Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

February 8, 2018

So, Frank. How do you develop a story?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 7:08 PM

 

That question is asked of me often. Most times it’s long after I have developed a story and finished a book. By that time, my scattered notes – and there are many – have long past provided any explanation as to the actual seed of the story that I have written and how I arrived there.

So, this time, I am trying to answer that question with a new story that I have just over the last several weeks developed and still remember how I did it.

I watch a lot of documentary channels like Discovery, History, American Heroes, A&E, etc for story ideas. Every once in a while, a show appears that gives me an idea for a story. On this occasion, the History Channel is running a series on Wartime Crime.

During the Blitz on London in 1940, a new form a criminal came into being. The ‘Smash & Grab’ and home invaders. The bombing of London opened up a big opportunity to steal when the residents or shopkeepers were huddled in the Underground shelters.  While Londoners were sheltering during the raids, gangs would smash the windows of retail establishments and break into private homes to steal valuables.

I thought this was a basis for a good story especially if I could up the ante to higher stakes? Like stealing the British Crown Jewels during an air raid? How’s that for high stakes?

My first task was to find out where the Crown Jewels were hidden from possible German invasion during the war. Turned out, that wasn’t easy. You see, no one knows to this day where they were hidden. Well, almost no one. And this is where the story gets real fascinating and creates a very interesting story – one based on true events – with secret agents, smuggled nuclear materials and the disappearance of priceless gems, it sounded like the plot from a best-selling thriller – or a best-selling novel?

For more than 75 years, mystery has surrounded where the gems, including the British Crown Jewels, were stashed to stop Hitler getting his hands on them in event of a German invasion.

Theories have included the vaults of an insurance company in Canada, a secret tunnel at a prison in Devon, the Bank of London Vault, the Tower of London – even a cave in Wales.

Now a new book is set to tell the extraordinary story of how the vaults at the Tower of London were emptied in 1940 to hide the Crown Jewels from the Nazis if the Germans successfully invaded Britain.

Author Colin Brown made the fascinating discovery when he was researching how the swashbuckling Earl of Suffolk managed to smuggle to Britain the world’s largest stock of “heavy water” – vital for the development of nuclear energy.

That’s right – nuke materials to build an atom bomb! Story getting pretty cool, huh?

Anyway, the Earl commandeered a British tramp steamer in Bordeaux and managed to “rescue” 26 jerry cans with the help of two French scientists – and the Nazis in pursuit – before the German Blitzkrieg could get to them. WOW !!

General Sir Maurice Taylor, senior military adviser to the Ministry of Supply, wrote to Lord Wigram, the King’s private secretary, at Windsor Castle on July 4, 1940, saying: “I have been racking my brains to think of the safest place in this country to save part of this heavy water stock. Since I am told it is the only stock in the world you will understand my anxiety on the score of its safety. The conclusion to which I have come is that some small chamber in the depths below Windsor Castle would most nearly meet the case.”

But what has this go to do with the Crown Jewels?

The Earl of Suffolk delivered 20 cans of the heavy water into the hands of royal librarian Sir Owen Morshead at Windsor. A week later, Sir Owen wrote to Herbert Hough at the Ministry of Supply, confirming the consignment was safe and “the King knows it is here”.

In his letter, he revealed the secret location of Suffolk’s precious consignment by saying: “It is in the same spot as the Crown Jewels.”

WOW !!

Although the precise hiding place has never been officially confirmed, Mr. Brown thinks it was under a wooden trapdoor in the castle basement where the servants who tended the fireplaces had their offices.

So…I gave all this some thought.  Throw in a young British Army deserter who is well-known at the Smash and Grab and a fence for stolen goods that runs the Black Market on the East End of London and is also a member of the Irish Resistance that the Nazis are providing weapons for and is a Nazi spy…..then throw in a US Army Master sergeant who works with the fence on the Black Market providing US Army goods…and a plan to have a German air raid on Windsor Castle as a diversion for the theft of the Crown Jewels and heavy water…and German airborne troops landing in England to take possession ….and then smuggled out on a U-Boat off the coast of England…

And you have a story.

And here it is……

 

BLITZ HEIST

Based on True Events

 

Story opens with a truck racing towards the docks of Bordeaux, France in May of 1940 as the German Army blitzkrieg in hot pursuit as it’s smashing its way through France.

The swashbuckling Earl of Suffolk is smuggling to Britain the world’s largest stock of “heavy water” – vital for the development of nuclear energy. The Earl commandeers a British tramp steamer in Bordeaux and manages to “rescue” 26 jerry cans of the water with the help of two French scientists before the Germans defeat France and catches them.

The story then moves four months later to September of 1940 in a British military police post during the bombing of London – the Blitz. At the post, Captain Thomas Blake, is pursuing army deserters. One such deserter that is high on his list is Frankie Fox who he knows is hiding in the criminal underground and he and his confederates are performing ‘smash and grabs’ during air raids robbing homes and businesses while the raid is going on.

During this time Frankie Fox and his partner Stubs Murphy are sitting in a car wearing stolen Civil Defense Wardens insignia and ID. When the bombing starts they raid a high-end London neighborhood and while the bombs are falling around them, steal the valuable personal property.

The two go to the local fence, Paddy O’Banion, to sell their ill-gotten goods. Paddy warns Fox that Stanton Mills, the London Godfather, is looking for his share of Fox’s nightly Blitz escapades. Fox ignores the warning.  At the exchange in Paddy’s East End hideaway, one of Mills’ men is there to collect his share from Fox. He threatens Fox and Snubs and a fight breaks out with the two escaping with the proceeds. Mills puts out a hit on Fox and that night when Fox celebrates their proceeds at a swanky club in London with Stub’s girlfriend.

Meanwhile, Paddy is visited by Captain Blake and asks if he know where Fox is? Paddy declines. He has a better idea on how to use Fox’s skills at ‘smash and grab’.

That night, Stubs and his girlfriend leave the bar and end up in bed. But Mills’ thugs burst in and kill both of them leaving a note that Fox was next.

Later, Paddy is with US Army Master Sargent Buck Mullins. Mullins supplies Paddy and the black market with military rations and other staples. Paddy tells him he has a plan to make them both rich. He needs a jeep and truck and weapons to do a robbery. Mullins asks what kind of robbery. Paddy says the Crown Jewels.

Fox is at a pub and he nearly escapes death from one of Mills’ hitmen. This happens when Captain Blake shows up having him track Fox on a tip and in the gunfight between him and the hitman, Fox escapes.

We find out that Paddy is not just a fence of stolen goods. He is also member of the Irish resistance – the IRA – and a Nazi spy. The Nazis have been supplying weapons to the IRA through Paddy to create trouble for the Brits.

Paddy goes to the German consulate and meets with his handler Hans Von Frederick. He tells him of letter that has fallen into his hands that says where the heavy water smuggled out of France to England is stored. What he didn’t tell Von Frederick was that the place also stored the Crown Jewels. Paddy says he needs a diversionary bombing raid at the Windsor Castle so he and his men can get into the Castel through the help of an aide to Nazi King Edward VIII. Steal the heavy water – and the Crown jewels, unbeknownst to the Nazis – and meet airborne commandos that land near the castle to transport the goods to a U-Boat off the coast.

But he needs a good thief who is not shaken by bombing around him. He asks Fox to meet and lays out his plan to rob the jewels but does not tell him about the heavy water. Paddy says that Fox’s part of the take can pay off Hill and his debt. Fox agrees.

Fox goes to the Windsor Castle with some of Paddy’s men. They are led into the hiding area – a trap door below the aide’s quarters during the bombing raid – and they steal the heavy water jerry cans and the Crown Jewels. When Fox sees the jerry cans he gets suspicious and wants an explanation. He gets none. They get in the trucks and head for the Nazi commandos.

When they get there, Fox is shocked to see Nazi commandos and finds out about the heavy water. He may be a deserter and no fan of the British establishment – but he still was a Brit and Nazis are the enemy. He tries to figure a way to stop the heavy water going to Germany. He escapes.

Luckily, Captain Blake has been tracking him and he shows up and arrests him. Fox tells him about the German soldiers. At first, he is not believed but Fox convinces him to come with him. He shows Blake the commando camp as they are ready to leave for the U-Boat.

They need to delay them so Blake can get the military there. Fox enters the camp and tells on Paddy and the jewels. The commander shoots Paddy in a running car race when the Nazis discover he is leaving with the Crown Jewels. This gives Blake time to contact the military. Fox has to stay with them to find the U-Boat and radio Blake to where they are. He does, and the military Army comes, kills the commandos and the British Navy intercepts the U-Boat.

Fox has turned from army deserter to patriot.

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February 7, 2018

Good News – Signed with a Lit Agency

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 2:29 PM

Just signed with the Jan L. Kardys Literary Agency. They want to take my recent historical fiction book and turn part of it into a YA novel.

They think it’s good enough to spend a lot of time polishing it – and the editor is spending the time.

Wish me luck!

April 27, 2017

Celebrity Conspiracies

Filed under: Conspiracies — Frank Fiore @ 9:09 AM

Could your favorite teen idol be a Kremlin controlled pawn in a political game of chess? For many of you this line of thought sounds too fantastic to be true—yet… there are those who believe that Hollywood is just another way of controlling the world’s population. From Orson Welles and “War of the Worlds” to Roseanne Barr… there are conspiracies afoot… Let’s learn more…

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That Famous Prank Broadcast Was Actually Psychological Warfare

The infamous Halloween Eve radio broadcast of War Of The Worlds has long been part of pop culture folklore. That night in 1938, Orson Welles panicked the nation with a mock news broadcast depicting a deadly alien invasion, and the power of the media was revealed to the world. But, according to one conspiracy theory, the panic was no accident.

It is known that the Princeton University Radio Research project—funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, to study the effects of media on society—published a study on the broadcast. The conspiracy theory asserts that the foundation—and therefore, the Rockefellers, who figure prominently in a wide array of theories—hired Welles to produce the broadcast with the intent of studying how the populace would react in the event of a genuine invasion (alien or otherwise). Tellingly, the study found that fully 25 percent of the six million listeners thought a real invasion was taking place, although most believed the invaders to be not aliens, but Germans.

Straight From The Kremlin…

The prototypical crazed stalker assassin, Mark Chapman shot John Lennon to death outside the Dakota apartment building on December 8, 1980. Beside the fact that he had just murdered one of the most famous and beloved figures in the world for no apparent reason, there were a few indicators that something was not quite right with Chapman: for one, the voice he claimed to hear in his head repeating “do it, do it.” For another, the battered copy of Catcher In The Rye he was clutching as he sat waiting for the police, with one sentence scrawled on its inner front cover: “This is my statement.”

Only three years earlier, there had been Senate hearings following the disclosure of the American CIA’s project MKULTRA. One of the admitted goals of this project was brainwashing; specifically, it was alleged that one of the primary purposes of MKULTRA was to produce a “Manchurian Candidate,” a mind-controlled assassin. One subjected to such treatment would display odd behavior indeed, and Chapman is not the only crazed shooter to display an odd fascination with Catcher In The Rye. But why would the powers that be want to kill Lennon?

The Future on TV: TV, Movies, Books Hint At Events To Come

One common theme in conspiracy theories has to do with the behind-the-scenes puppet masters being fond of dropping lots of clues about their master plan, usually in plain sight. These clues almost always have to do with significant symbols, numbers, or other identifiable references to the occult, Freemasonry (the Masons being a gigantic target for conspiracy theories of all sorts), or specific dates or imagery.

This can supposedly be done in many ways (in architecture, for instance, or artwork), the most modern of which is what’s known as predictive programming. For example, the above still, from a 1997 episode of The Simpsons, appears to put that “9” in a pretty strange place, right next to the image of the Twin Towers. There are far too many potential examples of this to list here, with some obviously reaching far to make the connections, and others being downright creepy—like the plot of the 1998 pilot of the short-lived Fox series The Lone Gunmen, which had government operatives hijacking a plane and crashing it into the World Trade Center.

Celebrities Are Mind-Controlled Puppets

When MKULTRA was exposed in the mid-1970s, the CIA claimed that the program, begun in 1950, had long since been scrapped and had produced no viable results. But some conspiracy theorists will take issue with both of those statements: they’ll say that attempts by the “power elite” to perfect mind control predate the CIA to at least the 1930s. They also say that MKULTRA never stopped, it just changed its name to “Monarch” and not only has it been perfected, but practically all the world’s most famous celebrities have participated. Especially those employed by Disney.

The programming supposedly consists of ritualized, regulated trauma and abuse, designed to cause the subject to “dissociate” and undergo a break from reality. Then, the “handler” can wall off and create multiple personalities—blank slates which can be programmed for a variety of purposes, like singing and dancing. Or killing. Or sex. Or all the above.

According to the theory, this programming usually begins in early childhood, sometimes with the direct cooperation of the parent. The subjects are used throughout their childhood and teens as sex slaves for the rich and powerful, and their public images are carefully nurtured. These images are plotted on a trajectory from squeaky-clean child star, to subtly sexualized teen idol, to full-blown object of desire. When such celebrities “melt down,” it’s not simply the pressures of stardom, but broken mind-control programming. And they don’t go off to rehab, but to be reprogrammed.

If it sounds like science fiction, consider the puzzling fact that Roseanne Barr once inexplicably blurted out—in the middle of an otherwise perfectly normal nationally televised live interview—that “MKULTRA mind control rules in Hollywood.

Well… what do you think?

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

 

 

April 21, 2017

Soccer Conspiracies? Really?

Filed under: Conspiracies — Frank Fiore @ 8:00 AM

The world of international soccer is filled with theories, rumors and problems… but conspiracies? Yes… even soccer has it’s fair share of conspiracy theories. Why don’t you kick back and take a look at some of the most popular soccer conspiracies in the world… you may be shocked that so much can happen in the world of sport.

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Nike Makes Brazil Play Ronaldo in 1998 World Cup Final

Ronaldo was an integral part of Brazil’s run to the final in the 1998 World Cup.  What happened right before that final though is up for debate.

Ronaldo apparently fell ill the night before the final and was not going to appear for his side. Rumours have it that Nike forced its hand with the Brazilian FA and made sure the team’s star performer was on hand to showcase the company’s brand.

Things didn’t work out too well for Nike or Ronaldo as Zidane stole the spotlight and led France, who were sponsored by Adidas, to a victory while Ronaldo was completely ineffective.

The Selections for World Cup 2018 and 2022 Were Influenced by Oil and Money

The theory here, especially with the selection of Qatar, is that FIFA opted for money rather than a great footballing experience when they chose these countries for the next two World Cups.

To be fair, Russia seems a legitimate option especially when you consider the changes going on at the club level. While representatives of the US and England, the beaten finalist in both those bids, might not go as far as to say that oil and money were important, fans and viewers will not be so diplomatic.

Barcelona Benefits Because of UNICEF Partnership and UEFA Favouritism

Barcelona used to have the UNICEF logo on its kit as a part of a partnership between the football club and the organization. That logo recently changed thanks to another partnership with the Qatar foundation.

During the time with UNICEF, fans and a certain coach had the belief that Barcelona benefited from this partnership on the field as well as off it.

Jose Mourinho had his say about that partnership during last year’s Champions League, though UNICEF wasn’t really bothered by those comments.

This year, even with a different logo on, Mourinho has been at it again with his belief that UEFA favours the Catalan club, something which Zlatan Ibrahimovic agreed with.

South Korea Got Some Help in Its Run to the 2002 World Cup Semi-final

South Korea reached the semi-final of the 2002 World Cup as one of the co-hosts of the competition. They first beat Italy and then Spain in dramatic fashion before losing out to Germany in a close game.

The Italy game stands out in this conspiracy, as many Italian officials were quick to point out. The team felt that they were on the receiving end of some questionable calls including the expulsion of Francesco Totti.

Portugal, felt they received similar treatment in an important group game as did Spain in the quarterfinal.

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

 

 

April 14, 2017

Sports are without conspiracies… right? Wrong!

Filed under: Conspiracies — Frank Fiore @ 8:23 AM

Most people love sports… surely, sports are without conspiracies… right? Wrong. There are many conspiracies related to the world of sport. From boxing to swimming… you’ll find many of them here on this blog. Why don’t you check them out?

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Phelps and the Mysterious Gold Medal

Michael Phelps had a horrible start to the beginning of the 100-meter butterfly at the 2008 Beijing Games, but he managed to put together a miraculous finish to take gold.

Or did he?

The replay isn’t conclusive, but appears to show Serbia’s Milorad Cavic narrowly defeating Phelps. Phelps was given the win according to his electronic touch pad, which registered the American coming in one one-hundredth of a second before Cavic.

The possible conspiracy theory here is that Phelps’ electronic touch pad was rigged to be extra sensitive, and that the swimmer had actually triggered the pad with the force of the water his hands moved in their downstroke toward the wall.

Hand of God? Hand of Argentina…

Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona got away with the equivalent of handball murder in a 1986 World Cup quarterfinal against England.

The striker fielded the ball with his hand after a botched clearing by an English defender, punching the ball over the head of England’s goalkeeper and into the net. The infraction wasn’t called, as referees apparently failed to notice the glaring handball.

The lack of a call by officials remains a mystery today, and one of the explanations could be that officials wanted to see Argentina, the underdogs, defeat England.

Riggs…. Just Rigged?

In 1973, professional tennis player and hustler Bobby Riggs challenged women’s tennis legend Billie Jean King to a “Battle of the Sexes” match, the implied meaning of which was to sort out whether the best female player in the world could keep up with a decent male player.

King ended up dismantling Riggs, and some believed Riggs had bet against himself and purposely let the match get away from him.

The Ali Punch

Muhammad Ali’s famous “phantom punch” against Sonny Liston in February 1964 was a pivotal and controversial moment in boxing history.

Ali (then Cassius Clay) hit the then-heavyweight champion with a seemingly light counterpunch that sent Liston to the mat in the first round. Liston was unable to recover from the blow, and Ali was awarded the TKO.

The manner in which Liston went down has drawn speculation about the fight, with some believing Liston fixed the fight in order to pay off debts with the mob.

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

April 7, 2017

Try These Conspiracy Theories for Size

Filed under: Conspiracies — Frank Fiore @ 10:31 AM

Three crazy conspiracies for the weekend. Try these for size… We have the “secret” behind AID’s. We have the story behind the world and we have the truth about Jesus… These conspiracies are wild, wacky and you’ll either be sold on these… or you’ll laugh your ass off. Which will it be?

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The CIA

Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first reported the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1981, rumors have persisted that the deadly virus was created by the CIA to wipe out homosexuals and African Americans. Even today, the conspiracy theory has a number of high-profile believers. South African President Thabo Mbeki once touted the theory, disputing scientific claims that the virus originated in Africa and accusing the U.S. government of manufacturing the disease in military labs. When she won the Nobel Peace Prize, Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai used the international spotlight to support that theory as well. Others insist that the government deliberately injected gay men with the virus during 1978 hepatitis-B experiments in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Still others point to Richard Nixon, who combined the U.S. Army’s biowarfare department with the National Cancer Institute in 1971. Though the co-discoverers of HIV — Dr. Robert Gallo of the National Cancer Institute and Dr. Luc Montagnier of the Pasteur Institute in Paris — don’t agree on its origins, most members of the scientific community believe the virus jumped from monkeys to humans sometime during the 1930s.

The Illuminati…

If you were really a member of the global élite, you’d know this already: the world is ruled by a powerful, secretive few. Many of the rest of us peons have heard that in 2004 both candidates for the White House were members of Yale University’s secretive Skull and Bones society, many of whose members have risen to powerful positions. But Skull and Bones is small potatoes compared with the mysterious cabals that occupy virtually every seat of power, from the corridors of government to the boardrooms of Wall Street.

Take the Illuminati, a sect said to have originated in 18th century Germany and which is allegedly responsible for the pyramid-and-eye symbol adorning the $1 bill: they intend to foment world wars to strengthen the argument for the creation of a worldwide government (which would, of course, be Satanic in nature). Or consider the Freemasons, who tout their group as the “oldest and largest worldwide fraternity” and boast alumni like George Washington. Some think that despite donating heaps of cash to charity, they’re secretly plotting your undoing at Masonic temples across the world. Or maybe, some theorize, the guys pulling the strings aren’t concealed in shadow at all. They might be the intelligentsia on the Council on Foreign Relations, a cadre of policy wonks who allegedly count their aims as publishing an erudite bimonthly journal and establishing a unified world government — not necessarily in that order.

The Jesus Conspiracy

Jesus and Mary Magdalene might have been married, or so says the Gospel of Philip. Sure, it’s the basic plot of The Da Vinci Code (the thriller also wraps in conspiracy shibboleths like Opus Dei and the Knights Templar for good measure) — but the theory finds its basis in writings from the Gnostic Gospels, which were discovered in 1945 and whose authenticity religious experts still dispute. In the Gospel of Philip, Mary Magdalene, who is referred to as Jesus’ koinonos, a Greek term for “companion” or “partner,” is depicted as being closer to Jesus than any other apostle.

In an exchange between Peter and Mary, he admits to her that “the Saviour loved you above all other women” — a tense moment in the scripture that seems to portray the jealousy that the other apostles might have felt for Mary’s relationship with Jesus. The only other evidence used to support the theory is a mention of Jesus kissing Mary often, but some say kissing was the custom and it was typical of Jesus to practice it with those close to him. (Remember Judas?)

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

 

March 31, 2017

Some of the Strangest Conspiracies Ever

Filed under: Conspiracies — Frank Fiore @ 9:19 AM

With some wild conspiracy theories, out there—I thought it might be good to give you some of the strangest in one easy-to-read blog post. Here we have some of the craziest ramblings from conspiracy theorists…. From Beyoncé to Reptilian monsters…. Let’s look at what people around the world believe to be true…

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Pizzagate

Not all conspiracy theories are benign, of course. After her loss to Donald Trump in the US presidential election, Hillary Clinton decried what she called the “epidemic” of fake news in the lead-up to the vote.

In an apparent reference to a conspiracy theory known as “Pizzagate”, Clinton warned that fraudulent stories online had “real world consequences” and were putting “lives at risk”.

The Pizzagate conspiracy theory originally began to circulate on the anonymous message boards of image-sharing site 4chan.

It stemmed back to the WikiLeaks release of emails hacked from the account of Clinton aide John Podesta, in which there were references to James Alefantis, the owner of Washington DC pizza restaurant Comet Ping Pong and a Democrat fundraiser.

After finding pictures of children on Alefantis’s social media accounts, conspiracy theorists concluded top members of the Democrat Party had turned the basement of his pizzeria into a dungeon and it was ground zero for a massive child sex-trafficking operation involving prominent politicians and political donors.

“We don’t even have a basement,” Alefantis told the BBC. “Sometimes an innocent picture of a child in a basket is just an innocent picture of a child in a basket and not proof of a child-sex trafficking ring.”

Mind Control

Although initially seen as another fanciful conspiracy theory, this one turned out to be true. The CIA really did run secret mind-control experiments on US citizens from the 1950s until 1973, using “electronics, hypnosis, sensory deprivation and verbal and sexual abuse”.

In 1995, president Bill Clinton issued a formal apology for Project MKUltra, as it was known. It is believed that “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski was part of these experiments, although that detail has yet to be confirmed.

The Queen of England is a Reptile

The “reptoid hypothesis” is a conspiracy theory which advances the argument that reptilian humanoids live among us with the intention of enslaving the human race. It has been championed by former BBC sports presenter David Icke, who believes the likes of Bob Hope, members of the royal family, including the Queen, and former US presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton are part of the “Anunnaki” race who came to earth for “monatomic gold”.

Beyonce is a Clone

Remember the classic ‘Paul is Dead’ conspiracy? The theory that Paul McCartney was killed in a car accident at the height of the Beatles’ fame and replaced by a lookalike? Well, the 21st century music industry now has its own twist on the tale. And in keeping with its modern origin, it’s a little more tech-savvy.

 

In recent years, a small but vocal subculture has argued that the Beyonce we all remember from the days when she was lead singer with Destiny’s Child has been replaced by a clone.

The outlandish theory was first spotted by The Root, which shared the following screenshot of a Facebook post showing the supposedly clear physical difference between the ‘old’ Beyonce and her cyborg replacement.

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

 

 

March 24, 2017

Secrets of the Moon Landing

Filed under: Conspiracies — Frank Fiore @ 2:35 PM

Did man really visit the moon? Since the beginning of time—people have wondered about the moon and stars in the sky. What would it be like to travel in space? When man did walk on the moon—it was a world changing experience. A way to see the world in a different way—but did we truly walk on the moon? Many believe that the moon landings were a host—let’s look at the evidence. 

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Lack of Impact Crater

The claim goes as follows: had NASA really landed us on the moon, there would be a blast crater underneath the lunar module to mark its landing. On any video footage or photograph of the landings, no crater is visible, almost as though the module was simply placed there. The surface of the moon is covered in fine lunar dust, and even this doesn’t seem to have been displaced in photographic evidence.

Much like the waving flag theory, however, the lack of an impact crater has a slew of potential explanations. NASA maintains that the module required significantly less thrust in the low-gravity conditions than it would have done on Earth. The surface of the moon itself is solid rock, so a blast crater probably wouldn’t be feasible anyway – in the same way that an aeroplane doesn’t leave a crater when it touches down on a concrete airstrip.

Multiple Light Sources Theory

On the moon, there is only one strong light source: the Sun. So, it’s fair to suggest that all shadows should run parallel to one another. But this was not the case during the moon landing: videos and photographs clearly show that shadows fall in different directions. Conspiracy theorists suggest that this must mean multiple light sources are present -suggesting that the landing photos were taken on a film set.

NASA has attempted to blame uneven landscape on the strange shadows, with subtle bumps and hills on the moon’s surface causing the discrepancies. This explanation has been tossed out the window by some theorists; how could hills cause such large angular differences? In the image above the lunar module’s shadow clearly contradicts that of the rocks in the foreground at almost a 45-degree angle.

The Van Allen Radiation Belt Theory

In order to reach the moon, astronauts had to pass through what is known as the Van Allen radiation belt. The belt is held in place by Earth’s magnetic field and stays perpetually in the same place. The Apollo missions to the moon marked the first ever attempts to transport living humans through the belt. Conspiracy theorists contend that the sheer levels of radiation would have cooked the astronauts en route to the moon, despite the layers of aluminium coating the interior and exterior of the spaceship. NASA have countered this argument by emphasizing the short amount of time it took the astronauts to traverse the belt – meaning they received only very small doses of radiation.

Lack of Stars In The Sky

One compelling argument for the moon landing hoax is the total lack of stars in any of the photographic/video evidence. There are no clouds on the moon, so stars are perpetually visible and significantly brighter than what we see through the filter of Earth’s atmosphere.

The argument here is that NASA would have found it impossible to map out the exact locations of all stars for the hoax without being rumbled, and therefore left them out – intentionally falling back on an excuse that the quality of the photographs washes them out, an excuse they did actually give to explain this problem.

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

March 17, 2017

Filed under: Conspiracies — Frank Fiore @ 9:46 AM

The assassination of John F. Kennedy may be one of the most well-known mysteries of all time. With politics at the top of the news—we thought this might be the perfect time to go over some of the conspiracies surrounding his untimely murder. How long will it take to unravel the mystery? Perhaps… forever… but at least you’ll know the strands that make his murder such a mystery.

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The Background

John F Kennedy shot on 22 November 1963, while travelling with his wife through Dallas, Texas, in the back of an open-top convertible.

Lee Harvey Oswald opened fire as the presidential motorcade passed the Texas School Book Depository at 12.30pm and the president was pronounced dead at Dallas’s Parkland Hospital 30 minutes later.

The assassination became a defining event of the post-war 20th century, but a lack of clarity over the precise circumstances, together with the fact his assassin was himself murdered two days later, have led to a host of conspiracy theories over who was to blame.

That Grassy Knoll

Most JFK conspiracy theories pivot around the idea that Oswald wasn’t acting alone. When the president was hit by the bullet that killed him, the motorcade was passing a grassy knoll on the north side of Elm Street. Newspaper photographs record that shortly after the shooting, police arrested three tramps found in a railroad car behind the knoll. Because the men were clean-shaven and well-dressed there was speculation that they were CIA assassins rather than hobos.

Murdered By The CIA

The idea that the assassination was a CIA plot sounds bizarre, but conspiracy theorists suggest the president’s alleged comment that he wanted to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds” made him an agency target. Other theories suggest that one of the tramps (see above) was E Howard Hunt, a former CIA operative who was involved in the ill-fated Bay of Pigs operation to oust Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

The KGB?

The Soviets had a powerful motive [to kill JFK]: to gain revenge for the humiliation of the USSR in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Oswald was a communist and had spent time in the USSR. His “Russian odyssey” afforded the KGB “many opportunities to interact with him”.

The Mafia?

Why would the mafia want JFK dead? Because his brother, Robert, was turning up the heat on organised crime. Robert was the US attorney general at the time and his “anti-mafia crusade” had led to a sharp increase in the number of prosecutions of senior mafia figures.

Aliens?

Another incredible theory suggests JFK was killed for showing too much interest in “alien activity”. There are two “crucial” pieces of evidence backing this up. The first is a letter written by JFK to the CIA in which he demands to see secret UFO files. The second is a note from a senior CIA official that says “we cannot allow” the president to see the classified material.

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

 

March 11, 2017

Time Travel. Is it Possible?

Filed under: Conspiracies — Frank Fiore @ 10:20 AM

Time travel? The final frontier? Since the beginning of time—people have wondered about the possibility of time travel. What would it be like to travel back, or forward, in time and see a different world? A different set of values? It’s impossible. Right? Well, not according to these accounts. This week we are going to take a look at time travel—see you in 1952 next week!

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The Titor Case

Between 2000 and 2001, an internet user by the name of John Titor posted the following on a popular online forum:

“Greetings. I am a time traveller from the year 2036. I am on my way home after getting an IBM 5100 computer system from the year 1975.

My ‘time’ machine is a stationary mass, temporal displacement unit manufactured by General Electric. The unit is powered by two top-spin dual-positive singularities that produce a standard off-set Tipler sinusoid.

I will be happy to post pictures of the unit.”

He claimed he was on the way to 1975 with a ‘stopover’ in the year 2000. Allegedly from a military outfit, he was on a mission to retrieve items from the past that would help society. He went on to answer the many questions his ‘followers’ had for him until he dropped off the grid entirely. There have been many discussions about Titor—but one thing is for sure… he certainly caused a stir—but was he real?

Insider Trading With A Vantage

It was on 28th January, 2003, that a man named Andrew Carlssin was arrested for alleged insider trading. After investing just $800 in businesses, Carlssin managed to make $350 million in just two weeks. According to the police, his gig was up. It was while they had detained him for questioning that Carlssin admitted to having travelled to the year 2003 from the year 2256. Not one person bought this theory, and he soon found himself in jail. But his stay didn’t extend beyond a month thanks to a mystery man who paid over one million dollars in bail money. Carlssin disappeared soon after and has been impossible to trace even after authorities searched for possible aliases.

Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Experiment was allegedly a military experiment where the US Navy destroyer USS Eldridge was subjected to experiments that were unconventional in nature. Time travel was one such experiment where the ship is said to have travelled back in time. The US Navy, of course, denied this ever happened and this why some think it to be a hoax although the story retains its buoyancy with conspiracy theory groups.

Air Marshal Goddard

Is it possible to slip into another time period? Well that is what Sir Robert Victor Goddard, an Air Marshal, claimed happened to him. He was sent to inspect a disused airfield near Edinburgh, in a little place called Drem, that he found was in a decrepit state. However, later that day, he ran into a spot of air trouble when flying his biplane during heavy rain.

He therefore chose to fly back through Drem to wait for the storm to pass. However, he soon left the tempestuous rain and entered sunlight. When he looked down, he noticed that the once decrepit field had been transformed and was now in use. Mechanics in blue overalls were walking around the airfield, and he spotted four yellow planes on the runway – which he failed to recognize, despite his many years of aviation experience.

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

 

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