They flew me to Salt Lake City, and treated me very well indeed (as they had in a previous episode on Nazi UFOs), but they left out our extensive discussion of my two best cases; the mysterious death of Publisher Ron Bonds which effectively ended the pioneering press, IllumiNet, which dealt with both conspiracy theory and UFOs, along with IllumiNet authors Kerry Thornley and Jim Keith, in rapid order.
Ron Bonds lived in Atlanta, Georgia, and published books on unsolved mysteries and unexplained phenomena, from the Kennedy assassination to the ominous black helicopters of the New World Order. In the subculture of the paranormal, his reputation was such that writers for "The X-Files" used to call him for ideas.
In April 2001, fifteen hours after eating a meal with warm beef from a Mexican restaurant in Atlanta, after an agonizing evening of vomiting and diarrhea, Bonds was taken by ambulance from their home to Grady Memorial Hospital. During an autopsy, the medical examiner found copious amounts of blood in the bowels, so he sent a stool sample to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory in Decatur. The lab discovered high levels of Clostridium perfringens Type A, a bacterium often seen in small quantities in beef and poultry. When it occurs in larger quantities – anything above 100,000 organisms per gram is considered unsafe – it can release toxins that cause diarrhea, vomiting and, rarely, hemorrhaging. The bacterium figures in 250,000 cases of food poisoning a year, the CDC estimates, only seven of which result in death.
Four days after Bonds ate there, epidemiologists visited El Azteca to collect samples of ground beef from the steam table. When Clostridium perfringens becomes dangerous, it usually has to do with cooked meat being held at too low a temperature. The lab found 6 million organisms per gram – 60 times the safety threshold.
But the obvious question is: Why didn't others eating at the same restaurant get sick too?
Researcher Jim Keith died at Washoe Medical Hospital on September 7, 1999, during surgery to repair a broken knee he suffered after falling off the stage at the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock, Nevada. Doctors stated that a blood clot was released during the surgery and travelled to the heart, causing a pulmonary edema.
The author of many challenging books - including The Octopus, Mind Control, World Control, Black Helicopters over America, OKbomb!, Saucers of the Illuminati, Casebook on Alternative 3, Secret and Suppressed, and Casebook on the Men In Black - Keith was extremely worried before he was admitted to hospital, and had confided to a friend that he was afraid he would never be released alive.
Readers of his many books mourn Jim Keith, who also had a long pre-internet history of circulating his research through small press magazines such as Dharma Combat and Notes from the Hangar. Following his death, speculation about Keith’s "accident" became rife. After Keith's death, the state of Minnesota cancelled all knee surgery for a brief period after three patients died: and Cryolife, a tissue bank outside of Atlanta, Georgia, was found to have supplied cadaver tissues tainted by a form of clostridium bacteria - the same pathogen which had killed Ron Bonds.
This is the kind of coincidence chain that raises the eyebrows of many researchers. Add to it that in his 1999 biowarfare book, Biowarfare in America, Keith wrote about Larry Harris, who was arrested by the FBI for anthrax possession in 1998. According to Keith, Harris claimed that an attempt had been made on his life with a needle containing a cobra venom which could induce blood clots in the lung. And Keith had previously written at length in Fate magazine about the CIA’s warehousing of a large supply of clostridium bacteria... the same bacterium which was to kill himself and Ron Bonds.
They also left out my own MIB encounter in 1969, when delegates to a UFO convention in West Virgina were stalked by "a man in black in training" with a mechanical voice, who I confronted, photographed right before he vanished without a trace, in the midst of the Mothman/UFO/MIB/SIlver Bridge Disaster cycle. 35 mm photo Tri X Pan Film.
Tim Beckley and Jim Moseley's photo of an MIB is discussed, but not mentioned in the episode is that the mystery man shadowed the apartment of John and Mary Robinson, key investigators of then-recent UFO events and pioneers in UFO research.
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