On October 1, 1946, Hess was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against peace (planning and preparing a war of aggression), and conspiracy to commit war crimes.
He was sent to Spandau Prison and guarded by British, French, American, and Soviet soldiers.
By 1966, Hess was the only prisoner in Spandau.
Hess remained in Spandau until August 17, 1987, when he hanged himself at the age of 93.
A garden house was built for him.
That's where he hanged himself, leaving a suicide note.
He used an electric lamp cord tied to the window frame.
Immediately millions of conspiracy theories sprang up.
For example, the British had killed him to keep him from revealing British war crimes.
For some reason he DIDN'T reveal British war crimes for 41 years, but never mind.
People also said that Hess had escaped, and the Allies had kept an innocent doppelgänger in prison for 41 years.
He must've been a hell of an actor, since Hess's own children were fooled.
Earlier this year, DNA tests proved that the man in Spandau prison was in fact Rudolf Hess.
I've learned that we can never really know others.
They show us what they want us to see.
Trusting people is a leap of faith. I don't mind taking that leap, because I always expect the worst.
Sounds bad, but it actually isn't. I'm prepared for anything.
The best we can do is make educated guesses about people. I expect the worst, BUT I'm not suspicious, if that makes any sense.
Nobody knows what was going on in Epstein's head.
It's really pointless to speculate.
As I said before, I'd bet any amount of money that he killed himself.
Both my parents committed suicide. I had no inking that they were going to do it. It was an incredible shock, since they died eight months apart.
My mother experienced what my father put us through, and then she replicated it exactly.
I wish I was back in high school With you, Thomas, as one of my teachers!
We did couples counseling twice during the marriage. The second round was at the end, after things had exploded.
In one session I had with the therapist, she said she observed that my husband only told the truth when he got angry.
The anger caused the mask to drop and he spewed truth everywhere.
She said, "I'm going to make him angry every chance I get. Because he loses control of his persona and we learn what's really going on."
She was right.
When I was in high school, I studied Buddhism. It seemed pretty damn coldhearted.
All these years later, I'm a Buddhist in all but name. I love being alive, but I'm ready to go at any time.
I love the planet, but I'm not connected to it anymore.
And I no longer expect people to live up to my standards. I don't actually have high standards.
But it turns out that I can't abide fraudulence and a refusal to STOP.
I stopped TERRIBLE behavior. I expect others to do the same.
@ThomasWic @Cdubois The best gift I gave to myself and others was to stop getting angry. To just stop, to wait, say nothing, take in the sights, smells, sounds of that moment to calm myself and then remember to love. It might sound corny, but it has changed my peace of mind and my personal relationships. Much of my anger would come from a feeling of a lack of control over the behavior of others, but self-control is better. I'm not talking about righteous anger, which has a place, but home life.
At one point during my divorce proceedings, when it hit a really rocky place, I asked my attorney what I should do.
"Go home. Plant flowers." I looked at her. "I'm serious," she said.
So, I did.
Now, every time I feel a lack or loss of 'control,' I think of planting flowers.
It's my sign to the world that I am not controlled by outside forces, and that I have hope for the future.
One of my very best friends is a 88 year old Japanese woman named Setsuko. Both of our mothers were Catholic. She practices Buddhism and I practice trying not to be religious. Ha!
She is from Sasebo and could see flames coming from the ground for three days after Nagasaki was bombed. Boy does she have some stories to tell.
She is such an amazing person.
It is interesting that we both have so many similar beliefs but come from such different backgrounds.
I love her.
@ThomasWic Thomas, your personal perspective - the way you incorporate it into threads - is one of you special gifts. I appreciate you very much. Thank you.
Here I am suffering from conspiracy theory fatigue. 😒
If there is one thing that this did to me is be more discriminating on what to believe.
@ThomasWic Mr. Wictor is the BEST!
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Excellent thread Thomas.. I'll take commonsense and facts over the need for drama any day..
@ThomasWic On the topic of Hess, I'm actually surprised that he climbed so high in the Nazi party since he was recruited out of the Thule Society, a legit occult group. The writing should be on the wall for someone who is part of a group that worships demons and thinks witchcraft is real, even if they are anti-semites and German nationalists.
I think his death was a giant "f*** you" to every one. He went from having the rich and powerful at his feet, to a jail cell. That's a long fall.
Trust is earned.
"To be trusted is a better complement than to be loved"
I do the exact same thing Thomas. Expect the worst. Prepare for it the best I can. Then, should less than the worst happen, I get to feel fortunate.
You can know others when the shit hits the fan because that is when people's true character emerges. You can also see this when people take actions when they think no one else is looking.
The people that stick with you, especially if the shit only applies to you, are the ones you can trust for a lifetime.
Trump learned this when he was in deep financial trouble, and the people who came through for him surprised him.
Everybody else is an educated guess until proven otherwise.
@ThomasWic for me everyone starts out at the bottom. That way they have nowhere to go but up.
@ThomasWic Every Jail and Detention Center will have an inmate attempt suicide, some exceed while other don't, it's not shocking Epstein committed suicide, someone who has lived a lifestyle like epstein has lived, once they get put in a jail cell, it literally shocks their whole system, physically, mentally, emotionally.
@ThomasWic 2) Their freedoms taken away in an instant which is hard enough for anyone, and some people like Epstein can't handle being left alone with their thoughts, The Reality of what they have done slowly seeps in and then they are left with their thoughts uninterrupted to play out every way imaginable, and some would rather be dead than face it, let alone face it in front of the world.
Love all, Trust few, Always paddle your own canoe - Nigerian Proverb.
@ThomasWic Especially his. He's a pro.
Those who label words as violence do so with the sole purpose of justifying violence against words.