UFOs: Death and Murder?
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The strange death/suicide in 1949, two years after Roswell, of James Forrestal, President Truman’s Secretary of the Navy and Defense has, for a long time, been troublesome for me.
You can read about Mr. Forrestal’s death at Wikipedia:
M. K. Jessup’s suicide also raises issues for some, me included.
Jessup attempted to make a living writing on the subject of UFOs, but his follow-up books did not sell well and his publisher rejected several other manuscripts. In 1958 his wife left him, and his friends described him as being somewhat unstable when he traveled to New York. After returning to Florida, he was involved in a serious car accident and was slow to recover, apparently increasing his despondency. On April 19, 1959, Jessup contacted Dr. Manson Valentine and arranged to meet with him the next day, claiming to have made a breakthrough regarding an event known as the Philadelphia Experiment. However, on April 20, 1959, Jessup was found dead in Dade County, Florida, with a hose between the exhaust pipe and a rear window of the vehicle, filling the car with toxic exhaust fumes. The death was ruled a suicide. Some people believed that "The circumstances of Jessup's apparent suicide remain mysterious" and conspiracy theorists contended that it was connected to his knowledge of the "Philadelphia Experiment". Although some friends claimed that he possibly had been driven to suicide by the "Allende Case," other friends said that an extremely depressed Jessup had been discussing suicide with his friends for several months before his act. [From Wikipedia]
But James McDonald’s suicide, while tragic, is understood, by me, as a way out of a life that went haywire:
In March, 1971, McDonald's wife Betsy told him she wanted a divorce. McDonald seems to have started planning his suicide not long afterwards.
He finished a few articles he was writing (UFO-related and otherwise), and made plans for the storage of his notes, papers, and research. In April 1971 he attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head. He survived, but was blinded and was wheelchair bound. For a short period, McDonald was committed to the psychiatric ward of a Tucson, Arizona hospital. He recovered a degree of peripheral vision, and made plans to return to his teaching position. However, on June 13, 1971, a family, walking along a creek close to the bridge spanning the Canada Del Oro Wash near Tucson, found a body that was later identified as McDonald's. A .38 caliber revolver was found close to him, as well as a suicide note. [From Wikipedia]
The one death that strikes me as odd and out of place is that of Edward Ruppelt, the one-time head of Project Blue Book.
Edward Ruppelt died of a heart attack on September 15, 1960, at the age of 37.
Does it make sense that a thirty-seven year old military man, who was subject to regular check ups, would die suddenly of a heart attack?
President Eisenhower, in the same time-frame, had a number of heart attacks, all caught in time by Walter Reed Hospital’s eminent staff.
Was Ruppelt silenced, before going rogue about UFOs?
This (from Wikipedia) shows that he had intent to do so:
In 1960 the expanded edition of Ruppelt's book (20 Chapters) was published by Doubleday & Co.. The only change from earlier editions came in three more chapters which largely echoed the Air Force's position that there was nothing unusual about UFOs. Ruppelt seemed to have abandoned his early views that some UFO reports seemed mysterious and unexplained, and he declared UFOs a "space age myth". In an unusual manner, the date of the publication was omitted. The book, with the 1956 copyright note and the 1955 date of Ruppelt's Foreword, made the new edition appear to be the original edition. Only the dust jacket gives any hint that this is the second edition of the previous book.
"There is now a way to simulate a real heart attack. It can be used as a means of assassination." Only a very skilled pathologist, who knew exactly what to look for at an autopsy, could distinguish this from the real thing. [The New Order of Barbarians]
I’m not conspiratorially-oriented, generally, but anything, as we all now know from recent events and secrets uncovered, is possible.