The Murder of Moses / Jesse James Mysteries

Hosted byRichard Syrett

The Murder of Moses / Jesse James Mysteries

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The life of Moses, the greatest prophet of the Old Testament, has always been shrouded in mystery. The biblical story of Exodus paints a very contradictory picture of this man so important to both Judaism and Christianity. Author and researcher Rand Flem-Ath joined guest host Richard Syrett (Twitter) to discuss the extreme shifts in Moses' character and evidence that points to something much more sinister regarding his death: Moses was murdered and replaced by an impostor. The guest contends that the prophet was murdered on Mount Sinai and replaced by his father-in-law Jethro in order to take over his followers.

Flem-Ath first cited evidence from the 16th-century Elizabethan writer Richard Marlowe, who said he’d uncovered information that the historical Moses was "basically an illusionist." Flem-Ath believes that one of the motivations to murder Moses and replace him with an impostor stemmed from his leadership of a group and movement that advocated belief in one God, rather than the many gods that formed the basis of the Egyptian religion and political system. He further reported that the exodus from Egypt (supposedly instigated and led by Moses) "didn't happen" and that there is no archaeological evidence to support it. Flem-Ath says that Sigmund Freud also looked into the origins of the story of Moses and came to similar conclusions, but kept quiet because he feared the backlash if he revealed his findings.


Daniel Duke is the great-great-grandson of Jesse James, and grew up surrounded by stories of lost outlaw treasures. For more than two decades he has researched the mysteries involving his family, Freemasonry, and the Knights Templar. In the second half, he discussed his family’s discoveries about his famous ancestor, and dispelled some myths as well. Duke says that his family checked three sources (two state agencies and a private company) to verify that their records matched the family archives. Within his family, Duke says James is described as "just a nice, normal, quiet man," who "wasn’t one to go to saloons and live it up."

As a 14-year-old, James’ farm was raided by a Union Army outlaw group and his family was attacked. This formed a lifelong loathing of anything representing the northern side of the Civil War, and since he was too young to join the Confederate Army, he fell in with a guerrilla warrior group. After his alleged death, Duke says James’ own mother at first denied that the body was that of her son. He believes that Jesse faked his death in order to start a new life as a man named "James L. Courtney," who died in 1943 at the age of 96. Duke added that his great-great-grandfather provided a set of instructions to find secret caches hidden treasure, which he says rightly belong to the Freemasons and the Knights Templar. He claims that James was a member and descendant of their traditions. "It’s like The DaVinci Code meets National Treasure," he quipped.

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