081 – The Cult of Brother XII and his Treasure (BC)

Episode 081 – in the late 1920 and early 1930’s a group called the Aquarian Foundation, led by a self-professed spiritual guru who called himself Brother XII set up just south  of Nanaimo B.C. Brother XII drew wealthy followers to his cult with his promises of salvation through a coming apocalypse. As we’ve seen many times since the lust for power, sex and money corrupted the group, who, after scandals and cruel treatment turned on Brother XII.

He and a female follower, he claimed to be his wife, absconded with some of the treasure that the group had amassed. However, many believe there are still millions of dollars worth of Brother XII’s gold hidden somewhere in the area.

Photo from the collection of Melody Wilson-Claridge

Sources:
Wikipedia – Brother XII and De Courcy Island
The Brother XII Affair
Books by Brother XII on Amazon
BrotherXII.com  and the book Brother XII by John Oliphant
CBC – The Dream of Brother XII
Global – Brother XII’s Gold
Atlas Obscura entry about Brother XII
Theosophy.org – About Theosophy
Book – Canadian Mysteries of the Unexplained
Documentary – The Canadians: Brother Twelve

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