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and the Monkey Virus
Harvey Oswald was not the assassin of President Kennedy. That
is the only firm conclusion one can draw from analyzing the Kennedy
assassination’s body of evidence. From that material, one
can derive preliminary conclusions and suggestions, which often
cannot be proven as the authorities were never interested in pursuing
these strands of the investigation as they were only interested
in tying Oswald to the crime.
The Warren Commission’s focus was too narrow, while other
researchers have cast the net too wide. But when we widen the
scope of the investigation wide enough, it becomes clear that
those involved in the assassination were also involved in other
projects that have scarcely seen the light of day, projects which
are often highly illegal or secret.
Dozens of deaths have been marked as potentially connected with
the Kennedy assassination, often involving eyewitnesses or potential
conspirators who died “mysteriously” . Few seem to
be more intriguing than that of Mary Sherman. Interestingly, Sherman
was murdered and her death is listed as an “unsolved murder”
to this very day.
Dr. Mary Sherman was found dead in the early morning of July 21,
1964, eight months after the assassination. Her body had been
partially burned, her entire right arm missing, though this detail
was sometimes left out of the news reports following her death.
Though part of her body was burnt, this was largely the right
side only and nothing else in the house was burnt. There was no
sign of forced entry in her home – the alarm system was
off – suggesting that her murderer was known to her. She
was stabbed multiple times, including the heart, which killed
Skeptics like Gerard Posner have argued that this “unsolved
murder” is of no relevance to the Kennedy assassination,
but Edward T. Haslam believes otherwise. A native of New Orleans,
Haslam has published “Dr. Mary’s Monkey”, in
which he outlines the case that Sherman’s murder may have
been a pivotal part of why the Kennedy assassination was never
properly investigated, as this might expose Oswald’s role
in a nefarious secret experiment that the US government desperately
tried to keep away from the general public.
Dr. Mary Sherman was a Tulane medical professor and one of the
country’s leading orthopedic surgeons and cancer researchers,
who became involved with a secret government experiment to stop
a previous government experiment that had gone wrong from reaching
apocalyptic proportions. In the 1950s, various experiments were
occurring to advance medicine. Test subjects were often mice and
monkeys. When polio struck throughout the Western world, medical
researchers needed to come up with fast answers. Often, it appears
in retrospect, not all side effects of the vaccines that were
administered were known and some were far more dangerous than
the original disease. It appears that AIDS, but especially the
spread of cancer, might have been unknown side effects of these
experiments. The likes of Sherman were involved with this advanced
research and were amongst the first to realize the dangers, as
well as searching for antidotes.
first, how does Sherman tie into the Kennedy assassination? A
central figure in the Kennedy assassination plot is David Ferrie.
After Oswald’s arrest, New Orleans District Attorney Jim
Garrison was asked to look into Ferrie as a potential conspirator
with Oswald. He was soon cleared. When Garrison reopened his investigation
in 1967, Ferrie became his principal focus and he began to realize
that there was far more to this man than initially had met the
On the day of the assassination, Garrison arrested Ferrie as there
were stories going round that Ferrie had been the getaway pilot
for the assassin. At the time of the assassination, Ferrie was
actually in a New Orleans courtroom, with Carlos Marcello, the
local Mafia don, who was read a verdict of not guilty on racketeering
charges. Garrison arrested Ferrie after he had received a phone
call from Jack Martin, who earlier in the afternoon had been pistol-whipped
by his employee Guy Banister, with whom Oswald briefly shared
an office a few months earlier while he was handing out leaflets
about Communist Cuba in the streets of New Orleans. Once arrested,
Garrison turned Ferrie over to the FBI, who quickly released him.
In 1963, Garrison believed the FBI was conducting a concise investigation
– a fantasy he would discard a few years later when he reopened
the case in 1966. But in February 1967, only a few days after
Garrison had announced his new enquiry, Ferrie was found dead
in his apartment, his death ruled natural, which is why the New
Orleans DA could never prosecute him.
On his part, Haslam has identified that Ferrie was involved with
the same secret medical experiments Sherman was involved with.
When Ferrie was questioned as part of the Kennedy assassination
investigation, his apartment was found to contain thousands mice,
which Haslam was able to trace back as being involved in the Sherman
medical research. Indeed, when questioned, Ferrie claimed he was
helping to find a cure for cancer. Ferrie was even said to have
published a medical treatise on the viral theory of cancer, but
it is now known that he did not write it, but did have access
to unpublished documents in the subject matter, showing he was
on the frontlines of this research.
Garrison agreed that Ferrie was involved in cancer research, as
expressed in an interview with “Playboy” in 1967,
in which the interviewer also prodded Garrison that several people
believed that Jack Ruby, Oswals’s assassin, had died after
he had been injected with live cancer cells. Garrison answered
with the standard statement, that Ferrie had indeed worked with
mice – 2000 at one time – and tried to inject them
with cancer and that there might be a link with the death of Dr.
Mary Sherman. Garrison straightforwardly stated that Ferrie and
Sherman worked together on these experiments. But Garrison also
stated there was more than one doctor involved and seemed to indicate
one of the other doctors was Dr. Alton Ochsner, someone whom he
in 1967 tried to arrest.
was one of the leading doctors of the 20th century, but also connected
with the world of intelligence; together with William Donovan,
the head of the Office of Strategic Services after the Second
World, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American
Cancer Society in 1949. Ochsner operated on several foreign “friends”,
like Tomas Gabriel Duque, the former dictator of Panama and Argentinian
president Juan Peron. He was violently anti-communist and set
up a number of organizations in New Orleans to promote anti-communism,
specifically INCA, of which he was both president and chairman.
After leafleting in New Orleans, Oswald had debated Ed Butler,
INCA’s Executive Director, on the radio. It is generally
assumed that Oswald was paid to leaflet and that he did it as
a campaign to make people believe there were communist supporters
for Castro in New Orleans.
It was Butler who in 1963 made sure that the world heard part
of this radio interview, in which Oswald said he was a Marxist.
After the assassination, Butler went to Congressman Hale Boggs’
office and played the recording to him; Boggs then phoned President
Johnson, stating he had just heard evidence Oswald was a communist.
It was a decisive moment in the Kennedy investigation, for not
only did the world now believe Oswald was a communist, Johnson
also ordered a cover-up, stating he did not want to see the Warren
Commission reach a conclusion that communists were behind the
killing of the American president, as this could lead to World
In 1967, Ochsner clearly should have been afraid of his arrest
and when this news reached him, he tried to depict Garrison as
crazy. He, like Sherman, was one of the most respected experts
in medicine in the United States. Why would they become involved
with a man like Ferrie? Why, one would think, were her experiments
not carried out in the confines of university laboratories? The
answer is that much of the work she was carrying out, was deliberately
kept outside the realms of university laboratories, as most of
it was either sponsored by the intelligence agencies or was trying
to fix major errors committed by university laboratories –
and some of the errors were created by Ochsner.
In the late 1950s, when polio ravaged through the western world,
a vaccine was created. The likes of Elvis Presley were approached
to sponsor a massive inoculation campaign across America, to protect
the people from polio. But just before the inoculations began,
the polio vaccine turned out to be not so safe. The alarm bell
was rung by Bernice Eddy. When she injected the polio vaccine
in her monkeys, they became paralyzed. When this news reached
the media, Ochsner injected his own grandchildren, in a public
demonstration that he was absolutely convinced the new vaccine
was safe. Alas, within days, children across America fell ill,
some even died. Ochsner’s grandson died, while his granddaughter
contracted the disease but survived.
leafletting in the streets of New Orleans
the story is bigger. This specific polio vaccine may actually
have been the cause for the increase in cancer. Eddy asked whether
an entire generation of Americans might have been inoculated with
cancer-causing monkey viruses. Indeed, after the polio debacle,
Sherman began to use radiation in efforts to lessen or kill the
monkey virus in the cancer – years ahead of the introduction
of radiation therapy for cancer patients.
A key ingredient in the story of Sherman is the linear particle
accelerator, a new device that emerged in the late 1950s from
the world of physics and which soon made its inroads in the medical
labs, where it was used to destroy cancer tissue as well as other
applications in viral and genetic research. Sherman was an early
experimenter with this new form of treatment and died while she
was investigating these new avenues of medicine.
Sherman may not have died because she was involved in the Kennedy
assassination, but it appears that her death occurred within the
context of secret US government experiments and disasters whose
full scope the US government did not want to see become public
knowledge. Though it is speculation, maybe her right arm was missing
and this part of her body burnt as she had become exposed to a
virus or like; burning part of her body would make sure that the
disease would die and not spread in the human population. We will,
however, never know, as her death was never resolved and maybe
part of the reason is that the US government gave specific instructions
not to resolve it, as it would uncover the disastrous saga of
the polio-cancer vaccine. A saga, which includes some of the key
players of the Kennedy assassination.