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Catcher in the Rye Enigma

James & Lance Morcan

Table of Contents

Introduction 

A short history of mind control 1

Americanized Nazis 2

Real-life Manchurian Candidates 3

Introducing…the Catcher criminals 4 

A literary psy-op? 5

6 The author’s secretive life 6

More on the man who killed John Lennon 7

The Hinckley-Bush-Reagan connection 8

Formerly banned, now required reading 9

The argument against the Catcher conspiracy Connecting the dots 10

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McCoy Tyner / For Tomorrow (from the Inner Voices album of 1978)

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Holden Caufield (The way I envisioned him)

It’s a novel that many (perhaps most?) baby boomers of my generation read. Sometimes, in a stealth manner with perhaps a phony cover on the book. It was a book that teachers despised. Here was a type of existentialistic hero who might pull the minds of young people away from the structure of the school system.

It was always an important book to me because of the voice of the narrator was so powerfully against the social conventions of the time. Here was a kid who might be obnoxious. But here was also a strong kid with a strong voice in the world. There would be all attempts to marginalize it from formal sources of society like schools. But it could not be stopped by institutions. The voice of Holden Caulfield seemed so similar to my voice at a certain time in my life. Yet it was a voice I could not use to express myself during that time.

A few months ago, for some reason, I downloaded to my Kindle account on Amazon, a book that seemed interesting at the time. The title of it is The Catcher in the Rye Enigma. I pulled it from my Kindle Library and started reading it for the first time. The first chapter of the book is below. The authors of the book are posted below. I wondered if I should read the book? Was it worth the time that other things in my mind were battling me for?

In fact, should anyone read the book?

Below, the Introduction to The Catcher in the Rye Enigma. Buy it on Amazon (link above) and read it and get back to me on your reactions to it.

Not sure if I will follow the particular beckoning call below to read the book. But awfully tempting.

Introduction

The 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, is arguably the most controversial book of all time. Nicknamed the ‘Bible of teenage angst’, the classic novel, which is frequently labeled immoral by different groups, has been banned in various parts of America over the decades. From 1961-1982 it was the most censored book in libraries and high schools across the United States. School principals have branded it communist propaganda and teachers have been fired for assigning it to students. 

However, the main controversy, and indeed the most common reason for it being banned, was that it either directly inspired or was associated with some of the most infamous crimes of the 20th Century. Presidential assassins and would-be Presidential assassins, stalkers and murderers of film stars and music icons are among the known deranged individuals who were obsessed with Salinger’s book – a book which many claim to be an assassination trigger device. The murderers, stalkers and their victims and targets, who are all either confirmed or rumored to be part of the The Catcher in the Rye mystery, include John Lennon, Ronald Reagan, Robert John Bardo, Lee Harvey Oswald, Bobby Kennedy, Madonna, Martin Luther King, Mark David Chapman, Jack Ruby, Rebecca Schaeffer, Jodie Foster, JFK, John Hinckley Junior, James Earl Ray and Sirhan Sirhan.

The allegation pointed at Salinger is that he craftily implanted into the book coded messages that act as post-hypnotic suggestions or mind control triggers. In turn, these enabled CIA handlers to activate Manchurian Candidates for planned assassinations. Many believe the novel was part of the CIA’s extensive mind control program known as MK-Ultra, and that while assassins, or future assassins, were being brainwashed they were forced to read the book over and over until it was embedded in their minds. These ideas and others have been covered in pop culture, especially in the 1997 film Conspiracy Theory, in which Mel Gibson’s character carries a copy of Salinger’s book with him at all times.

The cleverly-written film, which at first appears to be nothing but a lightweight romantic comedy co-starring rom-com queen Julia Roberts, becomes more intense as the story progresses and it’s revealed Mel Gibson’s character is entwined with the CIA and is a mind control victim of the agency’s MK-Ultra program. Season three of the TV series Criminal Minds features an episode called Limelight in which the character of David Rossi, played by Joe Mantegna, mentions having once interviewed serial killer Ted Bundy who told him, “If you wanna stop people from becoming like me, don’t burn Catcher in the Rye.” An episode of the animated TV series South Park also covers the mind control theory in a humorous way when one of the show’s young characters reads the book then picks up a knife and starts saying, “Kill John Lennon, kill John Lennon.” The boy is disappointed when his father informs him the former Beatle was assassinated years earlier. But seriously, can The Catcher in the Rye really wake MK-Ultra sleeper assassins from their slumber? That’s up to you, the reader, to decide by the end of this book. 

Roberts, becomes more intense as the story progresses and it’s revealed Mel Gibson’s character is entwined with the CIA and is a mind control victim of the agency’s MK-Ultra program. Season three of the TV series Criminal Mindsfeatures an episode called Limelight in which the character of David Rossi, played by Joe Mantegna, mentions having once interviewed serial killer Ted Bundy who told him, “If you wanna stop people from becoming like me, don’t burn Catcher in the Rye.” An episode of the animated TV series South Park also covers the mind control theory in a humorous way when one of the show’s young characters reads the book then picks up a knife and starts saying, “Kill John Lennon, kill John Lennon.” The boy is disappointed when his father informs him the former Beatle was assassinated years earlier.

But seriously, can The Catcher in the Rye really wake MK-Ultra sleeper assassins from their slumber? That’s up to you, the reader, to decide by the end of this book. 

JD Salinger – Author of The Catcher in the Rye

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Authors of the book Catcher in the Rye Enigma

Lance Morcan

New Zealand novelist and screenwriter Lance Morcan is a prolific author with more than 20 published fiction and non-fiction books to his credit as well as several screenplay adaptations of his work. A former journalist and newspaper editor, he regularly writes in collaboration with his son James Morcan, and their books are published by Sterling Gate Books.

The father-and-son team’s published books include the new release horror Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) and the bestselling historical adventures White Spirit and Into the Americas. They also have several series on the market including The Orphan Trilogy, an international thriller series, the globetrotting action-romance series The World Duology, and the controversial non-fiction franchise The Underground Knowledge Series. An additional non-fiction title, Debunking Holocaust Denial Theories, was written in collaboration with Holocaust survivors to document the genocide. 

The Morcans’ production company Morcan Motion Pictures has several feature films in early development, including adaptations of Silent Fear, Into the Americas and White Spirit. It is also developing Underground Knowledge into a TV series.

Lance is currently revising his solo-written novel New Zealand, an epic historical adventure spanning 500 years of South Pacific and Polynesian history. Including research, writing and life’s distractions, this novel has been over a decade in the making.

James Morcan

New Zealand-born actor/writer/producer James Morcan resides in Sydney, Australia. He has written two bestselling novels, performed in various international film productions and is a podcast host. His books have been translated into eight languages (Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, French, Afrikaans, German).

Morcan’s published titles include the new release horror Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) and the bestselling historical adventures White Spirit and Into the Americas. He also has several series on the market including The Orphan Trilogy, an international thriller series, the swashbuckling action-romance series The World Duology, and the controversial non-fiction franchise The Underground Knowledge Series. An additional non-fiction title, Debunking Holocaust Denial Theories, was written in collaboration with Holocaust survivors to document the genocide. These titles were all co-authored with his father Lance Morcan and published by Sterling Gate Books. Their production company, Morcan Motion Pictures, is developing Silent Fear into a feature film and Underground Knowledge into a TV series.

James’ most recent acting performance was a leading role in the post-Apocalyptic feature film After Armageddon which he also wrote. The dystopian adventure film was shot in rural Australia and Morcan co-starred with Berynn Schwerdt (Wyrmwood). Other leading roles include the OZ-Bollywood productions My Cornerstone and Love You Krishna. Morcan also wrote the screenplays for both features which were filmed in Sydney and Mumbai and incorporated English and Hindi languages.

Additional productions he has performed in include a BBC TV series, several indie features and a live stadium production of Ben Hur headlined by Academy Award winner Russell Crowe. To date, his feature films have screened at cinemas in New Zealand, India, Australia, Italy and Cannes.

James is a podcast host on the YouTube channel Underground Knowledge and founded one of the most popular discussion groups on Goodreads, also called Underground Knowledge.

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Have You Read Catcher in the Rye Enigma?

Have you read The Catcher in the Rye Enigma and want to comment on it? Simply email me at Johnfraim@mac.com and we’ll put you onto an interactive list to discuss the above book. Will anything ever develop on this? Have to wait and see.

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