Culture Religion International AffairsMeghan Markle’s public family drama has a new character, Frederick Markle, the Duchess of Sussex’s uncle, and brother of her father Thomas Markle.On Thursday, The Daily Mail released a newly unearthed photo of Frederick, who it said is a self-proclaimed Catholic bishop, dressed in an extravagant golden religious costume. The photo was believed to have been taken in the early 1980s, during a time when Frederick’s Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church had at least 40 members.Last year, The Mail revealed that Frederick is head of a Catholic church at the edge of Sanford, Florida. Although the establishment used to have parishioners, they have now all reportedly left, and the chapel is no longer publicly listed. But Frederick still prefers to be referred to as Bishop Dismas F. MarkleRecommended Slideshows101The 100 Best Films of All Time, According to Critics61In Pictures: The 30 Highest-Paid Actors in the World8150 … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle’s Uncle Is the Reclusive Self-Proclaimed Head of a Florida Catholic Church Without Parishioners
Hermit the recluse
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, revered at home by a propaganda machine that turned him into a demi-god and vilified in the West as a temperamental tyrant with a nuclear arsenal, has died, North Korean state television reported on Monday. Kim, who was 69 years old, died on Saturday, it said. Kim was the unchallenged head of the reclusive state whose economy fell deeper into poverty during his years in power as he vexed the world by developing a nuclear arms program and an arsenal of missiles aimed to hit neighbors Japan and South Korea. Kim had been portrayed as a criminal mastermind behind deadly bombings, a jovial dinner host, a comic buffoon in Hollywood movies and by the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush as the ruler of "an outpost of tyranny." He was thought to have suffered a stroke in August 2008. Known at home as "the Dear Leader," Kim took over North Korea in 1994 when his father and founder of the reclusive state Kim Il-sung, known as "the Great … [Read more...] about Kim Jong-il: a reclusive leader in a hermit state
SEOUL – South Koreans on Saturday pored over every detail of a historic summit in the Demilitarized Zone, transfixed by an extraordinary charm offensive by the North’s leader Kim Jong Un.Kim’s public appearance at the summit, beamed live to millions in the South, was for many the first prolonged exposure to an authoritarian figure revered in his secretive nation but shrouded in mystery.South Koreans and the world have long viewed him with a mixture of ridicule and fear, becoming used to the sight of him presiding over missile launches and military parades, but it was a very different Kim that took to the world stage on Friday.The 30-something leader was on his best behavior, frequently flashing a smile, making humorous remarks and patting children as tenderly as any election-seeking politician in the West.“I heard Kim Jong Un making a joke and hearing that made me realize that he is also just a human being,” said Choi Hyun-ah, a 24-year-old events … [Read more...] about ‘No longer a hermit’: South Koreans fascinated by Kim
Cary Spivak and Mary Spicuzza Milwaukee Published 3:23 p.m. UTC Jun 6, 2018 Former insurance agent Blanche Berenzweig must return more than $1 million she took from the estate of a now-deceased client whom she had befriended, the state insurance commissioner ordered. In his decision released Tuesday, Commissioner of Insurance Theodore Nickel agreed with an administrative law judge's ruling in March that Berenzweig illegally pocketed the annuity money and ordered that her insurance license, which she surrendered last year, be permanently revoked. RELATED: Insurance agent should give up $1 million received from client's policies, judge recommends Nickel's action effectively orders that the money go to the family members of LeRoy Ern, a north side Milwaukee man who lived like a hermit in his final years. "We’re hopeful this case will serve as a warning to others who are considering taking advantage of vulnerable, … [Read more...] about Financial adviser for Milwaukee man who lived like a hermit ordered to return $1 million
A naked hermit who is the world’s longest-surviving voluntary castaway has been forced to live in civilisation after three decades of solitude. Masafumi Nagasaki, 82, arrived on the island of Sotobanari in Japan in 1989. He became known as the “naked hermit” after telling people his only wish was to die on the island. But authorities have removed the pensioner from Sotobanari and will not allow him to return. The recluse was too weak to fight back and now lives 37 miles away in the city of Ishigaki. Masafumi was married and had two children. Initially, he intended to stay on the island for a couple of years but loved the lifestyle so much he decided to live there permanently. In 2012, he said: “Here, I’m not told what to do – I just follow nature’s rules.” He spent the first few years wearing the clothes he had brought with him but a typhoon swept away virtually all his possessions, including his clothes. He added: “On the island, … [Read more...] about Naked hermit dragged back to civilisation after three decades of solitude
How can you be a hermit, but have wagonloads of people come spend a day at your pleasant park? I have pieced together this unlikely tale from newspapers, censuses, family histories and York County History Center files. Joel Strong was born in the Druck Valley area of Hellam Township in December 1829 and never left. Census records identify him as a carpenter. He seems to have married Leah Druck, a niece of his brother-in-law, around 1860, at about age 30; she was in her late teens. She died around 1869, leaving no known children. The 1880 Hellam Township census lists Joel, age 50, living in the household of his widowed sister Elizabeth Druck. By 1890 he was evidently living outdoors on his own nearby 13 acres of land. Over time, he created what accounts say was a beautiful park, just the thing for pleasure seekers from the York area to visit, have fashionable picnics and even engage local bands for music. From the early 1890s, local newspapers report … [Read more...] about Have you ever heard of the hermit of the Hellam hills?