Lessons From History
His calculating timing in implementing the HST, his refusal to listen to the people on time, his over confidence in political skills to control and manipulate backfire on him. He lost his premiership and his popularity of his party has declined. Failure to downsize government, especially elimination of counter productive government services, any politician could become a potential victim and follow the path of Mr. Campbell when they are hard pressed to find revenue to finance a large bureaucracy.
Those who act and speak well in front of the camera will have an edge in election. This explains the interesting phenomenon that actors, such as Ronald Regan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, became president and state governor.
A typical government action to investigate a controversial public issue is to retain a retired judge to conduct an inquiry. Judges are generally perceived as wise, impartial, reasonable and incapable of making mistakes. Their findings are gospel truths. Due to the blind faith of the public on judges, recommendations made by a retired judge will likely be most acceptable to the people. The Gove Inquiry into Child Protection in British Columbia, the famous Ted Hughes report on "B.C. Children and Youth Review" (released on April 7, 2006) and the (Thomas R.) Braidwood Inquiry on the use of conducted energy weapons (Taser) after the Robert Dziekański Taser incident (2007) are products of this practice. It is noteworthy to mention that while there were many high profile lawyers acting as counsels for various parties in the Gove Inquiry, parents have little representation (read the Executive Summary).
Another government practice is to appoint a special prosecutor when the suspect or the accused of a criminal matter is related to the government or when a sensitive issue (such as polygamy charges in Bountiful, B.C.) is under criminal investigation. A special prosecutor is a lawyer on private practice retained by the government to assume duties of a Crown prosecutor. This practice intends to ensure impartiality as Crown prosecutors (employees of the government) are more likely to be unduly influenced by their employer when the accused is related to the hands that feed them. However, special prosecutors retained are often those who have supported or linked with the ruling political party, hence defeating the original intent to maintain impartiality and independence. The Kash Heed scandal in May 2010 is an example of this practice. Upon pleading guilty, the court fined Heed's election campaign manager and imposed 200 hours of community service in October 2011. Heed retained his seat in the Legislature.
To make matter worse, the discipline of our police force has declined to an unacceptable level. Excessive violence is often used on unarmed civilians. In addition to the aforesaid Dziekański Taser incident (2007) incident, a Vancouver resident Yao Wei Wu was severely beaten up by two plain clothed Vancouver City cops in his residence on January 21, 2010. The policemen went to the wrong address when investigating a domestic dispute call.
According to Wu, he was dragged out of his home and beaten up before any question asked. To show impartiality, Wu's complaint was handled by the Delta police. After a 10-month investigation, the Delta police called a press conference on November 3, 2010 and concluded that the Vancouver police officers were carrying out their duties in good faith, Wu was hurt while resisting arrest and no excessive force was used.
Once again, the police often enjoys the luxury of covering up their mistakes when their wrongdoings are being investigated by another police force. This practice is often used in government and will most certainly result in losing public trust and confidence. Be mindful that police force of this caliber is at the service of "child protection" social workers.
Furthermore, when government gives an apology, nobody knows how sincere it is. On June 22, 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave an apology to the Chinese Canadians who had paid the head tax in Parliament. He also openly recognized the contributions of Chinese Canadians to Canada.
A head tax survivor Ralph Lee, at 106 of age in June 2006, went to Ottawa to present a ceremonial spike used in the completion ceremony of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. The late Mr. Lee requested that the spike be put on display in Parliament's Railway Committee Room, the very chamber where Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald made the fateful decision to import Chinese labourers to save his transcontinental railway project. The spike was nowhere to be found during recent visits to the suggested site. And in response to a series of phone calls by a Vancouver Sun columnist, nobody at the House of Commons could say where the spike had gone. Relatives of the Chinese Canadians who built the railroad were infuriated.
On June 6, 2010, the missing memorabilia was found on display in a bookshelf in Harper's office. Concerned Chinese Canadians were relieved to hear the historical relic was located, but stressed that it was important for the relic to be on display in a public space for the purpose of acknowledging the very important role of Chinese Canadians in building this country.
Despite the formal apology, the wish of the late Mr. Lee has not been respected. The rise of China since the millennium and the growing Chinese population in Canada are beyond doubt the contributing factors in prompting such apology. Appointing a small number of Chinese Canadians to ceremonial positions with no real power, offering an apology (a lip service for all intensive purposes) and a token compensation of $20,000 to a very small number of survivors are a nominal price to garner support from Chinese Canadian voters. This is a shrewd political move.
A Brief History of Chinese Canadian in British Columbia
Between 1885 and 1923, the head tax was paid by an estimated 82,000 Chinese immigrants to Canada. The total amount levied was $17 million dollars, which was larger than the total cost of building the entire railroad. In another word, these Chinese workers paid the Canadian government to work in the railroad project in exchange of bringing their families into Canada. Some were killed, some were seriously injured and disabled. They and their families were racially discriminated for the next 50 years thereafter (or may be even until now).
Failing to curb the influx of unwanted people, the Canadian government enacted the Chinese Immigration Act, 1923 (more commonly known to the Chinese community in Canada as the Chinese Exclusion Act) barring all immigrants from China. This Act was in effect until 14 May 1947. Chinese Canadians were not given voting rights until 1950.
The foregoing suggest that there is plenty of room for corruption in an elected government. Democracy has its own merits. We do not intend to undermine them. But we are of the opinion that there is room for improvement.
This page is a spin-out of our "Nancy Schaefer" page. We now return to the methods used by people in power to get rid of those who they dislike or perceive as a threat. Like all sophisticated murder schemes, these methods are designed to cover up the real murderer(s) so that they can get away unnoticed and unpunished. These methods should be more appropriately named after the real murderer(s). However, the murderers in some cases discussed cannot be conclusively identified, the name of the deceased is used to label the method instead. Conspiracy methods, illustrated with examples, are categorized as follows:
Methods below illustrate that people disliked by or threaten those in power could be disposed. It does not matter whether the power in question is monarchic, totalitarian or democratic in nature. It happens since the beginning of civilization and in different cultures. Supporting examples from international history are cited to illustrate the application of these methods.
We treasure freedom and value peace. We seek liberty, justice and a safer future for our children. We oppose corruption and abuse of power. That's why we learn from history and prepare for all eventualities.
His deeds were recorded in the Book of Judges (chapter 13 to 16). God gave Samson supernatural strength. He can kill Asiatic lion with his bare hands and 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. At that time, Israelites became estranged from God. Divine punishment came from the Philistines (the ancestor of Palestinians) who lived along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Philistines feared his great power and plotted to kill him with other means. Samson fell in love with a woman called Delilah at the Valley of Sorek. The Philistines induced Delilah (in Hebrew meaning "[one who] weakened or uprooted or impoverished" from the root dal meaning "weak or poor") with eleven hundred shekels of silver to find the secret of Samson's strength and how to overpower him. At first, Samson, not wanting to reveal his secret, gave her wrong information. After failing her mission several times, Delilah finally used her killer weapon "love" to convince Samson to confide in her. Despite her obviously suspicious motive, Samson told her that his strength came from his long hair. Delilah told his secret to the Philistines and received her reward. While Samson slept on her lap, Delilah called a man to shave off the seven braids of his hair and his strength left him. He was seized by the Philistines. His eyes were gouged out and he was imprisoned in Gaza.
When rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a sacrifice to their god Dagon, Samson was taken out of prison to entertain his captors. Samson prayed to God to give his strength back so that he could revenge the Philistines. God answered his prayer and gave his strength back for the last time. Samson pushed with all his might and collapsed the temple killing everyone, including himself, in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.
This appears inconceivable that a man of sound mind could possibly fall into such an obvious trap. The key to success of this scheme is the irrationality of the human mind when one falls in love. History repeats itself all the time. King Fuchai of Wu (吳王夫差) (? - 473 B.C.) was the king of a minor state in China during the Spring Autumn Period. He fell prey to a similar trap. Fuchai was successful at the beginning of his reign, defeating troops of the rival Yue Kingdom in Fujiao (now Wu County, Jiangsu). Instead of killing the defeated King Goujian of Yue (越王勾踐) who had killed his father Helü, King of Wu (吳闔閭), Fuchai decided to hold him captive. Goujian was later released after careful manipulation of Fuchai using insincere loyalty.
To show subservience, Goujian sent a number of beauties to seduce Fuchai so that he will go astray in governing his kingdom. Among them was Xi Shi (西施), one of China's four greatest ancient beauties whom Fuchai quickly became obsessed with. Under ill advice from officials secretly taking bribes from Goujian, Fuchai competed for hegemony with other kingdoms in the central plain of China and had weakened his military strength in his rear. While campaigning far away from home in 482 B.C., Fuchai's capital was taken by Goujian's surprise attack. In 473 B.C., Fuchai was forced to commit suicide and his Wu kingdom was annexed.
After Goujian achieved victory, he began to purge those who helped him to reclaim his throne. Xi Shi was portrayed as a jinx. One legend alleged that she was drowned in a river while another suggested that she went away with her lover Fan Li in the misty wilderness of Tai He Lake and no one has seen them ever since.
Honey traps are often used in espionage and politics. Instead of killing the targets, the main objective of most honey traps today is to destroy the credibility and the political (or professional) career of the targets, hence neutralizing them as threat or nuisance. The Russian government reputedly uses sex to seduce foreign diplomats, opposition leaders and critical journalists. Sex video footage recorded covertly is used to blackmail the victims.
In the West where sex is more open, extramarital sexual relationships of public figures are still taboos. They always attract attention from the media and interest from the public. Bill Clinton, Tiger Woods, Hugh Grant, Silvio Berlusconi (the current Prime Minister of Italy at the point of writing), Ted Haggard and Jimmy Swaggart have all faced sex scandals that cost them dearly to deal with the aftermath. Infidelity has little bearing on one's capability and honesty. Except clergymen, the only person who has the right to complain is their spouse. The parties who covertly use honey trap are equally, if not more, despicable.
After Bathsheba was pregnant while Uriah was away from home, David ordered Uriah to return home and see his wife. Uriah returned to Jerusalem but repeatedly refused to go home believing that doing so was inappropriate for a soldier on active duty at war. Failing to establish contact between the couple will eventually expose the adulterous nature of her pregnancy by David. David gave a written order to Uriah's commanding officer Joab to put Uriah where the fighting is fiercest, then withdraw from him so he will be struck down by the enemy and die.
Uriah faithfully delivered his own death warranty and was killed by the sword of the Ammonites as David planned. This murder was rebuked by the prophet Nathan. Despite immediate repentance, David was later punished by turmoil in his family and throughout the kingdom of Israel, including the death of Bathsheba's new born baby, incest between Amnon and Tamar (the beautiful sister of Absalom), killing of Amnon by Absalom, and the insurrection of Absalom.
It is noteworthy to remark that David did what was right in the eyes of God and had not failed to keep any of God’s commands all the days of his life—except in the case of Uriah the Hittite (1 Kings 15:5). This leaves a black mark in David's life.
Cai Mao was an admiral of a warlord near the end of the Han Dynasty. Zhang Yun served as a naval officer with Cai. They were well trained naval commanders. Both defected to Cao whose army was superior in number but was inexperienced in naval warfare. To invade the territories of Sun Quan (孫權) and Liu Bei (劉備), Cao must move south and cross the Yangtze River. Cai and Zhang were therefore instrumental in the forthcoming cross river operation. This battle is known as the Battle of Red Cliffs (赤壁之戰).
The armies of Sun Quan and Liu Bei were inferior in number (a combined force of about 50,000 versus Cao's 800,000). Taking full advantage of Cao's weakness in naval warfare was their key to success. Getting rid of Cai and Zhang will deprive Cao's navy its only competent commanders and render it combat ineffective.
Shortly before the battle began in the winter of 208 AD, Cao sent a lobbyist called Jiang Gan (蔣幹) to persuade Zhou to surrender. Zhou shrewdly used Jiang to deliver the message that Cai and Zhang had defected and would provide arrows to Zhou by shooting them over at dummy warships. Upon hearing this message via Jiang, Cao, who was suspicious in nature, fell prey to this scheme. Without giving much chance to defend themselves against the accusation, he killed Cai and Zhang after they returned from a naval skirmish in which they shot 100,000 arrows at Zhou's dummy warships under the cover of a heavy fog.
Combined with other factors, Cao suffered a major defeat in the Battle of Red Cliffs and was forced to retreat. He failed to achieve his strategic objective of uniting China in one decisive strike. This battle established the balance of power among the three major warlords. China entered the Three Kingdom Era.
Ahab became very depressed and returned to his palace, lying on his bed, his face to the wall, and refused to eat. His wife, Jezebel (a Phoenician princess, the daughter of King Ithobaal I of Tyre), after learning the reason for his depression, plotted to kill Naboth by mock trial. She wrote letters to the elders and the nobles who lived in the same town with Naboth in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal. Her letters read as follows: “Proclaim a fast and seat Naboth at the front of the assembly. And seat two scoundrels opposite him, and let them testify against him: ‘You have reviled God and king!’ Then take him out and stone him to death.”
The plot went well. Naboth was killed and his vineyard was seized by Ahab. Ahab was later mortally wounded by a randomly shot arrow in battle and died. Jezebel, the instigator of this murder, was thrown out of a window in her palace and killed when Jehu rebelled. The fall was fatal. Her mangled body was devoured by the dogs as foretold by the prophet Elijah.
Yue Fei (岳飛) (March 24, 1103 – January 27, 1142) was a famous Chinese patriot poet, a martial artist and military general who fought for the Southern Sung Dynasty (南宋) against invasion of the Jin Dynasty (金朝, 1115–1234). The Jin people were the ancestors of the Manchus who established the Qing Dynasty some 500 years later. Yue was a capable general and successfully repelled the invasion of the Jurchins (also known as Manchus).
While Yue was fighting at the front, Chancellor Qin Hui (秦檜) summoned Yue back to the capital 12 times by way of imperial gold medallion orders (a must-obey royal edict). When Yue returned, he was arrested under false treason charge fabricated by Qin Hui. At the age of 39, Yue was poisoned to death in present day Hangzhou. Qin alleged that "no reason is needed" (莫須有) for executing Yue. This phrase has entered the Chinese language as an expression referring to fabricated charges by people with power. The tomb of Yue Fei is on the left and that of his son Yue Yun (岳雲) is on the right.
He is the central figure of Christianity. His arrest, trial and crucifixion are recorded in the four Gospels. It began from the betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane shortly after the Last Supper, brought before the High Priest Caiaphas and Pontius Pilate, found not guilty of any crime yet summarily sentenced to death and crucified in Calvary or the Skull (Golgotha in Hebrew) outside the early 1st century city walls of Jerusalem.
After the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Samaria) (930 B.C. to 720 B.C.) and Southern Kingdom of Judah (930 B.C. to 586 B.C.) perished, the land of Palestine was under Roman colonial rule (from 63 B.C. to 324 A.D.). Local Jewish authority, mainly religious in nature, did not have the power to sentence death penalty. It must come from the Roman procurator (a civilian title introduced during the rule of Claudius) of Judea.
The plot to kill Jesus began after He repeatedly:
He was considered a threat to the clout and the livelihood of the high priests. They were also jealous of the popularity of Jesus with the common people. It is noteworthy to remark that Nancy Schaefer did all the above. She rebuked "child protection" service providers of their wrong approach, criticized them of self-aggrandizing and condemning child removals to obtain federal funds to support the industry. Of course, this prominent outspoken politician is more than a mere inconvenience. She posed a credible threat to collapse the multi billion dollar "child protection" industry by advocating to change law, the only solution to stop further atrocities.
Jesus' affirmation that He is the Son of God, the Messiah hence the King of the Jews, was considered blasphemy and gave the Sanhedrin (Jewish religious leaders also known as high priests) an excuse to seek death for sedition against the Roman Empire.
The high priests seized this opportunity to petition Pilate for death penalty. Pilate found Jesus guilty of nothing treasonous. In an attempt to spare His life, Pilate offered the mob a chance to free Him as there was a prevailing Passover custom in Jerusalem that allowed or required Pilate, the governor of Judaea, to commute one prisoner's death sentence by popular acclaim. But the mob chose Barabbas (notorious prisoner according to Matthew) instead. By shrewdly maneuvering law and manipulating Pilate, the high priests were successful to condemn an innocent Jesus to death like a criminal and killed Him in a painful and humiliating way.
Only three days earlier had tremendous popularity as He entered Jerusalem during the Passover festival riding on a donkey. A large crowd came to greet him shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!" Yet at the trial before Pontius Pilate, the crowd showed hostility in sharp contrast to the earlier cheering crowds. What accounts for this rapid change of sentiment?
The following may offer an explanation:
On 22 July 1298, Edward I defeated Wallace's forces at the Battle of Falkirk. Wallace was forced to withdraw and resigned as Guardian. He continued to engaged the English in frequent skirmishes and remained a threat to the English in Scotland.
Failing to gain decisive military victory, the English subdued Scotland by other means. In 1303, a peace agreement was reached between England and France, effectively breaking up the Franco-Scottish alliance. In the winter of 1301–02, Edward I bought the allegiance of Robert the Bruce (the grandson of the claimant to the Scottish crown in 1291) with money, power and title of nobility. By 1304 most Scottish nobles had pledged their allegiance to Edward I. The English captured Stirling Castle in the same year. In 1305, Wallace was betrayed by Sir John de Menteith and turned over to the English. He was taken to London to stand trial of treason.
Wallace responded to the treason charge by saying, "I could not be a traitor to Edward, for I was never his subject." Of course, his defiance did not change the verdict of the trial. The English court found Wallace guilty and sentenced him to public execution. On 23 August 1305, he was stripped naked and dragged through London at the heels of a horse to Elms at Smithfield. He was hanged but released while he was still alive, eviscerated and his bowels burnt before him, beheaded, his body was then cut into four parts. His preserved head (dipped in tar) was placed on a pike atop London Bridge. His limbs were displayed in Newcastle upon Tyne, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Stirling, and Aberdeen.
After killing Wallace and Scotland largely under English control, Edward I installed Englishmen and turncoat Scots to govern the country.
Despite the fact that Wallace was convicted of treason, he is highly respected as a well-educated Scottish patriot who fought for his country against foreign invasion with passion and brilliant tactics. His deeds had been reenacted in modern popular culture. The American film "Braveheart (1995)" directed by and starring Mel Gibson was based on the life of this Scottish hero.
The beauty of this method is that the victim appears to have committed the highest crime. Killing the victim becomes legitimate and to the best interests of a nation. 282 years after the death of Wallace, this method was repeated in the killing of Mary (Stewart), Queen of Scots (8 December 1542 – 8 February 1587) by another English monarch.
At one time, Mary (the only surviving offspring of King James V of Scotland) claimed the crowns of four countries - Scotland, France, England and Ireland. However, she lacked the political skills to rule successfully. Her marriages were unpopular and ended up in murder, scandal and forced abdication in favor of her infant son (later King James I of England).
On 16 May 1568, she fled to England seeking help from her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England. Unknown to Mary, Elizabeth I had been helping Mary's enemies by promising money in return for treachery against Mary. Since Mary was the closest Catholic claimant to the English throne, Elizabeth wanted to reduce the threat from Mary being used by pro-Catholic factions to overthrow herself. She feared that some of her subjects wanted Mary made queen of both Scotland and England. So she was determined to keep her cousin's kingdom in continual strife so that Mary would have less chance to plot against her. Mary had indeed thrown herself to a hidden enemy. She remained imprisoned for the next nineteen years.
After the Anglo–Spanish War (1585–1604) broke out, Mary eventually became a liability that Elizabeth could no longer tolerate. English intelligence discovered that Spain (the strongest country in the West at that time) had a plan codenamed the Enterprise (la Empresa de Inglaterra) in which Spain will land two armies in Sussex and Norfolk, Mary is to be set free and placed on the English throne. Elizabeth is to be assassinated. Treason was the final choice Elizabeth used to get rid of Mary. After being implicated in the Babington Plot by Mary's letters, she was put on trial for treason by a court of about 40 noblemen, including Catholics to show objectivity and fairness, in October 1586. The Crown took the position that Mary had sanctioned the attempted assassination of Elizabeth in her letters. Mary denied the allegation but was unable to change the guilty verdict of the English court resulting in the sentence of beheading.
Elizabeth was fearful of ordering her execution as Mary's son James of Scotland may revenge her mother by forming an alliance with the Catholic powers, France and Spain to invade England. Be mindful that England was at the beginning of the Anglo–Spanish War in 1586 and had not won any decisive battle yet. In seeking a less risky alternative to dispose Mary, Elizabeth asked Mary's final custodian, Amias Paulet, if he would contrive some accident to kill Mary. He refused on the grounds that he would not allow such "a stain on his posterity."
Failing to find better means to get rid of Mary, Elizabeth eventually signed the death warrant and ordered the execution be carried out immediately before she could change her mind. At age 44, Mary was beheaded on 7 February 1587 in Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire. By orders of the English government, all of her possessions, including her letters and will written in the last hours of her life, were burned. In 1603, upon Elizabeth's death, Mary's son became king of England as James I.
Judiciary is often used by those in power to legitimize punishment and elimination of rivalries. Many people naively believe that courts are impartial, just and infallible. Special interests in the "child protection" industry use such mentality to the maximum of their advantage. They have managed to make the majority of the people to believe that their activities on families and children are just and served the best interests of the children by obtaining sanctions from family courts.
After his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) died in St. Helena while in exile. His physician, Francesco Antommarchi, the only French doctor among the seven doctors in the autopsy, found the cause of death to be stomach cancer, though he did not sign the official report. The British government was relieved by this finding. Despite that Napoleon had a family history of stomach cancer (his grandfather, father and two sisters all died of stomach cancer), the French people naturally pointed their fingers at the British as the dethroned Napoleon was still perceived as a threat. His exile cost the British government 8 million pounds a year to keep a garrison and a fleet in St. Helena to guard him.
When the diaries of Napoleon's faithful valet, Louis Marchand, was published in 1955, his description of Napoleon in the months before his death led Sten Forshufvud (a Swedish dentist and toxicologist) to investigate Napoleon's causes for death. Forshufvud and Ben Weider (a Canadian Napoleon enthusiast) wrote a book titled "Assassination at St. Helena" (1978, Mitchell Press Limited, Vancouver, B.C., ISBN 0888360282) and concluded that the French emperor died of deliberate chronic arsenic poisoning.
Arsenic was used as a poison during that era because it was undetectable when administered over a long period. 19 years after his death, the emperor's body was remarkably well-preserved when moved back to France in 1840. Arsenic is a strong preservative and therefore supported the poisoning hypothesis. Forensic analysis of Napoleon's hair given to various people at different times (a tradition at that time that aristocrats gave locks of hair to those they favor) found an increasing amount of arsenic over time. According to Forshufvud and Weider, this provides conclusive evidence to support that Napoleon was indeed murdered, not by his English captors, but by a secret agent called Count Charles Tristan de Montholon allegedly sent by the House of Bourbon. Count Montholon was the only surviving courtier of Napoleon's small imperial court in St. Helena who did not attend the return of the emperor's casket in 1840. Furthermore, Montholon was in financial difficulty and Napoleon had left him a legacy of two millions of francs in his will (dated April 15, 1821, at Longwood, Island of St. Helena) as a proof of the emperor's satisfaction for the filial attentions.
Life in exile was boring and depressing for Napoleon. To him, the remote island is a huge prison. Drastic change in lifestyle and fear of being harmed by the British made him uneasy when he first arrived. Betsy Balcombe, 14 years of age in January 1817, soon became the ex-Emperor's new lay friend. She often brought laughter to him. In 1818, William Balcombe was dismissed from the Island on suspicion of his dealings with France. Napoleon gave Betsy a lock of his hair as a farewell present. This lock of hair was eventually inherited by Dame Mabel Brookes whose grandfather was Betsy's brother. Mrs. Betsy Balcombe-Abell died childless. In 1962, Dame Mabel provided a few hairs from this lock to Dr. Hamilton Smith, Professor of Forensic Medicine at the Glasgow University (England), for arsenic content analysis. Since how far from the scalp this lock was cut cannot be ascertained, no exact dating of intoxication can be established. This lock of hair carried a reading of at least 32.5 times more arsenic than the normal level [page 280 of "Assassination at St. Helena" (1978)].
In 2002, investigation carried out by a team of French forensic experts overturned the aforesaid theory and concluded that Napoleon died of stomach cancer as the British alleged. This new study, commissioned by the magazine Science et Vie, focuses on strands of hair taken from Napoleon in 1805, 1814 and 1821. All were found to have abnormally high levels of arsenic. Researchers explained that poisoning could not have been the cause of death. The arsenic came from contamination such as gunpowder, rat poison, wallpaper glue and most pertinently, hair ointment.
This theory has the following flaws:
The finding of death caused by stomach cancer is not scientifically irrefutable. In our view, the cause of Napoleon's death remains uncertain.
Emotional attachment can easily build up on children. The young girl Betsy in the video above is a real character whom Napoleon met in St. Helena. She was the daughter of William Balcombe, a merchant who held the monopoly on deliveries to the East India Company. St. Helena was an important supply base. Napoleon lived on the Balcombe's estate for 2 months before moving to his residence called Longwood House on St. Helena. His regret of missing his son is clearly depicted in his comment on the success of Genghis Khan. Cited in a book, it is said that Napoleon lamented:
"I am less fortunate than Genghis Khan who had four competent sons to help build his empire. I do not have such blessing."
Since the beginning of time, children are often used as pawn for political reasons. Even the once mighty Napoleon is of no exception. In March 1810, he married Marie Louise, Archduchess of Austria (a great niece of Marie Antoinette by proxy; thus he had married into a German royal and imperial family). The royal couple had one child, Napoleon Francis Joseph Charles (1811–1832), known from birth as the King of Rome, who became Napoleon II in 1814 and reigned for only two weeks. Although Napoleon and Marie Louise remained married until his death, she and their child left France forever on 29 March 1814 and went back to her father, the Emperor Francis II of Austria. Napoleon never saw Marie Louise and their son thereafter. When Napoleon returned from Elba, he asked to have his son back. His request was denied as the Austrian emperor intended to use his son as hostage.
Napoleon II was awarded the title of the Duke of Reichstadt in 1818. At age 22, he died of tuberculosis at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna on 22 July 1832 with no children. It is noteworthy to mention that it was Adolf Hitler who returned most of the remains of Napoleon II to his dead father on December 15, 1940 as a gift to France. This was obviously for the political purpose of garnering support from people in occupied France. His heart and intestines remained in Vienna. Even dead children are used for political purposes.
The beauty of this method is that the victim appears to die of natural cause and the murderer gets away unnoticed and unpublished.
This method was used by the murderer of the Chinese Qing Emperor Guangxu 清光緒帝 愛新覺羅 載湉 (the central figure in the photo on the right) on 14 November 1908. At age 37, the second last emperor of China conveniently died 23 hours before the death of Empress Dowager Cixi (慈禧太后 葉赫那拉 玉蘭). On 4 November 2008, forensic tests revealed that the level of arsenic in the Emperor's remains was 2,000 times higher than that of ordinary people. Scientists concluded that the poison could only be administered in a high dose one time. China Daily quoted a historian, Dai Yi, who speculated that Cixi may have known of her imminent death and may have worried that Guangxu would continue his reforms after her death. However, the author is more inclined to believe that General Yuan Shikai (袁世凱) or the powerful eunuch Li Lianying (李連英) had more incentive to kill the Emperor because their life will be at risk if the Emperor returns to power.
Consort Zhen 珍妃 (27 February 1876 – 15 August 1900) was the favourite consort of the Chinese Qing Emperor Guangxu (清光緒帝 愛新覺羅 載湉). She entered the Forbidden City in 1888. On 25 February 1889, she was granted the title of "Concubine Zhen". Among the three wives of the Emperor, Zhen was the favorite consort.
She was imprisoned by Empress Dowager Cixi for supporting Emperor Guangxu's Hundred Days' Reform (百日維新 or 戊戌變法) after Cixi engineered a coup d'état on September 21, 1898, forcing the young, reform-minded Guangxu into seclusion. She was not allowed to see Guangxu since then.
When the superstitious Cixi returned to Beijing in 1901, she feared vengeance from the ghost of Zhen. To placate the spirit of the deceased, Zhen was posthumously raised to Imperial Noble Consort Ke-Shun (恪順皇貴妃). Cixi announced that Zhen committed suicide to avoid being raped by enemy troops during the invasion. Zhen's sister Consort Jin (瑾妃, 1874-1924) retrieved her remains from the well and buried her outside the Forbidden City. In 1913, her body was exhumed again and buried in an imperial tomb next to that of Emperor Guangxu.
The beauty of this method is that people are made to believe that the victim martyred oneself for a noble reason.
Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel (15 November 1891 – 14 October 1944) was a famous and capable German Field Marshal of World War II known as the Desert Fox. He wrote a book on desert warfare said to be read by the U.S. led coalition general Norman Schwarzkopf before the First Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991) codenamed Desert Storm. Rommel has been hailed as a brilliant tactician and competent strategist by both his colleagues and foes.
After the failed bomb assassination of 20 July 1944, Rommel was perceived to be involved in the conspiracy against Adolf Hitler. Because of his huge prestige, Hitler allowed him to commit suicide rather than be tried and executed.
Politically, the attack had awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve to seek total victory. At Winston Churchill's great relief, Yamamoto brought the United Sates into the war, an outcome Churchill had sought without success since war broke out in Poland in September 1939. At this time, Churchill was contended that England was saved. America's entry to the war had permanently changed the balance of power against the Axis.
As Yamamoto correctly predicted, the Japanese ran wild and won victory upon victory in the Pacific against the Allied in the next six months after the Pearl Harbor attack. The tide turned against the Japanese after the Battle of Midway. To boost morale after the defeat at Guadalcanal, Yamamoto made an inspection tour throughout the South Pacific. On 14 April 1943, the U.S. naval intelligence effort, codenamed "Magic", intercepted and decrypted a coded message containing specific details regarding Yamamoto's tour, including his itinerary. Yamamoto's subordinate officer had pleaded him not to take the risk as his route was within range of American fighters, assuming that the Japanese encrypted code had been compromised. But Yamamoto insisted on his one-day tour. He assured his officers that he will return for dinner the same day.
To maintain secrecy of reading Japanese coded messages, all orders surrounding Operation Vengeance must not duplicated and must be destroyed after being read. This operation is one of the most expertly-executed missions in history. Should he be a worst scenario planner, Yamamoto would have avoided this disaster. But this Japanese commander was a born gambler. This cost his life and delivered a serious blow to Japanese moral.
In 1949, fate had satirically brought Mr. Barber to meet Yamamoto's widow, Reiko Mihashi, in Japan. Unknown to Reiko Mihashi that Barber was the airman who killed her husband, she thanked Barber and the American government for helping to rebuild Japan after the war. Be mindful that details of Operation Vengeance remained classified until 1960.
The beauty of this method is killing the target becomes a legitimate objective and people in power can use all resources of a nation without any restriction.
Saddam Hussein (28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006) died in a similar way. Prior to the First Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991), Iraq was a friend of America. The Americans had supported Iraq in the 8-year long Iraq-Iran War. The grudge began after Saddam invaded his oil-rich neighbor Kuwait and annexed the country. After liberating Kuwait, Saddam remained in power and had plotted to kill former American President George Bush.
Under the pretext of ridding WMD, American and British troops started the Second Gulf War in March 2003. Unlike the First Gulf War, the Coalition's objective is to invade, occupy and overthrow Saddam's government. Three weeks after the beginning of the invasion, US-led Coalition forces moved into Baghdad. Saddam ran hiding. Iraqi troops soon ceased to be an organized fighting force after its command structure disintegrated. On July 22, 2003 during a raid by the U.S. 101st Airborne Division and men from Task Force 20, Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, and one of his grandsons were killed in a three-hour gunfight.
On 13 December, 2003, Saddam was captured at a farmhouse in ad-Dawr near Tikrit with some small firearms and over $700,000 U.S. dollars in cash. The Iraqi dictator lacked the courage to commit suicide. On 30 June 2004, Saddam Hussein and other senior Baathist leaders were handed over legally (but not physically) to the interim Iraqi government to stand trial for crimes against humanity and other offences. On 5 November 2006, Saddam Hussein was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging. Saddam's half brother, Barzan Ibrahim, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court in 1982, were convicted of similar charges. The verdict and sentencing were both appealed but subsequently affirmed by Iraq's Supreme Court of Appeals. On 30 December 2006, Saddam was hanged. He was buried at his birthplace of Al-Awja in Tikrit, Iraq, about 2 miles from his sons Uday and Qusay Hussein next day.
After an extensive search, Coalition troops found no WMD in Iraq. This is an embarrassment to the Bush administration and casts serious doubt on the integrity of military intelligence and the merit of the war. Despite whether or not Bush started the war to protect or to avenge his father, it is certain that Iraqi oil fields are now in American hands. Incidentally, the Bush family is from Texas and has substantial connections with oil businesses. Occupying Iraq will blockade al-Qaeda expansion in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Strategically, stationing troops in Iraq provides forward position to deal with threats from Iran and the perceived expansion of China. Domestically, the oil and the weapon industry are pleased as the war has generated many business opportunities.
One indictment against Saddam was crimes against humanity including enforced disappearance of persons. It is thought simulating to remark that state-sponsored child removal amounts to a systematic attack directed against a civilian population, with knowledge of the attack resulting in enforced disappearance of persons and other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health. Legalizing such hideous acts by way of "child protection" related statute does not change the nature of these acts one bit.
Journalist Anthony Summers examines Monroe's relationships with the Kennedy brothers at length. He concluded that Monroe was in love with President Kennedy and wanted to marry him in the early 1960s. She called the White House frequently. When the married President had to break off their affair, Monroe became even more depressed, and then turned to Robert Kennedy, who may have visited Monroe in Los Angeles about the time that she died.
Many theories, including murder, speculate the circumstances of her death and the time line after the body was found. Some conspiracy theories implicate John and Robert Kennedy, while other theories suggested CIA or Mafia complicity.
The opposition accused Chen of staging the incident to garner sympathy and to tarnish KMT as the probable mastermind. The Taiwanese Criminal Investigation Bureau hired renowned forensic scientist Henry Lee to examine the physical evidence. Dr. Lee was famous for defending O.J. Simpson in the murder of his wife and lover, and helped acquit Simpson based on the LAPD's lack of professionalism and possibility of planted evidence at the murder site. Dr. Lee and his team of American experts had previously established the belly wound was in fact a gunshot wound, and then claimed the windshield hole had been struck from the outside based on the lack of windshield powder outside the jeep. Despite widespread speculation that the casings were planted on the street, Lee expressed no concern regarding the origin of the evidence even though the casings had been found some 3.5 hours after the incident occurred and street cleaning had cleaned up the firecracker debris. He was also not critical of the local police and National Security Bureau's inability to secure the scene of the incident afterwards until the casings were found.
Several months later, Dr. Lee released a report on the evidence and suggested to the Criminal Investigation Bureau to trace the suspect according to the casings and bullets. In March 2005, Chen Yi-hsiung, a local Tainan resident, was the main suspect for the shooting but allegedly committed suicide 8 days after the election. The Criminal Investigation Bureau closed the case in August 2005 implicating him as the shooter. But in 2006, James Chun-i Lee, a professor at National Taiwan University's Graduate Institute of Forensic Medicine, led an investigation and concluded that Chen Yi-hsiung was most likely murdered, because his body, wrapped in a fishing net, was dumped into the water only after he died. Another report reached by the Criminal Investigation Bureau task force concludes that the two bullets could not have come from the same pistol because a 9.1 mm bullet would not fit into a 9 mm pistol that the police said was used by the suspect. The KMT continues to claim that it was all engineered by Chen to this day.
After serving two consecutive presidential terms, Chen stepped down on May 20, 2008 and lost his presidential immunity to criminal charges. Shortly after, he and his family members were indicted and found guilty (or pleaded guilty in some cases) on a multi-billion dollars money laundering, abuse of authority and corruption charges. On September 11, 2009, Chen received a life sentence and was fined NT$200 million (about US$6.13 million equivalent) on charges of embezzlement, taking bribes, and money laundering, involving a total of US$15 million (NT$490 million) while in office from 2000 to 2008. Supporters of Chen contend that the prosecution was politically motivated. Chen is the first Taiwanese president to receive a prison sentence.
Chen's case proves that an elected president is fully capable of abusing authority and committing crimes of corruption at mega magnitude.
Chinese Marshal Lin Biao (林彪, born as 林育蓉 December 5, 1907– September 13, 1971) was also killed in an alleged accident.
Acquiring huge power by controlling a good portion of the military, some historians believe Mao had become uncomfortable with Lin's power and had planned to purge him. Lin and his son Lin Liguo (林立果) responded by planning a pre-emptive coup. On August 23, 1970, the Chinese Communist Party held the second plenum of its Ninth Congress in Lushan, where Lin pushed for restoration of the position of President along with his supporter Chen Boda (陳伯達). Mao vetoed and sensed Lin's insatiable ambition for supreme power.
When Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai (周恩來) obtained information of the planned coup to assassinate Mao sometime between September 8 and 10, 1971, Lin, his wife and son, hastily fled. Their attempt to flee to the Soviet Union en route Mongolia ended up in a plane crash. There was no survivor. The Chinese government refuted the rumor that Lin's Trident plane was shot down by Chinese surface to air missile (SAM), alleging that his plane was outside the range of any Chinese SAM at that time. There is also speculation that Lin's plane was shot by Soviet SAM after detected by Soviet radar as an unidentified incoming flying object.
Lin's death remains a mystery. Like Diana's accident, Lin's plane crash accident took place on foreign soil and was investigated by foreign authorities. If there is a hidden murderer, he can keep his hands clean and stays out of the scheme when impartial foreign investigators conclude that the incident is an accident.
An unconfirmed source said Bruce Schaefer may have had cancer before he committed the murder-suicide. Investigators said Mr. Schaefer mentioned financial problems in his letters. However, the motive for the murder-suicide is unconfirmed.
Given the little information released, no one could conclusively establish the cause of her death. However, it appears that there are more reasons to believe that this is not a murder suicide. Kathleen Dearinger, a mother who has a daughter abducted by CPS, wrote in a Eulogy for Nancy Schaefer posted on March 31, 2010 Infowars.com. She claimed that she knew Nancy was afraid and was scared for her life during her last days. She also claimed that Nancy used "safe" phones to relay "sensitive" information, but someone didn’t want this information getting out. Instead they murdered both her and her husband to keep them quiet.
If the conspiracy theory holds, people in power could ignore you when you are a mere inconvenience. When you become a nuisance, they will persecute you. When you become a real threat that could jeopardize their interests or destroy their livelihood, they will kill you. This outspoken political activist is a real threat as she has the influence, political connections, support from the populace, and above all, unwavering determination to implement reform and she knows the process.
"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul."
The beauty of this method is that people are made to believe that the victim was murdered and the murderer committed suicide right after. Therefore, the case is solved and closed, leaving the real murderer, if there is one, unpunished. Among all disposal methods discussed, this method is the easiest to implement. All the murderer needs are a smoking gun and a suicide note. This will work particularly well in a free and democratic society where most citizens have undue faith in government, judiciary and law enforcement unit. To these people, it appears that a democratically elected government is infallible and decisions made by a judge is gospel truth.
[This page was separated from the "Nancy Schaefer" page on 20 April 2010, last revised on 14 October 2012.]