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wulfram
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08/11/2011 11:51 am  

London's Curse by Mark Beynon

Article in the London Evening Standard: http://t.co/s3iTCVf n"> http://t.co/s3iTCVfn

Six mysterious London deaths attributed to the "curse of Tutankhamun" were murders by a Satanist called Aleister Crowley, a historian claims in a new book.

Throughout the Twenties and Thirties London was gripped by Tutankhamun, the Egyptian boy-king whose tomb was uncovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter.

More than 20 people linked to the opening of the pharaoh's burial chamber in Luxor in 1923 died over the following years - six of them in the capital.

Victims included Carter's personal secretary Captain Richard Bethell, who was found dead in his bed from suspected smothering at a Mayfair club.

Bethell's father Lord Westbury then plunged seven floors to his death from his St James's apartment, where he reportedly kept tomb artefacts given to him by his son.

Aubrey Herbert, half-brother of Carter's financial backer Lord Carnarvon, also died suspiciously in a Park Lane hospital shortly after visiting Luxor. Another victim was Egyptologist Sir Ernest Wallis Budge, of the British Museum, who was found dead in his Bloomsbury home.

At the time, a frenzied press blamed the "curse" and speculated on the supernatural powers of ancient Egyptians. But author Mark Beynon has now drawn on previously unpublished evidence to conclude the deaths were all ritualistic killings masterminded by Crowley, an occultist called "the wickedest man in the world".

After unique analysis of Crowley's diaries, essays and books and inquest reports, the armchair detective argues that he was a killer obsessed with Jack the Ripper's reign of terror in 1888.

Crowley, who called himself The Great Beast, apparently had his own motives to tarnish the legacy of Carter's legendary discovery.

The gods and goddesses of Crowley's own religious philosophy, Thelema, were mainly drawn from ancient Egyptian religion.

It is likely that he would have found Carter's excavation sacrilegious and wanted revenge, according to Beynon's book London's Curse: Murder, Black Magic and Tutankhamun in the 1920s West End, published this week by The History Press.

Crowley, who was born into a wealthy family in 1875, was a bisexual heroin addict who gained notoriety for advocating sexual promiscuity and prostitution. Beynon paints a picture of a dangerous schizophrenic known to have murdered his servants in India.

Outlining his theory, Beynon said: "When I researched these deaths, Crowley's name popped up again and again. There is plenty of circumstantial evidence linking him to all the deaths and his diaries and books are riddled with clues."

He added: "Everyone was obsessed with the supposed curse of Tutankhamun striking down high society victims. But until now, no one has ever realised that they may well have been murdered."

Link to the book on Amazon: http://t.co/vF5BpiJ a"> http://t.co/vF5BpiJa


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08/11/2011 12:04 pm  

Laughable....

Armchair detective.... hes a big guy so i can understand why he is in an armchair!

Here is is Twitter page for more drivel should you wanna read it.
http://twitter.com/#!/markbeynon


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08/11/2011 12:16 pm  

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08/11/2011 12:17 pm  

In Betty May's account of Cefalu - Tiger Woman - May relates that one day AC showed her some artifacts which he claims belonged to jack the ripper. i think it consists of a few scarves. The story is quickly dropped and no mention is made of it again.


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08/11/2011 12:26 pm  

Is this authentic?

'Jack the Ripper'
by Aleister Crowley
http://www.casebook.org/dissertations/collected-donston.8.html


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08/11/2011 12:54 pm  

The attached are taken from the first chapter of the Kindle edition.

Can anyone confirm AC's location when the deaths happened?


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08/11/2011 2:34 pm  
"wulfram" wrote:
After unique analysis of Crowley's diaries, essays and books and inquest reports

93!

Thanks for the info, wulfram. I am really looking forward to reading this "unique" analysis.

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08/11/2011 3:40 pm  

@markbeynon
Mark Beynon
London's Curse has just arrived in the office. Looks rather splendid if I don't say so myself. Shame about the drivel on the pages...
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08/11/2011 3:52 pm  

What a load of bollocks.


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08/11/2011 4:01 pm  


Mark Beynon

Let's see if he can handle the Spirits, which he called...

"THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE"
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

That old sorcerer has vanished
And for once has gone away!
Spirits called by him, now banished,
My commands shall soon obey.
Every step and saying
That he used, I know,
And with sprites obeying
My arts I will show.

Flow, flow onward
Stretches many
Spare not any
Water rushing,
Ever streaming fully downward
Toward the pool in current gushing.

Come, old broomstick, you are needed,
Take these rags and wrap them round you!
Long my orders you have heeded,
By my wishes now I've bound you.
Have two legs and stand,
And a head for you.
Run, and in your hand
Hold a bucket too.

Flow, flow onward
Stretches many,
Spare not any
Water rushing,
Ever streaming fully downward
Toward the pool in current gushing.

See him, toward the shore he's racing
There, he's at the stream already,
Back like lightning he is chasing,
Pouring water fast and steady.
Once again he hastens!
How the water spills,
How the water basins
Brimming full he fills!

Stop now, hear me!
Ample measure
Of your treasure
We have gotten!
Ah, I see it, dear me, dear me.
Master's word I have forgotten!

Ah, the word with which the master
Makes the broom a broom once more!
Ah, he runs and fetches faster!
Be a broomstick as before!
Ever new the torrents
That by him are fed,
Ah, a hundred currents
Pour upon my head!

No, no longer
Can I please him,
I will seize him!
That is spiteful!
My misgivings grow the stronger.
What a mien, his eyes how frightful!

Brood of hell, you're not a mortal!
Shall the entire house go under?
Over threshold over portal
Streams of water rush and thunder.
Broom accurst and mean,
Who will have his will,
Stick that you have been,
Once again stand still!

Can I never, Broom, appease you?
I will seize you,
Hold and whack you,
And your ancient wood
I'll sever,
With a whetted axe I'll crack you.

He returns, more water dragging!
Now I'll throw myself upon you!
Soon, 0 goblin, you'll be sagging.
Crash! The sharp axe has undone you.
What a good blow, truly!
There, he's split, I see.
Hope now rises newly,
And my breathing's free.

Woe betide me!
Both halves scurry
In a hurry,
Rise like towers
There beside me.
Help me, help, eternal powers!

Off they run, till wet and wetter
Hall and steps immersed are Iying.
What a flood that naught can fetter!
Lord and master, hear me crying! -
Ah, he comes excited.
Sir, my need is sore.
Spirits that I've cited
My commands ignore.

"To the lonely
Corner, broom!
Hear your doom.
As a spirit
When he wills, your master only
Calls you, then 'tis time to hear it."

1779, translation by Edwin Zeydel, 1955
borrowed from Virginia Commonwealth University


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08/11/2011 4:10 pm  

The man's a prat, nuff said.


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08/11/2011 4:25 pm  

What a load of bullocks I just read!


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08/11/2011 4:26 pm  

Complete and utter rubbish. AC only killed in self defence. This idiot Beynon has no knowledge of AC or Thelema.


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08/11/2011 4:36 pm  

Seems that he is a Star Wars nut also for his sins...

https://www.facebook.com/mbeynon1

PS I asked a couple of serious research questions on his Twitter feed... guess what... he deleted me.


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08/11/2011 4:49 pm  

Stuff for coto to start a campaign:

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08/11/2011 5:52 pm  

Hmmm. Who on earth published his trashy little effort anyway? Andrex?


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08/11/2011 6:05 pm  
"Dar" wrote:
Hmmm. Who on earth published his trashy little effort anyway? Andrex?

It was in the London Evening Standard tonight, usually quite a sensible paper.

The killings were done in areas to mark a pentagram, alike the ripper murders?
Its a wonky old pentagram if ever I saw one, and surely the old boy would have cued the obelisk on the embankment in the ritual?

A load of bollocks.


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08/11/2011 7:56 pm  

In spite of all the historical material we have on Crowley, we dont know everything about him. So it might bear fruit not to criticise the author until we have access to his research and book. Anything that helps us to understand Crowley's actions and motivations, whatever the source has got to be a good thing. The writer might have picked up on something important that other Crowley researchers might have passed over, without any further probing.


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08/11/2011 8:32 pm  

A book with no title or publisher?

A combination of a well-timed self-publicity and lazy journalism...

There's a more full story here:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2059084/Six-deaths-attributed-Curse-Tutankhamun-murders-committed-notorious-satanist-book-claims.html

- but the photo of the British museum in 1923 looks more like 1973....

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08/11/2011 9:19 pm  

Those Crowley murders in full, according to the DailyMail:

He accuses Crowley of being responsible for the deaths of:-

- Raoul Loveday who died on February 16, 1923. The 23-year-old Oxford undergraduate was a follower of Crowley's cult at a Sicilian Abbey. He died on the same day at the very hour of Carter's much-publicised opening of Tutankhamun's burial chamber after drinking the blood of a cat sacrificed in one of Crowley's rituals. Mr Beynon argues that he was deliberately poisoned.

- Prince Ali Kamel Fahmy Bey who died on July 10, 1923. The Egyptian prince, 23, was shot dead by his French wife of six months, Marie-Marguerite, in London's Savoy Hotel shortly after he was photographed visiting the tomb. Mr Beynon says that Crowley and Marie-Marguerite had been lovers in Paris. She was working as a hostess at the Folies Berghre and he was a regular patron at the same venue. He suggests that Crowley put her up to the shooting.

- Aubrey Herbert, died September, 23, 1923. Shortly after Marie-Marguerite's acquittal, Aubrey Herbert, the half-brother of Lord Carnarvon, died of blood poisoning after a routine dental operation went suspiciously wrong at his private hospital in Park Lane. He had only recently returned from his own trip to Luxor. Mr Beynon speculates that Crowley was behind the death and may again have used Marie-Marguerite to do his dirty work.

- Captain Richard Bethell, died November 15, 1929. Howard Carter's 46-year-old personal secretary was found dead in his bed at Mayfair's exclusive Bath Club. Bethell was said to have been in perfect health. It was initially thought that he died of a heart attack but his symptoms raised suspicion that he was smothered to death as he slept. Crowley had only recently returned to London and was often a guest of novelist W. Somerset Maugham at the club.

- Lord Westbury, died February 20, 1930. Bethell's father, Lord Westbury, 77, was believed to have thrown himself off his seventh floor St James's apartment. But Mr Beynon found that it was practically impossible for an elderly man to have climbed out onto the window ledge and suggests that Crowley threw him off.

- Edgar Steele, died February 24, 1930. Only four days after the death of Lord Westbury, Mr Steele, 57, died at St Thomas' Hospital after a minor stomach operation. Mr Beynon speculates that Crowley was behind the death. He was in charge of handling the tomb artefacts at London's British Museum.

- Sir Ernest Wallis Budge, died November 23, 1934. A former Keeper in the British Museum's Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities, he was found dead in his bed in Bloomsbury aged 77. A friend of Lord Carnarvon, he had been responsible for displaying the artefacts from Luxor. Mr Beynon says there is evidence that Budge and Crowley were associates on the London occult scene.

I really have seen it all now.

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08/11/2011 9:26 pm  

Nice to see Paul Toner's sensible comment on the Evening Standard site.

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08/11/2011 10:14 pm  

Raoul Loveday who died on February 16, 1923. The 23-year-old Oxford undergraduate was a follower of Crowley's cult at a Sicilian Abbey. He died on the same day at the very hour of Carter's much-publicised opening of Tutankhamun's burial chamber after drinking the blood of a cat sacrificed in one of Crowley's rituals. Mr Beynon argues that he was deliberately poisoned.

I wonder what evidence will be presented to back up this thesis?

I have a friend who has been researching Raoul Loveday and has uncovered some [unpublished] papers relating to Loveday's stay in Cefalu. It would seem that the ritual with the cat actually took place rather early into Loveday's stay...so it could not have been the cause of his subsequent illness & death around 2 to 3 months later. Apparently, this can be successfully cross checked with references - albeit subtle - in the [unpublished] records and diaries of other contemporaries...well, I don't think you would want to shout about something like that from the roof tops.


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08/11/2011 10:30 pm  
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In spite of all the historical material we have on Crowley, we dont know everything about him.

True. But I think we know enough to recognise rubbish when we see it.


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08/11/2011 10:37 pm  

πŸ˜†
A study in the BMJ in 2002 on the 'mummy's curse' found this:

"abstract" wrote:
Results: In the 25 people exposed to the curse the mean age at death was 70 years (SD 12) compared with 75 (13) in those not exposed (P=0.87 for difference). Survival after the date of exposure was 20.8 (15.2) v 28.9 (13.6) years respectively (P=0.95 for difference). Female sex was a predictor for survival (P=0.02).
Conclusions: There was no significant association between exposure to the mummy's curse and survival and thus no evidence to support the existence of a mummy's curse.

(Original paper: here)

This equally preposterous notion would (will?) almost certainly fall over as easily following only the vaguest hint of research...

Though if proved true it would certainly put AC back on the front pages with a bang. πŸ™„


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08/11/2011 11:08 pm  
"ptoner" wrote:
Is this authentic?
'Jack the Ripper' by Aleister Crowley
http://www.casebook.org/dissertations/collected-donston.8.html

Skimmed it and among other failings the line, "Crowley went into this matter very thoroughly and presently it dawned on his rather slow intelligence...." (22nd paragraph, emphasis added)..certainly suggests that the piece was not written by AC even though it's presented as if it was. Can't quite see him penning that.
According to the site the article is reprinted from Sothis magazine, vol. 1, no. 4, 1974 and was later printed as a 9 page pamphlet in an edition of 100 in Cambridge in 1988.

P.S. Probably nothing but it's a little funny (peculiar) that the last event on the Timeline excerpt posted above links this whole thing to the opening post inthis thread. Coinkydink?


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08/11/2011 11:33 pm  

Threads merged.

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09/11/2011 12:09 am  

Hello amadan-De

the Jack the Ripper piece is genuine Crowley; he wrote it between 23rd and 27th August 1943 for someone called Roughhead (identity unknown to me). There is a copy at the Warburg.

Writing of himself in the third person and the false modesty is just a style thing.

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09/11/2011 12:53 am  

Excellent.

Thanks for the correction OKontrair. I'll away and read it properly.


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"OKontrair" wrote:
Hello amadan-De

the Jack the Ripper piece is genuine Crowley; he wrote it between 23rd and 27th August 1943 for someone called Roughhead (identity unknown to me). There is a copy at the Warburg.

Writing of himself in the third person and the false modesty is just a style thing.

OK

This is also published in SOTHIS Magazine, VOL. I NO IV, 1974, pages 61-67 and appended to "LIBER AL vel LEGIS etiam MYSTERIUM INIQUITATIS".


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09/11/2011 4:37 pm  

You've got to admire him for getting all these newspapers in on the hoax. It would be great if he could get himself on channel 5!


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09/11/2011 5:15 pm  

I've made a complaint to DM about one of the comments that - to my mind - was plainly inciting hatred against Thelemites.


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09/11/2011 5:19 pm  

I've made a complaint to DM about one of the comments that - to my mind - was plainly inciting hatred against Thelemites.

I should imagine that will end up in the bin.


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09/11/2011 5:31 pm  

They're investigating. We'll see. They seem to be paddling out to very dangerous waters legally.


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09/11/2011 6:37 pm  

I expect little better from the Daily Mail - what is troubling is the Daily Telegraph running with what is effectively the same article.

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09/11/2011 6:54 pm  

Yes Paul. It's illegal in this country to incite hate crime against religious minorities, and we are entitled to the full protection of British, European and International Law.


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09/11/2011 7:01 pm  

Agreed.

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09/11/2011 7:40 pm  

Seconded. I'm corresponding with Mr. Gallagher regarding the Daily Telegraph article. That this appeared in what is usually a decent broadsheet is very serious, and extremely offensive.

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09/11/2011 7:54 pm  

I'm glad to hear you're being proactive about this John. Good man. 93's. πŸ™‚


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09/11/2011 7:54 pm  
"stanforda" wrote:
Seconded. I'm corresponding with Mr. Gallagher regarding the Daily Telegraph article. That this appeared in what is usually a decent broadsheet is very serious, and extremely offensive.

Please keep us informed - I hope that the article doesn't make it to the printed edition.

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09/11/2011 9:06 pm  
"lashtal" wrote:
"stanforda" wrote:
Seconded. I'm corresponding with Mr. Gallagher regarding the Daily Telegraph article. That this appeared in what is usually a decent broadsheet is very serious, and extremely offensive.

Please keep us informed - I hope that the article doesn't make it to the printed edition.

I'll post all correspondences when the discussion with the editor has been concluded. Currently I am talking with him regarding Mr. Beynon's article and it's severity under the United Kingdom's Racial and Religious Hatred Act of 2006 (c. 1). See Section 29A, and 29B (1) for details.

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09/11/2011 9:52 pm  
"lashtal" wrote:
I really have seen it all now.

Yes, the proof, the evidence itself is irrefutable. And we always thought that Crowley was only just a liitle bit dangerous.

I truly hope (not "I firmly Will") that you really haven't seen it all. If you have, then there's nothing left to look forward to?

How about the author's Grand Tribunal - a visit to The Judgement Hall of Ma'at in the Tuat? I'll be Thoth, writing down the results. Who wants to be Anubis? - the guy who locates him and brings him in - hoodwinked, of course? And who, o who, will be the monster pig-crocodile-dog Ammit - who eats people whose scale taly doesn't balance?

I'm not British, so I had to look this one up: This is the new magickal word of the month, used most offen in this thread:

Bollocks - Wikipedia, the free source of truth
... is a word of Anglo-Saxon origin, meaning "testicles". The word is often used figuratively in British English, as a noun to mean "nonsense" ...


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09/11/2011 10:43 pm  

Careful Shiva.
Ammit is a hippo-crocodile-lion* composite and that's one lady you really dont want to piss-off by calling a 'pig'. πŸ™‚

(*top three Egyptian man-eaters).


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09/11/2011 11:25 pm  
"stanforda" wrote:
Currently I am talking with him regarding Mr. Beynon's article and it's severity under the United Kingdom's Racial and Religious Hatred Act of 2006 (c. 1). See Section 29A, and 29B (1) for details.

That the article is sensationalist rubbish is undeniable. That the object of such sensationalist rubbish is to generate publicity for the author's book is also undeniable. But how does such rubbish peddled about Crowley fall within the remit of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act? How can it be seen as inciting Religious Hatred?

Best wishes,

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09/11/2011 11:42 pm  

Even if it was intended as a hoax attempts at refutations receive far less publicity than accusations. It will be interesting to see who the representative for (presumably) OTO will be if this is the case.

Regarding Ammit I've never seen a lion with spots before.


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09/11/2011 11:43 pm  
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"stanforda" wrote:
Currently I am talking with him regarding Mr. Beynon's article and it's severity under the United Kingdom's Racial and Religious Hatred Act of 2006 (c. 1). See Section 29A, and 29B (1) for details.

That the article is sensationalist rubbish is undeniable. That the object of such sensationalist rubbish is to generate publicity for the author's book is also undeniable. But how does such rubbish peddled about Crowley fall within the remit of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act? How can it be seen as inciting Religious Hatred?

Best wishes,

Michael.

When it suits us to be one, Thelema is a religion. πŸ™‚


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09/11/2011 11:53 pm  
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Regarding Ammit I've never seen a lion with spots before.

See the fourth picture here. Lion cubs are spotted and it's possible that the Egyptin Lion was a now extinct sub-species that could have kept these in adulthood.

Maybe we could set one on Mr Beynon if we all wish hard enough. πŸ˜‰


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10/11/2011 12:58 am  
"MichaelStaley" wrote:
...But how does such rubbish peddled about Crowley fall within the remit of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act? How can it be seen as inciting Religious Hatred?

Well Michael it might not fall under the legistlation, that's why Mr. Gallagher and myself are discussing the issue along with the 2006 Act. We had to bring up the Act in our discussion as Thelema is a religion to so many people over the world, and Crowley is seen as an important religious leader and prophet.

The article will not be published now.

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10/11/2011 2:00 am  

Based on the scant details provided so far, there are gaping holes in the theory proposed. It is inconceivable Crowley killed Loveday as a result of Carter opening Tutankhamun's tomb on 2-16-23 at 4:00 pm; how would Crowley have known the tomb had been opened? The first radio station was established in Italy in October 1924, which leaves the only source of news the local newspaper, provided there was one, which would not have been printed until the next day with news of the opening of the tomb.

Does anyone know the approximate time of Loveday's death?

When Marie-Marguerite Fahmy killed her husband at the Savoy hotel in London, Crowley was living in Tunis Africa. According to a newspaper article that details the testimony of Marie-Marguerite at her murder trial, she shot her husband because his hands were around her throat while he attempted to choke her to death; she was found innocent.

Lord Westbury left a suicide note.

I'm amazed Mr. Beynon calls himself a historian.


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