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    gaia
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    Inspired by Ab’s latest blog post, Sherman Circus, check this story out…

    See also: BBS – Bizarre Billionaire Story

    The strange saga of now-dead billionaire South Korean ferry owner Yoo Byung-un

    The fugitive and alleged owner of the South Korean ferry that sank in April and killed hundreds of children aboard was as mysterious in death as he was in life. The billionaire tycoon Yoo Byung-un founded the Web site God.com, led a church critics considered a cult, was once jailed for fraud, but only recently became internationally known as the focus of the largest manhunt in South Korean history.

    Founder of God.com? This You Buying On sim was a mysterious guy indeed!

    Now that search, which once included 9,000 cops and was renewed on Monday, seems to have come to a close. South Korean police announced Tuesday morning they had determined that a previously discovered body, found on June 12, belonged to none other than Yoo Byung-un.

    Ah, how is that “determined” exactly? By a forensic team? Or by the scriptwriters?

    But the circumstances of that discovery stirred almost as many questions as Yoo did in life. According to the AP, he was found face up in an apricot orchard, dressed in expensive Italian clothing, decomposing. Spread around him was a bottle of squalene, a shark liver oil derivative sometimes used as moisturizer. Two bottles of Soju rice wine. A bottle of “peasant wine.” A magnifying glass. And an extra shirt.

    What is this? Some script from Cluedo, written by a drunk Arthur Conan Doyle?

    How the 73-year-old died is unknown. Also unclear was why, if South Korean authorities have long had Yoo’s body, they apologized as recently as Monday for their failure to capture him.

    Very unclear indeed…

    Some 139 people, including the captain and crew of the ferry, have been arrested in relation to the ship’s sinking. While Yoo was sought in connection with the disaster, the charges against him — embezzlement, breach of trust and tax evasion — appeared more tangentially related. “I can’t help but wonder how this would play with the U.S. media if something similar happened here,” the tycoon’s publicist, Tony Knight, wrote in e-mail on June 16, days after Yoo’s body was apparently discovered.

    Knight and Yoo’s organization — the Evangelical Baptist Church, often called a cult — perceived a “cover up.”

    Sure, a cover-up to feed the conspiracy theorists. But Yoo-hoo, this sim was not dead…

    “I don’t know where he is,” confessed Knight, who issued to The Post nearly a dozen voluminous notes that included heavily annotated Korean newspaper clippings he said proved Yoo’s innocence in any number of Yoo-related scandals. “The Korean reports I sent you are also <span style=”text-decoration:underline;”>reputable outlets</span>. … Here’s more — did I send you these before?”

    Pushing the fantasy that the media are “reputable outlets”…

    He had. Three times, in fact. But the dedication the publicist evinced in his quest to disprove streams of media reports damning the Korean billionaire illustrated one of Yoo’s most remarkable traits: his ability to engender loyalty.

    When thousands police arrived in June at his church compound, several members reportedly refused to grant them entry and threatened to die as martyrs. More than 200 others protested the police, chanted hymns and thrust their fists in the air. Others, meanwhile, dispensed organic ice cream, a widely known church-produced treat.

    Reminds of David Koresh, Waco (1993) and Jonestown (1978) psyops… Ice cream!

    But where was Yoo? Nobody knew — even the two middle-aged women called “mamas” who had allegedly helped speed his escape.

    Which, according to authorities, led him south to his vacation home — nestled near the orchard where Yoo would breathe his last while decked out in Italian finery.

    Considering his drama-filled life, the drama of his demise is fitting. He was a mysterious figure — called the “<span style=”text-decoration:underline;”>millionaire with no face</span>” — and made few public appearances. But he was apparently quite active despite his relative anonymity.

    They outright admit he was just a sim!

    Born in 1941 in Kyoto, Japan, he was a man of many interests, according to a bio released under a pseudonym, “Ahae.” “The Korean photographer Ahae,” the biography said, “can be described as an inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, environmental activist, martial artist, painter, sculptor, poet and photographer.”

    Yoo Byung-Un, sorry You Buying On, is not a Japanese, but a Korean name. So Mr. Pseudosim changed names more?

    The biography did, however, leave out a few details. Like his involvement in the Evangelical Baptist Church.

    In 1987, 32 members of a group linked to the church committed suicide and were found bound and gagged at a Seoul factory. Yoo was investigated but cleared of all suspicion. “The suicide victims were not members of Mr. Yoo’s church,” Knight claimed, though numerous media reports said otherwise.

    “Just wondering,” he wrote. “Are prosecutors on background telling reporters they think he was involved? The persistence of this is incredible.”

    Very incredible these stories indeed! Waco and Jonestown, but now in Asia…

    Another batch of allegations about where church funds landed Yoo in prison for four years for fraud. Yoo declared bankruptcy in 1997 — but nonetheless went on to build a leafy mountainside compound for his followers and get really into organic farming.

    Yoo Bought On! Growing organic ice cream?

    According to Reuters, things seemed to be going pretty well for Yoo — his photography company had just bought an abandoned French village — when the ferry sank. Investigators wanted to know whether its operating company, Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd., had cut any corners. Financial filings Reuters reviewed showed he didn’t have any stake in it. His sons, rather, owned the company through their investment group. Prosecutors nonetheless concluded Yoo was the top manager and claimed his purported financial misdealings had so strained the company’s finances that it skimped on safety training, contributing to the ferry’s sinking.

    Reuters, always a credible outlet!
    How can a company buy something, I thought only people can do that? I’d take a look in that French village if I were you, Sherlocks…
    So Reuters is not in line with “prosecutors”? Sure!

    Now, South Korean authorities say Yoo is dead. “So far, we haven’t found any sign he was murdered,” a police chief said, according to the New York Times.

    Yoo representatives didn’t return a request for comment.

    No, I can imagine. It’s pretty hard to find any clues for murder on a vicsim. Ask Sandy Hoax’s coroner…

    For those who can stomach more MSM bullcrap:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_MV_Sewol

    "A truth seeker is someone who dares to wade through thick series of toxic smoke screens and tries not to inhale" - Gaia (2017)

    "What do you call 'genius'?" "Well, seeing things others don't see. Or rather the invisible links between things." - Vladimir Nabokov (1938)

    #851711
    gaia
    gaia
    Participant

    More BBS, that seem to be linked to boat incidents (Titanic, anyone?)…

    Lucy Walker steamboat disaster

    Typical self-contradicting wiki-schizo writing:

    The destruction of the Lucy Walker is well documented, but nearly every source contains some contradictions, garbled names, or incomplete information.

    Various sources provide estimates of fatalities widely ranging from 18 to more than 100 deaths.

    Since the vessel’s passenger manifests and crew lists were lost, there is no way to know precisely how many died.

    Convenient…

    Even the date of the accident has frequently been listed in error in many reference works, which have the date as October 22 or 25, 1844.

    Political hustle, later done with trains and airplanes:

    In addition, steamboat safety was an important aspect of the larger conflict between partisans of Andrew Jackson’s states-rights vision of America as a federation of strong state governments and Henry Clay’s “Internal Improvements Program” by a strong central government. An inadequate 1838 law was greatly strengthened by the Act of 1852, which included hydrostatic testing of boilers, the establishment of maximum pressures allowed, and inspection of boiler plate at the point of manufacture. In addition, engineers were subject to testing and licenses. Subsequent legislation led to the establishment of the Steamboat Inspection Service and eventually a real reduction in fatal episodes. Among the first government sponsorship for pure scientific research was a grant to the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia for the study of causes of boiler explosions. The investigation of steamboat fatal accidents like the Lucy Walker in the early 19th century was paralleled by similar actions taken after fatal crashes of airships and aircraft in the first half of the 20th century, which resulted in the establishment of the Federal Aeronautics Administration.

    BBS:

    Vann was famous for the great wealth inherited from his father, James Vann, including a famous mansion (Chief Vann House) and was known as “Rich Joe” Vann

    Among the dead were General James West Pegram, a lawyer and banker, whose sons would become important Confederate officers in the Civil War. Pegram was also an important leader in the Whig party.

    Special Postal Agent Samuel Mansfield Brown of Lexington, Kentucky, was also identified as a victim. Brown had been one of the protagonists in a famous frontier brawl at Russell Cave, Kentucky, with Cassius Marcellus Clay, a Louisville newspaperman, emancipationist, and distant cousin of Henry Clay. When he learned of Brown’s demise, Cassius Clay noted that Sam Brown was the bravest of all of the many persons Clay had fought during a very combative career.

    Note that Muhammed Ali was called Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.

    Numerology and CRAZY stories:

    The Lucy Walker was an average vessel of her time: 144 feet (44 m) long with a beam of 24 feet 6 inches (7.47 m) and a draft of 5’6″ (1.68 m). She displaced 183 tons.

    About 5:00 on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 23, 1844, suddenly, the three boilers exploded in a mighty blast, propelling shards of metal and pieces of human flesh. One man shot 50 feet (15 m) in the air, to fall as a missile, piercing the boat’s deck. Another was sliced in half by a piece of a boiler wall. The vessel then caught fire and quickly sank in 12 feet (3.7 m) of the Ohio River.

    36 passengers and twenty crew members were identified as killed in the explosion, and forty-eight passengers and seven crew members who survived, with a total of 111 persons aboard.

    Suuure! And sinking in just 12 feet of water? A steamboat!? Very credible…

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    "A truth seeker is someone who dares to wade through thick series of toxic smoke screens and tries not to inhale" - Gaia (2017)

    "What do you call 'genius'?" "Well, seeing things others don't see. Or rather the invisible links between things." - Vladimir Nabokov (1938)

    #851715

    xileffilex
    Participant

    The Lucy Walker has staged event written all over it.
    Compare with this 1865 event given a nice 150th anniversary outing in the Knoxville Mercury in 2015

    Knoxville’s Nearly Forgotten Memorial to America’s Deadliest Maritime Disaster, the Sultana


    America’s deadliest maritime disaster..Most of its passengers were recently paroled prisoners of war…
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultana_(steamboat)

    In body count, it was deadlier even than the Titanic. In fact, it was deadlier than any shipwreck in the world in the 19th century. Perhaps it was a matter of perspective. Its losses didn’t compare to that of the Civil War’s dozen deadliest battles. Although the Sultana disaster had a death toll less than half than that of Sept. 11, 2001, it came across as a short page-four story in The New York Times.

    and this in a river….the death toll was scaled down from 1517 to 963 over the years.
    Warning bells? Some. Any more steamboat disasters? Certainly
    The Pennysylvania blew up in 1858 killing, allegedly, 250.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_(steamboat)
    seems like there’s no end to these large scale disasters as we go back in time and technology towards the dinosaur age.
    I digress….

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    #851718
    gaia
    gaia
    Participant

    Yesss, I saw that one linked. Political hustle with Lincoln, etc.

    Good to explore it further.

    "A truth seeker is someone who dares to wade through thick series of toxic smoke screens and tries not to inhale" - Gaia (2017)

    "What do you call 'genius'?" "Well, seeing things others don't see. Or rather the invisible links between things." - Vladimir Nabokov (1938)

    #851979
    gaia
    gaia
    Participant

    Tipped off at Piece of Mindful:

    Alfred Loewenstein

    Alfred Léonard Loewenstein (11 March [11×3=33] 18774 July [7+4=11] 1928), CB, was a Belgian financier. At his peak in the 1920s he was worth around £12 million in the currency of the time.

    Loewenstein was born to Bernard Loewenstein, a German-Jewish banker in Brussels, Belgium. Loewenstein established his own banking concern, and was a wealthy man by 1914. He offered his government in exile 50 million dollars, interest free, to stabilize the currency in return for the right of printing Belgian francs. The offer was refused.

    By the mid-1920s, Loewenstein’s reputation was such that he was consulted by heads of state from around the globe. The British government made him a Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath.

    It is said that shortly before his fatal incident, Lowenstein made a deal with the gangster Arnold (((Rothstein))) to supply heroin to the United States.

    On the evening of 4 July [4-7] 1928, Loewenstein left from Croydon to fly to Brussels on his private aircraft, a Fokker F.VII trimotor, along with six other people [so 7]. While the aircraft was crossing the English Channel at an altitude of 4,000 ft (1,200 m), Loewenstein went to the rear of the plane to use the lavatory. On Loewenstein’s Fokker, a door at the rear of the main passenger cabin opened on to a short passage with two doors: the one on the right led to the lavatory, while the one on the left was the aircraft’s entrance door.

    When he had not reappeared after some time, Loewenstein’s secretary went in search of him and discovered that the lavatory was empty, and the aircraft’s entrance door was open and flapping in the slipstream.[sure! There would be no warning in the cockpit, no cold air flowing in the plane either]The employee (along with the others on the plane) asserted his belief that Loewenstein had fallen through the plane’s rear door and plunged several thousand feet to his death in the English Channel. The aircraft landed first on the beach before transferring to the airfield at Saint-Inglevert, Pas-de-Calais, France.

    News of Loewenstein’s demise caused panic selling in his corporations’ publicly traded shares that immediately plummeted in value by more than fifty percent. [so “dead” Fred could have bought his own shares back cheap]

    But the whole story is already debunked…

    On 12 July it was reported that tests had been conducted by the Accidents Branch of the British Air Ministry using Loewenstein’s aircraft. It was stated that at an altitude of 1,000 ft (300 m) one of the Ministry men had thrown himself against the aircraft’s entry door, which had opened about 6 in (150 mm). However, he was immediately thrown back into the aircraft when the slipstream violently slammed shut the door. It was concluded that it would have been impossible for someone to accidentally open the door and fall out.

    Loewenstein’s body was discovered near Boulogne on 19 July, and was taken to Calais by fishing boat [50 or 12 million dollar men would be taken by fishing boat, sure!] where his identity was confirmed by means of his wristwatch…[sure!!]

    … an autopsy was performed (at the request of his family), his brother-in-law stating that they did not suspect anyone of foul play, but that they did not want anyone to suggest after the burial that Loewenstein might have been poisoned, or had died in the aircraft and then been thrown out. The autopsy revealed a partial fracture of his skull and several broken bones, and it was concluded that he had been alive when he struck the water.

    Loewenstein was laid to rest in a cemetery outside Evere, in a tomb belonging to his wife’s family, the Misonnes. However, his name was never carved on the slab covering his casket, so he was in effect buried in an unmarked grave…[probably because he wasn’t in it]

    Now the conspiracy candy…

    Many theories have been put forward as to exactly what had happened to Loewenstein in the back of his plane; some suspected a criminal conspiracy in which his employees murdered him. The New York Times [!] hypothesised that a growing absent mindedness, noted by many of Loewenstein’s acquaintances, may have caused him to walk out the wrong door of the plane. Because he had left behind a tangled web of business ventures, many of which were highly leveraged, others theorized that his business empire was on the verge of collapse. Some even asserted that corrupt business practices were about to be exposed and that Loewenstein, therefore, committed suicide. None of these theories was ever proved.

    But…

    In 1987, William Norris wrote Loewenstein’s story in a book titled The Man Who Fell From the Sky (New York: Viking, 1987). Norris presents evidence in support of his case that, if his death was not a conspiracy by business rivals and associates, a certain opportunism existed regarding the death of the tycoon and his insurance. He also shows that later events are frequently ignored, such as the fact that Loewenstein’s son shot one of the family servants under murky circumstances within a decade or so after the tragedy. The son eventually died in World War II. Norris concluded that Loewenstein had been thrown from the aircraft by Donald Drew, the pilot, at the behest of Madeleine Loewenstein, the motive being to gain control of Loewenstein’s fortune. He suggested that the aircraft’s rear door was completely removed while in the air and a replacement fitted on the beach at St. Pol.

    Some people are awake, luckily:

    Crime writers, Robert & Carol Bridgestock, have speculated that Loewenstein faked his own death and disappeared because the financial irregularities in his businesses. This theory is supported by the facts that the body was buried in an unmarked grave and that his wife did not attend the funeral.

    One of the richest men of his time and his wife (and the thousands of others) did not attend the funeral? Credible!

    Wallace rule:

    – In 2010 Loewenstein’s death was the subject of an episode of the History Channel’s Vanishings! series.
    – In 2014 Loewenstein’s death was the subject of an epsidode of BBC Radio 4’s Punt PI.

    Linked to Albert and Henry Dreyfus, of the faked Dreyfus affair

    THE British Celanese Company at that time was the greatest undertaking of its sort in the world, with a staff of chemists, including Henry Dreyfus and Clavel, who had made its products unrivaled everywhere. Loewenstein, although at that time on friendly terms with the Dreyfus brothers and their co-directors, realized that with this company in competition he would never succeed in his great ambition, which was to dominate the art-silk production of the world.

    http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks12/1203681h.html#pt1

    So:
    – DCP
    – BBS
    – money scam
    – numerology

    "A truth seeker is someone who dares to wade through thick series of toxic smoke screens and tries not to inhale" - Gaia (2017)

    "What do you call 'genius'?" "Well, seeing things others don't see. Or rather the invisible links between things." - Vladimir Nabokov (1938)

    #851985

    xileffilex
    Participant

    You made me chuckle there, Gaia. A certain faked death on my watch [by which you can identify me, should I be found in mysterious circumstances, with absolutely no other identification on me…]
    I’m going to listen to the Punt PI [Steve Punt Private Investigator] programme now
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0495dsf

    This event which I wasn’t aware of made me think of the plane crash “death” of the shoe tycoon Tomas Bata only four years later in Czechoslovakia

    Tomáš Ba?a – founder of the Ba?a Shoe Company

    Tomáš Bata and his pilot died in a plane crash on their way to an opening of a branch in Switzerland
    Even though the plane was delayed due to fog, Ba?a insisted on taking the trip

    “Take off, you bastard, take off!” [or something like that

    suuuuure



    Yup, that’s the one, make sure the number 1608 is visible after you chop it in half.

    his half brother took over, eventually washing up in Brazil. hmmmm
    Another branch of the empire took root in Canada.

    Tomáš Ba?a: The Man Behind the Brand


    The fuuuuneral was a big, big one, in the Diana style, with a big big marked grave, but that means nothing in this fake world.
    A big big glass-clad museum of mourning was added and opened the next year

    The “crash” was clearly good for business. We find no photos of the chimney which the plane allegedly crashed into [conveniently one of his own chimneys]

    The cause of death was one of his ribs piercing his heart.
    Suuure.

    I won’t speculate on the reasons for the fakery.

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