Saturday, April 15, 2017

M is for Dr. Mary's Monkey--The Nexus of all Conspiracy Theories

Image: Book cover from Amazon

The words in white are a little hard to read:

How the unsolved murder of a doctor, a secret laboratory in New Orleans and cancer-causing monkey viruses are linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK assassination and emerging global epidemics.

Wow. This book is a conspiracy theorist's dream come true. I did read the Kindle version and even though it does has several typos of the "hear" for "here" variety, it is both readable and intriguing. 

Here's the blurb:

Get ready for the “Hottest cold case in America!” This updated paperback contains the same content as the 2014 hard cover edition which has 25 additional pages of revelations added since the original 2007 paperback. These new pages include documents from the FBI, CIA, CDC, and NOPD, plus the actual crime scene photos from the 1964 murder of Dr. Mary Sherman. The bizarre death of this nationally known cancer researcher sets the stage for this gripping exposé of medical professionals enmeshed in covert government operations. Following a trail of police reports, FBI files, cancer statistics, and medical journals, this revealing book presents a web of secret-keeping which swept doctors into cover-ups of contaminated polio vaccines, cancer outbreaks, the arrival of the AIDS virus, and a deadly biological weapon tested on both monkeys and humans. Add Lee Harvey Oswald to the cast of this secret bio-weapon project, and this dark tale connects Oswald’s summer of secrets to the intrigue surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy.

Image: Three Shots Were The Assassination of Mary S. Sherman

Dr. Mary Sherman was "an internationally-known orthopedic surgeon known for her work in the treatment and research of bone cancers, she was the director of the bone pathology lab at Ochsner Medical Foundation." (Source New Orleans Times-Picayune article with details of the crime scene.) 

The theory is that Dr. Sherman was working on a secret CIA project to assassinate Castro with a cancer-causing virus.

Which virus? A monkey virus known as SV-40.

Wait, haven't I heard of that one somewhere?

Yes, you have. In 1960, it was discovered that the monkey kidney cells used to make the polio vaccine were infected with SV-40, a virus known to cause tumors in mice. Instead of listening to the first scientist, Dr. Bernice Eddy, to make this discovery, the NIH destroyed her career. A few years later, two more scientists made the same discovery. Changes were made to the polio vaccine (we hope), but there were millions of vials of the contaminated vaccine still on the market. There was no recall.(Source) Many people think the surge in breast, brain, and other cancers starting in the mid-1980s may be linked to these early polio vaccines.

How did Dr. Sherman die? 

The official story is that she was murdered in her apartment where her body was found, severely burned and stabbed, with parts of her body missing.

One of the many strange things about the case is that her severe burns did not match the fire damage of the crime scene. Edward Haslam, the author of Dr. Mary's Monkey, makes the case that she was killed by an accident with the linear particle accelerator being used to irradiate the SV-40 virus in hopes of turning it into a biological weapon. He believes her body was moved after her death back to her apartment and the murder scene the police found there was staged. 

How does this link to AIDS?

When you hear about conspiracy theories involving about the CIA making AIDS in a laboratory, this is the type of story they're referring to. 

How is Lee Harvey Oswald involved? Supposedly he was working with a cancer researcher named Judith Vary Baker on this project.

Also, if you read my J is for JFK assassination, you'll remember that Jack Ruby claimed he was injected with something to cause cancer. This is what he was talking about.

Pretty wild stuff, huh? 


  1. That is an amazing collection of facts. The monkey pulled me in, but conspiracy theories--just not my thing!

  2. Good lord, this is a lot to digest! I always wonder why people are convinced the government is trying to kill us. If the government killed all of us, who would be left to govern?

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  3. Wowza!Speechless! I'll end up believing in these conspiracies by the time you are finished if I'm not careful :) Now lemme just go back to the K post to tally the bit about Ruby...

  4. The polio SV40 conspiracy theory has been debunked at length by Skeptical Raptor, whom I'm Facebook friends with. He can have a rather caustic personality, but his scientific articles are really good.

  5. These are so fun to read, but a bit scary to think and wonder if any of it is true.

  6. Ok, I've never heard about this particular theory before and, whaaa?!

    I'm gonna need to read up on this because it is just fascinating!

  7. Oh wow. I heard that AIDS came about due to a polio vaccine, but I had no idea... (Okay, the hear for here thing would make me nuts. That would be enough to make me doubt the validity of that book.)

  8. Wow! This one I'd never heard before. If I must take sides, I might think there is some truth to this. Suddenly there are far too many people suffering from cancer.

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  9. Pretty wild indeedy. I've heard there are vampires in New Orleans. I wonder how the virus affects them?

  10. Wow... I imagine the writer of this book has one of those crazy rooms with pictures, articles, and scribbles all over the walls, linked with string in a crazy tangle... might be cool to see! ;)
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