Friday, March 16, 2018

Crowley Myth Number 4 :: That he Died Penniless and Alone

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Analysis: ❌ This is false.

The Truth:
Crowley was no longer a rich man by the time he went to Netherwood, but he had a place to live and had his needs met. As well, he had between £450 and £500 under his bed in a strongbox. Such an amount of money was a lot then--equivalent to over £18,401.72 today. At some point, Lady Frieda Harris talked him into believing that it was okay to access the money; and surely it was, as it was given to him in donations from OTO members as publishing money for his works, which during his life would not see the light of day. He had some visitors, for sure; as a matter of fact Patricia MacAlpine, who was there at the very end, alluded to this in her works. She stated that he was visited by Aleister Ataturk (Crowley's son by her) and his friends. However, how many visitors he had is unclear, as there isn't a whole lot written on the topic by those present, and some reports conflict.

Netherwood - Last Resort of Aleister Crowley
Netherwood: Last Resort of A.C.

It appears that until Crowley got truly unwell he had a fair shake of visitors. It's common with elderly folks, that after a while their people feel they need more rest, or find regular visits inconvenient to engage in... it may have been the same for Crowley. But he was not entirely alone, and was not underappreciated.

Netherwood has oft been referred to as a boarding house, but the truth is that it was anything but. It was a place where people went in retirement, it was for the refined. To provide a clearer illustration of how nice it was, Kenneth Grant--Crowley's secretary, resided there for a while; he rented a guest abode on its grounds. The term "boarding house" became popular after it was once used in a documentary, "Masters of Darkness," that seemed set on making Crowley look sinister, and in the end, broken down.

I think we can rest assured that there will always be plenty of interest in this great man, who achieved so much... and his song will play on for many decades more--the song of the wondrous Great Beast. 

Do what thou wilt; 93/93

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