Daily Archives: July 14, 2006

Sex, witchcraft and the murder of a Druid

Daily Mail | Jul 6, 2006 


Peter Solheim and Margaret James

Dressed in a horned helmet, metal breastplate and wielding a double-edged four-foot long sword, Peter Solheim cut a truly extraordinary figure.

“I make a very good friend,” he solemnly informed the gathering of fellow witches and Druids, “and a very bad enemy.”

High drama but never could the 56-year-old parish councillor turned pagan have guessed how those words would one day come back to haunt him. A few months on, almost exactly two years ago now, Solheim was brutally murdered – dumped in the Channel off the coast of Cornwall and left to drown.

Drugged and with his limbs and head bludgeoned to a bloody pulp with a machete, he had no hope of saving himself. Yesterday, Margaret James, his lover of nine years, was convicted of masterminding the plot to kill him.

In a cruel echo of Solheim’s own words, the best of friends had indeed turned into the worst of enemies. “It was you who wanted him dead and you who masterminded and orchestrated the events which culminated in his death,” Judge Graham Cottle told James, 58, as he jailed her for 20 years at Truro Crown Court. “What you orchestrated was a horrific and slow death.”

The story of James’s bloody betrayal of her boyfriend is in equal measure extraordinary and horrifying, its plotline built around a volatile, unstable mixture of sex, witchcraft, greed and jealousy. Its conclusion also hangs in the air. To this day, James’s accomplice, whoever he or she may be, remains very much at large.

Played out to the ancient backdrop of the Cornish countryside, a land of folklore and myth, the roots of this murder mystery can be traced back to 1995 and an advert placed in the lonely hearts’ column of a local newspaper. James, a petite vegan with a penchant for nettle tea and a voracious sexual appetite, was looking for companionship and replied.

A mother of two, she had been single since the mid-80s when her first husband Francis James died in a fire at the gravel pit where he was working.

She received a £50,000 insurance settlement following the accident which she used to buy a former coastguard cottage on an exposed bluff of land above the Cornish hamlet of Porthoustock. To locals, she cut an eccentric, remote figure – swimming naked in the sea and living in near-squalor. She got by on a widow’s pension and made a bit of extra pocket money selling mobile phones and SIM cards.

‘Sex, pills and potions’

Like James, Solheim was also divorced and when the two met they quickly discovered they shared an interest in ‘alternative’ lifestyles – or “sex, pills and potions” as the prosecuting barrister in the trial would put it.

“We ended up going to bed and, to coin a phrase, were ‘at it like rabbits’,” was how James described the early days of their relationship to police.

“When it started I would say it was ridiculous, we never seemed to be out of bed. That returned to normality over time but our relationship continued with a high sexual and physical attraction.”

Evidently, theirs’ was a highly-charged relationship from the start. And it was never a particularly easy one. For starters, Solheim was a difficult and unpopular individual. Cornish-born, he was the only child of the chief engineer of a Norwegian whaling ship, a heritage that in later life would lead to a fascination with the Viking gods.

With his father often away at sea, he was raised by his mother Dorothy in the village of Budock Water on the outskirts of Falmouth and as a child was obsessed with knives and guns. Following a stint as a panel beater, Solheim worked for the printing company Stralfords in Camborne but is understood to have taken early retirement in the mid-nineties suffering from manic depression.

He received incapacity benefit and, with money earned selling pirated hardcore porn DVDs and antique weapons (his collection was worth £30,000) was considered a relatively wealthy man. By the time he met James he had not only split from his wife, Jean (a dispatch clerk whom he married in 1971) but had also severed contact with his two children, Lisa, 29, and Daniel, 25.

“I last spoke to my father on Christmas Day 1995 and we didn’t leave on the best of terms,” Lisa told the Mail. “He’d just met Margaret and I didn’t get on very well with her – nothing specific but we never hit it off. As I was old enough to move out, I moved out.

“In any case I wasn’t happy with all the guns and knives he kept in the house. He had a fiery temper and I was always afraid that he would lose his cool one day and do something that he would regret. Most of the friends he used to have when I was living with him have drifted away. He completely changed after he divorced my mum.”

The change, in particular, could be seen in two areas of his life: women and witchcraft. And James fell into both camps. At first, it seems, she was happy to accompany him to various solstice and equinox celebrations but it quickly became apparent to onlookers that he was more serious about the occult than she was.

“He became very taken by the gods Oden and Thor and was definitely veering towards the dark side of magic,” Tamsin Parish, a 23-year-old Druid who first met Solheim in the late nineties told the Mail. “Oden and Thor are Nordic gods and are very powerful and we were all worried that he thought he could tap into that power and was somehow being a messenger for those gods. Put it this way, we didn’t get the feeling that he was using that power in a good way.”

Having parted company with the Druids, Solheim joined a local group of Wiccans, devotees of a pre-Christian pagan religion who honour gods and goddesses and hold rituals to mark the changing seasons.

Peter Petrauske, high priest of the Falmouth coven, says that while they would worship in plain white robes Solheim insisted on wearing a horned helmet and breastplate. He would also carry a sword.

“He told us he wanted to be known as Thor’s Hammer,” said Mr Petrauske. “He was following the Norse way and was far more interested in that side of things.”

He was also very interested in sex. Pagan priestess Ann Bryn-Evans recalled how Solheim thought he was irresistible to women.

“He spoke about it very frequently,” said Mrs Bryn-Evans. “At first it was amusing but then there was too much of it. Margaret smiled and smirked as if she felt proud about it. But as time went on she became uncomfortable if he mentioned other women and said he was attracted to them. He was a boaster. He described himself as hot stuff. He felt he was very attractive to women and had no trouble in attracting them.”

Freemasonry alive and well in 21st century


Freemasonry Seen as the Answer to Organised Religion

Freemasonry is alive and well in the 21st century as people seek sanctuary from the tribulations of everyday life, a masonic historian said on Wednesday. Steeped in history and surrounded by myth, the highly secretive society which some believe dates back to the Knights Templar, claims five million members worldwide spread from New Zealand to South Africa and the United States. “A lot of people are finding in the 21st century that organised religion is not answering their needs, and for some people Freemasonry is that answer,” Diane Clements, director of the Library and Museum of Freemasonry said.


JFK Speech on Secret Societies and Freedom of the Press

Merkel, Bush Stand United On Middle East, Iran

A kiss for Angela — Merkel was warmly greeted by Bush

Bush and Merkel have moved closer together over the past months
US President Bush and German Chancellor Merkel on Thursday called for restraint in the Middle East, UN action on Iran, and urged Russia to stick with democratic reforms. Addressing a crowd of hand-picked locals on Stralsund’s market square, George W. Bush said Thursday that a coordinated foreign policy between his country and Germany could contribute a lot towards making the world a safer place.


FEMA Officials Face House Panel About 9/11 Fraud

$24.1 billion of September 11th federal funds ended up in the wrong hands
FEMA is under scrutiny once again, this time for potential misuse of September 11th funds.
FEMA’s Deputy Regional Director Joe Picciano testified before a Congressional panel in Washington D.C. Wednesday to explain how some $24.1 billion of September 11th federal funds ended up in the wrong hands.


Second Geoethical Nanotechnology Workshop to Explore Ethics of Neuronanotechnology

“It is time to move beyond mere observation of scientistic cults and use the knowledge we have gained of recruitment strategies, cultural innovation, and social needs to create better religions than the world currently possesses. At the very least, unobtrusive observation must be supplemented by active experimentation. Religions are human creations. Our society quite consciously tries to improve every other kind of social institution, why not religion? Members of The Process, founded mainly by students from an architecture school, referred to the creation of their cult as religious engineering, the conscious, systematic, skilled creation of a new religion. I propose that we become religious engineers.” 
– William Sims Bainbridge, “New Religions, Science, and Secularization”, in Religion and the Social Order, 1993

“The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective. Man does NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must ELECTRICALLY CONTROL THE BRAIN. Some day armies and generals will be controlled by electric stimulation of the brain.”
– Dr. Jose M.R. Delgado Director of Neuropsychiatry Yale University Medical School Congressional Record, No. 26, Vol. 118 February 24, 1974. Wrote  “Physical Control of the Mind, Toward a Psychocivilized Society” Jose M. R. Delgado, M.D. (Harper & Row, NY, 1969)

“Techniques such as genetic engineering, psychoactive drugs and electronic control of the brain make possible a transformation of the species into docile, fully-obedient, “safe” organisms. ”
– William Sims Bainbridge, in Religions for a Galactic Civilization, Paper given at the Nineteenth Goddard Memorial Symposium of the American Astronautical Society, Pentagon City, Virginia, March 26-27, 1981. 


Second Geoethical Nanotechnology Workshop to Explore Ethics of Neuronanotechnology and Future Mind-Machine Interfaces
Human and Digital Species Merge
The Terasem Movement announced today that its Second Geoethical Nanotechnology workshop will be held July 20, 2006 in Lincoln, Vermont. It will explore the ethics of neuronanotechnology and future mind-machine interfaces, including preservation of consciousness, implications for a future in which human and digital species merge, and dispersion of consciousness to the cosmos, featuring leading scientists and other experts in these areas.


“How Neuronanotechnology Will Lead to Melding of Mind and Machine,”  Ray Kurzweil, Author, Age of Spiritual Machine; Fantastic Voyage;  Living Long Enough to Live Forever; The Singularity Is Near

“Personality Transfer,” William Sims Bainbridge, Ph.D., National Science Foundation

“How Uploading Works,” Marshall Brain, Author, How Stuff Works
“Uploading Research Spinoff:  Neuro-Nanotechnology to Cure Criminality and Mental Illness,” Nancy J. Woolf, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of California.
Second Geoethical Nanotechnology Workshop

National Science Foundation Director and apologist for Scientology and other cults including the Satanic Process Church.
A Personal Convergenist Website
Program promoted by Newt Gingrich and signed into law by George Bush immediately following Operation 9/11
Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance:
Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Cognitive Science

Blair’s money man arrested


THE personal fundraiser for British Prime Minister Tony Blair was arrested yesterday by Scotland Yard as the “cash for peerages” controversy engulfing Downing Street escalated. Lord Levy, nicknamed “Lord Cashpoint” for his role in raising millions of pounds for New Labour, has been released on bail and is denying any links to Britain’s cash-for-honours affair.


Police consider conspiracy charges as cash and honours inquiry widens
Prime minister likely to be questioned by detectives
The likelihood of prosecutions being brought in the cash for honours inquiry was raised yesterday when the detective in charge of the investigation revealed that his team was looking into whether conspiracy charges could be brought against potential suspects.


Armed police raid house after boy seen with toy gun

A solicitor has described being confronted with a scene reminiscent of “a Bruce Willis movie” when armed police officers stormed his home after his son was seen with a replica toy gun. John Trimbos, 42, and his 15-year-old son, Olly, were handcuffed after officers smashed down the door of their flat in Belsize Park, north London. Mr Trimbos’ wife, Lucy, and their youngest son, Felix, aged seven, were left traumatised by the raid.


Family home raided over ‘toy gun’ 
The father-of-two said the armed officers had flak jackets, helmets and goggles.
Armed police stormed a family’s home after their teenage son was spotted playing with a toy gun in his bedroom.
“They just said: ‘Police, put your hands up and walk towards us slowly’ so I did – I didn’t have any choice,” said Mr Trimbos, 42.   Poor Felix – afterwards I picked him up and his whole body was trembling, he burst into tears
Father and son were taken outside for an hour while officers searched the property, finding only the plastic pellet-firing replica gun. He described the experience as “utterly mortifying” and said it had left his wife, Olly, and his other seven-year-old son traumatised. “Poor Felix – afterwards I picked him up and his whole body was trembling, he burst into tears,” he said. He criticised the police for “heavy-handed tactics” and said he intended to make an official complaint.


Toy gun scare sends officers on fruitless search
A bevy of local law enforcement officers spent Tuesday’s lunch hour unsuccessfully searching for two boys spotted with realistic-looking toy guns.