Return of the Bishops
By Peter Levenda
"Everything about Tommy Baumler was dark."-- Timothy Wyllie
Greetings, boys and girls. ou may remember my long series o! artiles #or a series o! long artiles,
$ onerning %ew &rleans, Lee 'arvey &swald, and a veritable a(ostoli suession o! wandering bisho(s who o(erated out o! Guy Banister)s o!!ie in the Big Easy. ou may reall suh names as *avid +errie, ak artin, arl /tanley ... and Thomas ude Baumler. Well, you)ll never believe it, but Tommy Baumler)s name ame u( again in the most bi0arre (lae o! all these bi0arre (laes.
He was the lawyer who incorporated the Process Church of the Final Judgment
.Take a breath. +or those o! you who need some bakground on Tommy Baumler, here is an e1er(t !rom my series o! artiles (osted here on the wandering bisho(s #more may be !ound in volume one o!
$2--ak artin remained a bisho( with the 3merian &rthodo1 atholi hurh to the end o! his days, even going so !ar as to bring in another Banister assoiate, the or(ulent attorney and una(ologeti raist Thomas ude Baumler, to the &rthodo1 !old, onserating Baumler a bisho( in 3ugust o! 4567, nearly eleven years a!ter the 8ennedy assassination and seven years a!ter the beginning o! the Garrison investigation and the deaths o! both /tanley and +errie. +rom (ersonal orres(ondene with an individual involved with this a!!air, 9 learned that Baumler had already been ordained a (riest by /tanley years be!ore: in other words, (rior to /tanley;s death in arh, 45<6. Baumler;s status in %ew &rleans soiety was assured: he ame !rom an old !amily and was assoiated with one o! the !amous ardi Gras =rewes>.9n addition, aording to my in!ormant, Baumler was also a ason and belonged to the same lodge ? the Etoile Polair Lodge o! the +renh Grand &rient ? as a!ia don arlos arello, the man !or whom *avid +errie was working on the day o! the assassination. y in!ormant goes on to insist that artin ould be relied u(on to !urnish +B9 !iles on =!uture a((liants !or 'oly &rders>, a strange a(ability !or a ho(eless drunk. 9t is widely rumored that artin had a soure at +B9 head@uarters in %ew &rleans who (rovided him these !iles, but he also made it known that he was an investigator !or the *istrit 3ttorney;s o!!ie ? something o! whih the *3 was (resumably not aware. et he had an inome o! some kind, !or he was known to travel e1tensively throughout the Anited /tates !or years on one errand or another involving the bisho(s, a true =wanderer>.What was Baumler;s interest in arl /tanley and the 3merian &rthodo1 atholi hurh Why was it attrative to beome onserated the Bisho( o! Baton Couge-%ew &rleans in this minusule, obsure hurh as late as 4567 /oon a!ter his onseration, he went on to onserate another bisho(, this time William +ranis +orbes, in &tober o! 4567. 9t was Baumler, a!ter all, who told . Gary /haw in 45D4 that Lee 'arvey &swald worked !or Guy Banister. 'e even told im Garrison investigator 'arold Weisberg in 45<5 that he (ersonally met the elusive &swald himsel!.