Ecofascist Zodiac

Ecofascism is a movement that calls for repressive, coercive, even violent measures to solve complex ecological or environmental issues. Additionally, ecofascists insist on the purity of the white race as an essential component in a healthy environment. Tom Metzger, a typical ecofascist, said “The best interests of the environment will meld into the best interests of race. The health of the race and the health of the environment will be one.” (Source: Voices of Terror, 2004, by Walter Laqueuer, p. 482) 

Robert Linkletter was both a racist and an environmentalist. A letter written by Marie Vigil to Charles Franich, presiding judge of the trial of John Frazier, accused murderer of the Ohta family, points out that Linkletter was a member of an extremely violent white supremacist group.

Does Frazier know about the organization of killers called the International White Guard? Does he fear his wife will be killed if he were to name Robert Linkletter and his father as being heavy in this honorable organization of killers?

In the same letter, Vigil wrote:

He stays sometimes at Lake Tahoe with his older sister, who is a widow, and belongs to the Sierra Club, which is interested in the misuse of the environment.

The Sierra Club is a conservation group headquartered in Oakland, California. Although widely touted as a progressive organization that aggressively defends the natural environment against the encroachments of capitalist greed, it nonetheless has white supremacist roots that go back to its founding in 1892. Wilderness champion and founder of the club, John Muir, made derogatory remarks about blacks and indigenous peoples. Early leaders such as Joseph LeConte, a UC Berkeley professor of geology and botany, and David Starr Jordan, the founding president of Stanford University, argued in favor of forced sterilization of black people in order to preserve the integrity of the white race. Jordan wrote a collection of essays, Blood of the Nation: A Study in the Decay of Races by the Survival of the Unfit, in order to bring the eugenics movement to the attention of a mainstream audience. It was not until July 2020 that the executive director of the Sierra Cub made an announcement repudiating the racism of the founders. 

Likewise, the Save-the-Redwoods League, another California conservation group, passed a resolution in September 2020 denouncing the racism of its founders. Established in 1918, its three founders were: John C. Merriam, a noted paleontologist at UC Berkeley and founding member of the Eugenics Education Society; Henry Fairfield Osborn, president of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, who believed  that a proper application of eugenics could preserve the Nordic or Anglo-Saxon Race; and Madison Grant, a lawyer and zoologist from New York, who believed that the Nordic race was inherently superior to all other races and advocated the sterilization of “undesirables” and “weaklings.” As president of the Bronx Zoo, he put Ota Benga, a member of the Mbuti tribe kidnapped from Congo, on display in a cage with apes in 1906. Grant’s best-known work, The Passing of the Great Race, or the Racial Basis of European History, written in 1916, expounds on the primacy of race, the worship of modern science, the subordination of the individual to the state, the need for positive and negative eugenics, and the connection between eugenics and animal husbandry.

A great admirer of Madison Grant was Adolf Hitler. He wrote him a letter thanking him for writing The Passing of the Great Race and declared it to be “my Bible.” (Source: The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism by Stefan Kuhl, p. 85) Indeed, Hitler’s own book, Mein Kampf, has many passages that seem to have been directly inspired by The Passing of the Great Race (Source: Defending the Master Race: Conservation, Eugenics, and the Legacy of Madison Grant by Jonathan Peter Spiro p. 357).

Many high-ranking officials of the Third Reich were enthusiastic and committed environmentalists. Although military and public necessities demanded significant increases in technological development and industrial capacity, Nazi rulers nevertheless made serious efforts to contain and curtail the consequent deleterious effects of factory sprawl and pollution. They proceeded to reduce the amount of  hazardous chemicals commonly used in agriculture, implement programs to protect forests and wildlife, and seek renewable sources of energy. One of the great triumphs of engineering in the twentieth century, the construction of the Autobahn, was overseen by Reichsminister Fritz Todt an “advocate for the landscape,” whose task was to preserve environmentally sensitive areas as much as possible. He and his assistant Alwin Seifert were “radical ecologists” who dreamed of a “total conversion from technology to nature.” Hitler himself was very interested in non-polluting energy sources and could speak authoritatively and in detail on the advantages and challenges of hydropower, wind power, and tidal power.

An important book that discusses this subject is Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience by Janet Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier, published in 1996 and updated in 2011. The authors show that Nazi “ecologists” like Rudolf Hess, Heinrich Himmler, and Walther Darré made forest and water conservation, organic farming, vegetarianism, opposition to animal vivisection, herbal and homeopathic medicine, and other related themes the hallmarks of their Blood and Soil (Blut und Boden) ideology. Visionary Nazis could discern a mystical connection between ‘blood’ (the race or Volk) and ‘soil’ (the land and the natural environment). The Jews, they believed, had to be kept apart from the Volk, because they were a rootless, wandering people, who lacked a true appreciation for uncontaminated landscapes and undisturbed eco-systems (Source:  Ecofascism, p. 23).

Marie Vigil said that the Sierra Club was “interested in the misuse of the environment.” These words were meant to remind Judge Franich of a similar phrase that appeared in a typewritten note that was left by the real murderers of the Ohta family (and not the accused standing trial, John Frazier).

Halloween, 1970

Today World War 3 will begin as brought to you by the People of the Free Universe. From this day forward anyone and-or company who misuses the natural environment or destroys same will suffer the penalty of death by the People of The Free Universe. I and my comrades from this day forth will fight until death or freedom, against anything or anyone who does not support natural life on this planet. Materialism must die or mankind will.

Knight of Wands, Knight of Cups, Night of Pentacles, Knight of Swords

Wands, cups, pentacles, and swords are four suits in a Tarot deck. Each suit has a knight. The third knight in the above signature line lacked the initial k to form the ominous word “night.” The word “pentacles” refers to a five sided symbol used in witchcraft to summon the devil or his servants. 

Apparently, environmental maniacs went on a rampage, because Dr. Victor Ohta chose a scenic area of the Santa Cruz mountains to build his mansion. The true reason, however, was to wipe out any witnesses, who could reveal the identity of the owner of the mysterious, horn-rimmed glasses found at Sharon Tate’s house the morning after the murders. Dr. Ohta was the ophthalmologist who prescribed them.

Aerial view of hills near Soquel showing proximity of the Ohta house and Frazier property

In the months before and after the slaying of the Ohta family, a Zodiac look-alike named Lawrence Kane was operating at Lake Tahoe (a recreational area on the border of California and Nevada, where Robert Linkletter and his family often went). Kane was middle-aged, 5’9″, 160 pounds, stocky build, pudgy stomach, short brown hair receding slightly at the temples. He wore plastic horn-rimmed glasses. He was well-spoken and had a business-like appearance. He was the one who kept pestering Darlene Ferrin in Vallejo, California, shortly before she was killed by the Zodiac on July 4, 1969. The following year he followed a young nurse named Donna Lass from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe and stalked her until her disappearance on September 6, 1970 from the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Stateline, Nevada.

Kane had a habit of approaching single women in a restaurant and engaging them in a conversation about the signs of the zodiac. He was obsessed with murder and death. He looked deeply into the eyes of Mary Hylander and frightened her with a chilling prophecy that she would “die by water.” He gave her a self-help pamphlet on how to make her dreams come true. On the inside front cover of the pamphlet he had written his name and address: Kent Williams, General Delivery, Stateline Post Office, South Lake Tahoe, CA.

On March 22, 1971, the San Francisco Chronicle received a homemade postcard featuring a newspaper sketch of a condominium development in Incline Village on the north side of Lake Tahoe. Words cut from newspapers were pasted over the sketch, including “Sierra Club,” “sought victim 12,” “peek through the pines,” and “pass around Lake Tahoe.”  The cross hair symbol of the Zodiac appears on the bottom right. Above it in the top right quadrant is a hole, made by a hole punch, that seems to indicate the demise of the next victim on an enumerated list.

Ray Lauritzen, Chief of Police of South Lake Tahoe, publicly declared his belief that there was a connection between the Zodiac’s postcard and the disappearance of Donna Lass. He sent detectives to Incline Village to look for clues, but they failed to find anything. Because of heavy snow, the police discontinued their search until after the ground was clear.

In 1974 Harvey Hines, a police officer from Sonora, California investigating the Zodiac Killer, went to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department to find out what progress they had made in their search for Donna Lass. It turned out nothing was done since that trip to Incline Village three years earlier. They seemed to have a surprising lack of interest in the case.

Hines went to the Sahara Hotel and spoke to people who worked on the casino floor, in the restaurant, and in the management offices. He asked if there was anyone who showed a particular interest in Donna and might possibly be involved in her disappearance. Three women, each of whom requesting anonymity, broached the same name: Larry Kane. They said that he recently left his job and apparently moved away to some unknown location.

The police department allowed Hines to see their file on Donna Lass. It contained two reports of witnesses who came to the police shortly after the publication of the Sierra Club postcard. One concerned the aforementioned Mary Hylander. The other came from an unnamed woman. Both gave descriptions of a creepy astrologer who exactly matched the description of Kane given by witnesses at the Sahara Hotel. The only difference was that the astrologer used the name “Kent Williams,” not Larry Kane.

The file also contained a preliminary report that said that the name “Sierra Club” on the postcard referred to the Clair Tappaan Ski Lodge about 60 miles northwest of South Lake Tahoe and 35 miles west of Incline Village. The manager of the lodge was Kent Williams, the same name that Larry Kane used as an alias. Hines was amazed that no one from the police department or the sheriff’s office had gone to the lodge or contacted the manager.

According to an obituary, Kent Ellis Williams was born January 31, 1930, in Redwood City, California. He trained as a medic in the Army during the Korean War and attained the rank of lieutenant. He was later selected to attend the Army Language School in Monterrey, California where he studied Arabic. He and his wife Patricia (Hudnell) transferred to Germany, where they had a home in Heilbronn. There he and his wife “warmly welcomed a few of their old Language School friends who had also been assigned to Germany.” At the end of his Army tour, the couple moved to the Bay Area and lived there for several years. In 1969 the Sierra Club hired them to manage the club’s ski lodge at Lake Tahoe. After seven years, Kent left his wife and returned to San Francisco. There he worked for the Oceanic Society (an organization started in 1969 to preserve marine wildlife and habitats) and for a time he served as a drug and alcohol counselor for the Henry Ohlhoff House. He died August 25, 2021 in Palo Alto from a chronic heart condition.

The Clair Tappaan Lodge was named after a prominent leader in the Sierra Club who died in 1932. Over the next two years volunteers built the massive, rustic, three-story structure near the tiny community of Norden (about eight miles west of Donner Memorial State Park, where an ill-fated pioneer wagon train was stuck in snow during the winter of 1846 to 1847). It became a popular place for club members who liked to ski. With the coming of spring and the melting of snow, the lodge was reserved for club directors, their families, and friends to socialize and to go on organized hikes and climbs.

Hines went to the lodge to see what he could find out. When he discovered that the physical description of the real Kent Williams did not match the description of Kane, he dropped him as a potential suspect. 

Several years later Hines met with the ex-wife of Kent Williams, who was still living in the area of Norden. She told him about a curious discovery that was made on or near the property of the lodge.

In August 1976 Otto Fredericks, a retired postmaster of the Norden post office, was hiking on a trail past the lodge going northeast toward the Donner Ski Ranch when he discovered a ritualistic configuration of sticks and stones. A circle of wood fourteen feet in diameter enclosed a six-foot square of wood. Inside the square was a triangle of three sticks. Inside the triangle were thirteen stones arranged to form a cross. So intriguing was the design that Fredericks took pictures of it.

Cross-and-triangle configuration found by Otto Fredericks

The Rosicrucian figures were northeast of Clair Tappaan Lodge, probably somewhere near Lytton Creek. The lifts for Donner Ski Ranch are south of Lytton Lake.

Hines met with Fredericks, and together they went out to see it. Convinced that it was the burial ground of Donna Lass, he reported the find to the police. Exhibiting interest at first, their interest faded when they learned that it was out of their jurisdiction. The county sheriff’s department manifested only a remote interest in the find.

Hines returned to the site and, with the help of an employee of the lodge, dug to a depth of four feet. Their efforts yielded a pair of woman’s sunglasses but nothing more.

The significance of the symbols was explained in a letter by Dave Peterson:

When the symbols were described to me by Hines (I had been covering and investigating the Zodiac case since 1969 as a Vallejo Times-Herald police reporter now retired) I was able to identify them as symbols used by the Rosicrucian Society and pictured in their literature. The triangle and cross represented the Deity, although the society is not a religious organization. It calls itself an international mystic association and teaches astrology.

The use of Rosicrucian symbols by Zodiac confirmed my earlier discovery that Zodiac was a disciple of Aleister Crowley. He was a renegade Rosicrucian who led a breakaway cult called the Golden Dawn and was a notorious black magician.

Zodiac’s “killing hood” at Lake Berryessa displayed a crossed circle similar to Crowley’s ritual hooded robe featuring another crossed circle, the Rosy Cross of Rosicrucianism.

Cross and triangle of Golden Dawn Study Journal

Apparently, the Clair Tappaan Lodge harbored devotees of Aleister Crowley and the Golden Dawn. 

A Rosicrucian symbol – a rosy red crucifix – appears on a postcard sent by the Zodiac Killer to the San Francisco Chronicle on October 5, one month after the disappearance of Donna Lass and two weeks before the slaying of the Ohta family. Above the cross is the number 13. On the right side are thirteen punched holes. Evidently, Lass managed to elude the spot reserved for “victim 12,” but failed to escape becoming number 13. 

A similar tally of murdered victims appears on a cupboard door at Spahn Ranch: “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ALL GOOD CHILDREN go to heaven?”  The Manson Family were avid listeners of the Beatles and got the nursery rhyme from the ending refrain, repeated seven times, of the song “You Never Give Me Your Money” from the album Abbey Road, released in the UK on September 25, 1969 and in the US on October 1, 1969. The numbers represent five victims at the Tate house and two more at the LaBianca house.  

The Zodiac Killer wrote an abbreviated version of the rhyme in mirror reverse form on the envelope of a letter he sent to a television station in Los Angeles on May 2, 1978. The abbreviation “AIC” might stand for the return address “Anaheim in California” which was where the envelope was postmarked. Or it might (also?) mean “CIA” in reverse. The Beatles Apple logo is in the bottom left corner.

May 2, 1978 envelope

Channel Nine Letter. A full view of the letter can be seen at Tom Voight’s site here.

The cupboard door at Spahn Ranch had a misspelling of Helter Skelter: “HELTER SCELTER coming down fast.” The phrase comes from another Beatle song, “Helter Skelter,” which was on the White Album released on November 22, 1968 (the fifth anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy).

Well, look out! Helter-skelter
She’s coming down fast
Yes, she is
Yes, she is
Coming down fast.

“Helter Skelter” became the code name for a domestic terrorism operation aimed at starting a race war between whites and blacks by killing rich white people and blaming the murders on the blacks. Charles Manson was a racist, who etched a swastika into his forehead. According to Jeff Guinn, author of Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, “Charles Manson was one of the most virulent racists that ever walked the planet.” Manson read Nietzsche, believed in the master race, and told his followers that Hitler was “a tuned-in guy who leveled the karma of the Jews.”

Like Robert Linkletter, Manson  was a devoted environmentalist. He conceived an ecological belief system called ATWA, an acronym for Air, Trees, Water, Animals. These are the forces of nature, Manson would say, which must be kept in balance in order to preserve the ecological harmony of the Earth.

In September 1975, about a week after Lynette Fromme attempted to shoot President Gerald Ford, another Manson follower named Sandra Good made a proclamation that “The International People’s Court of Retribution” was going after rich capitalists who were polluting the environment, cutting down the redwoods, manufacturing aerosol sprays, and so on. She released to the Associated Press a list of 74 corporation executives guilty of harming the ATWA and therefore worthy of violent death. She said that executives of “Exxon, ITT, Standard Oil, lumber company executives, Gulf Oil, must get out the country, or you’ll be killed.” Three months later, she and another ecofascist Susan Murphy were arrested for conspiring to mail 171 threatening letters to businessmen and government leaders in their fervent campaign to protect the ecology of the planet. On April 13, 1976 a judge sentenced Good to fifteen years in prison and Murphy five years.

Sandra Good (left) and Susan Murphy (right) arrive at Federal Court building in Sacramento for sentencing.

That same day, April 13, ecology was the theme of another article in the Los Angeles Times. Art Linkletter, chairman of the Tyler Ecology Fund’s board of governors, was the main speaker at an annual event bestowing an ecology award of $150,000 each on Dr. Abel Wohlman and Dr. Charles Elton, men noted for “conferring the greatest benefit on mankind in the field of ecology and improvement of the environment.” The event was held in the ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and was attended by some of the most illustrious people in Los Angeles.

The Tyler Ecology Award was established by Alice Tyler as a memorial to her late husband, John C. Tyler, the co-founder of Farmers Insurance. Dr. Abel Wolman was given the award for his pioneering work in the use of chlorine to kill germs and parasites in municipal water supplies. Dr. Charles Elton, a British zoologist, was the author of the classic work Animal Ecology. His most notable achievement was finding more efficient methods of controlling the populations of rats, mice, and rabbits. Due to an illness that kept Dr. Elton from making the trip to the United States, Dr. Richard Miller of Yale University accepted the award for him.

Alice Tyler’s stature as a benefactor for environmental causes brought her a special recognition. Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark, grand chancellor of the Sovereign Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem of Denmark, came to Los Angeles to officiate at the investiture of Mrs. Tyler as Dame of the Order. Also honored at the ceremony was heart surgeon Michael DeBakey and General Omar Bradley, who both received the Commander Cross of Merit. The Order was founded in 1164 during the reign of King Valdemar the Great. Originally it controlled the Island of Rhodes, then it moved to the Island of Malta. After Napoleon defeated the Knights of Malta and took the island, the Catholic Knights retreated to Rome and became the Knights of Malta. The Scandinavian Knights went back to their homeland to become the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem.

The ceremony took place on September 4, 1980 at the Westwood United Methodist Church. Among those attending was Alice Tyler’s close friend, Robert Linkletter. A picture of them greeting each other had the caption: “Robert Linkletter a few days before his tragic accident. He was one of her favorites.”

The next picture shows Prince Peter and Alice Tyler at the reception in the Grand Trianon Room of the Beverly Wiltshire Hotel. 

Prince Peter on the left, Alice Tyler, with Fernando Flores leading the toasting song.

Prince Peter was a first cousin of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth. Born in Paris in 1908, he had families ties to both the Greek and Danish monarchies. He went to the University of Paris where he got a law degree and he went to the London School of Economics where he got a doctorate in anthropology.

When the Germans invaded Greece during the Second World War, the King of Greece and the royal family fled to Cairo, Egypt. Prince Peter was an aide-de-camp for the king and had the task of reorganizing remnants of the Greek army to fight alongside Allied armies in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy.

British foreign service documents released by the public record office show that Prince Peter was a politically dangerous troublemaker in league with “discontented right-wingers” who were undermining the Allied war effort against the Nazis. An August 19, 1999 article for The Guardian by Alan Travis entitled “Prince Philip’s cousin ‘subverted war against the Nazis’” said that “Prince Peter, at one time second in line to the Greek throne, was regarded as ‘a constant source of trouble.’ He later made an unsuccessful attempt to become King of Greece.” Senior foreign office officials wrote in January 1943:

The general impression is that Prince Peter is a focus for intrigue by displaced or discontented rightwingers, who obviously think he has direct access to the King. Apart from the troublemaking aspects of his character, Prince Peter lacks the solid qualities of the King and Crown Prince. He made an essentially foolish marriage. To sum up, Prince Peter is a disturbing element in the Middle East, and his transfer elsewhere would be in the interests of the Greek war effort.

After the war, he and his wife Irene, a White Russian emigre, settled in Kalimpong, India, where he became an anthropologist studying the people and culture of Tibet. Kalimpong is a town in the state of West Bengal near the border of Tibet. He became an expert on the Tibetan custom of polyandry, or the practice of a single woman having multiple husbands.

The prince would have liked to conduct his field work within the country of Tibet itself, but the government repeatedly denied his requests for entry. Perhaps it feared that he was really a spy serving American interests. A newspaper column by Francis X. Norton dated April 4, 1959 said,

“the Communist press in India cried that Kalimpong, in Northern India at the border of Sikkim, the little kingdom which separates Tibet from India, was being used as a foreign subversive base against China. They claimed that Prince Peter of the Greek Royal Family, long settled in Kalimpong in pursuit of alleged “anthropological studies,” was the key foreign figure whose continued stay was not in the interests of Sino-Indian relations. It was actually headlined at this time that the “Foreigners Plan a Second Hungary in Tibet,” and “the American lobby was operating in Kalimpong with the obvious objective of bringing about a Hungary in Tibet against the Chinese government.” 

The Hungarian Revolt, instigated by the CIA and Hungarian ex-Nazis, was still fresh in the minds of people reading Norton’s column. The uprising lasted 12 days before being crushed by Soviet tanks and troops on November 4, 1956.

Among Prince Peter’s tasks were to collect Tibetan scripts for the Danish Royal Library and to take bodily and facial measurements. He accumulated data on 5000 Tibetans. His fascination with Tibet might have sprung from the same occult sources that inspired Heinrich Himmler to send an expedition of five scientists to Tibet in 1938. Their mission was to find descendants of the Aryan race in Shambhala and Agharti, to seek hidden subterranean cities beneath the Himalayas, and to make contact with the guardians of secret occult powers, especially vril. Although they failed to find subterranean cities and adepts with occult powers, they did find among the Tibetan ruling class those who had Aryan characteristics. The anthropologist of the team, Bruno Beger, used eye color charts, made face masks, and applied calipers to measure skulls, noses, ears, and eyes in order to determine racial characteristics of 376 people. He believed that he found “Europid traits” in the people he examined. The methodology that Beger used was the same one used by the Prince of Greece in the post-war years.

Since the fall of the Third Reich, the link between environmentalism and racism has for the most part remained unbroken. In the United States, government and private corporations have not hesitated to put onerous ecological burdens on non-whites. In 1987, the United Church of Christ’s Commission for Racial Justice published an influential report that showed that hazardous waste facilities were disproportionately located in minority communities and called this “a form of racism.” The environmental movement, the report observed, “has historically been white middle and upper-class.” The situation has not changed over the intervening years. An article in the New York Times, April 28, 2021, “People of Color Breathe More Hazardous Air,” said that a new study found that black people are exposed to more pollution from every type of source, including oil refineries and chemical plants. It further said that they are exposed to greater-than-average concentrations of a dangerous form of fine particulate air pollution, which is responsible for 85,000 to 200,000 excess deaths a year in the United States. A 2003 United States Commission on Civil Rights report concluded: “It appears, therefore, that minorities attract toxic storage and disposal facilities, but these facilities do not attract minorities.”

A 1990 study revealed that non-whites were less than 2% of the combined 745 employees of the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council (N.R.D.C.), and Friends of the Earth. Fred Krupp, executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund, said: “Environmental groups have done a miserable job of reaching out to minorities.” The situation improved slightly by 2014, when a study revealed that non-whites occupied 11% of leadership positions in environmental organizations.

A long overdue reversal of this dismal situation occurred in 2020 when the Sierra Club and the Save-the-Redwood League both repudiated the racism of its founders. Executive director Michael Brune said that the Sierra Club once excluded people of color and catered to middle- and upper-class whites. He further said, “For all the harms the Sierra Club caused, and continues to cause, to Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color, I am deeply sorry.” He then pledged to begin rectifying environmental and racial injustices. This is certainly a step in the right direction.

Author: William Weston

Researcher of conspiracies for over 25 years. Among articles written are "On the Death of JFK: Spider’s Web at the Trade Mart" and "The USS Indianapolis Conspiracy."

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