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Re: William Cooper Killed In SWAT Raid - Chalker

From: Bill Chalker <bill_c@bigpond.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 12:28:45 +1100
Fwd Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2001 14:08:00 -0500
Subject: Re: William Cooper Killed In SWAT Raid - Chalker


I have to agree with Jerry Clark. Bill Cooper, who lead many
conspiratorially minded enthustiasts on a merry ride of sordid
UFO paranoia, shot dead in a police raid, should not be missed
for his contribution to the UFO field.

Linda Moulton Howe gave some of Bill's wild stuff an airing in
her book 'An Alien Harvest' (1989) and he himself gave such
things fuller rein in his bizarre and trying opus 'Behold a Pale
Horse'. I soon wished I hadn't wasted my money, but I felt I
needed to be informed on even the most extreme UFO paranoia
'fodder'.

Jerry Clark places Cooper's contribution to the "dark side" of
ufology in an appropriately entitled piece 'Dark Side' in his
highly recommended encyclopedia series, which appeared in 3
different editions, each well worth getting as potent foundation
stones for any reasonable ufological library - 3 volumes
originally which appeared between 1990 - 1996 (Cooper is
mentioned in Volumes 1 & 3), the 2 volume edition 'The UFO
Encyclopedia' in 1998 and its abridged version 'The UFO Book' in
1998 (abridged to 705 pages!). The 'Dark Side' section in the
last 2 manifestations of Jerry Clark's encyclopedia are well
worth reading for their sanity and reality checking benefits.

The Bill Cooper I became aware of seemed to be a pretty
dangerous and erratic guy. Anyone who sought to criticise Bill's
UFO ravings, were suddenly remembered by Bill to be listed on
MJ12 documents he claimed to see while in the navy. Probably
explains why I used a pseudonym to try to get on his web site
once. Can't understand why my ID bounced. After all, Wile.E.
Coyote was about as serious as I thought Cooper intended us to
take his stuff. He himself seemed to have repudiated all his UFO
ramblings as misinformation from the "secret government" or some
such thing.

A colourful character and I suspect my message here will be
attacked by the Cooper faithful. A violent end to a wild card in
ufology's dark under belly. A suprising number of people seem to
have totally uncritically accepted Cooper's stories. Given the
rising tide of uncritical thinking in this field over the last
decade or so I really shouldn't be surprised I guess.

His life, his credo in alls its varied forms & rebirths, and the
manner of his passing will no doubt provide more fodder for the
conspiracy rumour mill, but I suggest there is little point in
revisiting his bizarre contribution to ufology. It unfortunately
has lived on via the uncritical dimensions of the Internet.
There nothing seems to die, no matter how excessive it seems.

As for the man, I hope he rests in peace, certainly more
peacifully in death, than in the life he led.


Regards,

Bill Chalker




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