Edwart Longstreet Bodin (August 5, 1894 – August 1983) was a mystery writer and founded the "Spiritual Party" as a platform for a run for President of the United States in the 1952 presidential election. He claimed in his book Scare Me! to be a descendent of Jean Bodin. He was a literary agent and mentor to L. Ron Hubbard.
Prior to authoring books, Bodin wrote for Strange Stories magazine as "Lucifer" and Thrilling Mystery magazine as "Chakra."
His book Scare Me! addressed ghosts, ectoplasm, demons, zombies, werewolves and other similar topics. In it, he thanked sixty-eight people, including Arthur J. Burks, Jack Dempsey, Ruth Lyons, Lowell Thomas, Nathaniel Schachner, Theodore Tinsley, F. Orlin Tremaine, Arthur Leo Zagat, William B. Ziff and L. Ron Hubbard. Upper Purgatory covered such subjects as ESP, flying saucers, the afterlife, and the Shakespeare authorship question.
In 1953, he suggested that if Winston Churchill doublecrossed the United States, the atom bomb should be used to divert the Gulf Stream in order to freeze England. He suggested the same thing two years later in Upper Purgatory, claiming to have received a letter from William E. Bergin, Adjutant General of the United States, treating the idea seriously (pages 17–18). He also suggested the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt was due to psychic intervention to prevent America's government from being overrun by Communists.
In 1956, Bodin was the President of the Bernarr MacFadden Foundation, worth about $5,000,000. That year he also provided the foreword to a book by Blanche A. Draper, the pastor of "The Church of the Radiant Flame," a woman who worked as a psychic and medium.
Bernarr Macfadden (born Bernard Adolphus McFadden, August 16, 1868 – October 12, 1955) was an American proponent of physical culture, a combination of bodybuilding with nutritional and health theories. He also founded the long-running magazine publishing company Macfadden Publications. He was the predecessor of Charles Atlas and Jack LaLanne, and has been credited with beginning the culture of health and fitness in the United States.Bodin (surname)
Bodin is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
Astrid Bodin (1903 – 1961), Swedish actress
Billy Bodin (born 1992), Welsh soccer player
Chris Douglas (born 1974), also known as "Wooli Bodin", American musician
Claude Bodin (born 1952), member of the National Assembly of France
Constantine Bodin (fl. 1081–1101), medieval ruler
Don Bodin, American composer, songwriter, and music producer
Edward Longstreet Bodin (1894 – 1983), American mystery writer and founder of the "Spiritual Party"
Étienne Soulange-Bodin (1774–1846), French agronomist and army officer
Jacques Bodin, French hyperrealist painter
Jean Bodin (1530–1596), 16th century French jurist
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689 – 1755), French baroque composer
Kévin Bodin (born 1987), French professional footballer
Lars Gunnar Bodin (born 1935), Swedish pioneer in the field of electronic music during the 1960s
Martin Bodin (1903 – 1976), Swedish cinematographer
Paul Bodin (born 1964), former Welsh soccer player - now a coach.
Simone Micheline Bodin (1925 – 2015), French fashion model of the 1940s and 1950s
Tomas Bodin, keyboard player
Yannick Bodin (born 1942), member of the Senate of France