Aimee Crocker was a mystic, ceremonial magician, bohemian etc. her cousin was the founder of Crocker bank. Her brother was business partners with Leland Stanford. She was the lover of a man named Aleister Crowley. The rabbit hole starts! Lol
I forgot to add that Crocker and Crowley didn't just have a fling or a one night stand, they were lovers for 10 years. The Crockers were an extremely wealthy family. They helped build the transcontinental railroad I believe.
And of course, Beverly Paschal Randolph "proselytized" his sex magick and Rosicrucian systems among the Freemasons of San Francisco, including the Stanfords. In fact, the Process sojourned among various communities in the same cities where Randolph had founded cells of his own cult. Of special interest to us, these include Boston, New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco. The voudou world of New Orleans seems to have absorbed a lot of Randolph's followers, which is "natural," considering the sex magick aspects of voudou, and since Randolph probably learned a lot of his sex magick in the Caribbean, where mystical Christianity was fused with African religions. The other persistent enclave of Randolph Rosicrucian devotees was San Jose/Palo Alto, global HQ of the Stanford family empire, where Harvey Spencer Lewis built the AMORC Rosicrucian Park complex. Fun fact: Lewis was an early pioneer of "talk-back" radio programs--not unlike The Stones Unturned Podcast. After WWI, Lewis lived in Flushing and worked as a gifted commercial illustrator for Madison Avenue ad agencies. There is no way he left New York for California without leaving some converted coworkers behind. And Madison Avenue (I'm using that term to apply to the whole New York ad industry) is of course where familiar names like Renate Druks and Michael Carr and Andy Warhol and Sissy Spacek worked.
What does this have to do with Aimee Crocker? Well, for one thing, she may have been the (partial) inspiration for the character of Irene Adler in the Sherlock Holmes universe of spiritualist and mystic Arthur Conan Doyle. Fun fact: Doyle most likely heard legends about Randolph when he served as ship's doctor on various whalers in the North Atlantic, during which time he became interested in Spiritualism. Another fun fact: Aleister Crowley may have partly inspired the character of the ruthlessly amoral Professor Moriarty. Doyle was eventually invited to join The Golden Dawn, but was put off by Crowley's amorality. Of course, Irene Adler was too much woman for either Holmes or Moriarty--just like Aimee was too much woman for Doyle or Crowley.
Aimee Crocker was everything Anais Nin aspired to be and pretended to be, and Nin reigned as sort of the successor to Crocker among the sex magickians of OTO--until the arrival of the fabulous Cameron. Which raises an interesting question--who succeeded (or tried to succeed) Cameron/Nin/Crocker? Sharon Tate? Lanie Jacobs? June Ann Mack was a voudou priestess AND a high-priced whore. What about Mary Ann MacLean De Grimston?
"When a man lies, he murders some part of the world." —Paul Gerhardt
Speaking of Jacobs, have you read the book the bluegrass conspiracy bu Sally Denton? Phenomenal book that fills in pieces of the Jacobs story. Even good ol Charles Harrison (Woodys father) makes an appearance lol. He murdered that judge on behalf of the cocaine smuggling outfit (lawyer) that was stationed in Lexington Kentucky. We all know the east coast blue bloods vacation around Lexington around the Kentucky derby. Great book. Just as important as the ultimate evil, chaos, the family etc.
I'd like to add that if you haven't read Denton's book you should stop what you're reading now and read that instead. It's a jaw dropper for sure, especially when you realize that Jacobs is involved, and also the CIA. I guarantee our current president knows just as much about the machinations of these smuggling outfits than anyone alive. He was affiliated with Roy Cohn, the mob, and the Kentucky derby east coast rich society that vacationed there during the time. In all honesty it's probably how he was even nominated in the first place. Anyways it's a book that goes right along with what your podcast is about.
Aleister Crowley may have partly inspired the character of the ruthlessly amoral Professor Moriarty.
Interesting. And it wouldn't be the last time. There was a point where I planned on tracking down and reading all the novels with characters inspired by Crowley but I gave up because it sounded too much like hard work, lol.
I hope you're enjoying the book. Anyways I found good old Barry Dossenko's Facebook page haha! He owns a home building business in Waynesville North Carolina. he got arrested in 1990 for making meth. They found satanic "paraphernalia" while searching his house on the meth charges. I wonder if he'd like to be interviewed? Lol
He was sentenced in 1990 to 4 years in prison. He started his business in North Carolina in 1999. I'd say anywhere from 1994-1999. I believe meth charges have a mandatory sentence, but I'm not sure on that.