"Kansan1225" - in real life, Nick Kaffes - is one of the internet's more bizarre characters (which should say something in and of itself). His pseudonym, he has written, reflects his birth date and birth state. Although his anti-Masonic rhetoric has been considerably muted due to his constantly escalating obsession with German super-model Heidi Klum, he nevertheless continues to assert that Masons are somehow tied in with aliens and exercise control over world events. In Nick's case, his entire life seems to revolve around someone he 'discovered' through his bizarre assertions about Masonic control of the universe.
A message in 2002 in which he identified himself as:
Dr. Nicholas A. Kaffes
and in more recent messages, he's referred to himself as "the Prophet Emperor Nicholas". Folks, these are NOT just the ramblings of a disaffected teen-ager: Kansan has bragged about having a doctorate degree from a legitimate college and the man is over 50 years old, born in 1952! His self-designated titles may be some indication as to his grasp on reality - although those who see just a couple of posts can easily dismiss him as a harmless kook. Unsettlingly, his obsessive fixation with Heidi goes well beyond fanatical and even the casual reader of his material quickly realizes the depth of his obsession. Over the years we've learned of people who became so fixated on a single famous personality that they convince themselves there's a reciprocal relationship: those who stalked Jody Foster, David Letterman, and John Lennon provide classic examples of the personality type!
The initial appearance of 'Kansan1225' on the alt.freemasonry usenet newsgroup (and apparently his first usenet posting) was on February 6, 1999 wherein he began his anti-Masonic tirade. His 'shtick' has changed marginally since then and is now overshadowed by his obsession with Heidi. That initial post revealed a totally bizarre conspiracy-filled world-view with contrived connections in a 'shoot the arrow/draw the target' tactic the likes of which has rarely been duplicated. It also showed the extent of his prognostication abilities when he spoke of the then problems relating to US President William Clinton:
So much for Nick's ability to see the future. These, though, were minor compared to his anti-Masonic diatribes - in profusion. He began a veritable flood of postings that continually accused Freemasonry of Satanism and of manipulating world events. His knowledge of dates and his ability to interconnect unrelated dates and facts in an extraordinary flimflam fashion caused most readers to immediately marginalize his claims. He began writing essays which were posted to a website that he claimed wasn't his (it still exists today - click here, understanding that it's a free Tripod site with MANY pop-up windows) and shows much of the venom and anti-Semitism we personally felt was profoundly disturbing.
Nick obviously wanted to reach a wide audience with his conspiracy theories (although why 'now' is still, five years later, unclear). He would post single, identical messages to multiple newsgroups, most related to conspiracy (including a group for fans of Robert Anton Wilson, one of the authors of conspiracy parody, "The Illuminatus! Trilogy"). He had ostensibly written a book. He also published a newsletter which he would occasionally flaunt and that he'd convinced one single university library to subscribe to. (When that library was contacted about their subscription, they apparently READ it and Nick shortly thereafter seemed to lose his sole customer and discontinued his publishing ventures....)
It took Nick almost a year from that first Kansan1225 post to 'finding' the person he claimed was his "spiritual daughter". On January 17, 2000, he posted about the woman who is now his obsession. Why Heidi Klum, you ask? In Nick's mind, every event that had ever occurred in the history of mankind (and perhaps some outside of it) was somehow manipulated by what he refers to as "Clandestine Luciferian Masons" or CLuMs for short. It only took a year for him to figure out that Heidi KLUM's name fit nicely into his conspiracy theories (much better than Claudia Schiffer and Polly Klass, with whom he had brief imaginary flirtations, for example) and that he could use her popularity and appeal to garner interest in his rants. Her involvement was, he declared, a "spiritual and temporal conspiracy". For Nick, it was a short trip through the paranoia in his weird usenet messages to proclaiming his love for Heidi by writing long messages to her website and devouring every piece of material (and photograph) about her. He definitively proclaimed that she was being used as a 'tool' of supernatural forces ruling the universe and that "the Entities" (which include space aliens) had a master plan for both Heidi and himself.
Nick's anti-Masonic tactics were reasonably unique. Using, primarily, coincidence of dates (but occasionally tossing in things like supposedly similar patterns on flags, neckwear, or whatever), he capitalized on his extraordinary ability to remember dates and historical minutiae to form an imagined connection from any event to any other event - throughout the history of the world and especially in modern times. Among his more bizarre claims was that all of the world's countries are in league with each other, with their leaders secretly manipulating world events - and that they're all somehow secretly connected with Freemasonry. His assertions were so weird as to be dismissed out of hand but the casual reader examining a single internet Usenet posting both then and now often feels compelled to respond, if only because they don't fully understand the enormous fallacy which feeds the concept of Nick's asserted belief system.
One Mason observed that if a person took the listing from the book "10,000 Famous Freemasons" it would result in - on average - some thirty Masons being tied to an event for each day of the year. And, ignoring obvious fact, all of the world's leaders (past and present) are not tied to Freemasonry despite Nick's assertions to the contrary. More astute observers will note that Kansan1225, after his early spectacular failures, rarely makes predictions but simply puts together his conception of connections between events, all controlled by these imaginary CLuMs - and that to date, with but one or two exceptions, each of his predictions has been wrong.
At one point, Mr. Kaffes resorted to virulent anti-Semitic attacks and attempts to sell his books/newsletter. He posted the following on the alt.freemasonry newsgroup:
He later posted the following as well:
With the death of conspiracy theorist Jim Keith, Nick attempted to 'tie his star' to another of those who achieved notoriety through weirdness. In September, 1999, he claimed to have received the following message from Mr. Keith:
As time passed, however, Nick's prodigious talent for memorizing irrelevant trivia seems to have caused him to forget the actual contents of that message because in May, 2001 he wrote:
Mr. Keith's request for writing samples "...for possible publication." turned into "...asked me to publish...." and it's delicious to add a hint that his death might have some connection to his having contacted Nick. Curious, isn't it?
Many people believe that Nick is posting only to the newsgroup
that they're reading - and those to which he posts run the gamut from the bizarre to the ridiculous.
In reality, however, he daily screens multiple sources for information about Ms. Klum's most personal
activities and then posts messages to multiple newsgroups, one at a time. When
a response is received on any group, it's posted individually to a dozen others. Because of this
technique, one is tempted to wonder if some of these 'responses' he receives
are simply creations of Nick's
very bizarre mind.
In July of 2002, Mr. Kaffes shocked alt.freemasonry (and the
several other newsgroups to which he posts) by posting a single message of
apology for his anti-Semitic
behavior. We're still unsure as to his motivation for this and have added the
fact as a footnote rather than a headline. Time
will tell whether this apology represents a true change in his behavior or whether it's
a ruse for some more egregious activity. We hope that Nick has truly repented of
his former positions and encourage him in modifying his behavior. When
confronted with his messages to this site's author, he responded with a
half-hearted comment that he had already posted an apology for his anti-Semitic
behavior and dismissed its egregiousness as being a byproduct of his experiences
during a period in which he lived in the Near East, a hotbed for such things.
As of December, 2003, Mr. Kaffes seems FAR more obsessed with Heidi minutiae than before. He had previously claimed that his wife and two daughters had supported him in his fantasies but later wrote that he's not allowed to speak about Heidi. (Small wonder, in our opinion....!). He nevertheless regularly spoke of "the Entities" (which he defined as God, the angels, and extraterrestrial beings including the Masons - in a broad expansion of the Hoagland theories!) and his readers fail to realize that the bizarre conspiracy theories continued unabated.
Nick - who previously claimed that Heidi was his "spiritual daughter" and the sister to his own daughters wrote such bizarre things as:
He also wrote that he and Heidi were married at his Church in
Houston during Easter weekend. Likely Ms. Klum's whereabouts that particular
time are unknown - which Nick knows - and he can thus fan the flames of his
fantasies still further. We'll not comment further on the
daughter/marriage-father matter; discerning readers
can readily see the depths of delusion and depravity that Nick has entered.
He further bragged about going to a neurologist relating to his 'obsessions' at the request of his wife. After a single visit, he provided sketchy information, obfuscated in the normal Kansan style. There followed several weeks of 'stories' about his relationship with the physician and then, suddenly, Nick fell silent and has not been heard from anywhere online since.
Will he reappear at some
point with more fantasies? Who knows....
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