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In the Name of the Beast: A Biography of Grady Louis McMurtry, a disciple of Aleister Edward Crowley: Volume One--1918-1962 (Red Flame: A Thelemic Research Journal, Issue No. 12)
Number Of Pages: 209
Publication Date: 2005
Grady Louis McMurtry would eventually found the Grand Lodge of Aleister Crowley's Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO). This volume (I of II) begins with the story of McMurtry's ancestors and childhood. It goes on to talk about his poetry and how he first met Jack Parsons and the Agape Lodge of the OTO. It details Grady's military career and how that led him to meet Aleister Crowley and become the best of friends. His visits with Crowley are discussed in-depth, including how Crowley gave him his motto Frater Hymenaeus Alpha 777 and made him a IXth Degree initiate of OTO. Crowley, the Prophet of Thelema, looks for a 'spiritual' descent of authority for his Order similar to Mohammed. The infamous Thelemic Caliphate letters are written. In these and other letters Crowley discusses his vision of Grady as being the possible future Head of the Order. Grady is officially made 'Caliph.' Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard's business dealings, as well as Parsons' Babalon Working are discussed. The antics of the OTO Lodge are discussed at length, along with the numerous letters of this period. After Crowley's death in December of, a new world leader of OTO is chosen: Karl Germer. Jane Wolfe's leadership of Agape Lodge is discussed, as well as Parsons' death. In 1952 the OTO in California is also melting down. Germer can't control the OTO. Jane Wolfe's health fails and she steps down as Lodge Master. Germer officially closes the Lodge in September 1953. By 1956, treachery throughout the OTO is still brewing by members such as Wilfred T. Smith, Louis Culling and Marcelo Motta. Both Germer and his new wife show signs of paranoia that everyone is plotting against them. In 1958, Grady comes out of hiding and begins contacting OTO members throughout California. Grady tries to unite all the Californian fractions of the OTO. At first he's got Germer's blessings, but not for long. Grady, disgusted with Germer's leadership, moves to Washington DC in 1962 and leaves the OTO behind for a while.