Pastor Russell ..... murdered?

by RR 26 Replies latest watchtower scandals

  • RR

    Here is a document I received many years ago, probably 10 or 15 years ago. This was originally a two page documented, and I accidentally shredded page 2 as I was clearing out some boxes. But I think this page says it all.

    A conspiracy? I don't know. Most of the old timers I spoke too, don't seem to put much trust into it, however they have to admit, some things just don't add up.

    Like ... why doesn't anyone have Russell's death certificate? If there is one, its gotta be in Oklahoma, where Russell's body was taken of the train and pronounced "dead." Apparently the autopsy was a fiasco and the embalming was ... well ... let's just say he had a close casket funeral.


  • Quotes

    I can't imagine why anyone would want to murder the "THE LAODICEAN MESSENGER"

    ~Quotes, of the "has a strong alibi" class

  • Country Girl
    Country Girl

    Smacks of paranoia. I have a friend that I think is severely depressed. She has begun thinking that waiters at restaurants are poisoning her; that her neighbors are in collusion to drive her crazy; and that people are trying to break into her house all the time. She has installed three cameras around her small yard. This kind of sounds like that...

    Country Girl

  • Golf

    RR, I can't recall where I read, CTR was poisoned on the train. Assuming this were true, I speculate that the Judge was a plant by an unseen power to control the reins of the org. I do remember reading the Judge saying that the true influential men behind the scenes were the International Bankers. If that's the case, it's understandable how the Bible Students broke away from the Judge. What background information do we know or have about the Judge? How and when did he enter the scene?

    Guest 77

  • gumby

    Boston, Mass., August 4, 1917.

    Beloved Brethren in the Lord:-

    Our hearts have been grieved that a paper, "Brother Rutherford's Harvest Siftings," should be circulated amongst you at this Convention in the name of our beloved Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society which contains so much of misrepresentation and evil speaking.

    We will not attempt to reply in kind. We will not discuss personalities; nor return evil for evil; railing for railing; slander for slander. We will follow the inspired advice, "Recompense to no man evil for evil." The Lord is our judge. We willingly leave all to Him whom we earnestly endeavor to serve and please and to His own due time the clearing of our good name. We believe that the Lord's dear sheep will not be misled in this matter; that they will realize that this difficulty is in no sense a personal controversy.


    Brother Johnson is in no sense the cause of the controversy between the President on the one side and Brothers Pierson, Ritchie, Wright, Hoskins and Hirsh on the other side. The President's treatment of Brother Johnson is only one of the circumstances in which we could not approve of Brother Rutherford's course. Our contention is that Brother Johnson, in whom Brother Russell reposed great confidence and who has manifested much love and zeal for the Truth during the 14 years of his public service, during which he has travelled as a Pilgrim paying all his own expenses except for one year, should be given a full and fair opportunity to present his case. At present he has been condemned without a trial, and to our personal knowledge shamefully misrepresented and treated.


    We believe that this should not be so. For your information we present below in parallel columns the fundamental differences which have arisen between the President and ourselves:


    1. Believes one man, (himself) can better manage the Society's work than the Board of Directors; thus taking an exactly opposite view to Brother Russell on this subject.

    2. Personally interprets resolutions passed by Shareholders on Jan. 6, 1917, at Pittsburg, Pa., to give him practically absolute control of the Society's finances and affairs in general. He has uniformly acted in harmony with this interpretation and never given the Board, during his term of office as President, a statement of the finances and other affairs of the Society, of which we are today still ignorant. It will be a matter of interest to you that Brother Rutherford himself wrote the By-Laws even before his election.

    3. Through his interpretation of certain technicalities of law, but positively contradicted by eminent counsel, he declares four of the undersigned illegally elected Directors (though himself served for years as a Director, elected exactly as they were), and assumes to appoint other brethren to take their places.


    1: We believe Brother Russell's plans for carrying on the Harvest Work after his death should be followed: "The corporation is to be managed by a Board of Directors consisting of seven members."- (Extract from Society's Charter, written by Brother Russell.) "It being understood that they (the Board of Directors), should come to the front in the event of my death." (Extract from booklet published by Brother Russell.)

    2. The Common Law or practically universal interpretation of said resolutions passed at Pittsburg Jan. 6, 1917, is that the President as "Executive and Manager" is subject to the Board of Directors, whose directions he is required to follow. The entire responsibility of the Corporation both to the Shareholders for the use of funds donated to the Society, and to the Business Public for the obligations of the Society, rests, not on the President alone, but upon the full Board of Directors. They cannot escape this responsibility.

    3. (a) Upon the best legal advice we can obtain, and concurred in by Attorney Brother MeGee, assistant to the Attorney General of New Jersey, it appears that Brother Rutherford's interpretation of these technicalities is erroneous, and we are still the legal Directors of the Society.

    (b) We recognize a still higher law?Divine Justice?and a moral obligation to fulfil the trust reposed in us by the Lord and Brother Russell. Three of us having been elected under the direction of Brother Russell, served harmoniously with him on the Board for years, and whose wish it was that we continue to serve as Directors during our life time, unless removed by a two-thirds vote of the Shareholders.?Extract from Charter, "The Directors shall hold their respective offices for life."

    "It is required of stewards that a man be found faithful, every man according to his several ability," and our greatest desire is to be faithful to the Lord and to the Shareholders of the Society, organized by Brother Russell and conducted so successfully by him for 34 years.

    We, and hundreds of other friends, have endeavored to find some legal means of calling a special meeting of the Shareholders of the Society to pass upon these matters, but so far without success. It may be that the law which created our beloved Society shall have to be invoked to determine the validity of its very existence, since its life has been threatened by our President in setting aside its Board of Directors. If he cannot himself rule absolutely, he has apparently determined to put to the front the Peoples Pulpit Association, of which he claims to be President for life.

    In regard to the relationship of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society to the Peoples Pulpit Association, and to the I.B.S.A., our dear Pastor in "The Watch Tower" of Dec. 1, 1915, page 359, 2nd col., says:

    "Thus the whole management is by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, and these auxiliary organizations merely help in carrying on its work."

    "In other words, the Peoples Pulpit Assn. cannot transact business except through the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society has the management, and the Peoples Pulpit Assn. does the work?absolutely."

    Brother Rutherford now repudiates all this and says he will act through the Peoples Pulpit Assn., and has issued a command that Brothers Wright, Ritchie, Hoskins and Hirsh shall, like Brother Johnson, be required to leave Bethel.

    In conclusion, dear friends, our only desire is to be found faithful to our trust. We believe this is the essence of the text: "It is required of stewards that a man be found faithful."

    The Lord bless you and keep you. Pray that all concerned may have wisdom and grace to walk humbly and circumspectly before our Maker, that we may thus be prepared for His presence and kingdom.

    Your brethren and fellow-servants of our dear Redeemer and King,

    A. N. Pierson,
    J. D. Wright,
    A. I. Ritchie,
    I. F. Hoskins,
    R. H. Hirsh.

    Thats how he entered the scene.


  • sf

    Some morsels from google (hello golf, how are you?):

    The Quest for the Industrial Revolution

    ... The Borromei family as international bankers in the late 14 th ... of the great powers in the international system, 1870 ... Malcolm Rutherford (University of Victoria). ... - 99k - Sep 10, 2004 - Cached - Similar pages

    Comments from the Friends - Online Edition - October-December 1998 ...

    ... Then in 1931 he gave his International Bible Students a new ... Rutherford's book Vindication, Book Two, published by the Watch ... [Jewish bankers] Rothschild Brothers ... - 17k - Cached - Similar pages

    More search hits here:


    Illuminati History 1901-1970

    ... along with other Illuminati bankers, through "contributions ... 3. International Police (Interpol) founded in ... Joseph Franklin Rutherford (Watchtower And Bible Tract ... illuminatihistory19011970.htm - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

    __________________ :

    Joseph Franklin Rutherford

    Joseph Franklin Rutherford (November 8, 1869- January 8 1942), sometimes known as Judge Rutherford, is best known as the second president of the Watch Tower Society, the legal organization used by Jehovah's Witnesses. He was preceded by Charles Taze Russell. Rutherford was born to a farm family in Morgan County, Missouri, his parents being Baptists. His father opposed his interests in law studies,but allowed him in the end to go to college. After completing his education, he worked as a court reporter and was admitted to the bar at Boonville, Missouri. Still later he became a special - or substitute - judge in the same Fourteenth Judicial District of Missouri. Hence, he was often referred to as "Judge Rutherford". He became interested in the teachings of The Bible Students in 1894, after he and his wife had seen three of the books of Russell's work Millennial Dawn. He was baptized as a Bible Student in 1906, and in 1907 he became their juridical councelor. He served as a travelling overseer in the following years. He was elected President of the Watch Tower Society in 1916, after Russell's death. In 1918 he served a year's imprisonment together with seven other men in Atlanta, Georgia, for opposing Selective Draft Act and the Espionage Law, charges that were later dismissed. His writings were widely distributed among Witnesses in the United States and abroad. In 1931 at a convention, Rutherford delivered a talk proposing the adoption of a new name for the group, known as International Bible Students or Bible Students. They all adopted the name of Jehovah's Witnesses there. J.F. Rutherford served as President of the Watch Tower Society until his death in 1942 in San Diego, California.


    Good (informative) page here:

    Chapter 6

    ... had predicted that an international nihilist-Communist ... of the Society's London bank account, is ... On January 6, 1917, Joseph Franklin Rutherford was elected ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages


    And then here are some Google USENET discussions on same topic:

    Who Killed Lincoln? ... carry out such a plan, was the international bankers. ... and the right of the bankers
    to manage ... following excerpts taken from Judge Rutherford's book, Vindication ...
    alt.politics.white-power - May 18, 2000 by a-v - View Thread (1 article)

    The Disney Deception ... wineries (Rothschild s, Mondavi s, Rutherford s, Christian ... didn t get justice, the judge dismissed his ... The Chicago mob controlled the International Alliance of ...
    alt.conspiracy - Mar 30, 1999 by Born Again - View Thread (6 articles)


  • MerryMagdalene

    Good gum-shoeing, Gumbyshoe!

    Here's my small contribution on how da Judge first entered the scene a few years earlier:

    Rutherford was first contacted by 2 Bible Student colporteurs in 1894 at the age of 24. He bought some books from them and then wrote a letter of appreciation to the Society. He wasn't baptised until 1906 at the age of 36. Then one year later, in 1907 he went to Brooklyn to serve as the Society's legal counselor. Nothing damning here, but the date of his arrival in Brooklyn does happen to match the first date of poisoning mentioned in Mr. Stanley's letter (although it doesn't say if there were any claims of attempts before that). --all this (and more) according to W. Hagen at:

    Curioser and curioser.

  • minimus

    He wasn't worth killing for.

  • MerryMagdalene

    Not that they are anything you could ever prove, but it is interesting what these various speculations and the research they engender contribute to the overall picture of the man, the myth, the b'org.

    What was the WTBTS corporation (and control of it) worth back in 1916, anyway? What potential might have been seen for it? Murder or not, there had to be one or more reasons JFR did what he did to get and keep control of it. A couple mansions, nice cars, personal secretaries/cooks/dieticians... that's not too shabby in and of itself, especially back in the depression era.


  • MerryMagdalene

    From "Facts for Shareholders":


    We do not know how the trust fund stands, nor how the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society stands. What are our financial relations between the Watch Tower B. & T. Society and the Peoples Pulpit Association? How is the trust fund invested? What are the securities? What interest do they draw? "WE WANT THE BOARD RECOGNIZED, AND TO BE PERMITTED TO GO ON DOING BUSINESS UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR, OR UNTIL SUCH TIME AS WE CAN RESIGN, WHEN WE SHALL HAVE NO FURTHER FINANCIAL OR OTHER RESPONSIBILITY.

    "What is the condition of the Society?s funds? Where was the amount of $100,000 borrowed for the Drama work? To whom was it returned? What interest was paid on this borrowed money? "In event of this matter coming before the courts, these features, of course, will be made public. Why not instead give us this information as members of the Board, to whom it is due? If the court should say, ?What about this fund?? each member of the Board would necessarily answer that he knew nothing about it.

    If the money had been poorly invested, the Directors, as members of the corporation, would be held responsible.

    "We way not be responsible for transactions made during the life time of Bro. Russell; but the Board is entitled to a full explanation of the accounts subsequent to his death."

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