman of Massachusetts). Shortly thereafter the couple departed for Macao and remained there until 1846. After returning to the United States, the Delanos lived in New York until 1851, when they moved to "Algonac" near Newburgh, New York. At this time Warren's financial interests were settled in real estate and mining. During the panic of 1857 Delano suffered severe financial losses and in 1859 he returned to China to refresh his fortune. His family, which included the President's mother, Sara, joined him in Hong Kong in 1862, returning to the United States after the civil War. Warren Delano died at "Algonac" on January 17, 1898, nearly two years after the death of his wife Catherine on February 10, 1896.

Also this from http://www.nps.gov/archive/elro/glossary/roosevelt-sara-delano.htm

Sara Delano Roosevelt (SDR) was the daughter of Warren Delano, a wealthy merchant who made a fortune in the tea and opium trade in China, and after losing it, returned to make a second fortune. Sara grew up in Hong Kong from 1862-65 and in Algonac, the family estate on the Hudson River near Newburgh, New York.


90 Warren Delano II/Jr. [1st child of 87 & 88] (1809-1898)
m. 1843 lived at Algonac
91 Catherine Robbins Lyman (1825-1896)

Great Aunts & Uncles
92 Frederick Adrian Delano (1811-1857) unmarried
93 Franklin Hughes Delano (1813-1893) m. 1844
94 Laura Astor (1824-1902)
95 Louisa Church (1816-1846) un-m.
96 Edward Delano "Uncle Ned" (1818-1881) un-m.
97 Deborah Perry Delano (1820-1846) un-m.
98 Sarah Alvey Delano "Auntie Sarah" "Yantie" (1822-1880) un-m.
99 Susan Maria Delano (1825-1841) un-m.

100 Sara Ann Delano (1854-1941) m. 1880 lived at "Springwood" Hyde Park
101 James Roosevelt (1828-1900)

Aunts & Uncles
102 Susan Maria Delano (1844-1846)
103 Louise Church Delano (1846-1869) un-m.
104 Deborah Perry Delano "Dora" "Doe" (1847-1940) m. 1867
105 William Howell Forbes (1837-1896)
m. 1903
106 Paul R. Forbes (d. 1921)
107 Annie Lyman Delano (1849-1926)
m. 1877
108 Frederick Delano Hitch (1833-1911)
109 Warren Delano (1850-1851)
110 Warren Delano III/Jr. (1852-1920)
m. 1876
111 Jenny Walters (1853-1924)

"Rosy" Roosevelt, F.D.R.'s half brother, married Helen Astor, whose mother was "the" Mrs. Astor of the Four Hundred. Backed by his wife's money, Rosy dabbled in Democratic politics, and a $10,000 contribution to Cleveland's war chest in 1892 landed him the post of first secretary of the American Embassy in London. Then Rosy's wife died, leaving her two small children an estate of $1,500,000.

Vincent spent five years at St. George's School, Newport, R. I. [later the same prep school chosen for Prescott Bush, father of George H.W.]; he entered Harvard at the age of 20, only to leave the next year after the death of his father in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. He was an early backer of FDR but eventually lost interest. According to Vincent's obituary in the NY Times in 1959:

"When Raymond Moley fell out with the Roosevelt Administration in 1933, Mr. Astor founded the publication Today as an outlet for the Moley theories. In 1937 Today was merged with Newsweek, of which Mr. Astor became the owner." He was survived by a half-brother, John Jacob Astor 3d, and a sister, Ava Alice Muriel Astor aka Mrs. Bartholomew Pleydell-Bouverie, who predeceased him in 1956. But most of his fortune went to the Astor Foundation under management of his widow, Brooke Astor, daughter of the late Maj. Gen. John H. Russell, who had commanded the Marine Corps from 1934 to 1936.

Twelve years before FDR ran for president one of his relatives died--his uncle Eugene Delano--whom the NY Times headline [at http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9D02EFD81131E03ABC4B53DFB266838B639EDE] called "Senior Member of Firm of Brown Brothers & Co." Eugene's death was soon followed by the merger/buyout of the old Brown firm by Averell and Bunny Harriman and their mentor George Herbert Walker from St. Louis. Eugene was brother-in-law of John Crosby Brown, whose brother, Thatcher Magoun Brown, had also been a partner. It was common for banking tycoons to name their sons for business clients whom they had married their daughters to. Thatcher Magoun had been an early builder of clipper ships built in Essex County, Massachusetts for use in the China trade. Much to Thatcher M. Brown's chagrin, Magoun disinherited his own children when he died in 1903, leaving everything to an adopted daughter who had long been his mistress.

Eugene Delano had been a member of the Jekyll Island Club where the Federal Reserve System had been secretly set up and was survived by two sons, Moreau Delano and William Adams Delano. Eugene had married Susan Magoun Adams. See Family tree: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=DESC&db=michelotti&id=I294687&ti=4317

My conclusion, right or wrong, from this research is that the Profumo scandal was engineered shortly after Vincent Astor's death, once his fortune left his hands and went into those of his wife. I'm not sure whether her father had any connection to the W.H. Russell who founded the Russell Trust at Yale or not; I looked for a link several years ago but have no memory of finding anything there.

I think the USA and the British welfare state long ago became totally dependent upon laundering drug profits to support the middle class workers' demands for public infrastructure as a device invented so as to avoid the wealthiest members of society from being taxed on their inherited wealth. Those who control the banking establishment are only able to maintain that control by running secret intelligence operations in order to kill off any threats against "capitalism," which is defined in the U.S. as anti-Wall Street manipulations.

What is intriguing, however, is the close connection that exists between U.S. and British Intelligence, especially in the media (propaganda) realm and in the banking overlaps particularly involving Brown-Brothers Harriman investments, which has been in control of Bush family for decades.

Magda Hassan
01-02-2009, 02:19 AM
More brilliant research Linda! You always amaze me. Wheels within wheels. Just like Charles signature line.

Linda Minor
01-02-2009, 04:05 PM
More brilliant research Linda! You always amaze me. Wheels within wheels. Just like Charles signature line.

Thanks, Magda. But I don't do the work for praise. All I do is follow the money. The money is the glue that connects all the dots. Absolutely nothing can be done in politics or government without money, and often the names of the plotters are hidden behind the facade of corporate structures. So one has to look behind the corporation name to see who may have been pulling the strings. Anybody can do it.

David Guyatt
01-02-2009, 05:40 PM
Linda, have you ever come across any notable connections to the British chivalric Order the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem re the Astors/these matters?

The Astor's are a famous family for their close relationship to the Pilgrim Society (http://www.isgp.eu/organisations/Pilgrims_Society02.htm).

Charles Drago
01-02-2009, 06:14 PM
Forgive my brevity in referencing a hypothesis that is as worthy as any of in-depth presentation.

Given, for the sake of argument, the existence of what Evica described as a cabal of Soviet and U.S. intelligence officers whose masters were above Cold War differences, I read the Profumo business, with its confused and confusing demarcations between East and West, as a manifestation of the conflict between ideologically/nationally aligned and non-aligned forces.

The Nagel story points in a similar direction. Who were the Soviets who were trying to stop the JFK assassination?

James Douglass is on to this deepest of deep political stories, as was Evica (as I attempted to point out in the Introduction to ACA).

David Guyatt
01-02-2009, 07:18 PM
Charlie, I find a cabal of US and Soviet intell types in regrd to JFK not at all unlikely. Elsewhere on this forum I mentioned the unusual multi-millionaire, Armand Hammer, for his absolute open door access to the very top Soviet officials throughout the cold war. Hammer was an unremitting and unapologetic Capitalist.

Where did Stalin draw the line? Capitalists who weren't prepared to indulge his power needs - plus his outrageous urge to personally financially benefit from selling off the Romanoff treasure (well, some of it anyway - a great deal ended up in Manchuria and thence Japan following the latter's conquest of "Manchuckuo" in 1932).

As always it is the elite who pull the strings and who produce shadow matinee performances from behind the curtain, to keep us all guessing and to flummox us with perpetual misdirection.

As Linda says, it was the elite who ran drugs from the very beginning starting with Opium. So why should anyone imagine they would turn over such a massively lucrative trade to their state managers which today we call like to "government"?

In other words does anyone know of a case where a hired Plantation "manager" took control of his masters lands?

Not f**king likely is it.

Charles Drago
01-02-2009, 07:49 PM
And so, David, we reach the point at which our kind must part company with the vast majority of observers of matters political.

The entire paradigm is what I'd describe as a sophistic construct: an edifice built on a false premise.

EVERY analysis that does not account for the Great Game is fatally flawed.

How can we find common ground with our neighbors?

To be truthful, I'm used to this sort of thing. While my peers listened oh so devotedly to the Beatles, I was enthralled by Bird, Trane, Miles, Bud, Tatum, Dolphy, Woods, Pepper, Ellington, Basie, Ella, Carmen, Sarah, Billie, Rollins, Diz, Clifford, Evans, Monk, Fontana, Rosolino, Sinatra, Bennett, Murphy ...

Been outside so long it feels like inside to me.

Magda Hassan
01-03-2009, 05:14 AM
Thanks, Magda. But I don't do the work for praise. All I do is follow the money. The money is the glue that connects all the dots. Absolutely nothing can be done in politics or government without money, and often the names of the plotters are hidden behind the facade of corporate structures. So one has to look behind the corporation name to see who may have been pulling the strings. Anybody can do it.Oh, agreed Linda. But this is what the MSM should be doing but instead it is part of the smokescreen except for a few individual journalists and a Texan woman married to an expat British man. :)

Linda Minor
01-03-2009, 03:22 PM
Charlie, I find a cabal of US and Soviet intell types in regrd to JFK not at all unlikely. Elsewhere on this forum I mentioned the unusual multi-millionaire, Armand Hammer, for his absolute open door access to the very top Soviet officials throughout the cold war. Hammer was an unremitting and unapologetic Capitalist.

Where did Stalin draw the line? Capitalists who weren't prepared to indulge his power needs - plus his outrageous urge to personally financially benefit from selling off the Romanoff treasure (well, some of it anyway - a great deal ended up in Manchuria and thence Japan following the latter's conquest of "Manchuckuo" in 1932).

As always it is the elite who pull the strings and who produce shadow matinee performances from behind the curtain, to keep us all guessing and to flummox us with perpetual misdirection.

As Linda says, it was the elite who ran drugs from the very beginning starting with Opium. So why should anyone imagine they would turn over such a massively lucrative trade to their state managers which today we call like to "government"?

In other words does anyone know of a case where a hired Plantation "manager" took control of his masters lands?

Not f**king likely is it.

I totally agree, David. I have been reading several new books that have come out recently all at once, and what really seems to tie the lot together is Jennet Conant's book about Roald Dahl being an undercover spy for the Brits in order to find out whether the Americans were going to come into the war and whether FDR was going to keep the leftist Henry Wallace on as vice president. Wallace was adamant about the need to trash the British and French (and others') colonial empires after the war in the event the Americans were able to rescue those countries from the Nazis.
I haven't finished reading the last chapters, but was struck by who Dahl's sources were--Charles Marsh, the newspaper chain owner who bankrolled LBJ's rise being the primary source.

Thus it seems Lyndon, who was having a long-term affair with Marsh's girlfriend/wife Alice Glass, may have been promoted to the top with the help of this cabal of spies who were feeding information up the chain to God only knows who.

David Guyatt
01-03-2009, 04:19 PM
I totally agree, David. I have been reading several new books that have come out recently all at once, and what really seems to tie the lot together is Jennet Conant's book about Roald Dahl being an undercover spy for the Brits in order to find out whether the Americans were going to come into the war and whether FDR was going to keep the leftist Henry Wallace on as vice president. Wallace was adamant about the need to trash the British and French (and others') colonial empires after the war in the event the Americans were able to rescue those countries from the Nazis.
I haven't finished reading the last chapters, but was struck by who Dahl's sources were--Charles Marsh, the newspaper chain owner who bankrolled LBJ's rise being the primary source.

Thus it seems Lyndon, who was having a long-term affair with Marsh's girlfriend/wife Alice Glass, may have been promoted to the top with the help of this cabal of spies who were feeding information up the chain to God only knows who.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a spy? Bloody hell! Gor blimey and streuth!

Do these people have no decency at all... :D

I just read his Wiki entry. Very surprising.

Interesting about Charles Marsh though. Another Brit connection to the whole "Bay of Pigs" thing.

Linda Minor
01-03-2009, 04:20 PM
Linda, have you ever come across any notable connections to the British chivalric Order the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem re the Astors/these matters?
The Astor's are a famous family for their close relationship to the Pilgrim Society (http://www.isgp.eu/organisations/Pilgrims_Society02.htm).

I don't usually follow organized societies of that sort in my research because they are so secretive. I tend to follow financial ties that can be documented more clearly, and I tend to believe that at the root of all cabals is the desire for financial control and manipulation, even if they do often get off on perverse sexual and occult manipulations.

I have begun writing about the real story of Colonel House, whose political life began before the death of his father in 1880. House had gone to a couple of backwoods grammar schools in Virginia before transferring to Hopkins Grammar in New Haven, where he hoped to prepare for Yale. He was side-tracked by a blossoming interest in political intrigue when he became friends with a fellow Hopkins "scholar," named Oliver Morton whose father aspired to be U.S. President. As a consequence neither boy made it to Yale, but they both got admitted to Cornell in Ithaca, NY, where Yale Bonesman Andrew Dickson White had been installed as president.

The official story is that Col. House--who then was only Eddie or Ed House--got called back to Texas to take care of his father. When his dad died, Eddie did not return to college, but instead soon met his wife in the backwoods of Texas. The story is that he had been needed in Texas to help his brothers organize their vast inheritance; instead, he got married and departed for Europe, where he stayed for at least a year. His first daughter Mona was born in Naples, Italy in 1882.

So I started thinking that this sneaky little guy must have had other motives and may have used his contacts from college or may have developed other contacts while abroad. What I learned was that he left around the same time that President James A. Garfield was assassinated, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_A._Garfield_assassination] giving rise to the presidency of Chester Arthur, who wound up replacing every member of Garfield's Cabinet except for Secretary of War Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's son.

In 1882, President Chester A. Arthur appointed William Waldorf Astor Minister to Italy, and he lived in Rome until 1885. ("Go and enjoy yourself, my dear boy," the president told Astor.) At this point one can only wonder whether there was a contact made by House while he was in Italy for a year during the same timespan.

Astor and his family moved to England, a decision that was published throughout all the major newspapers. Although the owner of the Waldorf Hotel built where his home had stood, William Astor visited it only once in his lifetime. In 1897, his cousin, John Jacob Astor IV (1864-1912) built the Astoria Hotel adjoining the Waldorf, and the complex then became known as the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

In 1891 W.W. Astor left his home in NY and moved to England, where he first rented Lansdowne House in London until 1893 when he purchased a country estate at Cliveden-on-Thames in Taplow, Buckinghamshire from Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster. In 1899 Astor became a British subject and in 1903 acquired Hever Castle near Edenbridge, Kent about 30 miles south of London. The huge estate, built in 1270 was where Anne Boleyn lived as a child. William Waldorf Astor invested a great deal of time and money to restore the castle, building what is known as the "Tudor Village" and creating a lake and lavish gardens. In 1905 he gave his son William Waldorf Astor II and his new daughter-in-law, the former Nancy Langhorne, the Cliveden estate as a wedding present. In 1911 he purchased the London Sunday Observer. Astor's move to England was influenced by his distrust of the American press. Newspapers famously quoted him as stating "America is not a fit place for a gentleman to live." When he died, his ashes were buried under the marble floor of the chapel at Cliveden. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Waldorf_Astor,_1st_Viscount_Astor

The heir to Cliveden was William Waldorf II, who grew up in New York City but moved to England when he was 12 and attended Eton College and at New College, Oxford. He later married a divorced woman from Virginia in the U.S. The left-wing journalist Claud Cockburn called the couple and their guests the "Cliveden Set" and claimed they had influence over affairs of state. Waldorf Astor was a friend and supporter of David Lloyd George and during the First World War he served as the Prime Minister's Parliamentary Secretary. From 1919 until 1921 he served in government as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health.

On the death of his father, Waldorf Astor inherited a fortune that included The Observer. In addition, he succeeded as 2nd Viscount Astor and became a member of the House of Lords, and his seat in the House of Commons was forfeited. His wife Nancy became the party's candidate in the subsequent by-election in 1919. It was this period in which Col. House had lost favor with President Wilson, who discovered House was in cahoots with Jan Smuts and others who favored continuation of the British colonial empire which Wilson wished to destroy.

During the military buildup in Germany in the 1930s, the Astors promoted entente with Germany, seen by some as appeasement of Hitler. Many of their associates felt sympathy for the state of Germany after World War I, feared Communism, and supported the position of the British government. Lord Astor had Anti-Semitic views and in the 1930s he told Thomas Jones that Germany was criticized because, Newspapers are influenced by those firms which advertise so largely in the press and are frequently under Jewish control.[1] However, Lady Astor was critical of the Nazis, mostly on women's rights. Lord Astor's Anti-Semitism was non-violent and he protested to Hitler about treatment of the Jews. In 1940, they urged Neville Chamberlain to resign and supported Churchill as replacement. He also supported war against Germany when it came although both remained uncomfortable with Joseph Stalin as an ally. His son David, who became owner and editor of The Observer in 1948, never forgave Claud Cockburn and his newssheet The Week for attacks on the "Cliveden Set". Although the Astor family donated Cliveden Estate in Buckinghamshire to the National Trust, Lord Astor lived there until his death in 1952 and his wife remained until her death in 1964.

In fact the dowager was the hostess of parties there at the time of the Profumo scandal in which Stephen Ward was introduced to members of the British government. At that time her husband was dead, and his title had passed to their son, William Waldorf Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor, a British businessman and Conservative Party politician--Bill Astor. He was educated at Eton College and at New College, Oxford. In 1932, he had been appointed to the office of Secretary to the Earl of Lytton, League of Nations Committee of Enquiry in what was then known as Manchuria. That was followed by an appointment as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty Samuel Hoare, who was then made Secretary of State for the Home Department in the new cabinet of Neville Chamberlain in 1937.

In 1952 Astor then took over the family's Cliveden estate in Buckinghamshire, where he and his family continued to live until 1966, when he died at age 58 from a heart attack. During the Profumo Affair Astor was accused of having an affair with Mandy Rice-Davies. In response to being told during one of the trials arising out of the scandal that Astor had denied having an affair with her, Rice-Davies famously replied, "Well he would, wouldn't he?"

Linda Minor
01-04-2009, 05:44 PM
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a spy? Bloody hell! Gor blimey and streuth!
Do these people have no decency at all... :D
I just read his Wiki entry. Very surprising.
Interesting about Charles Marsh though. Another Brit connection to the whole "Bay of Pigs" thing.

According to Conant, the Brits were determined to ensure that FDR would not select Henry Wallace as his vice president and that he would not choose him to be secretary of state.

This fits in with what Jim Keith revealed about the "Bay of Pigs" thing--the JFK assassination--being planned by British Intelligence in Tryall at Montego Bay in Jamaica. When I came upon a reference to that, it revealed the answer to another question you asked a day or so ago about St. John of Jerusalem. Kris Millegan posted this at his Conspiracy Theory Research List years ago:

Jim Keith--Mind Control\World Control
chapter 18

If any event this century was calculated as a "future shock" programming of the American populace, it must be the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Although a majority of Americans believe that the murder of Kennedy was performed by a conspiracy, there are few who would suggest that it was an act of pure mind control.

The seminal research suggesting this interpretation of the assassination is that of "William Torbitt," reported to have been the pseudonym for deceased Texas lawyer David Copeland. Copeland was a prosecuting attorney in the early 1950s, later serving as a civil and criminal lawyer. He had been a close supporter of the Lyndon Johnson/Lloyd Bentsen political steamroller in Texas until 1963, when he severed his ties with the group for reasons that will become apparent. In 1970 Copeland wrote Nomenclature of an Assassination Cabal circulated widely in photocopy, detailing information that he had gathered while investigating the murder of President John F. Kennedy. Nomenclature has only recently been brought out in paperback from Adventures Unlimited under the title NASA, Nazis & JFK, 27 years after the fact.

While revealing much of the information relating to the thesis of the present chapter, Copeland was not aware of certain facts that I believe would have allowed him to see the broader overall picture. According to Copeland,'The killing of President Kennedy was planned and supervised by Division Five of the Federal Bureau of Investigation... Actually, Division Five acted dually with the Defense Intelligence Agency which was acting on behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon." FBI Director and 33rd degree Freemason--the ranking Freemason in Washington, D.C. at the time--J. Edgar Hoover was according to Copeland, one of the conspirators. Vice President Lyndon Johnson was another. Not surprisingly, William Sullivan, former assistant FBI director, has stated that Hoover and Johnson "mistrusted and disliked all three Kennedy brothers. President Johnson and Hoover had mutual fear and hatred for the Kennedys." (I)

According to Copeland, ''L.M. Bloomfield, a Montreal, Canada lawyer bearing the reputation as a sex deviate, the direct supervisor of all contractual agents with J. Edgar Hoover's Division Five, was the top coordinator for the network planning the execution. A Swiss corporation, Permindex, was used to head five front organizations responsible for furnishing personnel and supervisors to carry out assigned duties."

Almost buried within the Nomenclature text is information that I consider among the most important revelations. He reports that prior to the assassination, in 1963, there was a top secret meeting at the Tryall Compound in Jamaica of Sir William Stephenson, Britain's top intelligence agent. At the meeting was Major Louis Mortimer Bloomfield of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), an element of British intelligence allegedly created to infiltrate American intelligence: Colonel Shaw, formerly of the OSS; Ferenc Nagy, who had been a cabinet minister in the pro-Nazi Horthy government of Hungary, and later the prime minister of that country; Georgio Mantello, aka George Mandel, former trade minister for Mussolini; and White Russian emigries Jean de Menil and Paul Raigorodski. Shaw, Nagy, Montello, and Bloomfleld were all officials of Permindex. According to Copeland, the matter discussed at the meeting was the assassination of JFK. [21]

The Kennedy family themselves were products of "The Conspiracy. During Prohibition "Papa Joe" Kennedy worked with Newark, New Jersey's Reinfeld Syndicate, half of which was owned by the Bronfman bootlegging gang of Canada. After the war, Kennedy was given a British distiller's license personally approved by Winston Churchill, with the Kennedy fortune administered by the the Lazard Brothers, Ltd., Rothschild affiliates and one of Europe's most influential families. As American ambassador to Great Britain, Kennedy attached himself to the pro-Nazi Cliveden set, where Round Tablets and Fabians congregated. Kathleen Kennedy, the sister of John, Edward, and Robert, married the Marquess of Hartington, son and heir to the Duke of Devonshire, the head of worldwide Freemasonry, and of course prominent among the British ruling elite. Harold Macmillan, who became British prime minister during the John Kennedy presidency, was a member of the Duke's family.

While in Britain Joseph Kennedy was inducted into the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Joseph and John Kennedy were trained in the Fabian-founded London School of Economics under the personal tutorage of Harold Laski, a Fabian Society controller. John Kennedy apparently crossed the conspiracy, and died because of it. Robert Kennedy's much touted war on the Mafia was in fact mostly a personal vendetta against Jimmy Hoffa, and a targeting of lower level operatives. Men like Meyer Lansky remained untouched.

But in a number of foolhardy moves Kennedy began to buck the directives of the British, winding down U.S. presence in Southeast Asia, opening up a dtente with the Soviet Union, and putting out feelers for secret talks with Castro. Although Copeland, in Nomenclature, implicates a complex weave of conspirators, including members of the Mafia, the fascist Solidarist movement, the FBI, NASA, and other groups, what he may have missed are what appear to me to be the highest levels of planning. Major Louis Mortimer Bloomfield had been recruited into the SOE in 1938, and while under commission in that organization, had been assigned to the American OSS, then detailed into the counterespionage Division Five of the FBI. At the time of John Kennedy's assassination, Bloomfleld was still an officer in Division Five.

After the war, Bloomfield had resumed his career as an attorney in Montreal, Canada in the law firm of Phillips, Vinefield, Bloomfield, and Goodman. He was attorney and controller for the Bronfman family fortune who in these latter days affected an air of propriety for those who didn't know their beginnings. The Bronfman family is the owner of Seagrams, the largest liquor company in North America. During prohibition the Bronfmans made their fortune in bootlegging, furnishing the networks of men like Arthur Flegenheimer, a.ka. Dutch Schultz, Amold Rothstein, Meyer Lansky, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, and Charles 'Lucky" Luciano with their British-distilled p'OdUCt. After the repeal of prohibition, the Bronfmans became street- legal, with members of the family being elected into the highest levels of the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem and intermarrying with the Rothschilds. [13]

Bloomfield was also a high-ranking official in the United Nations, providing legal advice to that august body. He found his way into that position by being a representative of the Round Table-established International Executive Board of the International Law Association, an offshoot formed in 1873 and charged with developing a one-world code of law. Bloomfield was also a high-ranking member of the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem, and the annual chairman of the Histadrut campaign in Canada, that owns over one-third of the Gross National Product of Israel. Among his many positions, Bloomfield took on the role of consul-general in charge of the Western Hemisphere and Liberia, one of the largest centers in the world for the transfer of black market monies.

By 1958 Bloomfield had established Permindex, incorporated in Switzerland and purporting to be a trade exposition company, but in fact an international assassination bureau of the Special Operations Executive. All of the participants in the Kennedy plot at the Tryall Compound were officials and investors in Permindex. One of the chief operatives of Permindex was Colonel Clay Shaw of the OSS. Shaw, like Bloomfield, was a homosexual--this mentioned to make the connection to the long term homosexual orientation of many premier operatives at the highest level of the conspiracy. Shaw himself has testified that he was the OSS liaison officer to the headquarters of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Shaw returned to the U.S. after the war and took over the directorship of the International House/World Trade Center. leaving it to found the International Trade Market in New Orleans. Later, Shaw would become a director of Permindex, and the ITM would become a subsidiary of Centro Mondiale Commerciale, an arm of that assassination bureau. In all probability, all of these companies were fronts for the Special Operations Executive, that had long adhered to a policy of working through commercial fronts.
At the time of this writing, there are over 50 World Trade Centers around the world, run from the World Trade Center Association of Clay Shaw, and connected by computer and satellite.

On March 16, 1967, Ferry Raymond Russo testified before a criminal district court panel in New Orleans, that he had been present during a conversation between Claw Shaw, David Ferrie, and a person calling himself "Leon Oswald." Ferrie, an agent of Division Five, talked about the necessity of three shooters and a "triangulation of fire, and that a scapegoat could be used to enable the actual assassins to escape. According to Copeland, in Nomenclature of an Assassination Cabal the person going by the name "Leon Oswald" was in fact William Seymour, an agent for a private detective agency called Double-Chek, reportedly used as a cut-out for Division Five and CIA operations.

According to Nomenclature, seven riflemen were used to shoot Kennedy, a Mexico-based assassination squad whose Oaxaca-based organization had been put together in 1943 by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and SOE Commander Sir William Stephenson.

David Guyatt
01-04-2009, 11:55 PM
Catholics inducted into the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem?

Back in those days? Heck. It was (is?) a stalwart of C of E. All that Tudor blood spilled to no avail eh...

Oddly enough Linda, I mentioned the KstJ because of a small privately published book I was sent years ago that suggested that the KstJ were part of the JFK assassination. Curious, I sent brief details of this to John Simmo at the EF and, like you, got zero response. The Australian gentleman who wrote and privately published the book did some very handy research, and being the numpty that I am, I felt he deserved some meagre credit -- or at least an open discussion.

Oddly there was (maybe still is?) a KstJ office/commanderie in Dallas circa 1963.

If the Brits were involved in JFK in any way, my guess would be via use of the Knights, so I didn't see the suggestion as that strange.

Linda Minor
01-05-2009, 04:57 AM
I think Jim Keith may have made a slight error. Not sure of the difference between Most Venerable Order of Knights of St. John of Jerusalem and what Joseph Kennedy was--Sovereign Order of the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem or Knights of Malta, according to this site:http://www.nndb.com/org/433/000053274/

Dope, Inc. - Part 2: How the Drug Empire Works
Written by Konstandinos Kalimtgis, David Goldman, Jeffrey Steinberg excerpted at http://kennysideshow.blogspot.com/2008_05_25_archive.html and http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/dope_inc/dope_inc05.htm#All%20in%20the%20Family:%20The%20Re al%20Syndicate

The beginning: the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem
The elite of the elite in Britain's secret dynastic life is Her Majesty's Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem — the "Christians who are not really Christians." (4) We have already highlighted the Knights' prominence in the centers of the world drug traffic: from the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank to the Canadian Pacific in Vancouver to Barclays Bank in London. Although Queen Victoria reconstituted the Most Venerable Order in the 1880s as the Protestant British branch of the Knights of Malta, our tale properly begins much earlier with the original order of the Knights of St. John, founded in Jerusalem in 1070. The order of St. John inherited what British authors smirkingly call "the wisdom of the East" from the Coptic, Gnostic, and Manichean networks of the Eastern Mediterranean. The Order of St. John thus maintained direct continuity with the ancient Cult of Isis.

However distant from the familiarity of the American reader, the area we have entered must be viewed the way the families themselves see it. The brooding evil of Walter Scott or Robert Louis Stevenson romances, or their cheap Gothic novel imitations, gives the reader a basis for insight into the inner history of the families, and the need to begin with cobwebbed history in order to get to the bottom of Dope, Incorporated.

To begin at the beginning: in the 14th century, the Order of St. John's emergence in England was part of a project to annihilate its humanist opposition, the Knights Templar. Total warfare had broken out on the continent. The oligarchists in France and Italy, Philip the Fair and Pope Clement V, slaughtered hundreds of Templars, and burned the Templars' courageous Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, at the stake in 1314.

A renegade group of Templars under the command of an adventurous thug, King Robert Bruce, grabbed Scotland — Europe's least civilized outpost — as an "offshore" stronghold, as a form of insurance against their uncertain fortunes on the European continent. King Robert Bruce is not only the spiritual founder of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry but the direct ancestor, by unbroken lineage, of all the men of evil in England who figure in this report.

After the death of Jacques du Molay, some Scottish Templars. . . at the instigation of Robert Bruce ranged themselves under the banners of a New Order (The Royal Order of Scotland) instituted by this prince. . . It is there that we must seek the origin of the Scottish masonry. (emphasis added) (5)

This statement by a leading historian of the Masonic movement is the standard interpretation of the origin of the Scottish rite. ...

Find footnotes at full version of book: http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/dope_inc/dope_inc.htm#Contents

Also see Penny Lernoux, slightly edited excerpt from People of God: The Struggle for World Catholicism

One of Catholicism's oldest lay orders, the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta, better known as the Knights of Malta, or SMOM, is unique in several ways. Although it has no territory outside its headquarters in a Roman palazzo, it enjoys the status of a sovereign state, maintaining relations with 49 countries and issuing its own passports and stamps. Its 13,000 members include some of the world's most powerful figures, among them heads of state.

While it pledges allegiance to the pope, neither he nor the order's grand master in Rome has real control over SMOM's various national associations, some of whose members have been involved in fascist plots and CIA covert wars. And while dedicated to charitable work, such as funding leprosariums and contributing medical supplies to the Third World, it also serves as an old-boys' club for the European aristocracy and the political right in the United States and Latin America.

SMOM was founded in the 11th century to provide medical aid and military protection for-pilgrims to the holy city of Jerusalem. The order's knights participated in several important crusades, and gifts it received soon gave it control over extensive estates throughout Europe. The wealth of the knights' grand priories greatly increased in the 14th century when they absorbed the estates belonging to the Knights Templar, whom they helped to destroy, and for a time they maintained control of the island of Rhodes.

Forced from Rhodes by Sultan Muhammad II in the 15th century, they eventually settled on the island of Malta, which gave the order its name. The Knights remained a major military presence in the Mediterranean until 1789, when Napoleon occupied Malta. After a brief sojourn in Russia, the order in 1834 established headquarters in Rome under papal protection.

By the end of the century, it had become a charitable organization of the aristocracy devoted to the care of the sick and the wounded. It maintained its exclusivity by refusing to accept members from Europe and Latin America who were not of the nobility or heads of state. In recent years the ruling has been relaxed for Latin America, but even as late as the 1940s the order refused to admit Eva Peron as a dame because of her proletarian background.

An exception was made for the United States because of its rising political, economic and military power, and in 1927 a branch of SMOM was established on the East Coast. Most of the founding members were tycoons of industry and finance who would strongly oppose Roosevelt's New Deal [one, John J. Raskob, the chairman of the board of General Motors, even became involved in a plot to seize the White House].

They were soon joined by such titans as John Farrell, president of U.S. Steel; Joseph P. Grace, of W.R. Grace & Co.; Joseph Kennedy, a Boston entrepreneur and father of a future president of the United States; and George MacDonald of Pennsylvania, who made a fortune in oil and utilities.


David Guyatt
01-05-2009, 01:56 PM
Okay, gotcha.

SMOM is a Catholic Order --- a very "spooky" one.

Magda Hassan
03-28-2009, 12:41 PM
Just came across this in my travels today. The article is about 20 years old, Lobster number 2, 1983 by Stephen Dorril. It would be interesting to see what he thinks now.

__________________________________________________ __
Maria Novotny: From Prague With
Stephen Dorril
In February this year, unnoticed by the press, a funeral took place in a quiet Sussex
village. In attendance were some famous names from London society of the fifties and
sixties, and two men in regulation dark suits from an undisclosed department of the
Security Services. They had been contacts for the deceased, Maria Novotny, who
made headlines in the sixties through her 'relationship' with President John Kennedy,
and her involvement in the Profumo affair.
Novotny's own accounts of the two episodes have tended to be dismissed, and
reasonably so, as they appeared in the sensationalist press. (1) But one man, Michael
Eddowes, took her very seriously indeed, claiming to have spent over $100,000 of his
own money following up leads generated by her story. To Eddowes, Novotny was the
link to a Soviet plot to discredit Western leaders:
"I had discovered that the group in London who had destroyed Profumo
had sent a young woman, Maria Novotny, to destroy the character of
President Kennedy. She was the cousin of President Novotny of
Czechoslovakia. This is fact." (2)
When Eddowes expanded his theory to include the assassination of Kennedy, it took
on a distinctly bizarre look.
Eddowes' book, November 22nd: How They Killed Kennedy (3) suggested that Lee
Harvey Oswald had been replaced by a look-a-like KGB agent when he went to the
Soviet Union. (4) Following this to its logical conclusion, Eddowes reportedly spent
over $10,000 in October 1981 on legal fees and exhumation costs involved in reopening
Oswald's grave. (5) He arranged for a new autopsy with the consent of Marina
Porter (Oswald) to see if the grave contained Oswald or a double. (6) Inevitably such
ideas have meant that Eddowes has been portrayed as an 'assassination loony'. But he
had at one time been a respected solicitor; obtained a Royal Pardon for Timothy Evans
who was mistakenly hanged for the Christie murders; and wrote a best-selling book on
the case, A Man On Your Conscience.
Was Eddowes just muddying the water with disinformation on the assassination, or
had he really uncovered evidence to confirm his theories? Strangely, although central
to his theory on the assassination, Novotny is only briefly mentioned in the
introduction to his book. One would have thought that everything that could be said on
the Prufumo affair had been told, but new evidence, primarily from Nigel West (7) and
Novotny herself, undermines the conclusions of the Denning Report. It also provides
background to, and some justification for Eddowes' line of enquiry; even though in the
end we can dismiss the Eddowes' claims because he misunderstood the role of Stephen
This article is also an account of Maria Novotny's own life, which confirms at least a
part of the articles in the sensationalist press. (8) There are no tidy ends to this account
and if it is largely speculative - so be it; for the true story of the Profumo affair has yet
to be revealed. I take it that readers have a basic knowledge of the Profumo affair and
can read between the lines for themselves.
Maria Novotny knew little of her own background: it wasn't until this year that her
husband learned her real name. Maria Stella Novotny was born on the 9th of May
1941 in Prague. Her father was brother to the President of Czechoslovakia, and they
lived in the Royal palace until she was 6 years old, when the Soviet Union moved in.
Because the President supported the Communists, this family tie would explain why
Eddowes thought she had been chosen to destroy Kennedy. But what Eddowes didn't
know was that Maria's father was actively anti-Communist. Although opposed to each
other politically, the brothers remained friends, the President warning Maria's father
that the Soviets were liable to arrest him, and advising him to leave the country.
Instead, he joined the underground, making arrangements for Maria to leave the
country with the family agent, called Rutter.
They escaped in a railway truck hiding under some corn, crossing the border into
Austria. Unfortunately they ended up in the Soviet sector where they were put in a
displaced persons camp.
In 1948 Maria was released, apparently through the efforts of a Mrs Capes, who had
known her father when he was in England, studying at university. How this was
achieved is not known, but Maria was brought to England where she lived as the
daughter of Mrs Capes. When she became a teenager she went into modelling and was
determined to make it into a successful career.
When only 18 she met Horace 'Hod' Dibden (9), then aged 57, at the Black Sheep
Club (10) in Piccadilly, which he helped run. An expert on English antiques and
furniture, he had many friends on the London scene, including Stephen Ward, who he
had known since the war; and, interestingly, Michael Eddowes, who had given up his
solicitor's practice and become the owner of a chain of restaurants. Hod and Eddowes
had known each other for twenty years.
Hod and Maria were married in January 1960. The marriage was conditional on her
being allowed to carry on her own life. She appears to have been a highly intelligent,
very beautiful young girl, determined to get on in the world, hoping to use Hod's
contacts and money to climb the social ladder. In her personal account she claims to
have been a virgin at the time, and, in reality, rather turned off by sexual relations. To
her, sex was a 'game' designed to shock other people: she took her pleasure watching
the reactions of people to situations she had organised. After the honeymoon they were
regulars on the night club scene. One particular party in February 1960, given by an
American millionaire, Huntingdon Hartford, was a turning point.
Among the guests were Stephen Ward and a more 'sinister' man, Harry Alan Towers,
who claimed to be a film producer and owner of a modelling agency. Maria and
Towers didn't meet at the party, but Towers must have recognised her: four days later
a letter arrived suggesting a meeting at Claridges to discuss some possible modelling
work. The letter was actually signed by Tower's mother, Margaret, who Novotny
claims had an extraordinary influence over him, and from whom he took his
instructions. At the meeting Towers was brisk to the point of rudeness. He told her that
he could make her a top television model doing commercials in America. Although
she didn't like Towers, she found it difficult to turn down the contract, which offered
upwards of $50,000 a year.
Over the next days the contract was sorted out and Maria was introduced to some of
Towers' friends, one of whom tried to have sex with her in Paris. Towers, over the
next year, made no sexual advances towards Maria but didn't mind pushing his friends
on her. She signed to Towers' modelling agency and he gave her a large deposit. The
day she left for New York Stephen Ward went to a dinner party with her at which he
made some sketches of her. Maria claimed that Ward and Towers knew each other. To
Eddowes this provided a link between the Kennedy and Profumo episodes. Hod also
thought that Ward and Towers knew each other at this time.
Towers flew ahead a few days earlier and met Maria at what became Kennedy Airport.
Almost immediately they were arguing with each other, and Maria became doubly
suspicious of him when he told her to sign a hotel register as Maria Novotny. Up til
then she had been known as Maria Chapman, Hod's family name. Towers insisted that
while she was in America she should use Novotny. What else, she thought, did Towers
know of her background?
At first her modelling career went well and they went to the usual round of parties. But
it seems that modelling offers were the result of her sleeping with television producers.
After two weeks Towers arranged a lunch for her with Peter Lawford, the brother-inlaw
of President John Kennedy. Towers claimed that it would do her modelling career
good if she got to know Kennedy. Maria didn't see the connection at the time; it was
only later that she realised that Towers had engineered the meeting for other purposes.
On reflection, it spelt blackmail to Maria and Eddowes.
Unknown to her at the time she was scheduled to be the replacement for Simone
McQueen, a TV weather forecaster, who had just finished with Kennedy. Lawford
took her to parties and she briefly met Kennedy at one and arranged to meet him
again. They were more intimate at a party where the singer, Vic Damone, was the
host. She was introduced to Kennedy and almost immediately shown into a bedroom
where she went to bed with him. They weren't gone very long before there was a
commotion in the main room. Damone's Asian girlfriend had made an unsuccessful
suicide attempt and had been found in the bathroom with her wrists slashed. The
apartment quickly emptied, Kennedy disappearing with a bodyguard and his
The incident was hushed up. The quick departure may have had something to do with
the fact that, according to Maria, one of J. Edgar Hoover' s men was known to attend
these parties. Word would have quickly reached Hoover who would have no doubt
added it to his files on the Kennedy brothers.
Maria continued to see Kennedy and his brother, Robert, though I doubt that there is
much truth in the published accounts of her relationship with Robert. Her own account
rarely mentions him - or, for that matter, the sensational claims of her involvement
with UN officials. The latter appears to have involved Towers' other girls.
At the end of the year Hod arrived in New York to buy antiques. At this time Maria
had had enough of Towers. Her modelling career was nowhere in sight. She decided to
leave Towers and move into Hod's apartment near the UN building. Towers was
extremely angry and determined to make her stay in his flat. But as he was commuting
between London and New York at this time, he had little real control over her. She
moved in with Hod.
During this period when Towers would later be accused of running a vice-ring at the
UN building, he was in constant touch with his mother - and one other person, Leslie
This was presumably an innocent relationship since Towers said he wanted to buy the
TV rights to The Saint. But Towers did get Maria to take a package to Chateris in Los
Angeles. To Maria, Tower's business seemed to have little to do with television or
Shortly after the disagreement Maria returned to his luxurious Manhattan apartment to
pick up the rest of her clothes. Towers was surprisingly good-natured, apologising for
his previous loss of temper, saying he would make it up to her. That night he said she
could use his apartment for a night with a boyfriend. When he arrived they went into a
bedroom, at which point he tried to persuade her to accept $100 for sexual relations.
Eventually, after some persuasion, she accepted. He then showed her his badge and
told her she was under arrest. He left the room fetching in other officers who were
lining the corridor.
Searching the apartment they found Towers hiding, shaking under some suitcases in a
lobby. Maria was taken to a police station and interrogated for four hours, going
through three different agencies. Finally she was released on bail.
At her apartment the next day plain clothed policemen interviewed her and at FBI
headquarters she was shown pictures of many girls and asked if she knew them. It was
clear that the FBI wanted Towers. Several charges were to be made against him and
they wanted her to testify against him. But before they could, Towers escaped from
America after bail, reputedly a very large sum, had been put up.
Towers was accused of running a vice-ring involving UN officials. Hod and Maria
were shown immigration files on Towers which, according to Hod, showed Towers'
links with Eastern Europe. When Eddowes went to New York he met John Malone,
head of the New York FBI, and they apparently had three two hour interviews.
Eddowes was shown FBI, Immigration, and, possibly, CIA files on Towers and
Novotny. These proved to Eddowes satisfaction that Towers was working for the
Soviets; that Novotny had been used to get close to Kennedy for possible blackmail -
probably because of her Czech background. (For some reason Novotny believed that
photos existed of her love making sessions taken from hidden cameras in the UN
It was reported that on leaving America Towers went to Prague, Moscow, and Peking,
stopping for a time in southern Ireland before residing in Canada. (11) Novotny was
held as a material witness and charged with being a wayward minor. According to
Hod, it was rumoured at the time that Kennedy himself had intervened to stop the
By now Novotny was determined to leave America: Towers was hardly likely to
return. She had in her own words, become a political pawn, with the State police, FBI
and Immigration officials claiming jurisdiction over her. She escaped by buying a
boarding ticket for the Queen Mary and staying on board when it sailed. Rather
implausibly an officer let her stay on board without saying anything when she told him
she had lost her passport. A rumour reached the papers that the CIA had helped her
escape. Hod met her off the boat in England having flown ahead.
One of the first people she met in London, around April 1961, was Stephen Ward, who
invited her to a reception at the Soviet Embassy. Ward pestered her daily to meet the
Soviet diplomat Eugene Ivanov, but she refused. She had had enough problems in
New York, and a solicitor friend (possibly Eddowes) warned her not to get involved
with political figures. Hod went in her place to the Embassy reception (with Gilbert
Harding) where he met Ivanov. Ward didn't give up though. After Ivanov he switched
to Profumo, introducing Maria as 'the girl who made an impact on the Kennedy clan'.
Unknown to her, he was also playing up her relationship with the Czech President.
These attempts to link Novotny to Profumo and Ivanov (which she later saw as
deliberate) took place before the famous Keeler meeting, suggesting at the very least,
that the Denning report (12) was less than adequate.
She was eventually tricked into seeing Ivanov at a party at Cliveden. Ward introduced
her to a surprise guest and quickly left the room. The guest was Ivanov. What came
next was a shock because Ivanov knew details of her background and told her he could
arrange for her to visit Czechoslovakia to see relatives. He painted a rosy picture of
life in the country and of the Communist Party. She declined his offers and after some
further efforts at persuasion she left the room to join the others. She learned later that
he was particularly interested in her experiences in America.
Behind the sexual affairs and personal intrigues of Ward, Profumo and Ivanov were
the British Security Services; and further back, and probably not apparent to the
participants, was the wider intelligence battle between East and West. It is worth going
into some detail on this area as it provides clues to Novotny's true position.(13)
In April 1961 the West's most important Soviet spy, Oleg Penkovsky, arrived in
London on a Trade Mission, staying until May 6th. The material he gave to MI6 and
CIA representatives was to prove vital to resolving the Cuban missile crisis: Kennedy
would base his final decisions on the Penkovsky material. (14) During this particular
visit he was debriefed at an all-night session during which he provided details on the
KGB and GRU men at the Soviet Embassy in London. Amongst them was Ivanov
whom he had known as a student. It is also worth noting that he had told MI6 that
there was a traitor in the top ranks of MI5. Although no MI5 men took part in the
debriefings of Penkovsky, they did play a leading role in the Profumo/Ivanov episode
based on details he provided.
Ivanov's cover for his intelligence role was that of Naval Attache. But he was no runof-
the-mill intelligence officer. His father-in-law was Alexander Gorkin, Chairman of
the Soviet Supreme Court. It is also believed that Ivanov played a prominent role in
Nasser's coup in Egypt. According to Nigel West (15) he had been identified by 'D'
branch as an intelligence officer when he first arrived in London on the 27th March
1960. Penkovsky described him as a man who liked women and a good party,
suggesting that he might be a profitable target. So the watchers began trailing him.
Here West's revisionist account starts to break down. It seems incredible that Ivanov
was able to meet so many celebrities without MI5 keeping some tabs on him if they
knew he was a spy. It is claimed that in June 1961 Ivanov led them to a house at 17
Wimpole Mews. By checking the electoral roll they found it was the home of Stephen
Ward, who they contacted on June 8th. But that is virtually impossible because Ward
didn't move into the flat until June 1st (16), which would have given him no time to be
put on the register. Also according to MI5, on West's account, Ward was unknown to
Registry. But Lee Tracey (17) an MI6 contract employee working at the Daily Mirror
on organised vice, has revealed that he was assigned by MI6 to compile a profile on
Stephen Ward six years before the scandal broke. Nothing ever appeared in the paper
but a full report went to MI6 who hoped that some juicy target might be sexually
compromised inside the Ward circle. (Which suggests either MI5 and MI6 didn't
exchange material or someone is lying - or both.) MI5 made some discreet enquiries of
Ward which revealed that he had many important people as friends, including the third
Viscount Astor, who was known to MI5. Novotny has said that she saw reports which
showed that Bill Astor was controlling Ward, and that her meeting at Cliveden with
Ivanov had been arranged by Astor.
In one of those intriguing coincidences, Astor played a role in Ivanov's attempts to
intervene in the Cuban Missile Crisis. On the Thursday evening of the Cuba week,
Astor suggested Ivanov should meet 'Boofy' Gore, the Earl of Arran. At the time it
seemed to be an eccentric choice for behind - the - scenes diplomacy. But in reality it
was spot on. For besides having easy access to Lord Home, then the Foreign
Secretary, he was the first cousin of Sir David Ormsby-Gore the British Ambassador
to America. Gore was a close friend of Kennedy - so intimately tied up in the decision
making around the missile crisis (assuring Kennedy of the value of the Penkovsky
material) that he was invited to the President's nuclear shelter if things went bad. (18)
It was the Missile Crisis that persuaded Eddowes that Khrushchev was behind the
assassination of JFK.
It is possible that MI5 have said they used the electoral register to trace Ward to
protect the real source. It is said that Ward was introduced to Ivanov by (Sir) Colin
Coote, editor of the Daily Telegraph, in January 1961. There are conflicting stories
about the origins of this meeting, but it has something to do with Ward doing sketches
of Soviet diplomats. He did sketches of many famous people though he was only an
average artist. (19) Coote had contacts in the Soviet Embassy and, interestingly, he
was a golfing friend of the Director of MI5, Sir Roger Hollis. (20) Coote arranged a
meeting at the Garrick Club. Accompanying Ward to this lunch was David Floyd, the
Telegraph's correspondent on Soviet Affairs. Floyd was on the books of the IRD. (2I)
IRD, run by the Foreign Office, was a Cold War propaganda outfit which had a close
relationship with MI6; and, especially with section IX which dealt with the Soviet
Union. Was the meeting set up by the intelligence services or did Floyd supply a
report to section IX?
Officially Ward was employed by MI5 on June 8th 1961 to help in the entrapment of
Ivanov, hopefully to compromise him with the help of his girls. Ward's friends didn't
know this. On the contrary many, including Hod and Maria, believed that he could be
working for the Soviets. Hod was astonished when told of Ward's real role. He still
believes Ward was murdered to keep him quiet. "It wasn't in his character to commit
In London Hod and Maria set up dinner parties (22) at which many famous people
attended. About half of these parties appear to have included sexual games afterwards.
Ward was a frequent guest but as far as is known he never actually had sexual
relations with the girls. It was at one of these dinner parties that the famous Ministerin-
the-mask incident occurred; though in reality it was very different to the accounts of
Keeler and Rice-Davies. (They, incidentally, never met Novotny.) Hod had met Keeler
one night when Profumo picked her up at Ward's flat. According to Hod, Mandy Rice-
Davies learned of the mask incident from Ward when he returned to their flat that
night. Maria says:
"I lied to Lord Denning, but not about a politician. My lies were to
protect someone from ruin and a criminal charge. A Member of
Parliament was present, William Rees-Davies, MP for Thanet, but he was
not in the disguise."
On December 14th 1962 Christine Keeler ran into an old friend - Michael Eddowes -
and, according to him, the whole story of her involvement with Profumo and Ivanov
came out. This included Ivanov's request that Keeler ask Profumo when the allies were
going to let West Germany have nuclear warheads. Eddowes says he made out a 6-
page report which eventually reached the Security Services. Nothing came of it
because MI5 believed that Profumo had told the Prime Minister of this twin
relationship, while Profumo assumed MI5 had told him. It wasn't until Eddowes wrote
to Macmillan on June 13th that the affair was finally exposed. On Friday June 14th he
released the full text of the letter to the Evening Standard and the media scramble
began. Ward had been trying to get Novotny to meet Ivanov up until his departure. He
left shortly after the Edgecombe shooting incident at Wimpole Mews. But what
happened to Ivanov I haven't discovered. Officially he was recalled to Moscow,
although Mandy Rice-Davies (who is not reliable) recounts a different tale. In 1977
two men interviewed her about the Profumo Affair in Israel, where she lived for a
time. At first they claimed to be journalists from Time magazine; then private
investigators. Eventually one of them said " I was with the CIA for 25 years. I spent a
lot of time in London - I was involved in the George Raft affair at the Colony Club."
When she mentioned Ivanov he said "We took him...we... the CIA. We couldn't let
him go. We didn't know what he had and what he didn't have and we didn't want to
take any chances. Let's say he was an involuntary defector." (23)
It would be around this time that Eddowes started to put together the Novotny
connection, eventually going to New York at the invitation of the Journal - American,
to follow up leads. The one piece of information which he said he was after, could be
details of the background of Harry Towers, which were given to him by 'contacts'.
Eddowes did attempt to write a book with Maria Novotny on this whole affair and in
the late sixties they were three quarters of the way through it when strange things
started to happen. Eddowes rang Hod one day from his house telling him that two men
had broken into his flat, beating him badly, leaving him bleeding on his bed. They
warned him to stay away from the subject. The day before Maria had narrowly
escaped a serious accident in her car when the steering failed. Bolts in the steering
column had been cut. Eddowes, by this time an old man, was scared and burned the
manuscript, and would pursue the matter no further. This would explain the brevity of
the Novotny sections in his books on the Kennedy assassination.
Maria doesn't appear to have changed her lifestyle very much in the later sixties. She
did try to become a novelist, writing many books. But only one, a Harold Robbins type
version of her own life, got published. She also had a regular column in the magazine
Club International for a time, exploiting incidents from her own life.
It was whilst researching a book, apparently on brothels, around 1970, that she came
into contact with British Intelligence. At a brothel she found that it was a set-up, with
two-way mirrors and hidden microphones, used by the Security Services to
compromise clients. She was invited to help them with similar work and seems to have
been employed as a high-class companion/whore to people of interest to the services.
Particular cases involved compromising the head of a Caribbean island which the
Foreign Office hoped to stop going independent. It did little good: it went independent
the following year. Cameras had been hidden in a bedroom at Brown's Hotel when he
came across for a diplomatic meeting.
In 1978 (24) she was involved in the break-up of a massive fraud. She had been put
onto the activities of Taylor and Ash by Billy Hill, the former London underworld
boss, who thought there was the making of another Kray-type gang, whose brutality
went against the old-time ideals. She was asked to become involved with Taylor, and
was friendly with him for two years. In court Taylor claimed:
"I have been set up by Henrietta Chapman, also known as Maria
Novotny, who is working for British intelligence."
The judge told him to sit down and stop being silly. Novotny was outside, waiting to
give evidence against him, but following this outburst was advised not to, since she
might be used again. A few days later on his way home from court, Taylor collapsed at
Waterloo Station. He died later in hospital. Officially a heart attack, it has been
suggested by some that he was killed with a poisoned umbrella.
Following this case she was asked by the Chief Constable of Kent to help with
enquiries into corruption in Scotland Yard. She became very friendly with top
detectives and reported direct to the Chief Constable. It is known that she made visits
to Southern Ireland and Ulster, apparently involved in intelligence operations. She also
arranged parties in Europe for Common Market MPs and diplomats. Whether this or
many of the other episodes were actually done on behalf of British Intelligence is not
known. (25)
Maria Stella Novotny died on the 20th February 1983. She had had a heavy cold
during the day and ate little. Taking some food later she died choking on a milk
pudding. Shortly after her death her house was burgled and all her files and large dayto-
day diaries from the early sixties to the seventies were stolen. Recently Hod claims
to have given her address books to the members of an undisclosed Secret Service
Unfortunately I have been unable to track down Eddowes - if he is still alive. One can
see now from where he received his basic ideas. A Czech girl with supposed
Communist background, used by a group of men also with alleged Communist links
(Towers and Ward), controlled by a Soviet intelligence agent (Ivanov), who claimed to
have direct access to Khrushchev. All this was linked in his mind through the Cuban
Missile Crisis, to the assassination of JFK. Where the evidence for that link is no one
knows. Obviously, though, it falls down with the recent revelation that Ward worked
for British Intelligence. But that raises a whole load of other questions.....
1. News of The World (1961), Saturday Titbits (1972), The Globe (US) 1980. She
has written a book - Kings Road (1977) - which deals with this period but it is a
highly fictionalised account.
2. Radio Interview: Chicago WGN 1977
3. Known in the USA as The Oswald File (NY 1978). He has also personally
published Khrushchev Killed Kennedy (1975). Does anyone have a copy?
4. Although it would be stretching the evidence to suggest Oswald had been
replaced by a double, there are some strange aspects to his trip to the Soviet
Union. His height, recorded on various official documents, varies quite
considerably, and there are marked differences between photos of Oswald in
the USSR and in the USA. (See The Many Faces of Lee Harvey Oswald - Jack
White US 1979)
5. A large section of articles dealing with the exhumation are in The Continuing
Enquiry Vol. V1 No 3 October 1981.
6. The new autopsy appeared to answer all the doubts that it was Oswald in the
grave. But, incredibly, this has now come into question. The skull shows no
signs of the original 1963 autopsy. Switched heads? It's all getting too crazy!
7. MI5 1945-72: A Matter of Trust Chapter 6. West's books are badly written.
New material comes in small doses - basically to tease whilst the real 'game' is
a continuing battle of sources, occasionally played over the dead body of Roger
Hollis. It's a battle of the right wings. Chapman Pincher (Their Trade is
Treachery NEL 1982), against aspiring Tory, Rupert Allason. ('West'). There
are political and ideological motives to 'West's' books contrary to what some
journalists believe. Notice how his books are so well received by the media
whilst better and more important books - Verrier/Bloch and Fitzgerald/Faligot -
suffer something like an unofficial D Notice. Is there any truth to the rumour
that the recently arrested 'mole' in MI5 is one of 'West's' sources?
8. This account is taken from interviews with her husband and access to her own
hand-written journal, letters etc.
9. There was nothing unusual in this relationship for Hod. In the late 1940s he
had taken the 16 year old Patsy Morgan, daughter of a Coventry grocer, and
given her the Pygmalion treatment. Rather the same approach as Stephen
Ward. (See The Evil Firm: The Rise and Fall of the Brothers Kray - Brian
McConnell, London 1969, p34)
10.Hod had helped to run Esmeralda's Barn, a night-club in Knightsbridge.
Originally he designed it for society girl Esmeralda. In another bizarre incident
on the night of its opening, she was found dead, accidentally gassed, on her bed
with her lesbian lover. Patsy Morgan-Dibden was the main attraction of the
club, so when she ran away from Hod to Europe, he gave it up. Protection for
the club was provided by Billy Hill who ran the London underworld with his
rival, Jack Spot. Hod returned to the business in the late 1950s with the Black
Sheep Club. Esmeralda's Barn was eventually owned by the Kray twins who
purchased it on the advice of Peter Rachman. (The Profession of Violence,
John Pearson, London 1973). A good introduction to this whole
Ward/Rachman/Criminal underworld nexus is Rachman, Shirley Green,
London 1981. The media created 'Rachmanism' - a device designed to ease
attention away from the real crooks, and a godsend to Labour's election hopes
at the time.
11.Towers decided to return to the States in 1980 to face charges of bail jumping
and contempt of court. As part of the deal, an address book which reportedly
contains the names of every politician for whom he allegedly procured call
girls will forever remain sealed away. Mary De Bourgon, Assistant D.A.: "It
will never be opened in a court of law." (The Globe (US) December 9th 1980).
Novotny was friendly with other politicians and lawyers.
"Their names didn't mean all that much then but now many of
them are big shots, in very high places."
Obviously association with one of Towers' girls would have people worried,
especially so when she adds:
"I kept a diary of all my appointments in the UN building ...I
understand the diary is now in the hands of the CIA."
12.Lord Denning's Report (HMSO 1963). Novotny was interviewed by Denning
but she says the report was already written. He refused to accept her
allegations, seemingly turned off by the details of the sexual games.
13.Kennedy's other 'relationships' certainly weren't ordinary and could explain
why Novotny's could be important. In 1964, a year after the assassination,
Mary Meyer [Pinchot], an intimate friend of JFK'S was mysteriously shot to
death. Shortly after, her personal diaries were taken from her home by James
Angleton (at the time head of CIA's Counter Intelligence Branch), a friend of
the Meyer family. Angleton destroyed the diary, and though involved in the
CIA's investigation of the assassination, has refused to comment: on the Meyer
episode. (See Washington Post February 23rd 1976. Coincidence or
Conspiracy Bernard Fensterwald (US 1977)
Judith Exner had been introduced to JFK by friend Frank Sinatra, and had an
affair with him through 1961 and '62. She also knew Sam Giancana and John
Roselli intimately, both of whom were involved in the CIA/Mafia plots against
Castro. (And both of whom were murdered just before going to testify before
the House Select Committee on Assassinations.) It has been suggested that
Giancana used his close friend Sinatra to place a girl near the President,
perhaps to blackmail him.
In another strange twist, Robert Maheu, Howard Hughes' man, who had also
been involved in the CIA/Mafia plots, had been involved in a highly
questionable CIA operation. "Taxpayers monies were spent to provide Heads
of State with female companions and to pay people with questionable
reputations to make pornographic movies for blackmail (against Heads of
See final Report of the House Select Committee on Intelligence: Village Voice
Feb l6th 1976 page 72.
On Exner see My Story Judith Exner (NY 1977).
And, of course, there was Marilyn Monroe, who Novotny claimed to have met
a few times when MM was having an affair with both Kennedy brothers. It has
been claimed that she died in mysterious circumstances and had knowledge of
Mafia and Teamster affairs, contained (again) in diaries. See: Who Killed
Marilyn, and Did The Kennedy's Know, Tony Sciacca (NY 1976): Marilyn
Monroe S. Periglio (Seville, 1982): and, for this whole Maheu/Mafia/
CIA/Kennedy's/Monroe mess, best of all is Jim Hougan's Spooks (London
14.Through The Looking Glass Anthony Verrier (London 1983) Chapter 6.
15.West, ibid page 17: also How MI5 Sacrificed Stephen Ward (Sunday Times
16.Scandal '63: A Study of The Profumo Affair Clive Irving et al (London 1963) p
17.Secrets That Won't Be Told, Duncan Campbell (New Statesman 20th February
18.Verrier ibid.
19.Ward told Hod that he picked up girls in coffee bars, doing quick sketches of
them to introduce himself. Ward said this was how he met Keeler in a cafe in
Staines, Middlesex, and that he (Ward) was instrumental in obtaining a job for
her at Murray's Club, contrary to published stories.
20.West ibid p145
21.See The Ministry of Truth, in Leveller No 64 (1981) and British Intelligence
and Covert Action Bloch/Fitzgerald (London 1983) p 91.
22.Among those attending the Novotny parties were Walter Flack, Charles Clore's
partner; Bill Astor; Sir William Emirs Williams, the Secretary General of the
Arts Council; Sheila Scott; Nicholas Egon; Lord Asquith; Bobby Moore;
Eustace Chesser; Douglas Fairbanks Jnr; Felix Topolski; Simon Harcourt-
Smith; Lord Belper and many others.
23.Mandy Mandy Rice-Davies with Sheila Flack (London, 1980) p123. She
reveals that she knew next to nothing - though perhaps others thought she did.
She claims that she was refused a visa to the USA, and when in 1974 she tried
to see her (she claims CIA) files they had disappeared (pl21). She claims she
was interviewed by MI6 at Century House - unusually, since it is usually left to
Special Branch to sort out security cases.
24.Times 1978: April 4/5/25; May 6/12/26; June 10/14/17/23
25.Times May 6th 1978