Jul 12, 2022 I Nick Redfern

When an Assassination Looks Like a Heart Attack: Science and Murder Combined

For decades, numerous nations, all around the world, have done their utmost to try and harness the mysterious powers of the mind. And use them as tools of nothing less than espionage. Extra-sensory perception (ESP), clairvoyance, precognition, and astral-projection have all been utilized by the CIA, the KGB, and British Intelligence on more than a few occasions. As astonishing as it may sound, the world of psychic 007’s is all too real. It’s a subject that has been researched, with varying degrees of success, for decades. It has been suggested, too, that other decidedly alternative ways of wiping people out has been undertaken. This brings us to the key issue of this article: Any mention of assassinations inevitably evokes imagery of sinister men in black suits, prowling around in the darkness and the shadows, armed with a trusty pistol and silencer, and ready to take out their designated target. Sure, that’s certainly a big part of the story. It’s a fact, however, that assassinations have a long and controversial history, as we shall now see. In 2012, the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper ran an article titled “Pharaoh’s murder riddle solved after 3,000 years.” In part, it stated the following: “Forensic technology suggests Ramses III, a king revered as a god, met his death at the hand of a killer, or killers, sent by his conniving wife and ambitious son. And a cadaver known as the ‘Screaming Mummy’ could be that of the son himself, possibly forced to commit suicide after the plot."

(Nick Redfern) Sinister characters and assassinations

Ruthless killers and murderers for hire: they are just about here, there and everywhere. They lurk in the shadows, ready to pounce. They terminate to order. And, in the process, they change the course of humankind. They are among the world’s most cold-hearted, deadly, and emotionless figures. They are the assassins. When you read this article, you will quickly find yourself immersed in a world that is filled with killings made to seem like suicides, murders that were designed to look like heart-attacks, and accidents that, in reality, were carefully orchestrated wipeouts. Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation (Radiowaves and Microwaves) Eurasian Communist Countries is a 1976 document that was prepared for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.  Specifically, it was written by Ronald L. Adams and Dr. R.A. Williams of the U.S. Army's Medical Intelligence and Information Agency.

The document was declassified - via the terms of the Freedom of Information Act - many years ago, but the contents of the document certainly still have the ability to provoke deep controversy. One particular segment of the Adams-Williams report stands out. It is titled "Cardiovascular System." The pair stated the following: “Heavy emphasis has been placed on investigations involving electromagnetic radiation on the cardiovascular system. Effects on hemodynamics include blood pressure variations ad cardiac arrhythmias. Comparison of a group of engineers and administrative officials who were exposed to microwaves for a period of years and an unexposed group revealed a significantly higher incidence of coronary disease. Exposure may, therefore, promote an earlier onset of cardiovascular disease in susceptible individuals.”

It should be noted that interest in how, and under what specific circumstances, the human heart can be affected was not exclusively the interest of the U.S. Army's Medical Intelligence and Information Agency. For example, staff who were employed at the Foreign Technology Division of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio also dug deeply (very deeply, in fact) into this particularly controversial area. We know this because - just as was the case with the Adams-Williams paper - Wright-Patterson AFB's files on the matter have now been declassified into the public domain. The U.S. Air Force, back in 1978, published a report titled Paraphysics R&D - Warsaw Pact. As was the case with the 1976 document, the 1978 Air Force report was also prepared for personnel within the Defense Intelligence Agency. This document, however, was somewhat more alternative in nature and scope. And that is putting things mildly. By that, I mean the authors of the report focused much of their time on how the heart could be affected by supernatural skills - and, potentially, in a very dangerous way. The papers make it clear that people could even be killed in a fashion that would look like a normal, tragic death, but that in reality would be caused by psychic phenomena.

Extrasensory Perception (ESP), mind-reading, and psychic phenomena were all studied when it came to the extent to which the human heart could be damaged – even to the extent of murdering someone, which was what the U.S. had deep concerns about: namely, Russian assassins trying to kill U.S. citizens via mind-power. Staff at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base were particularly concerned by the worrying extent to which the Russians were working in this particular field. The document demonstrates that the one person, far more than any other, that the Air Force had concerns about was a Dr. Gennadiy Aleksandrovich Sergeyev. The doctor worked in the field of “technical services” at the Leningrad-based Institute of Physiology.

(Nick Redfern) The things we don't know...

According to the work and results of Sergeyev's controversy-filled research, one of his particularly skilled psychics in this field was a woman named Nina Kulagina. It was in 1970 that Sergeyev came to see just how dangerous Kulagina’s abilities could be. The Foreign Technology Staff at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base reported that on one particular day, “Kulagina attempted to increase the heart rate of a skeptical physician.” Matters did not end there, however. Air Force personnel advised the Defense Intelligence Agency that, “Electroencephalogram, electrocardiogram, and other parameters were measured,” and that "within 1 minute after the experiment began," the heart of the same physician "reached dangerous levels, and the experiment was terminated." For the U.S. Air Force, the whole matter was deemed to be a very "serious intelligence problem." No doubt.

What all of this potentially suggests is that the Russians, at the height of the Cold War, may have succeeded in carrying out what we might term "psychic assassinations" or "murder by microwaves." And doing so by fatally affecting the hearts of the targeted individuals. While many people of a skeptical nature might dismiss such admittedly highly controversial notions, the fact is that the U.S Air Force, the U.S. Army’s Medical Intelligence and Information Agency, and the Defense Intelligence remained concerned - worried, even - about such strange possibilities. There is another important issue that is well worth noting: the research and the documents that I have referred to in this particular article date back to 1976 and to 1978. This inevitably begs important questions for all of us to ponder on: four decades further down the line, just how far has the research progressed? Can people now be targeted and assassinated in a way that appears innocent, but which, in reality, is actually nothing less than downright sinister? These are questions that we should seriously think about.

And, think on this: Tim Rifat, who has deeply studied the world of top secret, governmental research into psychic spying and Remote-Viewing, says of the death of remote-viewer Pat Price: “It was alleged at the time that the Soviets poisoned Price. It would have been a top priority for the KGB to eliminate Price as his phenomenal remote-viewing abilities would have posed a significant danger to the USSR’s paranormal warfare buildup. He may also have been the victim of an elite group of Russian psi-warriors trained to remotely kill enemies of the Soviet Union.”

Earlier, I mentioned the matter of "murder by microwaves." It may have been microwaves that took the life of 1950s-era UFO researcher Morris Jessup. In the early evening of April 20, 1959, the lifeless body of Morris Jessup was found in his car, which was parked in the Matheson Hammock Park in Miami, Florida. The car’s engine was still running and a hosepipe, affixed to the exhaust, had been fed through the driver’s side window. Jessup was dead from the effects of carbon-monoxide. Jessup’s body was found by a man named John Goode, who worked at the park. Shocked at the sight before him, Goode quickly called the police, who arrived in no time at all. Although Jessup's death seemed to have been a suicide, the fact is that in the lead up to his end, Jessup was sure he was being watched - and he also suspected that his mind was being played with by microwaves. Jessup became extremely depressed and paranoid. In that sense, Jessup may have physically killed himself, but high-tech, lethal technology could have been the real "source" of the death.

While it certainly looked as if Jessup had killed himself, not everyone was quite so sure that things were as clear cut as that. The window through which the hose was stuffed with a couple of towels, to prevent air from getting in and carbon-monoxide from getting out. Curiously, Mrs. Jessup - Rubeye – confirmed that the towels were not theirs. Why, if Jessup took his own life, did he not take towels from the family home? What would have been the point of buying new towels? And, if he did buy such towels, where was the receipt from the store they were purchased from? It certainly wasn’t in the car, or in any of Jessup’s pockets. Equally suspicious is the fact that on the very night before his death, Jessup was in a very upbeat, fired-up mood: he spent more than an hour chatting on the phone with a good friend, Dr. Manson Valentine, expressing his enthusiasm for his latest work and plans for further investigations. Jessup even told Valentine that they should have lunch together the next day, as Jessup had something incredible to reveal. Valentine never got to see what it was that Jessup had uncovered – and he never saw Jessup again, either. Suicide or murder? The jury still can’t make its mind up, decades later.

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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