STRANGE CONNECTIONS: JAMES TAYLOR, THE GAME CLUE, OPIUM, AND PRESIDENTIAL ASSASSINATION?

IT ALL STARTS WITH SALMONELLA AND A GOOD GAME OF CLUE

Around August 12th, 1849 in Meadville, Pennsylvania on a northern tour of the country President Zachary Taylor would suffer from typhoid for 3 days and recover. In April 1850 he would dine with William H. Prescott who he tried to convince to write a history of the Mexican-War. Out of spite, Prescott would write the Conquest of Mexico…about Cortez and his friends instead.

I wonder about Prescott. He had dined with Polk before he died. Polk had been sick afterward but survived. Prescott would be a great spy. He had access to John Quincy Adams, James Polk, Arthur Wellington, Prince Albert, and Zachary Taylor. Prince Albert would die of typhoid as well. Two years after Prescott’s death though. Taylor would become sick 3 months after meeting Prescott, I believe typhoid incubates for a week or two? Can it lay dormant longer? Zachary Taylor would be the second of the only two Whig candidates who were elected president, and the second to die early in their term of Typhoid. The first was William Harrison who died within a month of his inauguration and under 2 months of his son’s death.

Daniel Webster a character in Sub Rosa.

Daniel Webster. His son marries Stephen White’s daughter and his brother-in-law marries the other daughter. Webster prosecuted innocent men for Stephen White to get away with murdering his uncle. The two would go on to assassinate President Harrison.

Now Stephen White was the power behind Daniel Webster who was 1 of 3 of the most powerful senators in the country. Webster was the prosecutor in the Joseph White murder, the uncle of Stephen. Stephen got away with the murder and then engineered the assassination of William Harrison with Daniel Webster and Henry Clay. The Joseph White murder is the basis of the Parker Brother’s choice to purchase the American rights to the English game Cluedo and rename it Clue. What spur this? A grand uncle of the Parker Brothers was the judge in the murder case who dies the night before the trial started.

Now as Prescott was leaving Boston for Washington to dine with Taylor the famous Webster-Parkman trial was happening. Lemuel Shaw was the State Superior Court Justice on the case. He was the man Webster appointed to the position of Chief Justice after he possibly murdered Chief Justice Parker.  Parker previously presided over a hung jury libel case Webster brought against someone who claimed he was a traitor during the Hartford Convention. Since Shaw heard the case for Selman and Chase who were acquitted in the White murder previously he could not hear the murder case against the  Knapps. He was also married to a Knapp. So it proved a horrible choice for Webster to make. Also, the Knapp’s attorney was the same defense attorney from the libel case.

Parkman Webster Murder illustration

Now the suspect in the John Parkman murder was John White Webster. Daniel Webster was asked to prosecute the case. Did Daniel Webster refuse the case because of too many memories of the Captain Joseph White murder case in Salem? The suspect had White and Webster in his name. The judge, Lemuel Shaw, was his first choice for the White murder, after the Parker murder that was.

Parker. Parkman? It does sound eerily familiar. Was Webster hearing the tell-tale heart? Especially if he was sending his youthful friend to poison a president. Prescott’s father was another traitor during the Hartford Convention with Daniel Webster. This would be the first assassination after the mysterious death of Stephen White after an accidental poisoning,  second if you include Polk who had left office already. Stephen White was behind the assassination of Harrison with Webster and Clay.

Now Prescott had just spent time with Parkman’s son at the time of the murder. Also, Prescott’s aunt was married to John White Webster. Parkman and John White Webster were teachers at Harvard.

Parkman helped create the McLean Asylum which is now in Belmont, MA. He would also testify at the Abraham Prescott murder which tried using sleepwalker as a defense in the murder. He was testifying that insanity can be genetically passed along since Abraham Prescott close family were all nuts. It was Daniel Webster’s friend Rufus Choate who first successfully used sleepwalking as a defense in American history in 1846. Choate convinced a jury that the accused, Albert Tirrell, did not cut the throat of his lover, or, if he did so, he did it while sleepwalking, under the ‘ insanity of sleep’.

John White Webster had murdered Parkman and dismantled his corpse and tried burning him in Harvard’s incinerator.

Trivia. Lemuel Shaw’s daughter Elizabeth marries Herman Melville. He presided over Cobb Vs Cobb in which Brigham Young was having affair with Augusta Adams and Henry Adams wins a divorce. Brigham Young will be at Nathaniel Felt’s house in Salem when he hears news of Joseph Smith’s death. Felt was married to John Quincy Adam’s cousin. Shaw was married to Elizabeth Knapp who was the daughter of Josiah Knapp. George Parkman’s sister married Robert Gould Shaw, grandfather of 54th regiment Robert Gould Shaw (the general Matthew Broderick played in Glory). Also, Nathaniel Russell Sturgis was married to Susannah Parkman. Maybe they all bought to much opium from Sturgis.

Sturgis was in the employment of Thomas Perkins’ opium empire which made his Forbes nephews a fortune and the drug empire was later sold to the Russells, the family who founded the Skull & Bones.

McLean Asylum later would house Ray Charles, James Taylor, and John Nash. Ray Charles and James Taylor would be addicts of a form of opium…

I bet you had no clue…

For more information on tunnels in Salem and how the city shaped American history read Sub Rosa and Salem Secret Underground: The HIstory of the Tunnels in the City. Available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and anywhere books are sold! Also eBooks available atwww.salemhousepress.com. Also, take the Salem Smugglers’ Tour when in Salem MA to learn this all first hand from the author.
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THE PHILIPS SCHOOL AND HOCUS POCUS

BARBECUE WITCH ANYONE…

This was the location of the school in Hocus Pocus. In 1992 on the 300 year anniversary of the Witchcraft Hysteria Elie Wiesel dedicated the memorial and Disney filmed Hocus Pocus. In this building in the film, the three witches are burned in the incinerator. While filming, Disney did not think the Common had enough leaves and colors so they shipped massive dump trucks to the park. Today the steeple is missing on the building, along with most of the steeples in Salem. Also, my neighbor, Miss Fitzgerald was one of the original teachers in the school who died not too long ago at 99 years old. After knowing her for 15 years I realized she was retired longer than I was alive.

I hear this building is still open to the tunnels, now just to get in…

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TOUR UNDER ROMANTIC VICTORIAN LAMPS IN SALEM

THE SALEM SMUGGLERS’ TOUR; MORE THAN WITCHES…

Chris Dowgin tour guide of Salem Smugglers' Tour.

Your guide and Author Chris Dowgin.

Tours leaving Thursday through Monday at 3pm and 8pm under Victorian gas lamps in the historic Salem Commons. Learn how one small park could have such an impact on American history and your lives’ today!  Book Your Tickets Today!
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FOUNDING OF A GAME EMPIRE

PAID FOR BY SMUGGLING…

William B Parker was the grandfather of the Parker Brothers and a smuggler in Salem.

 

I am William Parker. I am a Smuggler in Salem and the Parker Brothers’ grandfather. My cousin’s mysterious death before he presided over the famous Joseph White murder of 1830 led my grandson to purchase Cluedo and rename it Clue. The mysterious death of Chief Justice Isaac Parker the night before he was to be in court spurred my grandson’s purchase of the game.

I was smuggling through the tunnel under the granite steps of my house. Shhh!!! I might have helped my grandsons start their company from my underground ventures…

Find out more in Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and its sequel Sub Rosa. Available at Remember Salem, Jolie Tea, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

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Thomas Perkins Opium and Tunnels

The House that Millions Have Died from…

Thomas Perkins House at 7 Ash Street

Thomas Perkins became an opium dealer after he escaped with his life from the Haitian Slave Revolt and gave up slave trading for opium dealing. He was responsible for almost 80% of China’s youth being addicted. He built this smaller home that differed from his co-conspirators after receiving bribes from his nephew from Baring Brothers in the name of the Bank of England to push forth the Second Bank of the United States in 1816. In 1811 he received enough bribes to build this house and the buy the Franklin Building on the lot where the Hawthorne Hotel now stands.

Just like the First Bank of the United States which lost its charter in 1811 for giving 70% of our treasury to the British, which we defeated in the Revolutionary War, at the conclusion of the war; men like Perkins became directors of the Second Bank of the United States at the conclusion of the War of 1812 which in turn also gave 70% of our treasury to the British. On his death, he gave the property to the Salem Marine Society who still retains a clubhouse on top of the hotel.

Also, America’s connection to Afghanistan opium starts with my deals with my cousin, the Minister to Turkey for England,  who smuggled the goods through Turkey for us to sell in China. My nephews who I brought into the business sold the company to the family who started the Skull & Bones. They are the Forbes. The Forbes met the Walkers and Bushs at Yale. Yale supplies many to the CIA. The CIA smuggle the opium. George Walker Bush who grew up near my township of Perkins in Maine knew the Forbes and my opinion that if drugs are illegal it is good for competition for those who continue business anyway. Bush began the war on drugs, not to get rid of them…

This is the house one stubborn Salem lady ended urban renewal in Salem when she refused to move. This is one of the many homes in Salem connected to the tunnels that built the first fortunes in America!

Find out more in Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and its sequel Sub Rosa. Available at Remember Salem, Jolie Tea, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

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BULFINCH TUNNELS

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS TUNNEL

Bulfinch Tunnels. This is part of the tunnel system between the Adams and Jefferson buildings of the Library of Congress that is at least 4 levels deep. Charles Bullfinch gave a tour of Boston’s and Salem’s underground through their tunnels to President James Monroe and was hired to dig Washington D.C.’s tunnels.

Find out more in Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and its sequel Sub Rosa. Available at Remember Salem, Jolie Tea, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

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Charles Bulfinch’s Almshouse in Salem MA

The Architect of Washington DC Built this and Boston…


Poor House Salem MA

The City Almshouse (or Poor Farm) which stood on Collins Cove, on present day Memorial Drive, for over 140 years, was built in 1816 from plans by Charles Bulfinch. There had been other almshouses in Salem in earlier times, one at the corner of Summer and Broad Streets, and one at the northeast corner of Salem Common. Bulfinch was notorious for connecting tunnels to his buildings. Did this one have access to the 3 miles of tunnels in town? I wonder if they could of ran a brothel out of the women’s wing?

During its original building there is a story about a mystery. Several foundations were laid, but they all cracked, until…They realized that heat was escaping from the volcano in the cove which was cracking the foundation. Once they put in proper ventilation for the heat vents the problem was solved. The capstone to the volcano stands now on top of Eagle Hill in Salem Woods.

Also the threat of living in this building was enough to end the Witchcraft Hysteria of 1811. When the master of the house visited an indigent woman on Northey Street, who had gathered a thousand people to her door after her complaints of suffering fits from a witch in Boston, and ended the hysteria by offering the woman the chance to work in the poor house or leave town; she left town. This was the same year they closed down the old Witch Gaol from the first hysteria and broke ground for the new jail; I assume they expected a larger turn out this time…

This almshouse was adjacent to the town farms, allowing able-bodied residents to work on the farm to offset their maintenance. The building was a five-story brick residence overlooking Collins Cove and could house 100 residents.The number of residents grew from 70 in the 1870’s to 146 by 1883. In 1884, a second building was built next to the almshouse to serve as a hospital for contagious diseases and for the mentally ill. The hospital was known under many names, such as “contagious hospital”, “insane hospital” and “pesthouse”.  The adjacent almshouse was razed in 1954.

In the early 1980’s, developers of a condominium complex inadvertently reactivated an unsolved mystery when they discovered 5 headstones on the property, probably from early residents of the almshouse or hospital. Who these unfortunates were is still not known.

An article from Lynn Sunday Post quotes Frank Remon, a former harbor master saying that there were a number of persons buried on the old city hospital land and that it was known as “Hospital Burying Ground.”

 

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~Mr. Zac

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