Dark Secrets Inside Bohemian Grove
"It becomes clear:, it is a mixture of the Babylonian Caananite cult of Moloch fused with ancient Druidic rites where you have the female side of Satan, which they first call out to in the "she" and then toward the horned god with the "he", mixed with masonic rites from Scotland." [01:42:10]
Alex Jones, Austin Texas radio and television talkshow host, snuck into Bohemian Grove, a 2,712-acre camp on the Russian River near Monte Rio, Sonoma County, California, with his digital camera, on July 15, 2000. Describing what he saw as "sinister", "criminal", "macabre", "sick" and twisted behavior" "infested with symbols of death", his video only shows a group of middle aged white men in chinos, drinking wine while conversing over the strains of bagpipe music and pop tunes. A half hour of blurry footage of a night-time "Cremation of Care" ceremony enacted before a forty-foot cement owl, and a fireworks display accompanied by Greigs "Hall of the Mountain King", is spun into a two hour video condemning the "luciferian" "worship of a giant "devil owl". Accusing the Bohemian Grove of being "obssesed with the occult", Jones continually stresses what he views as a resemblance to devil worship and satanism, calling the Bohemians "cult members'.
A believer in the threat of black helicopters and a promoter of national defense, the second amendment and family values, Jones claims he is "fighting global government" and the New World Order: "People run around naked, I got a problem with that."
The Bohemian Club was founded in 1872 by San Francisco journalists, but by the 1880s it had became a wealthy businessmens' club. As early as 1878 several dozen Bohemians held a camping party in the forest in Sonoma County. They rented what is now known as the Bohemian Grove from 1893 until they purchased it in 1899.
According to Peter Martin Phillips, "the Bohemian Clubs motto, "Weaving spiders, come not here", first appeared on a Club announcement in 1875. This was taken from Shakespeares "A midsummer Nights Dream", and was intended to speak to the inappropriateness of conducting or soliciting business at Club functions." Phillips also dates from 1910 "the first ceremonial burial of the cares of the world during the midsummer encampment and by 1913 Care was being cremated." Rewritten on several occasions, the Cremation of Care ceremony was produced as a play in 1920 with the addition of a forty-foot cement statue. Descriptions of the ceremony were published in 1974, independently by G. W. Domhoff and John Van der Zee.
Journalist Alexander Cockburn has identified the rituals, the Cremation of Care ceremony and the Clubs first play, "The Triumph of Bohemia", as the work of real estate speculator George Sterling, written during a North American revival of fraternalism and ritual-making. Where Alex Jones sees satanic occultism and sexual deviancy, more rational critics, such as Sonoma County activist, Mary Moore, are simply concerned that public policy is being forged in private meetings.
Image from Dark Secrets: Inside Bohemian Grove (2000) Directed by Alex Jones, written by Alex Jones. 123 min. USA English Black and White / Color (Video Documentary).
Relative Advantage: Sociology of the San Francisco Bohemian Club, Peter Martin Phillips. Doctoral Dissertation, University of California, 1994. p. 43.
The Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats, G. William Domhoff. N.Y. : Harper and Row Publishers, 1974.
The Greatest Mens Party on Earth, John Van der Zee. New York : Harcourt Brace Javanovich, Inc.,1974.