S01E172: Oh My God There’s A Curse!
Granny Grab Your Gun
More Ghosts Then Than Now
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The Nepalese Royal Family Massacre ⛧ A Brief History of Nepal ⛧ The Shah Royal Family and the Ghurka ⛧ Controversy and Theories About The Incident ⛧ The New World Order ⛧ Boogers, Witches, and Haints: Appalachian Ghost Stories ⛧ Reading Excerpts ⛧ Scr33m-Mails and Boostable Music!
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NO ROOM FOR KINGS
Nepal has been called a mythical place.
The landlocked country is wedged high into the grand and famous mountain ranges separating India and China, the Himalayas. The lands around these mountains have been inhabited for many thousands of years, and have influenced quite a bit of human history, particularly in religion. The oldest use of the word “Nepal” was a Vedic word describing the Kathmandu valley around 400 BC. The Silk Road, the oldest known land route between Europe and Asia, passed through Nepal. The ancient clan-kingdoms of Nepal took part in the Golden Age of Hinduism between 300 – 700 AD, still the predominant religion. It was around this time that a prince of the Shakya clan (in what is now Lumbini, Nepal) gave up his royal life to live in poverty as a monk to seek true happiness, who we today call the Buddha. Nepal’s history and the history of Tibet and the Buddhist sect led by the Dalai Lama intertwine significantly as well.
Around the 18th century, one of these petty clan-kings expanded their territory, conquered his fractured neighbors, and unified them under one banner, thus establishing the Kingdom of Nepal. The royal family, the Shah, were revered as Gods, and became the central figures of the identity of Nepal. In the 19th century, Nepal went to war with Britain and the East India Trade Company, where the fierce tribal warriors of the Ghorka made a lasting impression on their English adversaries, many of whom were veterans of the Napoleonic wars. When the war ended, Nepal became a protectorate of Britain, and its modern borders were established. The Ghurka and their famous Kukri blade have been a staple of the British army ever since, a legendary military tradition, and are today considered some of the finest soldiers in the world.
The Shah family’s kingdom was one rooted in warfare, but after the British enter the picture, Nepal no longer waged wars of conquest. Instead, Nepal must wage wars of intrigue.
The British promote the rival Rana clan as the true rulers of Nepal, and the Shah family are relegated to being mere figureheads, until 1951 when the British lose India and are cast out from the Nepalese government. The Shah returned as the true rulers of an independent state.
The Nepalese royal massacre occurred on 1 June 2001 at the Narayanhiti Palace, the then-residence of the Nepalese monarchy. Nine members of the royal family, including King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya, were killed in a mass shooting during a gathering of the royal family at the palace. A government-appointed inquiry team named Crown Prince Dipendra as perpetrator of the massacre. Dipendra slipped into a coma after shooting himself in the head.
Dipendra was declared King of Nepal while comatose after the death of King Birendra. He died in hospital three days after the massacre without regaining consciousness. Birendra’s brother Gyanendra then became king.
The Prince’s Uncle took the throne, making him a suspect of the conspiracy. However, both his wife and child were shot during the massacre, his wife almost dying from a gunshot to the chest.
Much controversy surrounds the circumstances of the massacre, and even today, with the abolition of the monarchy following the 2006 revolution, many questions remain unresolved, which include…
- Dipendra’s self-inflicted head-wound located at his left temple, despite being right-handed
- The apparent lack of security at the event
- The absence of the Prince Gyanendra, Dipendra’s uncle who succeeded him
- The duration of the subsequent investigation, which lasted for only two weeks and did not involve any major forensic analysis, despite an offer by Scotland Yard to carry one out.
- Several accounts of seeing Crown Prince Dipendra elsewhere during the time of shooting, as well as multiples of Dipendra at the shooting itself
“As a foreigner living in Nepal at the time of the massacre, I find it difficult to believe the ‘official’ version of the events. What I do know is, that on the evening of the massacre, I was with a group of Nepali friends about to make our way back to our room before curfew time. On the Lecknath Marg roadway, between the Royal Palace and Naya Bazar, my friends pointed to their Crown Prince Dipendra being driven past in a black SUV. We later heard that others had also seen this further along the road. Unknown to us at the time, the Crown Prince was already lying in a coma having supposedly murdered his family and then shooting himself; we only heard of the massacre the next morning. So who was it in the car which drove past us? My friends, as did most Nepali, knew their Crown Prince and were sure that they were not mistaken. Is this how the theory of a duplicate being responsible started? Did we witness a duplicate fleeing from the scene? It certainly was, at the time, a sad day for Nepal.”
Whoever orchestrated the event, whether it be the Crown Prince, his uncle, the CIA, or otherwise, succeeded in destroying the God-like monarchy, one of the few still in existence. By 2006, the monarchy was abolished, and Nepal was reformed as a secular Federal Republic. Their Constitution was adopted in 2015, the ink barely dry.
Given the unanswered questions, the mysterious nature of the event, and the very obvious outcome of destroying the royal family, one cannot help but suspect that this may have been a clandestine operation performed by those organizations so gifted at operating from the shadows. One World Government, the New World Order, the modern format of which was refined by the British tycoon Cecil Rhodes, has no room for kings, tradition, or spirituality. If the people revere their King as a God, they will be slaughtered in a horrific and sobering fashion and be made the patsy. They will kill your Gods.