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Division of Paranormal Research

FORMATION
The Division of Paranormal Research was founded in 1933 as an underfunded branch of the U.S. Library of Congress tasked with conducting research into occult and paranormal phenomena on behalf of members of Congress. Almost immediately it became involved in a competition with the Nazi Ahnenerbe (The Society for Research into the Spiritual Roots of Germany’s Ancestral Heritage) to locate and acquire mystical artifacts and tomes.

WW II ACTIVITIES

During the war the DPR continued to operate against the Ahnenerbe-SS. The Division enjoyed several key successes. Curators helped the Victory Squadron defeat the Hyperion warrior masquerading as Thor by uncovering some of the weaknesses of the Hyperion physiology through the study of ancient records of earlier Hyperion visitations. They also helped direct bombing raids against specific Japanese shrines and sacred places significant to the Golden Samurai movement. In addition, the DPR staved off a pro-Fascist plot to awaken supernatural MesoAmerican entities in Mexico and tracked Ahnenerbe operatives to the lost Arabian city of Irem.

The DPR also had its failures. The DPR’s association with the Monster Squad had a checkered history that included the deaths of three advisory field curators in action, one suicide on leave, and the willing transformation of another curator into a vampire. The DPR was unable to prevent Nazi operatives from acquiring a number of powerful Egyptian artifacts that aided the Axis cause. The DPR assisted several raids behind enemy lines in Europe, bent on acquiring items as varied as the Spear of Destiny to the lost writings of Trimestigus. All failed with heavy casualties. The DPR was unable to locate the Library of Alexandria or recover the Holy Grail in spite of a heavy commitment of its scarce resources. The disastrous Antarctic Expedition of 1944, coupled with the botched handling of the Spirit of ’76 conspiracy nearly lead to the abolition of the Division.

POSTWAR BLUES

The DPR struggled to maintain its existence during the Cold War. From 1959 to 1970 the Division was shut down for all practical purposes, stripped of its authority to investigate new phenomena or pursue new acquisitions. During this time a skeleton crew of curators on a shoestring budget did their best to preserve and study the DPR’s holdings, in particular the secret collection of mystical artifacts and bizarre technologies known only as The Warehouse. The reasons behind the collapse of the DPR were manifold. 

Lack of Personnel
The DPR lost nearly half of its experienced curators during the war and found it very difficult to replace them given its checkered reputation and increased competition from academic institutions and new government intelligence-gathering agencies.

Interagency Competition
The uncovering of ultraterrestrial technology at the Roswell Crash Site in 1946 led to the creation of Majestic-12, which quickly pulled all high-tech research and development related to ultraterrestrial technologies under its own umbrella. Majestic-12 also sought to shut down all other access to ultraterrestrials and saw DPR as a potential threat on that front. Beyond the machinations of Majestic-12, the newly formed Central Intelligence Agency tried to convince government officials that DPR’s foreign operations duplicated or interfered with its own intelligence-gathering efforts. In an effort to win the superhuman arms race, both MJ-12 and the CIA also took the lead alongside the newly consolidated Department of Defense in studying heritable and induced paranormal traits in human beings, removing such studies from the DPR’s purview.

Lack of a Defined Enemy
With the defeat of the Nazis there was no longer a clear-cut mystical threat to national security, as the Soviets under Stalin actively suppressed all occult-related activities behind the Iron Curtain (a path later followed by Mao during the Cultural Revolution). Fear of the Red Menace overcame fears of threats from beyond.

Political Enemies
The DPR’s actions involving the first Spirit of ’76 and the Masonic conspiracy to tap the psychic power of the American people drew the ire of powerful Freemasons within the U.S. government, who worked behind the scenes to undermine the Division’s credibility and support.

Sanguine Study
In a woefully misguided effort to improve its status, the DPR associated itself with the disastrous Sanguine Study in the early 1950s.  During the two years that Sanguine was active, government researchers infected unsuspecting minorities with vampirism and lycanthropy in an attempt to synthesize artificial compounds that would allow the military to induce controlled transformations in soldiers. The Study was a horrifying failure.

REBIRTH
The DPR was reactivated to full status in 1968 when an island city tentatively identified as Atlantis manifested itself in the Bermuda Triangle, much to the dismay of NASA and Majestic-12, which saw a drastic decline in funding for the space program. Coming on the heels of a terrible summer MORE TO COME HERE

MORE TO COME HERE To assist the Army with the top-secret Project CASPER, an effort to preserve and control the ghosts—a blend of ectoplasmic residue and quantum consciousness signature—of deceased servicemen. This effort was aimed at combating the successes of the Soviet psychic research and training programs. Though it met resistance from the CIA’s MK-ULTRA sponsors.

The entire DPR was shut down shortly thereafter, ostensibly due to a scandal involving the illegal confiscation of Native American and foreign archaeological artifacts by the agency. MORE TO COME HERE

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