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Joannes Richter

Castles of Grief
- Castra Doloris Chapter 1-6 -
For Fries, Heike, Christel, Linda, Marleen,
Sven, Stefan, Peter, Norbert, Irma,
and all the others...

Joannes Richter

Castles of Grief
- Castra Doloris Chapter 1-6 -

Published by Lulu


Most of these facts
and some of this fiction
have been borrowed
from Wikipedia

where it will be returned

- in due time -
as just another tale
of history...

© 2010 by Joannes Richter

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1 Castles of Grief....................................................................6
2 An uncontrolled immersion heater ......................................8
3 From Oil Spell to Oil Spill.................................................12
4 The wolf's den in the swamps............................................16
5 The mausoleum of segregation..........................................20
6 The Temple of Corruption..................................................22

1 Castles of Grief
Castrum Doloris (Latin for Castle of grief) is a name for the
structure and decorations sheltering or accompanying the
catafalque or bier that signifies the prestige or high estate of the
deceased. A Castrum Doloris might feature an elaborate
baldachin and would include candles, possibly flowers, and in
most cases coats of arms, epitaphs and possibly allegorical
statues. Many extensive castra doloris can be traced to the
customs of 17th century and 18th century or even earlier, since
Pope Sixtus V's funeral arrangements included a castrum
doloris in the mid-14th Century.

Fig. 1: Example of a Castrum Doloris

Catafalque for William I. of Orange at the New Church at Delft
Artist: Dirck van Delen (1605-1671)
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam - Wikipedia Commons

But we may remember all mausoleums, sarcophagi, graves or
tombstones reminding us of the magnificence of the deceased
will be torn down some day. And in fact most of the brightest
human activities will end up in an explosion, which often
requires a sarcophagus as a landmark for Ground Zero at the
focus of this event.
Most of the following Castles of Grief had been published as
short stories in the German manuscript Castra Doloris - Auf
Den Punkt Gebracht and I decided to translate some of these
tales as a Chautauqua - “an old-time series of popular talks
intended to edify and entertain, to improve the mind and bring
culture and enlightenment to the audience and the mind.”
The tales will be concatenated by highlighted keywords
marked in yellow. This will merge all human activities into a
single story. There will be some tales of joy, but most of
history is a sad chain of catastrophes.
You can't tell these catastrophes in a straightforward way. You
must hide the truth as long as you can – polite enough not to
disturb the mind of the sensitive readers. The truth itself is
unbearable and it is better to tell a nonsensical tale carrying a
sacred spark of truth hidden within ....

2 An uncontrolled immersion heater
Early in the beautiful morning of the 30th of April 1986 the
Swabian mechanical engineer Henry Gearloose sharpened his
scythe and started mowing the grass bed along his house.
Scything the grass at springtime unfolds myriads of tingling
herbal scents ripened in the sun and exploding into the air by
the blow of the swinging blade. At the first cutting moves
Henry smelled the intensive odors reminding him of alpine
mountains in summertime.
It was going to be a nice sunny day and Henry took his
gathered haystacks with his bare arms to carry them to his
dustbin at the backside of his garden. As soon as he had picked
up the hay he felt an irritating prickling of the grass on his
arms. It just felt like a honeymoon palsy, but he just considered
the possibility of an allergic reaction, which would have to be
cured as soon as he would finish his job.
Later he observed the appearance of strange red pimples on his
skin which were to vanish within a few days. As a mechanical
engineer Henry guessed the grass blades were defending
themselves against the mower and his scythe by unfolding
allergic substances, but as soon as he had opened the
newspaper he supposed his body must have been detecting
nuclear radiation, resulting in the irritating prickles in his arms.
In classical theory the human body will only provide us with
five senses. The traditional five senses are sight, hearing, touch,
smell and taste, a classification attributed to Aristotle.

Humans are considered to have at least five additional senses
that include: nociception (pain); equilibrioception (balance);
proprioception and kinaesthesia (joint motion and
acceleration); sense of time; thermoception (temperature
differences); and possibly an additional weak magnetoception
(direction). Now Henry considered to add another type of
sensor to this list: the human sensor for nuclear radiation.
The pervading secrecy of the responsible authorities led to
strange rumors in the newspapers and television. Of course the
main responsible party, the Soviet government, ignored all
accusations and reported a minor breakdown of an electric
power plant. German authorities gave out warnings not to
consume any crops from the fields exposed to rain. Most
people felt misinformed, but the truth seemed seemed to be
elusive. Nobody had any equipment for detecting hazards and
families started buying hundreds of bottles of uncontaminated
From rumors Henry learned the minor breakdown must have
occurred at a nuclear reactor in a rather unknown area called
Chernobyl, where an explosion might have spread an amount
of nuclear material called Cesium-137. The accident had taken
place the 26th of April 1986 but it had been presented as a
minor incident. Now the reporters described the problem as a
nuclear catastrophe, caused by operator negligence in
conducting an unscheduled, dangerous experiment on the
reactor, combined with an improper shutdown system leading
to a power excursion that subsequently caused a meltdown,
completely disturbing reactor block #4. This however had not
been the first of a series of severe breakdowns.

Block #1 had been completed in 1977 and within a couple of
years, on September 1st, 1982 an operator error destroyed a
central fuel bundle through overheating.
A vast output of nuclear material caused considerable exposure
of the Prypiat-area to nuclear radiation. A number of laborers
received a massive exposure to high levels of nuclear radiation.
Block #2 had been completed 1978. On 11 October 1991 a
hydrogen explosion caused fire in the turbine hall. The roof
partially collapsed and caused considerable damage to one of
the generators. The operators managed to halt the system
manually and saved the area from exposure to nuclear
Basically the four nuclear reactors of the Chernobyl plant are
not more than simple immersion heaters feeding conventional
steam turbines for electric generators.
A complex series of development errors, sloppiness, bad
documentation, ignorance and secrecy resulted in a catastrophe
of 1986. Large volumes of nuclear debris were allowed to
escape into the atmosphere. Especially the volatile isotopes
Iodine-131 and Cesium-137 mutated to hazardous aerosols to
be spread by clouds over thousands of kilometers around the
world, where they disappeared as raindrops in the topsoil.
Somehow the half-life for Cesium-137 (30 years) corresponds
more or less to the half-life of human beings, which
accentuates the harmful affect of exposure for human beings.
These nucleotides probably had been causing skin disorder of
the 45-year old engineer.
From the very beginning of the incident to the end of 1987 the
Soviet administration ordered 200.000 laborers as “liquidators”
to clear the area of debris.

Around 1000 of these victims received the severe up to deadly
doses of nuclear radiation between 2 and 20 Gray, but they
luckily managed to cap the damaged reactor and created an
improvisatory sarcophagus.
On the inside of the catafalque the catastrophe has been
conserved in a heated state. Around 150-180 tons of the
original 190 tons of nuclear material have been enclosed as
molten core elements, in which uranium, plutonium, graphite
ashes, dust and sand have been mixed to a gigantic “elephant
Chernobyl has been the most important nuclear environmental
catastrophe, comparable with the nuclear incident at the plant
of Majak 1957. These kinds of sarcophagi1 are the flesh-
consuming Castles of Grief which still have to be built as a
monument for the “peaceful” application of nuclear energy.
The new protective monument has been designed to be 257
meters long, 150 meters wide and reaches an altitude of 108
meters. The order to build this structure has been committed to
the Consortium Novarka at the 17th of September 2007. It will
be erected at a distance of 200 meters and then be shifted over
the old sarcophagus.
Whenever you are making hay and you are feeling
stitches into your arms or legs, you are wisely advised
to immediately take your loved ones and take cover in
your cellar with a large amount of bottled drinking
water, as one of these antediluvian immersion heaters
may once again have had a minor breakdown....

The word "sarcophagus" comes from the Greek σαρξ sarx meaning "flesh",
and φαγειν phagein meaning "to eat", hence sarkophagus means "flesh-

3 From Oil Spell to Oil Spill2
A few weeks ago the platform was a relatively new, massive
floating, dynamically positioned platform that had been
designed to operate in waters up to 8,000 feet (2,400 m) deep
and drill down to 30,000 feet (9,100 m). Still this high-
technology full of highly paid skilled workers initiated an
environmental catastrophe by erroneous decisions of greedy
During March and early April, several platform workers and
supervisors already expressed concerns with well control. At
approximately 9:45 pm CDT on April 20, high pressurized
methane gas shot all the way up from the well and out of the
drill column, expanded towards the platform, and then ignited
and exploded. Fire engulfed the platform. Most of the workers
were evacuated by lifeboats or were airlifted out by helicopter,
but eleven workers were never found despite a three-day Coast
Guard search operation, and are presumed to have died in the
Efforts by multiple ships to douse the flames were
unsuccessful. After burning furiously for approximately 36
hours, the platform sank on the morning of April 22. As a
result, the drilling riser running from the wellhead on the ocean
floor up to the oil rig had been cut off, but of course the
automatic shutdown device was thought to be protecting the
system from environmental catastrophes...

This information has been found at the Wikipedia entry: Deepwater
Horizon oil spill

The oil company announced that it was deploying a remotely
operated underwater vehicles (ROV) to the site to assess
whether oil was flowing from the well.

Fig. 2: Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit on fire


Anchor-handling tugboats battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig
Deepwater Horizon. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and
crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater
Horizon, while searching for survivors. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters,
planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon's 126 person
This image or file is a work of a United States Coast Guard service personnel or
employee, taken or made during the course of that person's official duties. As a work
of the U.S. federal government, the image or file is in the public domain (17 U.S.C.
§ 101 and § 105, USCG main privacy policy and specific privacy policy for its
imagery server).

On April 23, a ROV reportedly found no oil leaking from the
sunken rig and no oil flowing from the well. The Coast Guard
Rear Admiral expressed cautious optimism of zero
environmental impact, stating that no oil was emanating from
either the wellhead or the broken pipes and that oil spilled from
the explosion and sinking was being contained.
The following day, April 24, the admiral however announced
that a damaged wellhead was indeed leaking oil into the Gulf
and described it as "a very serious spill".
The oil company has not given a cause for the explosion.
According to the US-Congressional investigation the rig's
blowout preventer, a fail-safe device fitted at the base of the
well, had a hydraulic leak and a failed battery, and therefore
failed. Investigations have focused on the cementing procedure
and the blowout preventer, which failed to fully engage.
A number of significant problems have been identified with the
blowout preventer: there was a leak in the hydraulic system
that provides power to the shear rams. The underwater control
panel had been disconnected from the bore ram, and instead
connected to a test hydraulic ram.
The blowout preventer schematic drawings, do not correspond
to the structure that is on the ocean bottom. The shear rams are
not designed to function on the joints where the drill pipes are
screwed together or on tools that are passed through the
blowout preventer during well construction. The explosion may
have severed the communication line between the rig and the
sub-surface blowout preventer control unit such that the
blowout preventer would have never received the instruction to

Before the backup dead man's switch could engage,
communications, power and hydraulic lines must all be
severed, but it is possible hydraulic lines were intact after the
Of the two control pods for the deadman switch, the one that
has been inspected so far had a dead battery. An employee told
the BBC on June 21 that a leak was spotted on a crucial piece
of equipment in the oil rig's blowout preventer weeks before
the accident, and that responsible departments have been
informed by email about it.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is investigating
the incident. In a statement made in June they noted that in a
number of cases leading up to the explosion, the oil company
appears to have chosen riskier procedures to save time or
money, sometimes against the advice of its staff or contractors.
Whenever I see one of these massive floating, dynamically
positioned drilling rigs I cannot help to consider these tools as
hazardous toys in the hands of irresponsible engineers on their
way to destroying this planet earth.
The Deepwater Horizon catastrophe may be
comparable to the Ixtoc I oil spill, which has been
spilling approximately the same amount of oil for 10
months in 1980 as compared to the Deepwater Horizon
in 2 months. The Deepwater Horizon catastrophe will
probably follow the same procedure and scenario as has
been used in the Ixtoc I oil spill3.

The history of the Ixtoc I oil spill has been documented in details in
Wikipedia at Ixtoc I oil spill.

4 The wolf's den in the swamps
Whenever you plan to get to the hearth of something you are
advised to search for the mausoleum or the erected
sarcophagus. You are not going to find anything worthwhile in
the cradle. Instead mankind buries its epitomes and monsters in
castles of grief, where the idea's essences condensate to
deceased remains in a gaseous state of matter.
Normally a mausoleum will be planned during the lifetime of a
mighty man as an impressive monument for his importance and
power. Inside the sarcophagus the flesh is transformed into
methane gas, black liquids, some white bones and yellow teeth,
releasing evil spirits in the dark forests and nebulous swamps.
This is the wolf's den in the swamps, which is still being visited
by sinister individuals. Any sensitive soul may even hear their
silent howling from inside the catacombs....
The wolf's den had been designed as a improvisatory camp to
be used for merely 6 months. These calculations had to be
based upon the concept of a 4 week campaign to reach the
enemy's capital city within a month. Of course the calculation
and the design soon proved to be illusory. The camp soon had
to be expanded at intervals of weeks and months.
The soldiers erected the wolf's den in a sacred and 100 years
old oak forest located in the swamps, where the inhabitants
were soon to be tortured by the mosquitoes. That's why they
ridiculed the location as the Mosquito's Home, where Master
Wolf relaxed by leading his German Shepherd Dog4 Blondie
over a 2m high wooden log for training.

GSD, also known as an Alsatian

Fig. 3: Ruins of the Wolf's Den (“Wolfsschanze”)

This photograph has been uploaded by Buschaot into de.wikipedia at

Creative Commons-Licences Namensnennung-Weitergabe unter gleichen
Bedingungen 2.0 US-amerikanisch (nicht portiert)

Of the remaining three and a half years of the campaign Mister
Wolf was to vegetate for more than 800 nights at this lonely
site. He left the den at the sound of nearby gun fire.
On November 20th, 1944 the all-time Greatest General leaves
his secret bunker by a special train heading westward. General
K. orders to destroy the Wolf's den with 10-12 tons of TNT.
Two days later the Russian troops enter the Rastenburg area on
January 27th, 1945, where they need 10 years to deactivate
approximately 54.000 mines. In 1959 the location has been
opened as Masuria's attraction for 200.000 tourists.
The main buildings are 25-60 Meters long, 25-40 Meter wide
and 9-12 Meter high. Allied forces knew the exact location of
the Wolf's den, but they never ordered a bomb attack.
The ceilings had been designed to withstand any conventional
bombing of those days and we may wonder what kind of
psyche feels safe in an isolated bunker protected by 8 meters of
solid concrete. The front had been designed more solid than the
rear and the remains look like Potemkin villages.
The guards for the Wolf's den were not too effective and at
least three intruders were reported. In August 1943 a Polish
woman managed to enter the area from the east and walk along
the railroad tracks to the other end of the camp. She was taken
into custody on the western boundaries of the area.
The Rastenburg swamps are still discharging methane gases,
discharging in the will-o'-the-wisp of the deceased flickering
at the location where the greatest campaign of all times has
been planned.

Sometimes ruin #13 in the middle of the Rastenburg swamps
ejects a special toxic cocktail, which may also be called a
cock's tail for its rusty brown color. At these events the swamps
are breeding a new generation of cyclone-mosquitoes with a
most poisonous secrete, causing painful and extremely slowly
healing infections and resulting in stubborn, large wheals.
The victim may only hope to leave the place as soon as
possible as no medicine will cure these irritating wounds on his
face and limbs...

5 The mausoleum of segregation
The first century of our time a mosquito-contaminated hill at
the outskirts of ancient Rome at the west-bank of the Tiber
river was located across the Marsfield covered with public
buildings. Caligula decided to raise a circus at the hill and Nero
additionally erected a palace and a bridge to cross the river.
The legend teaches us how Simon Peter has been crucified top-
down and buried at Caligula's circus at the autumn of the year
64. In honor of this sacred location Constantine the Great
decided to build a church at this burial place.
One of the bridge-builders considered the 1200 years old
basilica at a mosquito-contaminated hill as a non-representative
monument for his own grave and in the end ordered to build a
complete new mausoleum. On April18th, 1506 the first stone
marked the foundation of a new mausoleum at the storage
location for the most valuable reliquary: the legendary Veil of
Veronica or Sudarium5.
The monumental building had to be paid by a Peter's pence
and the increased volume of indulgences to be sold to the
people. These indulgences however caused a massive
opposition resulting in the reformation movement, which did
split the Church into 1,25 billions of Catholics and 600
millions of protestants. For this catastrophe the newly created
mausoleum may really be named the mausoleum of dissidence.
St. Peter's is famous as a place of pilgrimage, for its liturgical
functions and for its historical associations. It is associated with
the papacy, with the Counter-reformation and with numerous
artists, most significantly Michelangelo.
Latin for sweat-cloth

As a work of architecture, it is regarded as the greatest
building of its age. Contrary to popular misconception, Saint
Peter's is not a cathedral, as it is not the seat of a bishop. It is
properly termed a papal basilica.
The Basilica of St. Peter is one of four papal basilicas or major
basilicas of Rome the others being the Basilica of St. John
Lateran, Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Paul outside the Walls.
It is the most prominent building in the Vatican City. Its dome
is a dominant feature of the skyline of Rome. Probably the
largest church in Christianity, it covers an area of 2.3 hectares
(5.7 acres) and has a capacity of over 60,000 people.
One of the holiest sites of Christendom in the Catholic
Tradition it is a magnificent and gigantic temple, although it
has cost the schism of the congregation ....

6 The Temple of Corruption
The rich Temple of the Peace Palace 6, situated in The Hague,
Netherlands, is often called the seat of international law
because it houses the International Court of Justice.
In 1903 Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919) agreed to donate the
US$1.5 million needed for a Peace Temple that would house
the PCA7 as well as to endow it with a library of international
The beautiful Palace is filled with many marvelous gifts of the
different nations who attended the Second Hague Conference8
as a sign of their support. Among the gifts are a 3.2-tonne vase
from Russia, doors from Belgium, marble from Italy, a fountain
from Denmark, wall carpets from Japan, the clock for the clock
tower from Switzerland, Persian rugs from Iran and wood from
Indonesia and the United States of America. The palace also
features a number of statues, busts and portraits of prominent
peace campaigners from around the world and of all eras.
Only a few visitors however realize the money for the building
has been earned by poor laborers working under the worst
possible conditions such as a 84 hours week for the
philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
Born as a child of a poor weaver Carnegie became one of the
most famous leaders of industry of the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. He had little or no experience at all in manufacturing
steel, but he was an expert in gifts of money, that “alter the
behavior of the recipient”.
Dutch: Vredespaleis
The PCA is the Permanent Court of Arbitration
in 1907

In the History of the Great American Fortunes Gustavus Myers
describes exactly how the Great American Fortunes have been
made: by an endless chain of illegal manipulations, such as
bribery, blackmail, etc. Myers merely needs to quote the US-
American law-protocols to document the methods applied in all
eras up to publication date. There is no doubt the System did
continue business as usual after publication.
Myers' work has been ignored anyway as the Gustavus Myers
Center for the Study of Bigotry9 and Human Rights closed in
2009, demonstrating the power of American “power-players”:
“In 2009 we take pride in 25 years of continuous
operation of the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study
of Bigotry and Human Rights! We are saddened,
however, that the Myers Center has closed down due
to lack of funds.”

Often the big players preferred to gift a minimal portion of the

stolen money to some noble institution such as the Peace
Palace or other institutes selected for the quality of good
In fact the methods described sound extremely modern. There
is a lot of “investment”-money being shifted to and fro. Myers'
books also document how public property may easily be stolen
by buying property (railroads, water systems, etc.), plundering
the values and reselling the worthless skeletons back to the

A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own
opinions and prejudices.

To me the Peace Palace, paid by money earned from corrupted
business methods documented by Gustavus Myers, is just
another symptom of corruption and should be renamed to
Temple of Corruption to remind the people of the basic
methods with which great fortunes are earned.

- to be continued -


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