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The Monkey Virus

Date: 05-11-08
Host: Ian Punnett
Guests: Ed Haslam, Bob Fletcher

Investigator Ed Haslam discussed his research into a 1964 murder of a cancer researcher which links to the JFK assassination and the contamination of the polio vaccine. In describing the complex web of intrigue that he had uncovered, he said, "I look at it as a very sane, clearheaded investigation into a very crazy subject."

Haslam traced his interest in the story to the strange murder of noted cancer researcher Dr. Mary Sherman in New Orleans. Intrigued by the sensational nature of her demise and the quick closing of the police inquiry, he unearthed clues which actually suggested that Sherman had been the victim of "what I will politely call an 'industrial accident.'" He speculated that Sherman’s involvement in underground research using monkey viruses was ultimately the cause of her death.

In explaining the origins of this research, he noted that early polio vaccines had been grown using monkey kidneys. In turn, this practice accidentally tainted up to 100 million doses of the vaccine with a cancer-causing monkey virus. In an attempt to develop a benign strain of this virus, researchers secretly used a linear particle accelerator to mutate the disease. It is this high voltage piece of equipment that Haslam thinks caused the unusual and extreme burns found on the body of Mary Sherman.

Tying this story into the JFK assassination are the claims of witnesses who say that the infamous David Ferrie had been working alongside Mary Sherman in the underground labs. Additionally, Haslam told the story of a scientist who'd been sent to New Orleans to work on the monkey virus research and had been given Lee Harvey Oswald as her handler to guide her around the unfamiliar city.

Sonny Bono Killed?

First hour guest, researcher Bob Fletcher, talked about Sonny Bono's mysterious death. Fletcher revealed that he'd been briefing Bono about CIA involvement in the drug trade and had made plans to meet with the late Congressman just days prior to his death.

Fletcher stated that the Bono autopsy contained "a whole multitude of problems," including the lack of neck trauma, which runs contrary to the claim that Bono died of a massive head injury. Among a myriad of other oddities about the case, he noted that a massive amount of blood had soaked into the back of Bono's jacket and through three layers of clothing underneath, yet no wound could be found on his back.

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