JFK Assassination

Did Freemasons cause the assassination of JFK? That's what some anti-Masons and conspiracy theorists would have you believe.

Of ALL the theories relative to U.S. President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, few can compare with the one found on a web page of a long-time conspiracy theorist and Holocaust denier. The article begins:

==Preface to King-Kill/ 33: James Shelby Downard's Vision

The essay "King-Kill/33" has been out of print since 1987 and the publication of the first edition of Adam Parfrey's conspiracy anthology, 'Apocalypse Culture.' Subsequent editions of 'Apocalypse Culture' (including the current Feral House edition), do not carry it. <MasonicInfo Note: We wonder why....>

The Campaign for Radical Truth in History (http://www.hoffman-info.com) is pleased to make this landmark article available once again, on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of the immolation of America's only Catholic president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. May his surviving murderers be yet brought to justice.

"My study of place names imbued with sorcerous significance necessarily includes lines of latitude and longitude and the divisions of degrees in geography and cartography (minutes and seconds).

Let us take as an example the "Mason Road" in Texas that connects to the "Mason No El Bar" and the Texas-New Mexico ("The Land of Enchantment") border. This connecting line is on the 32nd degree.   The 32nd degree is the penultimate Masonic degree awarded. <MasonicInfo Note: But so many others tell us that it's the 33rd Degree! Of course that wouldn't work with this theory so we'll let the writer continue. We won't mention that the 32nd Degree isn't 'awarded'....> When this 32nd degree of latitude is traced west into the "Land of Enchantment" it becomes situated midway between Deming and Columbus, New Mexico.

Slightly to the north of the town of Columbus are the Tres Hermanas (three sisters) mountains. It is approximately 32 miles between Deming and Columbus. The Three Sisters mountains are a minute and some seconds south of the 32nd degree line. When this line is traced further west it passes the ghost town of Shakespeare at a distance south of the town which is roughly equivalent to the distance which the 32nd degree line passes north of the Three Sisters mountains. The names "Shakespeare" and "Three Sisters" find a connection in the tragedy Macbeth which comprises such a large part of JFK assassination imagery. <MasonicInfo Note: HUH? Is the author attempting to claim that Shakespeare was a Mason too? Want some HONEST information about Shakespeare, New Mexico? Click here for a great site on New Mexico Ghost Towns that you can visit! We hope that the conspiracy theorists won't read too much into the mention of one of the former residents mentioned on the site: Russian Jack.>

When this 32nd degree line is traced a little distance farther west, into Arizona, <MasonicInfo Note: The 32nd Degree 'line' encompasses and area that includes most of New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and a good sized chunk of the Southeastern United States. Surely one could find something conspiratorial within 40,0000 square miles!> it crosses an old trail which meandered north of what is now another ghost town but which at one time was called the town of "Ruby." Part of the old winding trail became known as the "Ruby Road." The town of Ruby acquired its name officially on April 11, 1912, and was notorious for many brutal murders which had ritual aspects. Four of these homicides occurred in a store attached to the post office which had been erected over the grave of a Catholic priest.

Continuing on with mystical toponomy, one encounters the fact that Ruby road twists north into the area known as the Kennedy and Johnson mountains.

Johnson Mountain is supposedly named after the general manager of the Peabody Mining Company who also had a town named after him which was the location of the Keystone and Peabody copper mines. The 32nd degree of latitude is but a few seconds from Johnson. In this frontier town on a December evening, 1883, a Colonel Mike Smith and a man Mason were ambushed by gunfighters described as being of questionable reputation and questionable character. These terms are employed in Masonic writings:

He [Captain William Morgan, victim of an early 19th century torture-murder by Masons] was a man of questionable character and dissolute habits, and his enmity to Masonry originated in his refusal of the Masons of Leroy. (Encyclopedia of Freemasonry).

<MasonicInfo Note: One Masonic reference book uses (just) four very common words and two of them are the same as the ones the author selected himself for this description. What ARE the odds, huh?>

A "keystone" is the designation for which, when set in place, "keys" or locks the whole. A symbolic keystone is vital to the legend of the Masonic Royal Arch Degree of York. The earliest known record of such a degree is in the annals of the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia, on December 22, 1753. Fredericksburg is also the location of the "House of the Rising Sun," a masonic meeting place for such notables as founding fathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin (of Hell-Fire Club fame) and George Mason.

<MasonicInfo Note: Now FINALLY though we'll get to the Kennedy matter....
but below (1), we'll talk about the fact that the "House of the Rising Sun" referred to above was actually the Rising Sun Tavern, that George Washington only attended lodge there five times in his life, and that George Mason - who refused to sign the Constitution - was NOT a Mason. The author didn't mention that one of Washington's Generals was a Mason named Nixon - but that's probably in some other conspiracy theory we haven't seen yet.>

President Kennedy and his wife left the Temple Houston and were met at midnight by tireless crowds present to cheer the virile "Sun God" and his dazzlingly erotic wife, the "Queen of Love and Beauty," in Fort Worth. On the morning of November 22, they flew to Gate 28 at Love Field, Dallas, Texas. The number 28 is one of the correspondences of Solomon in kabbalistic numerology; the Solomonic name assigned to 28 is "Beale."

On the 28th degree of latitude in the state of Texas is the site of what was once the giant "Kennedy ranch." On the 28th degree is also Cape Canaveral from which the moon flight was launched-made possible not only by the President's various feats but by his death as well, for the placing of the Freemasons on the moon could occur only after the Killing of the King. The 28th degree of Templarism is the "King of the Sun" degree. The President and First Lady arrived in Air Force One, code-named "Angel." The motorcade proceeded from Love Field to Dealey Plaza. Dealey Plaza is the site of the Masonic temple in Dallas (now razed) and there is a marker attesting to this fact in the plaza.

Important "protective" strategy for Dealey Plaza was planned by the New Orleans CIA station whose headquarters were a Masonic temple building. Dallas, Texas is located ten miles north of the 33rd degree of latitude. The 33rd degree is the highest in Freemasonry and the founding lodge of the Scottish Rite in America was created in Charleston, South Carolina, exactly on the 33rd degree line.

<Masonicinfo Note: Actually, the 33rd Degree is only the highest in Freemasonry in the minds of conspiracy theorists. In fact, it isn't in 'Freemasonry' at all but is an honor awarded by the Scottish Rite, an appendant body. You can read more about the 33rds right here.>

Dealey Plaza is close to the Trinity River. At 12:22 p.m. the motorcade proceeded down Main Street toward the Triple Underpass, traveling first down ("Bloody") Elm St. The latter was the scene of numerous gun fights, stabbings and other violence, and it is the location of the Majestic Theatre, the pawn shop/negro district, and industrial district.

It was also the home of the Blue Front Tavern, a Masonic hangout in the grand tradition of "tavern-Masonry": Sam Adams and the Masons of the American Revolution did much of their conspiring at the Green Dragon Tavern in Boston. One of the many bars claiming the honor of being the first Masonic lodge is the Bunch of Grapes Tavern, also in Boston. <MasonicInfo Note: Masons like many other groups in the colonies often met in taverns. Indeed, the Bunch of Grapes Tavern was one of those in Boston where Masons met and the actual wooden bunch of grapes which hung outside that Tavern is now in the possession of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and hangs outside of the door of Corinthian Hall on the fifth floor. There's no secret here - and no conspiracy! Oh, and did we mention: Sam Adams wasn't a Mason!!! (See footnote below)>

The Blue Front was the site of the "broken-man" ritual in which various members of the "Brotherhood of the Broom" swept the floor and tended some fierce javelino pigs. The Blue Front was once a fire-house and was still sporting its fire-pole in the late 1920s. This is extremely germane symbolism. The national offices of the Texaco Oil Corporation are located on Elm St., Dallas. Its chief products are "Haviland (javalino) Oil" and "Fire Chief" gasoline.

On the corner of Bloody Elm and Houston is the "Sexton Building." "Sexton" is heavily laden with graveyard connotations. It is closely associated to the beetles of the genus Necrophorus or Sexton Beetles, so-called because they bury the remains of tiny animals with their eggs.

Bloody Elm, Main, and Commerce form a trident pattern in alignment with the triple underpass as any Dallas map will show.  Many analysts contend that at least three assassins were involved in the crossfire ambush of Kennedy.

It is a prime tenet of Masonry that its assassins come in threes. Masonic assassins are known in the code of the lodge as the "unworthy craftsmen." Because Masonry is obsessed with earth-as-gameboard (tessellation) and the ancillary alignments necessary to facilitate the "game," it is inordinately concerned with railroads and railroad personnel to the extent that outside of lawyers and circus performers, no other vocation has a higher percentage of Masons than railroad workers. <MasonicInfo Note: Most lodges will ask about one's occupation when a petitioner first joins Freemasonry. However, you could change careers dozens of times and never again would your Lodge or Grand Lodge know what occupation you had. Accordingly, this statement is totally false. The site author's Grandfather was both a Mason and railroad engineer. He always lamented that there weren't more railroad men joining Masonry! The author knows a couple of lawyers who're Masons - but no circus performers, unless one counts the fellows who become Shrine clowns. Again, totally unsubstantiated falsehoods passed off as truth!>

Minutes after John Fitzgerald Kennedy was murdered three "hoboes" ("unworthy craftsmen") were arrested at the railyard behind Dealey Plaza.

No records of their identities have ever been revealed nor the "identity" of the arresting officer. All that remains of those few minutes are a series of photographs which have reached legendary proportions among persons concerned with uncovering the real forces and persons behind the assassination. <MasonicInfo Note: In the 'Hiramic Legend' referred to, the persons this author refers to as 'unworthy craftsmen' are severely dealt with for their evil deeds. If this were true to Masonic legend as the writer asserts, why didn't this happen here? Strange....>

Dealey Plaza breaks down symbolically in this manner: "Dea" means "goddess" in Latin and "Ley" can pertain to the law or rule in the Spanish, or lines of preternatural geographic significance in the pre-Christian nature religions of the English. <MasonicInfo Note: MY dictionary shows Ley as a variant of Lea which is a grassland or meadow (from the Middle English leie, from Old English leah). Surely there must be something in Tagalog (the national language of the Philippines) which could relate....>

For many years Dealey Plaza was underwater at different seasons, having been flooded by the Trinity River until the introduction of a flood-control system. To this trident-Neptune site came the "Queen of Love and Beauty" and her spouse, the scapegoat in the Killing of the King rite, the "Ceannaideach" (Gaelic word for Kennedy meaning "ugly head" or "wounded head").

The systematic arrangement and pattern of symbolic things having to do with the killing of Kennedy indicates that he was a scapegoat in a sacrifice. The purpose of such macabre ritualism is further recognizable in patterns of symbolism culminating in the final "making manifest all that is hidden."

There is - of course - more but this should give you some idea as to the lengths one will stretch similarities to make the point. Most Americans have heard the old saw about the similarities between Lincoln and Kennedy's assassination also - so how does that fit in if Masons are indeed obsessed with the 'game-board world'? Too many things to think about we suppose! <SIGH>

If you're a conspiracy 'nut', this probably is stuff you'd accept at face value and find truthful; for those interested in the facts, it's a combination of coincidences, irrelevancies, deceit and lies.

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(1) In a work titled The Lodge at Fredericksburgh, A Digest of the Early Records by Heaton and Case and published in a limited edition by the Masonic Book Club in 1975, the records of the Lodge from 1752 through 1785 were analyzed. The authors note that "The lapse of time and devastation of war resulted in the loss or destruction of the minutes from 1771 until resumption of the meetings following the war between the states. So first hand knowledge of Lodge Activities for nearly a century is lacking."

The authors of this book write that George Washington received the three degrees of Masonry in this lodge - but that he was only recorded as being there twice afterwards between then and his death in 1800. Five times in that lodge in his entire life! Hardly what we'd consider a 'meeting place' for George Washington.

The Lodge records fail to reveal that Franklin EVER visited there and that George Mason - despite his name - was NOT a Mason.

So which is it? We've only got three choices:

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The two Georges and Ben all hung out there in the Fredericksburgh Lodge regularly but nobody ever recorded it (though even then the conspiracy part is a bit loose if George Mason wasn't a Freemason!);

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They recorded these fellows regularly visiting but records were (conveniently?) lost YET the author somehow managed to know all of this WITHOUT the records and without anyone else knowing either;

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or this was yet another lie!

Use your own intelligence and you should find the truth!

Footnote: While it would be nice to claim that the famous Samuel Adams was a Mason, it simply isn't true based on available Masonic records so unless the author has some secret knowledge unavailable to Masonic researchers or the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, we'll stand by this quote from a Masonic Service Association publication titled "Masonic Membership of the Founding Fathers" who said:

In the September, 1924 Master Mason, Frederick W. Hamilton, Massachusetts Grand Secretary, showed that neither the great Samuel Adams, John Adams, nor John Quincy Adams could have been Freemasons.

The name Samuel Adams appears three times in Massachusetts Grand Lodge records. One was a member of Trinity Lodge, Lancaster, an undistinguished person. Another was acting as Deputy Junior Grand Warden and the constitution of United Lodge at Topsham, Maine, then a part of Massachusetts. This was in 1805; the Samuel Adams died in 1803. Governor Samuel Adams was present when Grand Master Paul Revere laid the cornerstone of the State House at Boston in 1795; but nothing in the record indicates that the Governor was a Mason.

Masonic Membership of the Founding Fathers by Ronald E. Heaton
1965. The Masonic Service Association, Silver Spring, Maryland

So again: sloppy scholarship? Yes! A deliberate lie? Well, maybe there was something about Sam Adams that would make people think he was an evil conspirator of some kind but we haven't heard of it.

Or was it this just more deceit, designed to confuse and obfuscate?

Decide for yourself!

Thinking about this theory of numbers, we began to have some fun ourselves. Look at all the places we found with a latitude somewhere in the 32 degree range (a degree of latitude is just under 70 miles so think about a swatch that wide running across the Southern US would be about 25,000 square miles. We notice that they dealt with latitude not longitude: the Atlantic Ocean must have some conspiracies, wouldn't you think?)

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Macon, Georgia - Sounds a little like Mason, doesn't it?

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Montgomery, Alabama - Hot diggity: George Wallace, Mason!

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San Diego, California - Home of that Mason who beats 'em up on the alt.freemasonry Usenet list. See? It is a conspiracy!

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Tucson, Arizona - There must be SOME connection but we couldn't think of one. Maybe we'll run a contest... <smile>

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Hate, New Mexico - Hmmmm....

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Waco, Texas - Well, it's actually at 31 degrees 33 minutes latitude but surely we could bring poor Waco into this in light of the events there.

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Abilene, Texas - Another unknown connection. Wait: didn't Gene Autrey do a Western that mentioned Abilene? See - it IS a Masonic-related location!!!

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Dallas, Texas (as specified) - need we say more?

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and finally, Charleston, South Carolina where Albert Pike was.

That proves it, doesn't it? 

And while we're on the subject of President Kennedy, we also note that some anti-Masons use the following quote by him in an attempt to demean Freemasonry:

The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers, which are cited to justify it.

President John F. Kennedy
Address to newspaper publishers
April 27, 1961

Another ruse! The President was talking about the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) and/or other groups which might engage in secret political activities. Want to read the whole speech so you can decide for yourself? Click HERE to go to the John F. Kennedy Library!

Updated 23 January 2005 and 10 June 2007.

 

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