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286 of 298 people found the following review helpful
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This is the best kept secret of the last 60 years with more subplots and surprise situations (with no endings in sight). Haslam is a very modest and humble man calling for what should be an obvious formal investigation into many issues still unresolved. He claims he's NOT the investigation, but his exposure is enough that if one reads the work entirely with an open mind, they will understand why 60 Minute TV Magazine Producers call this the "story of the century." Haslam introduces us to an unsolved murder of one of the leading cancer researchers of the last 75 years, Mary Sherman. Her autopsy was sealed for around 30 years, and Haslams explanation of how she died makes far more sence than the official police report written under questionable police procedure. Most importantly, Haslam introduces us to the dark side of the Polio Vaccine and the complications it went through during it's development and the lasting problems we are now struggling with because of it -- the SV-40 VIRUS. It's all over your interest, but ask your doctor or a med school faculty doctor about the SV-40 Virus, and you'll learn, they know nothing about it. Their education and training has been so carefully compartmentalized and they know nothing of these issues, but they are all over the internet if you choose to look. Haslam teaches us about many doctors who lost their careers trying to blow the whistle on these issues.
In short the polio vaccine made from monkey kidneys carried the SV-40 virus which remains dormant inside baby boomers who received the polio vaccine until the immune system is weakened to the point where the SV-40 Virus can transform into one of the major cancer's: lung, breast, soft tissue, bone cancer, etc. In the early 50's 22,000 new cases of polio was called an epidemic, and Ed Haslam now ask, how come around a million new cases of cancer each year is NOT being called a cancer epidemic? I think it's a fair question.
Hopefully, you will read Haslam's work and get your family, friends and associates to read it. Main stream media had a chance to share this with us in 2000 when 60 Minutes had spent more time and money on this story than any other segment of the TV Magazine's history according to their producer, but the network producers would not permit the program to air. Hmmm? Don't you want to know why? Read DR MARY's MONKEY, and you'll begain to have your eyes openened. Edward T. Haslam and Judyth Vary Baker are modern American heros, and only until you have read their works will you even begin to understand why I hold them in such high esteem. Only until you read their works can you begain to understand the price they have paid, the risk they bear; so you and I can learn the truth and demand something be done about it for us, our children, and our children's children to the nth generation.
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159 of 170 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2007
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This is a significantly updated version of Mr Haslam's 1995 book, "Mary, Ferrie & the Monkey Virus". If you only have the older version, you will want to get "Dr. Mary's Monkey".

This book covers many areas of interest for a wide reader audience. Readers interested in new information about the JFK assassination will likely be the main audience, but other topics receive a lot of well-documented attention as well. These include epidemiology (polio, soft tissue cancers, AIDS), cold case murder investigations by an 'amateur sleuth', vaccines, New Orleans history, US medical research history, and scientific topics--linear particle accelerators in particular. Readers interested in any one of these topics should find this book interesting and credible.

I am not going to review this book in detail. Readers already know if they're basically interested or not, and additional detail is available from links I list below. I merely provide a shoppers' guide by addressing three points:

1. I believe that both the specialist and the general reader will find this book interesting, if not fascinating.

2. Ed Haslam is a credible author.

3. You can find out more about this book and its author for free with some links I provide.

This book is very well written and organized. It contains dozens of black and white photographs, charts, graphs and maps. These graphics, while unfortunately not indexed, are nonetheless placed strategically in the text to aid readers' understanding of the text. As a former New Orleans resident, I appreciated the historic photos and maps of New Orleans. While Mr. Haslam does provide a lot of information, a strong, page-turning narrative style underlies the information.

Seasoned JFK assassination investigators may be wary of YAKAB (Yet Another Kennedy Assassination Book). The publisher's decision to include a foreword by Jim Marrs, while possibly attracting additional buyers, may raise some people's skeptical antennae. Mr. Haslam was raised in New Orleans and spent much of his educational and professional career there. You will probably agree with me after reading this book that Mr. Haslam was uniquely placed to write this book. To the two-part question, "Is the author credible, and will I learn anything new from his book?", I answer, "Yes and yes." For example, a possible motivation for Oswald's well documented visit to Clinton, LA is found in these pages. In a brief epilogue, "The Perfect Patsy - Rethinking Lee Harvey Oswald", Mr. Haslam presents three well-considered scenarios concerning Oswald's involvement in the JFK assassination.

It is easy to find out more about Ed Haslam and this book. The obvious first thing to do is to Google his name. Mr. Haslam's late father was also named Edward T. Haslam, so you will find links related to him, as well as another unrelated Edward T. Haslam. I see that URLs are technically forbidden in Amazon reviews, so I will just tell you what to search on to be sure to find links I consider to be important and useful.

Browse the book, including sample chapters by searching on drmarysmonkey.

Find links to video interviews with Ed Haslam and an important witness interviewed for his book, Judyth Vary Baker, by searching on themonkeyvirus.

Last but not least, especially since this is how I first heard about Ed Haslam, is the extensive archive of Dave Emory's radio programs. Mr. Haslam appears on eight Dave Emory "For the Record" programs. Do a search on:
wfmu "Dave Emory"

There's a main page and an archive page. Look for "For The Record" FTR # 577 and 526 on the main page, and dx-FTR-019 (six separate files, a-f) on the archive page.

(Technical note for owners of mp3 players: you can record Real Audio files on PCs (Linux or Windows) in MP3 format by recording them as they play with the freely available Audacity player/recorder/editor.)

I see that a book mentioned by Mr. Haslam, "Lee Harvey Oswald: The True Story of the Accused Assassin of President John F. Kennedy, by His Lover (Paperback)" by Judyth Vary Baker is now available through Amazon. The book (as yet unread by me) was unavailable (temporarily suppressed?) at the time that Mr. Haslam wrote about it. Ms. Baker's book is regarded with varying skepticism (no pun intended), according to the reviews I have read on Amazon. Reading about Ms. Baker in Mr. Haslam's book may assist potential buyers of Ms. Baker's book.

Edit: December, 2010: Me & Lee: How I Came To Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald by Judyth Vary Baker has been released, and I have given it a very positive review.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2007
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See attached the news 1967 article on Jack Ruby's death: "The Sun quoted those who saw him near the end as saying: He insisted that cancer cells had been injected into him in prison. " I also attached two news articles on Mary Sherman's death. She was killed too, but they transported the body to her apartment to make it look like a rob and stab murder. This was on the day that the Warren Commission started "investigating" the New Orleans connection. Mary Sherman was working for doctor Ochsner on the secret "Get Gastro with cancer" project. Judyth Vary Baker and Lee Oswald, and Clay Shaw and David Ferrie worked also on this project. Jack Ruby knew about it too. They were all killed, except for Shaw, he was high level CIA and could be relied on to keep his mouth when prosecuted by Jim Garrison, although there is some debate on whether his death was natural too. Judyth wasn't killed because she remained low profile and kept silent for 40 years.

Wikipedia [...]

See also the two pages of Double Cross, the biography on Sam Giancana written by his brother and godson. It says on page 416 that the list of weapons aimed at Castro included a cancer-producing injectable agent.

Wim

Some of the causes of death listed appear on the surface to be natural.
Keep in mind that the CIA developed methods to "make it look like an
accident". This was documented through the testimony of CIA technicians
to the Church committee who told of TWEP technology (Termination With
Extreme Prejudice) in 1975. These methods are designed to not be detected in postmortem examinations. I have a couple of exerpts of declassified CIA documents to demonstrate the case. One of the techniques involves the injection of cancer cells, heart attack inducement, as well as non-chemical techniques which require no special equipment. Based on the strange circumstances of Jack Ruby's death in prison (he died from lung cancer but the cancer cells were not the type that originate in the respiratory system). Ruby wrote notes and spoke to several people saying that jfk was killed by a conspiracy and that he had been maneuvered into killing Oswald who was a fall guy. He claimed to have been injected with cancer cells when treated with shots for a cold. He died just before he was to testify in Congress. He had told congressional investigators that he wanted to talk but he needed protection.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 12, 2009
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This book gives a very different view of recent American history.

In the 1950s, Jonas Salk developed a vaccine against polio, then ravaging America. It involved inoculating children with dead polio viruses, so their bodies would build up immunity. Just before the mass inoculation was to begin, a technician injected the vaccine into some monkeys. The supposedly dead viruses were not exactly dead, so thousands of children contracted polio. The safer Sabin vaccine was quickly developed, and rushed into production.

The bigger problem for the Salk vaccine was that it was impregnated with cancer-causing monkey viruses (imagine the panic if that became known). Consider today's epidemic of soft tissue cancers. A secret program was rushed into existence to look for some sort of vaccine. Such a program involved lots of mice (thousands), and someone to do the day-to-day observing of the mice, someone like David Ferrie (later to be well-known in JFK assassination circles). A defrocked priest and former airline pilot, he was a long-time CIA asset. Also needed in such a project was a cancer expert to do the actual mutating of the viruses.

Mary Sherman was a world-renowned cancer researcher with a list of qualifications as long as your arm. It is unknown why she would get involved with a right-wing fanatic like David Ferrie. In 1964, her burned and naked body was found in her apartment. The press tried very hard to make it look like a lesbian burglar sex killing, even though there was no sign of forced entry. The bizarre thing is that her entire right arm and the right-hand part of her torso were gone, like they had been disintegrated. The small fire that was set on her bed, to cover up the crime, was nowhere near hot enough to do it.

Mutating viruses required huge amounts of power, on the order of several million volts. A linear particle accelerator was powerful enough, but they require very heavy-duty wiring. The author found evidence of such wiring at the US Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans. The author theorizes that, one day, Sherman touched the wrong button, or there was sabotage, causing all that energy to ravage her body. It was quickly decided to bring her back to her apartment, stab her in the exact right place in her heart (she may have still been alive at that moment), and cover up her death. This whole arrangement also required a courier to travel from Sherman to Ferrie and back again. His name was Lee Harvey Oswald. He was killed after the JFK death to silence him; having him on a witness stand would have publicized things that powerful people did not want publicized.

This is a wonderful piece of writing. It is a huge eye-opener, and will make the reader look at cancer in a whole new way. It is extremely highly recommended.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2008
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There are few books written in our lifetime that truly effect history. This is one of them.

Edward Haslam is masterful in explaining one of the most horrific,medical crises of all time. Building on his investigation into the 1964 murder of Dr. Mary Sherman, he not only discovers that our government has covered up the cause of our recent soft tissue cancer epidemic, but it is complicit in it. As if that isn't terrifying enough, he connects the dots and learns that our government has been in the business of creating biological weapons - some to be used as a means to assassinate heads of state.

In a chilling twist of fate, Mr. Haslam's primary witness, Judyth Vary Baker, proves beyond a doubt that all of this is connected to Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of President Kennedy. Ms. Baker was an associate of Oswald's, as well as his girlfriend. Her story about their activities in New Orleans during the summer of 1963, explain the real reasons why Oswald was set up as the patsy.

But, this is not another assassination book. It is an historical account that should not only scare the daylight out of us, it should make the reader angry enough to want to do something about it. The conclusion is nothing short of population control...otherwise known as, mass murder.

Mr. Haslam, and his publisher, Trine Day, have taken a tremendous risk in bringing this evidence to the public. They, along with Judyth Vary Baker, are true American heros who deserve our gratitude and support.
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86 of 99 people found the following review helpful
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Having lived in the New Orleans metro area for almost twenty years, author Edward T. Haslam's expose, "Dr. Mary's Monkey," linking the murder of Dr. Mary Sherman in 1964 to the Kennedy Assassination and to a world-wide health epidemic triggered by cancer- causing viruses effecting the populace today, puts a lot of extra spice in the otherwise already piquant political roux that substantiates the eclectic yet sometimes covert gumbo that differentiates this sultry city from other metropolises in the United States. Not only does Haslam provide residents and other aficionados of this area with a thrilling history of dot-connecting events that literally traverses from one end of St. Charles Avenue to the other, he does so compellingly in simple colloquial language that facilitates his theory involving a cover-up of far-right wing politics gone very wrong.

Haslam espouses his New Orleans charm frequently in an engaging manner that makes him extremely readable; his first chapters tell of his remembrances from childhood of primate virus research first brought to his attention by his father, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Tulane University. Later as an attendee of the prestigious Jesuit High School, fellow students (the sons of other New Orleans leaders) pique his curiosity further by providing otherwise unpublished information about a claim made by then district attorney Jim Garrison that connected the recent Kennedy assassination with an underground medical laboratory which was inducing cancer in mice by injecting them with monkey viruses.

Rather than spoil Haslam's smooth disclosure of this explosive material involving the prominent Dr. Alton Ochsner, founder of New Orleans Ochsner Clinic and Hospital, the polio vaccine (developed by growing polio viruses in monkey kidneys), a plot to develop a biological weapon meant to stamp out the spread of communism in Cuba and the rest of the Latin American world, the involvement of Lee Harvey Oswald, the Mafia and the notorious David Ferrie and the scheme to obscure the facts regarding the death of cancer-researcher Dr. Mary Sherman, I will focus on Haslam's ability to tell a good story. He devotes a chapter to each of the key figures in his theory, concluding with some well-thought out speculation regarding the rise in cancer in the past fifteen years.

If the book has one fault, it is that although Haslam provides the reader with the information that he has accumulated and well-documented, as in any other conspiracy theory, he cannot verify all of his information. The appearance of three Judyth Vary Bakers subtracts from some of Haslam's plausibility, but only if you don't buy into his theory that as he collected information, the puppeteers orchestrating the concealment of the facts delivered a few red herrings, the stink of which attempted to jar him off the right track.

Nevertheless, "Dr. Mary's Monkey" scares the reader silly with its implications about how powerful men can bend and twist reality as we perceive it while perilously changing the future of an entire generation. On the higher philosophical plane of right versus wrong, it speaks poorly of our American culture and what can and will be done in the shadow of flag-waving freedom.

Bottom line: While Edward T. Haslam's "Dr. Mary's Monkey" suggests scenarios that may or may not be fully substantiated at this time, the author compiles an interesting and totally absorbing page-turner that screams for local, if not national attention. Wisely interspersed with maps, newspaper articles and photographs, Haslam presents his theory in a colorful manner which bespeaks his New Orleans charming background. Recommended.
Diana Faillace Von Behren
"reneofc"
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2008
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Expendable Elite: One Soldier's Journey into Covert Warfare Dr. Mary's Monkey is a book that should capture your attention if, in fact, you care about this nation, the truth and the mystery surrounding the deaths of JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, and US Navy LCDR William Bruce Pitzer. I know many of those talked about in this book. I know the covert action system that uses compartmentalization, subterfuge and undocumented actions to silence those who would bring the truth to bear on tragic, illegal activities of our government that uses the Mafia, US Army Special Forces and CIA to accomplish what would otherwise be legally impossible. I was one of those trained to kill and terrorize.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2008
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I did not put this book down until I finished it. I have lived in the New Orleans area for more than 35 years. I am not the least surprised by anything put forth in this book. I believe the polio story...and am one of the people who got the vacine. I just found out that I have the HPV virus, but no cancer -- yet. I have so many friends with soft tissue cancer.....no one seems to talk about the increase in cancer. Also, the Tulane primate center is still in operation. A few years ago, several monkeys excaped and it is not known if all were ever captured. There are dense wooded areas and a river near there. I also believe the stories about the medical experiments. Great book..... really gets one thinking. Fascinating that some of the sealed documents are now available through the freedom of information act. They seem to back up the author. We will never know the truth. It is, however a great read!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2008
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Haslam's brilliant non-fiction book weaves together many strands: cover ups and long-neglected follow-ups in the unsolved 1964 murder of a talented cancer researcher; a mysterious underground lab involved in secret work with cancer viruses--work that has had far-reaching harmful effects on world health; the New Orleans mafia; the CIA; a prominent and well-connected physician; an eccentric and political pilot and self-taught lab technician; and Lee Harvey Oswald. The book raises many questions that make you wonder where the media has been in all of this: The dropped Sixty Minutes episode, the History Channel episode that never aired again, and the memoir by a lab assistant/lover of Lee Harvey Oswald, which went out of publication after only two weeks.

This book demands a wide audience. It ought to be a best-seller. In fact, it would make a fabulous feature film.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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My personal opinion is that Edward T. Haslam is right up there with Baker Street's own Sherlock Holmes. The salient difference is that Haslam is not a fictional character but a real person living in the sensate world of reality.

Dr. Mary's Monkey unfolds like a suspense novel, but despite the suspense, it is not a novel, but an excursion into the sinister underworld of secret experimental laboratories set up by the CIA for the purpose of developing a viral form of cancer, which they achieve to the detriment of everyone on the planet, and most particularly, Americans.

In dealing with the scientific medical and technical aspects of it, Haslam breaks things down on a lay-person's level of understanding quite adequately. I had no problem following his information and descriptions of these matters.

Haslam's study reveals many things hitherto unknown to me, like the monkey virus that the original Saulk Polio vaccine was infected with (causing a quantum upsurge in the incidence of soft-tissue cancer among the baby boomer generation who were first innoculated with it originally). It obviously lays dormant inside all of us of that generation as a seed of our destruction and demise. It also traces the possible origin of the AIDS virus as being one of the mutations concocted by these Frankenstein medical practitioners. And there are some really big and important medical people involved in it all.

Then, if these revelations were not enough, he theorizes and connects the dots concerning the horrible murder of Dr. Mary Sherman, a gifted cancer researcher who was murdered under the most questionable of circumstances. Add to this the sinister involvement in all of this by characters such as David Ferrie (Jim Garrison Investigation) and no less than Lee Harvey Oswald, accused presidential assassin. Haslam simply reports his findings on these matters and does not dwell on the JFK assassination - it is only a small part of the book, however revealing it may be.

Haslam obviously possesses a fine analytical mind - one very sharp at deduction. His intuitions and deductions prove throughout to be unerringly accurate as his chronicle unravels revealing the unexpected at every turn. The reader shares in his growing knowledge and insights as the story unfolds in increments from one chapter to the next until most threads (if not every thread) come together and are tied together in a neat, coherent knot. It is a book written in a serious and sober mode, devoid of sensationalism which nevertheless held my attention to the extent that I did not lay the book down until I was finished reading it in its entirety.

For anyone concerned with the accelerating frequency of cancer in the world and the advent of AIDS and other immune-destroying diseases, this book will adequately inform you of the darkly sinister origins of it all.

Once you read this book, you will think twice about the next government directive for mass innoculation. This is a book bursting with knowledge that we all need to know: knowledge about the federal health programs; knowledge about our insidious intelligence community; knowledge about our medical establishment, and the deceptions and dirty games being played behind our backs.

I cannot recommend this book in terms other than "Ignore its contents to your own peril."
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