Now 88 Dead Scientists
And Microbiologists
Compiled By Mark J. Harper
Updated June 16, 2005
While some of these deaths may be purely coincidental
and seem to pose no connection, many of these deaths are highly suspicious
and appear not to be random acts of violence. Many are just plain murders.
If you see any incorrect dates or errors, please provide
me with accurate information, Thank you!
Peace, Mark
Marconi Scientists Mystery
In the 1980,s over two dozen science graduates and experts
working for Marconi or Plessey Defence Systems died in mysterious circumstances,
most appearing to be ‘suicides.’ The MOD denied these scientists had been
involved in classified Star Wars Projects and that the deaths were in any
way connected.
Judge for yourself…
March 1982 – Professor Keith Bowden, 46
— Expertise: Computer programmer and scientist at Essex
University engaged in work for Marconi, who was hailed as an expert on
super computers and computer-controlled aircraft.
— Circumstance of Death: Fatal car crash when his vehicle
went out of control across a dual carriageway and plunged onto a disused
railway line. Police maintained he had been drinking but family and friends
all denied the allegation.
— Coroner’s verdict: Accident.
April 1983 – Lt. Colonel Anthony Godley, 49
— Expertise: Head of the Work Study Unit at the Royal
College of Military Science.
— Circumstance of Death: Disappeared mysteriously in
April 1983 without explanation. Presumed dead.
March 1985 – Roger Hill, 49
— Expertise: Radar designer and draughtsman with Marconi.
— Circumstance of Death: Died by a shotgun blast at
— Coroner’s verdict: Suicide.
November 19, 1985 – Jonathan Wash, 29
— Expertise: Digital communications expert who had worked
at GEC and at British Telecom,s secret research centre at Martlesham Heath,
— Circumstance of Death: Died as a result of falling
from a hotel room in Abidjan, West Africa, while working for British Telecom.
He had expressed fears that his life was in danger.
— Coroner’s verdict: Open.
August 4, 1986 – Vimal Dajibhai, 24
— Expertise: Computer software engineer with Marconi,
responsible for testing computer control systems of Tigerfish and Stingray
torpedoes at Marconi Underwater Systems at Croxley Green, Hertfordshire.
— Circumstance of Death: Death by 74m (240ft.) fall
from Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol. Police report on the body mentioned
a needle-sized puncture wound on the left buttock, but this was later dismissed
as being a result of the fall. Dajibhai had been looking forward to starting
a new job in the City of London and friends had confirmed that there was
no reason for him to commit suicide. At the time of his death he was in
the last week of his work with Marconi.
— Coroner’s verdict: Open.
October 1986 – Arshad Sharif, 26
— Expertise: Reported to have been working on systems
for the detection of submarines by satellite.
— Circumstance of Death: Died as a result of placing
a ligature around his neck, tying the other end to a tree and then driving
off in his car with the accelerator pedal jammed down. His unusual death
was complicated by several issues: Sharif lived near Vimal Dajibhai in
Stanmore, Middlesex, he committed suicide in Bristol and, inexplicably,
had spent the last night of his life in a rooming house. He had paid for
his accommodation in cash and was seen to have a bundle of high-denomination
banknotes in his possession. While the police were told of the banknotes,
no mention was made of them at the inquest and they were never found. In
addition, most of the other guests at the rooming house worked at British
Aerospace prior to working for Marconi, Sharif had also worked at British
Aerospace on guided weapons technology.
— Coroner’s verdict: Suicide.
January 1987 – Richard Pugh, 37
— Expertise: MOD computer consultant and digital communications
— Circumstance of Death: Found dead in his flat in with
his feet bound and a plastic bag over his head. Rope was tied around his
body, coiling four times around his neck.
— Coroner’s verdict: Accident.
January 12, 1987: Dr. John Brittan, 52
— Expertise: Scientist formerly engaged in top secret
work at the Royal College of Military Science at Shrivenham, Oxfordshire,
and later deployed in a research department at the MOD.
— Circumstance of Death: Death by carbon monoxide poisoning
in his own garage, shortly after returning from a trip to the US in connection
with his work.
— Coroner’s verdict: Accident.
February 1987 – David Skeels, 43
–Expertise: Engineer with Marconi.
–Circumstance of Death: Found dead in his car with a
hosepipe connected to the exhaust.
–Coroner’s verdict: Open.
February 1987 – Victor Moore, 46
— Expertise: Design Engineer with Marconi Space and
Defence Systems.
— Circumstance of Death: Died from an overdose.
— Coroner’s verdict: Suicide.
February 22, 1987 – Peter Peapell, 46
— Expertise: Scientist at the Royal College of Military
Science. He had been working on testing titanium for its resistance to
explosives and the use of computer analysis of signals from metals.
— Circumstance of Death: Found dead allegedly from carbon
monoxide poisoning, in his Oxfordshire garage. The circumstances of his
death raised some elements of doubt. His wife had found him on his back
with his head parallel to the rear car bumper and his mouth in line with
the exhaust pipe, with the car engine running. Police were apparently baffled
as to how he could have manoeuvred into the position in which he was found.
— Coroner’s verdict: Open.
March 30, 1987 – David Sands, 37
–Expertise: Senior scientist working for Easams of Camberley,
Surrey, a sister company to Marconi. Dr. John Brittan had also worked at
–Circumstance of Death: Fatal car crash when he allegedly
made a sudden U-turn on a dual carriageway while on his way to work, crashing
at high speed into a disused cafeteria. He was found still wearing his
seat belt and it was discovered that the car had been carrying additional
petrol cans. None of the ‘normal’ reasons for a possible suicide could
be found.
–Coroner’s verdict: Open.
April 1987 – George Kountis (age unknown)
— Expertise: Systems Analyst at Bristol Polytechnic.
— Circumstance of Death: Drowned the same day as Shani
Warren (see below) – as the result of a car accident, his upturned car
being found in the River Mersey, Liverpool.
— Coroner’s verdict: Misadventure.
(Kountis, sister called for a fresh inquest as she thought
‘things didn’t add up.’)
April 10, 1987 – Shani Warren, 26
— Expertise: Personal assistant in a company called
Micro Scope, which was taken over by GEC Marconi less than four weeks after
her death.
— Circumstance of Death: Found drowned in 45cm. (18in)
of water, not far from the site of David Greenhalgh’s death fall. Warren
died exactly one week after the death of Stuart Gooding and serious injury
to Greenhalgh. She was found gagged with a noose around her neck. Her feet
were also bound and her hands tied behind her back.
— Coroner’s verdict: Open.
(It was said that Warren had gagged herself, tied her
feet with rope, then tied her hands behind her back and hobbled to the
lake on stiletto heels to drown herself.)
April 10, 1987 – Stuart Gooding, 23
— Expertise: Postgraduate research student at the Royal
College of Military Science.
— Circumstance of Death: Fatal car crash while on holiday
in Cyprus. The death occurred at the same time as college personnel were
carrying out exercises on Cyprus.
— Coroner’s verdict: Accident.
April 24, 1987 – Mark Wisner, 24
— Expertise: Software engineer at the MOD.
— Circumstance of Death: Found dead on in a house shared
with two colleagues. He was found with a plastic sack around his head and
several feet of cling film around his face. The method of death was almost
identical to that of Richard Pugh some three months earlier.
— Coroner’s verdict: Accident.
May 3, 1987 – Michael Baker, 22
— Expertise: Digital communications expert working on
a defence project at Plessey; part-time member of Signals Corps SAS.
— Circumstance of Death: Fatal accident owhen his car
crashed through a barrier near Poole in Dorset.
— Coroner’s verdict: Misadventure.
June 1987 – Frank Jennings, 60
— Expertise: Electronic Weapons Engineer with Plessey.
— Circumstance of Death: Found dead from a heart attack.
— No inquest.
January 1988 – Russell Smith, 23
— Expertise: Laboratory technician with the Atomic Energy
Research Establishment at Harwell, Oxfordshire.
— Circumstance of Death: Died as a result of a cliff
fall at Boscastle in Cornwall.
— Coroner’s verdict: Suicide.
March 25, 1988 – Trevor Knight, 52
— Expertise: Computer engineer with Marconi Space and
Defence Systems in Stanmore, Middlesex.
— Circumstance of Death: Found dead at his home in Harpenden,
Hertfordshire at the wheel of his car with a hosepipe connected to the
exhaust. A St.Alban,s coroner said that Knight,s woman friend, Miss Narmada
Thanki (who also worked with him at Marconi) had found three suicide notes
left by him which made clear his intentions. Miss Thanki had mentioned
that Knight disliked his work but she did not detect any depression that
would have driven him to suicide.
— Coroner’s verdict: Suicide.
August 1988 – Alistair Beckham, 50
— Expertise: Software engineer with Plessey Defence
— Circumstance of Death: Found dead after being electrocuted
in his garden shed with wires connected to his body.
— Coroner’s verdict: Open.
August 22, 1988 – Peter Ferry, 60
— Expertise: Retired Army Brigadier and an Assistant
Marketing Director with Marconi.
— Circumstance of Death: Found on 22nd or 23rd August
1988 electrocuted in his company with flat electrical leads in his mouth.
— Coroner’s verdict: Open
September 1988 – Andrew Hall, 33
— Expertise: Engineering Manager with British Aerospace.
— Circumstance of Death: Carbon monoxide poisoning in
a car with a hosepipe connected to the exhaust.
— Coroner’s verdict: Suicide.
Above list compiled by Raymond A. Robinson in ‘The Alien
(A Dire Warning)
(Note: link above is dead)
(Thanks Joe C. for the web archive link.)
1988 – Stanley Irving Sigal, 35
— Expertise: Top AIDS researcher at Merck.
— Circumstance of Death: In seat number 13B on Pan American
Flight that was shot down over Lockerbee Scotland.
Date? – Dr. C. Bruton
— Expertise: He had just produced a paper on a new strain
of CJD. He was a CJD specialist who was killed before his work was announced
to the public.
— Circumstance of Death: died in a car crash.
1994/95? – Dr. Jawad Al Aubaidi
— Expertise: Veterinary mycoplasma and had worked with
various mycoplasmas in the 1980s at Plum Island.
— Circumstance of Death: He was killed in his native
Iraq while he was changing a flat tire and hit by a truck.
Source – Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
1996 – Tsunao Saitoh, 46
— Expertise: A leading Alzheimer’s researcher
— Circumstance of Death: He and his 13 year-old daughter
were killed in La Jolla, California, in what a Reuters report described
as a “very professionally done” shooting. He was dead behind
the wheel of the car, the side window had been shot out, and the door was
open. His daughter appeared to have tried to run away and she was shot
dead, also.
Dec 25, 1997 – Sidney Harshman, 67
— Expertise: Professor of microbiology and immunology.
“He was the world’s leading expert on staphylococcal
alpha toxins,” according to Conrad Wagner, professor of biochemistry
at Vanderbilt and a close friend of Professor Harshman. “He also deeply
cared for other people and was always eager to help his students and colleagues.”
— Circumstance of Death: Complications of diabetes
July 10, 1998 – Elizabeth A. Rich, MD, 46
— Expertise: An associate professor with tenure in the
pulmonary division of the Department of Medicine at CWRU and University
Hospitals of Cleveland. She was also a member of the executive committee
for the Center for AIDS Research and directed the biosafety level 3 facility,
a specialized laboratory for the handling of HIV, virulent TB bacteria,
and other infectious agents.
— Circumstance of Death: Killed in a traffic accident
while visiting family in Tennessee
September 1998 – Jonathan Mann, 51
— Expertise: Founding director of the World Health Organisation’s
global Aids programme and founded Project SIDA in Zaire, the most comprehensive
Aids research effort in Africa at the time, and in 1986 he joined the WHO
to lead the global response against Aids. He became director of WHO’s global
programme on Aids which later became the UNAids programme. He then became
director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights,
which was set up at Harvard School of Public Health in 1993. He caused
controversy earlier this year in the post when he accused the US National
Institutes of Health of violating human rights by failing to act quickly
on developing Aids vaccines.
— Circumstance of Death: Died in the Swissair Flight
111 crash in Canada.
March 2000 – Larry C. Ford
— Expertise: Served as a consultant to both the CIA
and the chemical and biological-weapons program of the South African Defense
Forces, headed by Wouter Basson. His contributions to Basson’s program
included lectures on converting ordinary items into lethal biological weapons.
He provided samples of virulent, designer strains of
cholera, anthrax, botulism, plague, and malaria, as well as a bacteria
he claimed had been mutated to be “pigment specific” for the
white minority government of South Africa.
— Circumstance of Death: Died of a shotgun blast at
his home in Irvine, Orange County, California. His death was later ruled
a suicide.
April 15, 2000 – Walter W. Shervington, MD, 62
— Expertise: An extensive writer/ lecturer/ researcher
about mental health and AIDS in the African American community.
— Circumstance of Death: Died of cancer at Tulane Medical
July 16, 2000 – Mike Thomas, 35
— Expertise: A microbiologist at the Crestwood Medical
Center in Huntsville.
— Circumstance of Death: Died a few days after examining
a sample taken from a 12-year-old girl who was diagnosed with meningitis
and survived.
December 25, 2000 – Linda Reese, 52
–Expertise: Microbiologist working with victims of meningitis.
–Circumstance of Death: Died three days after she studied
a sample from Tricia Zailo, 19, a Fairfield, N.J., resident who was a sophomore
at Michigan State University. Tricia Zailo died Dec. 18, a few days after
she returned home for the holidays.
May 7 2001 – Professor Janusz Jeljaszewicz
— Expertise: Expert in Staphylococci and Staphylococcal
Infections. His main scientific interests and achievements were in the
mechanism of action and biological properties of staphylococcal toxins,
and included the immunomodulatory properties and experimental treatment
of tumours by Propionibacterium.
November 2001 – Yaacov Matzner, 54
— Expertise: Dean of the Hebrew University-Hadassah
Medical School in Jerusalem and chairman of the Israel Society of Hematology
and Blood Transfusions, was the son of Holocaust survivors. One of the
world’s experts on blood diseases including familiar Mediterranean fever
(FMF), Matzner conducted research that led to a genetic test for FMF. He
was working on cloning the gene connected to FMF and investigating the
normal physiological function of amyloid A, a protein often found in high
levels in people with blood cancer.
— Circumstance of Death: Professors Yaacov Matzner and
Amiram Eldor were on their way back to Israel via Switzerland when their
plane came down in dense forest three kilometres short of the landing field.
November 2001 – Professor Amiram Eldor, 59
— Expertise: Head of the haematology institute, Tel
Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital and worked for years at Hadassah-University Hospital’s
haematology department but left for his native Tel Aviv in 1993 to head
the haematology institute at Ichilov Hospital. He was an internationally
known expert on blood clotting especially in women who had repeated miscarriages
and was a member of a team that identified eight new anti-clotting agents
in the saliva of leeches.
— Circumstance of Death: Professors Yaacov Matzner and
Amiram Eldor were on their way back to Israel via Switzerland when their
plane came down in dense forest three kilometres short of the landing field.
November 6, 2001 – Jeffrey Paris Wall, 41
— Expertise: He was a biomedical expert who held a medical
degree, and he also specialized in patent and intellectual property.
— Circumstance of Death: Mr. Walls body was found sprawled
next to a three-story parking structure near his office. He had studied
at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Nov. 16, 2001 – Don C. Wiley, 57
— Expertise: One of the foremost microbiologists in
the United States. Dr. Wiley, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at
Harvard University, was an expert on how the immune system responds to
viral attacks such as the classic doomsday plagues of HIV, ebola and influenza.
— Circumstance of Death: Police found his rental car
on a bridge outside Memphis, Tenn. His body was found Dec. 20 in the Mississippi
Nov. 21, 2001 – Vladimir Pasechnik, 64
— Expertise: World-class microbiologist and high-profile
Russian defector; defected to the United Kingdom in 1989, played a huge
role in Russian biowarfare and helped to figure out how to modify cruise
missiles to deliver the agents of mass biological destruction.
— Background: founded Regma Biotechnologies company
in Britain, a laboratory at Porton Down, the country´s chem-bio warfare
defense establishment. Regma currently has a contract with the U.S. Navy
for “the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of anthrax”.
— Circumstance of Death: The pathologist who did the
autopsy, and who also happened to be associated with Britain´s spy
agency, concluded he died of a stroke. Details of the postmortem were not
revealed at an inquest, in which the press was given no prior notice. Colleagues
who had worked with Pasechnik said he was in good health.
Dec. 10, 2001 – Robert M. Schwartz, 57
— Expertise: Expert in DNA sequencing and pathogenic
micro-organisms, founding member of the Virginia Biotechnology Association,
and the Executive Director of Research and Development at Virginia´s
Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon.
— Circumstance of Death: stabbed and slashed with what
police believe was a sword in his farmhouse in Leesberg, Va. His daughter,
who identifies herself as a pagan high priestess, and several of her fellow
pagans have been charged.
Dec. 14, 2001 – Nguyen Van Set, 44
— Expertise: animal diseases facility of the Commonwealth
Scientific and Industrial Research Organization had just come to fame for
discovering a virulent strain of mousepox, which could be modified to affect
— Circumstance of Death: died at work in Geelong, Australia,
in a laboratory accident. He entered an airlocked storage lab and died
from exposure to nitrogen.
January 2002 – Ivan Glebov and Alexi Brushlinski.
— Expertise: Two microbiologists. Both were well known
around the world and members of the Russian Academy of Science.
— Circumstance of Death: Glebov died as the result of
a bandit attack and Brushlinski was killed in Moscow.
January 28, 2002 – David W. Barry, 58
— Expertise: Scientist who codiscovered AZT, the antiviral
drug that is considered the first effective treatment for AIDS.
— Circumstance of Death: unknown
Feb. 9, 2002 – Victor Korshunov, 56
— Expertise: Expert in intestinal bacteria of children
around the world
— Circumstance of Death: bashed over the head near his
home in Moscow.
Feb. 14, 2002 – Ian Langford, 40
— Expertise: expert in environmental risks and disease.
— Circumstance of Death: found dead in his home near
Norwich, England, naked from the waist down and wedged under a chair.
Feb. 28, 2002 – Tanya Holzmayer, 46
– -Expertise: a Russian who moved to the U.S. in 1989,
focused on the part of the human molecular structure that could be affected
best by medicine.
— Circumstance of Death: killed by fellow microbiologist
Guyang (Matthew) Huang, who shot her seven times when she opened the door
to a pizza delivery. Then he shot himself.
Feb. 28, 2002 – Guyang Huang, 38
— Expertise: Microbiologist
— Circumstance of Death: Apparently shot himself after
shooting fellow microbiologist, Tanya Holzmayer, seven times.
March 24, 2002 – David Wynn-Williams, 55
— Expertise: Respected astrobiologist with the British
Antarctic Survey, who studied the habits of microbes that might survive
in outer space.
— Circumstance of Death: Died in a freak road accident
near his home in Cambridge, England. He was hit by a car while he was jogging.
March 25, 2002 – Steven Mostow, 63
— Expertise: Known as “Dr. Flu” for his expertise
in treating influenza, and a noted expert in bioterrorism of the Colorado
Health Sciences Centre.
— Circumstance of Death: died when the airplane he was
piloting crashed near Denver.
August 05, 2002 – David R. Knibbs, PhD, 49
— Expertise: Director of Electron Microscopy at Hartford
Hospital and had a doctorate in pathobiology from the University of Connecticut.
He also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford.
— Circumstance of Death: He collapsed and died after
an evening
run (one of his joys in life).
Nov. 12, 2002 – Benito Que, 52
— Expertise: Expert in infectious diseases and cellular
biology at the Miami Medical School
— Circumstance of Death: Que left his laboratory after
receiving a telephone call. Shortly afterward he was found comatose in
the parking lot of the Miami Medical School. He died without regaining
consciousness. Police said he had suffered a heart attack. His family insisted
he had been in perfect health and claimed four men attacked him. But, later,
oddly, the family inquest returned a verdict of death by natural causes.
April 2003 – Carlo Urbani, 46
— Expertise: A dedicated and internationally respected
Italian epidemiologist, who did work of enduring value combating infectious
illness around the world.
— Circumstance of Death: Died in Bangkok from SARS (severe
acute respiratory syndrome) – the new disease that he had helped to identify.
Thanks to his prompt action, the epidemic was contained in Vietnam. However,
because of close daily contact with SARS patients, he contracted the infection.
On March 11, he was admitted to a hospital in Bangkok and isolated. Less
than three weeks later he died.
June 24, 2003 – Dr. Leland Rickman of UCSD, 47
— Expertise: An expert in infectious disease who helped
the county prepare to fight bioterrorism after Sept. 11.
— Circumstance of Death: He was in the African nation
of Lesotho with Dr. Chris Mathews of UCSD, the director of the university’s
Owen Clinic for AIDS patients. Dr. Rickman had complained of a headache
and had gone to lie down. When he didn’t appear for dinner, Mathews checked
on him and found him dead. A cause has not yet been determined.
July 18, 2003 – Dr. David Kelly, 59
— Expertise: Biological warfare weapons specialist,
senior post at the Ministry of Defense, an expert on DNA sequencing when
he was head of microbiology at Porton Down and worked with two American
scientists, Benito Que, 52, and Don Wiley, 57.
— Helped Vladimir Pasechnik found Regma Biotechnologies,
which has a contract with the U.S. Navy for “the diagnostic and therapeutic
treatment of anthrax”
— Circumstance of Death: He was found dead after seemingly
slashing his wrist in a wooded area near his home at Southmoor, Oxfordshire.
Oct 11, 2003 – Michael Perich, 46
— Expertise: LSU professor who helped fight the spread
of the West Nile virus. Perich worked with the East Baton Rouge Parish
Mosquito Control and Rodent Abatement District to determine whether mosquitoes
in the area carried West Nile.
— Circumstance of Death: Walker Police Chief Elton Burns
said Sunday that Perich of 5227 River Bend Blvd., Baton Rouge, crashed
his Ford pickup truck about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, while heading west on Interstate
12 in Livingston Parish. Perich’s truck veered right off the highway about
3 miles east of Walker, flipped and landed in rainwater, Burns said. Perich,
who was wearing his seat belt, drowned. The cause of the crash is under
investigation, Burns said.
“Mike is one of the few entomologists with the experience
to go out and save lives today.”
~ Robert A. Wirtz, chief of entomology at the federal
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
November 22, 2003 – Robert Leslie Burghoff, 45
— Expertise: He was studying the virus that was plaguing
cruise ships until he was killed by a mysterious white van in November
of 2003
— Circumstance of Death: Burghoff was walking on a sidewalk
along the 1600 block of South Braeswood when a white van jumped the curb
and hit him at 1:35 p.m. Thursday, police said. The van then sped away.
Burghoff died an hour later at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
December 18, 2003 – Robert Aranosia, 61
— Expertise: Oakland County deputy medical examiner
— Circumstance of Death: He was driving south on I-75
when his pickup truck went off the freeway near a bridge over the Kawkawlin
River. The vehicle rolled over several times before landing in the median.
Aranosia was thrown from the vehicle and ended up on the shoulder of the
northbound lanes.
January 6, 2004 – Dr Richard Stevens, 54
— Expertise: A haematologist. (Haematologists analyse
the cellular composition of blood and blood producing tissues eg bone marrow)
— Circumstance of Death: Disappeared after arriving
for work on 21 July, 2003. A doctor whose disappearance sparked a national
manhunt, killed himself because he could not cope with the stress of a
secret affair, a coroner has ruled.
January 23 2004 – Dr. Robert E. Shope, 74
— Expertise: One of the world’s top experts on viruses
and infectious illnesses who was the principal author of a highly publicized
1992 report by the National Academy of Sciences warning of the possible
emergence of new and unsettling infectious illnesses. He had accumulated
his own collection of virus samples gathered from all over the world and
worked on a Defense Department project to develop antidotes to viral agents
that terrorists might use.
— Circumstance of Death: The cause was complications
of a lung transplant he received in December, said his daughter Deborah
Shope of Galveston. Dr. Shope had pulmonary fibrosis, a disease of unknown
origin that scars the lungs.
January 24 2004 – Dr. Michael Patrick Kiley, 62
— Expertise: One of the world’s leading microbiologists
and an expert in developing and overseeing multiple levels of biocontainment
facilities. He was at the forefront in the early studies of Lassa fever,
the Ebola virus and mad cow disease while at the Centers for Disease Control
in Atlanta, Ga.
— Circumstance of Death: Died of massive heart attack.
Coincidently, both Dr. Shope and Dr. Kiley were working on the lab upgrade
to BSL 4 at the UTMB Galvaston lab for Homeland Security. The lab would
have to be secure to house some of the deadliest pathogens of tropical
and emerging infectious disease as well as bioweaponized ones.
March 13, 2004 – Vadake Srinivasan
— Expertise: Was one of the most-accomplished and respected
industrial biologists in academia, and held two doctorate degrees.
— Circumstance of Death: He died in a mysterious single
car accident in Baton Rouge, La. Crashed car into a guard rail and ruled
a stroke.
April 12, 2004 – Ilsley Ingram, 84
— Expertise: Director of the Supraregional Haemophilia
Reference Centre and the Supraregional Centre for the Diagnosis of Bleeding
Disorders at the St. Thomas Hospital in London.
— Circumstance of Death: unknown
May 5, 2004 – William T. McGuire, 39
— Expertise: NJ University Professor and Senior programmer
analyst and adjunct professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology
in Newark.
— Circumstance of Death: His dismembered body was found
floating in three suitcases in the Chesapeake Bay.
May 14, 2004 – Dr. Eugene F. Mallove, 56
— Expertise: Mallove was well respected for his knowledge
of cold fusion. He had just published an open letter outlining the results
of and reasons for his last 15 years in the field of new energy research.
Dr. Mallove was convinced it was only a matter of months before the world
would actually see a free energy device.
— Circumstance of Death: Died after being beaten to
death during an alleged robbery.
May 25, 2004 – Antonina Presnyakova
— Expertise: Former Soviet biological weapons laboratory
in Siberia –Circumstance of Death: Died after accidentally sticking herself
with a needle laced with Ebola.
June 22, 2004 – Thomas Gold, 84
–Expertise: He was the founder, and for twenty years
the director, of the Cornell Center for Radiophysics and Space Research,
where he was a close colleague of Planetary Society co-founder Carl Sagan.
Gold was famous for his provocative, controversial, and sometimes outrageous
theories. Gold,s theory of the deep hot biosphere holds important ramifications
for the possibility of life on other planets, including seemingly inhospitable
planets within our own solar system. Gold sparked controversy in 1955 when
he suggested that the Moon’s surface is covered with a fine rock powder.
–Circumstance of Death: Died of heart failure.
June 24, 2004 – Dr. Assefa Tulu, 45
— Expertise: Dr. Tulu joined the health department in
1997 and served for five years as the county’s lone epidemiologist. He
was charged with tracking the health of the county, including the spread
of diseases, such as syphilis, AIDS and measles. He also designed a system
for detecting a bioterrorism attack involving viruses or bacterial agents.
Tulu often coordinated efforts to address major health concerns in Dallas
County, such as the West Nile virus outbreaks of the past few years, and
worked with the media to inform the public.
— Circumstance of Death: Dallas County’s chief epidemiologist,
was found at his desk, died of a
June 27, 2004 – Dr Paul Norman, Of Salisbury, Wiltshire,
— Expertise: He was the chief scientist for chemical
and biological defence at the Ministry of Defence’s laboratory at Porton
Down, Wiltshire. He travelled the world lecturing on the subject of weapons
of mass destruction.
— Circumstance of Death: Died when the Cessna 206 crashed
shortly after taking off from Dunkeswell Airfield on Sunday. A father and
daughter also died at the scene, and 44-year-old parachute instructor and
Royal Marine Major Mike Wills later died in the hospital.
June 29, 2004 – John Mullen, 67
–Expertise: A nuclear research scientist with McDonnell
–Circumstance of Death: Died from a huge dose of poisonous
(Note: McDonnell Douglas did not exist in 2004. It merged
with Boeing in 1997.)
July 1, 2004 – Edward Hoffman, 62
— Expertise: Aside from his role as a professor, Hoffman
held leadership positions within the UCLA medical community. Worked to
develop the first human PET scanner in 1973 at Washington University in
St. Louis.
— Circumstance of Death: unknown
July 2, 2004 – Larry Bustard, 53
— Expertise: A Sandia scientist who helped develop a
foam spray to clean up congressional buildings and media sites during the
anthrax scare in 2001. Worked at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.
His team came up with a new technology used against biological and chemical
— Circumstance of Death: unknown
July 6, 2004 – Stephen Tabet, 42
— Expertise: An associate professor and epidemiologist
at the University of Washington. A world-renowned HIV doctor and researcher
who worked with HIV patients in a vaccine clinical trial for the HIV Vaccine
Trials Network.
— Circumstance of Death: Died of an unknown illness
July 21, 2004 – Dr Bassem al-Mudares
— Expertise: He was a phD chemist
— Circumstance of Death: His mutilated body was found
in the city of Samarra, Iraq and had been tortured before being killed.
July 21, 2004: Dr. John Badwey 54
— Expertise: Scientist and accidental politician when
he opposed disposal of sewage waste program of exposing humans to sludge.
Biochemist at Harvard Medical School specializing in infectious diseases.
— Circumstance of Death: Suddenly developed pneumonia
like symptoms then died in two weeks.
August 12, 2004 – Professor John Clark
— Expertise: Head of the science lab which created Dolly
the sheep. Prof Clark led the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, one of the
world,s leading animal biotechnology research centres. He played a crucial
role in creating the transgenic sheep that earned the institute worldwide
— Circumstance of Death: He was found hanging in his
holiday home.
September 5, 2004 – Mohammed Toki Hussein al-Talakani
— Expertise: Iraqi nuclear scientist. He was a practising
nuclear physicist since 1984.
— Circumstance of Death: He was shot dead in Mahmudiya,
south of Baghdad.
October 13, 2004 – Matthew Allison, 32
— Expertise: (please help provide information – thank
you MJH)
Fatal explosion of a car parked at an Osceola County,
Fla., Wal-Mart store was no accident, Local 6 News has learned. Found inside
a burned car. Witnesses said the man left the store at about 11 p.m. and
entered his Ford Taurus car when it exploded. Investigators said they found
a Duraflame log and propane canisters on the front passenger’s seat.
November 2, 2004 – John R. La Montagne
— Expertise: Head of US Infectious Diseases unit under
Tommie Thompson. Was NIAID Deputy Director.
— Circumstance of Death: Died while in Mexico, no cause
December 21, 2004 – Taleb Ibrahim al-Daher
— Expertise – Iraqi nuclear scientist
— Circumstance of Death: He was shot dead north of Baghdad
by unknown gunmen. He was on his way to work at Diyala University when
armed men opened fire on his car as it was crossing a bridge in Baqouba,
57 km northeast of Baghdad. The vehicle swerved off the bridge and fell
into the Khrisan river. Al-Daher, who was a professor at the local university,
was removed from the submerged car and rushed to Baqouba hospital where
he was pronounced dead.
December 29, 2004 – Tom Thorne and Beth Williams
— Expertise: Two wild life scientists, Husband-and-wife
wildlife veterinarians who were nationally prominent experts on chronic
wasting disease and brucellosis
— Circumstance of Death: They were killed in a snowy-weather
crash on U.S. 287 in northern Colorado.
January 7, 2005 – Jeong H. Im, 72
— Expertise: A retired research assistant professor
at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Primarily a protein chemist.
— Circumstance of Death: He was stabbed several times
and his body was found in the trunk of his burning white, 1995 Honda inside
the Maryland Avenue parking garage.
January 24, 2005 – Roger L. Blair, 54
— Expertise: He worked for the Kennedy Space center
as a micro-biologist and most recently for Wuesthoff Medical Center as
a Medical Laboratory Technician.
— Circumstance of Death: Died suddenly
April 5, 2005 – Barbara Kalow, 45
— Expertise: A FEDERAL government veterinary scientist
and was a researcher before being hired by the feds in 1992 as a meat inspector.
She then moved to veterinary biologics and was promoted
to the science branch to advise on animal health issues.
— Circumstance of Death: She died of asphyxiation after
being smothered by a pillow in her hotel room while on vacation in Arizona.
Aril 18, 2005 – Douglas Passaro, 43
— Expertise: He was an associate professor of epidemiology
at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and had
been an outbreak investigator with the Epidemic Intelligence Service for
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before completing an Infectious
Diseases Fellowship at Stanford University in 2001.
— Circumstance of Death: Died suddenly at his Oak Park
May 8, 2005 – David Banks, 55
— Expertise: He was the principal scientist with Biosecurity
Australia and was involved in containing pest and disease threats. His
primary mission was protecting livestock and plants in the country, and
keeping diseases from crossing into Australia. He was an expert in the
propagation of diseases by insect vectors, among other things.
— Circumstance of Death: He died along with 15 other
people when the commuter plane he was traveling in went down in Queensland,
May 20, 2005 – Robert J. Lull, 64
— Expertise: A prominent physician at San Francisco
General Hospital who once headed the San Francisco Medical Society. Lull
focused on improvements in diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer. Lull
was a highly revered expert in the field of nuclear medicine, a specialty
that performs diagnostic screens such as bone scans for cancer patients.
Last year, Lull lectured in San Francisco about the threat of nuclear terrorism.
— Circumstance of Death: He was found stabbed to death
inside the doorway of his Diamond Heights home.
June 7, 2005 – Leonid Strachunsky (age unknown)
— Expertise: World Health Organization expert and director
of the Anti-Microbe Therapy Research Institute who specialized in creating
microbes resistant to biological weapons, to the hepatitis outbreak.
— Circumstance of Death: He was found dead in his hotel
room in Moscow, where he came from Smolensk en route to the United States.
He had been hit on the head with a champagne bottle, and some of his possessions
were missing.
MOSSAD (Israels Secret Service) Liquidates 310 Iraqi
More than 310 Iraqi scientists are thought to have perished
at the hands of Israeli secret agents in Iraq since fall of Baghdad to
US troops in April 2003, a seminar has found.
The Iraqi ambassador in Cairo, Ahmad al-Iraqi, accused
Israel of sending to Iraq immediately after the US invasion ‘a commando
unit’ charged with the killing of Iraqi scientists.
“Israel has played a prominent role in liquidating
Iraqi scientists. The campaign is part of a Zionist plan to kill Arab and
Muslim scientists working in applied research which Israel sees as threatening
its interests,” al-Iraqi said.
Thanks to Steve Quayle
Thanks to the HAL TURNER SHOW
Thanks to Patricia Doyle and to all of those who sent
numerous emails to help correct this file and a special thanks to the members
of my forum who inspired me to compile it all.
Research file: Started Nov 28 2003
Mark J. Harper
June 16, 2005
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