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  1. You have to remove yourself from the gene pool to qualify. This man only sat still, trusting that the gun being fired at him wasn't loaded!

    Man killed in Masonic gun ritual
    By Emma Simpson
    BBC News, New York

    An initiation ceremony at a Masonic Lodge in New York has ended in tragedy after a man was killed during a ritual for new members.
    William James was accidentally shot in the head when a lodge member used a real gun instead of a blank pistol by mistake.

    The alleged gunman, a freemason aged 74, has been charged with manslaughter.

    It was supposed to have been the climax of the initiation rituals at the Southside Masonic Lodge in Long Island.

    Police said that William James was forced to sit in a chair with a gun pointed straight at him.

    Aim was to frighten

    Cans were placed on a small platform around his head.

    When the gun was fired another member was supposed to knock the cans off as if they had been hit by bullets.

    The aim was to frighten their new recruit.

    But Albert Eid, a long-serving freemason, had two guns in his pocket, one with blanks and one with real bullets.

    He apparently pulled the wrong one, killing Mr James.

    The initiation rituals and symbols of the Masons have long been shrouded in secrecy but the grandmaster of the New York State Freemasons issued a statement denying that guns played any role in official lodge ceremonies.

    William James was apparently being sworn into a select group within his lodge but it was a prank which went fatally wrong.


    Story from BBC NEWS:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/h...as/3500022.stm

    Published: 2004/03/10 22:33:06 GMT

    © BBC MMIV
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Just like Russian roulette!
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    You'd think a man of that calibre would know better.
  5. by   seanymph
    You would think they would be old enough to know better and not participate in such stupid initiation rituals.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    brilliant!!!

    russell, you crack me up!
  7. by   kc ccurn
    Quote from Rustyhammer
    You'd think a man of that calibre would know better.

    :chuckle you kill me rusty, that's funny..

    kidding aside, what a terrible thing to have happen. What a stupid tragedy.
  8. by   nurseygrrl
    I grew up about a mile from where this happened. What a tragedy. I can't believe grown men would engage in such a silly and dangerous stunt!
  9. by   H ynnoD
    Thats why your taught to never point a Gun at someone, loaded or not.Must of missed that one in his gun safety class.
  10. by   gwenith
    I can't get over the fact he had two guns one unloaded and the other loaded!!!! This wasn't an accident it was a disaster waiting to happen.
  11. by   nekhismom
    Quote from gwenith
    I can't get over the fact he had two guns one unloaded and the other loaded!!!! This wasn't an accident it was a disaster waiting to happen.
    That's how I feel about the situation. It just seems completely NUTS to me.

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