This week Scott Wolter, the erstwhile host of America Unearthed, gave a two-hour interview to the Leak Project in which he repeats many of his familiar claims and stories. We haven’t heard from him for a while, and there isn’t much new to report. It’s two hours, so don’t expect me to go through all of it in detail. I’ll only note a few highlights and you can listen to the whole thing if you’d like.
Wolter has massaged his life story into a new personal myth, complete with a prophetic destiny. Now his father’s death has been transformed into a call to adventure in the Joseph Campbell style, for his father was a Freemason, as were his ancestors before him, and Wolter learned this fact in a scene straight out of a Dan Brown novel, from the ring cut from his dead father’s hand after his drowning. It’s a story he’s told in pieces before, but now it has grown into a mythic encounter with destiny.
He reiterates his support for the fictitious journals of Henry Sinclair and other assorted fraudulent hoax documents, which he now asserts say in parts not yet made public that Benjamin Franklin personally directed the recovery of Templar treasure in America to fund the American Revolution. He claims that he pitched a show about these documents to the History Channel 30 months ago. He asserts that History stole the idea for The Curse of Oak Island as a lifeline to end the show on a satisfactory note. However, Wolter couldn’t come to an agreement with History about a new series, and he claims it is because History didn’t want Wolter to compete with the more valuable Oak Island franchise. “I don’t trust them. I’m not giving it to them. Period,” he said. It’s laughable, of course, since, in theory, if any of this were true, the facts don’t belong to anyone, and these kinds of fringe speculators blatantly steal from one another all the time. It’s only “sour grapes,” as Wolter put it, if the shows are fictitious and the stars have a financial stake in their fake stories. Indeed, Wolter specifically says that “it’s our content” and he’s sick of the production companies and the cable channels making money off of his work while he gets much less money to host shows while providing the ideas that draw viewers in for free.
At the end of the interview, Wolter walked back his comments and expressed thanks to cable networks for making him a star. He again promised that an “opportunity” is coming up for some new media project. But we’ve heard that refrain many times before.
By the time that Wolter and the host started debating whether Lucifer was a woman and therefore the planet Venus, I got tired of listening. Lucifer, as most scholars know, is a character who develops out of a combination of earlier materials, including the figure of the accuser in Jewish myth and willful Christian misreading of passages in the Hebrew Bible. There is no mysterious devil lady masquerading as Satan.
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