This story is jam-packed with woo and ridiculousness. I had to read it slowly to pick it all up!
SPECIAL branch operatives tailed a UFO cult leader who said he was in telepathic contact with aliens, it emerged today.
The bizarre high-level decision saw Scotland Yard’s finest infiltrating rallies and meetings of George King’s secretive ‘space society’ amid fears it was a front for Russian spies.
They launched a five-year surveillance operation into his activities, which was revealed for the first time today after Scotland Yard unsealed top secret documents.
The Aetherius Society was founded by King in 1955 as a “religious” org following gods from outer space. Yep, it’s kooky. It’s chock full of a dozen woo woo ideas mashed up together – millenarian, New Age, UFOs, telepathy, contacts with extraterrestrial intelligences (“Cosmic Masters”), Theosophy, yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, universal karma, and religious healing. I’m sure I’m missing some aspects too.
Oh wait… Jesus was an alien and the Star of Bethlehem a spaceship with a secret base on the banks of Loch Ness. Wow!!! Wouldn’t this make an awesome movie!
Rational Wiki says they have less than 650 members as of the 90s.
But, it looks like truth IS stranger than fiction. The police thought the org was a cover for a Communist plot in Britain. The files open to the public reveal that the society was probed by secret investigators from Scotland Yard after King was suspected of ties to Moscow. It turns out ALIENS appealed to King in order to stop nuclear experimentation, not Russians. Makes perfect sense! They are just out to help us!
Investigations found no evidence King was involved in spreading Soviet propaganda. Maybe he really believed this stuff — an L. Ron Hubbard/Claude Vorilhon wannabe or just, umm, eccentric.