Please find below documentation that supports Leo’s statements concerning his family background. Leo states that there is much more info that he has documents of both in paper form & on his two laptops that the Norwegian police still won’t release.


* The father of Leo’s father Elio, the Italian senator of the 1950’s & 1960’s Leopoldo Zagami has several reference links here:


& I found some more at these pages:

There was an Italian government source which contained official lists of the chamber of deputies 1953-58 that listed Leopldo Zagami, but this is no longer on the site:

There was also information regarding Leopoldo Zagami’s book “Le Monete di Lipara” at the following URL.

However, this is no longer on the net either, nor are they available at:

* I have found references to a present day Sicilian politician called Jenny Zagami. Leo states that she is not his mother Jessica Lyon Zagami (nee Jessica Lyon Young), who lives in Rome with his father Elio, in the Subiaco area I believe.

* A reference in English Zagami’s father Elio can be found here:


They are figures through which a legacy of mythic or realistic stories is constructed, like that of Saro Taranto, master-philosopher, immortalized in the story “Le Pietre di Mulino (Mill Stones)” of Elio Zagami

& there are many more in Italian.

* I have posted some material relating to his father Elio’s mother, the Marchesa de Gregorio’s family. Note that there are contesting lines for this title, although they have variants to the full title. This is often common in European aristocratic & royal lines even among the highest circles.

This can be found here:


Leo states that this is very incomplete & will furnish much more information when he – hopefully – gets his computers back.


* Here’s an article from the Telegraph (UK) newspaper showing that LLZ’s mother’s mother (Felicity Mason) was married to the cousin of the Queen Mother (Henry Lyon Young, LLZ’s mother’s father, they later divorced):


The relevant quote:

By 1950, he [Bryon Gysin] had tipped up in Tangier, which he exalted as “the wild west of the spirit”. He took to the city’s precarious debauchery – the intrigue, the kif, the boys – like a fish to water. He travelled in the Sahara painting desert scenes, flourished briefly as a restaurateur and enjoyed an interlude with an Englishwoman called Felicity Mason, who had been married to the Queen Mother’s cousin, and whom William Burroughs (whom she tried unsuccessfully to seduce) described as “the last of the intrepid English women travellers, who screwed their way across the desert”.

* HLY seems to have written the book at these pages (he has written others too, linkable references further down):

* HLY & Felicity Mason are both mentioned here, though not directly connecting them, from their premarriage years:


Deirdre du Prey’s general correspondence and subject files include personal recollections and unpublished confessions of actors who were closely associated with the theatre at Dartington including Basil Langton and Henry Lyon Young. Deirdre du Prey also collected private papers of Michael Chekhov’s students, for instance Felicity Mason and Peter Kingscote Tunnard.

Their marriage (her first) is detailed here on. P.98 of “Nothing Is True – Everything Is Permitted: The Life of Brion Gysin”:


You’ll have to go to that page as I can’t copy the text from there.

* There are a selection of links to pieces that mention him briefly here:

* The following would seem to be the dates of birth & death of Leo’s maternal grandmother, Felicity Mason. As an aside Leo states that he has only been to the USA once prior to his current trip of April-June 2008, & that this was in 1982 with his grandmother Felicity Mason, when he was 12.

Name: Felicity Mason
Birth Date: 14 December 1917 (Historical Events)
Death Date: 28 August 1993 (Historical Events)
Residence at Death: New York,New York,New York 10038
SSN: 051-62-6786

* She also wrote books under the name Anne Cumming & a some references can be found about her on the net:



Non-fiction books include Anne Cumming’s The Love Habit and The Love Quest, Fiona Pitt-Kethley’s The Pan Principle and Journeys to the Underworld, Cleo Odzer’s Patpong Sisters and Lucretia Stewart’s The Weather Prophet.”

HabitThe Love Habit: The Sexual Confessions of an Older Woman
Anne Cumming
The “Book of Genesis” of female sex memoirs; a trailblazer describes her dalliances around Continental Europe.

QuestThe Love Quest: A Sexual Odyssey
Anne Cumming
And here is the Old Testament, as Cumming warms to her sex travel theme and provides juicy anecdotes from Morocco, Egypt, Iraq and other rendezvous points.

Here are some more links that mention her:

Last Words: the final journals of William S. Burroughs

The following is an account of Leo’s in which he mentions his father & paternal grandfather in what I take to be an extended biographical account of aspects of his early years that I presume accompanied one of his record releases in the 1990’s. This was reposted at the following defunct page:
In the 70’s Italy was one of the most dark places in Europe with daily terrorist attacks and mafia killings, a place full of fear and uncertainty. Leo was only a kid at that time, willing to play and learn but also to change things from the beginining for this sick new world he landed in. He was risen in a very particular situation and a very particular family. The grandfather of Leo was the great Sicilian Senator Leopoldo Zagami, one of the most powerful men in Sicily and also one of the few honest politicians in Italy. In 1974 he died in mysterious circumstances, leaving the family with nothing but grief for the insane world of Italian politics.

The Italian enemies of his grandfather who among others counted the infamous corrupt politician Bettino Craxi, started a slow but effective persecution of Leo’s family, who could though still count on the friendship of the more respectable people in Sicily and Rome. Due to the uncertainty of the times the parents were basically bringing up Leo in a very discreet way in a beautiful, isolated location near Rome, where they decided to live at the beginning of the 70’s. Leo was never allowed though to say who he really was to any of his school friends or even to invite them home. He had to venture out in the streets of the local villages if he wanted some action and there in the villages he recluted the best kids for his magickal gangs who always had very dangerous initiation rituals and names like Banda Kung-ku o Banda dagli Scudi d’Oro. Many strange events that couldn’t be explained took place since an early age in leo’ life, and one of these experiences was later reported by his father dr. Elio Zagami in the book “FUMASTR”. The only way to explain them was to understand the hidden forces of magick, something Leo’s father, a celebrated Jung psychoanalyst and a personal student of Meyer, was trying to do during that 70’s period with an extensive research that brought Leo only 6 years old to India and Ceylon for 3 months on a magickal pilgrimage towards the understanding of the powerful eastern philosophies.
And it’s during a particular visit with his parents to a hindu temple in Trinkomali (Ceylon) that Leo gets involved in something that will change his life forever. A monkey from the temple they were visiting hits him on his left ear and steals his mother’s wallet. The guardian of the temple quickly recovers the wallet, but Leo contracts a bad infection developing inside the ear with a possible chance of becoming deaf in one ear for the rest of his life.

During that period for almost two months Leo was left with only one ear working, but something magickal was starting to take place for the future magickal child. The left ear trapped by a big blob of puss seemed to be receiving internal voices from another level. He was too young to understand and explain to others around him what was happening, but things were definately changing for Leo. Leo’s father wanted to explore more of the sacred locations of this magickal island called Ceylon, where Alister Crowley and Frank Bennet (responsible for bringing buddhism to England) years earlier had been working for the development of western spirituality, and numerous journeys were made to remote holy locations in the middle of the jungle. It was on one of these journeys that Leo discovered music. Yes, the ear had started working again, and the ritualistic sound of the beautiful drums and instruments of Ceylon was coming out of the jungle in the middle of the night while Leo and his family were sleeping in a nearby guest house. Leo says about this important episode in his life: “the sound becomes louder and louder, and my father suddeny jumps out of bed and decides to bring us there to check out what was going on, even if my mother in a very British way was a bit worried at that time of the locals’ reaction to our unholy presence, but everything went totally ok. What an experience!”. That’s when Leo understands the force of music behind rituals, the driving force of sound in creation, the magick of music that will never abandon him or his magickal ear.



De Gregorio (family)

Messinese family of century XII, than wants original of the Germany, last in Genoa in century XVI and then returned in Sicily. Dwelling: Palermo Turin and Messina.

Arm: party, grafted, merlato of black and d’ silver of six pieces. Cimiero: a crane of black with its vigilance. Maxim: SIC TUTIUS.

In 1316 a Gregorio is remarkable de Gregorio judge of Palermo, then judge of Great Court, having had infeudum for if ET suos conceduto the weight of the statera; a Mario distinguished Gregorio sworne 1351; a portulano Perrone 1357; bordering had the cargo of castellano of Matagrifone 1364. Besides the precedence a Tommaso miles invested of the state property censuses is found infeudum for ragion of dowry of wife 1416, dottor a Giovanni judge 1484, Peter also judge 1504, main one notaro of straticotiale court 1507, protonotaro of the reign and general vicario of Sicily 1512, the richest man, avendogli l’ emperor Carl V confirmato the barony and the feudi of Peter d’ Friend 1526, like anchor to its eredi the segrezie of Patti and Castroreale 1534. Costui coll’ occasion of the transfer of the said R.G.Corte in Palermo was moved in this city, where the Giampietro son magnified the casato one; he was captain d’ arms to war of the reign and general vicario of viceré the De Vega 1550, main portulano of reign 1554, treasurer of reign 1556, and protonotaro of the reign substitute 1574. From he a Carl, and costui Peter di Gregorio and Buglio baron of first Tremisteri and duca of this state for concession of Filippo IV 1647, was knight of Saint Giacomo of the Sword, resisting in Madrid the Supreme Council d’ Italy, and luogotenente president of Master Giustiziere in Sicily, of which only Antonia daughter it married a Francisco Rizzari from Catania baron of s. Paul. This family uniforms in several branches:

* 1) the marquises of Poggiogregorio, being be first to invest of such tito it a 1663 Carl governing Gregorio of the noble Company of the ss. Apostles of Messina 1634-60, and senator of this city 1671

* 2) the marquises of Go them Santoro and of Squillaci in Calabria, being be the first one to invest of these titles them Leopoldo de messinese Gregorio patrizio, knight of the s. Gennaro, and dell’ Aquila White woman of Poland, 2-star general in tech services and ambassador near the most serene Republic of Venice, father of Francisco marquis Trentino and prince of S. Elia, gentiluomo of room, and knight of s. Giacomo; Giuseppe marquis Gregorio knight of s. Giacomo, general and governing captain of Barcelona, dell’ Estremadura, and dell’ Andalusia; Giovanni cardinal of Chiesa Saint, and archimandrita in Messina; and Girolamo sergeant dell’ army, governor of the Public square of Siracusa.

* 3) marquises de Gregorio of S.R.I. [I marchesi de Gregorio del S. R. I.] residents in Palermo: Giovanni senator of Palermo 1750; Camillo invested of the title it of marquis of the Real Park 1765, main one rations them of Cappa and Spada of the Court of R. Patrimony, and knight dell’ gerosolimitano order.

Arm: party, grafted, merlato d’ silver, and of black of six pieces. Crown of marquis.


Palizzolo Gravina – the Blazon in Sicily, Palermo, 1927


“My name is Leo Lyon Zagami, but my grandmother from my father’s side is
Marchesa de Gregorio, basically. The family de Gregorio goes back to
Frederick II of the second Roman empire. Frederick II ‘Barbarossa’ as we
know him in Sicily [Frederick II of Hohenstaufen]. And basically, as you
will know, Frederic II was part of that nobility from the Holy Roman Empire
that actually posed quite a threat to the temporal power of the pope
himself. And they were the ones in charge from, they left from Germany where
they still, you can see in the cathedral of Koln, on the floor of the
cathedral the symbol of my family. And they went to Sicily to protect and
bring up, as tutors, this great emperor that after actually waged war
against Rome, and was only stopped in “Tagliacozzo,” So he nearly united
Europe, but not quite. From there on, the family stayed there in Sicily, and
obviously had posts of importance in all the various orders of knighthood,
including the Knights of Malta.”

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