Eckert in the Middle

In 1960, Ray Neff embarked upon his discovery of coded messages written by Colonel Lafayette Baker, notorious chief of the Union’s secret service. One deciphered message reads, in part: “In new Rome there walked three men, a Judas, a Brutus and a spy. Each planned that he should be the king when Abraham should die.” (Background: “Notorious Colonel Faked His Death?”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of March 4, 2013)

Col. Baker further informed us that he was the “spy.” As for Judas, that was obviously Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War for President Abraham Lincoln, because Baker describes “Judas” as saying, “Judas came and paid respects to one he hated, and when at last he saw him die, he said, ‘Now the ages have him and the nation now have I.’” This is a take on Stanton’s famous remark, “Now he belongs to the ages,” supposed to have been uttered by Stanton early in the morning of April 15, 1865, when Lincoln breathed his last after having been shot the previous evening. (And is it just coincidence that the federal tax deadline typically falls on April 15th, the same day Lincoln expired?)

But who was “Brutus”? Judas, Brutus and the spy each planned to be “king” when Abraham [Lincoln] died. Vaughan Shelton, in his book, Mask For Treason, argues convincingly that “Brutus” was William Seward, Secretary of State for Lincoln. Conveniently at the time of the Lincoln assassination, Seward had the perfect alibi: he was convalescing at home after being injured in a carriage accident. But Shelton shows evidence suggesting Seward was not nearly as badly injured as history supposes. Among other things, Shelton questions whether Seward’s jaw was in fact wired via a metal contraption when he was viciously attacked by Lewis Powell (a different person than Louis Paine, who took the rap for Powell’s crime. Background: “Paine Was Patsy for Powell”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of March 11, 2013)

But surely the fact that Seward was so brutally attacked on the same night Lincoln was shot, April 14, 1865, indicates Seward must have been innocent of any plot, you might think. But here is where Major Thomas Eckert (image at top), becomes the “man in the middle.”

Edwin Stanton gave the nod to Colonel Lafayette Baker which sanctioned the Lincoln assassination. Col. Baker was the “mechanic”: he oversaw the nitty-gritty details. Baker had been exiled to New York City because the corruption of the good Colonel was too much even for the semi-standards of Washington, DC. Because he had been banished from Washington, Colonel Baker needed a “mechanic” in place there to handle the various sordid details. Lewis Powell, a former Mosby’s Ranger and “hired assassin” was in charge locally in Washington, DC. (Background: “Herold Poisoned Booth?”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of March 10, 2013)

Recall from the above portion of Col. Baker’s coded message that each – Judas, Brutus and the spy – planned to be “king” after Abraham [Lincoln] died. This means there was a bitter rivalry beneath the surface, since all three of the trio could not be “king.” This is where Major Thomas Eckert, Stanton’s underling, enters the picture. Unknown at the time to Col. Baker, Stanton sent Eckert to local “mechanic” Lewis Powell with a “side contract” on William Seward. Thomas Eckert went to Lewis Powell, the local “mechanic” on the ground in Washington, and arranged that Seward should also be killed, besides Abraham Lincoln. It would be a perfect cover to have Seward killed at about the same time as Lincoln. In the consequent hysteria, the secret police, ultimately under Stanton, could round up the “usual suspects” and stage a mock “trial of the conspirators.” And with Seward conveniently eliminated, Stanton had a better chance to emerge as “king.”

Colonel Baker must have eventually figured out the “side contract” on William Seward. Elsewhere in the coded messages found and deciphered by Ray Neff and associates we find this, written by Col. Baker: “Then he [Stanton] laughed in a most spine chilling manner and said: ‘If he [Lincoln] would to know who recinded [sic] his order we will let Lucifer tell him. Be off, Tom [Eckert], and see to the arrangements. There can be no mistakes.'” (“Ray Neff Discovers Coded Messages”,

(Acknowledgement to: Mask For Treason, by Vaughan Shelton. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1965)


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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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