Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Life and Death of an Outlaw

Life and Death of an Outlaw
Dragon Views - A Dragon's-eye View of the Literary World
Jesse James' Secret: Codes, Cover-ups & Hidden Treasure
Ron Pastore and John O'Melveny Woods
Intellect Publishing
Paperback, 304 pages
Rated 4 stars of 5 possible
The notorious outlaw, Jesse James did not die in April of 1882 as we have been led to believe by history; or so author Ron Pastore would have us believe. He has done over a decade of research attempting to prove that history is either outright wrong or that we have been deliberately deceived. Ron tends to believe the latter, and in this book, puts forth what he has learned about the life and death of Jesse James. Greatly complicating matters, three distinctly different men of approximately the same age were using the name Jesse James. Genealogical research proves that the three men were cousins. There is much information contained in 15 appendices at the back of the book, some of which is helpful and some merely confusing.
While interesting and easy to read, Jesse James' Secret is not as detailed as I had hoped for and the glimpses of evidence provided by the authors are not very convincing - until you get to the photographs. With keen observational skills the photographs of Jesse James can be divided into three groups; each group of photos matches the description of a different one of the three cousins. If the photos can be believed at all, I'm pretty sure I know who died in 1882...
There are a few typographical errors in this book, though it is not riddled with such errors as are other books I've read, however, much of the content doesn't seem to belong in a book about Jesse James.  There is some confusing information about the Knights of the Golden Circle and other information about codes written on cave walls and massive amounts of buried treasure - the ill-gotten proceeds of the many robberies committed by the James gang. Some of the information is loosely tied together, some just doesn't seem as if it belongs at all.
If you're interested in non-fiction books about the old west and want to read for entertainment, then you might like this book. If you're looking for a book that covers the topic in depth, or in a more scholarly fashion, then this isn't the book for you.
Above review is based on the trade paperback edition provided to me free by the publisher.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


John Hope Franklin

pages 124-128

"The most fantastic of all filibuster schemes evolved in the
1850*5 when the South keenly felt the pressure of Northern
abolitionist policies. This was the Knights of the Golden
Circle, the very name of which seemed worthy of a Southern
cause. While there was no formal organization by that name
until 1854, it had existed for many years, "like the earth in
its primordial condition 'without form and void/ " 92 As
early as 1834, there were various unaffiliated groups, com-
monly known as the Southern Rights Clubs, that advocated
the reopening of the slave trade and the extension of slavery
into new territories.* 3 They had signs of recognition, met
regularly, evolved a program for the development of the
South, and even equipped and manned some slavers.

By the 1850's some men were thinking of an effective,
formal organisation for the protection and promotion of
Southern rights. A group with such a view met on Independ-
ence Day 1854, at Lexington, Kentucky, and took the pre-
liminary steps toward the organization of the Knights of the
Golden Circle. The idea for the name came from the pro-
posal that, with Havana as the center and with a radius of
sixteen degrees, a huge circle could be drawn that would
include the Southern portion of the United States, the
Caribbean area, Mexico, Central America, and the Northern
portion of South America. This area they would unite in a
gigantic slave empire to rival in power and prestige the
ancient Roman Empire. Within this dream-empire were the
regions that produced nearly all the world's supply of
tobacco, cotton, and sugar, and much of its finest rice and
coffee. With a virtual world monopoly of these important
commodities, it would have been in fact a rich region,
stretching around the Gulf of Mexico like a great golden

The indefatigable physician-editor-promoter, George Wash-
ington Lafayette Bickley, was the founder and moving spirit
of the Knights of the Golden Circle. Little is known of this
native of southwest Virginia until 1850 when he appeared
in Jefferson (now Tazewell), Virginia, as a practicing phy-
sician. If his earlier years had been uneventful, he more than
made up for it in the following decade. He founded a histori-
cal society in Virginia, wrote a history of Tazewell, and
published a "manifest destiny'* novel, Adalaska, in 1853.
Early in the decade he became a professor at the Eclectic
Medical Institute in Cincinnati. Meanwhile he edited the
West American Review and established the Wayne Circle
of Brotherhood of the Union. In 1858 he gave up the practice
of medicine and became a promoter of the American Patent
Company of Cincinnati. In the following year he helped to
establish in Baltimore a filibustering newspaper, the Ameri-
can Cavalier. During half these years he was the dominant
figure in the Knights of the Golden Circle, calling himself
"President General of the American Legion, K.G.C."  

It was not until 1858 that the K.G.C. was promoted with
considerable vigor. The South's growing apprehension pro-
vided Bickley with an excellent opportunity to promote his
fantastic cause with some success. In August 1859, the K.G.C.
held an organizational meeting at White Sulphur Springs,
Virginia. Rapid growth followed. 96 By 1860, the Knights
were working throughout the South "with unabated energy
for the increase of their numbers and 'the firing of the
Southern heart/ " 87 Another meeting was held in Raleigh,
North Carolina, in May 1860, at which the claims of some
critics that Bickley was an imposter and a fraud were prompt-
ly disavowed. During much of this crucial year Bickley
toured the South and Southwest working up support for his
organization. At a meeting in Atlanta he succeeded in gener-
ating much enthusiasm. At Lynchburg he vowed that the
flag of the K.G.C. would fly over Mexico City on January
i, i86i. M Since the K.G.C. was an organization whose mem-
bers were pledged to secrecy, it is not possible to know the
size of the organization or who its members were. In Novem-
ber 1860, Bickley claimed to have 115,000 members, includ-
ing most of the important officials and leading citizens of
the Southern states. Ollinger Crenshaw, a careful student of
the movement, is convinced that these figures are exagger-
ated, that the members were not politically prominent." A
former member has insisted, however, that some of the most
important men of the South were active members. In an
obviously exaggerated Narrative of his experiences, Edmund
Wright asserted that John Breckenridge, Robert Toombs,
and John B. Floyd were devoted fellow members.  Another
former member, generally more sober in his account than
Wright, said, "There is no doubt that the original members
. . . were men of little, if any, moral character. They were
generally broken down hacks, gamblers, and drunkards. The
accession to their ranks of such men as Yancey, about the rime
of the Charleston Convention, gave new life to a concern that
was nearly defunct."

While the specific personnel and numbers remain un-
known, the qualifications for membership were widely
broadcast. Bickley welcomed any Southerner of good charac-
ter and "such worthy Northern men as live in the South and
heartily concur with us in our determination to stand by the
Constitutional rights of the South. 7 '

The organizational structure of the K.G.C. was most
elaborate and shot through with military trappings and an
atmosphere of conquest. There were three divisions: the first,
or military, degree, called the Knights of the Iron Hand;
the second, or financial degree, called the True Faith; and
the third, or political degree, called the Knights of the
Columbian Star. The Knights of the Iron Hand, the most
numerous, were to spearhead the invasion of new territories
as well as provide adequate defenses at home against insur-
rections and abolitionist subversion. It has been claimed that
upon initiation the Knights of the Iron Hand were addressed
in the following manner by one of the officials:

Gentlemen, we must now tell you that the first field of our
operations is 2 [Mexico] ; but we hold it to be our duty to offer
our services to any Southern State to repel a Northern army. We
hope such a contingency may not occur. But whether the Union
is reconstructed or not, the Southern states must foster any scheme
having for its object the Americanization and Southernization
of 2 [Mexico].

The new members were told of the plan to divide the South-
ern states into military districts, each to be presided over by
a colonel who would be responsible for raising a certain
portion of the four divisions of 4,000 men each, to be sent
into Mexico.  It has also been claimed that each local or-
ganization, called "Castle," was required to have regular
military drills, in order to prepare for the "impending crisis."

The members of the second degree bore the responsibility
for financing the program, while the Knights of the Colum-
bian Star were the governing arm. Bickley proposed to
acquire Mexico and cut it up into slave states, twenty-five
perhaps, thereby permanently establishing the political bal-
ance in the Union in favor of the South. If for some reason
this acquisition was delayed and secession became a reality,
then the K.G.C. would be in the forefront in any scheme to
acquire Mexico for the Southern Confederacy. Indeed, two
threatening moves were made, in the spring and fall of 1860,
toward the Mexican border. Lack of support and the grow-
ing unpopularity of filibustering due to the Walker debacle
prevented the successful prosecution of the scheme.

By 1860 it was impossible to rally any real support for
filibustering in the South, for it seemed necessary to direct
all militancy toward the North. While the South still felt it
desirable to expand, the task of holding on to what it had
was more urgent. Within a few months, the filibusters, like
others, North and South, were swept into the vortex of civil
war. It was fitting that most of those restless spirits who
survived the strange operations in Cuba, Mexico, and
Nicaragua should join the ranks of the Confederacy.
Several "Castles" of the K.G.C. joined the Confederacy en
masse; even Bickley, in 1863, was willing to give up his title
of ''General" in the K.G.C. to become a mere surgeon in a
North Carolina regiment of the C.S.A.""

The Knights of the Golden Circle Archive Research and Historical forum.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

William Bill Cooper and "Mystery Babylon”

Hetuurvandewaarheid's Blog
MB, Deel 18: Bibliografie
Geplaatst op november 9, 2010 door hetuurvandewaarheid
Caveat lector
English transcript of William Bill Cooper's presentation "Mystery Babylon”. Aired March 31St, 1993
excerpt: (quote)"Now, in that series of books, folks, it outlines the history — as they have discovered it — of a secret society whose sole purpose is to protect the bloodline of the family which, traditionally, throughout history has claimed the divine right to rule the rest of us. It’s important that you know about that family, because the same people (laughs) also rule this country, folks. They’re all related, if you haven’t figured that out yet. And if you want to find out how related they are, start looking into an organization, organized in [Cincinnati], called the Knights of the Golden Circle. The Knights of the Golden Circle." (end quote)

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Short History of the Illuminati

Excerpt: "And, of course, the Masons themselves, who first surfaced in Scotland and England in the late seventeenth century, have always been a secret society with a pyramidal, hierarchical structure, secret rituals, and a fondness for occult magical symbols. More secret groups emerged in the US and elsehwere, usually connected with the Masons, including George Bickley's Knights of the Golden Circle, who advocated Southern secession and helped bring about the American Civil War. Supposedly many members of the Confederate Secret Service were members, and, according to author G. Edward Griffin, Jesse James and John Wilkes Booth. After the Civil War, this organization became the Ku Klux Klan."

MYSTAGOGY-The Weblog Of John Sanidopoulos
William B Stoecker

Albert Pike's Predictions

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike


Excerpt: "The Knights of the Golden Circle

Brigadier General Albert Pike organized and lead the African Slave Owning Cherokee Indians in the Oklahoma Territory who were part of the Masonic Knights of the Golden Circle, in their own secret society called the Keetowah. Under Pikes Generalship this Brigade raped, pillaged, and murdered civilian communities in the Oklahoma and Missori Territories. For these "good works" Brother Albert became a Convicted War Criminal in a War Crimes Trial held after the Civil Wars end. Unfortunately the "Pope" and "Plato" of Freemasonry had to be tried in absentia because he had fled to British Territory in Canada. Second Generation British-American Pike has also been alledged to have been working for the Crown as an agent and key civil war agitator. Pike only returned to the U.S. after his hand picked Scottish Rite Succsessor James Richardon 33° got a pardon for him after, making President Johnson a 33° Scottish Mason in a ceremony held inside the White House itself! In fact given Mr. Pikes leadership roll in the Knights of the Golden Circle and the fact that the name Ku Klux Klan is a version of Circle (Kluklos) it seems pretty clear to most researchers who was higher up the secret society occult ladder and therefore more instrumental in the founding of the Klan - Mason/Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forest or Mason/Confederate General/ Knights of the Golden Circle Leader/British Agent/ Scottish Rite Supreme Council Head Albert Pike 33°.

"The First World War must be brought about in order to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the power of the Czars in Russia and of making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism. The divergences caused by the "agentur" (agents) of the Illuminati between the British and Germanic Empires will be used to foment this war. At the end of the war, Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governments and in order to weaken the religions." 2

"The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences between the Fascists and the political Zionists. This war must be brought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism be strong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine. During the Second World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order to balance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until the time when we would need it for the final social cataclysm." 3

"The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the "agentur" of the "Illuminati" between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion…We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view. This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time." 4


Essay by John Covici, January 19, 1993
The Crown in the Capitol
The Ku Klux Klan, It's Origins Growth and Disbandment
Authentic History, Ku Klux Klan
The Tragic Era
The Fiery Cross
History and Evolution of Freemasonry
The Published Works of Illustrious Albert Pike 33
Knights of the Golden Circle Cherokee Indians"

Monday, November 1, 2010

Jesse James Controvers


Knights of the Golden Circle

An account from a History of Honor
From the records of the Knights of the Golden Circle
As told by Jesse Woodson James of The Kentucky James’s
And recorded by this grandson Lee Houk aka Jesse Lee James III

KGC Epitaph

They drew a circle and shut us out.
In vain, they thought they’d won by rout.
But men of God, with wit to win.
Drew a larger circle and shut them in.

If one grew up in the south near the turn of the century, there were many stories told by men of old to their sons and grandson about a very elusive, secret organization that many a southern man had belonged to in their youth.

The secret organization, which could more likely be described as a underground army or better still, the underground Confederate Government.   The name of the organization(s) was known as the Knights of the Inner and Outer Circle of the Knights of the Golden Circle.

The obsessive purpose of this secret organization and other secret organizations was the revival of a second Civil War by a very influential group of southerners.  These men had discovered that an international group of very influential bankers had conspired and financed the Northern Government of Abraham Lincoln; during the Civil War to help over throw the 13 Confederate States of America.  This time they wanted to plan a well finance winning strategy.  A southern strategy.

The reason for this treachery was very simple.  This group of Bankers, the international ones and their northern conspirators had not figured a way to fully profit from the very controlled cotton trade, which had developed in the south.

Even though these men had been instrumental in delivering slaves for profit to the Southern States, the successful ideal of free labor by the South, the southern control of the cotton trade and prices, was just too much for them to bear.  Their desired was simple; they wanted all the money derived from cotton. Besides from experience they knew that there could be more money made with war, than with cotton anyway.

It’s not unlike it is today, in our time, except cotton is passé and military weapons are now in fashion. Especially obsolete ones.  The new cotton so to speak.

These southern gentleman were truly men of honor and tried initially to retain some dignity and honor but it didn’t take long to figure out that their chosen enemy was very cunning, greedy and terribly treacherous.  It became obvious that they to had to become very much like their chosen enemy.

Through this web site I will try to tell the true story of post Civil War history as told by the Southerners who fought in it.  The same men who conspired, plotted, plan and executed what was to become an abandoned attempt around 1914 to rejuvenate the Southern call to arms.

There will be an attempt to show how these great patriotic men who live by a very moral code of honor, dedicated to the Republic of the United States of America, proceeded with a plan to over throw the forces of evil.  These same evil forces, which still exist today, have now almost succeeded in over throwing the morality of good men. Hopefully this story will open a few men’s eyes to that treachery and help to ignite a new, deep quest for all that is perceived as good and honorable, for the benefit of all mankind.

“The south WILL rise again”

A Poem

An account from a History of Honor
From the records of the Knights of the Golden Circle

Men of Quantrill

Written by: Col Jesse W. James

aka Col. J. Frank Dalton “1947” Lawton, Oklahoma

When the civil war was over,
and the south laid down her arms,
They came back to their wives and sweethearts,
To their villages and farms.
Quantrill’s men were classed as criminals,
They had not been mustered in.
To the Regular Southern Armies,
A known band of outlawed men.
Hunted down and shot like Wild Things,
Like Coyote, Wolf or Bear.
Chased from one state to another,
Hunted, hounded everywhere.
Not a crime so dark or fiendish,
Not an act so mean or low,
But t’was charged to men of Quantrill,
Yes, it must be them you know.
And when the war was over,
And they scattered o’er the land,
Here and there arose a rumor of men who did lay low,
Careful what you speak, he’s was a Quantrill man you know.
Some were chased and killed or captured,
Others ran and hid away,
But it’s time the truth was spoken,
They are feeble, old, and gray.
Let us tell a simple story,
How they fought to shield their home,
From the thugs and border ruffians,
They had to fight alone.
Some made good while other didn’t
Some gained wealth and honor too.
Others took the Hoot Owl trail,
There was little else to do.
But no matter what their station,
Or how well they became renown.
The cloud of  “65” was present,
And their names were not their own.
But the secret was well guarded,
By the men who knew them well.
Quantrill’s oath took care of that,


A very strange thing happened on May 19, 1948 at Lawton, Oklahoma.  A very old gentleman who was going by the name of Colonel J. Frank Dalton claimed to be over 100 years old came public and released an incredible, almost unbelievable tale regarding a very secret Southern underground organizational known as the “Knights of the Golden Circle”.    Frank Dalton claimed to be the original, famous outlaw and desperado known as “Jesse James”, who’s Christian name was Jesse Woodson James of Kentucky.   Mr. Dalton claimed that as a result of his legendary past as Jesse James it was necessary for him to stage a fake death way back in1882 so as to be free of the mystic and legendary tales for which he was becoming famously known and wanted.  He claimed in truth that over the years he assumed over 73 different personalities or aliases, some of which had a great impact on the history of this great country.

One of the more mysterious things about this time period is the fact that there seemed to be many Jesse and Frank James’s running around different parts of the county causing all type of mischief.  Many of these other murderous unscrupulous individuals took advantage of their assumed namesake’s reputation to do many dishonorable acts, including unmanly murders and other outrageous crimes, all in the name of the “James Gang”.  This is not meant to presume that the real Jesse and Frank James were angels, no, not by any stretch of the imagination. The real James gang killed many of these imposters and actually staged the accepted cowardly murder of Jesse James in St. Joseph, Missouri.

They had to spin and work it so the history books today read quite differently than what actually happened; but given the times, circumstances, and the fact that a number of these thugs, border ruffians and downright dishonorable backstabbers were using and hiding behind the fear and fame of “Jesse James” at the time.  It was conflicting considering the important, vital work of the Confederate Underground Army which he Jesse, along with Quantrill, headed. So what actually happened is quite understandable.

It was said that the so called James Gang, Quantrill’s Guerillas led by the famous William Clarke Quantrill, and the Missouri Confederate Irregulars under General Marmaduke or General J. O. Shelby, where nothing more than a secret underground Confederate Army operating secretly throughout the South and Southwestern United States.  This was the same Gen. Shelby that led his troops into Mexico to help the proclaimed French foreign leader, Emperor Maximilian. Unfortunately Gen. Shelby’s expedition proved to be a disaster and it was necessary for the Knights of the Golden Circle to send in an experienced guerilla force under Col. Jesse W. James and William Quantrill to rescue what was left of Shelby’s Army around 3,200 men. It was also said that the Hapsburg Jewels and heirlooms entrusted to Maximilian by Napoleon Bonaparte including the Emperor’s personal wealth and a great Aztec treasure vault,  were secured by the Confederate’s and moved into a cavern in a very large and famous peak in the San Andre’s range of New Mexico. Benito Juarez, the liberator of Mexico and his so-called patriots captured Emperor Maximilian and executed him and his entire staff by firing squad.

 After the close of the Civil War the Knight’s of the Golden Circle moved very quickly to establish a foothold in very profitable businesses throughout the country.  They set up movies houses, livery stables, a clever ploy, mining companies, timber companies and railroad contracting operations.  They even started a chain of drug stores, not to shabby as it’s hard to fight a second civil wall without a good source of drugs. Later on they moved into the banking business; wall street brokering, money laundering and manufacturing.  They would deposit large sums of money in K.G.C. banks, insure the deposits thru Wall Street Brokers and Bankers and turn around, rob the money back and of course collecting the full amount from the surety insurance companies.

They even continued the practice that they were most famous for which was stealing illegal contraband and of course more sophisticated forms of robbery, a trade that they had perfected into a science.

Every venture had a military responsibility and specific purpose.  A grand plan, so to speak.

Does all this sound like a bunch of hicks running around trying to stir up trouble, or does this sound like a group of well trained military men who are planning a grand battle adventure to again fight their enemies, who defeated them badly in the first American Civil War.

All they had to do was to figure a way to finance it themselves.

It’s a little known secret that the Knights of The Golden Circle established major treasure and goods depositories in every state in the United States plus Canada, Mexico and other places in Central and South America.

A list of many of the treasures and depositories buried by the Knights of the Golden Circle was listed in the book  ‘A Jesse James was one of his Names’, by Del Schrader and his co-author Lee Hauk a.k.a. Jesse Lee James III.  All of the information for this book was provided by Lee Hauk including the specific names and list of treasures provided in code.

The KGC had a very prescribed and detailed method to burying large treasure depositories; also leaving a very sophisticated and overlapping methods of signs, clues, and many other types of locating devices.  Every treasure has a name that may or may not give a clue to where the treasure is located.  Remember, these treasures were not to be easily found by weekend treasure hunters but were meant to be located and opened by the right person or group of people.

It should be also divulged that the KGC buried smaller treasures in the vicinity of large depositories in an effort to conceal and divert attention away from the major treasures or depository. They also knew better than to keep all their eggs in one basket.