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'Liquidation Of The UFO Investigators'? Article

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@sympatico.ca>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 09:05:18 -0400
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Subject: 'Liquidation Of The UFO Investigators'? Article

>From: Loren Coleman <lcolema1@maine.rr.com>
>To: UFO-Involved <lcolema1@maine.rr.com>
>Date: Wed, 09 Jul 2003 10:40:42 -0400
>Subject: 'Liquidation Of The UFO Investigators'?

>Can anyone share with me an electronic, scanned, or photocopied
>copy of Otto Binder's 1971 Saga article, 'Liquidation of the UFO
>Investigators'? A Word .doc attachment would be great.


Source: Jerry Hamm's Website



Liquidation Of The UFO Investigators!
By Otto O. Binder

Over the past 10 years, no less than 137 flying saucer
researchers, writers, scientists, and witnesses, have died -
 many under the most mysterious circumstances. Were they
silenced, permanently, because they got too close to the truth?

Before the 1967 Congress of Scientific Ufologists, Gray Barker,
the chairman, received two letters and one phone call telling
him that Frank Edwards, the noted radio newscaster and champion
of flying saucers, would die during the convention. One day
after the meeting was convened there was an announcement that
Frank Edwards had succumbed to an "apparent" heart attack. How
could anybody know that Edwards was going to die, unless it was


The day was June 24, 1967, and the weather in New York City was
brutally hot. But inside the Commodore Hotal an icy shiver swept
the audience as Jim Moseley, Chairman of the first World UFO
Convention - officially called the Congress of Scientific
UFOlogists - made this startling announcement.

"Your attention please," he said. A silence fell over the
assembly. "We just heard some shocking news. Frank Edwards, the
noted broadcaster and champion of flying saucers, died of a
heart attack today. He was 59 years old."

A single gasp rose from 2,000 throats. Frank Edwards had been a
leading champion of the existence of UFOs and had forced the
public and the government to pay attention to this puzzling
phenomenon. He brought respect to the subject because of his
stature as a news reporter.

"I need not remind you of the extremely odd coincidence of this
news," Moseley continued, "that Frank Edwards' death occurred 20
years after - to the day - the UFOs first made big headlines in
America. It was on June 24, 1947, that Kenneth Arnold made his
famous sighting of nine flying saucers."

Actually, Frank Edwards died on June 23rd, a few hours before
midnight. But the coincidence is still there - as if his death
had been timed for that significant date.

Timed? By whom? Or was it chance?

Was it chance that two other prominent UFOlogists died on June
24, 1967, while two more died on June 24th of other years. he
four were:

Arthur Bryant, June 24, 1967. The contactee who claimed to have
met three Venusians, including the apparent reincarnation of
George Adamski, the most famous contactee in UFOdom.

Richard Church, June 24, 1967. The brilliant young chairman-
 elect of the UFOlogy group CIGIUFO, and an expert on UFOs.

Frank Scully, June 24, 1964. Scully wrote the first significant
book about UFOs - Behind the Flying Saucers - in which he
mentioned the "little men" or alien humanoids, electro-magnetic
powerplants of saucer, EM effects, and the Air Force's campaign
to hide the truth about UFOs from the public, all "ridiculous"
ideas that were later accepted.

Willie Ley, June 24, 1969. A well-known writer on rockets and
astronautics, Ley wasn't directly involved in UFOlogy but he
wrote about space travel. Flying saucers are space travelers.

So we have those directly connected with UFOlogy, plus Ley, all
of whom died on June 24th, three within hours of each other.

Why on that date? Chance?

Could it have been a warning?

Whatever, the fact remains that over the past 10 years, no less
than 137 UFO researchers and contactees have died. Many of the
deaths were surrounded by peculiar circumstances . The list is
too extensive to be covered in its entirety; only the most
prominent, then, will be named.

George Adamski, April 23, 1965. Victim of a heart attack
(according to the death certificate) in Silver Springs, Md. Dead
within hours despite emergency treatment. Cremated and buried in
Arlington National Cemetery. Adamski claimed to have seen a
flying saucer land in southern California. He said he had spoken
to its pilot, a Venusian, in front of witnesses, including
George Hunt Williamson. (Williamson disappeared mysteriously in
1965) Adamski also claimed to have traveled to Venus and to have
been in telepathic communication with saucermen. He toured the
world until his death, lecturing and relaying messages from "our
space brothers" to live in brotherhood and peace.

Truman Bethurum, May 21, 1969. Also claimed to have ridden to
other worlds in flying saucers. He was a quiet man who seemed
incapable of making up the fantastic adventures he had. He wrote
two books about them before dying quietly in bed.

Barney Hill, February 25, 1969. One of the most celebrated
contactees - with his wife Betty. John Fuller wrote a book about
them - The Interrupted Journey. The title refers to an
experience the Hills had in 1961 when they encountered a landed
saucer. They remembered nothing of the incident. But later,
under hypnosis, they described being conducted aboard the saucer
by little humanoids, and undergoing physical examinations. The
Hills told their story on TV and in lectures. Their sincerity
left little doubt as to the truth of their experience.

Mark Probert, February 22, 1969. The most prominent psychic in
BSRA (Borderland Science Research Associates), an organization
founded by Meade Layne. Probert acted as a "cosmic telephone"
link between Earth and an "inner circle" of departed spirits;
these spirits enabled Probert to contact saucermen. Reports of
the contacts were then published in the BSRA journal. He never
claimed to have seen saucermen in person or to have traveled in

Meade Layne, 1968. Wrote several books on his beliefs in flying

Dr. George Hunt Williamson. The first of two great mysteries.
Williamson disappeared while on an anthropological expedition to
Peru in 1965. He was noted for his explorations of ancient
Indian sites in the Andes, which he suspected were saucer bases,
landing fields, and cave headquarters. He believed the saucermen
were still there. Later, he experimented with shortwave radio
contact, claiming in 1952, that he had established
communications with UFOs. Saucers were observed hovering over
his radio shack during these broadcasts. Williamson wrote
several books about UFOs, the most noteworthy was The Road in
the Sky.

Dr. Raymond Bernard, Sept. 10, 1966? The question mark is used
because some believe Dr. Bernard is still alive. He produced
many books about the inner Earth. (The Hollow Earth, The Inner
World, etc.) which he believed to be inhabited by saucermen,
making them "inner Earthians" not extraterrestrials. Their
flying saucers rise out of the earth at the North and South
Poles, which, according to Dr. Bernard, are deep pits.

Dr. Morris K. Jessup, April 20, 1959. A scientist who firmly
believed in UFOs and who devoted his life to proving their
existence. Dr. Jessup was a distinguished astrophysicist. He
supervised the installing of the first important telescope in
the Southern hemisphere. He wrote several books on flying
saucers; the most famous was The Case for the UFO, 1955. Dr.
Jessup was found dead in his station wagon in a Coral Gables
(Fla.) park. Suicide was apparent; a rubber hose was attached to
the exhaust pipe and looped back into the interior. The death
certificate reads, "acute carbon monoxide intoxication." Dr.
Jessup's theory about UFO's is that they are vehicles by which a
pygmy race from outer space visited the Earth millions of years
ago. The pygmies built a civilization later destroyed by natural
calamity. Vestiges do exist in the pygmy tribes living on Earth
today. His hypotheses were rejected by the scientific

Capt. Edward Ruppelt, 1960. Capt. Ruppelt headed the Air Force's
Project Bluebook for two and a half years. He was more
sympathetic to the cause of UFOs than his critics admitted. In
1956, he wrote The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects in
which he proved that the Air Force had no basis for denying the
existence of UFOs, eventually forcing it to release UFO
statistics. He kept the UFO pot bubbling before the public and
counteracted the anti-UFO theories of Dr. Donald Menzel.

Wilbert B. Smith, December 27, 1962. A leading scientist, he was
appointed head of the Canadian government's Project Magnet in
1950; the project was designed to investigate flying saucers,
taken seriously by the Canadians at that time. But the idea was
ridiculed by the press, and unsympathetic officials shelved it
four years later. Smith claimed to have received telepathic
messages from UFOs. He aided UFO groups in their researches; he
analyzed the famous "Ottawa chunk" and found traces of
"oddities" indicating that it was perhaps dumped from a UFO.

Dr. Olavo T. Fontes, May 9, 1968. Dr. Fontes, a distinguished
young Brazilian scientist. was South America's foremost UFO
booster. He investigated and reported innumerable cases,
including the classic Itupai Fortress attack by a UFO using heat
rays. Unlike hesitant U.S. scientists, Dr. Fontes boldly
challenged the "official" viewpoint. He concluded that saucers
were "sizing Earth up" for conquest. He maintained this grirn
view until his death.

The Rev. Della Larson, October, 1965. A contactee who claimed
Venusians were living on earth among us. She committed suicide
in a rest home by hanging herself with a nylon stocking.

Gloria Lee (Byrd), December 1, 1962. She said space people had
told her to go on the fast during which she died.

H. T. Wilkins, 1966. Died following a heart attack. Well-known
for his two books on UFOs, Flying Saucers on the Attack and
Flying Saucers Uncensored. Like Dr. Fontes, Wilkins was
convinced the saucermen were here for the possible conquest of

Dr. Charles A. Maney, November 8, 1965. A scientist who risked
his reputation by taking UFOs seriously, he wrote - Challenge of
Unidentified Flying Objects (in collaboration with Richard Hall
of NICAP). A professor at Defiance College in Ohio, he utilized
scientific statistical methods to promote the case for UFOs, and
"scolded" science for its indifference toward the UFO phenomena.

Capt. Robert Loftin, November 21, 1968. Ironically , Loftin's
book - Identified Flying Objects - was published just a few
months before his death. In it he demonstrated that aerial
flying objects were "identified" - that is, were identified as
real, not illusory.

Clara John, 1968. Former editor of Little Listening Post, after
a long illness.

Hazen Coon, 1968. One of Joan Whritenour's staff of reporters at
Saucer Scoop.

Ralph Holland, January 26,1962. Former editor of A Voice From
the Gallery.

Chuck Roberts, February 13, 1969. A police radio dispatcher who
joined the staff of Saucer Scoop.

Bernard Cox, January 1969. Member of SAUCERS, the Australian UFO

Edgar Jarrold, 1960. Australian UFOlogist who vanished

Marie Ford, Suicide. A young UFO enthusiast who found the body
of the Rev. Della Larson.

Doug Hanock, 1968, Suicide. A UFO researcher who was confined to
a mental hospital. He managed to obtain a gun and shot himself.

Damon Runyon, Jr., April 14, 1968, Suicide. Son of the famous
sports writer. Involved with the investigation of President
Kennedy's assassination; and a writer on UFOs. Saucer Scoop said
that young Runyon "fell, jumped, or was pushed off" a
Washington, D.C., bridge.

Henry F. Koch, 1966. Publicity director of the Universal
Research Society of America. He was written up in Flying Saucers
as having made a UFO sighting on April 3, 1966, and dying
mysteriously a few weeks later. The death certificate said of a
heart attack. The magazine suggested the cause of death was
saucer radiation.

Dr. B. Noel Opan, August 23, 1959. Dr. Opan made a UFO a
sighting and later was allegedly kidnapped by three MIBs (Men in
Black) from his home in Wellington, Ontario, Canada. He was
never seen again.

Bryant Reeve, December 1968: Author, with his wife, of Flying
Saucer Pilgrimage. Bryant and Helen Reeve traveled extensively
and interviewed many UFO celebrities - Adamski, Mark Probert.
Truman Bethurum, and others.

Dag Hammarskjold, September 19, 1961. Known for his general
"saintliness" as head of the U.N., and no disbeliever in UFOs,
Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in Southern Rhodesia. A
witness, Timothy Kankasa, swore he saw a craft above the
airliner. The UFO emitted beams of light resembling a "flashing
torch." The question is: Did saucermen tamper electronically
with the airliner, causing it to crash?

And this leads us to the broader question: Did saucermen
engineer the deaths of those in our above list?

Let's examine this carefully before condemning it as utter
"nonsense" or an attempt at "sensationalism."

First, various UFOlogists have revealed threats against
themselves either from MIBs or other mysterious sources. In the
publication MIB: A Report on the Mysterious Men in Black Who
Have Terrorized UFO Witnesses and Investigators in All Parts of
the Nation - Robert S. Easley writes: "The first real act of
violence on the part of the 'Three Men' came on February 25,
1968. On that date I had given a UFO lecture to a group of Boy
Scouts and their parents. As I was walking out to my car
afterwards, at about 9:45 p.m., I was shot at by two men in a
car without any lights on. Later that same evening I received
another mysterious phone call . . . 'if you and your buddies are
not out of the saucer field by next Sunday we will have to take
other means of action (to put you out).' "

Gray Barker, well-known publisher in the UFO field, tells (in
Spacecraft News #3) how, when investigating the notorious
"mothman" rumors near Pt. Pleasant, W. Va., he found a note on
his door saying - somewhat ungrammatically, "ABANDON YOUR

Similar stories have come from dozens of other UFO
investigators. They can hardly all be hoaxes or pranks.
Somebody, or something, has been threatening those involved with
UFOs, threats that in some cases seem to have been fulfilled.

We might also heed the words of John Keel, who more than any
other investigator has sought to uncover the mystery of UFO's
and MIB's. Keel said in Saucer Scoop, that he believes the MIB's
to be "the intelligence arm of a large and possibly hostile
group;" and that they are professional terrorists. "Among their
many duties is the harassment of the UFO researchers who become
involved in cases which might reveal too much of the truth."

"Many duties" may well include outright murder of victims,
though in such a skillful way that the police aren't aware the
murders even occurred. How is this done?

Frank Edwards and Frank Scully presumably died of heart attacks;
Wilbert B. Smith and Dr. Olavo Fontes of cancer; and Barney Hill
of a brain hemorrhage. All of them died relatively young, none
over 59.

We will now ask: can heart-attacks, cancer and other diseases he
induced in people in some unusual way?

Consider this angle on Frank Edwards, as reported by Brad
Steiger and Joan Whritenour in SAGA: "Edwards was warned to lay
off UFO investigation," we (the two authors) were told. "He had
been visited by the same three Men in Black that shut up Albert
K. Bender" (a former UFO investigator who was hounded into
silence by MIBs.

"Nonsense," another delegate said (the authors reported). "Frank
had been ill for six months. . ."

"Not true," argued yet another UFOlogist in the SAGA article.
"Frank has never been ill. Check the obituary. It reads that
death was 'apparently' due to a heart attack. How many other
researchers have died of an 'apparent' something or other?"

This conversation occurred at the 1967 Congress of Scientific
UFOlogists following the announcement of the death of Frank
Edwards. And radio personality Long John Nebel, in his recent
book, The Psychic Worid Around Us, tells how Gray Barker, just
before the convention, showed him two mysterious unsigned
letters stating that Frank Edwards would die during that
convention. "On Thursday afternoon," continues Nebel, "just a
few hours before he was due at WNBC (for an interview), Barker
phoned again. 'John', he said, 'something happened a few minutes
ago that really shook me up! I got a phone call from a man who
said that Edwards would not live to see the end of the
convention. That's all he said before he hung up. The tone of
his voice scared me. It was like nothing I've ever heard before,
like something not human!"

So before the convention and before June 23rd when Edwards died,
Gray Barker is on record as having received two letters and one
phone call, all predicting the death of the newsman. How could
anybody know Edwards would die in advance? . . . unless it was
planned? How was the heart attack induced? We must also ask
ourselves if all the heart-attack cases, plus those involving
cancer, brain hemorrhages, and pneumonia should be suspect? And
even if such "natural" deaths can be induced, suicide would
still be easier to accomplish. You can't tell a man
(hypnotically or by telepathy) to have a heart-attack, but you
can tell him to take his own life.

This brings us to the greatest mystery of all - the alleged
suicide of Dr. Morris K. Jessup. Most of his closest friends had
no idea he would kill himself. But John P. Bessor, one of
Jessup's intimates, points out that Jessup was a very
"disappointed" and "discouraged" man, over his losing battle to
make UFOs "respectable" among scientists.

Capt. Bruce Cathie of Australia, author of Harmonic 33 (about a
UFO "grid" around earth), says, "When Dr. Morris K. Jessup died
in 1959, he had just completed a long and detailed report
claiming to prove that the U.S. Navy, during a top secret
wartime experiment, caused a warship and its crew to become
invisible . . . That, the full story has not yet been released
is due, in part, to a restriction imposed by Dr. Jessup himself,
when he decreed that his report should not be published less
than five years and not more than 10 years after his death. The
present ending to his story is as fantastic as the invisible
ship itself. In 1959, Dr. Jessup handed all his documents on the
case to a close friend to be held in trust, and he then headed
for a holiday in Florida . . . Three days later he was found
dead in his car. . ."

But Gray Barker, in his book The Strange Case of Dr. M. K.
Jessup, gives the most startling data. He reports that Richard
Ogden, a UFO researcher of Seattle, Wash., sent a message
saying, in part: "Now as for Jessup, his suicide was a frame-up.
Jessup fell victim to hypnotism. He was sent a tape-recording
that contained self-destruction suggestions . . .This is what
happened to Jessup. It was cold-blooded murder!"

Ogden never documented his claims so the validity of his charges
is open to question. But Jessup did write "suicide notes" to
several of his friends, including Long John Nebel.

The most intriguing of the suicide theories stems from the fact
that Jessup was a great friend of the medium, Mark Probert, and
believed in spirit communications. Jessup was quoted by members.
of BSRA as giving a strange farewell comment before his death:
"I go to prove for myself the reality of worlds beyond time and
space." After Jessup's death, Probert received a long scientific
disseirtation on life-after-death but the sender would not name
himself, but hinted that it was indeed Jessup.

Jessup always seemed to be a special target for weird
happenings. A copy of his book - The Case for the UFO - was
returned with marginal notes throughout, made by three men who
referred to themselves as "aliens." Many of their notations
indicated they knew superscience and were familiar with saucer
craft. This marked copy was sent to the Navy, which took it
seriously and consulted Dr. Jessup, who could throw no light on
the rnystery.

Jessup also received letters from a "Carlos Allende" (the famous
"Allende Letters" case) referring to a Navy ship becoming
invisible and being teleported from one city to another. This
mystery was never cleared up.

The whole Jessup affair remains an unsolved riddle to this day.

Another riddle is the strange disappearance of Dr. Raymond
Bernard. Dr. Bernard lived his later life on the island of Santa
Catarina, off the coast of Brazil. Although he himself never
reached the "inner world" he wrote about, he claimed to know
others who did, and who disappeared before they could lead him

Bernard once wrote UFO researcher, Timothy Beckley, that his
(Bernard's) life was in constant danger from the inner-earth
beings. Bernard presumably died at his home in December 1966,
but Gray Barker said ". . . efforts to obtain a copy of the
death certificate, or proper information from the American
Embassy, have been to no avail." Bernard said he would allow
Barker to publish his book, The Hollow Earth, only if he had
died or was "successful in finding an entrance into the inner
earth." This was included in Barker's brochure for the book,
"Was Dr. Bernard Swallowed up by the Inner Earth?"

Thus we don't know if Dr. Raymond Bernard is buried six feet
under - or 1,000 miles under.

Another mystery is the disappearance of Dr. George Hunt
Williamson in 1965. We can add little to this enigma except a
rumor that has him "living quietly on the West Coast." If true,
why has he dropped all contact with his friends and become such
a mystery figure? Could he have been silenced by the MIBs?

We might add one other "death" of a different kind - the TV show
"The Invaders," killed in 1967. According to Saucer News the
show was not dropped due to poor ratings but because of the
impending resignation of Roy Thinnes, the star. Thinnes was
supposedly threatened on various occasions when the show dealt
with topics "too hot to handle." When Thinnes himself was asked
for a comment on the show's demise, he said: "I have no comment
other than the fact that there is more truth behind the TV plots
than most people realize."

The point is obvious. Thinnes may have received threats to quit
-- or run the risk of joining Frank Edwards, George Hunt
Williamson, and the others. His show always featured aliens
posing as humans, and acting quite like the MIBs - cause enough
for the real MIBs to get after him.

All of this is not meant to frighten anyone who takes an active
part in the UFO field. In fact, another and very startling
viewpoint can be taken in regard to the "premature" deaths of

Can it be that when such important "UFO evangelists" as Frank
Edwards, Morris K. Jessup, Mark Probert, and the others have
"fulfilled their task" in behalf of "preaching" UFOlogy, they
are "taken away" deliberately for their own sakes? That is,
having met the scorn and blind opposition of the unheeding world
long enough, are they then mercifully removed from the

This, you see, puts a different light on the deaths of
UFOlogists. Maybe they are being rewarded, not punished. Maybe
they are "taken within the fold." Who knows?

At any rate, something must account for the high death rate
among UFOlogists. That "something" may either be the secret
machinations of the UFO hierarchy who decides which earth-people
"know too much about flying saucers," or the planned removal of
UFO crusaders who have done their job nobly. Take your

The End