Peter Beter

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Peter David Beter
Born(1921-06-21)June 21, 1921
DiedMarch 14, 1987(1987-03-14) (aged 65)

Peter David Beter (June 21, 1921 – March 14, 1987[1][2]) was an American attorney[3] and financier.[4] He ran for governor of West Virginia in 1968 in the Republican Party primary[5] (although he was formerly a Democrat), but lost in the primaries to Cecil H. Underwood.[6] Politically, he was a staunch admirer of ex-Alabama governor George Wallace; Beter also drafted Wallace as the American party candidate in 1973, but numerous Republicans opposed such efforts.[7] Nonetheless, he later became a member of his Draft-Wallace committee.[8]


Beter was a native of Huntington, West Virginia, son of Lebanese immigrants who became grocers after coming to the United States in 1899. He graduated from West Virginia University and later got his Doctor of Juris degree in law from the law school of George Washington University.[9][10] Beter practiced law in Washington, D.C. from 1951 to 1961. He was the general counsel for the American Gold Association (now called the Gold Prospectors Association of America) from 1958 to 1961.[citation needed] In 1961, he was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as general counsel for the Export–Import Bank of the United States, in which he served until 1967. [11] [12] Beter also co-founded a mining exploration company in Zaire, and represented international financial interests in Europe, South America, and the Middle East.[13]

In 1973, he published a book: Conspiracy Against the Dollar: The Spirit of the New Imperialism, which alleged that world events were controlled by three secret factions: the Rockefeller family, the "BolshevikZionist axis," and the Kremlin. His intent was to warn everyone against the plans of the "Rockefeller Cartel", which he thought risked having the United States meet the same fate as France in World War II.[14]

In 1974, Beter publicly stated that most of the gold in Fort Knox had been sold to European interests, at prices vastly below market rates. According to him, international speculators had dishonestly obtained the gold.[15][a]

Beter released a series of 80 audio newsletter tapes between 1975 and 1982. [14] He was known for his claims without evidence against political leaders, some of which included allegations of conspiracy in the highest political positions; he claimed that:

  • Particle beam weapons and other advanced aerial weapons under secret development had the power to change the weather. Both the U.S. and the Soviet Union had developed such weapons.[26]

In contemporary culture[edit]

Through his tapes, Beter influenced various people such as the 1980s punk band, The Wanderers.[27] In the Crusaders Comic book series published by Jack T. Chick, Double Cross: Alberto, part two, Peter Beter is cited as a reliable authority on why the body count changed in the wake of the Jonestown massacre.

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  1. ^ "One Rockefeller detractor, Peter Beter, even charged that the Fort Knox gold had been spirited away in the dead of night only to wind up in the European vaults of David Rockefeller. This charge was proved to be erroneous as Mary T. Brooks, director of the U.S. Mint, conducted a group of congressmen on a rare visit to the Kentucky vaults. Yes, the gold was there and intact."[16]


  1. ^ "Social Security Death Master File info for Peter Beter #234-20-9731". 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "Deaths Elsewhere Series: deaths elsewhere". St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, Fla. March 17, 1987. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Rudy Maxa (April 15, 1979). "Front Page People". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ "Raleigh Register". Beckley, West Virginia. November 10, 1972. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
  5. ^ Secretary of State of West Virginia. 1968 Primary Election - Official Returns of the Republican Party. Retrieved on 4 Jan. 2023.
  6. ^ FBI Archives, retrieved on July 2007, Sunday Gazette-Mail newspaper.[dead link]
  7. ^ Rome-News Tribune. March 11, 1973
  8. ^ FBI Archives, retrieved on July 2007,The Journal-news newspaper
  9. ^ Charleston Gazette - Thursday, February 20, 1975 - Charleston, West Virginia. Retrieved on June,2010 (requires subscription for access)
  10. ^ Beckley Post Herald - Wednesday, April 17, 1968 - Beckley, West Virginia. Retrieved on June,2010. (requires subscription for access)
  11. ^ "How they voted". The Charleston Gazette. March 7, 1978. President John F. Kennedy appointed Peter Beter to be counsel to the US Export-Import Bank
  12. ^ Hudnall, Ken (2004). The Occult Connection II: The Hidden Race. Omega Press. p. 265. ISBN 0-9754923-7-3.
  13. ^ Forbes Business Magazine, Profile of Lilly O Beter, Retrieved on May 2007[dead link]
  14. ^ a b Lewis, James R.; Petersen, Jesper Aagaard (2004). Controversial New Religions. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Oxford University Press. pp. 66. ISBN 0-19-515682-X.
  15. ^ "Security at Fort Knox Depository". The Post-Standard. December 25, 1980. in 1974, Peter Beter, a former attorney for the Export-Import Bank, contended that Army trucks in the dead of night had carted off all of Fort Knox's gold.(requires subscription for access)
  16. ^ Pinkerman, John (October 7, 1974). "The Rockefeller Story – Subjected To Abuse Because Of Riches". The Desert Sun. p. A3.
  17. ^ Beter's Audio letters archive
  18. ^ Beter's Audio letters archive
  19. ^ Beter's Audio letters archive
  20. ^ Beter's Audio letters archive
  21. ^ Beter's Audio letters archive
  22. ^ Beter's Audio letters archive
  23. ^ Beter's Audio letters archive
  24. ^ Beter's Audio letters archive
  25. ^ Moore, Dr. Rebecca (Fall 2002). "Reconstructing Reality: Conspiracy Theories About Jonestown". Journal of Popular Culture. 36 (#2): 200–220. doi:10.1111/1540-5931.00002. Retrieved July 1, 2007.
  26. ^ Towers, H.B. "About Air Booms Phenomenon caused by Cosmospheres firing particle beam weapons in De-focused mode". Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  27. ^ Brian Smith, The Wanderers, June 29, 2000, Phoenix New Times Archived 2005-05-17 at the Wayback Machine

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