We warmly welcome RL Poole, author of The Key of Leedskalnin: The Complete Decryption of “A Book in Every Home”, as our featured author for November. RL Poole has spent over a decade researching, investigating and decoding the mystery of Coral Castle, a modern megalith in Florida. The equally enigmatic Ed Leedskalnin, who constructed Coral Castle, puzzled researchers over how he achieved such a feat. Leedskalnin claimed he knew the secrets of the Pyramids. Coral Castle was embedded with riddles, as was an encoded book Ed Leedskalnin wrote and left behind in its museum — A Book in Every Home. After years of research, RL Poole has finally decoded this mysterious book. Poole’s book offers readers the key that unlocks Leedskalnin’s decryptions and shines a light on the fascinating backstory that led to its discovery.
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“’Ed was, after all, a shy man, a quiet man, a loner who had no close friends or family in the United States with whom he kept in touch, a man who was not a member of any organizations and owned no property outside of Florida. He was never part of an immigrant community and didn’t leave much behind after his death.’”
-From Coral Castle: The Mystery of Ed Leedskalnin and His American Stonehenge, by Rusty McClure and Jack Heffron
A bit about RL
RL Poole is an independent researcher, author and speaker who has spent the past decade and a half scrutinizing the cryptic written works and mysterious monuments left to us by the late Edward Leedskalnin.
The Key of Leedskalnin: The Complete Decryption of “A Book in Every Home” is his second book about the Coral Castle, this time focusing more on decoding the writings of its enigmatic builder, Edward Leedskalnin, and one which may prove to open as many doors into mystery as it closes, based on his relentless observation, and investigation. Poole is a high-functioning autistic person and a Life Member of American Mensa, an organization whose only requirement for membership is to have an Intelligence Quotient (IQ) in the top 2% of the population. In early standardized scholastic testing, Poole was ranked in the 99th percentile, and, as an adult, pronounced ‘untestable’ in his highest scoring areas: Deductive Reasoning, Memorization, Pattern Recognition, and Communication. In other words, the test could not find limitations in these categories.
These have been the natural tools that Poole has used to make his unique breakthroughs in this field of research.
A revised bit about Ed
Here is what the official story reported by the general authorship, and common folklore say about Ed Leedskalnin, builder of the Coral Castle, taken from my last article (AoM March 2020):
“Born in Latvia on January 12, 1887, Edward (Ed) Leedskalnin was a self-taught engineer who single-handedly built the Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida, after emigrating to the USA in 1912. We know little about his childhood, apart from that his parents weren’t wealthy, and that he was only formally educated until the age of nine or ten. It’s suggested that Ed loved reading, and that he learned stonemasonry skills from his father. We know that by the time Ed was in his twenties, he could read, write and probably speak at least three languages.
At the age of 26, Ed was engaged to marry. The name and age of his fiancé is up for debate, for while Ed himself said he was jilted at the altar by his ‘Sweet Sixteen’—16-year-old Agnes Skuvst—Latvian historians have on record a different name and age for her—Hermine Luse, who wasn’t sixteen, but just two years younger than Ed. Ed’s main motivation for moving to the US was reportedly heartbreak, though extreme political unrest in Latvia will have served as motivation—some have said he left because of fear or retribution by the Tsar’s policeii(Rusty McClure September 9, 2009)
Between Ed’s arrivals in New York in 1912 and in Florida City in 1923, he moved often, spending time living in the Pacific Northwest and in Washington, among other places. At some point during the winter of 1922-1923, an estate agent called Ruben Moser found Ed lying in a heap on the side of the road. Moser helped Ed into the car and drove him home. Ed was seriously ill with a respiratory disease and was on the verge of dying. It has been suggested by eyewitness statements that Ed had been wandering around with a ‘witching rod’, capable of determining the presence of water or ‘energy’ in the earth. One eyewitness claimed that when asked what the rod was for, Ed just said, ‘when I find it, I’ll know it.’iii
Moser and his wife fixed a room in their tool shed for Ed and nursed him until he recovered.
It’s believed Ed had tuberculosis, which wasn’t curable in 1923, so his full recovery is usually described as a miracle. Some speculate that Ed cured himself using his unique knowledge of electromagnetism and ultraviolet rays from the sun.
By the end of winter 1922, Ed bought a section of land from Moser upon which he single-handedly built Rock Gate, also known as the Coral Castle. Then, in 1937, with barely any help, Ed moved his Coral Castle to a new location in Homestead, Florida. Ed died from a kidney infection in December 1951.” iv
And this is exactly what I reported in my last article. It is the accepted folklore, and the biographical information which seems to fit with the cultural narrative. Ed was simply a strange guy. Smart, but anti-social and shy.
However, it was upon the writing of this new book, and the discovery of the explosive subjects which prompted it that gave an entirely different story than the one we may already believe about who Ed Leedskalnin really was, and what he may have been really doing throughout his life.
Consider the quote at the start of this article, and ask yourself if the totalities of these behaviors strike you as normal in any way. The more one learns about the enormous amounts of odd behavior, combined with the new facts which have recently come to light, and then engages with those critical facts, the more one cannot help but begin to suspect the true motive and impetus for Edward Leedskalnin’s bizarre actions.
The Key of Leedskalnin: The Complete Decryption of “A Book in Every Home” is a brand-new insight into what was previously believed, even assumed, about Edward Leedskalnin, and for the first time, discovers a previously unknown part of his history. However, this does not just involve Edward Leedskalnin. It also, surprisingly, involves Doris Duke, who was famously the heir to the Duke Tobacco Fortune, and called, “The richest girl in the world,” at that time. You see, Ed Leedskalnin had a secret pen pal.
And her name was Doris Duke.
“Someone’s built a candy castle
For my sweet sixteen
Someone took that candy girl
And drew her in”
Lyrics to, “Sweet Sixteen” by Billy Idol – 1986
A bit about Doris Duke
Doris Duke is not yet done being the center of attention, after all.
While she may not be a household name, these days, there was a time when everything Doris Duke did was a headline in a major newspaper in the ‘40’s, and even before. The “World’s richest girl” was the heir to the Duke Tobacco Fortune, left to her by her late father James Buchanan Duke. It is said that his last words to her, knowing she would be overwhelmed with those who would seek her money, were, “Trust no one.” This had to make a strong impression on a 12-year-old girl who had just inherited such an unbelievably large estate, and an even more unbelievable degree of responsibility which accompanies such a burden. Her father’s words were borne out as valid when Doris, still a child, had to sue her own mother for control of the estate which she was left, and successfully defended the fortune her father had left her. (Lance 2020)
While there are many facets of Doris Duke’s life which are fascinating, and there are undoubtedly many biographies which outline in detail the events of her life which unfolded, there is still one last chapter to be written about Doris Duke, and it involves her work as a spy for the OSS during WWII.
“During a tumultuous period in the world, she applied at the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to the CIA, where she was hired as a spy based in Caserta, Italy. After OSS, she worked as a news correspondent for the International News Service. We have a small selection of the pieces she wrote, along with the Baby Hermes typewriter she used. It is also said that during World War II, she worked in a canteen for sailors in Egypt, taking a salary of one dollar a year. After the war, she moved to Paris and wrote for the magazine Harper’s Bazaar for $50 per week.” (Week 2022)
Doris Duke was a brilliant person in her own right, spoke fluent French, was well-travelled and highly cultured. Behind those sad, pretty eyes lay the mind of a lonely genius. Just like Edward Leedskalnin. But how are they connected?
On a cold, dark morning in March 2020, the most amazing thing happened. An encryption was broken. It was the encryption to Ed Leedskalnin’s most curious written work, the famed “A Book in Every Home”. Much has been made of this book, but nothing has been discovered. Suddenly, once the encryption had been broken, many secrets began spilling out of the text. But that was not the connection. No, the crucial point was how the connection could be proven.
While watching an old DVD sold by the Coral Castle Museum gift shop, an interview was featured on what is otherwise an unwatchable piece of tourist tripe. This DVD held a clue which was later researched, and then confirmed by the author. The tape featured a person named Marilyn Hicks —‚the daughter of the man who was the Mayor of Coral Gables and also Ed Leedskalnin’s personal attorney. This was all verified after contacting and subsequently interviewing Marilyn, who proved to be an especially important witness.
This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it turned out to be the missing piece of an extremely exciting puzzle that no one knew needed solving. It was just a hunch, but as it turned out, a good one, with implications that could rewrite the history of both Ed Leedskalnin, and Doris Duke.
An exclusive excerpt from, The Key of Leedskalnin: The Complete Decryption of “A Book in Every Home”:
Marilyn: “The first thing we found was this whole stack of letters addressed to Doris Duke, you know who that is?”
RL: “I do, she was the heiress to the Duke Tobacco fortune, right?”
Marilyn: “That’s right. Well Ed had written her a whole pile of letters, and there was also a stack of these cut out comic strips from this one comic that was in the paper called Doris, and he thought she was answering him in the comic strips.”
RL: “Ok, hold on a second Marilyn, let me try to understand something here. Ed Leedskalnin, our shy little Ed, was writing to Doris Duke, the world’s richest woman, and he thought she was answering him back through a comic strip?”
Marilyn: “That’s right.”
RL: “Wow, ok. May I ask how you know that is what he was thinking when he wrote the letters?”
Marilyn: “We read them!” (laughing)
Contained in Ed Leedskalnin’s personal effects, as stated by Mrs. Hicks, who went through them as a teenager, were letters written by Edward to Doris, as well as several clippings from a comic strip. While it was colloquially called “Doris”, by most who read it, after the main character, who looked amazingly like Doris Duke, it was actually called, “The Daily’s,” and was written and drawn by Stanley Link. It was published in Harper’s Bazaar during the time Doris Duke worked for Harper’s Bazaar after WWII. (Week 2022)
The teenage Marilyn simply thought that Ed Leedskalnin was in love with Doris Duke and was having an imaginary relationship with her. She said the contents of the letters were extremely romantic, to the point of making her blush. She also stated that Ed referred to passages from the comic strip in the letters he was writing back to her. That’s very curious, isn’t it? If he were writing her letters, and sending them to her, why would he still be in possession of them? A more convincing argument can be made that this is most likely a sign of organized communication. When one talks in code, it is good to keep track of your conversations.
The Chase for Evidence
Without breaking the encryption for A Book in Every Home, it would have been impossible to prove the connection between Ed Leedskalnin, and Doris Duke. With no way of seeing their true communication, the facts as they sit could lead one to believe that Ed was simply a lonely guy, perhaps even delusional, and was imagining some fanciful, romantic correspondence with the world’s richest girl. In fact, this has been the established, boiler-plate folklore about Ed Leedskalnin for decades, but there is no corroborating evidence which would support the idea that he was in any way a delusional person; conversely, all evidence points to quite the opposite.
After the interview with Marilyn Hicks, it became apparent that the tell-tale traces of secret communication were present, but how could that be proven? The letters seemed to be a copy, or transcript, of his side of the conversation, while the comic strips were Doris’ response to them. What appeared to be fanciful to others could now be seen in a new light — as a highly organized, and secret communication. To facilitate the indulgence of a theory, a comic strip of “The Daily’s” was chosen as a test sample, from when Doris Duke was working for Harper’s Bazaar, and Ed was working at the Coral Castle. The comic strip chosen was from a critical time: August 1945. Without knowing the date of the letters which were found, the next best course of the investigation was to study the timeline of both people involved and settle on a time when the conditions would have been perfect for this type of covert communication on both sides.
This comic strip is featured in The Key of Leedskalnin and is a compelling piece of evidence which starts to fill in some missing pieces while widening the eyes to a much larger game.
Upon seeing the characters shown and explored in the book, one will immediately notice how much shorter the man (Dan) is than Doris in the comic. Doris was six feet tall, and the man opposite Doris in this cartoon looks to be about what Ed’s height would have been standing next to her. She is literally a head taller than him in the comic strip, as she would be in real life. It seems to be another visual clue. Ed is even seen wearing the same suit as the character “Dan” in a photograph. Also, anyone even half paying attention will have to admit that Doris from The Daily’s has an uncanny resemblance to Doris Duke.
However, the real evidence finally emerges from the comic strip shown in this article, as it produces a mathematically verifiable message using the same encryption applied by the author, which has been successfully used to decipher, “A Book in Every Home.” And that encryption is Enigma Code.
The author discovered, and then proves, in The Key of Leedskalnin: The Complete Decryption of “A Book in Every Home” that the key to the encryption had been hidden in plain sight at the Coral Castle for many years. This first decryption key was in the form of a book code, which, when used correctly, then gave the settings for the Enigma Code, and then surprisingly included instructions for the authentication of messages. The author asserts that there is a veritable, and quite possibly, literal, treasure trove of information encoded into the cryptic text. It is additionally claimed by the author that Ed Leedskalnin also hints in the decrypted books messages that there is even an Enigma Machine hidden on the premises so that you may use it. Part of the book cipher’s decrypted and mathematically authenticated text states: “By the pool, behind the hedgehog, and there it is…” This all makes perfect sense, especially since Ed Leedskalnin was just discovered to be communicating with a known spy using Enigma Code, and he would have needed his own machine to encode messages. All the pieces are starting to come together.
However, these days, one does not have to locate an Enigma Machine to break Enigma Code. Now, it is simply an app. What is needed, more than anything is knowing what type of machine, and what settings to use. If either of those elements is wrong, even a little bit, there will be no successful decryption. These specifics were given by Ed through his instructions which not only explain how to set up the Enigma Machine but also encrypt, using the book code, and how to authenticate the messages you are getting and will be getting in future decryptions. The author states that Ed tells the reader, using the book code, “Use Chi Square” in perfect Chinese. When someone decodes an encryption and includes in the message instructions for how to mathematically authenticate the message, this appears to be an undeniable sign of success. Edward Leedskalnin was a man who left nothing to chance.
This is what Ed Leedskalnin left as instructions to use for message authentication, encoded in the book cipher:
The Chi Square is a mathematical formula for determining the validity or authenticity of specific events in comparison to random sampling. In other words, does your decryption key produce messages which are too specific and correct to be mere coincidence or random chance? To use the correct math parlance, the message must fail the Null Hypothesis, and therefore pass the Chi Square with a P Value of .5 or less. When one inputs the information which has been decoded using the cipher cracked by the author, the Null Hypothesis fails, and the messages come out with a P Value of 0.0. This means that there is 0.0 chance that the messages could be anything but authentic, and therefore one may proceed with the cipher. (Computing 2019)
More than that, let us look at some other very odd alignments between Ed Leedskalnin, and Doris Duke, as it applies to dates. Ed arrives in New York in 1912, the same year Doris Duke is born. He has a picture of himself beside a large obelisk in Coral Castle, which has the date 1928, and he is pointing at that date with his finger. This is the year Doris Duke turned 16. Remember his obsession with his “Sweet Sixteen”? Then, the Polaris Telescope was raised in 1940. This was the year that Doris Duke lost her first, and only child, Arden. These are the only two stones in the entire Coral Castle with dates. Is this all coincidence? Ed Leedskalnin’s arrival in the United States just so happens to coincide with the same city, and the same year of Doris Duke’s birth. His monument just so happens to coincide with the year of her “sweet sixteen”. The only other dated monument happens to coincide with the year of her greatest sorrow. Additionally, Ed just so happens to coincidentally think that he is communicating with Doris Duke, later in life, through a comic strip.
The goal of The Key of Leedskalnin: The Complete Decryption of “A Book in Every Home” is to prove all of these things are indeed not a coincidence but an unrecognized proof of a connection. At a certain point, coincidence must give way to reality when a preponderance of the evidence is taken into consideration. However, what is needed to tie these loose threads together, is that one inarguable piece of evidence which cements, without a doubt, the secret connection between these two legendary figures. For instance, if one were to correctly intercept, decrypt, and translate a message being sent from one party to another, it would not be possible to argue against it. Once it is authenticated using the Chi Square, it now simply becomes fact.
Knowing the settings for the Enigma Machine, which were given by Ed, and learning from Ed how to authenticate any messages which were broken out of their encryption, the author decided to use this exact decryption on the comic strip shown in the article, “The Daily’s” from August 1945, and incredibly, it works! The first panel of dialogue has been decrypted. The translated message fails the Null Hypothesis, and passes the Chis Square with a P Value of 0.0, which means what you are about to see for the first time, is the intercepted and authenticated communication between Doris Duke, and Edward Leedskalnin, using Enigma Code, and foreign languages to hide their secret relationship.
The Key of Leedskalnin: The Complete Decryption of, “A Book in Every Home”
The Daily’s Comic Strip by Stanley Link from August 31st, 1945
Same letters spaced correctly for translation and language detection
QC SZ NV KH AW
VQRT SRKM XWTG MUZ
Translation in Arabic:
“Measure the level of your succession or
slowdown in the future of the next generation”
Consider that this is not only an authentic message but that it is also in a foreign language, which is very tricky to detect. The drawback of the Enigma Machine was that it could not encode a message into the same language as the plaintext. (Source) Since the comic strip and “A Book in Every Home” are written in English, then the decrypted message must be in another language, and this is exactly how it works out. Yet another major supporting fact verifying these findings. Despite the jumble of letters which it may initially seem, the Chi Square takes into account the unambiguous nature of the message. The mathematical chances of this being a fluke are 0.0. As unbelievable as it seems, this is an encrypted, intercepted, decrypted, and authenticated message passed between Doris Duke, and Edward Leedskalnin.
It appears that Ed, seemingly as the character Dan, could be advising Doris Duke on matters related to her assets or her estate. Included in The Key of Leedskalnin is the decryption key for this comic strip; the rest of the comic strip’s message is decrypted, and this awaits translation and authentication by the reader. This message intercepted by the author is both evidence, and example, simultaneously. The Key of Leedskalnin was written in such a way as to leave the ending up to the reader to discover for themselves, and thus give everyone a fair chance at discovering history together.
“Reader, if for any reason you do not like the things I say in this little book, I left just as much space as I used, so you can write your own opinion opposite it and see if you can do better.
From, A Book in Every Home by Edward Leedskalnin
And that is precisely what he did. He invites the reader of his little book, which only has twenty-odd pages, to take up their pen, and write something opposite his writings. And, in this case, it is the book cipher for the encryption which Ed has cleverly given us by clues he leaves at the Coral Castle, and which are revealed for the first time in The Key of Leedskalnin: The Complete Decryption of “A Book in Every Home”. It was upon the breaking of the encryption which revealed the cryptic meaning behind the title of the book: After discovering up to 26 different languages encoded in the text of “A Book in Every Home”, this was meant to be a book which could be decoded and read in every home. Ed seems to have set up a game where if you notice the clues, and put them together, you get the book cipher, which leads to the Enigma Machine settings, and also to what appears to be directions to finding an Enigma Machine hidden on the premises. Only then does one gain access to the decoded messages contained within the text, after which Leedskalnin demonstrates that the Enigma encoded messages must be translated into their intended language and leaves instructions on how to authenticate said messages. This was a brilliant man who was playing spy games, and was playing them with a spy.
But for what reason? For that, we must look at the first ever correctly decrypted, and authenticated Enigma encoded messages by the author, using the discovered cipher applied to the first text from A Book in Every Home:
Text Encoded: (English)
A Book in Every Home
Containing Three Subjects
Eds Sweet Sixteen
Domestic and Political views
Text decoded using Key of Leedskalnin:
S F R I W M B Y U P Z Q B U J T
G I F M Q Q Z C R H X O H K W T S M X G O M T
L Q F J L G O Z G P O Q A G K
S L F Z Z M Q P X T C
M K M L G D D T W H D N D T
Key Translation of decrypted text: (Russian, Estonian, Baltic languages)
“The State Central Committee of the Central Bank of the Central Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan” (The Bank Service Bureau of the National Bank of Republic of Kazakhstan)
“The State Central Committee of the Central Bank of the Central Bank of the Republic of Karelia and the Khanty-Mansi Republic”
“The State Central Committee of the Central Bank of the Central Bank of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic”
“The State Central Committee of the Central bank of the Central bank of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug KhRMZ”
If we allow ourselves to bask in the moment of this great revelation, we may miss some key details, even beyond the use of the Chi Square technique, which may further authenticate these messages.
Firstly, let’s examine the composition of the messages. These are the long-form official titles of each organization being addressed, and furthermore, he begins the message by addressing who the messages are intended for correctly. Just like how one would begin any letter by addressing the name of the person it is intended for, so has Ed Leedskalnin named the intended recipients of his messages. However, further analysis is required.
A key question to consider is whether all of these places, and organizations named in the decrypted messages exist.
Not only did they exist during Ed Leedskalnin’s time, but they still currently do, albeit with minor name changes accurate to the period. Furthermore, the organizations named fit within the historical and geographical accuracy of the time period in which the book was encoded by Edward Leedskalnin.
There is your smoking gun.
When messages have been decoded, mathematically validated, and then those messages specifically correlate to the linguistic, geographic and political time period in which they were written, from a researcher’s standpoint, that’s the ballgame.
Even more importantly, from a geopolitical bent, are the questions we are left with regarding why Edward Leedskalnin, someone who has been proven to be functioning as a spy in collusion with the world’s richest woman, would be addressing the regulatory committees of the central banks of all of these countries? And, if one is even more perceptive, it can be noticed by even a casual observer that these are all Eastern European countries that speak Russian but are not actually a part of Russia. Edward Leedskalnin was known, as was asserted by Rusty McClure’s and Jack Heffron’s biography, to be staunchly against Russia, and fled his homeland after he resisted their occupation of Latvia. (Rusty McClure September 9, 2009)
Based on the findings, this may be one of the most spectacular real-life spy stories ever uncovered, and the potential for further discovery is extended to the reader.
These messages translate into perfect Russian, and other Baltic languages, and each translation fails the Null Hypothesis of the Chi Square with a P Value of 0.0. This means that these messages are authentic, and intentional. This should demand the attention of serious researchers, and biographers to investigate, and integrate whatever added information we find with what we already know.
In addition, Poole has written an extremely unique book which is meant to act as a living vault, containing a series of intellectual challenges to accompany the answers given. The reader is being instructed in the use of these ciphers and techniques through an exciting real-time series of challenges, in the tradition of Edward Leedskalnin, while also having their perception, and deductive reasoning put to the test. This is intentional. The author generously includes the complete Enigma code cipher, the book cipher, examples of decryption, translation, etc., as well as the complete decryption of the encoded text, with a blank page opposite it (just as Leedskalnin did) to work out your translation on the opposite page. While many secrets are laid bare by this newest book, the road to acquiring them relies on the reader solving a series of clever puzzles, both hidden and overt, which are meant to serve as an obstacle to the lesser motivated, and as an instructional aid to those up to the challenge, as this is a homage to the construction of, A Book in Every Home. While there is no guarantee that you will be able to solve all of the riddles, the answers have been built into the work itself. The puzzles have been deliberately created in such a way so that when one is solved, the reader will come away with the correct answer while simultaneously learning how to verify their own results. This is in keeping with Ed Leedskalnin’s historically proven teaching method. While this may very well be the most controversial book ever written about Edward Leedskalnin, it has the potential to fascinate any interested researcher for years to come. The most exciting part, perhaps, is that the author has left the ending of the story up to the reader, and not himself. Truly, paying it forward. There is an untold amount of brand-new information which can be learned by applying these discoveries outward, and expanding the search for further evidence, using the new tools discovered and revealed in The Key of Leedskalnin. While there is an enormous amount of historic and scientific information to still be uncovered, the reader has been handed the tools to access this unique historical opportunity. The solving of this single riddle could very well lead the charge into an entirely new world of discovery based on the potential information contained within the Enigma encoded message in a bottle we have finally received from Mr. Edward Leedskalnin.
By PANONIAN – Own work, C., https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26192292 Khanty-Mansi Federal State Map.
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A Book in Every Home, 1936 Edward Leedskalnin
RL Poole, self-portrait 2020
A Book in Every Home, front cover, copyright 1945 Edward Leedskalnin – Image of cover provided by RL Poole
The Daily’s by Stanley Link
Sculpture of face at the Coral Castle – image by RL Poole, 2013
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