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The "Caliphate" Tape
This foreword does NOT express the opinions of Peter-Robert Koenig but
that of its anonymous writer.
This is a transcript of a 45 minute audio tape made of a meeting
held between Grady Louis McMurtry, William Breeze, Jim Wasserman,
Richard Gernon, Michael Kramer and Alan Cabal, for the purpose of
discussing Liber CXCIV (Book 194) "An Intimation with Reference to
the Constitution of the Order". The exact date of the meeting is
unknown, however, according to witnesses, it occurred during the
Spring of 1984, when the "Caliphate" was still in its infancy in
regards to implementing the organizational structure of the
Constitution of this O.T.O. In 1983, McMurtry made a trip to
Europe for initiations. He was failing in health then and had to
be cared for by David Rietti, a brother with nursing experience,
during those travels. McMurtry returned from that trip in October
of 1983; and travel was mostly curtailed for him after that on
account of ill health. (D.R.'s differences with O.T.O. were very
much later [dealt with in Peter-R. Koenig's "Noch Mehr
Materialien zum O.T.O."). This trip to the East Coast of the US
was probably during the Motta v. Weiser suit in Maine, where
McMurtry testified as a witness (not a litigant) in March of 1984
— that one almost did him in, health wise. Following that,
McMurtry had to be hospitalized on and off until his death, owing
to congestive heart failure. He had been hospitalized for the same
reason earlier, and during the 1985 9th District case in San
Francisco, he was only able to attend some of the time in a
wheelchair. He died shortly after Ad Veritatem's (Wasserman's)
Tahuti Lodge "healing ritual" on July 15th 1985.
The audio recording is of high quality and has been carefully
Everyone's voice instantly can be recognized, and over the years
anyone familiar with the situation easily picks out: 1) Michael
Kramer, who operated the turbulant and infamous Kephra Chapter
O.T.O. from the Newkirk Plaza apartment in Brooklyn in the 80's,
2) Richard Gernon (who succeeded Wasserman as Tahuti Lodge Master
(also see Motta's OTO News on page 513 of Motta's Magick Without
Tears Part 2)). He was an officer in Motta's Nashville
organization as well as a "Caliphate" officer. Gernon, aka Gurney,
committed suicide via a drug overdose in March of 1988. 3) James
Wasserman, the former GSG, who recently (December 98) quit the
post of "Revolutionary" (a title which is discussed in this
meeting) after displaying an obsession with government
conspiracies, and an inappropriate affinity with David Koresh's
Branch Davidian of Waco Texas fame. 4) Bill Breeze, who assumed
the position of O.H.O. of the current "Caliphate", 5) Alan Cabal,
who was recently (January of 1999) "kicked out of the Caliphate"
for "unauthorized XI degree inititaions" and finally 6) the late
Grady Louis McMurtry himself, who died in July of 1985. The actual
meeting took place in an apartment on Marlboro Road near Newkirk
Plaza in Brooklyn, N.Y. According to Bill Heidrick, Breeze himself
less than two years ago, admitted to the meeting, however quickly
added the disclaimer that McMurtry was busy throwing a tantrum
that day having lost a game of Risk (a popular board game in the
US which simulates a battle for global domination). Apparently
this disclaimer was made as an attempt to diminish the
significance of McMurtry's disagreements with the others during
The general topic of the meeting is the plan to implement the
constitution of the order.
The subject may have been influenced by Grady McMurtry's
interpretation of the "election notice" that Karl Germer sent out.
Germer did quote or paraphrase Crowley's election procedure from
the Constitution of the Order of Thelemites (1920's). McMurtry
seems to have taken it as both A.·. A.·. and O.T.O., but the
election was never held anyway. This "election notice" was the a
part of the basis of distinction between Germer as de facto or de
juro OHO in McMurtry's policy until 1985 — when the US 9th
Federal Court determined that there was no meaningful distinction
between these two standings.
EVERYONE knew that this Tape was being made. Upon Grady's death,
multiple copies of the Tape became available. The late Richard
Gernon is even rumored to have sold a copy to support his publicly
known drug habit, shortly before his suicide. The point here is
that this thing has passed through the hands of people who are now
dead: McMurtry and Gurney, people who are unavailable and
untraceable, non-initiates, and initiates of other disciplines and
initiates who are currently banned from the Order (Cabal) or
seeking a new burst of fame (Kramer).
Before the Tape ends, you'll find a spot where Wasserman asks to
go off the record and they actually pause the recording to discuss
Bill Heidrick. When the Tape is started again McMurtry is
describing the situation and disposition of Heidrick. The East
Coast "Caliphate" O.T.O. obviously traditionally hated Bill
Heidrick. He was always depicted as being a loathsome character.
It is assumed that in the back of his mind, Bill Heidrick always
expected that he would be named "Caliph" by McMurtry, upon
McMurtry's death (see also Heidrick's letter to Kenneth Grant,
dated 9 September 1985, facsimile in P.R. Koenig "Materialien zum
O.T.O."). Seemingly, there was the impression that Heidrick was a
wealthy man who lacked imagination and ability, but made up for it
with money and time. McMurtry is saying at the end of the Tape
that if Breeze and company want Heidrick out, he's out, but that
they should not overlook the value of his material worth,
enthusiasm, whatever. Since Heidrick published The Magickal Link
newsletter for years McMurtry felt he had "enormous talent". But
there was talk of taking control of publication of "The Magickal
Link" away from Heidrick after McMurtry died.
Elsewhere in the transcript McMurtry acknowledges that Breeze and
Wasserman look at Heidrick as a bureaucrat, a frustrating and ugly
politician. This label was not without merit, however, Grady is
quick to point out that while Heidrick might be a bureaucrat,
Breeze was perceived as a "corporate" and that both management
styles (Corporate O.T.O. and Bureaucratic O.T.O.) would lead to
being out of touch with the people of the order. Many former
members of the "Caliphate" agree with this. The O.T.O. was never
meant to be a business OR a form of government.
The tape ends abruptly, it is currently unknown how much more of
this conversation is available.
"Um" and "Uh" are not words but noises that hesitant people often
make when "stuck" between words.
Several times a person begins to say a word and stops. You'll find
"someth...", "su..." and maybe others. These are not typographical
errors, but unfinished words.
Naturally, this conversation is full of emotional voices. Still,
interpreting or mentioning emotional state except when absolutely
necessary is avoided.
Part one of the transcript
Part two of the transcript
This is the
MP3 version of the tape itself.
Disclaimer: This tape has been widely circulated before.
MP3 version is on a complete non-profit base.
Some background information
Lawyers and Historians: The 'Caliphate' versus the Truth? — Introduction
the Maine decision 1984 [to the disfavour of the 'Caliphate']
| the California decision 1985 [to the favour of the 'Caliphate']
Purchase of the copyrights on Aleister Crowley from the Official Receiver (OR)
The 1999 Particulars of Claim ['Caliphate']
Financial Reports 1996-1999 of the 'Caliphate'
Erraneous opinion on the International Copyright Situation. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
What the 'Caliphate' does not want you to know . Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
Crowley's Probate. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
'Caliphate' Capers. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000. Based upon a draft by James Graeb
Structure, Constitutions and Money. Partly written by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
Library of Congress, letter dated September 6, 2000
2000, July: An analysis of the Bylaws of the 'Caliphate' and its Board of Directors. By James Graeb
2000, July: Incorporation of O.T.O., Argentum Astrum and E.G.C.
2000: "Caliphate-O.T.O. Win" and the The Writing on the Wall. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
Court Order of October 2000
James T. Graeb, co-founder and IX° of the 'Caliphate', a lawyer, calls the 'Caliphate' a "Puppet Show
Piece" and files suit vs William Breeze, William Heidrick, Marcus Jungkurth et alii in 2001
The 2002 Ruling
The Summary so far
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