In this detailed interview, we cover various elements of Thornley's life including the Discordian Society and how it formed, the 23 Enigma, how the Discordian society contributed to the re-emergence of the Bavarian Illuminati,and Thornley's legacy in the counter-culture movement.

From there, we touch on Thornley's time in the military, his "friendship" with Lee Harvey Oswald, Thornley's book about Oswald, "Idle Warriors", the oddity of Thornley and Oswald living in New Orleans in the early 1960's, the infamous "Brother-In-Law", Kerry's testifying before the Warren Commission and his other book "Oswald", culminating in his being investigated by Jim Garrison.

At that point, we discuss Thornley's change of perspective towards a belief in a conspiracy to kill Kennedy, how the underground supported Garrison and shunned Thornley, his paranoia with the underground once he embraced the conspiracy, how the Discordians tried to help him during that period, and Thornley at the worst point in his paranoia.

We wrap it up with Thornley's correspondence with Adam Gorightly during his early days in esoterica, Adam's research with the founding members of the Discordian Society, the reaction of Thornley's family to the book, Adam's research into the JFK assassination in general and his thoughts on it, Jim Keith and Ron Bonds and their influence on Adam Gorightly. The conspiracy field in general. 911 and future projects from Adam Gorightly.

A self-described “crackpot historian”, Adam Gorightly is the author of The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control, and “The Manson Family” Mythos and The Prankster and The Conspiracy: The Story of Kerry Thornley and How He Met Oswald and Inspired the Counterculture.

Adam has been a guest on radio talk shows across the U.S. and Canada and his articles have appeared in numerous publications such as The Excluded Middle, UFO Magazine, Paranoia and SteamShovel Press. Contact Adam at your own risk at

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1 hr 19 min
Adam Gorightly

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