The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"Theosophy"

An occult religion founded by Helena Blavatsky, Theosophy teaches that there are secret mysteries of which our modern religions are just pale emanations. Theosophical thought and ideas permeated a lot of late 19th century religious thinking, even in religions that weren’t explicitly Theosophical.

Dr. John Ballou Newbrough

Suffer Little Children

John Ballou Newbrough, Oahspe, and the Faithists of SHalam

In 1880, God dictated a new Bible to J.B. Newbrough, and then told him to move to New Mexico and open up the weirdest orphanage the world has ever seen.

Categories: Eccentrics & Prophecies, People & Places, Series 7

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Ann O'Delia Diss Debar

Spirit Princess

one woman, thirty aliases, forty years and too many crimes to count

The greatest and most notorious Spiritualist swindler of all time was a woman from Kentucky who looked a bit like Lola Montez (if you squinted).

Categories: Biography, Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries, Most Popular, Series 3

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