by Mark J. Harper

from Rense Website



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 (Ministry of Defense) 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 home.
    --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, Suffolk.
    --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 expert.
    --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 Defense 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 it's 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 maneuvered into the position in which he was 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.


  • 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 Camberley.
    --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.


  • May 3, 1987: Michael Baker, 22
    --Expertise: Digital communications expert working on a defense project at Plessey; part-time member of Signals Corps SAS.
    --Circumstance of Death: Fatal accident when his car crashed through a barrier near Poole in Dorset.
    --Coroner's verdict: Misadventure.


  • June 1987: Jennings, Frank, 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, Essex.
    --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 Defense 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 Defense Systems.
    --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 flat with 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 Intent'
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  • 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, M.D., 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 Organization's global Aids program 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 program on Aids which later became the UNAids program. 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.


  • April 15, 2000: Walter W. Shervington, M.D., 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 Hospital.


  • 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 hematology institute, Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital and worked for years at Hadassah-University Hospital's hematology department but left for his native Tel Aviv in 1993 to head the hematology 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 kilometers 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 River.


  • 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 smallpox.
    --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 co-discovered 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.


  • 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
    A resident of Carmel Valley
    --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 or 24, 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 hematologist. (Hematologists analyze the cellular composition of blood and blood producing tissues e.g. 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: An expert on viruses 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. Dr. Shope had accumulated his own collection of virus samples gathered from all over the world.
    --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: Ebola, Mad Cow Expert, top of the line world class.
    --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: Microbiologist.
    --Circumstance of Death: crashed car into guard rail and ruled a stroke.


  • April 12, 2004: Ilsley Ingram, 84
    --Expertise: Director of the Supraregional Hemophilia 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: Body found in 3 Suitcases floating in 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 stroke.


  • June 27, 2004: Dr Paul Norman, Of Salisbury, Wiltshire, 52
    --Expertise: He was the chief scientist for chemical and biological defense at the Ministry of Defense's laboratory at Porton Down, Wiltshire. He traveled 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 Douglas.
    --Circumstance of Death: Died from a huge dose of poisonous arsenic.


  • 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 agents.
    --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.


  • 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 centers. He played a crucial role in creating the transgenic sheep that earned the institute worldwide fame.
    --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 practicing nuclear physicist since 1984.
    --Circumstance of Death: He was shot dead in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad.


  • October 13, 2004: Matthew Allison, 32
    --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 stated.


  • 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.






MOSSAD (Israel's Secret Service) Liquidates 310 Iraqi Scientists
Israeli Secret Agents Liquidate 310 Iraqi Scientists

from Mathaba Website

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.



Dead Scientists In Table Format














 Jose Trias 



May 19, 1994


Dr. Tsunao Saitoh



May 7, 1996




Plane crash

October 4, 2001


Jeffrey Paris Wall



November 6, 2001


Dr.Vladimir Pasechnik



November 21, 2001


Dr.Yaakov Matzner,  Amiramp Eldor, & Avishai Berkman

54, 59,50

Plane crash

November 24, 2001


Roman Kuzmin


Struck by a car

December 2001


Dr. Benito Que



December 6, 2001


Dr. David Schwartz



December 10, 2001


Set Van Nguyen


Found in airlock chamber

December 14, 2001


Don C. Wiley


Body found by river

December 20,2001


Ivan Glebov


Bandit attack

January 2002


Alexi Brushlinski



January 2002


Victor Korshunov



February 9, 2002


Dr. Ian Langford



February 11, 2002


 Tanya Holzmayer & Guyang "Mathew" Huang

46, 38

Murder then suicide

February 28, 2002


David Wynn-Williams


Struck by vehicle

March 24, 2002


Dr. Steven Mostow


Plane crash

March 25, 2002


Dr. Leland Rickman



June 24, 2003


Dr. David Kelly


Suicide?/ Murder

July 18, 2003


Michael Perich


Car wreck

October 11, 2003


Robert Leslie Burghoff


Hit and run

November 20, 2003


Dr Robert E. Shope


Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

January 19, 2004


Michael Patrick Kiley


Heart failure

January 24, 2004


Vadake Srinivasan


Stroke/Car wreck

March 13, 2004


William T. McGuire 



May 5, 2004 


Dr. Eugene F. Mallove



May 16, 2004


Antonina Presnyakova



May 19, 2004


Thomas gold


Heart disease

June 23, 2004


Dr. Assefa Tulu


Hemorrhagic stroke

June 24, 2004


Dr. John Mullen


Acute arsenic intoxication

June 29, 2004


Dr Paul Norman


Plane crash

July 2, 2004


Dr. John Badwey


Pneumonia like symptoms

July 21, 2004


Dr Bassem al-Mudare



July 21, 2004


Professor John Clark



August 12, 2004


Mohammed Toki Hussein al-Talakani



September 5, 2004


Matthew Allison


Car exploded

October 13, 2004


John R. La Montagne, Ph.D


Sudden pulmonary embolism

November 2, 2004


Taleb Ibrahim al-Daher



December 21, 2004


Tom Throne  & Beth Williams

63, 53

Car wreck

December 29, 2004


Jeong H. Im



January 7, 2005


 Geetha Angara



February 8, 2005


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