A second Jester has come forward.
His answers are now included.
December 9, 2008
Editor's Note: Not that gambling wildly, getting snot slinging drunk and doing prostitutes are bad things. I mean, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? But to do so as a non profit group is, well, nothing more than a hardcore hustle. Last spring, three Jesters were caught by the FBI and pleaded guilty to violating the Mann Act. Their plea agreements describe how other Jesters’ organize prostitutes for their weekend binges. In another case, nineteen others are linked to child sex tourism. Here is an interview with two former Jesters that confirms the original email that started it all. FYI, questions about the Royal Order of Jesters sent to the Grand Lodge of New York and the Shriners the past year remain stonewalled.
In December, 2002, Jester National Officer Dennis R. Schueler, wrote to Jester webmaster Frank Bailie:
"The purpose of this letter is to inform you that at a recent Board of Directors meeting of the Royal Order of Jesters, a resolution was passed which directed the abolition of all Jester-related bulletin boards and internet sites. The primary reason behind such action was the desire of the Board to minimize to the extent possible our public exposure or its access to Jester information.
Royal Director Bill Ross appointed me to investigate all such sites and to request the webmaster to terminate them forthwith."
Then, in April, 2005, it became apparent why they wanted to be invisible.
The "Sam Houston" email was published online and instantly became the sole source of information about the Shriners' dirty little secret, the Royal Order of Jesters.
It had been sent to Texas Masons as well as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas, begging him to investigate the Royal Order of Jesters for prostitution and other "unMasonic" activities. The investigation found nothing as none of those questioned would incriminate themselves or betray their Shriner/Jester brothers.
Fortunately, two former Jesters have come forward to verify what "Sam Houston" wrote.
But first, memberships go like this.
One must first be a Master Mason who can then join groups like the Scottish Rite, the Knights Templar and the Shriners. A Shriner must be secretly invited into the Royal Order of Jesters.
Some say that the Jesters wield undue influence over the Shriners.
Seven out of twelve of the Shriners Hospitals Board of Trustees are also Jesters, including Chairman Ralph Semb,
Gene Bracewell, W. Brandt Bede M.D., Charles A. Claypool, Raul L. Frevel, Sr., Bernard J. Lemieux M.D., and Gary Dunwoody.
Jesters on the Shriner Imperial Divan include Imperial Treasurer Gene Bracewell, Alan W. Madsen, current Imperial High Priest and Prophet and Director of the Royal Order of Jesters Court #109 in Charlotte, N.C., Jack Jones, current Imperial Recorder and Jerry Gantt, current Imperial Second Ceremonial Master, chairman emeritus of the Houston Shriners Hospital Board of Governors and past director of Houston Court #136 Royal Order of Jesters.
Like the Shriners, the Royal Order of Jesters has two non profit components. The 501c10 fraternity includes about 24,000 members organized nationwide into about 200 "courts." The 501c3 charity was organized to house a "museum" at a new million dollar headquarters building in Indianapolis, Indiana.
So, how close are the Shriners and Jesters?
The Royal Order of Jesters bylaws state:
• The Annual Meeting of the National Court of the Royal Order of Jesters shall be held on the day preceding the annual meeting of the Imperial Council, A.A.O.N.M.S., at the city chosen for such meeting, or at such time or place chosen and voted by the National Court.
• A subordinate court may be established by the National Court in a jurisdiction where a temple of A.A.O.N.M.S. is located and where a Subordinate Court does not exist upon petition there for by not less than (13) Nobles of the Mystic Shrine all of whom shall be actual residents of and who maintain their domiciles in the jurisdiction of said temple of A.A.O.N.M.S.
• Upon action of the Imperial Council A.A.O.N.M.S. issuing a dispensation for a new temple A.A.O.N.M.S., the National Court may, upon application of the required number of Nobles of the A.A.O.N.M.S. for a new Subordinate Court and the recommendation of the Charters and Dispensations Committee, and the approval of the Royal Director and Royal Impresario, issue a dispensation for a Subordinate Court of Royal Order of Jesters.
The FBI and Human Trafficking Task Force are currently investigating the Royal Order of Jesters after catching three members in a human trafficking sting.
They confessed to taking prostitutes over state lines to their weekend stag parties and to a Jester national meeting in Canada. These include a former New York Supreme Court judge, a retired police captain and former Erie County prosecutor. Nineteen other Jesters were called to testify in a federal libel/slander lawsuit about their first hand knowledge of drugs and sex with minors AKA child sex tourism while on sanctioned fishing trips to Brazil.
Next are questions and answers with Jester A and Jester B.
Then, the "Sam Houston" email.
Jester A: I do not know where to even begin. I have found it difficult putting this into words
What did you see at the parties?
Jester A: Drinking, Gambling, Pigeon Shoots, Prostitution, Sexual Hazing. I could write pages on these subjects.
Jester B: The girls walking around in nothing but their G-strings, advertising so they can take a Jester to their own room. Oral sex contests. High stakes poker. Lots and lots of drinking. Porn movies running 24/7 in the hospitality room.
Who did you see at the parties, or know of, in terms of being "pillars of the community?"
Jester A: Country music stars, Politicians, lawyers, doctors, Sheriffs, Elected officials.
Jester B: Federal judges, a governor, Masonic Grand Masters, state representatives, community leaders, an Imperial Potentate sucking on a prostitute.
What do you think of the recent news coverage about those Jesters who pleaded guilty in Buffalo to taking prostitutes across state lines to their weekend parties?
Jester A: What do you want me to say? This was common practice for the books or parties.
Jester B: If these guys don't change, they will end up like Judge Tills and the others caught by the FBI. The busts in Buffalo are just the tip of the iceberg.
What do you think should happen to the Royal Order of Jesters? Non profit status suspended? Have the group disbanded?
Jester A: Officials and leaders need to be prosecuted and the Royal Order of Jesters disbanded.
Jester B: Both. The group needs to be disbanded because tax payers should not be forced to bear the tax burden as these Jester groups take advantage of their tax exempt status.
How extensive is the Jesters' network?
Jester A: Every state and every major city.
Jester B: It’s very active on the east coast.
Why in the world would the Shriners support such an organization?
Jester A: Shrine pleas ignorance, most fraternal and hospital leaders in the Shrine are Jesters.
Jester B: It's this sense that they’re special and can do whatever they want. Those who are sworn to uphold the law turn their heads if they learn of it or even participate. The Jesters control the Shrine, so no one wants to blow the whistle on himself. It’s kind of like teenage boys in a "circle jerk." You all do it because it’s supposed to be exciting and no one is supposed to tell.
Have you reported these activities to law enforcement? If so, what happened?
Jester A: Yes, Nothing because the police/sheriffs were paid to be security at the events.
Jester B: No.
Have you reported these activities to any Masonic officials? If so, what happened.
Jester A: Yes, I was prosecuted and not one Jester was prosecuted.
Jester B: No.
What would you tell the FBI and the Human Trafficking Task Force if you could?
Jester A: Hard to know where to begin this has been going on for years.
Jester B: Keep investigating, especially those who might be involved with child sex tourism. Now that is so sick, to think any of these guys might be, well, you know.
What would you tell the IRS about charitable donations being spent on prostitution if you could?
Jester A: Follow the money for research, studies within the Shrine. See where these lead to. Imperial Officers only do business with Jesters.
Jester B: The IRS needs to see if the Courts' used their money to pay for the girls or their rooms or their transportation. This could be a nationwide abuse of the non profit tax system used to support interstate prostitution. And see if the members took tax deductions for their "donations."
What would you tell the other Jesters if you could?
Jester A: Enough is Enough, End this. We can have legal meetings without all of this
Jester B: Quit lying to your wives. And uphold your Masonic vows. A Mason is pledged to be a "better man," not a drunk, gambling womanizer who's fooling the IRS.
What would you tell the Jesters wives if you could?
Jester A: You do even want to know what is really going on at these meeting or parties.
Jester B: Marriage counseling. And it’s not your fault that your husband is doing these things.
Feel free to tell the world about this organization and your thoughts about what should happen next?
Jester A: Jesters are deeply rooted into the Shrine and Masons. You have to go after all of them for this to end. Mason and Shriners are Jesters so they allow this to happen. Those who speak out are vanished from the groups.
Jester B: It's not the organization I thought it was when I joined. I thought it was for the leaders in the Shrine. I never visualized that things like this were going on because of our Masonic oath that says we’re not to have intercourse with anyone but our wives and that is what it boils down to. I thought it was an up and up organization but I found out that it was not. The government needs to get a hold of this organization and straighten it out.
From: "Texas Mason"
Subject: Shriners: Royal Order of Jesters
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005
Please post this anonymously! Please do not include my email address in your posting of this message. Masons and Shriners are pissed off about this email in Texas.
This was an email sent out about 3 weeks ago to all Texas Masons by a Mason going by the name of Sam Houston. He charges that a secret group within the Shriners called the Royal Order of Jesters is involved in an illegal prostitution and illegal gambling ring. He chose a very fitting name since Sam Houston was the first Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Texas. Here is the email that was sent:
"OH LORD MY GOD IS THERE NO HELP FOR THE WIDOW'S SON!"
"OH LORD MY GOD IS THERE NO HELP FOR THE WIDOW'S SON!"
"OH LORD MY GOD IS THERE NO HELP FOR THE WIDOW'S SON!"
Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, Right Worshipful Grand Officers, and Brethren:
I’m a Shriner in Texas. I have been a Shriner for many, many years.
I am also a Jester in the Royal Order of Jesters within the Shrine. I have not attended Blue Lodge in ages. I am going to leave my name anonymous for various reasons. I am married to a wonderful woman (the 2nd one in my life thanks to the Shriners) and I have children who have moved on to lives of their own. However, what I am about to portray to you could endanger my life and the life of my family.
I have told a few select brethren the story I am about to relay to you. I am not sure who they told, if they told anyone. More than likely, when you are done reading this email, you will surely be in disbelief of what has transpired in the past, what is transpiring today, and what is planned for the future within the Shriners organization to the disgrace of Ancient Free and Accepted Freemasonry.
When I started Masonry prior to the mid 70's, it was the best experience of my life. The brotherhood that I found was beyond belief. The Blue Lodge was truly the pinnacle of my Masonic experience. I became a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason that same year, although I never really participated in the organization. I became a Shriner somewhere in that time period. This is where my story really begins...
While in the Shrine I was very active. Taking my family with me on the weekends to events was a very exciting time in my life, and the life of my family. I was approached in the Shrine and was told that I was a good Shriner and that I was invited to join a secret society within the Shrine--The Royal Order of Jesters. This "secret society" was started back in the late teens of the 20th century. The motto was "Mirth is King" and was devoted to not brooding over sorrows, but to forget them as far as possible. This meant home life as well.
My brothers, I am a sinner. I have sinned against my family. I have sinned against myself. I have sinned against God.
The Holy Bible, Master Mason Edition, 1 Corinthians 5:11:
"But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortionist; with such an one no not to eat."
During the initiation of new Jesters I was offered the opportunity by another fellow brother to sleep with a whore, even though I had a wife and kids waiting for me to come home. I was not strong at the time and I violated every oath I had ever taken with my wife. This did not stop at initiation. These were a constant occurrence at our Jester functions and they are a common occurrence today. The initiation practices have not changed as well. Prostitutes were offered/made available at our functions and often brothers would have sex in front of other brothers.
Oral sex competitions between brothers were considered “fun” activities to build a strong brotherhood bond between members of the Royal Order of Jesters. Potentates and Chaplains, Attorneys and Judges, Past Masters and brothers all participating or watching with open eyes, but closed minds. I often felt ashamed of what I was doing, but the pleasure outweighed the guilt. I had fallen within a deep hole and my cable-tow had been severed.
Sex, illegal gambling and alcohol were and are the preferred order of business to ease the "pain" of brother Masons. Prostitutes are available at Jester functions for the brothers to have their way with.
There is also illegal gambling at our functions where Masonic brethren are playing high-stakes games with hard-earned cash. I have seen it all, brothers, and it is going on today, right under your noses, within your communities, and these men are calling themselves your Masonic brothers.
I am currently active in the Shriners and the Jesters. I am ashamed of what I have become and what the Shriners have become. I have seen threat after threat made against Masonic brothers who have not agreed or have spoken against the activities of our club. These activities are in every Royal Order of Jester’s club in the USA, and beyond our borders. You would be surprised if you knew who was Jester from your local Blue Lodges--outstanding, moral men--at least by their outwardly appearance. Our Most Worshipful Grand Chaplain of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas is a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, along with the Deputy Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas!!! I’m calling you out brothers. It is time for us to raise the bar of Masonry in Texas, even at the expense of our fraternity. Our Most Worshipful Grand Master Elmer Murphy of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas always talks about the character of a Master Mason and now he has the opportunity to present his true Masonic character when dealing with this issue given how close he is in relation to current active members in the Royal Order of Jesters.
The Jesters pride themselves in having control of all leadership positions at all of the Shrine Temples in the US and Canada as well as the Imperial Shrine leadership. Also, they have risen through the ranks in every body of Masonry including the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Rosicrucian’s, Red Cross of Constantine, Eastern Star and the Demolay organizations. There have been numerous past masters of the Grand Lodge of Texas who have been Jesters, including our most recent Grand Master Boyd Patterson, Reese Harrison Jr., and Michael Nanny. Find out who these other Masons are brothers within your local lodges and hold them accountable for their actions. I have invoked the cry of a Masonic brother in need of help!
I lost my first wife due to her finding out what went on at one of my outings. Don’t let this happen to your Masonic brothers or your friends. I am not sure if anyone in the Blue Lodge really knows this is going on, but to those of you receiving this email, you are now armed with the knowledge and it is the truth. I challenge you to prove me wrong.
I ask the Most Worshipful Grand Master Elmer Murphey of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas to conduct a full Masonic investigation into these allegations. I ask you, my brothers, to do the same within your local Blue Lodges. I am guilty. Hold me accountable, hold your Masonic brothers accountable, and hold our Most Worshipful Grand Master accountable!!!
I charge myself and every member of the Royal Order of Jesters in the State of Texas under the Laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas, Article XIII, Section VI, Paragraph 5, "Behavior at Home and In Your Neighborhood":
"You are to act as becomes a moral and wise man; ...and by avoiding gluttoness or drunkenness, that your families be not neglected or injured, nor you disabled from working."
I also invoke the request to the Most Worshipful Grand Master under Title V, Discipline, Chapter 1
Article 498 (531) "Accused's Lodges to Be Notified--notification to lodges of members who are members of the Royal Order of Jesters."
Article 499 (532) "Neglect by Lodge of Duty to Disclipline-District Deputy Grand Masters should obtain list of Jesters in their jurisdictions."
Article 499a "Powers of the Grand Master- Set this investigation in motion and work to re-establish our Masonic beliefs of ‘Making Good Men Better’."
Charges I believe should be filed against every member of the Royal Order of Jesters:
Article 506 "Certain Other Offenses":
2. "Actions which disgrace Masonry."
5. "To indulge in the intemperate use of intoxicating liquor, gambling or profane swearing."
8. "To willfully abandon his family."
13. "To cohabit with lewd women."
I encourage blue lodges in other states to conduct investigations of their own into these allegations as well.
I ask the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas to suspend all Master Masons in the State of Texas who are members of the Royal Order of Jesters, which would cease their activities within the various Shrines across the state until a full investigation may be conducted.
This email is going out to every lodge in Texas that has a website, the Grand Lodge officers of every state, the York and Scottish Rites.
Please ask questions, talk about this in your Blue Lodge, and contact the Most Worshipful Grand Master Elmer Murphey and demand this be investigated by the Grand Lodge of Texas. This information will eventually go before the public eyes if it is not handled within our Masonic fraternity. Let every Master Mason who is in a position of leadership or anyone thinking of ascending to a position of authority be on notice that their activities in the Royal Order of Jesters and their adherence to the Masonic oaths and morality will be brought into the light.
Again I am pleading for an immediate statewide investigation and a purging of the Grand Lodge line, Scottish Rite, York Rite and the Shrine. I have collected 18 local chapter rosters as well as the national Kochina group rooster. I urge every Mason to forward this e-mail to as many brother Masons and Shriners as possible. I also challenge my fellow Jesters to come out in the light and explain their actions as well as their failure to comply with their oaths to their brother Masons and families.
I know this is hard for many of you to believe. Doubt me. Prove me wrong! This is my plea! Brothers, over the years I have traveled to numerous states and the same activities occur in NY, Florida, California, Wyoming, Texas, etc.
These are your Masonic brothers, just as I am, but we are not doing what is right nor are we following Masonic principles. Help me expose this atrocity within our fraternity brothers. I am helpless without your help and support.
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