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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Jim Marrs - R.I.P. - One of the Greatest Truthseekers of the Past 50 Years

       Journalist, author, and university professor Jim Marrs - Truthseeker extraordinaire - passed away on August 2nd of natural causes at the age of 73.  I had the great honour and privilege of meeting Jim at the Nexus Conference in Amsterdam in 2005.  We even shared a beer and a joint together in Rick's Cafe on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal and had a heated debate about UFOs.  I will always carry fond memories of Jim in my heart.
      The following synopsis of Jim Marr's life and career as a Truthseeker is best summarized by Wikipedia:


Born - December 5, 1943 (Fort Worth, Texas); Died - August 2, 2017 (aged 73, Springtown, Texas)

Occupation:

Jim Marrs (December 5, 1943 - August 2, 2017) was an American former newspaper journalist and New York Times best-selling author of books and articles on a wide range of alleged cover ups and conspiracies.[1] Marrs was a prominent figure in the JFK conspiracy press and his book Crossfire was a source for Oliver Stone's film JFK. He wrote books asserting the existence of government conspiracies regarding aliens, 9/11, telepathy, and secret societies. He was once a news reporter in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex and taught a class on the assassination of John F. Kennedy at University of Texas at Arlington for 30 years.[2] Marrs was a member of the Scholars for 9/11 Truth.[3]

Biography

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Marrs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of North Texas in 1966 and attended graduate school at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas until 1968. He has worked for several Texas newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where, beginning in 1968, he served as police reporter and general assignments reporter covering stories locally, in Europe, and in the Middle East. After a leave of absence to serve with a Fourth Army intelligence unit during the Vietnam War, he became military and aerospace writer for the newspaper and an investigative reporter.

Since 1980, Marrs was a freelance writer, author, and public relations consultant. He has also published a rural weekly newspaper along with a monthly tourism tabloid, a cable television show, and several videos.

Since 1976, Marrs taught a course on the assassination of Kennedy at the University of Texas at Arlington.[4]

Beginning in 1992, Marrs spent three years researching and completing a non-fiction book on a top-secret government program called the Stargate Project involving the psychic phenomenon known as remote viewing, only to have the program canceled as it was going to press in the summer of 1995.

In May 1997, Marrs' investigation of UFOs, Alien Agenda, was published by HarperCollins Publishers. The paperback edition was released in mid-1998. It has been translated into several foreign languages and become the top-selling UFO book in the world. Publishers Weekly said:

Marrs shows little discrimination, overemphasizing dubious phenonmena like remote viewing and crop circles, and giving nearly equal weight to ludicrous pretenders like Billy Meier (who claimed close encounter with Pleiadians) and sophisticated commentators like Jaques Vallee. Marrs even devotes a chapter to theories that the moon may be a UFO, and he refuses to rule out obvious frauds like the alien autopsy tapes. But if rigorous analysis escapes Marrs, little else does; this is the most entertaining and complete overview of flying saucers and their crew in years.[5]

In early 2000, HarperCollins published Rule by Secrecy, which claimed to trace a hidden history connecting modern secret societies to ancient and medieval times. This book also reached the New York Times Best Seller list. In 2003, his book The War on Freedom probed the alleged conspiracies of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. It was released in 2006 under the title The Terror Conspiracy.[6]

Marrs was a featured speaker at a number of national conferences including the annual International UFO Congress[7][not in citation given] and the annual Gulf Breeze UFO Conference,[8] but he also speaks at local conferences, such as Conspiracy Con[9] and The Bay Area UFO Expo.[10] Beginning in 2000, he began teaching a course on UFOs at the University of Texas at Arlington. Marrs usually also gave a book signing at Brave New Books in Austin, Texas at least once a year.

Marrs has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, The Discovery Channel, TLC, The History Channel, This Morning America, Geraldo, The Montel Williams Show, Today, TechTV, Larry King (with George Noory), and Art Bell radio programs, as well as numerous national and regional radio and TV shows.

In October 2011, Marrs started his own radio program, "The View from Marrs" on the Jeff Rense Radio network airing three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 pm Central time. Marrs has on his show a wide variety of guests and dedicated the entire month of November to the latest information regarding the JFK assassination. He also has subject matter on UFO research, survival tips, and much more. This radio program was put on hiatus due to his two upcoming book contracts.

With a friend, Michael H. Price, Marrs completed a Comic Book entitled, "Oswald's Confession & Other Tales from the War" published by Cremo Studios, Inc., in 2012 with Marrs as also the cartoonist of this book. February 2013 Marrs' book, "Our Occulted History: Do the Global Elite Conceal Ancient Aliens?" was published by HarperCollins.

Illness and death

In March 2017, an announcement was made on Marrs' official Facebook page about an unspecified illness that caused him to cancel appearances at two upcoming events, the 5th annual Out of this World UFO Conference in Edinburg, Texas, and the Free Your Mind Conference in Philadelphia, both in April.

In June 2017, additional announcements were made about health issues Marrs was experiencing, including being on kidney dialysis at home, and eyesight problems in his one good eye.

Jim Marrs died on August 2, 2017 from a heart attack at his home at age 73.[11]

Crossfire

In 1989, Marrs' book, Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, was published and reached the New York Times Paperback Non-Fiction Best Seller list in mid-February 1992.[12] It became a basis for the Oliver Stone film JFK.[13]

According to Stephen E. Ambrose (in an essay generally critical of conspiracy theorists) Marrs wrote in Crossfire that motives for the murder of Kennedy were "Attorney General Robert Kennedy's attack on organized crime (Mafia motive); President Kennedy's failure to support the Cuban exiles at the Bay of Pigs (Cuban and C.I.A. motive); the 1963 Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (military-industrial complex, or M.I.C. motive); Kennedy's plan to withdraw from Vietnam before the end of 1965 (Joint Chiefs of Staff and M.I.C. motive); Kennedy's talk about taking away the oil-depletion allowance (Texas oil men motive); Kennedy's monetary policies (international bankers motive); Kennedy's decision to drop Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson from the ticket in 1964 (L.B.J. motive) and Kennedy's active civil rights policy (Texas racist billionaires motive)."[14]

Sylvia Meagher is a critic of the Warren Commission and author of Master Index to the JFK Assassination and Accessories After the Fact. In April 1987, Meagher received the manuscript of Marrs' Crossfire. She was asked to evaluate the book by Simon & Schuster, which was considering publishing it. Meagher concluded, "The accuracy of the manuscript in dealing with a vast body of complex evidence is nearly impeccable...the manuscript is, in my opinion, a fine and admirable work." Despite this glowing recommendation, Simon & Schuster became one of about 25 major U.S. publishers to turn down the book. It was finally published in 1989 by Carroll & Graf Publishers. "[15]

Books

Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy. Basic Books. 1993. p. 648. ISBN 978-0-88184-648-5.
Alien Agenda: Investigating the Extraterrestrial Presence Among Us. William Morrow Paperbacks. 2000. p. 480. ISBN 978-0-06-095536-6.
Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids. William Morrow Paperbacks. 2001. p. 480. ISBN 978-0-06-093184-1.
Psi Spies: The True Story of America's Psychic Warfare Program. Career Press. 2002. p. 320. ISBN 978-0-9727131-0-8.
Inside Job: Unmasking the 9/11 Conspiracies. Origin Press. 2004. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-57983-013-7.
The Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies That Threaten to Take Over America. Harper Collins. 2008. p. 449. ISBN 978-0-06-124558-9.
Honegger, Barbara (2006). The Terror Conspiracy: Deception, 9/11 and the Loss of Liberty. Disinformation Books. p. 505. ISBN 978-1-932857-43-6. Missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
Above Top Secret: Uncover the Mysteries of the Digital Age. Disinformation Books. 2008. p. 305. ISBN 978-1-934708-09-5.
The Sisterhood of the Rose: The Recollection of Celeste Levesque. Disinformation Books. 2009. p. 386. ISBN 978-1-934708-29-3.
The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy: How the New World Order, Man-Made Diseases, and Zombie Banks Are Destroying America. Harper Collins. 2010. p. 468. ISBN 978-0-06-197068-9.
Oswald's Confession and Other Tales from the War. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2012. p. 150. ISBN 9781467951159.
Marrs, Jim (2013). Our Occulted History: Do the Global Elite Conceal Ancient Aliens?. William Morrow. p. 609. ASIN B0089LOH2E. ISBN 978-0-06-213031-0.

Videos

Safespace – Fastwalkers – Winter 2006
Lecture at Allen Public Library - Allen Texas - November 20, 2013
Dr. Grover Proctor Lecture with Jim Marrs Guest Speaker at 58:00 - Allen Texas, November 2015

Radio Interviews

Though participating in a number of radio shows, it has become tradition for Marrs to be the guest of the season premier of Binnall of America Audio

Binnall of America Season 1 Premier – Part 1 and Part 2 – September 10, 2005
Binnall of America Season 2 Premier – Part 1 and Part 2 – September 30, 2006
Binnall of America Season 3 Premier – Part 1 and Part 2 – October 20, 2007
Binnall of America Season 4 Premier – Part 1 and Part 2 – October 26, 2008
Binnall of America Season 5 Premier – Part 1 and Part 2 – November 24, 2009
Binnall of America Season 6 Premier – Part 1 and Part 2 – November 29, 2010
Binnall of America Season 7 Premier – [1] May 1, 2012

 References:

 1. "The truth is way out there". Dallas Observer. July 6, 2000. Archived from the original on August 23, 2000.
2. Marrs, Jim (2013). Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy - Revised and Updated Edition. Basic Books. Back cover. ISBN 978-0-465-03180-1.
3. Stephen E. Atkins (Editor), The 9/11 Encyclopedia, page 125 (ABC-CLIO, LLC, Second Edition, 2011). ISBN 978-1-59884-921-9
4. University of Texas
5. "Alien Agenda", Publishers Weekly
6. '"The Terror Conspiracy"', 2006, The Disinformation Company, Ltd.
7.UFO Congress: Speakers
8. Saucer Smear: Another Gulf Breeze UFO Congress, James W. Moseley, April 25, 1998
9. Conspiracy Con: Video & Audio (past speakers)
10. "The Bay Area UFO Expo". Davesjfk.com. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
11. "Jim Marrs Official Facebook Page". Facebook. Retrieved 2 Aug 2017.
12. New York Times Archive, Paperback Best Sellers February 23, 1992
13. Patricia Lambert, False Witness: The Real Story of Jim Garrison's Investigation and Oliver Stone's Film JFK, footnote, page 212: "Jim Marrs' Crossfire, an encyclopedia of assassination theories...enabled Stone to draw on a wealth of information without spending more money on rights to other books." (M. Evans & Company, Inc., 1998. ISBN 978-0-87131-920-3)
14. Ambrose, Stephen E. (February 2, 1992). "Writers on the Grassy Knoll: A Reader's Guide". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
15. Kelin, John (2007). Praise from a Future Generation. San Antonio, TX. p. 467.
 16. Jim Marrs. "The official site of Jim Marrs".

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