UFO Conjectures

Friday, July 15, 2016

UFOs: Death by Murder

I’m not a “conspiracist” by nature, but I am well-read enough to know that conspiracies to eliminate persons of power or knowledge have often been committed in human history:

Tutankhamun, Julius Caesar, Jesus of Nazareth, Thomas Beckett, King Ludwig II, Leon Trotsky, et al.
There are countless others.)

I just finished Where’s the Truth edited by Mary Boyd Higgins [Farrar, Straus and Giroux, NY, 2012] which is a compendium of journal writings, diary entries, and letters from Wilhelm Reich (from 1948 to his “death” in November 1957).

I’ve always felt that Dr. Reich was killed by operatives of the government who wanted to stifle his odd work (and experiments) with orgone energy and UFOs, too.

The book provides a plethora of incidents and legal maneuvers of a diabolic kind to put Dr. Reich out of business and out of life.
In the context of the Cold War, where the mind-set of the United States government was likened to the communist behavioral modus – the end justifies the means  -- anything was okay to do, even to killing persons who were inimical to U.S. geo-political aims.

(I have a book coming – Against their Will: The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children in Cold War America [Pargrave] – that shows how the government behaved in the time-frame (and also supplements or supports Nick Redfern’s thesis in his book, Body Snatchers in the Desert).

The Cold War provoked illegal and murderous activity instigated by the highest levels of the U.S. government, which has always made me think that James Forrestal was thrown out the hospital window where he was a patient….mostly because this was something that happened to another “enemy” of the U.S. government (cited here, at this blog, earlier).
Forrestal was involved in flying saucer business, as was M.K. Jessup (also dying mysteriously), Ed Ruppelt, head of the Air Force’s Project Blue Book (who had a “heart attack” at an early age, much as Dr, Reich supposedly had), Dr. James McDonald who was a heavy advocate of UFO reality and prominent in the matter; he committed suicide allegedly, and others as listed at this web-site The Awake Zone and also amply reported by our pal, Nick Redfern:

My point is that, while UFO deaths might be natural, there are accounts that raise the issue of possible murder, and that because agents of the U.S. government were inclined to kill people who might disclose secrets – UFO secrets – that were not meant to be opened to public scrutiny.

But the question that needs to be addressed is Why?



  • Hey Rich

    As I noted in my book, Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind, which is referenced in the article you linked to, the vast, vast majority of all deaths in Ufology are just due to nothing stranger than the fact that we're all human and we're all on a time limit.

    I think that sometimes, when someone dies in Ufology, there's a tendency to think it's suspicious - specifically because the person was a Ufologist.

    For example, I saw a few things right after Mac Tonnies' death where it was referenced as being "mysterious" when it was just tragic and not at all mysterious.

    But, that there may have been a couple of dozen very dubious deaths is something I do not doubt.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Friday, July 15, 2016  

  • I agree with you pretty much Nick, but that death comes to UFO-connected people in ways that are strikingly similar, raises my eyebrows.

    The Reich harassment and incarceration was inordinate and bizarre by legal standards.

    And Forrestal's death has always haunted me: it was odd and exactly like that of a spy who was killed the same way a few years later.

    I know you like to normalize things, but sometimes what seems likely is exactly that: likely.

    I'll have more on this when I get and read the "Against Their Will" book.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, July 15, 2016  

  • I agree with the Forrestal case, there are some very weird aspects to that. See, for example, this article I wrote on a potentially odd experience Forrestal had leading up to his death:


    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Friday, July 15, 2016  

  • You knew, or should have known, that Ruppelt had at least one heart attack before his fatal one. He once told Keyhoe he was "heart-attack wise".

    There is no mystery surrounding Trotsky, at least not any more. His death was ordered by Stalin and carried out by that ice-axe assassin who used several aliases. This has been publicly known since the 50s at least.

    I am not persuaded that Forrestal's death, however it happened, had anything whatever to do with UFOs. Ditto for JFK, RFK, Marilyn Monroe, Jessup, Jim McDonald, Dorothy Kilgallen etc. Prove me wrong!

    But it is all good fun, isn't it?

    By Blogger cda, at Friday, July 15, 2016  

  • CDA...

    You're such a sweetie....you don't see evil in anything or anybody -- well, maybe Rudiak and Friedman but no one else.

    Believe me, people do conspire to kill (see the Rasputin story) and the Cold War provided a patina of paranoia to allow such killings to go forth, unencumbered by the law or ethical/morality.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, July 15, 2016  

  • The surprise and indignation that you express, Rich, about cold war conspiracy killings of white Americans strikes me as somewhat odd and a little out of touch even.

    Obviously this type of killing was going on for ages against Native Americans and African Americans long before those Jessups and Reichs and Forrestals met their untimely and sad demises (but were they murdered? That verdict is still open).

    You cite 'Against their Will...' but are you familiar with the 2007 study 'Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present'?

    I have already written elsewhere about the first major publicized alien abduction - it occurred with a mixed race couple and why that was.

    By Blogger theo paijmans, at Sunday, July 17, 2016  

  • Theo:

    I was confining my "thesis" here to those cited. I wasn't trying to provide a totality of wrong-doing, or conspiratorial killings.

    There are a number of exposes about medical malpractice, using children, blacks, native Americans, and others. Again I had to limit my scope here. (My readers are loath to comment even on succinct postings.)

    As for the Hill, I've addressed that matter, over and over again. I don't know what happened to Betty and Barney Hill but something did, then it got extrapolated by alien abductee fanatics.

    I'd be interested in seeing some cases where persons went into a bedroom or approached a car and found the sleeper or driver missing, only to have them mysteriously show up a while later, a bit worse for wear.

    (And I'm not talking about persons who sleep walk.)


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, July 17, 2016  

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