Surprise Surprise.. Man Sent Freemasonic "Distress Call" Before Murdering His Entire Family
Ervin Lupoe, the man in Los Angeles who killed his wife and five children after losing their jobs at Kaiser hospital was apparently a freemason. At the bottom of the two page typed suicide/confession note which was faxed to Los Angeles TV station KABC TV 7, was a handwritten sentence: Oh Lord my God is there no hope for a widow's son!"
This phrase is, according to Masons themselves, a long-standing and well known 'Masonic distress call". Police said the bodies were found Tuesday January 27, 2009 and that Lupoe probably killed them on Monday Jan. 28th, waiting until the next morning to kill himself. Below you will find links to this news story as well as the masonic connection referenced on numerous news sites and web blogs.

I first heard of this connection here:

KNBC 4:SoCal Murder-Suicide Father Awash in Debt
[NBC 4 Los Angeles Reports in this article that the killer, Ervin Lupoe, was in deep debt and owed the IRS at least $15,000, and that he had wrote the IRS a check for that amount but it had bounced.]

MSNBC:Redacted Text: Ervin Antonio Lupoe's Murder-Suicide Note

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Los Angeles man, Ervin Lupoe kills wife Ana Lupoe, 5 children, self at home, both had lost jobs
10:11 PM CST, January 27, 2009

KABC: Redacted copy of letter by Ervin Lupoe. (Copy of the original note.)

Google cache version of a freemason discussion board with the phrase here.

Scoogle search of the phrase "Oh Lord my God is there no hope for a widow's son!"

Masonic blog mentions the tragedy here

Catholic Opposition to Freemasonry

By Martin Hill

Freemasons: THEIR GOD IS THE DEVIL from Dissident on Vimeo.

YouTube:A Shriner Freemason admits to worshipping Lucifer
[Original source of this video is]

In 1842 Smith became a Master Mason, as indicated by his journal entries:
Tuesday, [March] 15. "I officiated as grand chaplain at the installation of the Nauvoo Lodge of Free Masons, at the Grove near the Temple. Grand Master Jonas, of Columbus, being present, a large number of people assembled on the occasion. The day was exceedingly fine; all things were done in order, and universal satisfaction was manifested. In the evening I received the first degree in Freemasonry in the Nauvoo Lodge, assembled in my general business office. (History of the Church, by Joseph Smith, Deseret Book, 1978, Vol.4, Ch.32, p.550-1) Wednesday, March 16. I was with the Masonic Lodge and rose to the sublime degree. (History of the Church, Vol.4, Ch.32, p.552)
In The Mormon Church and Freemasonry (2001), Terry Chateau writes:

[The Joseph Smith family] was a Masonic family which lived by and practiced the estimable and admirable tenets of Freemasonry. The father, Joseph Smith, Sr., was a documented member in upstate New York. He was raised to the degree of Master Mason on May 7, 1818 in Ontario Lodge No. 23 of Canandaigua, New York. An older son, Hyrum Smith, was a member of Mount Moriah Lodge No. 112, Palmyra New York. ......

When Smith was in the Carthage Jail in 1844 and firing upon men from Quincy, after he fired his last round,(It has never been asked where he got weapons, being in Jail!) he held up his arms and may have been giving the Masonic call of distress, hoping Masons in the contingent would honor this call and not fire on him. Unfortunately he was only able to utter the first four words before he was felled by a bullet. It is recorded that he raised both hands above his head, palms forward, and proclaimed, "Oh Lord my God". Mormons, with no knowleges of Masonry saw this as only a plea to the almighty for aid. The more informed suspected otherwise.[3] - This phrase "Oh, Lord, my God, is there no help for the widow's son?" would have been honored by all full Masons as a call for mercy and quarter.

Presidential Address Delivered At The Mormon History Association Convention April 20, 1974
by Dr. Reed C. Durham, Jr. (Notes by Melvin B. Hogan)
17. While being slain, Hiram, with uplifted hands, cried out, "Oh Lord, My God, is there no help for the widow's son?" This has since become a general Masonic distress call. 18. Then three loyal Masons, seeking revenge, pursued the three evil ones. 19. One of the three faithful Masons overtook one of the archvillains. He was asleep with his sword, or knife, nearby. 20. The "Mason slew the villain with his own knife by cutting off his head. 21. In Masonic ceremonies, the words "strike off his head" were employed. 22. Also in Masonic ceremonies. In revolutionary France, the re-acting of the killing of this villain, the tyrant's name was King Phillippe le Bel. (Philip IV or the Fair who destroyed the Knights Templar. M. B. H.) 23. The loyal Mason was rewarded by King Solomon.