I’m pretty sure the mysterious last month of Grace’s life wasn’t delved into in any significant detail in the film, at least not the part about her initiation as a High Priestess in the Solar Temple in Switzerland.
The list of famous beautiful women drawn to secret sex societies is probably quite extensive, although far as I know a book on this subject has yet to be written.
I recently wrote a blog about Jinx Dawson, who founded the Chicago band Coven in 1966. Jinx obviously had a taste for sex magic, as this photo of her in ceremonial action shows. I think the fantasy of being tied down to an altar and ravished by costumed people from both sexes may be the flame that drew some moths to these ceremonies. Later in life Jinx was convicted of torturing an elderly man for months. Jinx initiated the now-ubiquitous two-fingered salute employed by every heavy metal fan and practicing Satanist around the world. But she ended up being dropped by her label and never achieved the sort of international fame and glory she’d been seeking.
“I was born into the Occult,” explains Jinx. “I came from a background as a child where my great grandfather and great aunts were part of the Post Victorian Spiritual Age where popular interests were anything from Houdini to ghosts to seances to mesmerism to pendulums and fortune telling to Hoodoo and casting spells…and powerful secret societies were very much in effect of which they were head members. They had an extensive library of Occult books in their large Italianate mansion which I eagerly read. They held many rituals in that house. There were Hoodoo Obeahs working in the big house who also taught me their special brand of magic. I am from a very long lineage of Occult Adepts and Practitioners of the Ancient Arts. Some of them were members of the United Ancient Order of Druids. Others were members of the Rosicrucian group Order of the Golden and Rosy Cross. I am of the Mayflower Society, a direct descendant of John Howland, 13th signator to the Mayflower Compact. My father was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and my grandfather, a former Lt. Governor of Indiana, was High Priest of the Royal Arch Masons. My great grandfather was in the private circle of U. S. President Teddy Roosevelt. And we are listed in the book ‘The First Families of America’. So I am steeped in American Illuminati.”
Around the same time Jinx started Coven, Anton LaVey started the Church of Satan in California. Jayne Mansfield was initiated as a High Priestess. Although considered an heir to Marilyn Monroe by some (she was seven years younger and bigger breasted), Jayne’s career seems to have taken a nose-dive before her interest in Satanism blossomed, when she was still a practicing Catholic. Jayne had many pregnancies that caused her to lose out important film roles and died in Mississippi while out on the nightclub circuit. By that time she was having weight problems and Hollywood offers had dried up, forcing her to a life on the road.
Jayne wasn’t the only high priestess working with LaVey. In fact, his early favorite for this position seems to have been Susan Atkins, who would later achieve fame as “Sexy Sadie” in the Manson cult. Manson was deep into Satanism, and well-versed in most of the Satanic societies in Hollywood, as well as the OTO and Scientology. The Process Church of Final Judgment, the most sinister of the bunch, seems to have been his greatest inspiration.
Here’s a shot of Sadie during one of LaVey’s rituals. Manson’s closest ally in Los Angeles was Bobby Beausoleil. Bobby and Atkins were involved in the murder of Gary Hinman, which kicked off the killing spree that followed. And both were involved with LaVey before falling into the Manson group.
It’s hard to imagine the situation in the late 1960s, but cannabis and LSD had opened many people up to the study of telepathic energies, and many flavors were available. Obviously, a large number started investigating the dark side simply because those energies are easily accessed and very powerful. People were seeking to throw off the chains of social convention and experience something deeper. Problem is most of the dark-side cults turned out to be exploitative. But then that’s pretty much the same with all religion.
This book came out a few years ago, but it’s impossible to find a copy anywhere now. The cover looks like one of the out-takes from one of Jayne’s Playboy shoots. I don’t think there’s any connection between Jayne’s traffic accident and her involvement as a High Priestess for Satan.
Someday, an enterprising filmmaker is going to put all this together and realize those scenes of Jayne tied naked to an altar while being ravished by members of both sexes in costumes is actually cinema gold, at least as far as sales go, so I wonder if Strip Nude and Die for the Devil has sold its option yet.
If you poke around this story, one of the things that pops up right away is that Jay Sebring was one of the biggest Satanists in Hollywood. And he knew Sexy Sadie through those associations. All of this adds another level of intrigue to the murder of Sebring and Sharon Tate, both of whom were probably well-versed in Satanic sex play. First Sebring was brutally murdered in front of Sharon, then Sexy Sadie brutally stabbed the pregnant Sharon over and over while she begged for the life of her and her child.
Here’s another shot of Sexy Sadie performing another Satanic ceremony. She had a child with Charlie that they named Zezozose Zadrack Glutz, but they lost custody during the murder trial and the boy was secretly adopted and re-named, so we’ll likely never find out who that person is, unless he decides to dig up his past and exploit it for some purpose later in life. Sadie died in prison in 2007 from brain cancer after running up a $2 million health care bill paid by the state. Shortly after receiving her life sentence, she met Jesus Christ in her cell and wrote an autobiography: Child of Satan, Child of God. The hardback edition can be found for a few dollars on Amazon. Many reviewers do not believe the conversion detailed in the final chapter, and believe Sadie is a compulsive liar.
Which brings us back around to the goddess who started this blog, Grace Kelly.
A few months before her death in 1982, Grace was recruited by the Solar Temple (not to be confused with the OTO splinter society called the Solar Lodge), and lured to Switzerland for an initiation into the order. Apparently, she stripped naked while an acupuncturist placed needles into sensitive sexual sites, after which she may have been tied to an altar and ravished by members of both sexes in costumes. At least that would have been the ceremony if the Solar Temple followed the footsteps of Coven and the Church of Satan.
Grace was supposed to give the order a lot of money, but apparently they got greedy and demanded too much. Legend goes Grace decided to back out of the agreement, and was dead within days. Her car went off a cliff, landing, strangely enough, on the property of a member of the Solar Temple. Between 1994 and 1997, almost all members of the Solar Temple were either murdered or committed suicide at the time when various crimes fomented by the leaders were unraveling.