Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Another Hanging Suicide: Publicist Jeanine Pepler

Jeanine Pepler, 50, the publicist who represented novelists Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City, 1984) and Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City, 1996), hanged herself June 17, 2018, Sunday night in her home in Sag Harbor, Long Island, taking her life the same way Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain did earlier this month.

Jeanine Pepler, who was raised and educated in Cape Town, South Africa, arrived in New York in 1996 and worked in public relations with the likes of Tina Brown, Michael Eisner, Julian Schnabel and Julie Taymor. Pepler moved to Sag Harbor a few years ago and was running a new boutique agency, AKA Life. Her bio on the agency’s website states: “Her guilty pleasures include golf, white Burgundy, Betty’s Greek wraps and her daily early morning romp in the dog run with Violet, her French bulldog.” Source.

Pepler's body was discovered by her boyfriend, artist Steve Miller (above left).

Jeanine Pepler created and managed two profitable divisions, Thru-Line & I.D., of bicoastal production company, Chelsea Pictures. Thru-Line represented high profile indie feature directors - Todd Solandz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, 1995; Happiness, 1998), Ben Younger (Boiler Room, 1995), and The Blair Witch Project (1999) filmmakers (Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez). Sánchez went on to direct Exists (2014), a film about Bigfoot.

This is the third high profile suicide by hanging among celebrities, about the same age. 

Kate Spade was born on December 24, 1962, and was 55.
Anthony Bourdain was born on June 25, 1956, and was 61.
Jeanine Pepler was 50.

Name Game Event for June 24, 2018?

On June 19, 2018, Whitley Strieber pre-recorded a forthcoming episode with me, Loren Coleman, for his Dreamland podcast.

We talked, in general, about the topic of strange creatures, the museum, and the upcoming conference, but then Whitley took a radical turn. He asked about my study of names and dates. As I said to him, at the time, "I know where you are going."

Out-of-the-blue, Whitley picked one name and one date to discuss.

The name: Reeves.

As I told Whitley, Reeves is one of those names that appear to have a magnetic attraction to UFO incidents and "Superman" cultural themes. John Reeves is a name linked to Brooksville, Florida UFO sightings, Bryant and Helen Reeve travelled the US in search of "the Saucerers," Keanu Reeves has been linked to Polish UFOs, and John A. Keel spoke of the importance of the name "Reeves" in his writings. Movie actors named Reeves have played characters from Superman to the lead in The Matrix, another form of a "superman" film.

The name itself, Reeve, from English, means "the chief under the king, or the overseer/chief peasant of a manor." Reeve, with links back to Dutch, means "to pass an end of the line through a block, ring, or something similar." This comes from reven, "to reef," in a sense to "use a rope in or as in reefing."

Rope? A line? Humm, like hangings?

We also talked about the Fayette Factor, as well, briefly. I mentioned that few people, for example, who live on a Lafayette Avenue little realize "Lafayette" translates from the French as "the little enchantment" or "the little fairy." Joan of Arc at the age of 8 danced around a "fay tree," a "fairy tree," some saying she saw fairies. Others tell that she heard voices, had visions, and was "enchanted." The name has a long history. Marshal of France Gilbert de La Fayette III, an ancestor of Marquis De Lafayette, led the army of Joan of Arc, in Orléans.

Next Whitley asked about one specific date: June 24th.

For ufologists, June 24th is of critical importance. On June 24, 1947, the modern era of UFOs began with Kenneth Arnold’s dramatic sighting of “saucers” flying between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams in Washington State. The primary significance of this particular date, St. John’s Day, cannot be diminished within ufology and in other spheres. Since 1947, there is a history of this date being associated with ufologists' deaths.

All kinds of events - from fires to Masonic founding incidents - are today identified with the date.

So, was the Dreamland interaction a hint from an empyrean source that we should look for something major to occur on June 24, 2018? From a Reeves or a Fayette? Or some other name game entity?

Only time will tell.

In the meantime...

Here is a quick overview of 12 notable UFO-related deaths on or near June 24:

(1) June 24 or 23 (there is some dispute), 1964, Frank Scully, 72, author of one of the first crashed-saucer books, Behind the Flying Saucers (1950), dies.

(2 and 3) June 24, 1967, two British UFO contactees, Ernest Arthur Bryant, a contactee, and Richard Church, an author and chairman of CIGIUFO, die.

(4) June 23 (US) or 24 (UK), 1967, Frank Edwards, 55, popular UFO author and radio personality in the 1950s, dies a few hours before Arthur Bryant. Indeed, Edwards passes away shortly before midnight on the 23rd, which would have been the early morning of June 24th in the UK, thus being the same date as Ernest Arthur Bryant's death. James Moseley stuns the delegates assembled for the 1967 Congress of Scientific Ufologists at New York City’s Hotel Commodore on June 24th, with the news of the sudden death of Frank Edwards.

(5) June 24, 1969, Willy Ley, 62, a rocket scientist and Fortean author, dies. Willy Ley was one of the first respected modern scientist to attempt to answer the question of what is a flying saucer. In 1952, he was one of the first, if not the first person, to say that 85% of UFO sightings are misidentified craft, leaving the other 15% open to notions of "interplanetary travel," that he began writing about in 1926.

(6) June 24, 1978, Robert Charroux, 69, the best-known pen-name of Robert Joseph Grugeau dies. Charroux was a French author known for his ancient astronaut theories and writings on other Fortean subjects, in such books as Masters Of The World: Groundbreaking New Revelations About The Ancient Astronauts (1979).

(7) June 24, 1987, Jackie Gleason, 71, the actor, who was an early advocate of flying saucer research, dies. Gleason's known interest in UFOs allegedly prompted President Richard Nixon to share some information with him and to disclose some UFO data publicly.

(8) June 24, 2006, Lyle Stuart, 83, the renegade publisher who published anomalist writer Frank Edwards’ Fortean book, in 1959, Stranger than Science, a paperbook full of information on ufology and other unexplained accounts, dies.

(9) June 24, 2013, James Martin, 79, a former rocket scientist, computer scientist, and author of After the Internet: Alien Intelligence (2000), was found floating dead in the waters off Agar's Island. Dr. Martin bought Agar’s Island in 1977 and made his home in Bermuda. The multi-millionaire kept a relatively low profile in Bermuda.

(10) June 24, 2013, Alan Myers, 58, the most prominent drummer (1976-1987) of the band Devo, dies of stomach cancer in Los Angeles. Devo played punk, art rock, post-punk and new wave music, and performed stage shows that mingled kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary. Devo recorded at their own UFO Studios. More.

(11) June 24, 2015, Mario Biaggi, 97, a former Bronx congressman was involved in the "UFO disclosure" movement, dies. He once was pictured on the cover of Ideal's UFO Magazine, December 1978, Number 4. Within the periodical, there appeared the following, "Interview: Mario Biaggi 'There Is A UFO Cover-Up By The Government.'" On the cover, an image of Biaggi was shown with President Jimmy Carter. More.

Note the Repo Man opening titles focus on Los Alamos.

(12) June 24, 2017, Loren Janes, 85, a legendary stuntman and stunt coordinator, dies. He was involved in some intriguing UFO-related movies.

Loren Janes (also known as Loren James) was the safety stunt coordinator for the UFO cult classic film, Repo Man, which has its fair share of UFO insider jokes about flying saucers, the name game, Men in Black, and conspiracy theorists.

Loren Janes gets a cryptokubrology mention too. In Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960), Janes was Kirk Douglas' stunt double ("slave general"). Janes also was a "salt mine slave," and a "gladiator."

Synchromystic cinema connections are there, throughout Loren Janes' life. Janes received a credit in Back to the Future (1985), for his stunts. He was in the closeted UFO story of Steven Spielberg's 1941 (1979), in the intriguing Logan's Run (1976) and in Ice Station Zebra (1968). More.

"Immersing oneself into the world of synchronicity and synchromysticism can be a bit disorienting at times." ~ Andrew W. Griffin, January 29, 2015, "Lattice of coincidence," Red Dirt Report.
"A lot of people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidences and things. They don’t realize that there’s this, like, lattice of coincidence that lays on top of everything." ~ Repo Man, 1984, Alex Cox Writter/Director

Comments, critiques, corrections are appreciated.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Cryptokubrology Meets Bigfoot

Cryptokubrology: A useful methodology for deconstructing cinema, history, and synchronicity. Involves the syncs of Stanley Kubrick's films linked to items found in other realities.

The Shining is a 1980 horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and co-written with novelist Diane Johnson. The film is based on Stephen King's 1977 novel of the same name.

The Shining is about Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic, who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the isolated historic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. Wintering over with Jack are his wife Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall) and young son Danny Torrance (Danny Lloyd). Danny possesses "the shining," psychic abilities that allow him to see the hotel's horrific past.

One very infamous scene involves Wendy Torrance's sudden discovery of a man in a work suit in a compromising position with an apparent man or woman in a bear suit.

In Stephen King's book version of this interaction, the suit is of a dog. Rob Ager's analysis of the scene notes that he believes that "a shift from dog to bear costume doesn’t have any significant effect on the aesthetic scariness of the scene, so there must have been some sort of logic at work in Kubrick’s decision." (Source.)

Enter Bigfoot....

Whether by coincidence or by design, an internal mirroring presentation of the "form" of the bear-in-front-of-a-man appeared in an ad for an Animal Planet program in 2011. In 2010, during the photographic sessions for the pilot of Finding Bigfoot, a series of images  were taken in Alaska.

A few of these were chosen to be used for the promotion of this series that would go on to be successful for 100 episodes, from 2011 through 2018. The show has ended, so I shall report on a cryptokubrology image that was there from the beginning.

The four hosts (Ranae Holland, Matt Moneymaker, James "Bobo" Fay, and Cliff Barackman) were presented in poses reflecting their investigative fieldwork.

But if examined closely, was someone in the public relations department playing a little cryptokubrology prank?

Was what was going on at Animal Planet some sort of Disneyesque covert message? It is a well-known historical fact that cartoonists working at Disney would hide subliminal messages and sexual images hidden in Disney cartoons.

Or was the Finding Bigfoot-The Shining overlap just a cosmic coincidence?

Certainly, in the realm of jokes and politics, The Shining bear imagery has been used to convey an editorial or comic point of view. 

Another Cryptokubrology-Bigfoot sidetrek...

Over on Twitter, in 2017, we find this "237"/Kubrick moment:

That is why it is called twilight language.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cryptokubrulogy Meets Trump

Cryptokubrulogy shows that Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut of 1999 collides with Donald Trump's reality television presence in 2005.

Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 erotic drama film directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. Based on Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story), the story is transferred from early 20th century Vienna to 1990s New York City. 

Principal photography for Eyes Wide Shut began in November 1996. Filming finally wrapped in June 1998. The Guinness World Records recognized Eyes Wide Shut as the longest constant movie shoot, "for over 15 months, a period that included an unbroken shoot of 46 weeks"

Kubrick died six days after showing his final edited cut to Warner Bros.

The framing of Donald Trump in the Hollywood Access tape with the blonde woman who wears almost the same style and color of the dress nearly matches the above scene from Eyes Wide Shut

The Hollywood Access video was recorded in September 2005 in the NBC Studios parking lot while Trump was preparing to appear in an episode of the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.

Upon arriving at the lot, the camera crew was let off the bus so they could record Trump and Billy Bush disembarking and meeting with Arianne Zucker, who portrayed Nicole Walker on the soap opera and appeared alongside Trump in the episode in which he guest starred.

On October 7, 2016, during the 2016 United States presidential election, The Washington Post published a video and accompanying article about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and television host Billy Bush having "an extremely lewd conversation about women" in 2005.

William Hall Bush was born in Manhattan, New York, to Josephine Colwell (Bradley) and Jonathan Bush, a banker. William Bush's uncle (his father's older brother) is George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. George W. Bush, the 43rd President, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush are William Bush's first cousins.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Anthony Bourdain and Joy Division

Asia Argento is Anthony Bourdain's girlfriend. On Instagram, she is shown with a Joy Division poster in the background.

Joy Division was a Manchester UK group, named after a Nazi term for the sex slaves unit that served Germany's World War II-era soldiers.

In "The Hanging of Ian Curtis: A Legacy of Copycats," I consider the links between hanging suicides of Curtis, Chris Cornell, and Chester Bennington.

BTW. In Paul Montgomery's "Anthony Bourdain Joins the Court of Owls," posted July 14, 2012, there is this:

Chef, travel writer and Get Jiro! author Anthony Bourdain has joined the Court of Owls. Or maybe he’s just trying to shop the con floor incognito using one of those free masks from this week’s Batman panel. Either way, it’s a hoot.

Perhaps Mike Clelland, the author of The Messengers: Owls, Synchronicity, and the UFO Abductee, could tell us more about this?

Bourdain certainly syncs with other hanging suicides.

Robert Damon Schneck, author of the original story that inspired the film entitled The Bye Bye Man (2017), points out that the main character "Elliot" (Douglas Smith) wears a Joy Division shirt. (Schneck had nothing to do with the design and production of the film.)

In the film, the "Bye Bye Man" tries to get "Elliot" to die by suicide.

The Bye Bye Man is also about mass shootings, the name game, and more. Principal filming for The Bye Bye Man took place in Cleveland, Ohio, from November 2, 2015 to January 13, 2017.

Douglas Smith told Robert Schneck that "his favorite part of the movie was that the character wore a Joy Division shirt." (Schneck, Correspondence, June 14, 2018).

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Wayne Name Game Has Tragic Ending in Orlando

The victims of another "Wayne" killer.

Within the "weird news" field, it has been a well-known truism that if a criminal has a middle name of "Wayne," no one in the newsroom is surprised he is being charged with murder. The examples are multiple. The most famous case, of course, is John Wayne Gacy.

An early correspondent of mine, Chuck Shepherd, has been a student of the Wayne "name game" for years. Here's what Chuck says about it, in an introduction to the topic:

The Classic Middle Name
It only occurred to me in the early 1990s that "Wayne" was a popular middle name among a few of the most heinous murderers of our time, e.g., the clown John Wayne Gacy (who killed almost three dozen boys and young men in the late 1970s and buried most of them beneath the floorboards of his Des Plaines, Ill., home) and Elmer Wayne Henley (sentenced to six consecutive life terms in 1974 in Houston for his role, with ringleader Dean Allen Corll, in the murders of 27 young men). I began to publish periodic lists in 1996, and soon readers made sure I never missed a one that made the news. Source, plus his impressively long list of names.

Orlando's Wayne Name Game

The most recent example occurred the day before the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre that left 50 (including the perpetrator) dead in Orlando, Florida.

It all began early on Monday, June 11, 2018, when 35-year-old Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr., a felon who was on probation for arson and other charges, shot a police officer in the eye. This occurred at an apartment complex, 4932 Eaglesmere Drive, off Kirkman Road, near Universal Orlando. Officer Kevin Valencia was wounded and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was in critical condition after surgery but expected to survive.

A standoff lasted nearly 24 hours, and it ended when Lindsey apparently shot the children he had taken as hostages — ages 1, 6, 10 and 11. No names of these victims have been released.

The gunman Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr. was discovered dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a closet when officers entered the apartment between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Eastern time, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a news conference just before midnight.

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