Another Dead Scientist and Domestic Violence

Jeff Wells, who writes the conspiracy-oriented Rigorous Intuition blog, has an interesting take on the news that Russian bioweapons expert Leonid Strachunsky has become the 65th scientist to die in an unnatural way–by champagne bottle to his head–since September, 2001.

Strachunsky’s death, which some investigators link to an outbreak of hepatitis A in the Moscow area, is being officially written off as “domestic violence”. Jeff correctly points out that there is more than one kind of “domestic violence”:

While a Newsday article of September 29, 1999 wonders why WNV (West Nile virus) had “suddenly and inexplicably emerged in humans or animals in the Western Hemisphere,” it also states, matter of factly, that “the virus has for decades made its home in several US research laboratories…including Rockefeller University in Manhattan and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. In fact, investigators there were the first to grow and study the WNV in the United States. the work began in the 1950s when unidentified viral samples from around the world arrived at Rockefeller University on a steady basis.”

I don’t know whether West Nile Virus was intentionally introduced. But if it was, it’s an old story, told often. In 1977 the Senate heard that, between 1949 and 1969, 239 “populated areas had been contaminated with biological agents.”

And it’s older than that. In 1931 Dr. Cornelius Rhoads, under the aegis of the Rockefeller Institute (there’s that name again), was intentionally infecting Puerto Rican subjects with cancer cells.

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