Sherlock Holmes and the manufacture of fear.

…Which brings us back to the overall point of the Holmes stories, which was the creation of fear— general and specific. Through these beguiling and now nostalgic mysteries, readers would be led to believe that murders were taking place all over London and the Isles, and that dangerous criminals were waiting to molest them everywhere they went.

You will remember that Holmes himself takes the time to tell us that the countryside is the scariest place of all, since there the criminals could act with little chance of being caught. Sort of a “no one can hear you scream” argument. Not only that, but all these crimes were orchestrated for a greater effect by Moriarty, a genius mastermind hellbent on evil. So of course the public would be happy to sink all taxes necessary in maintaining Scotland Yard, MI5, MI6, and whatever other bogus organizations were necessary to guarantee order and civility, and combat the Moriartys, Colonel Morans, Charles Augustus Milvertons, Baron Gruners and other riffraff. And that is why the Holmes stories have been modernized and inflated for TV and film: the newer series aren’t restricted by the requirement for taste or subtlety Conan Doyle labored under.

The producers and directors know that you, the 21st century viewer, have been hardened by a lifetime of fake murders and rapes, forced upon you by literature, TV, film, and the news. You can’t be kept in line by Conan Doyle’s old stories, which are now so tame they could be lumped in with Winnie the Pooh and Mother Goose. They know you are reading Conan Doyle or watching Jeremy Brett to flee the modern world, and that you are more interested in the carriages and cravats, the tobacco in the coal scuttle, or the greatcloaks and the gaiters than you are in the murders or mysteries themselves. That is why they have to take that stuff away from you, replacing it with heightened levels of gore and gristle. They have to find newer and more potent ways to mess with your mind.

But let us return to the individual tales. The first was one of the long ones: A Study in Scarlet. It concerns the Mormons, so we are already in a valley of red flags. What, pray tell, does Conan Doyle wish us to believe about the Mormons? Curiously, he all but admits they are Jews, since a lead protagonist (Ferrier) tells us they aren’t Christians. He also admits they call outsiders Gentiles. But mainly he sells the Mormons as very scary people, who have no problem murdering anyone who disagrees with them about anything. This is what the whole subplot about the Avenging Angels is about. So again, Conan Doyle is selling fear, and through it conformity. We have seen the same project today, substituting the “scary” Scientologists for the Mormons. See my paper on the Golden Suicides for more on that. I do beg you to notice the big hole in A Study in Scarlet: Brigham Young is sold to us as authoritarian, with a secret military to guarantee agreement with all his pronouncements.

But somehow two of the four original elders, Stangerson and Drebber, later left in the schism. This despite being depicted as weak by Conan Doyle. How is that possible? Young wouldn’t let Ferrier leave, but he would allow this major rebellion to succeed? Shouldn’t he have ordered Stangerson and Drebber killed, to prevent further dissolution of all he had worked for? The story has no continuity, as usual. Finally I got back online and looked up Conan Doyle’s bio again, to compare it to what we have learned here. His mother was a Foley, which may link us to my recent paper on Scott Foley. Doyle was schooled by the Jesuits, both in England and Austria, and we know from Disraeli that the Jesuits were a Jewish front. He was already published at age 20, both in fiction and in a medical journal, which is pretty astonishing seeing he wasn’t out of medical school yet. He pushed compulsory vaccination from early in his career, which is telling.

He set up as a doctor in London, but they admit he had no patients. A Study in Scarlet was published when he was 27, and he became a Freemason in the same year. His wife was Louisa Hawkins, which may link us to Stephen Hawking, who came from a prominent line of Hawkins in the peerage, related to the same families we are about to see. Doyle’s father was Charles Altamont Doyle, scrubbed immediately at, but listed there as a peer. Note the name Altamont, since we saw above Holmes playing an Altamont in The Last Bow. Since Wikipedia admits Doyle’s uncles were very wealthy, Charles Doyle was probably the brother of the 2nd Baronet, Sir Francis Hastings Doyle; which would make Arthur Conan Doyle cousin of the 4th Baronet Arthur Havelock Doyle. This would mean he was closely related to the Milners, Howards (Earls of Suffolk), Townshends, Stuarts (Marquesses of Bute), Windsors (Earls of Plymouth), Herberts (Earls of Pembroke), Villiers, and d’Arcys. These Stuarts link him immediately to Rear Admiral Lord George Stuart. And of course the d’Arcys link him to the Darcys.

Not only does that remind us of Pride and Prejudice, where Darcy is one of the main characters; more importantly it links us to the Holdernesses we were looking at above, in the Adventure of the Priory School. Yes, Conan Doyle was a Darcy, so he was also a Holderness. Which means he was jostling with cousins or turning the knife in a lesser line. The Granada writers may have also been of those lines, continuing the old feud. At any rate, through the d’Arcys/Darcys, we can link Conan Doyle to Darcy, 4th Earl Holderness, who was the son of Frederica Schomberg. She just happened to be the daughter of the Duke of Schomberg and Caroline zu Pfalz, and the granddaughter of. . . the King of Bohemia, Karl I Ludwig. And he was the son of Princess Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of Charles I.

Holmes fans will know that Conan Doyle’s first short mystery published in Strand was A Scandal in Bohemia. I have a first edition copy of that bound Strand edition on my shelves. In it, the King of Bohemia makes an appearance at 221B Baker Street, to beg Holmes to retrieve a photo of him from Irene Adler. Note the name Adler, which I never had until now. It of course indicates she was Jewish. As was the King of Bohemia. So Conan Doyle was related to his character there as well. Through the Darcys, Conan Doyle was closely related to the Kings of Bohemia, England, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Prussia, and just about every other country of Europe. This would also link Conan Doyle to Mark Twain, and just about every other famous person. Which tells us that Conan Doyle’s later forays into “spiritualism” were also part of a project of misdirection and mystification. We have seen many spooks trying to sell us spiritualism in that period as paranormal wuwu, mainly to keep eyes off other things.

They are still doing it, of course, trying to keep you busy with Tarot, Flat Earth, the Mandela Effect, reality as a hologram, geocentrism, trannies, Pizzagate, QAnon, serial killers, fake Buddhism, Scientology, alien abduction, Theosophy, transhumanism, and whatever other absurdity they can dredge up. All to keep you from coming into contact with anything real or learning anything useful. I said I wouldn’t ruin the Sherlock Holmes stories for you above, but isn’t that what I have done? No, I don’t think so. I haven’t ruined them for myself, so I don’t see how I have ruined them for you. All I have done is warn you of the propaganda, so that you can enjoy the stories without harm.

Yes, some of the mysteries are tainted, but to me they were not among the best to start with. I didn’t like The Five Orange Pips forty years ago, when I first read it. Not because of the KKK content, but because it was weak in plot and poorly written. Same for some of these others. But many of the mysteries survive the propaganda purge relatively unscathed. Silver Blaze, for instance, or The Man with the Twisted Lip or The Norwood Builder or The Red-Headed League. For while Conan Doyle was undoubtedly a spook, he was a spook with some talent for storytelling. Yes, he borrowed from fellow spook Poe, but he took the detective story much further and gave it patina that is hard to deny. His choice of names, locations, characterizations, and ambiance is masterly, and he often peppers his stories with enough close observation, esoteric fact, and charming logic to make them compelling.

They weren’t popular for no reason, and haven’t remained popular only due to constant promotion (as we could say of most others). I will tack on a few comments about my recent experience at the public library. As I told you above, my internet connection has been out, so to get online I had to go to the library. Much strangeness was a afoot there, though you may not be surprised to hear it. The first weird thing is that I wasn’t able to access Barnes and Noble to order more of my own books. Could not sign in. I also could not access, either using Chrome or Firefox. This again indicates I am being targeted, since there is no reason for the Taos public library to blacklist that site.

Even weirder is that although I could access the main page and updates page of my own site, I could not access any of the papers. They either failed to load with Chrome, or I got “another user” message with Firefox. Someone was resetting or closing the page at the same time I was trying to access it. So I went to a librarian and pointed this out. She thought maybe I was being blocked by the library and said she might be able to whitelist me. But when she looked at the firewall message, it turned out that wasn’t the case. The library wasn’t blocking me, since when that happens a message stating that pops up. That wasn’t the message we were seeing. So instead of trying to access the pages from the public computers, she tried to access them from her own computer behind the front desk. From that computer there was no problem. She said that was strange, since the filters were supposed to be stronger on her computer than the public ones. I didn’t question that statement, but of course it makes no sense. In short, she wasn’t able to help me. So although I have one of the largest personal websites in the world (created, managed and maintained by one single person), the content of that website cannot be viewed at the public library in my hometown. Although that is kind of sad, I don’t worry much about it, since I don’t know what good that is doing them. Do they really think the top revolutionaries in the world are doing their work from the public libraries?


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