Sep 23, 2015 I Nick Redfern

“Star Wars,” Pacts, and Flying Saucers, Pt. 1

On June 3 of this year, I wrote an article here at Mysterious Universe titled "The Mystery of the Marconi Deaths." It began as follows (QUOTE): "To many, it might sound like the ultimate plot-line of the equally ultimate conspiracy-thriller: dozens of scientists and technicians – all working on highly-classified programs, and all linked to one, particular company – dead under highly controversial and unusual circumstances.

"It’s a controversy that ran from the early 1980s to 1991 and remains unresolved to this very day. And it all revolves around the top secret work of a company called Marconi Electronic Systems, but which, today, exists as a part of BAE Systems Electronics Limited. Its work includes the development of futuristic weaponry and spy-satellite technology.

"It was in March 1982 that Professor Keith Bowden, whose computer expertise made him a valuable employee of Marconi, lost his life in a car accident. His vehicle left a three-lane highway at high speed and slammed into a railway line. Death was instantaneous. In March 1985, Roger Hill, a draughtsman with Marconi, died of a shotgun blast. His death was deemed a suicide." (END OF QUOTE)

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Gordon Creighton

As the article notes, the list of Marconi-linked people who met bizarre and grim ends grew and grew, and finally came to a halt in the early 1990s. And more than a few of them were linked to research undertaken for U.S. President Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. It was far better known by its memorable nickname: "Star Wars." But there's something else worth noting on this particular matter. Something controversial and disturbing. And it all revolves around a man named Gordon Creighton, who is probably best known for his time spent as editor of Flying Saucer Review magazine. In August 2003, the UK's Times newspaper wrote the following about Creighton, in his obituary:

"Government service occupied most of the working life of Gordon Creighton, but he perhaps made his greatest mark as an authority on unidentified flying objects. His conviction that extraterrestrials were visiting Earth seemed oddly at variance with the more orthodox worlds of diplomacy and Whitehall...His expertise took him into government research on maps in oriental and other languages with the Permanent Committee on Geographical Names, and he spent eight years as an intelligence officer on Russian and Chinese affairs at the Ministry of Defense. It is said that in the intelligence post he worked directly below the secret Whitehall department where the Air Ministry and the RAF were studying information on UFOs."

While it's true that Creighton firmly believed in the existence of a genuine UFO phenomenon, he was not at all sure - and particularly so in his later years - that the phenomenon was extraterrestrial. One of the things that both intrigued and worried Creighton was the scenario of the UFO phenomenon being the product of nothing less than malevolent, dangerous Djinn.


In an article titled "A Short Course on the Djinn," Rosemary Ellen Guiley says: "In Arabian lore, djinn (also spelled jinn) are a race of supernaturally empowered beings who have the ability to intervene in the affairs of people. Like the Greek daimones, djinn are self-propagating and can be either good or evil. They can be conjured in magical rites to perform various tasks and services. A djinni (singular) appears as a wish-granting 'genie' in folk tales such as in The Book of 1001 Nights collection of folk tales."

Rosemary, a noted expert on the Djinn, also says: "In Western lore djinn are sometimes equated with demons, but they are not the same. They are often portrayed as having a demonic-like appearance, but they can also appear in beautiful, seductive forms. The djinn are masterful shape-shifters, and their favored forms are snakes and black dogs. They also can masquerade as anything: humans, animals, ghosts, cryptids, and other entities such as extraterrestrials, demons, shadow people, fairies, angels and more."

All of which brings us back to Gordon Creighton. When the Marconi controversy was at its height - and being reported on widely by the UK media - Creighton made brief references to the matter of the deaths and his suspicions that they were the work of deadly Djinn.Their purpose: to derail Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative - "Star Wars." Yes, it sounds bizarre. That's because it was, and still is, bizarre!

Well, when I see or hear something bizarre, I look into it. And that's exactly what I did with this story. I contacted Creighton to ask for more information on the matter. I wasn't sure to what extent Creighton would respond - if, even, at all. Fortunately, he did, and we chatted about this very issue of the Djinn/UFO/"Star Wars"/Marconi controversy in May 1989. As you will see in part-2...

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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