The Decline And Fall Of Melchizedek, History’s Most Imaginary Empire


Faux Passports, Horse Disguises, And Mr. 10 P.c (Of The Ocean)


Sooner or later within the mid-‘90s, a person referred to as John Gillespie arrived within the Philippines, calling himself the “Minister of International Affairs” for the Dominion of Melchizedek. Gillespie and his accomplices had been selling a supposed “citizenship by funding” scheme, the place Filipinos might purchase Dominion passports in alternate for a one-time cost of $3,500. Many impoverished Filipinos parted with their life financial savings within the perception that their new passports would enable them to seek out profitable work in America. Others paid hundreds in “processing charges” to use for a authorities job within the Dominion itself, which was supposedly a rich nation within the South Pacific. In actuality, the Dominion was the fictional nation dreamed up by Mark Pedley/Department Vinedresser on the bus years earlier. And Gillespie was hardly an skilled diplomat. Actually, he was a lifelong scammer who had fled Australia after serving a jail sentence for finishing up the nation’s most infamous horse makeover.

Again in 1984, Gillespie had deliberate to rig a high-profile horse race by switching out a sluggish horse with an similar however a lot quicker horse. It might have been a basic switcheroo, besides that the quick horse injured itself shortly earlier than the race. Unwilling to name off the rip-off, Gillespie managed to find one other horse able to successful. Sadly, it seemed nothing like the unique horse. So Gillespie and his accomplices determined to shampoo it with store-bought hair dye, which simply turned it fireplace engine purple. In the meantime, an try to spray paint white “socks” on its legs left the horse dripping white paint with each step. By this level, the poor animal was extraordinarily harassed, so that they tried to revive it with a saline drip, which simply gave it a large nosebleed. So when the race rolled round, Gillespie was compelled to supply a neon purple horse spraying blood from its nostril and leaving white hoofprints in all places. Amazingly, it nonetheless received the race, giving Gillespie and his accomplices roughly 15 seconds of pleasure earlier than everybody received arrested.

Maksym Kozlenko/Wiki Commons

By the horse cops, one assumes.

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