Dec 28, 2021 I Nick Redfern

Elusive and Near-Legendary Missing Files: A Vanished Diary, Secret Documents and More

As someone who writes a lot of articles, and a lot of books too, I can say for sure that I get a lot of feedback from readers - something I very much appreciate. Not only that, sometimes I get a lot of detailed reports sent to me, too. On the other hand, a report might be brief, but there's something in it that luckily takes things to another level. Then, there are what I call "secret files." Or, things that just might blow certain things wide open, but that  can't be found anywhere. That almost certainly did exist at some point, though. I thought that, today, I would share with you some examples of the above. I'll begin with the CIA's file on Noah's Ark. It's not as exciting as you might think, but it's still interesting. Over the years (decades, in fact) rumors have circulated suggesting that the CIA has a deep interest in nothing less than the alleged final resting place of Noah’s Ark. There are tales of clandestine treks up Mount Ararat, Turkey to find ancient remains. There are also stories of pieces of the Ark having secretly been taken to the Smithsonian for study and storage. And, even supposed threats to archaeologists from the M.I.B. The big question, of course, is this: how much of all this can be vindicated? Can any of it be vindicated?

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(Nick Redfern) People silenced for knowing too much about Noah's Ark?

Certainly, the CIA has a “file” on the Ark, but having a dossier does not mean that its staff have found the Ark, or have uncovered something amazing about it. Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, the CIA has declassified a number of interesting papers on the Ark, mostly from the 1970s and the 1980s. Right now, I have a couple of hundred pages of material on the CIA and Noah's Ark. Much of the material, however, amounts to news-clips that someone inside the CIA asked for. On top of that, one informant - a retired employee of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) - claimed to know the true reason as to why the CIA had such an interest in Noah's Ark. He said that it was all very simple: strategically, he explained, Turkey was a very good place to keep a watch on certain Russian military bases and Soviet facilities - thanks to high-flying spy-planes. And, should the Russians have complained (which they did...), it would have been very easy for the CIA to simply say that there was no spying, just a bunch of people looking for Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat. To me, that makes perfect sense. I have, though, heard of lengthy files concerning Noah's Ark and the CIA. All from the latter part of the 1950s and the early 1960s. And with a bunch of sensational black-and-white photos to accompany the files. Unfortunately, the story collapsed and I didn't get anything else. Some might say that was sure to be the result. I can't disagree, at all. That may not always be the case though, as I still get at least a couple of Noah's Ark/CIA stories sent to me per year.

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(Nick Redfern) Nick and researcher Cat Fleming at Lee Harvey Oswald's grave

Now, onto a n intriguing file and an extremely controversial character: none other than Lee Harvey Oswald. At the time of the JFK assassination on November 22, 1963, Robert E. Jones was a colonel in the U.S. Army. When, in the 1970s, the House Select Committee on Assassinations launched a deep inquiry to try and answer, once and for all, the riddle of who killed JFK. Colonel Jones claimed to know something significant. In 1978, he went before the committee and shared what he knew – that when the President was murdered there were around a dozen military personnel on site. It was Jones’ impression, at the time, that the group was there to help provide protection for the president, in much the same way that the Secret Service did. It has since been suggested by JFK researchers that the military team was not there to protect the president – but that it was really a carefully camouflaged hit-squad. There is an interesting afterword to all of this: as far back as the summer of 1963, the HSCA learned, Colonel Jones had been involved in a top secret investigation of Oswald’s activities. As a result of this investigation, official files were, of course compiled. The files were held, said Jones, by the 112th Military Intelligence Group. They contained data on how, in the immediate aftermath of the shooting of JFK, Jones contacted the FBI with what he knew of Oswald and his actions leading up to the events of November 22, 1963. The House Select Committee on Assassinations looked carefully at what Colonel Jones had to say. The HSCA did its best to track down the military intelligence file on Oswald, which Colonel Jones knew of – because he was a key figure in the collation of it. Unfortunately, the HSCA’s best was not good enough.

According to the HSCA’s records: "Access to Oswald’s military intelligence file, which the Department of Defense never gave to the Warren Commission, was not possible because the Department of Defense had destroyed the file as part of a general program aimed at eliminating all of its files pertaining to non-military personnel." The HSCA asked the military about the nature of the destruction. The HSCA was told that it was "not possible" to state with certainty when the Oswald files were destroyed. It was also impossible to determine "who accomplished the actual physical destruction of the dossier." Not could it be ascertained who ordered the "destruction or deletion." And, just for good measure, the military added to the HSCA: "The exact material contained in the dossier cannot be determined." Having written a lot on the JFK assassination (I only live a short drive away from Dealey Plaza), I've heard story after story about the Colonel Jones saga and where the Oswald material might really be. So far, it's still elusive.

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(Nick Redfern) Marilyn Monroe: Pills, Booze and - Maybe - UFOs...

What about Marilyn Monroe's dynamite-filled journal that almost certainly got her killed in August 1962 (or, rather it was one of several reasons she lost her life)? That's a story all of its own. And, like all the other data in this article, it can't be found. The number of people who saw Marilyn's diary, or knew of it, were not overly many. One of those was Dr. Jack Hattem, the author of a 2007 book, Marilyn Monroe: Murder – by Consent. As someone who spent a great deal of time investigating the circumstances surrounding Marilyn’s controversial passing in August 1962, Dr. Hattem said that "the CIA long considered Marilyn Monroe a threat to national security from the time she had married Arthur Miller, because they thought of him as a leftist." Dr. Hattem says that of the Diary of Secrets, much of it dealt with what he termed "pillow talk" concerning Robert Kennedy. One of Marilyn’s closest friends was a man named Robert Slatzer. He, too, knew of Marilyn’s secret journal. Like Dr. Jack Hattem, Slatzer confirmed that the diary contained a lot of data on Robert Kennedy. Indeed, Slatzer said that he saw the diary only days before Marilyn was found dead. What happened to the diary after that, Slatzer didn’t know. One person who was able to fill in some of the gaps was Lionel Grandison. When the Hollywood legend died, Grandison worked in the Los Angeles, California Coroner’s Office, as a coroner’s aid. It was while working in the office that Grandison saw Monroe’s effects brought in by the police – which included the diary. While Grandison would not reveal the contents of the diary, he did admit they were sensational.

On another day I'll share with you some more "missing documents"-type accounts that were shared with me. How about a 132-pages-long file on the mysterious deaths of dozens of Marconi personnel back in the 1980s and early 1990s, and that had the U.K. government in a state of deep concern? Then, there's a man named Frederick Hauser and a 1940s-era, alleged alien autopsy - and an attendant file said to be held by the family, no less.

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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