Scott Wolter Claims to Have Absolute Proof of Templars in America, Says He Won't Share It Until Someone Gives Him a New TV Series
Since the last of former television personality Scott Wolter’s TV shows went off the air, I haven’t paid a lot of attention to his musings, mostly because without a cable TV platform, he’s just another cranky voice on the internet with an amateur blog and little to say. That’s probably why it’s taken me two weeks to notice that Wolter appeared on Jimmy Church’s Fade to Black radio program, as he does frequently. I find these appearances to be exhausting because the show is three hours long, and who has that kind of time to listen to someone rant? If I wanted to hear three hours of crankiness and complaint, well, I have an infant son, so I already get enough of that. But now Wolter says he is plotting ten years of new television content, which I suppose means that I should pay at least some attention.
During the interview, Wolter offered his usual raft of complaints about scientists and historians, and he criticized those who doubt him, and he argued that because he is a scientist, those who trust science on issues like climate change must trust him on the issue of “Pre-Columbian visits to America by the warrior monks,” meaning the Templars. I trust you can see the error in logic without me needing to point it out. He also spent a lengthy bit of time repeating the story of his entry into the fields of geology and fringe history. I’m not sure whom these stories are for at this point, since almost everyone listening to him on this show has doubtlessly heard him tell the same stories on the same broadcast several times.
Anyway, Wolter added some new crazy claims taken over from the New Age, including his belief that crystals and rocks have “earth energy,” and he adds that meteors and comets can affect the “magnetic properties” and “radioactive properties” of places that they strike. Native Americans and “special individuals” supposedly can sense these changes in earth energy and are drawn to craters. To this, he adds that the Knights Templar colonized a crater in North America where a meteor struck in ancient times. He said that he has esoteric Freemason friends whom he invites over to his house to “recharge” the positive energy of the “Herkimer diamonds” (clear double-terminated quartz crystals) he keeps on display. He said that his wife Janet believes in the power of crystals, so they have decorated their house with rocks. “My wife loves it, and I just say, ‘hey, why not!’” Later in the interview, he expressed his view that astrology is “scientific” because the gravity of the heavens can affect individuals on Earth. He’s said it before, but it’s still weird to hear him try to claim that astrology is as real as the tides because, in essence, the moon can affect water, and therefore people. He claims that the “precession of the equinoxes” (the slow apparent drift of the stars over millennia due to the wobble of the Earth’s axis) governs history and dictates through the position of the constellations on the spring equinox the events that will play out on Earth. “It’s related to astronomy, it’s related to science, it’s real,” he said.
But the majority of the interview was devoted to the so-called “Cremona Document,” which you also know as the “C-document,” the fake document promoted by Zena Halpern as an account of the Templars’ voyage to the Catskill Mountains in the twelfth century. Wolter said that he was not going to provide any new information because he is saving the revelation of Templar truths for “a new television series.” He has been discussing this new show for about three years now, and nothing has happened yet. He said that unnamed “people” will provide private funding for a direct-to-video or online release if a cable channel does not pick up the show, and he claimed to have prepared ten years of material. (“A hundred” if he stretched it as thin as Curse of Oak Island, he said.) Wolter added, however, that he would not produce the show, even privately, unless it can be done “the right way.” It is perhaps either disconcerting or an admission of motive that Wolter feels that the only way to report (= monetize?) “the truth” is through television, rather than, say, books or a press conference or, (heaven forfend!) an academic journal article. He refers to his ideas repeatedly as “the content” to fuel his apparent real goal, to have another TV series, the true treasure of the Grail. “The networks and the people that make and deliver the content have to be smart about it, ’cause the young people are the future,” he said, suggesting that the graying of cable audiences has limited his TV appeal because the young prefer online content. That is a bit generous for a host from a cable network with some of the grayest demographics on cable. Once again, I have to note that the truth will set you free, but not for free. It’s like the movie To Die For said 20-something years ago, “…you're not really anybody in America unless you’re on TV ... ’cause what’s the point of doing anything worthwhile if there’s nobody watching?”
It’s rather infuriating that Wolter claims he’s ready to change the world with the “truth,” but won’t do so until someone pays him to make a TV show about it. That is the soul and mirror of “alternative” history in a nutshell.
“This is absolutely 100% without question a Templar document,” Wolter now says of the C-document, the proposed subject of his future TV series. But the proof will have to wait for all that sweet cable TV or online subscription money.
For those who don’t keep a running list of historical frauds fresh in their memories, the so-called C-document is a modern handwritten text that Halpern alleges is a copy of a medieval original. It is written in “Theban,” a sixteenth century coded alphabet, and allegedly represents an underlying Latin text that in 2013 Wolter said he cannot read and which he trusts Halpern to have translated correctly for him. Wolter had identified so-called “Hooked-X®” figures in the document, but these appear to be crudely rendered attempts to reproduce the little hook flourish that appears in downstrokes composed by quill in order to start the ink flowing. Similar hooks can be found in most quill-written documents, but they are particularly prominent on capital X’s because of the back-slanting downstroke in them. “It was a very important and sacred symbol to them (the Templars),” Wolter said. No, it wasn’t. It was just an artifact of using a quill, one that the carvers of the hoax Kensington Rune Stone most likely crudely copied from a paper-based text model without understanding why. Henrik Williams agreed with me that this is a very likely possibility for the appearance of a “Hooked® X” on the Kensington Rune Stone.
Wolter accepts the entire story of the so-called C-document, and the attendant fake medieval maps that go with it, pretty much exactly as Zena Halpern lays it out in her faulty and false book, and he does not address any of the substantial problems with the supposed history of the secret Templar document. For those problems, see my review (Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3). Wolter repeats material from his 2013 book about having seen artifacts and evidence on Panther Mountain in the Catskills, but the photographs he provided show near-certain modern fakes.
Wolter gives a laundry list of European peoples he believes colonized America in the past, mentioning Phoenicians, Celts, and others. “They just didn’t tell anybody,” he said of the thousands of Europeans making thousands of voyages over thousands of years. A lot of his claims are material that previously appeared in his book or on America Unearthed or Pirate Treasure of the Knights Templar, sometimes expanded with numerology that is too zany even for television to accept as real, and with the dumb assertion that every five-pointed star (including the one on the Dallas Cowboys’ helmets) represents “the goddess.” I needn’t point out that the star isn’t always, or even primarily, a goddess symbol. He makes it one by identifying it with the apparent path in the night sky of Venus, which he identifies with Ishtar and Aphrodite and thus a generalized “goddess.”
He then asserted that the Templars are “bloodline descendants” of a wisdom cult dating back before Egypt, one that is possessed of “ancient knowledge.” Without knowing it, he is drawing on Helena Blavatsky’s claim that the Brotherhood of the Serpent carried wisdom from the Third Root Race to ancient peoples for their Mysteries and thus to modern occult societies. This is the origin of the secret wisdom cult that people like Wolter and Graham Hancock believe to exist. It is also the origin of the belief in secret Reptilian infiltrators because the Brotherhood of the Serpent harks back to the Third Root Race, who were lizard-like egg-layers. For Wolter, though, ancient history is a feminist concern, and he buys into the unproven New Age claim that there was a primitive matriarchy before the evil Indo-Europeans destroyed blissful feminist goddess cultures.
Wolter also said that he believes that his hometown is on a Templar meridian (but of course) because it is 90 degrees of longitude from Rosslyn Chapel. He added that the true Holy Grail is “achieving total consciousness.” To this, he offers an old and ridiculous claim taken over from racist colonial and imperialist literature: He alleges that there was a tribe of Native Americans who spoke a Celtic language, and he says that he “can’t” tell us any more about it until he secures a TV deal. No Celtic-speaking tribe has ever been found, despite nineteenth century efforts to correlate Native words with Welsh or Irish ones. The claim goes back to John Dee, who introduced the fiction that the Welsh colonized America in order to support Elizabeth I’s claim to the continent over that of her deceased half-sister’s husband, the former jure uxoris King of England, Philip II of Spain. From that claim, and the confusion of early colonists who found Native tongues as incomprehensible as Welsh, the myth of Welsh Indians was born.
“Once it all comes out, it will be game, set, match—guaranteed,” Wolter said.
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