I have been asked to take another look at the Berlin suitcase. Just to recap, the suitcase component of the Iamaphoney plot had been considered by fans and foes alike to be the biggest miscalculation in the history of YouTube videos (at least those that suggest that Paul McCartney died and was replaced by the beast in order to bring on the apocalypse).
Of the five suitcases dropped by Iamaphoney, three are supposedly still out there and two were found with rather unspectacular results.
The Berlin suitcase was retrieved in early October, 2008. In late October, MikeyNL1038 produced a video called "Paul Is Dead - Nothing is Real 333", announcing that the Berlin suitcase had been retrieved by this guy:
The finder's hand gesture provoked quite a bit of criticism here, but in all fairness, Mike's video used backward masks from the song "Golden Slumbers" that suggested that he "walk out naked." I don't know how the conclusion was drawn, but some people here said that the person who found the suitcase was someone named Yenz, who would occasionally leave comments on this blog. Someone calling himself Yenz made one attempt to deny it, but identities around here are as fluid as characters in a dream. Yenz was pretty much run out of town in the comments community.
The video announced that the contents of what was now called the Berlin Goody Bag would be revealed soon. Dictionary.com states that the word "soon" means "within a short period of time" or "in the near future." The one thing that we were told early on was that the suitcase contained a copy of the Beatles 1966 Christmas Record called "Pantomime."
An original copy of "Pantomime" would certainly exceed the value of any of the items that were in the first LA Suitcase. Surprisingly, that particular item has not been mentioned since the original find, even though the person who claimed possession of the suitcase has written about the contents in several personal correspondences to different individuals including myself.
It was in late October when YouTube user sdofik contacted a few people about his find at the Brandenburg Gate. As is often the case, I was not in this loop, but others have said that he retrieved the case and filmed its contents. Then according to what he eventually told me when I inquired, he put the items on a shelf and waited for something to happen. Nothing did.
Is this another case of a suitcase finder not responding the way Iamaphoney had expected? Maybe. The suitcase contained some items that the finder described as a random assortment of Beatles-related memorabilia, such as newspaper articles, a Double Fantasy cover with the name "Paul" written on it, Xerox copies of tickets, some unidentified 45 RPM records and a bootleg DVD of "Magical Mystery Tour." For some reason, despite the fact that the owner repeatedly has said that he would like to sell the items to the highest bidder, he apparently does not want to take the time to make a specific list of the items.
Interestingly, the finder, as well as a member of the Rotten Apple Army, and some of Iamaphoney's biggest fans believe that the key items in the suitcase are two sleeveless vinyl copies of the Sgt. Pepper album with a Parlophone label. The "Twin Peppers" have only been talked about in Iamaphoney-related conversations. There is no document that I know of that suggests that there were two special vinyl pressings of the album in existence. If these were actual acetates, I don't think they would have the Parlophone label on them.
In a message I received in late November, Iamaphoney wrote: I can confirm the existence of the twin peppers in the Berlin suitcase.
In a correspondence to me on April 29, 2009, sdofik wrote: two parlephone (sic) sgt. pepper records <- that might be the only real item of value, if any...
The "Twin Peppers" came up again when somebody attempted to pull former McCartney press agent Geoff Baker into the Iamaphoney experience. See previous post.
YouTube user sdofik added that he no longer watches the Rotten Apple video installments. He wrote, "I think he got himself into something he can't get out of now."
I really don't see any reason why Iamaphoney couldn't "get out" of this if he really wanted to. It's those of us who have been fascinated and entertained by the videos that would like him to continue to tell his story.
I think that there are some people who would like to see images of the contents of the Berlin Goody Bag. Come to think of it, I wonder if the finder of the bag ever played those two Sgt. Pepper albums. Wouldn't it be ironic if that was the hold up?
In other news, a new artifact has surfaced that relates to the late Mal Evans, who has been a focus speculation about the Rotten Apple series. The Beatles Examiner posted a handwritten lyric allegedly penned by Mal and given to Shaun Weiss.
And finally there was an article in the news recently that provided some evidence against the claim that Paul McCartney is the devil, unless of course, the woman was driving a VW Beetle.
Chivalrous Macca ‘helps woman with wedged car’