MysteriYES

A comedy show in which two friends discuss a weekly mystery.

Bohemian Grove

  • Bohemian Grove is a 2,700 acre campground

    • Sonoma County, California

  • Owned by the Bohemian Club

    • All male

    • Founded in San Francisco in 1872

  • One of the most exclusive clubs in America

    • Waiting list is either 15 years or doesn’t actually exist

      • Limits itself to 2700

      • $25,000 initiation fee

    • Membership list includes exclusively men and exceptionally rich and powerful men

      • Associate members

        • Artists, musicians

          • Pay lesser fees

      • Honorary members

        • Pay no fees

        • Lesser privileges

          • Allowed into the “City Club” building and daytime guests at the Grove but not upper floors and not overnight

        • 4 Women

          • Margaret Bowman

          • Poet Ina Collbrith

            • California’s Poet laureate

          • Actress Elizabeth Crocker Bowers

          • Writer Sara Jane Lippincott

            • Last female member 1928

    • Each member is put into a camp

      • Hill Billies

        • Texas

        • Sader

      • Mandalay

      • Cave Man

      • Stowaway

      • Uplifters

      • Owls Nest

      • Hideaway

      • Isle of Aves

      • Lost ANgels

      • Silverado Squaters

      • Sempervirens

      • Hillside

      • Idlewild

    • University Presidents and San Francisco military commanders are often offered membership

      • Henry Ford

      • Clint Eastwood

      • Herbert Hoover

        • Man cave

      • Newt Gingrich

      • William Randolph Hearst

      • Richard Nixon

      • Ronald Reagan

      • Both Bush Presidents

        • People claim every Republican candidate but I couldn’t find records of Mccain or Romney

      • Dick Cheney

        • Reportedly

    • Sex Workers

  • Annual 16 day celebration

    • Cremation of Care

      • Owl of Bohemia

        • 40 foot hollow owl statue made of concrete

        • Fake moss

        • Real speakers

      • Effigy

        • “Dull Care”

      • People dressed as priests

      • Owl instructs priests to burn effigy with the “eternal flame of fellowship”

        • Walter Cronkite

        • Rumors of human sacrifice

      • Video of ceremony

        • Alex Jones

          • Horrible crazy person

          • Claimed occult ritual

    • Grove Plays

      • Annual large play with 300+ members

      • First performed in 1902

      • 1972 observer claimed play would have cast $20,000-$30,000

        • $136,000 today

  • Discrimination

    • Charged with discrimination in 1978 after it refused to hire women

      • Judge initially allowed discrimination so the men could be outside

      • Overturned in 1981

        • Women hired in limited rolls

    • 1984 Bohemian Club went to the Supreme Court of California

      • Argued that their freedom of association was being harmed

  • Logging

    • Applied for a logging permit in protected lands to “reduce risk of fire”

    • Critics (including professors) claimed redwoods are already fire resistant and it was obviously cover for a logging operation

  • Infiltration

    • Not really that hard

      • People just kind of walked in

    • Philip Weiss of Spy magazine

      • 1989

      • Spent 7 days in the camp

      • Wrote “Inside Bohemian Grove”

        • You know you are inside the Bohemian Grove when you come down a trail in the woods and hear piano music from amid a group of tents and then round a bend to see a man with a beer in one hand and his penis in the other, urinating into the bushes. Weiss also noticed "hundreds of cigars whose smokers had ignited them in defiance of the California Forest Service's posted warnings"

    • Alex Jones

      • Boarded a bus and got into the camp with a hidden camera

      • Record the cremation of care

        • Released awful commentary with video

        • Claimed “screams of pain” from effigy

        • Obviously a recording

      • Worked with Jon Ronson for The Secret Rulers of the World

      • Jon Ronson “My lasting impression was of an all-pervading sense of immaturity: the Elvis impersonators, the pseudo-pagan spooky rituals, the heavy drinking. These people might have reached the apex of their professions, but emotionally they seemed trapped in their college years.”

  • Satanic new world orders

    • Pagan/satanic cult that is trying to control the world

    • Features human sacrifices

      • Moloch

        • Canaanite god

    • Alex Jones made claims of homosexual orgies

      • Only there for 4 hours and didn’t get it on camera

      • Claimed he had to hide in the woods because he was being harassed

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  • Meetings of world leaders

    • “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here”

    • Nixon and Reagan decided who would run first

    • Claims of Manhattan project invention