I will make a case that the Branding of a famous person on social media was not began by Paris Hilton, but by me. In 1998, I owned two yahoogroups that discussed the creative history of Christine Rosamond and Royal Rosamond – along with Grail Legends! I was topical. I threatened to make my Grail study a series of historic romances – three years before Dan Brown wrote The DaVinci Code. How old was Paris? I began ‘The Artist Rosamond’ on Facebook in 2016. Ben Hammond made up a fictional place saying it was real. Tim Wallace Murphy and I were friends on Facebook. Paris has come out with a virtual world. which I might do with Christine Rosamond – and Rena!
“The TV personality-entrepreneur-influencer-podcaster is adding “gamer” to her CV with the launch of Paris World: an outpost on the Roblox gaming platform that will let fans explore a stylized milieu that revolves around the celebrity icon.
Paris World, which officially goes live Oct. 6 on Roblox, is described as “a virtual oasis of fun, possibility and, of course, #sliving” (a term coined by Hilton that fuses “slaying” and “living my best life”). The new gaming experience includes massive DJ stages, Paris’ own house, a zoo and, because why not, a private jet, yacht and her own personal island.”
Huge Renes Chateau Hoax
I just heard from Tim Wallace Murphy on facebook of another hoax. Tim gave me a call a couple of months ago after I mentioned I was going to do a DNA of real Templars. I know where they are buried, and a gentleman who has a similar genealogy that I do. I ran it past him, three days ago.
My study is the only legitimate and un-contaminated study.
Ben Hammott Confesses to Bloodline Tomb Being a Hoax
I don’t believe I have never come out and said it in public, but I have to admit that I took a leap of faith. I had the more than a glimmer of hope that Ben Hammott, of Bloodline documentary fame, had found a tomb in the wilds of France that would forever change the Rennes-le-Chateau mysteries. When I first heard about the story, I dug into the evidence that was presented and even went to New York to the Bloodline pre-release press conference. There I met the documentary’s principal movers Rene Barnett and Bruce Burgess, as well as the experts they had called in to authenticate the items found by Hammott. (The article about that trip was posted here) Hammott was not present at the press conference but since that time I had the chance to interview him on the Unraveling the Secrets podcast.
Following all that, I had faith. I had faith that there might have been some dramatic license taken with Hammott’s story, but the story’s essence was true. A little more than 24 hours ago, I found out that faith was ill founded. This message appeared on Rene Barnett’s Facebook page:
“JUST THIS MOMENT RECEIVED IN MY EMAIL— THE CONFESSION OF BEN HAMMOTT. I AM STUNNED AND SICKENED. I WILL ISSUE A FURTHER STATEMENT LATER.”
This has been a long time coming and something that is long overdue. And to tell the truth, for once, I am glad it has all finally come out. I have thought many times about coming clean and telling you and others the truth, but lacked the guts to do so.
Everything I said I discovered is a hoax, planted by me and only me and no one else involved knew the truth, not even my brother.
I have no idea why I did it, or carried on what was at first a stupid prank that escalated out of control. My intention was never to deceive, but then of course it was by doing what I did. Perhaps I did it for the money, though very little was ever forthcoming and realised (sic) early on that it probably never would.
Did I do it for fame and attention? Perhaps. I did enjoy it at times but it wasn’t the driving force behind it.
Maybe I just carried on to see what I could get away with. I really don’t know. I know saying sorry to you and the many friends and acquaintances I have made and deceived over the years, can in no way make up for what I have done. There is probably nothing I can say or do now to right the wrong. But I am very, very sorry and know that many of them I will lose, which is perhaps the worst thing about this sorry and despicable act of mine.
I have had nothing since bad luck since I become involved with the Rennes-le-Chateau affair, bad karma, almost certainly. Today I have no money, no family life, no home and now probably very few friends. It is perhaps a well disserved (sic) outcome.
I apologize to you, someone who has supported and defended me over the years, I cannot say sorry enough for what I have done. I have lied to you and let you down in such a big way I cannot even hope for your forgiveness and so will not ask for it.
I was on the phone with Rene within 30 minutes of the posting. Rene also indicated that she had authenticated that the email did come from Ben and was not some prank. Rene was devastated about Ben’s confession. Something she had placed her faith in had been taken away from her.
For those of you who think that Ben might be “taking one for the team”, I would ask that you consider that everyone has been duped at one time or another. If it be by a professional grifter, a duplicitous co-worker sacking work, or a cheating spouse, we’ve all placed our faith in someone who was not worthy of that gift.
Ben had lied directly to me on the Unraveling the Secrets show and to an entire world interested in the Rennes-le-Chateau mysteries. Furthermore, stunts of this magnitude go to discredit and dishearten those of us who try to find the truth in matters of the underground stream. Do I feel badly that I had bought into Ben’s story? Yes. I acted on faith and isn’t any quest for the Grail built on the proposition of faith? Sling stones and arrows if you will.
Today I found out that Ben will be appearing on Rene’s podcast, Night Vision Radio this Wednesday night at 10PM PST. From what I understand, Rene will give Ben a chance voice his mea culpa to the world. Questions will be taken via Night Vision’s chat room. I personally will be glued to my monitor to see what Mr. Hammott has to say for himself and suggest that if you’re interested in this topic you do the same.
Like many others now interested in the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery, I have Henry Lincoln to thank for bringing it to my attention. I saw a repeat of one of his Rennes-le-Chateau documentaries on TV, which aroused my curiosity enough to purchase a copy of Holy Blood, Holy Grail. After reading it I was hooked, and knew I would have to visit Rennes-le-Chateau to find out more. There was a lost treasure to be found after all, and it seemed the priest left clues in his church to where it was hidden. How could I resist.
Two trips later I made a discovery, and a few years ago I posted some information and images of a tomb on my website. At the time it was not taken seriously, whether this was due to the somewhat unprofessional nature of its release, or the fact that I had posted it under the name of a gimmicky alias, ‘The Tombman’ (excuse me while I cringe in embarrassment) but it is a name I have to live with now. I soon realised, if I wanted to be taken seriously, I could not go around introducing myself as the Tombman, so my daughter came up with an anagram of The Tombman, ‘Ben Hammott’. This was much better and a lot less embarrassing, and it also sounded like a real name, so Ben Hammott it was, or should that be I was?
Why did I need to use an alias, why not just use my real name like most other people?
I am afraid there is no short answer to this so please read on.
Most people in the Rennes-le-Chateau circle, especially the French researchers, believed it was because I had something to hide, that I was up to no good, the tomb was just in my imagination. Looking back on it now, I in all honesty cannot blame them for thinking this way. Suddenly it is announced, on a far from professional web site, (I am cringing again) that a Templar Tomb has been discovered in France, even worse, by an Englishman.
I even had a person contact me saying he was a high up member of the Knight’s Templar order, and my website was tacky and I was to remove the information I had posted. He was obviously not a fan of mine, and just as obviously I left the information posted. This did though lead to an interesting and somewhat scary meeting with three men in Scotland, but that, as they say, is another story.
In the early days I had very little support for my find but this has slowly changed over the years as people met me and I steadily improved the quality, content and layout of my web site. Though I am still learning and sometimes I still make mistakes, I have come a long way since my first attempt, or I at least I like to think I have.
Anyway, back to discussing my alias.
It was on my second trip to Rennes-le-Chateau that I discovered the Tomb, though I did not realise this at the time. I would only find out later when I reviewed the video footage. (The full story is on my website.) But on that very same night of the day I had found the site pointed to by the clues I had solved from Sauniere’s church, I was sitting in ‘Le Pommes Bleu’ restaurant, drinking beer. There was only me, my brother, the owner and another man present. I was having trouble ringing the UK so when I heard the stranger talking in English, I asked him if he knew the correct code to ring the UK. He did and so told me. We got chatting and he told me he was a writing a book about the Rennes-le-Chateau Mystery, he did tell me his name but it went in one ear and straight out the other, I blame the booze, but I will call him Pete here to save confusion. Anyway Pete goes on to say he is here doing research and after I told him we were here trying to solve the mystery, hoping to find Sauniere’s treasure if any still remained, I let slip that we had managed to decipher some of Saunière’s church clues that led to a location in the surrounding hills. He seemed to get very excited at this point and attempted to push me for more information, what clues, how did I solve them, where did they lead to? He obviously thought this would be good material for his book, an idea that I did not share. I got the feeling I should have kept quiet about my discovery.
When he realised I was not going to divulge anymore, he seemed happy to change the subject. After another beer and a couple of vodkas that he insisted on buying for me (I wasn’t about to refuse free drinks, it’s just not what we British do), he returned to the the subject of my discovery, again asking me what clues I had used and where was it. When I told him I wasn’t going to tell him, obviously annoyed that his ruse to pump me full of alcohol had failed, he became insistent, angry. I remember staring at him with my alcohol blurred eyes, he must have ordered me doubles, surprised at his sudden change of tone. I had heard that there were some strange and not very nice people involved in the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery, and looking at the man opposite me, I believed I had met my first. I wondered if this was the same man Henry Lincoln had a run in with a few years back, but I wasn’t about to stay and find out, so making our excuses my brother and I left.
I discovered someone made a Wikipedia for my late sister. There is so much wrong with this article, that if I fix it, I have given away my book. Therefor, I am holding a contest. I will award $50 dollars to the person who comes up with the best fix-it post, and, I will publish your entry in my book ‘Capturing Beauty’. You will get full credit. Test your Detective Skills!
To start with, my name is not “Craig”. My family called me by a short version of my middle name, Gregory. When I got into recovery, I began using Jon, which was the way our mother wanted my name spelled, but a nurse put an H, in it.
It is my contention that Christine and her art has been a crystal ball that forstells world events because she appealed to the mass mind, and was very popular.
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