The Laurel Canyon Diaries: Crowley, Parsons and the Electric car

Between the 1890s and 1920s, a now forgotten war was waged for the future of the automobile. Manufacturers experimented with gas, steam and electric cars and trolleys. The winner was obvious. Electric cars were the cheapest to operate and were beloved by the people. All the early transport systems in early American metros were by means of electricity. One of the pioneers of perfecting the electric car was the brilliant American inventor Andrew Lawrence Riker. Born in New York City in 1868. By the time he was thirty-four Riker had already produced his first electric car, and opened his own manufacturing company in Elizabethport, New Jersey. He became very successful in supplying American cities with his brand of electric cars, vans and trolleys.

On September 7, 1896, before an awestruck crowd of 60,000 people the first auto race in American history was staged in Cranston, Rhode Island. Automobile companies looking to show off their latest merchandise sponsored a Battle between steam, gas and electric cars. At the end of the day Riker’s electric car had won all the major races, and the Riker Motor Company was the most promising threat to the gas kings now forming future empire. Scientific American, even reported on the race saying, “The announcement of the success of the electric carriages created some surprise, as it has been thought lately that motors using some form of petroleum were best adapted for horseless carriage use.” apparently they were just as shocked as the spectators. Riker even disproved a well-known smear trick used by the combustible engine crowd, that claimed electric cars were not fast enough for the open road. He gained instant notoriety, and praise in 1901, when his electric race car “The Riker Torpedo” set a world speed record.

Despite this, Riker knew the fate of the electric car had been sealed when The Ford motor company became a subsidiary of the Standard Oil Company. Ruled over by the iron fisted, and richest man on the planet John D. Rockefeller. Riker sold out, abandoning his fledging eclectic empire and went to work creating gas engines for Locomobile. He was rewarded for not fighting lord Rockefeller by being deemed the first president of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Like the promise of a future electric America, he would also become another forgotten chapter of her tumultuous legacy. In 1908, the course of history was steered by Henry Ford down a polluted road. The mass production of the gasoline-hogging Model T. was unveiled to the people at an affordable price. With profits escalating to the absurd, other companies ditched the electric car and began producing their own gas guzzling vehicles. Rockefeller’s dynasty was beginning to take shape in the early 20th century, when his National City Lines, purchased the electric tram networks across the country.

One of the early tramlines was in downtown Los Angeles, and one of the first routes ever developed went to Laurel Canyon. From Volume 56 of the Electrical Review of 1910 we read, “During the summer an electric lighting system, extending from the sunset building to the bungalow land in Laurel Canyon will be installed by the owners of the lookout mountain.” sadly, all the electric tramlines were dismantled, destroyed, smoothed over and eventually replaced by buses from General Motors, which was another tentacle of the Rockefeller Empire.

The GM Empire led by MIT-bred Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. was looking to cut its losses, which kept piling up due to the popularity of electricity. A plan was hatched to simply buy up and eliminate the competition. In a world where one in ten owned automobiles and more than ninety percent of all trips were taken by electric railways, it would have been impossible for the gas kings to compete year after year. This lead to the use of mobster tactics, like bribing railroads to dump their electric rails in exchange for foul motor buses.

After buying up the remaining railways, and replacing the easygoing tram system with stinky buses, it was only a matter of time before people started buying cars like there was no tomorrow. And for the electric car, there was no tomorrow. The dagger was thrust into the heart of the electric car, killing it for the time being. Rockefeller was even taken to court and accused of conspiring a monopoly. The kangaroo court held on Halloween eve, 1906 even found Rockefeller guilty. His punishment? A laughable $5,000 dollar fine for the world’s first billionaire!

With his empire now taking root, Rockefeller began to expand his influence and power. Under the guise of being one of the first philanthropists in the world, he began sowing the seeds for his envisioned American future. Funding various social programs, churches, libraries, museums, and universities. Most infamous would be the involvement of early forms of population control. A policy, strictly designed at reducing the birth rates among non-Caucasians. In 1910, Rockefeller pumped money into the racist organizations ‘The Race Betterment Foundation’ and ‘The American Breeders Association’ in hope of improving and maintaining the science of white, Nordic heredity traits. These experiments influenced the early Nazi ideologies as well. In his 1924 book, “Mein Kampf” Hitler wrote, “There is today one state in which at least weak beginnings toward a better conception (of immigration) are noticeable. Of course, it is not our model German Republic! But the United States.” The Rockefeller Foundation provided hundreds of thousands of dollars for eugenics research in Germany.

By the end of World War 2 they had been responsible for creating and mastering a new form of science. This form of science would play an essential role in the future of America, and rear its ugly head just in time during the hippie emergence spewing out of Laurel Canyon. With the help of more Rockefeller funding, old world secret society lodges began to spring up in large metropolitan cities. Named after Lucifer, the Lucis Trust was transplanted from London and established in early 20th century New York. It would provide the front money needed to establish various new age, and occult organizations based on esoteric, pagan belief systems. It also created organizations that on the surface seem good, but in actuality are just fronts for their secret eugenics experiments.

The Lucis Trust essentially helped create:
The Theosophical Order of Service
The Theosophical Society
The United Nations Association
The World Wildlife Fund
The Findhorn Foundation
Greenpeace International Greenpeace USA
Amnesty International
The Nicholas Roerich Society
The American Friends Service Committee

And of course the most infamous of all…
The Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) 

Today’s most famous and hardcore haven for would be Satanists. The O.T.O. has a shady history, supposedly founded in either Austria or Germany in the late 1890’s by the wealthy industrialist Karl Kellner. What started as a Masonic lodge for rich white dudes quickly passed into the hands of Theodore Reuss after Kellner’s unexpected death. Under Reuss, the Masonic rituals were spread all throughout Europe. Reuss staged elaborate renditions of freemasonry’s most sacred spectacle, ‘The rite of Memphis and Mizraim’ an occult ceremony dedicated to ancient Egyptian sorcery. By the time Reuss’s lodges reached America, it would only be a matter of time before he discovered his true protégé.

Aleister Crowley scaled tall mountains, excelled in chess, wrote filthy poetry, abused women, and was a bisexual pedophile; racist, wannabe magician, heroin addict and spy for the royal crown of England. In other words, the person Theodore Reuss had been waiting to meet his entire life. Crowley quickly ascended the freemasonic ranks, traveling around Europe studying, composing, and writing about this secret order. He left Europe before the outbreak of World War 1, arriving in New York preaching the Masonic gospel.

While in New York he began to add his own flair to the O.T.O.’s repertoires while incorporating his own varied beliefs. After writing ‘The Book of Law’ and declaring it as the source of O.T.O.’s teachings, he essentially became their lord and leader. After Reuss died Crowley became the official grandmaster of the O.T.O. and what better place to open a new lodge than the inspiring hills of Laurel Canyon. Crowley “The beast” came to Hollywood in the curiously symbolic year of 1933. Even the meaning of Hollywood has occult and magic connotations, the ‘Holly-wand’ was a wand fashioned out of leaves from the holly tree and used by witches and wizards to cast spells upon humanity as we learned from Jordan Maxwell. Crowley's time in Los Angeles would prove to be history making as he would go on to influence generations of Southern Californians as well as the rest of the world, with his nefarious writings and ever growing mystique. He even played a pivotal role in influencing one of America’s most brilliant minds. 

Jack Parsons came from a rich but broken home, his father left him and his mother while Jack was still a teenager. He worked several meaningless jobs and eventually dropped out of school before getting a job at the Guggenheim Aeronautical laboratory at the California institute of Technology. How he was able to land this job is anybody’s guess, although he did possess a talent for understanding early rocket technology, and chemistry. A self-taught virtuoso of aeronautical design and theory, Parsons was the American father of rocket research. Even the German genius Werner Von Braun admitted this; he even went farther by claiming that Parson’s was the “true” pioneer of rocket science altogether. The alchemist Parsons broke new ground in the development of solid-fuel rocket propulsion systems, by combining potassium perchlorate, and asphalt. Together with red fuming nitric acid to oxidize the liquid oxygen, Parsons cracked the code and the race to space was on.

He quickly co-founded Aerojet in 1943, and his first commercial success was in creating the JATO rockets. From the Salon article Sex and Rockets by John Gierland, “Parsons was instrumental in developing jet-assisted take-off (JATO) rockets for military aircraft. In the early years of World War II, these rockets were used to reduce by more than 30 percent the distance required to get military aircraft off the ground.” Parsons sold his share of Aerojet and helped create JPL, which also included members of NASA.

Both companies shared friends in high places, and high degrees of freemasonry. Nazi mad scientists, false homoerotic messiahs and Masonic, satanic occult worshippers, ran both organizations behind the scenes. Parsons saw nothing wrong with mixing scientific and magical pursuits, he believed they existed within the same universe of each other. He became a curiosity, especially to the various high ranking good ol’boy Generals who no doubt scratched their heads every time Parsons chanted Crowley's hymn to the Greek god Pan before a rocket launch. Around this same time Parsons was chosen by Aleister Crowley to lead the California branch of the O.T.O. at the Agapé Lodge.

His time at the lodge influenced the writings of L. Ron Hubbard (Dianetics, Scientology, Battlefield Earth) and Robert A. Heinlein, the so-called “Dean of Science Fiction”. Hubbard, Heinlein and Parsons were playboys of the occult, fascinated by esoteric teachings, Crowley and magic. According to the popular article The “real rocket man” is lost in the shadows of history written by Mr. Smith, “Parsons and his group attempted to create an incarnation of the goddess Babalon. The purpose of the Babalon Working, according to Parsons, was to create this entity, thus ushering in the Aeon of Horus. Some argue that this being manifested in the form of a Grey alien being, possibly in Roswell, New Mexico. Heinlein’s involvement is further supported through Stranger in a Strange Land, where the concept of Thelema is illustrated, but cleverly coded in the text.” Mr. Smith continues to chronicle Parsons mysterious life, “In 1950, the FBI investigated Parsons for having classified documents from his work with the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology at Pasadena. 

This explains why but a trace of information available from “official” sources, like the Web sites of NASA and the JPL, regarding the contributions of Parsons. For a man who was considered so significant in rocketry (and thus, to the space program and national defense), who has a statue at JPL, and a crater on the dark side of the moon in his name, it seems odd that Parsons is “lost” in history. His interest and activity in the O.T.O. is what keeps his spirit alive today, but the double-edged sword is that is also got him “accidentally” dead. (Parsons died in an “accidental” explosion while moving volatile chemicals from his home laboratory in 1952). There are a number of other interesting connections with this group and the things that went on in Jack Parsons’s life and how they relate to the events of that time. Jack Parsons put the “JP” in JPL with his contributions to the science of solid rocket fuels and jet assisted take-off, but his other life pursuits effectively shadowed those contributions in a haze of mystery. His death, accident or not, automatically raises the skeptic’s eyebrow simply because his associations with certain people at that time, coupled with his knowledge of a sensitive subject, made him a target.

Parsons’s story is a conspiracy theorist’s “land of opportunity” with all the coincidences involved and all the connections to prominent people at such a significant time.” About his falling out with Hubbard and eventual demise, Craig Berry writes in The Arcane Archive that, “Accounts vary widely, but it seems that Hubbard did in fact depart under strained circumstances with Parsons' ex-girlfriend and a considerable sum of cash. Later Hubbard claimed he had been sent into Agape' Lodge to investigate Parsons on behalf of US Navy Intelligence, who wondered what a critical cold-war scientist was doing with his spare time. Parsons died in a mercury fulminate explosion in his home laboratory. Rumors persist that this was murder rather than an accident, the most common theory being that the US Government considered Parsons insane and were afraid of the security risk he posed.” The seeds of Laurel Canyon’s decadent influence had been sown. Jack Parsons’s mysterious death would guarantee him a “James Dean” type fascination to future generations. L. Ron Hubbard found ‘The Church Of Scientology’ and gained control over a large part of Southern California’s elite population. And Aleister Crowley’s popularity would reach new heights to a new generation of wide-eyed youth, all just in time when the ‘Freaks’ came out to dance on the Sunset Strip.

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