Repost: Why Was Benjamin Franklin’s Basement Filled With Skeletons?

Colin Shultz — Oct 3, 2013


For nearly two decades leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence Benjamin Franklin lived in London in a house at 36 Craven Street. In 1776, Franklin left his English home to come back to America. More than 200 years later, 15 bodies were found in the basement, buried in a secret, windowless room beneath the garden.

In 1998, conservationists were doing repairs on 36 Craven, looking to turn Franklin’s old haunt into a museum. “From a one metre wide, one metre deep pit, over 1200 pieces of bone were retrieved”—remnants of more than a dozen bodies, says Benjamin Franklin House. Six were children. Forensic investigations showed that the bones dated to Franklin’s day.

Franklin was a noted revolutionary and powerful freemason—the Grand Master of Masons of Pennsylvania—so it’s easy to wonder what dark secrets Franklin may have hidden in his basement chamber. But the truth, it turns out, isn’t quite so dark.

“The most plausible explanation is not mass murder, but an anatomy school run by Benjamin Franklin’s young friend and protege, William Hewson,” said the Guardian in 2003.

Still, in Franklin’s time, anatomy lessons were a dark, ethically ambiguous business. Mental Floss:

Anatomy was still in its infancy, but the day’s social and ethical mores frowned upon it… A steady supply of human bodies was hard to come by legally, so Hewson, Hunter, and the field’s other pioneers had to turn to grave robbing — either paying professional “resurrection men” to procure cadavers or digging them up themselves — to get their hands on specimens.

Researchers think that 36 Craven was an irresistible spot for Hewson to establish his own anatomy lab. The tenant was a trusted friend, the landlady was his mother-in-law, and he was flanked by convenient sources for corpses. Bodies could be smuggled from graveyards and delivered to the wharf at one end of the street, or snatched from the gallows at the other end. When he was done with them, Hewson simply buried whatever was left of the bodies in the basement, rather than sneak them out for disposal elsewhere and risk getting caught and prosecuted for dissection and grave robbing.

Franklin was probably aware of the illegal studies going on in his building, says the Benjamin Franklin House, but it’s doubtful the he was involved himself. Still, we can’t imagine that, curious man that he was, he didn’t sneak down and check out the proceedings at least once or twice.


Comment — Nov 5, 2015

Either the writer of the above is a gullible dupe. Or he’s just written an artful cover-story to conceal the darker side of one of America’s founding fathers.
Because he omits to mention that apart from human remains animal cadavers were also found at Franklin’s former London home. That calls into question the argument that the remains had been used by an anatomy school.
After all, what use would animal cadavers be in the study of human anatomy?
So what were the human remains doing at Franklin’s former London home if they hadn’t been used by a school of anatomy? The giveaway is the fact that Franklin was known to have occasionally attended meetings of the Hellfire Club. He didn’t advertise the fact but given the club’s reputation at the time that’s no surprise.
Ostensibly established to mock morality and as excuse for licentiousness, the club has long been suspected of being a cover for black magic. Tellingly, the club Franklin attended and which was presided over by Sir Francis Dashwood and the Earl of Sandwich had a motto: “Fais ce que tu voudras” — a line that was later adopted by notorious occultist Alistair Crowley and which translates into: “Do what thou wilt“.
In other words the human remains found at Benjamin Franklin’s London home may not have been for the study of human anatomy but may have been the result of human sacrifice.
Of course after two centuries there is no way we can be entirely sure that the bodies found had been sacrificed. But given the prevalence of occult rituals among today’s power elite it’s worth asking whether one of the founding fathers hadn’t made a deal with the devil when he laid the foundations of modern America?
Whether or not one believes the elite would resort to such methods it resonates with the Ayatollah Khomeini’s description of America as the “great satan.” 

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