When late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died at a Texas ranch two weeks ago, he was without the customary security detail the U.S. Marshals typically provide for such elites. Why, you ask? Because he was hunkered down with a highly secretive and enigmatic fraternity full of crazy expensive guns, ceremonial daggers, and powerful people.
Wednesday night, the Washington Post broke the news that Scalia was joined at the ranch by members of an elite hunting society, The International Order of St. Hubertus, an exclusive club that traces its origin to Austria in the 1600s under the rule of the Habsburgs. Scalia’s timely death, already met with suspicion, has only been shrouded in more mystery with the introduction of this mysterious revelation.
So, who exactly are these rich weirdos Scalia went hunting with before he died?
The name Hubertus comes from St. Hubert, the patron saint of various sportsmen, including hunters, fishers, archers, trappers, fur hunters, and dog trainers. The original Order was created in 1695 by Count Franz Anton von Sporck, the son of a military man who inherited the customary bounty bestowed upon Austrian war heroes of the 17th century: large tracts of land confiscated from Protestant Bohemian nobles.
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