Son of Rosemary

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Son of Rosemary, the followup to Rosemary’s Baby, may be one of the most infamous sequels in the history of horror literature. Here, read for yourself the reviews on Amazon link.

My suspicion is that author Ira Levin, in his late 60’s when Son of Rosemary was published in 1997, maybe wasn’t all there at this stage; or maybe instead he was a mad genius writing above everyone’s level to understand.

Although I lean towards the former, and I’ll get into why; I will say that you should probably focus on the more positive reviews of this book; not because I think its good but because I think the much maligned and highly controversial ending isn’t really understood by most reviewers, and the more positive reviews seem to get this. Spoiler Alert from here on out…

I, as are many people, am pretty well-versed in the John Lennon connection to the original Rosemary’s Baby; the book took place in a building called the Bramford that was based upon the Dakota, where John Lennon would wind up living, and in 1980 would be assassinated. Rosemary’s Baby director Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate and her unborn baby were also stabbed and killed, by the Manson family in 1969, the family claiming to have been triggered by messages in Beatles songs.

However there was no deliberate placement of the Beatles in the Rosemary’s Baby story; the links all come with what happened after the book was published. With Son of Rosemary however, Levin has actually placed the Beatles, and John Lennon in particular into the story.

He seems to have the germ of the idea driving this blog, but I question whether or not Levin truly understood the subject material, but I THINK, that John Lennon is supposed to play a crucial role in this story.

We’ll start with what may or may not be just a coincidence. At the beginning of the book, a cab kills the dentist that is the final living member of the coven responsible for bringing Rosemary’s son Andy into the world. He is hit by a cab and killed (one of many cab references in the book) and as this happens, Rosemary who has been in a coma since 1972 comes out of her coma simultaneously, the curse that put her in one having been lifted.

The date of this happening, as luck would have it, is the mythical Beatles date of November 9th, this time in 1999. There is no mention in the book of this relating to Paul is Dead (or God is Dead), but later Rosemary muses that God may have selected this date to revive her for a specific reason.

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Rosemary is re-introduced to Andy, now a global celebrity and the story wanders towards a climax on January 1, 2000 when the entire world will light candles produced by Andy. Yeah, you can kind of see what’s coming…but right in the middle of the story, almost on the anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination on December 9th, Rosemary decides to take a stroll through Central Park and happens upon a memorial she does not understand; a memorial called Strawberry Fields.

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This, although intriguing for sure, is where I start to question whether Levin has lost a step in a literary sense; because this section is ultra-confusing.

Rosemary goes into her coma in mid-1972; well after Strawberry Fields Forever (1967) and after John Lennon’s Imagine (1971), so it makes no sense that she doesn’t know what she is looking at. Although its before John Lennon’s 1980 assassination you would think its a relatively simple deduction that something must have happened to him, but she doesn’t know what she’s looking at.

Then to make matters worse is this line:

These people across from Andy’s boyhood home were gathered around a shrine that didn’t exist yet. But would someday.

Wait, what? This event is supposedly set in 1999, the Imagine memorial was placed in 1985; so how does it not exist yet? This is where I lose my bearings on whether this is some sort of mindfuck or Levin has lost his own bearings. Is this foreshadowing that Rosemary is really back in 1965 and doesn’t know about SFF or Imagine or, or, what exactly? I mean obviously it existed in 1999 if he wrote it in 1997; much like the events surrounding John Lennon in reality the Space/Time continuum seems to be warped.

Or is that the whole point and Levin is a mad scientist?

This section then ends; much like the recurring anagram “roast mules”, what the significance of the Strawberry Fields stroll means is never explained and the book moves on with the plot; I didn’t claim it was a good book remember.

Eventually it is New Years Eve and it finally becomes clear to Rosemary that Andy plans on killing the whole world with candles, which I don’t remember from Revelations but whatever; and Satan reappears, he’s been posing as Andy’s driver; and nails Andy to a wall. Rosemary frees him and 3 minutes and 12 seconds from midnight, Satan offers to give Rosemary eternal life at any age she chooses, if she’ll go with him instead of staying on earth and certain death.

After some coaxing from Andy who doesn’t seem to fault his Dad very much, Rosemary takes the deal and they travel down the elevator of Andy’s building to hell, what Levin calls a cab (he also keeps referring to Rosemary as Cute, Death Cab for Cutie? Never mind…). It gets hotter and hotter and then Satan tells Rosemary I LIE when she questions whats happening.

She starts screaming and wakes up…back in 1965 with Guy. The whole story (both books) has just been a bad dream. The Bramford is no more, the Dakota is the Dakota again and they have yet to move. This is what infuriates most reviewers, many of whom reported physically throwing the book away.

But a closer exploration demands that we revisit whether Levin is up to something more than a cop-out. First Rosemary drops this line:

She said, “The skates had all four wheels in a line.”

So…its either not a dream or she has woken up armed with real knowledge from 1999. Did Satan follow through after all and Rosemary is fated to relive her life again and again starting in 1965? Is she to deliver a warning?

Then Hutch, still alive now, calls her and tells her that an apartment at the Dakota has opened up for house sitting for a year, rent free. The person who was supposed to house sit was hit by a cab, as luck would have it. He then says this:

You’ll be in among the celebrities: Leonard Bernstein! Lauren Bacall! One of the Beatles is dickering for the apartment right next door!”

Now we’re back to a Beatle. Presumably this would be John Lennon moving in next door instead of the Castavets. Levin doesn’t elaborate on the implications of that change. But, didn’t John Lennon move into the Dakota in 1973 in real life? He’s not even with Yoko yet in 1965.

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Another warping of the Space/Time continuum. 

 

What is Levin on about? Does he not know the dates of any of this? Does Rosemary now know whats going to happen with John Lennon? Could she be back to warn him? In hindsight after all, there were plenty of clues…one is just above. Is John Lennon now in the Castavet role? Is the evil regarded as being somehow attached to him (you’d get no argument from me, maybe Ira Levin thought so too)? Alas, none of this is answered.

As Hutch waits for an answer on the apartment (someone else is waiting in case they say no) he then says this:

Oh, before I forget, Roast Mules? Exactly three minutes and twelve seconds by the clock.

The anagram roast mules, explained earlier as one word that any 5 year old would know, is most likely somersault. As in, she’s destined to repeat this over and over.

Then the final line of the book, is

She looked ahead.

She’s back in 1965, and she knows more than she’s supposed to. Are we all living in Rosemary’s reboot, is that the point?

Who knows…who ever will?

 

 

 

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The Beatles Mystery

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In the beginning, the Beatles were the most popular and groundbreaking group in the history of Rock and Roll. In addition to having hit after hit, they literally changed the world musically.

A few years into this reign, in 1966, John Lennon gave an interview in which he stated his opinion that the Beatles had become More Popular Than Jesus, which in all honesty was probably true, especially in his native England which is where he gave the interview.

The assertion didn’t cause much of a stir in Britain, but then the article was republished in the American magazine Datebook on July 29th 1966, as luck would have it, on the same date as Bob Dylan’s motorcycle accident that sidelined him for most of the rest of the sixties.

When the interview hit US shelves, there was outrage among an American populace which had for the most part not really engaged yet the spirit of what the sixties was to be known for; there were protests, Radio stations called for boycotts of the Beatles, there were record burnings held in the south, the Beatles popularity was in jeopardy.

In August of 1966, the Beatles came to America and John Lennon apologized; trying to clarify that he wasn’t stating that the Beatles were in any way better than Jesus, but like TV, he felt that at that point that they had become more popular. The public largely accepted this apology, although during the Beatles brief ’66 tour of America there were empty seats in the stadiums for the first time. Had the Beatles passed their prime, even though their music was better than ever?

At this point, there was no mention of clues in the Beatles materials, either the songs themselves or the visual materials like their album covers; but from September of 1966 on, everything else the Beatles did would be evaluated and inspected for clues…the mystery had seemingly begun.

In the summer of 1969, at the height of the Beatles fame, a rumor began to spread across college campuses in the US that Paul McCartney had died and been replaced by a lookalike; a lookalike who could also play bass and sing as McCartney did.

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There are stories passed on through the years that the rumor was shared during parties in 1967, and another that the story of McCartney’s so-called demise was offered to Rolling Stone magazine; but it wasn’t until the latter half of 1969 that the story really began to take hold.

In September, stories began to be published in the newspapers of a couple of college campuses. First the Drake Times-Delphic then Northern Illinois’ student paper ran articles detailing McCartney’s demise and began to disseminate clues in apparent proof of this assertion.

In October, the story made its way into Michigan where it landed first at WOIA on October 10th after DJ Larry Monroe’s brother told him the tale and he decided to go on air with it. Listening was someone named Russ Updike, who called in and then headed for the radio studio according to Monroe’s linked story above. On the way, Updike was apparently hit head on and killed by a drunk driver, adding an eerie local element to the story that McCartney had been seemingly killed in a car crash.

Fellow WOIA DJ Jim Curtis then called Apple records in London to get word directly from them, where the night watchman called it “a load of horseshit” link.

From there, on October 12th an Eastern Michigan student named Tom Zarski called into Russ Gibb’s show on WKNR and said the now infamous words “I wanted to rap with you about McCartney being dead and what is this all about” link.

After bringing Gibb up to speed, he told him to put on the Beatles Revolution Number 9 from the White Album and to turn the song around backwards and play it in reverse. Gibb did, and heard something incredibly spooky.

“Number 9”, when reversed, said “turn me on dead man”.

The rumor exploded around the Ann Arbor area; one person who heard the rumor was University of Michigan student Fred LaBour, who had been given an assignment to review the Beatles new album, Abbey Road. He decided to incorporate the rumor into the review and on October 14th 1969 published a story in the Michigan Daily.

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LaBour’s story supplied a fictional name of the person who had taken Paul’s place, William Campbell; and for a reason that has never been explained, pinpointed the approximate date of Paul’s demise as “early November 1966”.

It was around this time that a new clue was introduced, although there is no record of who actually discovered the clue or when, but someone had the idea to bisect the words Lonely Hearts with a mirror on the Sgt. Pepper cover and they found what might have been the most astounding clue of all.

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The clue reads I One I X He Die. It was interpreted as November 9th He Die, again going back to the early November 1966 timeline (Interestingly enough, what really did happen on this date is that John Lennon met Yoko Ono).

After LaBour’s article, the story quickly gained nationwide traction; and found its way to Roby Yonge at WABC in New York where he went on the air with the rumor (and was fired for it).

The rumor then gained global popularity for about two weeks. Then, Life magazine went to track Paul down and found him on his farm in Scotland and ran a cover story stating that Paul was in fact alive.

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This makes approximately no sense of course, because it always could have been the replacement saying he was Paul…but no matter, this in large part shut the rumor down and the world went back to waiting for the eventual demise of the Beatles which would come a few months later in April of 1970.

Although the story began to fizzle, there was still enough interest in the rumor that F Lee Bailey did a radio show with Fred LaBour, among others, in late November of ’69.

Some people during this time even pointed back to a recording that had been done earlier in 1969 by Terry Knight entitled Saint Paul, that seemed to allude to something afoot with Paul as well.

What is truly odd about this is that Terry Knight out of nowhere was invited to Abbey Road and witnessed some of the 1968 drama surrounding the Beatles; and then, his resulting song became the one and only song ever published by Maclen music, McCartney and Lennon’s own company.

Heading into the seventies, the Beatles broke up and started their individual careers, occasionally delving into activities that suggested kind of inside jokes, with no one ever really being sure just what they were on about.

Nonetheless, the rumor that Paul McCartney was dead faded from the spotlight as the seventies progressed; there was still a small group who discussed the story at Beatle gatherings but most people had concluded that the rumor was a hoax; possibly a group of coincidences or maybe a hoax perpetrated by the band themselves either to sell records or for their own amusement.

One person who continued on the loonies path was Joel Glazier, who supplied his own theory on Paul is Dead (PID as it was now known) in the Beatles Monthly fanzine Strawberry Fields Forever in the late seventies link.

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Glazier added a religious component to the theories of the origins of the rumor and was even prescient enough to have pointed out that John Lennon lived in the building where Rosemary’s Baby had been filmed 11 years earlier, a fact that would become much more macabre after Lennon’s assassination.

After Lennon’s death, a thirst for the nostalgia of the Beatles which would now never reunite took over even more; and there was very little mention of Paul is Dead other than as a once-upon-a-time curiosity throughout the eighties and nineties.

One notable exception to this was Apple records head Neil Aspinall, who founded a company called Standby Films, in part to “set the record straight” about the various aspects of the Beatles stories subject to misinformation through the years.

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As the 2000’s dawned, message boards had sprung up to discuss all parts of the Beatles legacy, and with the ability to now post links and graphics online it only made sense that forums would spring up to discuss the Paul is Dead rumor as well. The two most popular forums of the aughts were the sites Nothing is Real and The King is Naked.

TKIN espoused one popular theory and document, and then a group of posters broke away and started Nothing is Real, which was a forum that was a more free flowing set of ideas that perhaps Paul was dead, or he was alive somewhere and had been replaced, or any sort of roll-your-own idea as to what had actually taken place throughout the sixties.

After all, there are all of these clues and there were now web sites that had detailed listings of all clues that had been made widely available. Each of these forums were joined by hundreds, if not thousands, of fans and treasure hunters eager to engage the mystery. One member of each forum was a poster who went by the moniker Apollo C Vermouth.

Apollo conducted himself as an insider, giving cryptic clues trying to point the other members back in a particular direction and insisting that there was indeed a mystery that had not yet been solved, that may or may not have included Paul is Dead as a solution. He never gave the ultimate answer. His penultimate post was an until-this-day unsolved riddle that went as follows.

Once upon a long ago, lived four young lads I’m sure you know. The other three, you know them two. You’ll know me better when this is through.

Before the band was on the run, a natures child followed the sun. And soon the four became a three, a list of clues for those to see. A story told in fine detail, to keep the loonies on the trail. A coin, a sheep, a favored son, were welcomed guest when the day was done.

Now, those days are gone, the stories told, in rivers of ash, and urns of gold. A final hint to all of those, who refuse to see the Emporer’s clothes. 

Apollo C Vermouth was the Deep Throat of Beatles Mystery, infuriating some and exhilarating others, insisting that there was an answer, but never fully giving it. Apollo posted infrequently from 2003-2007 on both forums, giving one last post in January of 2008.

IF I MAY INTRUDE, ONE LAST TIME…
I FIND MYSELF QUOTING THIS MORE OFTEN, AS OF LATE…”LIFE’S BUT A WALKING SHADOW. A POOR PLAYER THAT STRUTS AND FRETS HIS HOUR UPON THE STAGE, AND THEN IS HEARD NO MORE. IT IS A TALE TOLD BY AN IDIOT. FULL OF SOUND AND FURY,SIGNIFYING NOTHING”………..
FADE THIS SWAN TO BLACK….
LOVE FROM PAUL…
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He was then heard from no more, then in April of 2008 a board of Nothing is Real members made this post.

According to this group, Apollo C Vermouth was Apple Records head and career long Beatles insider Neil Aspinall, his final post coming as he was dealing with Cancer. If this is the case, and I would put in a personal note that I find these posters and the premise credible, there had been someone posting information for years who had been in the Beatles innermost circle. But lets backtrack for a moment…

In 2006, a foreign poster named Billy started posting on the Nothing is Real forum asking questions about the mystery. He asserted that he was going to make a documentary that would blow everyone’s minds and seemed to be privy to certain hard to find information, and then on November 9th 2006 he posted this–

Known now as Iamaphoney, his (or their) videos started as standard Paul is Dead fare, but started to incorporate very obscure elements that no one had seen before. The Beatles mystery quickly progressed from focusing on Paul to having mystical elements and a subject matter that was less clear. Regardless, it very quickly became evident that Iamaphoney had tapped into a reservoir of Beatles knowledge few had before, and the production of these videos had taken an enormous jump in value.

It had gotten so good so fast, that it started to be whispered that Iamaphoney may have some sort of backing, and may be a group instead of an individual. The PID community was electrified, although many of Nothing is Real’s most knowledgable posters were somewhat skeptical of the clues being presented and bothered that Iamaphoney had taken up so much attention within the community. The Rotten Apple thread on Nothing is Real reached an astounding 240 pages.

Well at some point, a rumor started that Neil Aspinall and his Standby Films had started to fund Iamaphoney, and this was the reason for both the obscure materials they had gotten their hands on as well as the extreme sudden jump in production quality.

At around this same point, Heather Mills was going through her divorce from Paul and made a rather remarkable assertion–that she had a box of evidence and there was “such a fear of the truth coming out”, which dovetailed with Apollo’s and now Iamaphoney’s positions that there was a much more far-reaching mystery still to be solved…and maybe Paul didn’t want it solved.

Presumably the divorce agreement ended Heather’s revelations because she has never spoken out since about any “truth” regarding Paul…however Julian Lennon, probably much more credible than a very upset Heather was during that time, also gave his own hint after being snubbed for McCartney’s wedding, saying the following on Facebook:

Gimme some truth, maybe now its Time to tell the Truth.

At the point that Neil Aspinall died, the Iamaphoney videos kept coming, but the new revelations in the series largely had stopped and it became more of a game in which a revelation was to be uncovered; a revelation whose date would eventually be given as November 9th 2012.

He first promised an interview, teased everyone but didn’t deliver, and this game continued from the time of Aspinall’s death to the Revelation date on November 9th 2012; at which point he released a video stating that he was not allowed to give the answer, breaking the hearts of all those who remained.

Because at this point, not many of the original members of Nothing is Real were active, and The King is Naked had largely closed down. It seemed as if the endless teases and obfuscation carried out by Iamaphoney may have drained the community of its collective spirit, and today the only people really trying to solve the mystery are mostly new members feeding on the threads of yesterday.

Was Iamaphoney really a byproduct of Neil Aspinall and Standby Films? Well a few years ago Sgt. Pepper Code author Redwell Trabant did some investigating and found a link between Iamaphoney and Neil Aspinall link.

The Iamaphoney rumor, going back to 2008, indicated that after Neil died that the  project became part of MPL, Paul McCartney’s own firm, and if that were true then the revelations would have stopped because presumably Paul didn’t want any more revealed. It should be noted that Billy Martin, the face of Iamaphoney, has strongly denied having any involvement with MPL.

Today, activity investigating the Beatles mystery has slowed down dramatically; Apollo is gone, Iamaphoney has only posted a couple of videos in the last 6 years; Nothing is Real doesn’t have much activity. But, I’m still trying, for one.

I’m writing a book, I’ve been writing it for 7 years now. At the beginning it didn’t have that much to do with the Beatles, it was just more my own personal journey. But as time has gone by, the Beatles mystery has been incorporated more and more into what I am writing.

On that note I’m fortunate I didn’t finish years ago, because I didn’t think I had the answer then; now I think I might.

Going back to the beginning of this story, I personally believe that although the Beatles sought forgiveness for More Popular Than Jesus, that privately they held a grudge. And became resolved, with no fanfare, to change things…to open the world up to new ideas and a new way of thinking; one in which if they stated their true feelings about religion that they would not be in jeopardy and their careers would not be threatened.

I don’t think personally that they ever intended evil, but only freedom from dogma.

That provides the motivation. When Sgt. Pepper came out on June 1st 1967, the world was already beginning its change. The Beatles didn’t cause all of that, but what Sgt. Pepper did was catalyze it. Apollo C Vermouth insisted for years in his posts, linked to above, that Sgt. Pepper was the key to everything and so much of what followed was in actuality an attempt to point people back in the direction of Pepper to find what had been missed.

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This is what I think it was. The death of God, the Is God Dead issue of Time magazine that came out on April 8th 1966. The issue included an obituary for God, written in newspaper style.

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As you can see, the obituary has a dateline matching the date of Paul’s so-called death, November 9th, and has a byline of Atlanta. The ATL I’ve circled on the cover and the mirrored drum tell the tale; God is Dead was the Beatles mystery and what they set out to cause.

Is that it? I’m sure there is more, but lets quote Paul McCartney himself; during Apollo’s and Iamaphoney’s heyday he may have gotten a bit loose and let out his own clue, from the song House of Wax.

Hidden in the yard
underneath the wall
buried deep below
-A-
-T-housand
-L-ayers
lay the answer to it all.                                                                                                            –Paul McCartney (House Of Wax)

I think that’s it. The answer is God is Dead. The answer is ATL. The answer is Time. I’m going to finish my book soon enough. Will it be accepted, and if so will anyone admit to it? I guess we’ll see.

John is Dead

 

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Romans 9:22–But what if God, willing to demonstrate his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath prepared for destruction?

I had been dealing with this demonology for 6 years or so, it was built into what was left of my mind, I knew what I was seeing as soon as I saw it. There was demonology attached to the Beatles, not a little bit either, this was massive. I was looking at Paul is Dead sites, Beatles forums, and everything I was looking at was what I looked at in my own life every single day. There was something going on here, and I swear what I was looking at was the exact same thing I had been looking at myself, these weren’t just demons attached to the Beatles, they were the exact same fucking demons.

What in the hell?

Little Paul was fully alert now, looking at this too. It was all starting to come back. Paul being replaced, replaced by a guy named William. I went by Will now, I had replaced myself somewhere along the way, how weird is this, and then a Tuesday afternoon in Ann Arbor started to come back to us as well.

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What in the hell? There were clues everywhere, clues that Paul had died and been replaced. That had to be nonsense, that was the conclusion of most people but some of these people on the Beatles forums didn’t seem to think so. They think Paul really died. I see why, the clues are really there. Why are the clues there?

As I looked over everything Beatles related in the days and weeks ahead, it was becoming clearer and clearer, why ever the clues are there, whatever in the world that the Beatles were on about, the clues were covering something up. They were covering up the demonology. Because there was stuff that there was no way the Beatles had actually intended, that much was plain as day.

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This wasn’t about Paul, it was really about John. This was evil, it was absolute evil in the band that originally had been innocence to so many people. Weeks before John’s death, Yoko Ono had done a song. Kiss Kiss Kiss it was called. You turned it around backwards, right at the very beginning of the song, it said “I shot John Lennon”. And then weeks later, John Lennon was shot. John Lennon wasn’t shot by Yoko Ono, maybe John Lennon was shot by whatever was in Yoko Ono. I watched Howard Cosell announce his death.

This was a crucifixion scene, there was demonology all over this, look at that kicker nodding his head as Cosell said Dead On Arrival! Look at the Patriots with their hands raised in the huddle, like the hands over Paul’s head in Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour! Remember how Revolution Number 9 ended, the song that said Turn Me On Dead Man in reverse? Hold that line, block that kick?

The only reason it reached ABC in the first place before anyone else got the news is because an ABC reporter happened to fall off his motorcycle that night and was in the next room in the hospital when they brought John in, without that perverse luck they’d never have gotten the word out while the game was still going on, let alone just in time for the last second field goal attempt (which by the way, was in fact blocked).

They knew. They knew what was happening to John Lennon before it did. This was staged, a screenplay. Little Paul was staring at this with me, enraptured. John Lennon was an Object of Wrath and Destruction. There was no question to either of us. This wasn’t just demons knowing about his death, this was demons causing his death. And they were doing it in full view of everyone. My God.

What was the legend surrounding Chapman and the Dakota? Not only that Chapman was hearing voices yelling “Do it, do it, do it” before he pulled the trigger, but also the fact that Lennon lived in the building where Rosemary’s Baby was filmed, with director Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate having been later killed by Manson’s group (triggered by Beatle lyrics). Earlier on December 8th, just as Chapman was ruminating about this very synchronicity in front of the Dakota, Rosemary’s Baby star Mia Farrow happened to walk right past him and go into Central Park. How easy is it to manipulate a mentally ill person, when this stuff was happening for real?

The implications were incredible. The demons were on TV, they were on full display. And they knew it too. I’m surprised there isn’t a yellow smiley face ball bouncing across the screen, the kind Little Paul hated so much, “they’re taunting me”.

What did Cosell say after declaring John dead,“Which in duty bound, we had to tell you.”

This is what we were used to seeing, nothing is natural, every move is scripted. Here it all is! I watched this, or Old Paul did, I’m not sure who anymore, as a teenager. It was heartbreaking, it was heartbreaking to millions of people, the end of the sixties, the end of innocence, and it was a demonic Shakespeare play all along.

We left the video finally, supercharged, and started digging.

Scattered amongst the various clues about Paul were certain other clues, clues that were as odd as anything else but clearly didn’t apply to the Paul is dead narrative. The Magical Mystery Tour LP came out on December 8th 1967, 13 years to the day before John’s death. As unusual as that was, was a clue that seemed to foreshadow John’s death in the MMT booklet which came out that day with the album. 

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The Best Way to Go is by MDC, the initials of John Lennon’s assassin, 13 years to the day before his death. After researching the scene, I found out that it had been shot on September 22nd 1967, it was shot on 9/22. Also released in 1967 was Sgt. Pepper, with its myriad of clues including an incredibly creative one that only appeared when you bisected the words Lonely Hearts with a mirror. 

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Paul is dead advocates liked to interpret this clue as November 9th HE DIE, but if you used Come Together’s one and one and one is three as a road map, then you could interpret it as 13 he die, and then the clue could possibly apply to John instead. It seemed as if everything the Beatles did after 1966 had some clue buried somewhere. 

Hey Jude. The ultimate Object of Wrath and Destruction was Judas. The song’s protagonist Julian Lennon was just a little kid, like I had been just a little kid. Hey Jude to me had become the demon song, complete with the lyric The movement you need is on your shoulder. It was mocking, mocking the people who couldn’t do anything about the despair in their lives. People like Judas, or Julian, or me as a 3 year old, or whoever it applied to. After all, there was never a limit attached to how many Esau’s there could be in the world.

I watched the Beatles perform Hey Jude on the David Frost show on YouTube. And in the audience next to Ringo was Michelle, dressed in red. She wasn’t identical, but so close as to completely startle me. Michelle who had been killed in a car accident in front of 666 100th street. 6 months after my accident, the day after we’d moved into apt. #6. The streetlight that went on every night, but went out the night she died.

There was a picture of her on Google, they called her Linda Blair on the Beatles sites because of the way her eyes were rolled back into her head in the photo. She looked somewhat demonic. I looked up the performance of Hey Jude on David Frost and the answer came back as September 8th 1968. I sat in shock looking at the date. Michelle had been born on September 7th 1968. This was all a script. I’m not imagining the blonde thing, its staring me right in the face. 

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Each day, as I searched, more clues were being handed to me it seemed. Even clues that I don’t think anyone else knew about. On a hunch, and being all about numerology, I added 9 years to December 8th 1967 which put me at December 8th 1976.

Surprisingly I discovered that the Hotel California album by the Eagles was released on that date. As Hotel California the song had always struck me as one of the eeriest songs that I knew of, I listened to it with fresh ears. The third verse, the really spooky one that mentions stab it with their steely knives but they just can’t kill the beast, seemed to in some macabre way allude to what happened to John 4 years later. Think about the words for a minute.

Last thing I remember I was running for the door

I had to find a passage back to the place I was before

relax said the nightman

we are programmed to receive,

you can check out any time you like

but you can never leave

When John Lennon was shot, he ran from the Dakota entrance into the Dakota Nightman’s office, where the Nightman attempted to help him to no avail.

Consider the possibility that something was actually capable of informing the Eagles lyrics in 1976 for an event that would happen precisely 4 years later. To me, this was staggering. But then, using a program called Audacity, I had a thought. Turn the song around backwards. So I did. And lo and behold, the words Last thing I remember I was running for the door, reversed, become John Lennon by himself. 

Listen to it, at 2:33. How can this happen?

Then I came across the Is God Dead issue of Time, it just so happened to be on Julian’s birthday. His 3rd birthday. 3.

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I was curious, logged onto the date and time calculator online. Took Julian’s date of birth 4/8/63. Romans 9:22, hmmm; I subtracted 922 weeks on a lark. A little over 17 years. I get 8/6/45. The first atomic bomb at Hiroshima. How weird is that?

I had read a comment about John Lennon’s death which pointed out all of the odd connections to Pearl Harbor and WWII. He died on the anniversary of the date of the US entry into the war; the killer was from Hawaii, the gun was sold to Chapman by a Japanese man named Ono; Chapman, like John was married to a Japanese woman; John was taken to Roosevelt Hospital, and so on. It was amazing.

I looked, and the date and time calculator goes both ways. I add 922 weeks now instead. I sat and looked at the answer, my jaw on the floor.

The answer was December 8th 1980. Julian Lennon was 922 weeks old, to the day, when his father died. John Lennon was an Object of Wrath and Destruction, just like me.

Why?

It took another six years to figure it all out.

I took a walk along the Lake Michigan shoreline, looking out at the nighttime sky; I had been thoroughly vanquished, destroyed in a war that certain people may have watched with a bemused horror, but most had no idea what had gone on. I knew, and now I knew something else. I stalked, measuring my words; then I finally said it to God Almighty;

“I’ve got you.”

You did this to me, but you also did this to someone else, and I can prove it.

I didn’t hear anything in response, I just had a thought come into my head, one that both curbed my righteous fury and suddenly brought the entire experience into focus.

He knows you’ve got him, he just handed it to you. 

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This is an excerpt of the upcoming book 922 by Paul William Emaus. 

Apollo and Iamaphoney

Fair Use has become a big deal to me as I continue my writing, and without question the copyright holders of Beatle related materials have been very active scrubbing the internet recently. A post made to the Education Forum recently regarding the Beatles made mention of this, I tried to address it over there.

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=18139&page=7

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On the JFK page there was recently a thread started about Jim Fetzer asserting that Paul McCartney did in fact die and was replaced in 1966; I don’t share that view but there was a post regarding the overall Paul is Dead phenomenon that I’d like to address in this thread–

 

 

Sandy Larsen, on 20 Aug 2016 – 8:29 PM, said:

Jim,

 

It seems that most people these days deny the clues even exist. Nobody has come forward to admit they do. But there were definitely “clues” planted in some of the songs. And I think in some of the photos as well, though those things may just be weird psychedelic Beatles stuff. (A lot of it does seem to single out Paul, which is curious.)

 

Several years ago I went to YouTube and listened to some recording of Strawberry Fields where somebody says “I buried Paul. The word “I” and the letter “d” in buried aren’t enunciated clearly. So it sounds more like “ah bury paul…” with the “l” sound trailing off at the end.

 

A couple years later I went back to YouTube to see if there were clues I hadn’t heard before. At one point I wanted to hear the “I buried Paul” thing again. (Just reminiscing.) And the strangest thing happened. First, I noticed that there weren’t near as many clips of this to listen to. It was like most had disappeared. Anyway, I listened to one of the clips that was there. It no longer said “ah bury Paul!” Instead it said “an bury sau.” I thought, what the heck? I’d listened to that thing numerous times over the decades and I’d always heard “ah bury Paul.” Till then.

 

So I listened to all the clips I could find, and not one of them said what I’d always heard before. Not one! I read the comments, and most people were saying they heard it as “cranberry sauce.” Hmmm….

 

I was suspicious. I did a Google search of the YouTube website (that is to say, NOT a search from within YouTube) for the phrase “I buried Paul.” This time I got numerous hits, just like before. Back then Google saved a cache of every deleted page. I clicked on the Cache link for several of these, and they all showed a notification that the video had been deleted because of copyright violation!

 

Do you see what I was discovering? The “I buried Paul” clips had all been removed and replaced with the new and different “cranberry sauce” clips. (Why were these select clips allowed to remain?)

 

There’s more.

 

I then listened again very carefully to several of the “cranberry sauce” versions, and I actually found an intermediate version. It was like halfway between “ah bury Paul” and “an bury sau” (or, rather, “an berry sau”) versions. I don’t recall now, but something like “ah bury sau.” Actually, I believe that was it.

 

So, in summary, what started out as “ah bury Paul” transitioned to “ah bury sau,” and that later transitioned to “an bury sau” (“an berry sau”). Or at least, I believe that was the order of the transition. Because it only makes sense if someone were trying to gradually change “I buried Paul” to “cranberry sauce.”

 

Some of you are probably saying I’m crazy, but I’m not. This really happened.

 

Over the decades I have always believed that the Beatles clues were intentionally planted… some are so obvious. Probably as a marketing stunt, though maybe John was just goofing around with the tracks, recording stuff backward for kicks. But I also always believed that the Beatles later wished they hadn’t done it. It was a stain on their reputation.

 

It is my belief that when they saw what was happening with YouTube, they decided to take action on the most obvious of the clues, the one that doesn’t require being played backward. And that was the “I buried Paul” clue. (Other clues may have been changed on YouTube as well. I wouldn’t be able to tell since I’ve only heard those two or three times each.)

 

The Beatles have most certainly been exercising their right to remove based on Copyright even though Fair Use is often claimed; the most notable exception is the group Iamaphoney, whose videos have remained largely intact…it is said elsewhere in the thread that no one has really come forward to talk about any of this, and there possibly is also a notable exception to that.

 

 

 

Iamaphoney’s Beatles mystery series as you can see remains untouched, and there is a very interesting story behind this: reportedly, Apple Records head and career-long Beatles insider Neil Aspinall supposedly started a group called Iamaphoney back in the 90’s to set the record straight regarding the many Beatle myths that had developed through the years and set out to collect all of the obscure Beatle related materials he could get his hands on as a way of preserving the record.

 

Now, the internet is a very interesting place quite obviously; and with the rise of forums and digital media came a renewed interest in the Paul is Dead phenomenon, due to being able to post images, video and audio clips of the original clues, as well as some that were discovered later in the post-Beatles era.

 

I’ll be the first to say, that some of the posters to the Paul is Dead forums are kind of out there; but there are others that are quite rational and grounded, and some of these people believed more in an overall mystery regarding the Beatles than anything else…Paul is Dead was but one possible answer, the question though by everyone is why the clues?

 

Well in 2003 a mysterious internet poster appeared on the two most popular Paul is Dead forums who went by the moniker Apollo C Vermouth. Apollo posted infrequently, but attained a reputation as an insider, a veritable deep throat of the Paul is Dead Beatles mysteries; he insisted that there indeed was a mystery to be solved, and that mystery was centered around the Sgt. Pepper album with years of other Beatles clues pointing back toward that album. His position was that the mystery had simply never been solved. (if you search for Apollo C Vermouth on Google, there are collections of his posts)

 

Apollo posted with less and less frequency from 2003-2007, making one final e-mail message to a number of Nothing is Real members in January of 2008 and then was heard from no more. In April of 2008 a group member known as NIR Committee then made this post. http://invanddis.pro…nir-member-dies

 

This group alleged, and continues till this day, that Apollo C Vermouth was in fact Neil Aspinall; the head of Apple Records for over 30 years had been posting on Paul is Dead forums for the past 5 years. I should say at this point that I believe them; some of the members with the best reputations on that forum were among those insisting Apollo was in fact Neil.

 

If so, there is a very prominent exception to no one having had spoken up about the Beatles mysteries. Even more interesting is that late in Apollo’s reign on the internet, an internet poster trying to obtain funding for a series on the Beatles suddenly started making clips on YouTube under the pseudonym Iamaphoney, matching the group Neil Aspinall started in the nineties.

 

This series started off relatively simple and then suddenly became much more elaborate, with a sudden legion of others commenting on the videos, giving off an impression that “Iamaphoney” had suddenly become much more professional and perhaps much better funded. They also had Beatles related materials that no one had ever seen. They also started doing videos on location from all over the world; this one person now having seemingly unlimited resources.

 

This is the group whose internet videos have been largely left alone by the Beatles.

 

The working theory is, and this is in no way proven, that Neil Aspinall’s Iamaphoney group started funding the Iamaphoney group making the Beatle mystery videos on YouTube. When Neil died, the series suddenly became much more bizarre although seemingly just as well funded and the new material largely ceased. The promised revelation from Iamaphoney never was revealed; and the rumored reason why is that MPL, Paul McCartney’s own firm, took over the series upon Neil’s death and wouldn’t allow for there to be an answer.

 

Most of the people responding to the Jim Fetzer post on the JFK page consider this to be a hoax, as do most people  everywhere I’m sure. I have given on pages 6-7 of this thread my answer to this; that I think Paul is Dead is actually God is Dead and this is the mystery alluded to by Apollo, I’ve been working on a book about it for a few years now.

 

But just as a consideration regarding this all being a hoax, in addition to Apollo and the Iamaphoney group, consider that Heather Mills was seemingly in fear for her life if what she knew about Paul was made public according to her, and went on a number of interview shows saying so, before being gagged by the divorce decree. Russ Gibb, the DJ who was one of the first responsible for breaking Paul is Dead in 1969, said that he had been told something after the furor died down that he has never divulged and was considering giving it as a deathbed revelation. Julian Lennon, after being snubbed for a number of events by Paul, said on Facebook “what have I done to be treated in such a way. Gimme some truth, maybe now its time to tell the truth” before deleting the post.

 

It may still be up for debate just what the mystery is about, but there is something more than meets the eye with these clues.

I Can’t Give Everything Away…

…except that you sorta did, David Bowie.

I kinda gave everything away too. Nobody ever came up to me in a dark alleyway and asked me to keep it a secret; no one offered me anything to not talk about it. I found God is Dead at the center of a 49 year Beatles mystery and went with it…and given that it was coupled with my own story there is no way I wouldn’t have written it, it will be redemption if I never sell one book: just to have lived through it and written about it.

The answer is Time. The answer, is God is Dead.

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Its the answer that Paul is Dead was hiding, the answer that Paul is Dead was covering up…its the answer that God Almighty may have actually responded to on December 8th 1980 strangely enough; and the answer that David Bowie may have hinted at in his final song.

David Bowie didn’t give it all away though. He was probably alluding to the Beatles at various points along the way; he unquestionably knew that Time was the answer, may have hidden a few lyrics that started with the letters A, T and L (for Atlanta) along the line. That is the Code after all, or even LTA if they wanted to be really clever like Looking Through A Glass Onion.

But he didn’t come right out and say it; at least not yet.

Oh yeah, they’ve been telling us a story all along; a little doll pointing at the letters ATL in Beatles with all of us oblivious to the real message, and no I’m not about to turn all religious about this, I’m actually quite impressed with the whole thing.

Well, the thing is, when David Bowie died in January, I went through all the lyrics to his Blackstar LP and especially the lines–

The Blackout Hearts

The Flowered News

With skull designs upon my shoes

         I can’t give everything away

–and he did kinda give it away, if only a few lucky people got it. He was saying that the answer that the Beatles hid in plain sight was in fact the answer.

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What you see here is the Obituary for God in the April 8th 1966 Is God Dead issue of Time magazine. Above is the date November 9th, the date commonly known as the day that Paul McCartney fictionally died on as per urban legend and also, as you can see, the date of God’s obituary as well. The circled ATL? Look at the obituary, ATL is for Atlanta. On the date of God’s death which although not listed completely is November 9th 1965, there was a massive blackout starting in Ontario which left a large portion of the United States in the dark for hours.

So, Blackout Hearts is November 9th He Die, which is exactly what is on the Sgt. Pepper drum when mirrored, but it also verifies that the November 9th in question is the God is Dead November 9th of 1965, not the 1966 version from Paul is Dead. Then the flowered news refers to the obituary being hidden in plain sight using the letters ATL in Beatles.

He maybe cannot give everything away, but he gave plenty in his final song.

Am I saying he’s flipping off God with this? Is Bowie saying God is Dead?

Not really; his history of course is what it is but that’s not saying he was anti-God at the end and in fact I Can’t Give Everything Away may be about that in part (saying no but meaning yes); watch the Blackstar video and decide where he’s at with God; read Iman’s tweets– no I’m saying he knew a secret, a secret that started right after More Popular Than Jesus and was embedded into Sgt. Pepper; a secret he’d known for decades and had been alluding to sporadically in his own work for years; and at the end he decided to come real close to giving that secret away, releasing the single on April 8th, on the 50th anniversary of the Is God Dead issue of Time may be bringing that even closer.

Maybe there will be a video, maybe he has even more to give away.

See here’s the thing: Most all of us knew Paul is Dead wasn’t a serious thing, but then again Ziggy Stardust may well have been based upon Paul. The Walrus was a character battled over for years, in complete contradiction to its supposedly nonsensical nature; artists like Pink Floyd, Bowie, Dylan and Harry Nilsson seemed to be hiding references to the Beatles in their work for years; why would they hide a silly hoax in their lyrics? Unless there was a dead serious message lurking underneath?

Then you can see Dark Side of the Moon a bit differently, Time from Bowie, Ambush from Nilsson, the Lennon/McCartney war of 1971. We were talking about the space between us all, yeah the space between the 4 Beatles where the doll, drum and ATL in Beatles were hiding the secret.

Yeah but I’ve heard a hundred stories about Paul is Dead…

Well, yes but this one’s kinda new, a 2016 version; except I think for the first time its the right one, the one that has been kept a secret for a long long time. Russ Gibb said he may give away what he heard on his deathbed; Apple records head and lifelong Beatles insider Neil Aspinall posted on Nothing is Real for years as a cryptic insider named Apollo C Vermouth and insisted there was a real mystery that people just hadn’t figured out yet; Heather Mills said there was such a fear of the truth coming out before being gagged by the divorce agreement; Julian Lennon was snubbed by not being invited to a number of Beatle events and said maybe now its Time to tell the truth; there is a real answer, this isn’t another crackpot conspiracy, it may well be the actual answer.

I’m late into writing a book on all of this, last week I asked Iamaphoney and crew if they wanted to talk about this before its done, referenced that they seemed to be hiding clues to what I’m discussing in their long running series on the Beatles and Paul.

Last night, Billy Martin (Iamaphoney) linked to my Iamaphoney post on Twitter and said nothing more.But that was plenty.

https://twitter.com/iamaphoney/status/711656901805789188?lang=en

It is Time…literally.

Tonight it was announced that David Bowie’s next, and first posthumous single will be the aforementioned I Can’t Give Everything Away, and wouldn’t you know it, its scheduled to come out on April 8th, the same date as the Is God Dead issue of Time.

It may be miles above yet, but its coming down fast.