On December 1st, 1947, Aleister Crowley passed away as an undischarged bankrupt. The Official Receiver assigned to manage his affairs accepted a claim of £450 made by Karl Germer on behalf of the O.T.O., which was an unincorporated association, as property held in trust by Crowley for the organization. In his Last Will and Testament dated June 9th, 1947, Crowley did not mention Grady Louis McMurtry (1918–1985) and invalidated all previous wills. However, he did appoint journalist John Symonds (1914–2006) and novelist Louis Wilkinson (also known as Louis Marlowe, 1881–1966) as his literary executors. Karl Germer (1885–1962) and painter Frieda Harris (1877–1962) were made responsible for Crowley's personal belongings, while Germer assumed leadership of the O.T.O.
After Crowley's death, Germer, Wilkinson, and Harris questioned whether the Official Receiver was truly the legal inheritor of Crowley's copyrights due to Crowley's bankruptcy. A lengthy correspondence continued over the following years, with all parties certain that the Crown (represented by the Official Receiver) did not actually possess the copyrights. On January 1st, 1948, Wilkinson wrote: “I am puzzled that the St. Leonard’s solicitors did not inform Mr. Crowley that he could not make his Will with any effect until he was ‘discharged’. He had told them that he was an undischarged bankrupt.” They were concerned about Gerald Yorke (1901–1983), who might be planning to purchase all of Crowley's remaining manuscripts at a public auction. In February 1948, they offered to pay the Official Receiver enough to cancel his debts. Initially, the Official Receiver ignored Germer & Co.'s offer, but in June 1948, a response was received: “The Official Receiver has decided to make no claim to the moneys deposited with Lloyds Bank, Hastings [...]. The Official Receiver waived claim to all personal property of the late Mr. Crowley [...]. The only claim that he did make was on the books and manuscripts [...] for which he accepted £25 from my co-executor Mr. Germer.” So, Germer believed that “I hold the Copyrights for the late Aleister Crowley.”
Kenneth Grant (1924–2011) was not involved in these discussions at all. In fact, in August 1948, Gerald Yorke even considered him to be used as "a slave" within the context of the A.'.A.'..
On January 24th, 1949, the Lewes and District Probate Registry granted probate of Crowley's will to Harris and Wilkinson, with the exception of the deceased's professional property and effects, including copyrights as an author.
Either on September 12th or 13th, 1966, Louis Umfraville Wilkinson, who was Kenneth Grant's superior in the O.T.O., passed away at Westcott Barton in England. While on his deathbed, he transferred all of his entitlements in the Crowley inheritance to his fellow literary executor, John Symonds.
Items of Historical InterestIn 1930, Karl Germer sent a description of the Aleister Crowley LTD. to Fernando Pessoa.
Aleister Crowley: This is the Last Will.
Karl Germer, Louis Wilkinson and Lady Frieda Harris.
National Grandmasters and OHOs of the O.T.O.
Some background informationLawyers 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 theInternational 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.
Anonymous: Burning Down The House. 'Caliphate', Argenteum Astrum, James Wasserman, Donald Trump — Written in 2021.
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.
Ordo Templi Orientis - Trade Mark - Starfire Publishing Limited.
Some ThingsCourt Case Hermann Joseph Metzger vs Walter Englert in the 1970s.
1991 Opinion of a German prosecuting attorney's office on the body of the 'Caliphate'.
Censorship in the UK.
The 'Caliphate' Book Patrol: Fahrenheit 418.
Paul Joseph Rovelli versus the 'Caliphate', New York January 2000.
1998, July 17 - 2000 October Austrian situation on Copyrights [German and English].
Trademark O.T.O.. By Leslie Anne Childress.
2007 'Caliphat' Kasino in Deutschland.
Other BackgroundThe 'Caliphate'.
Discussion about the instrument of succession. An introduction to the background, followed by a transcript of this discussion.
Minutes of the 11 IX°s 'Caliphate' election in 1985 where it was clearly said that the 'Caliph' is not the juro OHO.
Playgame of an O.T.O.-Fatamorgana — Statistics, Censorship, Name Dropping. 2011.
Traduzione italiana: La versione play-game di un O.T.O.-Fatamorgana
Fetish, Self-Induction, Stigma and Rôleplay. 2011.
Traduzione italiana: Il feticcio, l’auto-induzione, lo stigma, il gioco di ruolo.
Tlumaczenie polskie: Fetysz. Rytualy. Resocjalizacja: Tozsamosc przez stygmat. Autoindukowana schizofrenia. Odgrywanie ról.
По русски: Фетиш, самоиндукция, стигма и ролевая игра.
More about all this in: Andreas Huettl and Peter-R. Koenig: Satan - Jünger, Jäger und Justiz
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