Yesterday, Satanic panic promoter (and all-around bigot) Henry Makow published an email from one “Aloysius Fozdyke,” alleged to be a “prominent Satanic insider.” This email was the latest installment in a saga which began, back on January 2 of this year, with the publication of a message from “Aloysius Fozdyke” by a grand conspiracy website called “Love for Life.”
The long, rambling January 2 message is obviously a prank. I mean, just look at the section about the “Order of the Toilet” and its “latrine doctrines.” To me, this reads like a parody of traditional occult orders.
Some other parts of the January 2 message read like a BDSM erotic fantasy.
Yet a whole lot of grand conspiracy websites, including David Icke’s, took Fozdyke’s message seriously, reprinting it in whole or in part, without any question.
“Just so you know, there will be a cover story about a virulent computer virus which will necessitate the banks of the world closing (for about three days?). When these re-open it will be back to the 1930s where depositors must prove why they need their money. The more things change, the more things stay the same. Just remember I told you so.”
Fozdyke conveniently does not say when this will happen.
Henry Makow is, as I mentioned, an all-around bigot. He believes that feminism and the GLBT rights movement are part of a conspiracy to destroy America.
The name “Aloysius Fozdyke” looks awfully familiar. I know I saw that name around the online Satanist scene several years ago, but I don’t remember where.
A debunker blog by S.M. Elliot, Swallowing the Camel, summarizes the contents of the original January letter as follows:
Our last item of weirdness is the alleged “deathbed confession” of an Australian Satanist known as Frater 616 or Petor Narsagonan. This story has been posted at Henry Makow’s Save the Males, Texe Marrs’ Conspiracy World, and dozens of other beyond-the-fringe websites.
Basically, this is what happened: Late last year, a Christian website in Australia (loveforlife.co.uk) received a 15-page deathbed confession from the executor of the estate of a Satanist who died in 2004, Peter Narsagonan (AKA Frater 616). The document describes Satanism as an ancient practice that has penetrated every level of Australian society, along with all criminal activity (drug running, child abduction, human sacrifice, etc.). In other words, the “confession” is boilerplate Satanic panic literature.
Frater 616 supposedly became a Satanist at university in ’71. He attended Black Mass orgies every single night, and came to know practically everything about the worldwide activities of his sect, the Alpha Lodge (he was head of the Alpha Lodge in Sydney at the time of his death).
Frater 616 listed many prominent people who were secretly Satanists, including Groucho Marx, J.P. Morgan, Irving Berlin, Elvis, and Stephen Spielberg. He warned that the lodge is fully in bed with the central bankers, intelligence agencies, several megachurches, and the military-industrial complex. Oh, they’re also the ones behind multiculturalism, water fluoridation, and 9/11 (though the Mossad was behind the invasion of Iraq).
S.M. Elliot then observes:
When you Google Petor Narsagonan, the executor who leaked his confession (Aloysius Fozdyke), or the Alpha Lodge of Sydney, you find nothing but the above story. However, a search for “Satanism Sydney” brought up an interesting comment on the faqs.org forum. It was a response to a query about Satanic churches operating in Sydney: “Unfortunately there are no Satanic Churches operating in Sydney – at least that I know of.” This was posted June 4, 2004 by “A.J.F” – email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theistic Satanic Magician, 42 years of age in Australia who is about to become a millionaire (and I kid you, not) seeks stylish Goddess with cruel hands and an intellect to match Her exceptional beauty. Must appreciate that there is more to life than Satanic Magick, but not much more! Must be prepared to be worshipped, pampered and spoilt. Has to love the finer things of life and atleast have an experimental attitude to Bathroom sex. Please don’t waste my time.
So, my guess is that this guy – or someone using his name? – decided to have a little fun by writing up his erotic fantasies for grand conspiracy mongers, to see if they would be taken seriously as a real-life confession. Lo and behold, they were.
On the original “Love for Life” page, one person posted the a skeptical comment that began as follows:
Guys, I think somebody is just taking the piss. There’s as much gullibility in the alternative media as there is in the mainstream media, and there are people out there who are just going to feed you bs to see if you ingest it. There may be a grain of truth in some of what this says, but someone has been reading up on conspiracy tropes and put this together just to see if you’d buy it. Really, this just fits into all the worst stereotypes hung off the alt news community.
This was followed by quotes of two especially obvious prankish statements in Fozdyke’s original message.
But most other commenters accepted Fozdyke’s claims without question.