Podcasts, Season 1 — November 4, 2005 at 8:00 pm

Episode 3: Masonic Assassins and Alchemical Rites

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Out There Radio – Episode 3: Masonic Assassins and Alchemical Rites

This episode is devoted to the legendary conspiracy theorist James Shelby Downard. We discuss Downard’s views on Freemasonry, the occult, and conspiracy theories. The episode includes the final portion of our Adam Parfrey interview, which contains biographical information about Downard that is not available in print. Enjoy!

Adam Parfrey started the independent publishing company Feral House Press in 1989. He has written and edited such books as Apocalypse Culture, Volumes I and II, and Cult Rapture.

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  • This is a man who isn’t nearly as well-known as he should be, and I’d like to thank this radio program for bringing attention to him.

    I’ve read “The Carnivals of Life and Death,” and “King Kill 33,” both having a profound effect on my belief system. What really amazed and excited me was that some of the most obscure names, events, and places that Downard mentions can be verified by public records, newspapers, and historical websites.

    For example, one of my favorite parts of the book is Downard’s surreal summation of his family’s stay in Chase, Florida, where they evidently spent a lot of time at the Florida Keys Sponge & Fruit Company. The stories about a scientific facility where, secretly, occult sciences are all that is being discussed and strange experiments are taking place involving “mind control towers,” massive black centipedes, and “the centipede woman,” are as bizarre as they are compelling. Furthermore, the background information on the Florida Keys Sponge & Fruit Company is all verifiable, and this is very obscure stuff.

    So much of what Downard writes can be verified and is obscure information. At the time Downard wrote the book, the Internet wasn’t what it is today, and thus his vast wealth of verifiable knowledge about obscure places, people, and events certainly helps to support the conclusion that he had experienced what he writes about first-hand.

    Parfrey correctly states that Downard’s book is anecdotal, as we can verify only the background information and not the story itself. However, I think the massive amount of verifiable background information is evidence that Downard, whatever his mental state, was a credible witness.

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