Special to WorldTribune.com
The American public may never know the exact circumstances of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. And the conspiracy theorists are having a field day with the secretive bonds that united the men with whom he spent his last day alive.
Scalia, 79, was found dead on Feb. 13 in Shafter, Texas. Some say he was smothered, as he was found with a pillow over his head. Others called for a “thorough post mortem” to check to see if he was injected with an illegal substance “that would simulate a heart attack.”
Another theory was poisoning and conspiracists said the U.S. Marshals should have smelled Scalia’s breath for signs of such skullduggery.
It is a fact, however, that the justice spent his last hours with a group of elite hunters with links to the ultra-secretive Bohemian Grove Society.
“He was among high-ranking members of an exclusive fraternity for hunters called the International Order of St. Hubertus, an Austrian society that dates back to the 1600s,” according to a report by The Washington Post.
The society’s U.S. chapter launched in 1966 at the famous Bohemian Club in San Francisco, which is associated with the all-male Bohemian Grove — one of the best-known secret societies in the country.
Scalia and 35 other members of the male-only society were registered at the Cibolo Creek Ranch resort in Texas.
According to the group’s website, members of the society wear dark-green robes emblazoned with a large cross and the motto “Deum Diligite Animalia Diligentes,” which means “Honoring God by honoring His creatures.”
The Order’s name is in honor of Hubert, the patron saint of hunters and fishermen.
“Cibolo Creek Ranch owner John Poindexter and C. Allen Foster, a prominent Washington lawyer who traveled to the ranch with Scalia by private plane, hold leadership positions within the Order. It is unclear what, if any, official association Scalia had with the group,” the report said.
The Order, according to the website, is a “true knightly order in the historical tradition.” In 1695, Count Franz Anton von Sporck founded the society in Bohemia, which is in modern-day Czech Republic.
The group’s Grand Master is “His Imperial Highness Istvan von Habsburg-Lothringen, Archduke of Austria,” according to the Order’s website. The next gathering for “Ordensbrothers” and guests is an “investiture” March 10 in Charleston, S.C.