Miles Mathis posted a paper by an anonymous reader about the hoaxed massacre at Kent State. I also remembered a discussion in the comments section at PoM about some of the iconic pictures from that hoax.
This time around I had read The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America by Hugh Wilford. It’s a limited hangout exposé, but still illuminating in some ways. He mentions there Sherman Kent, a history professor at Yale University, saying the following:
“CIA research and analysis was presided over for much of the Agency’s early existence by Sherman Kent, a Yale history professor and author of a widely read text, Writing History, of which it was said one could substitute the words ‘intelligence officer’ for ‘historian’ and the book would still make perfect sense.”
Wow. Take a moment to consider that last statement in light of all the fake history we are becoming aware of.
Anyway, I wondered if this Kent might have a connection to Kent State. Turns out Kent state is named after the city of Kent, Ohio, which is named after the son of industrialist and politician Marvin Kent. Marvin married Pamelia Lewis, which connects him to a lot of names we’ve seen in Miles’s papers. Marvin Kent was supposedly a business partner of John Brown, the famous abolitionist. (I guess the famed Harpers Ferry incident was a hoax, too…)
If you follow Marvin’s paternal line back to where it ends in West Springfield, MA in the 1700s, we find Daniel Kent marrying Sarah Bedortha. And here we find a Bedortha (along with Lewises and Parsons) mixed up in some witch hunt shenanigans in Springfield, MA.
If you follow Sherman Kent’s line back far enough (you have to go through the maternal line of his great grandmother Adeline Elizabeth Kent (Dutton)), you eventually find yourself in Andover in Essex County MA (Salem area) with a bunch of names that you also find in the Salem trials: Holt, Abbott, Russell, etc. And don’t forget Andover academy is an exclusive (spook) prep school.
That’s the closest I could come to linking the two, but I didn’t try all that hard. Anyway it would not surprise me if these two spooky Kent families are related. Of course there are many Kents in the peerage, and if you look you’ll find that the Stanleys intermarried with people who had castles, etc. in Kent, England (where I assume the name comes from), which has an interesting history itself.
NIce work, Josh!
Interesting how often Salem comes into play with these families.
The article Miles posted prompted me to revisit our old comments at POM, as well.
I sent Miles the photo taken seconds before the iconic shot of Mary Ann Vecchio, as another example of how staged that scene was.
Thanks! Yes, so many of the families trace back to Salem. I’ve learned via correspondence with him that it is something he typically looks for in people’s genealogy. Kind of makes sense when you think about it.
My girlfriend and I will be in Boston in early October. We hadn’t planned on a Salem excursion, but I’m tempted to check the place out. I’m not really interested in all the fake witchcraft stuff, though.
Then I think you would probably be disappointed. But hey, you never know!
Mark Tokarski said:
I remember even in college that the John Brown story made no sense to me … a good avenue for exploration. As I recall, he and a few others made an expedition into Kansas and brutally murdered some people. At the time I wondered why the hell he did not go to jail for this small offense. It turns out that he looked to the sky for signs, and took his cues from the stars, classic sign of schitzophrenia, or having a private conversation with God and imagining answers in signals, as with John Nash.
John Brown, spook. Has to be!