- The pilot of an aircraft who died alongside three passengers
when it crashed into a field was an expert in chemical and biological weapons,
it emerged today.
- Dr Paul Norman, 52, of Salisbury, Wiltshire, was killed
when the single-engine Cessna 206 he was piloting crashed in Devon on Sunday.
- A father and daughter also died at the scene, and 44-year-old
parachute instructor and Royal Marine Major Mike Wills later died in hospital.
- Dr Norman, who was married with a 14-year-old son and
a 20-year-old daughter, was the chief scientist for chemical and biological
defence at the Ministry of Defence's laboratory at Porton Down, Wiltshire.
- He travelled the world lecturing on defending against
the scourge of weapons of mass destruction, a friend and colleague said
- Steve Eley, chief scientist for hazard reduction at Porton
Down, said: "Paul was a great deal larger than life, and has left
an enormous number of friends, all of whom have lost an irreplaceable part
of their lives."
- Dr Norman's hobbies included parachuting, flying and
looking after his small collection of old cars.
- Following study in Liverpool, the USA and Canada, he
started work at Porton Down in 1986 and became an expert in his field.
- The Cessna crashed near the village of Beacon, east Devon,
a few miles from Dunkeswell airfield, where it took off.
- The aircraft's other two passengers, 16-year-old Daniel
Greening from Kingsteignton, Devon, and a 23-year-old from Taunton, Somerset,
are still in hospital.
- Daniel's family said yesterday that he had survived thanks
to the "selfless actions" of other skydivers on board.
- He was making a tandem jump with Major Wills, based at
the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone, Devon, who was one of the world's
- The skydiving ace, from Tiverton, Devon, had 5,900 jumps
to his name and had held world and UK records.
- The flight was organised by the Devon and Somerset Parachute
School, which has temporarily suspended its operations.
- The crash site was examined by officials from the Air
Accidents Investigation Branch.
- The wreckage of the aircraft was removed from the site
to the AAIB base at Farnborough.
- Retired police officer Eric Franklin, 66, from Beacon,
has described seeing the aircraft flying low over his farmhouse and hearing
the engine "cutting out and spluttering" before the crash.
- Read about the other deaths in the articles below: a
sample selection - there is some dispute about the number of deaths relevant
to this string. Then read this key article from Mike Ruppert's site - and
make up your own mind whether a careeer in microbiology could be bad for
- The Mystery Of The Dead Scientists Coincidence
Or Conspiracy? CON
By Ian Gurney
- It is a story worthy of a major conspiracy theory, the
script for a James Bond movie, or a blueprint for a contrived episode of
"The X Files". Except the facts surrounding this story are just
that. Facts. The Truth. At least twelve, and perhaps as many as twenty
eminent scientists, leaders in their particular field of scientific research,
dead in the last few months, and a bizarre connection between one of the
scientists and the mystery surrounding the death by Anthrax inhalation
of a sixty one year old female hospital worker in New York. Sounds far
fetched? Read on.
- Since November last year several world-acclaimed scientific
researchers, specialising in infectious diseases and biological agents
such as Smallpox and Anthrax, as well as DNA sequencing, environmental
research and microbiology have died, many in unusual circumstances.
- First, on November 12th, was Dr. Benito Que, a cell biologist
working on infectious diseases like HIV, who was found comatose outside
his laboratory at the Miami Medical School. He later died. Police say the
attack was possibly the result of a mugging. The Miami Herald reported
- "The incident, whatever it may have been, occurred
on Monday afternoon as the scientist left his job at University of Miami's
School of Medicine. He headed for his car, a white Ford Explorer parked
on Northwest 10th Avenue. The word among his friends is that four men armed
with a baseball bat attacked him at his car."
- On November 16th, within of week of Dr. Que's assault,
Dr. Don C Wiley, one of the United States foremost infectious disease researchers
was declared missing. Associated Press wrote:
- "His rental car was found with a full tank of petrol
and the keys in the ignition. His disappearance looked like a suicide,
but according to colleagues and Dr. Wiley's family, the Harvard Scientist
associated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute would never commit
suicide. Associates who attended the St. Jude's Children Research Advisory
Dinner with Dr. Wiley, just hours before he disappeared, said that he was
in good spirits and not depressed. He was last seen at the banquet at the
Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis the night he vanished. Those who saw
him last say he showed no signs of a man contemplating his own death."
- Wiley left the hotel around midnight. The bridge where
his car was found is only a five-minute drive away and in the wrong direction
from where he was staying, leaving authorities with a four-hour, unexplained
gap until his vehicle was found. Memphis police were exploring several
theories involving suicide, robbery and murder.
- On December 21st Reuters issued the following report:
- "The body of a Harvard scientist missing for more
than a month since his rental car was left parked on a bridge over the
Mississippi River has been found downstream. Workers at a hydro-electric
plant in Louisiana found the body of Dr. Don Wiley on Thursday, about 300
miles south of Memphis where the molecular biologist was last seen on Nov.
16. Authorities have yet to determine the cause of death, Memphis police
- Dr. Wiley was an expert on how the human immune system
fights off infections and had recently investigated such dangerous viruses
as AIDS, Ebola, herpes and influenza.
- From the United States, the story moves to England. On
November 23rd, Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik, a former microbiologist for Biopreparat,
the Soviet biological-weapons production facility was found dead. The Times
provided an obituary for Dr. Pasechnik, and said:
- "The defection to Britain in 1989 of Vladimir Pasechnik
revealed to the West for the first time the colossal scale of the Soviet
Union's clandestine biological warfare programme. His revelations about
the scale of the Soviet Union's production of such biological agents as
anthrax, plague, tularaemia and smallpox provided an inside account of
one of the best kept secrets of the Cold War. After his defection he worked
for ten years at the UK Department of Health's Centre for Applied Microbiology
Research before forming his own company, Regma Biotechnics, to work on
therapies for cancer, neurological diseases, tuberculosis and other infectious
diseases. In the last few weeks of his life he had put his research on
anthrax at the disposal of the Government, in the light of the threat from
bioterrorism." Colleagues of Dr. Pasechnik say he died of a stroke.
- Back to the United States, and on December 10th, Dr.
Robert M. Schwartz was found murdered in Leesberg, Virginia. Dr. Schwartz
was a well-known DNA sequencing researcher. He founded the Virginia Biotechnology
Association where he worked on DNA sequencing for 15 years. On Wednesday,
December 12th the Washington Post reported:
- "A well-known biophysicist, who was one of the leading
researchers on DNA sequencing analysis, was found slain in his rural Loudoun
County home after co-workers became concerned when he didn't arrive at
work as expected. Robert M. Schwartz, 57, a founding member of the Virginia
Biotechnology Association, was found dead in the secluded fieldstone farmhouse
southwest of Leesburg where he lived alone. Loudoun sheriff's officials
said it appeared that Schwartz had been stabbed." An adult and two
teen-agers have been arrested in the case. The three are said to have a
fascination with both swords and Satanism.
- And so to Victoria State, Australia, where, on December
14th. 2001 a skilled microbiologist was killed at the Commonwealth Scientific
and Industrial Research Organisation's animal diseases facility in Geelong,
Australia. This is the same organisation that, as the journal Nature announced
in January 2000:
- "Australian scientists, Dr Ron Jackson and Dr Ian
Ramshaw, accidentally created an astonishingly virulent strain of mousepox,
a cousin of smallpox, among laboratory mice. They realised that if similar
genetic manipulation was carried out on smallpox, an unstoppable killer
could be unleashed."
- The microbiologist who died was Set Van Nguyen, a Vietnamese
immigrant who had worked at the facility for 15 years. Victoria Police
- "Set Van Nguyen, 44, appeared to have died after
entering an airlock into a storage laboratory filled with nitrogen. His
body was found when his wife became worried after he failed to return from
work. He was killed after entering a low temperature storage area where
biological samples were kept. He did not know the room was full of deadly
gas which had leaked from a liquid nitrogen cooling system. Unable to breathe,
Mr. Nguyen collapsed and died."
- Now for the intriguing part of this story. On Friday,
November 2nd, the Washington Post reported:
- "Officials are now scrambling to determine how a
quiet, 61-year-old Vietnamese immigrant, riding the subway each day to
and from her job in a hospital stockroom, was exposed to the deadly anthrax
spores that killed her this week. They worry because there is no obvious
connection to the factors common to earlier anthrax exposures and deaths:
no clear link to the mail or to the media."
- The name of this quiet 61 year old Vietnamese hospital
worker was Kathy Nguyen.
- And so to the New Year, and still the scientists keep
dying. On February 9th. the Russian daily Pravda reported that:
- "The head of the microbiology sub-faculty of the
Russian State Medical University, Victor Korshunov has been killed. The
body of the dead professor, who had head injuries, was found on Friday
8th. February, in the entrance of the house in Academician Bakulev Street,
Moscow, where the 56-year-old scientist lived." Pravda went on to
reveal that: "It was the third death of a scientist within a few weeks.
In January, the Russian Academy of Science lost two scientists, both well
known around the world. Academician Ivan Glebov died as a result of a bandit
attack in St Petersburg and corresponding Member of the Academy of Science
Alexi Brushlinski was killed in Moscow."
- Exactly a week later, on February 16th. The Times ran
the following article:
- "Detectives were last night trying to unravel the
circumstances in which a leading university research scientist was found
dead at his blood-spattered and apparently ransacked home. The body of
Ian Langford, 40, a senior Fellow at the University of East Anglia's Centre
for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment, was discovered
on Monday night by police and ambulancemen. The body was naked from the
waist down and partly wedged under a chair. It is understood that doors
to the terraced house were locked. A post-mortem examination failed to
establish how Dr Langford, who lived alone in the house in Norwich, died."
- Back to the west coast of the United States, where, on
February 28th. San Francisco's Mercury News reported that:
- "Dr. Tanya Holzmayer, a pioneering scientist, was
surprised Wednesday night to find a Domino's Pizza deliveryman at the front
door of her Mountain View home. Moments later, a former colleague appeared
out of the dark, shot her dead and ran off."
- Dr. Holzmayer was a Russian born genomic scientist who
had co-invented a tool that has helped find hundreds of molecular targets
to combat cancer and HIV. Holzmayer and her family came to the United States
in 1989. Until December, Holzmayer had served a four year tenure as senior
vice president of genomics for PPD Discovery, a division of PPD Inc. of
Wilmington, North Carolina. Her killer, said Mercury News, was Chinese
immigrant Guyang Huang, a former colleague who began working as the director
of molecular biology and bioinformatics with PPD Discovery in early 2000.
Mercury News continued:
- "Huang appeared from behind the deliveryman. He
shot Holzmayer several times at close range in the chest and head. As Holzmayer
fell in her doorway, Huang ran to a Ford Explorer and drove away. Less
than an hour after the shooting, Huang called his wife, according to Foster
City Police Capt. Craig Courtin. He told her about the shooting and that
he was going to kill himself, then he hung up. Huang's wife called the
emergency services and Foster City police used search dogs to comb the
area.. They ran into a jogger who had seen Huang's body lying off the walkway
that locals call "The Levee." He had fired a single bullet into
his head, according to Robert Foucrault, San Mateo County's acting coroner.
Police said that at this stage in their investigations there appeared to
be no motive for the murder."
- Still the deaths continue.
- On March 25th. 2002 9News.com - part of K*USA TV in Denver,
- "Denver car dealer Kent Rickenbaugh, his wife, Caroline,
and their son Bart were killed Sunday in a plane crash near Centennial
Airport. Pilot Dr. Steven Mostow also died. Dr. Mostow, 63, was one of
the country's leading infectious disease experts and was Associate Dean
at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Mostow was a crusader
for better health, an early advocate for widespread flu vaccinations and
more recently an expert on the threat of bioterrorism. The plane was headed
for Centennial Airport from Gunnison Airport when Dr. Mostow reported engine
trouble around 4:30 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jerry
Snyder said. National Transportation Safety Board investigators said "Weather
did not appear to be a factor in the crash",
- Back to England, and on March 27th. The Times carried
an obituary for yet another leading microbiologist, stating that:
- "David Wynn-Williams, an award-winning microbiologist
died when he was struck by a vehicle while out jogging. In 2000 he was
appointed leader of the Antarctic Astrobiology Project, which explores
the effects of environmental stress at the limits of life on Earth. Wynn-Williams
had assessed the capability of microbes to adapt to environmental extremes,
including the bombardment of ultraviolet rays and global warming. This
drew Wynn-Williams into collaboration with the Nasa Ames Research Centre,
the Johnson Space Centre and Lunar & Planetary Institute, Houston,
and Montana State University. A man of boundless physical as well as intellectual
energy, Wynn-Williams generated a constant flow of ideas, which entranced
both his contemporaries and the young. He was killed in a road accident
while out jogging near his Cambridge home."
- So far then, twelve dead scientists, at least eight or
nine of whom appear to have died in "unusual" circumstances.
Prior to these deaths, on October 4th, a commercial jetliner travelling
from Israel to Novosibirsk, Siberia was shot down over the Black Sea by
an "errant" Ukrainian surface-to-air missile, killing all on
board. The missile was over 100 miles off-course. According to several
press reports, the plane is believed by many in Israel to have had as many
as five passengers on board who were microbiologists. Both Israel and Novosibirsk
are homes for cutting-edge microbiological research. Novosibirsk is known
as the scientific capital of Siberia, and home to over 50 research facilities
and 13 full universities for a population of only 2.5 million people.
- At the time of the Black Sea crash, Israeli journalists
reported that three Israeli microbiologists had, on November 24th, been
on board a Swissair flight from Berlin to Zurich that crashed on its landing
approach. Of the 33 persons on board, 24 were killed, including the head
of the haematology department at Israel's Ichilov Hospital, and the directors
of the Tel Aviv Public Health Department and the Hebrew University School
of Medicine. They were the only Israelis on the flight. The names of those
killed, as reported in a subsequent Israeli news story, were Avishai Berkman,
Amiramp Eldor and Yaacov Matzner.
- In light of the deaths of these microbiologists, it is
interesting to take a look at a similar set of circumstances that occurred
fourteen years ago in the United Kingdom. Once again it involves the deaths
of a number of scientists, some in "unusual" circumstances. The
report below was taken from The Independent newspaper of August 26, 1988.
- "The police said it was suicide, and no doubt they
were right. Ex-Brigadier Peter Ferry, a marketing manager at Marconi's
Command and Control Systems centre at Frimley, Surrey, had apparently killed
himself by inserting power main electric wires into his mouth and then
turning on the power.
- The method chosen was perhaps marginally more grisly
than in the case of several other Marconi employees. In 1986, for example,
Ashad Sharif, a computer analyst who worked for Marconi Defence Systems
in Stanmore, Middlesex, tied one end of a rope around his neck, another
to a tree, and put his car into gear. Two months earlier, the body of Vimal
Dajibhai, a software engineer responsible for checking the guidance systems
of Tigerfish torpedos for Marconi Underwater Systems, was found under Clifton
suspension bridge at Bristol.
- In March 1987, David Sands, a project manager working
on secret satellite radar at Marconi's sister company Easams, in Camberley,
drove up a slip road on his way to work and into a cafe at an estimated
80mph. A year later, Trevor Knight, a computer engineer at Marconi's space
and defence base in Stanmore, died in his fume-filled car at his home in
Hertfordshire. Earlier, two other Marconi employees, Victor Moore, a design
engineer, and Roger Hill, a draughtsman, had killed themselves, both seemingly
as a result of work pressures.
- There have been at least half a dozen more untoward deaths
among defence scientists and others working in the defence field. Marconi
is not alone, but it is well in the lead. The best efforts of investigative
journalists have failed to establish a link either between the various
deaths or between the deaths of the Marconi staff and the Ministry of Defence
inquiry, now two years old, into some £3billion worth of defence
contracts awarded to GEC-Marconi. "
- --The Independent August 26, 1988.
- Interestingly, Marconi was recently declared virtually
bankrupt after it's shares fell below "junk" status on the UK
stock exchange. Both the chairman and C.E.O. resigned and a great many
employees have lost their jobs and pensions as the share price fell from
a twelve month high of £4:45 to only 5 pence. Marconi, once a major
player in the defence industry had, over the last few years, moved into
the Telecoms sector and suffered when the downturn in technology and telecom
stocks came along last year. A company once worth billions is now worthless,
a situation that is somewhat similar to Enron.
- Whether these recent deaths are purely coincidence or
part of some sinister plot, the reasons for which can only be guessed at,
remains unclear. What is clear though, is that being a scientist these
days can be a dangerous occupation.
- Copyright Ian Gurney. 2002.
- Another Top Microbiologist Dead
- LSU West Nile Researcher, 46, Dies In Pickup
Crash On I-12
- By Josh Noel Advocate
- Michael Perich, an LSU professor who helped fight the
spread of the West Nile virus died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle car
accident. He was 46.Walker Police Chief Elton Burns said Sunday that Perich
of 5227 River Bend Blvd., Baton Rouge, crashed his Ford pickup truck about
4:30 a.m. Saturday, while heading west on Interstate 12 in Livingston Parish.
- Perich's truck veered right off the highway about 3 miles
east of Walker, flipped and landed in rainwater, Burns said.
- Perich, who was wearing his seat belt, drowned. The cause
of the crash is under investigation, Burns said.
- Perich, who worked for the U.S. Army for more than 15
years, joined the LSU faculty in August 2001 as an assistant professor
of medical entomology.
- In addition to West Nile, Perich had also studied malaria
and several other diseases, said Tim Schowalter, head of LSU's entomology
- "He was one of our stars," Schowalter said.
"He was well known. While he was here, I certainly got to know the
depth and breadth of his character and talent."
- Perich worked with the East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito
Control and Rodent Abatement District to determine whether mosquitoes in
the area carried West Nile.
- He also worked with several other parishes to establish
mosquito-abatement districts, said colleague Jack Baldwin, a professor
- "He certainly impressed me with his desire and incentive
to do research, teach students and provide answers for the community,"
Baldwin said. "In the short time he was here, he was a leader in mosquito
- Perich said in an interview with The Advocate in 2002
that his Army career led him to spend seven or eight months every year
traveling the world.
- He said he had been robbed at gunpoint, shot down while
flying over Africa, ridden through the jungles of countless countries and
suffered through malaria and dengue fever.
- "He probably does more field work than any entomologist
based in the United States that I know of," Robert A. Wirtz, chief
of entomology at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
has said of Perich.
- "Mike is one of the few entomologists with the experience
to go out and save lives today."
- Perich was raised in Nebraska and earned his bachelor's
degree at Iowa State University, where he graduated with three majors:
chemistry, entomology and zoology. He earned his master's and doctorate
from Oklahoma State.
- From 1986 to 1992, Perich worked at Fort Detrick in Frederick,
Md., as the vector suppression program manager and research medical entomologist.
- In 1992, he moved to work for the Walter Reed Army Institute
of Research and continued his travels to Southeast Asia, Central and South
America, Korea and Africa. Perich did a lot of work with testing ways to
keep disease-bearing insects, such as mosquitoes, away from people. His
research looked at the use of various area insecticides, personal insect
repellents and traps.
- Among his other skills, Perich spoke Spanish, Brazilian
Portuguese, French, Russian, Polish, Hungarian and Swahili.
- He is survived by his wife, Audrey Perich, and daughter
Sarah Perich, both of Baton Rouge, and his mother, Rita Perich, of Omaha,
Neb., among others.
- Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government
St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Visitation is at St. Aloysius Catholic
Church, 2025 Stuart Ave., from 11 a.m. until Mass of Christian burial at
1 p.m. Tuesday, celebrated by the Rev. Rich Luberti. A private interment
service will take place at a later date.
- INTERESTING EXTRACT from:
- .....Steven Mostow, 63, known as Dr. Flu for his expertise
in treating influenza, and a noted expert in bioterrorism, died when the
airplane he was piloting crashed near Denver. [It was also a Cessna].
- Scientists' Deaths Are Under The Microscope
- By Alanna Mitchell, Simon Cooper and Carolyn
- Compiled By Alanna Mitchell
- Saturday, May 4, 2002 - Print Edition, Page A1
- It's a tale only the best conspiracy theorist could dream
up. Eleven microbiologists mysteriously dead over the span of just five
months. Some of them world leaders in developing weapons-grade biological
plagues. Others the best in figuring out how to stop millions from dying
because of biological weapons. Still others, experts in the theory of bioterrorism.
Throw in a few Russian defectors, a few nervy U.S. biotech companies, a
deranged assassin or two, a bit of Elvis, a couple of Satanists, a subtle
hint of espionage, a big whack of imagination, and the plot is complete,
if a bit reminiscent of James Bond. The first three died in the space of
just over a week in November.
- Benito Que, 52, was an expert in infectious diseases
and cellular biology at the Miami Medical School. Police originally suspected
that he had been beaten on Nov. 12 in a carjacking in the medical school's
parking lot. Strangely enough, though, his body showed no signs of a beating.
Doctors then began to suspect a stroke.
- Just four days after Dr. Que fell unconscious came the
mysterious disappearance of Don Wiley, 57, one of the foremost microbiologists
in the United States. Dr. Wiley, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
at Harvard University, was an expert on how the immune system responds
to viral attacks such as the classic doomsday plagues of HIV, ebola and
influenza. He had just bought tickets to take his son to Graceland the
following day. Police found his rental car on a bridge outside Memphis,
Tenn. His body was later found in the Mississippi River. Forensic experts
said he may have had a dizzy spell and have fallen off the bridge.
- Just five days after that, the world-class microbiologist
and high-profile Russian defector Valdimir Pasechnik, 64, fell dead. The
pathologist who did the autopsy, and who also happened to be associated
with Britain's spy agency, concluded he died of a stroke.Dr. Pasechnik,
who defected to the United Kingdom in 1989, played a huge role in Russian
biowarfare and helped to figure out how to modify cruise missiles to deliver
the agents of mass biological destruction.
- The next two deaths came four days apart in December.
Robert Schwartz, 57, was stabbed and slashed with what police believe was
a sword in his farmhouse in Leesberg, Va. His daughter, who identifies
herself as a pagan high priestess, and several of her fellow pagans have
been charged. Dr. Schwartz was an expert in DNA sequencing and pathogenic
micro-organisms, who worked at the Center for Innovative Technology in
- Four days later, Nguyen Van Set, 44, died at work in
Geelong, Australia, in a laboratory accident. He entered an airlocked storage
lab and died from exposure to nitrogen.
- Other scientists at the animal diseases facility of the
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization had just come
to fame for discovering a virulent strain of mousepox, which could be modified
to affect smallpox.
- Then in February, the Russian microbiologist Victor Korshunov,
56, an expert in intestinal bacteria of children around the world, was
bashed over the head near his home in Moscow. Five days later the British
microbiologist Ian Langford, 40, was found dead in his home near Norwich,
England, naked from the waist down and wedged under a chair. He was an
expert in environmental risks and disease.
- Two weeks later, two prominent microbiologists died in
San Francisco. Tanya Holzmayer, 46, a Russian who moved to the U.S. in
1989, focused on the part of the human molecular structure that could be
affected best by medicine. She was killed by fellow microbiologist Guyang
(Matthew) Huang, 38, who shot her seven times when she opened the door
to a pizza delivery. Then he shot himself.
- The final two deaths came one day after the other in
March. David Wynn-Williams, 55, a respected astrobiologist with the British
Antarctic Survey, who studied the habits of microbes that might survive
in outer space, died in a freak road accident near his home in Cambridge,
England. He was hit by a car while he was jogging.The following day, Steven
Mostow, 63, known as Dr. Flu for his expertise in treating influenza, and
a noted expert in bioterrorism, died when the airplane he was piloting
crashed near Denver.
- So what does any of it mean?" Statistically, what
are the chances?" wondered a prominent North American microbiologist
reached last night at an international meeting of infectious-disease specialists
- Janet Shoemaker, director of public and scientific affairs
of the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, D.C., pointed out
yesterday that there are about 20,000 academic researchers in microbiology
in the U.S. Still, not all of these are of the elevated calibre of those
- She had a chilling, final thought. When microbiologists
die in a lab, there's a way of taking note of the deaths and adding them
up. When they die in freakish accidents outside the lab, nobody keeps track.
- Suspicious deaths The sudden and suspicious deaths of
11 of the world's leading microbiologists. Who they were:
- 1. Nov. 12, 2001-Benito Que was said to have been beaten
in a Miami parking lot and died later.
- 2. Nov. 16, 2001-Don C. Wiley went missing. Was found
Dec. 20. Investigators said he got dizzy on a Memphis bridge and fell to
his death in a river.
- 3. Nov. 21, 2001-Vladimir Pasechnik, former high-level
Russian microbiologist who defected in 1989 to the U.K. apparently died
from a stroke.
- 4. Dec. 10, 2001-Robert M. Schwartz was stabbed to death
in Leesberg, Va. Three Satanists have been arrested.
- 5. Dec. 14, 2001-Nguyen Van Set died in an airlock filled
with nitrogen in his lab in Geelong, Australia.
- 6. Feb. 9, 2002-Victor Korshunov had his head bashed
in near his home in Moscow.
- 7. Feb. 14, 2002-Ian Langford was found partially naked
and wedged under a chair in Norwich, England.
- 8. 9. Feb. 28, 2002-San Francisco resident Tanya Holzmayer
was killed by a microbiologist colleague, Guyang Huang, who shot her as
she took delivery of a pizza and then apparently shot himself.
- 10. March 24, 2002-David Wynn-Williams died in a road
accident near his home in Cambridge, England.
- 11. March 25, 2002-Steven Mostow of the Colorado Health
Sciences Centre, killed in a plane he was flying near Denver.
/000623.htmlhttp://www.chem tr ailcentral.com/u