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Eric Pryor & Larry Lea

To: alt.pagan
From: (Tim Maroney)
Subject: Re: Eric Pryor & Larry Lea
Date: 20 Jan 96 02:14:42 GMT (Kenneth R Hall) writes:
>There is some question about Eric Pryor's "legitimacy"; he claimed initiations 
>in several different Traditions, all of which turned out to be bogus.

These initiations were disavowed by the purported initiators. However,
I personally witnessed people who had been great supporters of Pryor
before his conversion (Eric Marsh and Janet Christian) insist
afterwards that they had never supported him, so I view all
disavowals of support for Pryor as inherently suspect. History has
clearly been rewriten in some cases.

>The best guess that I've heard so far is that he may have been a deliberate 
>"plant" on the part of Lea.

I have seen no evidence for this. It's plausible but entirely unsupported.

>There are several accounts from people who knew 
>Pryor prior (nice wordplay if you can get away with it) to his "conversion" 
>that relate as to how he was always looking for a big "score".  Up until then 
>he was a cheap street hustler always working on some scam.

Funny, then, that they decided to make him a ritual leader during the
anti-Lea protest.

>I don't think that Pryor was ever a Satanist.  The only one who knew of Pryor 
>was Herman Slater, the late owner of Magickal Childe.  He mentioned that Pryor 
>would often pretend to be a Satanist to impress the young boys that he was 
>after.  Other than that, Slater said that Pryor was never a student of his and 
>that no one really took him seriously.

That's not what Herman Slater told me when I called him in the year
before his death. He said that he personally knew that Pryor was an
initiated witch and had seen paperwork to demonstrate the fact. I also
understand that Herman performed a number of about-faces on the Pryor
question, so I do not regard this as reliable testimony: I mention his
vacillation to demonstrate the difficulty of accepting disavowals of
involvement with Pryor at face value.
Tim Maroney.  Please CC all public responses to

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