Jerry, Serling's come up with a new series, I'm not sure about how true any of this crap is, but I like the concept. Ratings should be decent to carry it until we find something to fill the gap in broadcasting with something.
UNRESOLVED ENIGMAS 1: HIDDEN SOCIETIES Edit
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Rod Serling: The world is full of enigmas, confusing facts and myths that blend together into a tapestry of part-human experience and part-whole cloth fiction. Is there a way to separate them? Tonight, for the first time, we will investigate, on Unresolved Enigmas.
Rod Serling: Since the dawn of human civilization, there have always been legends about hidden forces manipulating the path mankind has taken. Stupendous groups of men and women who deceive, inveigle, and obfuscate, with fantastic technologies and hidden agendas to enslave and disenfranchise the common man. Who are these people? Where did they come from? What is their agenda?
(*Camera cuts to footage of WW1*)
Rod Serling: *Voiceover* World War 1 was the bloodiest conflict seen yet when it ended in 1918. By its end over 9,911,000 men were dead, and some of the most lethal weapons in war were created in desperate bids to end the conflict. Every schoolchild knows the start of the war came from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914, dragging the powerful alliances into a web of conflict, battle, and the destruction of nations and empires that had existed since the Middle Ages. Yet what do we truly know about the assassin, Gavrilo Princip?
(*Series of pictures immediately after the assassination*)
RS: From what has been gathered on Princip, he at first lived a typical life of a rural child. His father and mother, losing six of their nine children in infancy, and unable to provide for all of their children, sent the young Gavrilo to live with his brother in Zagreb, Croatia. During this period his homes shifted hands from the Ottoman Empire to the Austria-Hungarian Empire, a move opposed by many Slavic nationalists. It was in this climate that Princip first made contact with the Black Hand.
(*Images of the assassination attempts*)
RS: The Black Hand placed six conspirators along the route Archduke Ferdinand's car would take, yet all attempts to kill the Archduke met with failure, and all attempts by the conspirators to either escape or commit suicide were thwarted. Yet despite the danger, the Archduke had decided to visit those injured in the attempts on his life. It was this decision that would lead to his demise.
(*Still portrait of the assassination*)
RS: Franz Ferdinand was shot twice, his wife Sofie once, both dying within minutes of each other. Princip was arrested and tried, along with twenty-three other conspirators, and was sentenced to twenty years in prison due to his age. *Serling steps into frame in front of the image* Yet what was the Black Hand, the organization that had orchestrated such heinous ideas? *Close-up of Serling's face* In our research there are only tacit acknowledgements of the Black Hand at all. The only real clue as to how far reaching the Black Hand was, and possibly is, is to look at some of the co-conspirators.
(*Images of Dragutin Dimitrijević, Major Vojislav Tankosić, and Masterspy Rade Malobabić*)
RS: Each of the men pictured on your screen were members of the Black Hand, and each one a key figure in the Serbian military. Each of them trained the assassins, supplied them with weapons, and even ensured a route to a safe house from the assassination sites through a series of underground tunnels. Each of these men were also associated with crimes too unspeakable to mention during the Balkan Wars around 1912. To quote, "The population of Üsküb called their station behind the house of Weiss, near the Russian consulate, 'the black house,' from the name of the league itself, 'the black hand.' The worst crimes were committed by this secret organization, known to all the world and under powerful protection." Is this to imply that these men were protected somehow? If so, by who? And when was the Black Hand formed at all?
(*Shot of a professor walking through Oxford University*)
RS: Dr. Matthew Turnbeux is a professor of history and sociology at Oxford University in England, specializing in parts of history mostly forgotten. He has written extensively on the now-defunct National Socialist Movement in 1930s Germany, the turn-of-the-century Zionist movement, and has recently started researching such groups in Eastern Europe.
(*Headshot of Dr. Turnbeux*)
Matthew Turnbeux: In my research, I have started to piece together a small tapestry of what might be the conclusive beginnings of the Black Hand, and I was shocked to discover it may not have actually started with Slavic independence. I feel my research points to something much older.
RS: The implications of the Black Hand being older than the early 20th Century are indeed shocking, but what could be more incredible is the possibility that this all be a ruse.
(*Shot of a man walking through Notre Dame*)
RS: Prof. Timothy Dalton is director of the History Department at Notre Dame University in Illinois, and feels that Dr. Turnbeux's theories cannot stand the weight of common logic.
(*Headshot of Prof. Dalton*)
Timothy Dalton: If such a group did exist, where is the evidence? We have no members beyond men already dead or too old to remember with any clarity, there are no documents leading us farther to the past beyond the 1900s, in fact, if you were to check Dr. Turnbeux's sources, you'd find that many are second-hand accounts of events that were never included in the official reports during such actions.
RS: Prof. Dalton is right, there is no real first-hand account of the founding of the Black Hand, of any dates or times associated with their organization or membership. It is as though for one brief moment in history they appeared, wreaked havoc, and then vanished from the Earth. How is this possible? Is there only one group? Or are there others operating in the shadows of our world?
(*Images of the Crusades*)
RS: The Crusades, a time of man's most base instinct made manifest, all in the name of God's holy word. When armies slaughtered thousands in order to wrest control of a city whose only distinction in history was the fact that three religions were based in it. After nine major crusades, and a host of smaller conflicts no less destructive, the crusades were relegated to history, along with the knightly orders and warrior-monks or the age. So we have been told.
(*Footage of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Knights Hospitaller, and other "knightly" orders*)
RS: Knightly societies still exist today as fraternal orders, dedicated to charity and kindness in their communities. One, the Order of Malta, even claims sovereignty over the island of Malta, just south of Sicily. It acts as its own military force, equipped with the same rifles and arms as many military forces the world over. But the knights of Malta are not the only knightly order. During the crusades there were no less than twenty-six knightly orders formed, and one of the most infamous to history will forever be the Knights Templar.
(*Images of the Knights Templar*)
RS: Among all the other knightly orders, the Templars became the most infamous for their supposed worship of demonic entites, as accused by the then-reigning French king Philip IV. Before this, however, the Templars started as a poor and simple warrior order, devoted to Christendom and the protection of pilgrims attempting to make their way to the Holy Land. It was only through endorsements on behalf of Bernard of Clairvaux that the Templars became a central part of the Catholic Church in Europe. Exempted from taxes and local laws, the Templars became a driving force in Europe, controlling monies and lands, along with a steady stream of recruits in the form of noble sons wanting to fight in the service of God.
(*Cut to Vatican City, and a priest reading in a library*)
RS: Fr. Patrick Monahan is a leading authority on the Crusade period, and has made it a personal hobby to research into the Templars from a scholarly viewpoint. A work hindered by the heavy religious overtones of the period.
Fr. Monahan: While the Templars did indeed keep records of their actions during their period of existence, it is important to remember that, at the time, it was common practice to utterly destroy an enemy's possessions on their destruction, so as to deny history their legacy, a major insult and blow to a knight's honor at the time. Despite this, it has been confirmed that the Knights Templar were actually some of the first bankers of Europe, taking a noble's finances into their direct care when said nobles left for the crusades. In this manner, despite a vow of poverty, they were in control of vast amounts of money.
(*Footage of Fr. Monahan walking through Vatican City reading*)
RS: *voiceover* It is clear that the Templars were indeed a powerful force in Europe, so powerful that even the declining situation of the Crusades could not destroy them. So how did such a powerful organization, existing for nearly two centuries, suddenly fall?
Fr. Monahan: Since the Templars essentially controlled the wealth of Europe, new theories have come forth that the man most responsible for their destruction, Philip IV, was in fact attempting to erase his own debts in the Templars. It didn't help that Philip was actually denied membership.
(*Rod Serling walking through a corridor of images from the previous half of the show*)
RS: A hidden society responsible for the first true world war. A knightly order whose holdings dwarfed the Catholic Church itself. Is there a possible connection? When we return from the break, Unresolved Enigmas looks into this possibility.
CBS: CBS will now pause for station identification.
RS: The Black Hand and the Knights Templar, two groups at the center of our first great question: Are there secret societies so large, so powerful, that the very scope of human events has been cast by their hands? And if so, do these hands work together, or do they pull against each other?
(*Footage of Dr. Turnbeux in a library*)
RS: Dr. Turnbeux states that a common thread ties the Black Hand to many other cult-like groups throughout the ages, from Ancient Greece to the modern day.
Dr. Turnbeux: In antiquity, there was a group in Egypt known as the Tail of Set, a radical Egyptian fringe religion promoting sheer chaos for chaos' sake, at which point its members inexplicably vanished from all records. Then, centuries later, a Temple of Typhon appeared in classical Greece, and even though the records are only slightly more detailed as describing them as 'unseen monsters in the guise of men', this group again vanished, though a few members were said to have been found in their homes, dead of suicide by hemlock. In ancient Rome, a Cult of Invidia, goddess of Envy, arose, was recorded as being disturbers of all men's peace, and then said to have been destroyed by Roman legionaries fresh from Gaul. Now, though there is no clear link, how is it that three ancient cultures, one completely dissimilar from the other two, can have a single evil cult throughout each that disappears when confronted?
(*Footage of Prof. Dalton writing on a typewriter*)
RS: Prof. Dalton disagrees.
Prof. Dalton: It was not that unusual for multiple cults to arise and fall in short periods during the classical period, in fact it was almost expected. Cults back then were like businesses, in that if you couldn't grab the coin, you went under and fast. Prof. Turnbeux isn't wrong in suggesting that there is some strange similarity between these cults, but forgets to take into account the actual historic fact. There is no way a single entity could have survived over so many centuries without revealing itself.
RS: The majority of historians agree with Prof. Dalton on this respect. The current academic opinion on Dr. Turnbeux's theories is that they are simply impossible to accomplish by any group. Yet what about Fr. Monahan's research into the Knights Templar?
(*Fr. Monahan saying mass*)
Fr. Monahan: The Knights Templar were one of the largest groups in existence at the time, with loyal and devoted nobles across Europe indebted to them. There would have been survivors of the purge that led to their members being burned at the stake, and said members might have even aided in the death of King Philip, who is reported to have died during a hunting accident. Of course, I do not speak for the whole Catholic Church, these are only my personal theories. It falls to other historians to decide whether I am correct or not. Regardless, other theories, such as organizations like the Freemasons being descended from the Templars, are slightly harder to believe. If the Templars were indeed still existent, they would not associate with such an organization so suspicious in the eyes of many.
RS: If the Knights Templar did survive, where did they hide out? With a papal decree calling for their arrest there would have been few places to make their escape. Even with the aid of caring nobles, they could not recruit without fear of being revealed. This is where we must turn to speculation, and speculation alone.
(*Camera cuts to Serling at a table with the symbols of the Black Hand and Templars behind him on the wall*)
RS: I want to point out right now that these theories are merely my own conjectures, and that they are not considered valid in any kind of realistic historical context. First, let's us consider the actions of one Mr. Charles Manson earlier this year. Mr. Manson's crimes were heinous, yet they were, technically, not committed by him. Manson had others carry out his crimes, manipulating their belief in his own so-called "power" to do so. Now what if we apply the same modus operandi to these two groups behind me, on a global scale? Each one capable of manipulating truths, destroying their own lies, ensuring that each of their actions to control are hidden behind layers of false names and fake addresses.
(*Serling walks off-screen to a map of the world*)
RS: Furthermore, there are still many places these cults can hide. In Malta, there is still an existing Knightly order, and possibly holds a few small number of Templars inside its shores. Eastern Europe is still peppered with small mountain communities cut off from the outside world, an ideal breeding ground for a cult centered around Eastern European nationalism dressed in pseudo-religious connotations. *Serling places a Templar cross on Malta and a Black Hand symbol on Yugoslavia* And where else might their operations be based? We can safely rule out the Vatican, as men like Fr. Monahan would have surely noticed any signs of Templar activities. *Serling puts a massive X on Vatican City* We can also rule out the Soviet Union, since their government's strict policies of controlling the population would render both groups unable to operate unmolested. *Giant X placed on the Soviet Union* Africa may hold some territories for the cult, with new feelings of nationalistic fervor able to disguise the actions of a power-hungry madman seeking power. *Black Hand symbols placed on new, unstable African nations* Latin and South American are still Catholic areas to this day, and would make ideal bases for men who claim to fight in God's name. *Templar symbols placed in Mexico, Brazil, and other Latin nations* America may actually play host to both, which leads to a final question. *Both symbols placed on America, Serling walks into a bare room and faces the camera*
RS: If both groups still exist, there is the possibility that they, at one time, have come in contact with each other. The question then becomes, did they realize who they both were, and tried to find a method of working with each other, or did they realize the other was a threat, and have done everything ever since to destroy the enemy that threatens their very existence, using the world's large struggles to disguise their actions, playing Allied, Soviet, and Japanese forces in a long-game that not even their own members can see the end to? *Camera close of up Serling's face* What must be remembered that any cult, and "religion", that would have its members kill for the message it tries to promote is a force that sows the seeds of its own self-destruction, as leaders within try desperately to be the single force that ensures their group's domination. A perfect moral for this first episode *Camera starts to tilt upwards* of Unresolved Enigmas...
Pete, the network bosses kinda liked the idea of it, but they want Serling to include some other fringe groups to pad out the show. Ask him to do some more digging on these National Socialists and the Zionists (If he can, might be a sensitive issue).
Personally, I love it, and the viewers will go nuts over another Serling show. Send us any more episodes he might have in manuscript, we'll take a look.
Jerry, Rod said that he won't include those crap theories the network heads want, he says the Zionists are old news in the Jewish community, and that the National Socialists were just a crank political movement before the Weimar Republic got any legs under it. But here's the second episode manuscript, he says it'll definitely piss off the Shogunate.
UNRESOLVED ENIGMAS 2: PSYCHIC ABILITIES Edit
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Rod Serling: The world is full of enigmas, confusing facts and myths that blend together into a tapestry of part-human experience and part-whole cloth fiction. Is there a way to separate them? Tonight, we will investigate, on Unresolved Enigmas.
RS: Psychic abilities. In the past, such things were considered the realm of witches and magicians, the ability to spark a fire with a thought. To lift objects by simply whispering a phrase. Are these abilities really the realm of the mind? Or is there merely a long-con at play on the entire human race by individuals simply too concerned with their want of control? I should warn our viewers tonight that footage from World War III will be played. Veterans are advised to take any precautions necessary to prevent flashbacks of traumatic episodes.
(*Footage of Yuriko Omega during the Battle of Tokyo*)
RS: Yuriko Omega, the world's most infamous psychic. During World War III she was responsible for 143 Allied deaths, and an estimated 500 Soviet soldiers. She nearly destroyed the ANV Von Esling during the Battle of Tokyo, and is responsible for the recently declassified destruction of Allied POW Facility Dakota on Guam. Only those within the Empire's highest echelons are permitted to interact with her, and the citizens that we managed to speak with in California could only provide hearsay and rumor.
(*Footage of the Japanese district in Los Angeles*)
RS: I personally interviewed three dozen individuals on their thoughts on Yuriko Omega, and each one of these people on-screen were official citizens of the Empire. For their protection, we have blurred their faces, and used translators for their answers to these two questions; Who is Yuriko Omega, and is she criminally insane?
Interviewee 1: English:(She is a goddess of war, how dare you call her a criminal! She is here to save the Empire from its enemies!)
Interviewee 2: (I don't really know who or what she is, but I think she's a little bit dangerous to the people around her, even if they're not soldiers.)
Interviewee 3: (I think she's Emperor Yoshiro's daughter, born after the death of his wife. The only reason she's still around is to try and seize the throne herself!)
Interviewee 4: (Yuriko Omega is a madwoman, dangerous to everyone. I don't think we should let her use her powers anymore.)
Interviewee 5: (Oh, I wish I was Yuriko Omega. She's so beautiful, and she's a fighter too! She's not a criminal, she's a hero trying to do what's right!)
Interviewee 6: (That's not the real Yuriko, I can tell you that. Whoever that girl is, she's stolen the name and powers of the real Yuriko, and is trying to wreak havoc on the good name of the Empire.)
RS: Clearly the opinions are varied and divided. Who or what Yuriko Omega is, she is seen as a mix of avenging angel and deadly monster, a creature that few know anything about, and even fewer know the truth of. So where do psychic abilities come from?
(*Footage of the Allied Paranormal Research Division building*)
RS: Allied command has denied all access to psychic research papers and notes. Currently they assure us that any progress being made on psionic research is proceeding "at expected rates". What this really means cannot be explained yet. What is clear is that the Allied Nations does not want to show what they have found on psionics until the consider it ready by their standards. So where do such powers come from?
(*Images of Yuriko Omega battling Soviet force*)
RS: Professional researchers would inform us that the powers of psionics come directly from the human mind, drawn from the same alternate universes that power GAP and PAWI technologies. It is only through the awakening of latent neural connections that human beings are able to channel such powers, and to awaken their highest potentials.
(*Image cuts to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN*)
RS: Neurologist Peter Barnes, a leading neural researcher for the Mayo Clinic, argues against this.
(*Headshot of Dr. Barnes*)
Dr. Barnes: If the human brain were taking in such vast amounts of energy, a complimentary metabolic rate would need to accompany this, in order to channel such energies, draining a psychic's physical health almost the second they would attempt anything more powerful than bending a spoon, to say nothing of abilities like levitation, pyrokinesis, and others that the Empire claims their psychics possess.
(*Footage of a professor walking through MIT*)
RS: In areas such as telepathy and pre-cognition, physics professor David Walkins agrees.
- Headshot of Prof. Walkins*
Prof. Walkins: As we understand more about the atom and the subatomic world, we find that things are always moving, never stable, unable to be pinned down with any certainty. The future is never certain. For example, I could punch you in the face, or I could shake your hand. Quantum mechanics states that any and none of these possibilities can happen, and even though I'm no psychologist, I would imagine that pushing that sort of information through a single human mind would destroy it.
(*Footage of a woman reading in Yale's library*)
RS: Psychology professor Maria Hawking of Yale is in agreement.
Prof. Hawking: The human mind is designed to only take in as much data as the "user" can comprehend. Overloading the mind with information causes what can only be described as an emergency shut-down. For example, when a person if suffering from sensory overload, they feel migraines, headaches, pain in the eyes and ears. If psionic abilities do indeed work as described, those using them would be mentally unsound to the point of clinical insanity.
(*Grainy film of a man being held by Allied peacekeepers; the man is gibbering incoherently and struggling to break free*)
RS: This assessment is not wholly incorrect. This captured psychic of the Empire is clearly not in any form of right mind, and was captured by Allied personnel as he was attempting to burn a MASH unit near the frontlines to cinders. Clearly, such powers in the hands of man have the ability to turn any man into a raving lunatic. Yet what about the men and women who are still in control of both their mental faculties as well as their psionic abilities? And how else can a person acquire such talents?
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(*Camera fades in on Rod Serling standing in front of two portraits; Yuriko Omega, and the raving psychic from before the break*)
RS: Psychic powers and psionic madness, two terms that seem to fit hand in glove. Clearly the use of psychic abilities are not conducive to good mental health. So how does a psychic manage to keep themselves in control of their abilities?
(*Image of Buddhist monks in India*)
RS: Throughout history, legend has it that Buddhist monks are capable of amazing feats of control, from controlling their core body temperature to the ability to levitate off the ground, to even projecting their consciousnesses outside their bodies. How is it such men can accomplish these ablities?
(*Footage of a single monk praying before a statue of Buddha*)
RS: Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, exile from what was once Tibet, is one of the few monks that would agree to speak to us about such abilities. He speaks out of a desire to show that his order is one of peace, not of dominance like the Imperial psychic corps.
Dalai Lama: *Translated to English* (Monks like myself often meditate for hours alone, searching deep inside themselves to repair any personal faults, and to better understand ourselves and our place in the world. For some, this opens up new possibilities of self-recognition, but for others, their potentials are truly awakened.)
(*Scene cuts to footage of the Dalai Lama and film crew watching a monk meditating in the lotus position*)
RS: Our film crews were allowed to record one of the monks meditate, and were astounded by what they saw. In front of their eyes and cameras, as shown on your screen, the monk slowly rose to a height of five inches off the ground.
(*One of the crew feels around the monk for wires, another holds a compass under and above the monk*)
RS: Our crew checked for any and all methods of falsity or forgery in this situation, and all tests resulted in the genuine conclusion that the monk was indeed levitating under his own power. Yet as Dalai Lama Gyatso mentioned, the monk had only been able to perform such an act after daily hours of meditation, far from the reported practices of the shogunate, where psychics are often forced to undergo rigorous weeks of training under military conditions.
(*Scene cuts to a hippy commune in California*)
RS: Another far cry from the rigid Imperial military is this alternate community outside Fresno, California, where a group of like-minded Americans have decided to forgo the structure of modern American life in order to live in what they consider a better step with nature. Their appointed leader calls himself Gabriel Moonson, and despite being the "leader", prefers to let his members follow their own path.
(*Headshot of a man with a wild mop of dirtied blond hair, growing beard, with a leather band around his forehead, with peace symbols pinned to it*)
Moonson: Our idea, man, it's not just about freedom! It's about the discovery of self through yourself, the idea that you don't need society or religion or whatever gumming up your works, just you and yourself and who you choose to let into your life.
(*Footage of Moonson leading a "prayer" meeting*)
RS: Gabriel Moonson's real name is Joseph G. Michel, a former entrepreneur whose automobile dealership was unable to pay the high rates of lease in Las Vegas, Nevada. After nearly committing suicide, Mr. Michel decided to do away with the trappings of modern American life, to gather a society of like-minded citizens, and strike out on their own. Michel's wife divorced him when he announced his plans.
(*Scene of the group rearing cattle and plowing fields*)
RS: As well as preaching a back-to-nature mentality, the group also has been reported to show psychic abilities when under the influences of Lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as LSD or "acid", a hallucinogen powerful enough to affect a person's sense of time, creation of intensely vivid and realistic visions, and even reports of divine experiences. Though not a criminalized substance, many American states consider the substance dangerous in unregulated doses. To Michel, it is a way to open the human mind.
(*Headshot of Moonson*)
Moonson: I've seen peacekeepers walking through DC like I was a bird above them, man! I've gone to Soviet Russia and lived their horrible existence, and I've had a conversation with a Jap psychic like he was standing right next to me! This is more than a drug man, it's an awakening!
RS: To test this, we asked Michel to ingest acid in front of our cameras, then asked him to describe in-detail what he was seeing.
(*Moonson ingests a tab of acid, goes into a trance*)
Film crew: Where are you?
Moonson: *Monotone voice* I am currently two hundred miles above the city of Philadelphia.
Film crew: Can you give us a more exact location?
Moonson: Currently, I am above Independence Hall, watching as a trio of Allied peacekeepers arrest a man for attempting to plant a bomb in the city.
Film crew: Do you know where he tried to plant the bomb?
Moonson: The master chronosphere in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
(*Still photos of the described event*)
RS: Mr. Michel was correct. There was an arrest by Allied personnel in Philadelphia on that same day, involving a suspected Confederate sympathizer attempting to sabotage the master chronosphere with a high-yield explosive placed near one of the vital computing stations needed to compute the precise location of chronoshifted materiel.
(*Footage of Prof. Hawking teaching students*)
RS: Prof. Hawking is not convinced that what Michel saw was legitimate.
Prof. Hawking: LSD only adds further chemicals into an organ that requires a delicate chemical balance to function. If that chemical balance is affected in any way, it can create whole-cloth images out of previously remembered snippets of information stored in the brain, including news stories, photographs and other information. All this proves is that Mr. Michel read about Philadelphia and has been up to date on the news.
(*Camera cuts to Moonson praying with his commune*)
RS: Mr. Michel argues against this on one primary point; news, up to date news, is rare in the commune due to its self-imposed semi-isolation from the rest of the country.
Moonson: We don't subscribe to any papers out here, man, we don't watch any news, don't listen to Walt Cronkite drone on with what the governments want him to say, we keep to ourselves.
(*Footage cuts to Serling standing in front of two new portraits; one of the levitating monk, the other of Moonson in a trance*)
RS: Two conflicting ways to reportedly gain psychic abilities. One, the constant and unyielding dedicated meditation of a Buddhist monk. The other, the continual usage of LSD. Neither explains the reported powers of Japan's psionic warriors. Yet there is a third option. Once more, these are all personal opinions, these are not confirmed or denied by any official government.
(*Serling walks to a table with a large tab of "LSD" and what appears to be a large mechanical bug*)
RS: First, the meditation of a Buddhist monk. Such a life may, at first, seem to be in-line with a disciplined and structured military routine. That appearance is quite misleading, since having served in the American military, I can promise all viewers that a monk's life is one of relatively simpler and calmer natures.
(*Serling picks up the "LSD"*)
RS: Next, we have the chemical solution. Indeed, this substance possibly can induce an enhanced state of mental awareness. Despite this, the effects of the drug on the human mind in a military environment do not allow for control in a battlefield situation, where split second decisions cannot be slowed by chemical infusions.
(*Serling now picks up the mechanical bug*)
RS: There is one substance, or rather a device, that enables such possible actions. Imperial nanites. Coupled with brainwaves of an Imperial psychic for specific commands like, "Destroy object" or "Crush soldier". Invisible to the naked human eye, these nanites are capable of almost anything. Is this possibly the real source of psychic powers? Did the shogunate create, whole cloth, the idea of psychic abilities, fooling the world into thinking psychic powers are real? Once more, we are left...*Serling leaves the "nanite" on the table* With an unsolved enigma. *Camera focuses on the nanite as Serling walks out of frame*
Pete, that's brilliant. The controversy alone will send ratings through the roof. Tell me Rod has another episode in the pipe!
Don't worry, Serling's got a whole series worth of footage to go, and he's already typed up drafts of the transcripts for the records. Here's the next one. If you thought that last one will make ratings, this'll be even better.
UNRESOLVED ENIGMAS 3: MEGACORPORATIONS Edit
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Rod Serling: The world is full of enigmas, confusing facts and myths that blend together into a tapestry of part-human experience and part-whole cloth fiction. Is there a way to separate them? Tonight, we will investigate, on Unresolved Enigmas.
(*Fade in on Serling standing in front of a picture of the Colosseum*)
RS: In our first episode, we discussed the possible existence of secret societies, groups that attempt to exert control over mankind through duplicity and deceit. Tonight, we look at a different brand of such men, whose only goal is to enslave all living men through economic policy and flaunting of laws through monetary gain. A megacorporation.
(*Images of 1920s stock exchange*)
RS: The booming economy of the 1920s gave rise to what many thought were powerful forces of commerce and business, only for them to fall when the Crash of 1929 and Great Depression began. Few survived, but one force in Italy survived the fascist political movements to become a powerful force in the world's economy.
(*Portrait of two identical young men walking out of the Italian parliament*)
RS: This is the only known public picture of the man who founded the company, the Mediterranean Syndicate. His real name and identity are still shrouded in mystery, his only alias the title "Romulus", the mythical founder of ancient Rome. During the Great Depression he ordered his company to continually buy out and absorb his corporation's failed competitors. He quickly folded smaller security and bond companies into his, eventually taking over the Bank of Italy, Medici Bank, and others. An economic force for a new empire.
(*Images of the fascist takeover*)
RS: It was during Benito Mussolini's seizure of Italy's government that Romulus' company was able to ingratiate itself with the Italian government. Mussolini's staunch efforts to make a new Italian empire required a banker, and Romulus was only too happy to supply the capitol.
(*Footage of the Italian war with Ethiopia*)
RS: Despite the firm financial backing, the Italian war of conquest turned into a stalemate. Mussolini's mismanagement and lack of basic military knowledge cemented the long and drawn out conflict between Ethiopia's loyal soldiers, and the supposedly "superior" Italian Army. It was due to this failure that Mussolini was deposed in 1938, killed by Italian partisans for his failure to return the empire he promised. This was also the last time Romulus was reportedly seen in public. After announcing a sabbatical to his board of directors, he vanished, sightings of him reporting that his only companion was a wolf.
(*Footage of the pre-war period*)
RS: It was during this period that the fortunes of the Syndicate skyrocketed. They acquired defunct Italian arms makers, construction industries, even shipping companies. Even the former Japanese zaibatsu Myishi soon moving to Belfast, Ireland, changing their name to Straylight Electronics, all thanks to the timely investment of the Mediterranean Syndicate. It was also noted during this time that various poor and destitute areas of Europe were suddenly experiencing a boom in land renovation. Just in time for World War II.
(*Stock footage of the Soviet invasion of Europe*)
RS: When World War II started, the Syndicate was the leading bank in all of Italy, and quickly becoming one of the most powerful forces in Italy. It had attempted to branch out into arms and military contracting, but the Allied Nations felt that the new direction the company had taken could not be trusted to the defense of Europe, instead choosing International Incorporated as their preferred arms supplier. The Syndicate took this as an affront, but could do little when Soviet armies overran Italy along with the rest of Central Europe. When the Soviets seized Italy, they first dismantled the Italian capitalist economy.
(*Images of Rome being looted during WWII*)
RS: The toll to the Syndicate was supposed to be catastrophic. Yet little over a month after the Soviets retreated, the company not only returned, but thrived. It used its vast holdings to essentially gain control of dozens of smaller companies, even tracts of land in the American West. So what really drives the Mediterranean Syndicate?
(*Footage of Harvard University*)
RS: Prof. Franklin Myers is a leading economic theorist from Harvard. He has made it his life's mission alongside teaching to expose the Syndicate's ties around the world. He was also the only economist who was willing to speak with us.
(*Shot of Prof. Myers standing in front of a giant board with company logos connected by string*)
Prof. Myers: First, there was the buyouts of the Italian banks in the Depression. Then, Stanard Oil begins an "economic partnership". In 1938, Legion Security suddenly becomes the security provider for the Syndicate, after pledging eternal loyalty to Mussolini in 1932. Syndicate banks suddenly invest in Straylight Electronics, Ambrosia Cola, even becoming permanent "clients" of Blue Mountain. Now, around this period, Sprawl start appearing in Italy, first the Rome Sprawl with has, essentially, encircled the ancient ruins of Rome, along with the sudden upswing in tourism in Las Vegas and an overnight boom in what is known as Silicon Valley. There are connections that the Syndicate has been very keen on keeping from the common man.
(*Images of Syndicate companies*)
RS: We went to each of the corporations mentioned by Prof. Myers, and each one promptly shut their doors to us when we asked about their connections to both the Mediterranean Syndicate and Romulus.
(*Footage of camera crews being escorted out of the buildings by Legion Security*)
RS: Something is clearly being hidden from the people of the world by these companies. So what is the connection? Amazingly, it may all lead down to a rabbit.
(*Footage of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit*)
RS: In 1929, young animator Walt Disney entered into a legal dispute with Universal Studios over who, precisely, owned the iconic character Oswald. Three weeks into the suit, Charles Mintz, Disney's partner at Universal and bringer of the suit, died in a car accident. Still in power with Standard Oil, Disney guided the company ever closer to the Syndicate.
(*Images of Disneyland and Disney merchandise*)
RS: Since then Disney's meteoric rise to fame and the success of the once-though disastrous Disneyland theme park have cemented Disney's creative genius in Americana. Yet there are questions. First, why was Mintz's ambulance delayed in getting to the nearest hospital? Two, what happened to the other driver? Three, where were the court documents that Mintz had on his person at the time?
(*Footage of Det. Columbo in Los Angeles*)
RS: Det. Frank Columbo is a member of the San Francisco Police Department, and former member of the Los Angeles Police Department. He was one of the men who investigated the case, and says these questions are vital.
(*Footage of Columbo in front of a messy desk*)
Det. Columbo: Firstly, and I don't mean to be accusatory here, course not, but firstly, that ambulance took forty minutes to get from Universal Studios, where, you know, Mintz was pulling out of, to the nearest hospital. Now, I looked into it, you know, on my own, I found that it only took me twenty-five to get there, siren and everything, even with traffic, cause you know traffic, it just gums everything up. Anyway, the doctors I talked to, they looked over the incident report, and they said that, well, Mintz's injuries could have been fixed up, but, you know, the ambulance ride took time. Anyway, I looked into the other driver, see if he had a history, but I couldn't find the guy, like he didn't even exist when he was driving that car, right? Well, I look a little more, that car didn't even exist, all the numbers had been taken off, couldn't trace'em. Now, as for the documents, I tried finding the drivers of that ambulance, right? Turns out, the guys that were supposed to have been driving that day actually had died the night before in a fishing accident, so how could a ghost drive an ambulance, and even better, grab the papers on Mr. Mintz? My wife, she's much smarter, she could probably figure it out, but...
(*Columbo keeps talking, Serling takes over*)
RS: If Det. Columbo is right, how is it that a corporation interested only in profit would risk its fortunes on murder for a payoff that may or may not have succeeded? The answer could lie in the small island of Sicily.
(*CBS will now pause for station identification*)
(*Camera fades in on Serling standing in front of a picture of a Sprawl street*)
RS: National Geographic recently released a special documentary entitled "Life in the Sprawls", based on the new trend in corporate building projects spanning the globe. From Rome's Urbe Eternus to Nevada's Urbe Cupiditas, better known as Las Vegas, Sprawls dot almost every continent except for Australia. And from each Sprawl, something wicked this way seems to come.
(*Images of Al Capone, Arnold Rothstein, Nucky Johnson, and Bugs Moran, along with generic images of crime in the 1920s/Prohibition Era*)
RS: Like all human endeavors, criminals often seek to organize themselves to find more power and monetary gain. With the passage of the 18th Amendment, a sudden boom in criminal enterprise resulted in the growth in personal power among any man willing to take it by flaunting the laws, even flawed ones, of civil society. The men shown each gained immensely from their usage of brute force and cruel guile to find what they sought most; power.
(*Camera cuts to Serling standing in front of a world wap*)
RS: In the United States, during the 1920s, criminal syndicates originated from three primary ethnic groups. The Jewish mafia, the Irish mafia, and most famously, the Italian mafia, rumored to be titled "La Cosa Nostra", translated to "Our Thing". Each of these three groups had a hand in the bootlegging, racketeering, and numerous other illegal activities. *Serling places Hebrew letters "פלילי", for criminal, a black shamrock, and and a black hand symbol on an American map* Each of these groups meet in Atlantic City in 1929 to discuss the future or American organized crime, and it was decided that, in order for control to be maintained, the Irish mafia needed to be eliminated. *Serling takes down the black shamrock* This symbiotic relationship would continue for another three decades, until the Jewish mafia slowly fell to more legitimate pursuits over time. *Serling takes down the Hebrew* Yet what if something else happened? Some shift in the fabric of organized crime that led to the Jewish mafia not being legitimized, but dismantled?
(*Footage of a man covered by shadow*)
RS: This former Jewish mafia kingpin has asked to keep his identity heavily concealed. His voice has been disguised and his face shrouded to prevent identification*
Informant: After the conference in 1929, the Italians and us agreed to go on a little "paddy whack". After that, things were good. Women, booze, gambling, even after 1933, we both still had a corner on things. Only something changed with the Italians in, oh, around 1938, 1939. Suddenly, the Italians renegade on us, treat us like strangers. First, they took the gun routes. Then, out of nowhere, we start losing guys left and right. And these were professional jobs, you couldn't just find some hood on the street and pay him to do this kind of work. Some of our guys, we never even found the bodies. All across the country, from New York to Los Angeles, it was like the Italians decided they wanted the whole place to themselves. Monsters even started bringing in drugs, something we all agreed to never do.
RS: Twined mob wars within a decade of each other. The elimination of the Irish and Jewish mafias in America. What made the Italian mafia suddenly so organized on one single purpose? A key could be found in what was called "The Sicilian Blockade".
(*Footage of Sicily and its harbors*)
RS: *voiceover* In early 1938, a series of shipwrecks and explosions occurred off the coasts and ports of Sicily. The island, a small and rural land of farmers and peasants, had no airfield to land goods in due to the rocky soil. The incident soon escalated inland, with criminal fronts and hideouts bombed or destroyed. The Italian government claimed it was simply a war between rival criminal factions. Criminal factions with possible ties to the Italian-American criminal empire.
(*Photos of the dead during the Sicilian Blockade*)
RS: Dead bodies are nothing new for the people of Sicily. But some of the bodies displayed curious equipment on their persons.
(*Images of divers with SCUBA tanks on their backs*)
RS: Each of these men pictured were never conclusively identified. Each had either been found in the shallows of Sicily or inland after a battle between the warring criminal factions. Armed only with harpoon guns and explosives, the men also carried a self-contained breathing unit on their backs, designed to allow man to spend hours under the waves without needing to surface, the telltale bubbles from the carbon dioxide released the only signal to their presence. Though clearly ingenious, why would a mafia family need to resort to such bizarre, almost military tactics, when the more common methods of bribes, bombs, and bullets still functioned perfectly?
(*Footage of Sprawls*)
RS: For that matter, it has been documented that, wherever a Sprawl appears, incidents of violent crime, gun running, and drug and human trafficking skyrocket. It is as if the only control in a Sprawl is that of the iron, or rather gold-plated fist.
(*Footage of Prof. Meyers in class*)
RS: Prof. Meyers has posited that the Syndicate is more than just a series of companies dealing in unscrupulous business practices. He posits that the Syndicate has actually taken control of the underworld, using the criminal connections to deal in matters that even Legion Security could not afford to be associated with.
Prof. Meyers: Don't fool yourself into thinking corporations aren't above doing dirty deals, they all are. FutureTech is only the very tip of what some companies are capable of with the incidents with Thornley. Ambrosia bottling plants have coincided with a drop in the quality of local groundwater. Donaldo's pizza has been consistently been linked to the decline in local food businesses, and also with a possible link to unsanitary food preparation conditions in order to cut costs for more profit. I can't even begin to inform you on the horror stories I've heard from the ocean Sprawls or Greece. Whatever these corporations, it all ties back to Romulus. *Prof. Meyers places Romulus' picture over the Syndicate logo on his board* And what's a more illegal operation than the criminal empire?
RS: And how has the Syndicate been able to avoid legal ramifications for these actions?
Prof. Meyers: Every single corporation that is linked to the Syndicate is, legally, owned through the controlling interest of stock by Syndicate higher-ups. They avoid the legal issues by paying taxes, filing all proper paperwork, and most importantly, ensuring that the local inhabitants of the areas they set up their businesses raise no complaints. There is a reason why drug usage increases when Syndicate businesses arrive in the area, even if there is no legal basis for it yet.
(*Footage of Prof. Meyers sitting and reading under John Harvard's statue*)
RS: Prof. Meyers says that no one else in the economic community will speak up due to these same criminal connections. He says that Greece and Rome are essentially corporate owned governments, and the people within under utter Syndicate control. He says that he has no qualms about combating the Syndicate in his own way, and strives to raise awareness of the dangers held in doing business with them.
Prof. Meyers: The Syndicate bought Donaldo's because there was a profit. They control Greece because there is a profit. They destroyed the entire river ecosystem of the Black Volta because it was too imposing on their profits to follow Allied regulations on clean-up and disposal of toxic chemicals. The only reason the Allied Nations won't take them on is due to the immense economic damage that would be done if they were taken on. Nations would go bankrupt, and become prime targets for Soviet or Imperial expansion. The Confederates Gadsden flag isn't inappropriate as well, since they've willingly invited this snake into their beds. Trafficking of illegal weapons in the West is at an all-time high, precisely the market the Syndicate would have its hooks into.
(*Cut to Serling standing in front of a map of the world, and another map focused on Italy*)
RS: Once more, I would like to point out that all theories proposed are those held only by myself, and not those of any national government or corporate broadcaster. First, let us point out all areas under full Syndicate control. In the United States, there are two Sprawls; Silicon Valley and Las Vegas. *Serling puts two Syndicate logos on the locations* Next, three in South America. La Canela, El Dorado, and Paititi. *Places logos* Africa plays host to three as well. *Places logos* There are also the Sprawls of Xanadu in Afghanistan and Roanapur in Thailand. *Logos* Four ocean Sprawls are placed strategically to gain a monopoly on shipping across the world. *Logos in the four ocean Sprawls* Satellite City in what was once Belfast and Yoshiwara in Germany, and Acropolis and Arcadia round out the European Sprawls. *Logos, Serling moves to the map of Italy*
RS: Twenty-two Sprawls around the world. The final seven placed in the cradle of the Syndicate itself, Italy. Rome is already under near-total Syndicate control, protected only by the Catholic Church from being swallowed whole. *Logo* What was Venice is also a Sprawl now, its once-clear canals turned black with pollution and scum. *Logo* Florence, Turin, Genoa, Naples and Palermo are the others. *Logos* Twenty-nine Sprawls in total. An economic empire based in Rome. An empire spanning the known world. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? What is known is that Romulus is a proud Italian patriot, a man who wanted to see Rome rebuilt to the mighty empire of the classical world, utilizing monetary rather than military control. At first, this was accomplished by giving the funds to others. Yet something seemed to have shifted after Romulus disappeared from control of the board before the start of World War II. Did the Syndicate's directors, men trained by Romulus to be ruthless robber-barons take his ideas too close to heart, and essentially shut him out of the Syndicate's operations? Did Romulus, seeing his dream corrupted, leave the Syndicate totally, attempting to find a way to slay the beast he created? *Serling walks over to the picture of Romulus* And if there is a Romulus, where is Remus?
RS: Is it possible that Romulus' Remus decided that Romulus' optimistic dreams of uniting the world were foolish, and that the only power was that in corporate control. Did Remus decide to destroy Romulus' control in the company? And if this is the case, will Romulus die? Or will mythic history repeat itself once again, and will Remus be killed by a Romulus set on returning the empire to its proper place? One more...Unresolved Enigma. (*Camera zooms in on the picture of Romulus and Remus*)
Pete. ARE YOU INSANE?! Donaldo's and Ambrosia and all those other companies mentioned are half our ad revenue! If you take those on in this show, you'll kill our budget! Tell Serling that if he wants to crusade, he can join the Confederates and do it there, otherwise tell him to straighten up and give us something we can work with!
Jerry, Rod says people need to know this stuff! He's never let us down before, maybe he's on to something! Just because this is a show about weird stuff, maybe it could also make a point sometimes?
Anyway, here's the next episode, hopefully it'll make the execs feel safer.
UNRESOLVED ENIGMAS 4: DEATHS & DISAPPEARANCES Edit
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Rod Serling: The world is full of enigmas, confusing facts and myths that blend together into a tapestry of part-human experience and part-whole cloth fiction. Is there a way to separate them? Tonight, we will investigate, on Unresolved Enigmas.
(*Camera fades in on Serling standing in front of pictures of Amelia Earhart, Flight 19, and the MV Joyita*)
RS: Thousands of people disappear every waking moment on this Earth. Some vanish intentionally to erase debts or avoid possible threats to their lives. Others are the victims or cruel kidnappings and even trafficking of human beings in modern day slavery. Yet there are some who just simply vanish, gone without reason or purpose. These vanished individuals make for the stuff of modern legend and tales, campfire stories and terrifying pulp novels. Others are found dead for no reason or rhyme. Suicides for which there is no answer. Assassinations with questions too easily answered. Do any of the cases mentioned tonight have any ties at all to each other?
(*Footage of Amelia Earhart*)
RS: Ms. Amelia Earhart is considered the most famous female pilot in modern history. Rising to prominence for her transatlantic flight from Newfoundland, Canada to Derry, Ireland, Earhart also became a champion for women's rights, culminating in the decision by Western leaders to allow mixed units of men and women on the frontlines in combat. It was her final flight, however, that catapulted Ms. Earhart into the public consciousness for generations.
(*Footage of Earhart before the 1937 Circumnavigation*)
RS: In 1937, Ms. Earhart was set to become the first woman pilot to circumnavigate the globe. Her navigator, Fred Noonan, was a skilled expert in both sea and air navigational techniques, have recently left Pan Am airway. Despite the dangers, many Americans predicated a triumphant return for Ms. Earhart. Their joy would soon turn to despair months later in June.
(*Footage of the search effort*)
RS: At 7:42 AM, Ms. Earhart, en route from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island. The US Coast Guard cutter Itasca was supposed to utilize radio guidance to bring Ms. Earhart to the island for landing. What happened is not fully known, but a possible combination of new equipment and a difference in methods of telling time may have doomed the famed aviatrix to an early grave. Radio broadcasts were recovered from the flight. Here they are, unedited, for the first time.
(*Recordings of Earhart and Itasca conversing*)
RS: According to these broadcasts, Earhart and her navigator believed they were in proper position to land on Howland Island. The reason they were never spotted by the Coast Guard has not yet been adequately explained. Despite lighting the boilers and conducting a thorough sweep of the Northern and Western sectors around the island, the crew of the Itasca was unable to locate Earhart or Noonan, or any wreckage of the downed plane. The case remains without a suitable lead.
(*Footage of Avenger Torpedo Bombers*)
RS: Another confusing situation is the disappearance of Flight 19, a US Navy aerial squadron assigned to Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. On a routine training mission in the Caribbean Sea to sink a target hulk, the flight soon radioed that their navigational equipment was malfunctioning and they were unable to find bearings back to the Florida Keys. Each of these men were trained naval aviators, each a combat pilot made by the US military to deploy in naval battles, a task not suited to those of weak nerve. From 3:40 PM to 7:04 PM, Ft. Lauderdale tried desperately to contact their pilots again. Halfway through the ordeal, Ft. Lauderdale lost contact with the flight, though they could still listen to the desperate transmissions of the pilots trying to return to Florida. The very last transmissions mentioned the flight going overland, though later flight leader Lt. Charles Taylor radioed to his men.
Taylor: *Radio recording* "All planes close up tight ... we'll have to ditch unless landfall ... when the first plane drops below 10 gallons, we all go down together."
RS: Why would Taylor not ditch unless he was sure he could make landfall? How could a flight of trained naval aviators lose their navigational equipment and find themselves unable to return to a base only a few miles away?
(*Footage of sailing ships*)
RS: Aircraft are not the only vehicles to suddenly vanish on the seas. Ships have long been recorded as lost when they have not docked at port or cannot respond to communications. The Mary Celeste is possibly the most famous of ghost ships, tales of the supposed fates of the crew and captain's family retold through sailing towns and ports across the Eastern seaboard. One ship, however, has managed to quite literally sail below the radar.
(*Pictures of the MV Joyita*)
RS: The Merchant Vessel Joyita served as a patrol boat in the US Navy after the anomalous hurricane Jamie annihilated the US Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor. Used to patrol the big island of Hawaii until 1950, the Joyita became a merchant vessel plying the clear blue waters of the South Pacific. Her captain, Thomas "Dusty" Miller, was an experienced British sailor living in Samoa. Unusually buoyant for a merchant vessel, the Joyita sailed under the flag of commerce until October of 1955. Leaving port with sixteen crew and six passengers, the ship was expected to arrive at the Tokelau Islands in two days. By October 6th, the ship was at last reported overdue. It was not until November 10th that the Joyita was found.
(*Images of the listing and nearly destroyed Joyita*)
RS: When found, the ship had no crew, passengers or cargo aboard. The starboard engine was covered over by mattresses. The bridge was destroyed and covered with a tarp. A pump had been assembled between the two engines but was not in operational condition. The radio was set to an international distress channel, but faulty equipment prevented broadcast over a few miles. Clocks aboard had stopped at 10:25, but the generator was still operational as lights were still on. All navigational tools and charts were missing. Most telling of all, a doctor's bag with lengths of bloodstained bandages was found. Clearly, something had happened aboard the MV Joyita.
(*Footage of a man standing on the dock of the Merchant Marine Academy*)
RS: Admiral Willard J. Smith is Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. A sailor since age twenty-two, Admiral Smith has had experience with nearly every type of maritime disaster and emergency known. He has agreed to speak with us on these incidents.
Adm. Smith: In the cases of Ms. Earhart and Flight 19, a tragic case of miscommunication is to blame. The ocean is simply a vast expanse of water, and only the sun can be used as navigational equipment in case of catastrophic navigational failure. People think that the ability to navigate across the oceans is easy. These people are also likely to have never been to sea before. There is often quite literally nothing but water.
RS: And what about the MV Joyita?
Adm. Smith: The case of the Joyita can be seen as a drastic incident that certainly had to injure a chief officer or member of the crew. These men would have known of the extreme buoyancy of the Joyita's superstructure, and without them, the remaining crew and passengers would have panicked. The lack of cargo can be accounted for through unreported salvage by another ship in the area that had found the Joyita and not radioed in for it. As for the condition of the ship, salt water is incredibly corrosive and dangerous to mechanical equipment.
RS: Adm. Smith's thoughts meld with the commonly accepted notions of the maritime community on these incidents. Yet questions still remain. How did Earhart not see as obvious a signal as the massive cloud coming from the cutter? Why did Flight 19 not fly in the direction of the setting sun? How did the rest of the Joyita crew not know about the reliability of their vessel?
(*Footage of Prof. Walkins walking through MIT* )
RS: Prof. David Walkins has appeared previously on this program speaking about the natural limits of those with psionic abilities. As a quantum physicist, he has also looked over the potential threats of one of the Allied Nation's most "successful" technologies. Chronotechnology.
(*Headshot of Prof. Walkins*)
Walkins: The issue with the Chronosphere program is the fact that it is, quite literally, tearing massive holes in the fabric of space-time. We are still trying to quantify the effects of these chrono-rifts, and as we have all found the effects of the chrono-tech had dangerous effects on those that were first transported by it.
(*Photos of a ruined French village including an incredibly rusted car, a man whose left leg and arm have become a small child's, and a donkey fused with what appears to be a sabre-toothed cat*)
RS: These are photos of what was a reported chrono-rift that appeared in a small farming village near Lille, France. It is obvious that the dangers of chrono-rifts are obvious, but the Allied Nations state that chrono-rifts have become a thing of the past. Prof. Walkins argues this is a lie.
(*Footage of Prof. Walkins teaching a class*)
Walkins: It has been documented that the only changes in chrono-tech has only been the shortening of cool-down times for usage. Otherwise? There is little change. This implies that the threats of chrono-rifts are still very real and even still happening. What it also means is that somehow, the Allied Nations are merely covering it up.
RS: And where does Prof. Walkins say these rifts are being sent?
Walkins: An apparent anomaly in the tectonic and metallurgic properties of the Florida Keys allows for a containment of chrono-rifts. It is possible that the constant myths of the Bermuda Triangle are, in fact, disappearances as the result of contained chrono-rifts. Now these rifts may have a physical presence, but they can also be invisible. Were a ship to move into an invisible one and not realize it, there would be little chance of coming back before the rift closed.
RS: And the disappearances of Emilia Earhart and the crew of the Joyita?
(*Reporter walking outside the New York Times*)
RS: James Reston was the executive editor of the New York Times starting in 1968. His job was to review the editions of the Times and handle the flow of information from the various bureaus and reporters. He believes the most likely explanation for the two disappearances is also one of the more obvious.
(*Footage of Mr. Reston at his desk*)
Reston: The question of the two disappearances ties with the question of just how Japan managed to conceal such a massive military buildup before the Third World War. To create such a massive army the Japanese needed years, decades to prepare for their "divine destiny". Any trace, any revelation of their actions would have alerted both the Allied Nations and Soviet Union to their developments. Anyone who learned about these actions would be a definite threat. And we have seen before what the Japanese have done with threats.
(*A scientist working in Stanford's robotics lab*)
RS: What eliminated the threat of Ms. Earhart and the Joyita's crew? Dr. Edward Feigenbaum feels the answer is that which has made Imperial Japan's forces successful.
(*Footage of Feigenbaum working with what appears to be a primitive integrated circuit*)
Feigenbaum: As we all know by now, Imperial robotic programs include both intelligent drones and nanomachines. Both would have been shown to decimate vehicles. Let us imagine that Ms. Earhart found something that she wasn't supposed to in flying through the South Pacific. Perhaps witnessed a floating fortress under construction or even a test of psionic abilities. Knowing that these drones can attach to vehicles, and be used to destroy Ms. Earhart's aircraft. Now two decades later, we have the Joyita. Possibly enough time for the Empire to create the nanites that would lead to the malfunctions and wear noticed on the Joyita. These nanites could account for the clocks being stopped, the premature rusting on the pipes, even the possible injuries sustained to the ship's officers.
(*Footage of the Teamsters Union and their leader*)
RS: One disappearance that has recently occurred has caused a firestorm of questions from America's organized labor force. James "Jimmy" Hoffa was essentially the king of America's International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the man who engineered the consolidation of America's freight drivers and truckers, was long known to have connections to organized crime. Convicted of attempting to bribe a grand juror in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hoffa was originally sentenced to federal prison until the year 1980. However, with WWIII raging, Pres. Ackerman decided that Hoffa was needed to reorganize the IBT to better keep the flow of supplies across the nation in the face of the war's drain. Then, in 1969, Hoffa vanished from Detroit without a trace.
(*Footage of the investigation into the disappearance*)
RS: After eating in the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in a Detroit suburb with two other IBT leaders, Hoffa vanished later that day. Reported missing by his wife, his car was later found in the parking lot of the restaurant. A nationwide search revealed no leads, and Teamsters leadership soon fell to Frank Fitzsimmons as the search continues. The current theory is that Hoffa was removed as part of a plan by organized crime. Why?
(*Footage of Hoffa*)
RS: Before his disappearance, Hoffa stated publicly that he was planning on making testimony to Congress about connections between the Teamsters and organized crime. It is quite plausible that Hoffa's vanishing was orchestrated by elements of the criminal underworld to prevent their Devil's partnership with organized crime from coming to light.
(*Footage of the J. Edgar Hoover building, cuts to an agent walking inside*)
RS: Senior Agent C.G.B. Spender is an FBI agent tasked with the investigation of domestic threats. He was our contact to speak with when asking for information on all cases that will be referenced in this show.
(*Headshot of CGB Spender in his office*)
Agent Spender: From the information we have on Mr. Hoffa's disappearance, we can safely conclude it was most probably related to organized crime. The body was most likely disassembled and spread across a wide area to dissuade any potential searches.
RS: A cut and dry disappearance of a powerful and influential man. It is no surprise that the current government story is so wildly unpopular.
(*Scene cuts to a shadowy figure*)
RS: This man is another figure in organized crime. His name and identity are secrets known only to him. The only clue to his possible identity is that he is a contract killer.
Hitman: I do what I do because I get paid for it. You may think I'm a killer, but I put food on my family's table. If you don't like that, tough. So I killed Hoffa, but it wasn't a mob job. Mob likes to make statements, silence other witnesses. No, Hoffa was different. They paid me in cash, up front first. That never happens with a mob contract. Then, they don't want me to leave a body. Why no body? I don't know. I'm not paid to ask questions. But I can tell you that they will never find Hoffa ever.
(*Footage of the Great Lakes region*)
RS: If the Mafia did not kill Mr. Hoffa, what organization did order his demise? Other rumors place the Soviets as the culprits, as their possible connections to America's organized labor unions was their cause for eliminating Hoffa. Others feel that Hoffa's possible connection to the Confederacy forced the Allied Central Intelligence Network to remove Hoffa as a sympathizer. All of these options, however, imply darker connections than many would feel comfortable with.
(*Footage of Dr. Turnbeux again walking through Oxford*)
RS: In our inaugural episode we spoke at length about secret societies and their effects on the modern world. One, as posited by Dr. Turnbeux, exists simply for the sake of creating chaos wherever it can. Could they have been the ones behind Hoffa's disappearance?
Dr. Turnbeux: Mr. Hoffa essentially was the Teamsters union, and his disappearance led many local chapters of the group to become disenfranchised and confused. Without the strong leadership of a man like Hoffa, the union's power now lacks a force in politics and economics.
(*Footage of Hoffa at a teamster's rally*)
RS: Dr. Turnbeux is not wholly incorrect. The teamsters currently struggle to find a new leader with the power of personality Hoffa possessed. Many have instead turned to the Confederate movement, as others merely try to move on in their lives. Yet there is one disappearance that has continued to puzzle the scientific community.
(*Pictures of Albert Einstein at Solvay*)
RS: *Voice over* This man is named Albert Einstein, and for the past five decades he has been the single driving force behind the Allied Nations' superiority in theoretical sciences such as quantum physics or gravametrics. His work on the photoelectric effect was only eclipsed by his theory of relativity. His works theorized a connection between gravity and time, and allowed the world's understanding of energy and matter to jump forward by decades. And during the 1927 Solvay International Physics Conference, he vanished without any trace of where he'd gone or evidence of who might have possibly taken him.
(*Footage of all Allied Experimental technologies*)
RS: Einstein's most famous theory was that of the theory of relativity, the theory that the closer a man gets to the speed of light, the slower time appears to flow. While this may seem like a benefit, there are certain issues with this ability.
(*Footage of Prof. David Walkins walking through MIT*)
RS: In our second episode, Prof. Walkins talked to us about the possible ramifications of the quantum physics behind Imperial psionics. He is here now to explain what the implications are of reaching the speed of light.
(*Prof. Walkins at his desk, reading over student papers*)
Prof. Walkins: According to Einstein, the closer a person got to the speed of light, time almost seems to halt for them. For the rest of us however, time flows at its normal rate. For an example, there is the Twin Paradox. Einstein posited in 1905 that, if a twin went at the speed of light for about sixty years, the twin going at the speed of light would experience almost no aging. The twin that remained on Earth would have aged sixty years. Of course, as a thought experiment, this is all theoretical. What is of interest is Einstein's interest in space-time.
(*Pictures of Einstein*)
Prof. Walkins: Some of Einstein's last notes speak of him trying to find the connection between gravity and the three other prime forces. Today, we know that by increasing the pull of gravity in an area, that influences the electromagnetic, and the strong and weak interactions of the nuclear forces. We also know that gravity, out of all the other forces, is the most powerful over time. It is also his theories that led to the creation of the chronosphere.
(*Public footage of the Philadelphia Master Chronosphere*)
RS: The chronosphere functions by literally warping the space-time fabric between the Chronosphere target and location. While dangerous to any living creature, stronger molecules such as those in metal can protect those inside their vehicles from the ripping forces that create the transportation warp. The chronosphere may have also been the cause of Einstein's disappearance. What many forget is that the chronosphere was, originally, a time machine.
(*Footage of various "knock-off" chronospheres*)
RS: With the science behind it public knowledge, many have since tried to make a similar time travel mechanism. Is it possible someone has succeeded?
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(*Camera fades in on Serling standing in front of pictures of Brian Jones, Gen. Patton, and Medgar Evers*)
RS: Mysterious disappearances can only offer a loved one a partial closure. Yet when a man's death is so strange, and without definitive answers as to what happened, there may never even be the satisfaction that, eventually, the missing have found peace in their eternal rest.
(*Footage of Brian Jones on stage with the Rolling Stones*)
RS: Brian Jones has been considered one of the greatest musicians of this decade, a young man who possessed supreme musical talent and a drive to create where others saw nothing. He is considered the driving engine behind the latest band out of the United Kingdom, the Rolling Stones. Able to play 34 instruments and the original leader of the group, he was soon outpaced by the duo of Michael Jagger and Keith Richards. Falling into a desperate addiction to drugs, Jones fell from the rest of the group after multiple drug arrests, an increasing case of emotional instability and the eventual break up between himself and Anita Pallenberg who then became the girlfriend of fellow Stone Keith Richards. By 1968 is was universally agreed that Jones was no longer a member of the Rolling Stones, though on June 9th, 1969, he announced that he was making his own conscious decision to leave. A choice some dispute.
(*Police photos of Brian Jones in the pool*)
RS: On July 3rd of this year, Jones was found dead at the bottom of his pool by his girlfriend, Anna Wohlin. Efforts were made to revive him but the case was later determined as "death by misadventure" in the coroner's report. It was also noted that Jones' liver and heart were malformed by substance abuse. He was soon buried, and the case considered closed. However, certain details of the case have started to come to light that make little sense.
(*Pictures of Anna Wohlin at the funeral*)
RS: When Jones was retrieved from the pool, Ms. Wohlin claims he was still alive and breathing before the ambulance crew arrived. She also claims that one Frank Thorogood was responsible.
(*Pictures of Thorogood*)
RS: Thorogood was one of Jones' closest friends as well as the man responsible for construction work on Jones' property. Ms. Wohlin claims that Thorogood was in fact stealing money from Jones, greatly inflating construction costs to skim from the top. When Jones found out, he immediately instructed his accountant to cease all payments to Thorogood. When questioned, Thorogood said that the incident was past, and that night was simply over to enjoy time with friends. He was also swimming in the pool earlier that day. Wohlin claims that Jones was not drunk that night, and that when Thorogood did help pull Jones from the water he seemed hesitant to do so.
(*Cut to Serling holding up a postmortem report*)
RS: This is a copy of the actual file made on Mr. Jones' death. Here, a toxicology report, stating that despite the substances already present in Jones' body, he was not intoxicated. Ms. Wohlin also has stated numerous times that Jones was a strong swimmer, and could not have drowned. So perhaps we are looking at an incorrect angle.
(*Footage of Keith Richards practicing on guitar*)
RS: *voiceover* Keith Richards is one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones, and is widely considered to be an expert guitar player worldwide. He has agreed to speak with us on the subject on Jones' death.
Keith: The band was Brian's partial creation, he had tried to pour his heart and soul into it. The blues to him was like a religious experience, and when we started making our own original work it almost hurt him physically. I think that he realized the band was going in a direction he couldn't follow, you know? Like he was of a separate mind from the rest of the body. When you're in a group, you know, you have to be expected to work with the others, see them as family. Brian, he couldn't do that. Whether it was the drugs or the stardom or the fact that he just couldn't stand to be separate from what he'd created...
(*Camera cuts back to Serling*)
RS: A man desperate to regain that which he has lost and can no longer have. A band moving to the future while he looks only to the past. A glass of wine, a swimming pool, and a mind addled by drugs and loss. Perhaps we have all been looking in the wrong direction.
(*Footage of Gen. Patton in battle in Africa*)
RS: A death that many consider to have been cut and dry was that of George S. Patton, Lt. General, 3rd Army, United States. Here he is seen directing military operations against communist insurgents in Morocco, his first major command since World War 1. Advocate of the tank and father of the combined arms doctrine, Patton's untimely death in 1952 meant that the Allies had lost one of their premiere generals, and possibly factored in to the war lasting until 1955.
(*Pictures of Patton's youth*)
RS: Patton was born into a military family. His grandfather and great-uncle gave their lives for the Confederate States during the First Civil War. His father, though attending the prestigious Virginia Military Institute, chose instead to become the attorney general of Los Angeles. A young George was raised in a proud family. Though struggling with dyslexia, Patton enrolled in VMI and became on of the top cadets in the college. Ensuring himself that he could succeed, Patton was recommended for West Point. Despite being unable to become top in his classes, his mastery of drill, coupled with his swordsmanship and horse riding abilities earned the respect of both his instructors and fellow cadets. Graduating in 1909, a young Patton joined the cavalry.
(*Footage of US Cavalry*)
RS: While Patton served, he was picked for the US 1912 Olympic team. While in Stockholm, Patton excelled in fencing, horse riding, but was denied a gold medal on the grounds that he had completely missed the targets. Patton claimed that his .38 left holes so large that his subsequent rounds passed straight through. And in 1916, he had a chance to prove his ability with these weapons.
(*Footage of Pancho Villa and his rebels*)
RS: With the raid on the small village of Columbus, New Mexico, the United States decided that Villa's actions were finally worn out. Learning about the expedition under Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing, Patton immediately requested that his unit be put into the force. Impressed by Patton's bravado, Pershing had the young lieutenant made his personal adjutant for the journey. Displaying keen acumen for both organizing the forces under Pershing, as well as possessing a force of personality that made other junior officers pale in comparison, Patton proved himself in a most unexpected of combat arenas.
(*Footage of early uses of vehicles in combat*)
RS: On May 14th, 1916, Patton was in command of an foraging expedition into the Mexican countryside, where his men surprised a trio of Villianists. Using the cars as weapons platforms, Patton is confirmed not only as a warrior, but also as the first US Army officer to order a mechanized assault. Despite being later wounded by an exploding gas lamp, Patton was promoted to first lieutenant, and later to captain when Gen. Pershing led the American Expeditionary Force in Europe.
(*Camera footage and photos of Patton in Europe*)
RS: Charged with organizing the HQ company, Pershing sought to make Patton a leader of infantry. A chance bout of jaundice brought young Patton into contact with Col. Fox Conner. Known as "the man who made Eisenhower", Conner convinced Patton to instead branch out into the young concept of armored warfare.
(*Still pictures of Patton with tanks in France*)
RS: Attending the French AEF Light Tank School, Patton first trained with the Renault FT. He learned as much as he could about armored warfare, and after being promoted to major in January 1918, he was given command of ten tanks. He trained his men tirelessly on the tank in war and its support for infantry forces, even accomplishing the daunting task of convincing other officers of the tank's value in war.
(*Footage of American tanks in combat*)
RS: In the short time Patton was in Europe he saw battle numerous times, leading from the front and even riding a tank into combat to inspire his forces. Wounded during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Patton was wounded in the leg during an assault on a German machine gun nest. Saved by his orderly, PFC. Joe Angelo, Patton was only removed from the field after another hour of commanding his forces. Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and promoted to colonel, Patton was soon sent home with the rest of his forces.
(*Footage of the return of American troops in New York City, followed by footage of the US government during the Interwar period*)
RS: Despite losing his rank of colonel on returning home, Patton was soon made a major again and set to work on the further development of American armored warfare. Convinced that the tank would one day serve not just as a supporting force for infantry, but in separate armored units, Patton met a fellow officer named Dwight D. Eisenhower. Corresponding daily, the two developed a bond that lasted to Patton's death. Both students of Conner, Eisenhower and Patton saw in each other respected and intelligent soldiers. It was said that Patton went as far as to send notes to Eisenhower when he studied at the Army War College while Patton was stationed in Hawaii, where he also wrote a defense plan in the case of a catastrophic incident wiping out the US Pacific Fleet. Years before Jamie. He was responsible for attempting to draw up both a prototype combined arms force, as well as attempting to design a new tank, both projects shuttered due to a cutoff of funding from Congress.
(*Footage of the Depression and the Bonus Army*)
RS: By 1932, the government had decided that the unemployed and desperate veterans of the "Bonus Army" needed to be dispersed by force. Ordered by then-Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur, Patton was initially opposed to the idea as he saw the veterans' complaints as legitimate. Despite these feelings, Patton followed orders, and dispersed the veterans. Including former private Joe Angelo. Patton later wrote that, "though distasteful", it was necessary to prevent insurrection by the veterans.
(*Further footage of the Depression*)
RS: Despite being promoted to Lt. Colonel, Patton was lost after. A warrior without war, he took to drinking heavily when a chance accident with a horse nearly killed Patton via threat of removing him from service. Only by taking an administrative post in Ft. Riely's cavalry school saved him. Finally promoted to colonel by George C. Marshall, Patton chose to remain a colonel and retain command of a regiment.
(*Footage of Stalin's military buildup, Soviet propaganda*)
RS: When the Second World War began, the United States began a rapid mobilization of its forces to prepare for a possible conflict. Recognizing the threat posed by Soviet armor, Patton worked with Gen. Adna Chaffee to form America's first armored divisions. With Chaffee named the commander of said force, Patton was given command of a brigade. Promoted to brigadier general and charged with training his forces in armored warfare, Patton was soon promoted to Maj. General and given command of the entire 2nd Armored Division. Going so far as to earn a pilot's license to observe the optimal deployment of armored forces from a vantage point, Patton became the premier authority on armor when Chaffee stepped down from command. Respected by the men under his command, Patton soon earned the nickname "Ol' Blood and Guts" for his thirst for battle. Otherwise, he was simply called "The Old Man".
(*Footage of battle against communists in North Africa*)
RS: After proving his abilities in various war games, Patton was hand-picked to lead an American expedition into Morocco to aid the government in removing heavily armed communist rebels. Using the mass expanses of desert to his advantage, Patton's first battle at El Guettar inflicted heavy casualties on experienced communist tank units. Drawing the communists into a kill-zone of mines, anti-tank weapons and artillery, Patton inflicted heavy casualties and soon initiated a rapid advance on communist-held Gabès. Initially meeting heavy resistance, Patton's forces eventually destroyed most of the advanced equipment acquired by communist forces.
(*Footage of Patton in camp*)
RS: It was also at this time that Patton acquired his dashing and unorthodox reputation. Ordering his men to wear pressed and formal uniforms at all times and adhering to a strict military code of discipline and scheduling, he soon produced troops unlike any America had seen before. Able to rapidly mobilize and unflinching in their carrying out of orders, Patton's forces soon secured all of Morocco, only halted by the fact that communist-held Tunisia had denied their need for assistance.
(*Footage of Soviet intelligence networks*)
RS: This made Patton a legendary figure to the Soviet forces. His staunch hatred of Communism coupled with his battlefield prowess made him a target of Stalin, who was quoted as privately saying, "The advances he has made could not be accomplished by any Soviet force." Gen. Gradenko was reported as saying, "This hard-charging American cowboy has encouraged his men to buy into his ideals. There can be no stopping such a force.
(*Footage of battles in France, Germany, and Eastern Europe*)
RS: After the first Normandy landings, the Allied armies swept across Europe, a move spearheaded by Patton's armored divisions. On seeing the horror's of Stalin's armies, Patton is reported to have said, "I have never seen in any army at any time, including the German Imperial Army of 1912, as severe madness as exists in the Russian army. The officers, with few exceptions, give the appearance of recently civilized Mongolian bandits." With his armies pushing rapidly through Germany through Eastern Europe, however controversy had started to rise.
(*Footage of Patton's apology*)
RS: A scandal was created in 1951, when Patton slapped one of his soldiers during the drive through France, claiming the man's stress disorder was his merely being a "coward". Lambasted by the European press and muzzled by Eisenhower, Patton later issued a formal apology to that same private, who later went on to become Maj. Gen. Warren Fuller. Fuller said later that, "If it was not for that slap, I would not have made it my mission in life to prove Ol' Blood and Guts wrong about my bravery." Though clearly ending on a positive note, Patton's other actions did not.
(*Radio broadcast of Patton*)
Patton: It is what I've seen of the Red Army that disgusts me so. Their soldiers fight like men, but their leaders are the worst of animals. I have seen the Soviet method of war, and it is utterly intolerable that the civilized peoples of the world should stand it. The Soviet animal, this great diseased bear that stands at our gates, must be utterly destroyed down to the last plow, the last pig, the last miserable communist in existence."
(*Newspaper headlines including "Patton's Call for Genocide?", "3rd Army to March on Russian Villagers?", and "Shocking Details About Allied War Plans"*)
RS: The media firestorm was incredible, Gen. Omar Bradley was quoted as saying, "If he were under my command, I would have had nothing more to do with him." The Soviets themselves used Patton's inflammatory rhetoric as a rallying cry, but before they could have their chance Patton was to face review in newly liberated Berlin.
(*Pictures of the crash*)
RS: As he was driving Patton reportedly commented, "How awful war is. Think of the waste." It was at this moment that Sgt. Robert L. Thompson, en route to a nearby supply base, turned too wide and struck Patton's car. While the other passengers in the car were unharmed, Patton had hit the glass divider and sustained a massive head wound. On entrance into hospital, Patton was diagnosed with a compression fracture, as well as a dislocation of the third and fourth vertebrae. A once great warrior was now paralyzed and waiting to die.
(*Pictures of Patton in the hospital*)
RS: Told there was no way he could ever ride or walk again, Patton commented, "This is a hell of a way to die." A short two nights later, Patton died in his sleep. Many presumed that the death was simply the result of the accident.
(*Camera cuts back to Serling*)
RS: Yet let us imagine for a moment that Patton was not killed in an accident. Of course the most likely perpetrator was the Soviet government, desperate to eliminate Patton before his divisions could push further into Russian held territory. However, is it possible that there was a more subtle player in this? Allied intelligence services have always been noted for their extreme secrecy and at times dangerous autonomy when compared to other civilian services. Known for taking action against dangers towards the Allies where others see none, is the issue of Patton's death in his sleep really as peaceful as we presume?
(*Pictures of Medgar Evers*)
RS: One man who was not lucky enough to die in his sleep was Medgar Evers, noted civil rights activist from Mississippi. Campaigning for the rights of black Americans trapped on sharecropping farms in the South and urban blacks repressed by the white establishment, Evers made a name for himself by advocating nonviolent action against these repressive regimes. Inspiring both Dr. King and Malcolm Little to follow his examples, by using the power of community and boycott to end segregation by force.
(*Pictures of Evers marching, speaking, and with his family*)
RS: Evers had also been a soldier, fighting from Normandy to the cessation of hostilities in 1955. Despite earning the rank of sergeant, Evers realized in his service that black soldiers were often considered of a lower humanity than their white counterparts. On his return to Mississippi, Evers fought tirelessly to improve the lot of the black community not only in Mississippi, but the entire nation.
(*Pictures of the KKK*)
RS: Evers' actions soon enough earned the attention of America's white supremacist movement. Lead among them, the Ku Klux Klan, which often operates under cover names such as "Knights of the White Camellia" or "White Citizens Movement". Hundreds of whites, whether poor or wealthy, continue to join these groups under the notions of racial superiority and Christian purity. It was Evers' actions that spurred the Klan to begin taking violent action against civil rights marches and actions.
(*Footage of cross burnings and Klan marches*)
RS: While the Klan battled back violently, Evers continued to push forward for equal rights. And it was on one night, returning from a meeting with lawyers from the NAACP, after Pres. Kennedy had announced his administration's support for equal rights, that Medgar Evers was shot in the driveway of his own home for his wife and children to find.
(*Footage of the riots on Evers' death*)
RS: Evers' assassination sparked off mass waves of violent riots in all parts of the United States. These riots pushed the Federal governments to rush through civil rights legislation mere months after, while many in the South objected. Claiming that the Federal government had pushed too hard on the issue of equal treatment, men such as Sen. Strom Thurmond warned that there would be unintended ripple effects from the move.
(*Footage of Evers' funeral*)
RS: As a veteran, Evers was buried with full honors in Arlington National Cemetery. Present were both his brothers in the military as well as his allies in the NAACP and other civil rights leaders. Pres. Kennedy paid his respects as well. The only man missing was the culprit.
(*Footage of Evers' hometown*)
RS: A camera crew traveled to Jackson, Mississippi where Evers lived, and where his widow and children still live. Their house was our first stopping point.
(*Footage of Ms. Evers and her children*)
RS: Here is Mrs. Myrlie Evers and her children. Since her husband's killing Mrs. Evers has had only one mission: Find the assassin and bring justice to bear.
Mrs. Evers: My husband was killed because he wanted all men to be equal. He was killed by a coward hiding in the darkness that was too afraid to face him. My children...my children don't have a father anymore...all because some scum thought he was being the hero. *Camera pans down to her children* Will you look your children in the face and say you're a hero for killing a man? Will you?
(*Footage of the main street in Jackson*)
RS: While Mrs. Evers is clearly no longer cowed by threats, our crew's search through the rest of the town yielded little results.
(*Footage of one of the diners, blacks and whites clearly segregated, whites are glaring at the camera crew, blacks are looking around in terror*)
RS: Despite our team attempting to interview the many black residents of the area, none were willing to speak. Local whites were also unwilling to talk to the cameras, leaving our crew without recourse. It was at this point that local law enforcement guided our crew away from the area.
(*Footage of deputies forcing the crew back to their sedan*)
Deputy: Now you and your little crew get into that car and get out.
Director: We're only here to film-
Deputy: I don't care why you're here, ya'll get out before we throw you out.
Cameraman: Hey, watch the gear! *Shoves back*
Deputy: *Draws weapon* I said get into that car!
(*Camera crew quickly gets back in the car, drives away*)
RS: It is clear that the Southern states still harbor the aged notions of racial superiority and suppression of any attempts to move forward. In such a climate it is obvious why a man like Medgar Evers would be a danger to the ruling white establishment. Which has raised questions on who has really killed Medgar Evers.
(*Footage of Robert Kennedy*)
RS: Yet there is perhaps no death more unresolved than that of former attorney general Robert Kennedy. Younger brother of former president John F. Kennedy, young Robert was one of the younger Kennedy brothers. Serving in the navy just before the outbreak of the Second World War, Robert became a part of Sen. Joseph McCarthy's investigations into communist actions in America. Though a loyal Democrat for life, Kennedy was noted as still having a fondness for McCarthy's ideas. Using his experience as a springboard, he soon became a member of the Senate Labor Rackets committee, and became famous for facing down Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa. Kennedy became convinced that the Teamsters were not communists, but associated with criminals. Despite this, he later left the Senate to manage John Kennedy's campaign.
(*Footage of the Kennedys on the campaign trail*)
RS: Despite a hard fought election against the Republican and emergent Federalist parties, Kennedy defeated his opponents by a substantial margin, making younger brother Robert his attorney general. Experienced as a lawyer and known for his hard stance against organized crime, Robert made the mafia his number one target during his time in office. By 1967, Robert was the leading national figure in the Democratic party behind his brother, and by 1967 was willing to run in the Democrat Party primaries against men like Eugene McCarthy.
(*Footage of the Democratic Convention with Kennedy cheering*)
RS: This footage is immediately after Kennedy's victory in the California primary. Having learned from past attempts on other politicians he had ordered his security detail to be watchful. Walking down from the podium, we can see Kennedy taking time from his exit to greet members of the hotel staff who had made the night a success. It was at this point, shaking hands with busboy Juan Romero, that gunshots rang out in the crowded hotel ballroom. Police and security immediately fired back, and the gunman was taken into custody.
(*Footage of Sirhan Sirhan being led away, RFK being treated*)
RS: Gunman Sirhan Sirhan, born an Arab Christian in Palestine. Converting to various faiths in his life, Sirhan immigrated and kept seeking to find some measure of self. An opponent of the cadaverous Zionist movement that supported the Kennedy political ambitions, Sirhan mentioned at various times that Robert Kennedy was an enemy of Palestine. At the time of the shooting he was becoming mentally fixated on Kennedy, writing in his diary, "Robert F. Kennedy must be assassinated..... Robert F. Kennedy must be assassinated before 5 June 68." What happened?
(*Evidence pictures from the scene*)
RS: Evidence indicates that the killing blow came from behind, striking Kennedy just behind the ear. Evidence in the form of ballistics tests and bullet holes was found missing during trial. A doorframe from the incident that showed bullet holes in the doorway Kennedy was supposed to exit was also behind Sirhan when he started shooting. How did his rounds somehow fire from his pistol, turn in midair, and strike the door frame? What's more, family notes that Sirhan was always a gentle man, but that after an accident at horseback riding his personality changed dramatically. So who did kill Kennedy?
(*Footage of Don Schulman walking his dog*)
RS: Don Schulman was present that night, and says he thinks he knows who killed Kennedy.
Schulman: I saw this one security guy, Eugene Cesar. When Sirhan started shooting, Cesar pulled his own gun and fired once. Now, I thought that was weird, cause why wouldn't he keep shooting? But then Kennedy's dead, and later I hear that the shot got him in the back of the head, where Cesar was standing.
(*Camera cuts to Sandra Serrano*)
RS: Sandra Serrano also says she believes there was a conspiracy to kill Kennedy, and basis this assumption off of something she saw that night.
(*Headshot of Serrano*)
Serrano: I saw Sirhan with a man and woman, a little under and hour before...before it happened. The woman, she had this weird looking face, and was wearing a polka dot dress that showed how beautiful she was. Then, after it happened, she...she started...to scream, "We shot him". I told the police, but *Ms. Serrano appears to be near tears*...but the police said Sirhan acted alone.
(*Footage of Kennedy on the campaign trail*)
RS: Most tellingly though was this statement made by Kennedy in New York during the campaign.
RFK: Only the powers of the presidency will reveal the machinations attempting to subvert our national security for selfish and dangerous ends.
(*Camera cuts to Serling in front of a row of pictures of each segment, and a table with various symbols for various factions*)
RS: As before, these theories are the simple conjecture I have on my own pieced together. It is up to you, the viewer, to decide whether or not these are true or false. First, Ms. Earhart. Known as a skilled pilot with an experienced navigator at her side, there is little reason she would be lost on the ocean. Instead, it is possible that she indeed saw something in the blue waters of the Pacific. Something that meant her death. An early model Imperial burst drone would be more than enough to destroy her plane without leaving any trace in the deep oceans. *Serling places the EotRS symbol on Earhart's picture) Flight 19 is also a disappearance, though through negligence rather than purposeful antagonism. The Allied Nations knows about the dangers of chrono-rifts, but instead of informing us about the possible collection of the rifts south of Florida they have decided to lie about the issue with purposeful lack of information. And it was these Naval Aviators that paid the price for their leaders' fears. *Puts Allied logo on the picture of the flight* Like Ms. Earhart, the crew of the Joyita also probably came too close to Imperial waters, and with the passage of time, were probably attacked by earlier generations of Imperial nanites. *Places EotRS symbol on the Joyita*
RS: *Walks over to more pictures, Hoffa and Einstein next* Mr. Hoffa was most definitely complicit in organized crime, yet the Mafia clearly didn't kill him. Yet Mr. Turnbeux's theories still lack several key pieces of evidence, such as a motive or or evidence for the involvement of his supposed cult. For now, Mr. Hoffa's disappearance is still a mystery. *Question mark placed on Hoffa* However, knowing the capabilities of chrono-shifting, it is immensely plausible that Dr. Einstein's own theories were used against him. But by who, or for what reason, we also will never know. *Another question mark, Serling walks over to Jones, Patton, Evers, and Kennedy's pictures*
RS: It is with sheer regret that Jones went from being a musical prodigy to a substance-addled husk of his former self. In such a dazed state, a murder could easily be passed off as a mere accident. *Places Thorogood's face on Jones' logo* Gen. Patton was a warrior, not a politician. His sheer blunt force and nature caused untold misery for Allied public relations, and further fueled the divide that many Allied leaders wanted to close. A simple order, a planted agent, and the independent actions of an uncontrolled intelligence community led to the death of one of the Allies' finest generals. *Places Allied symbol* Mr. Evers sadly has no conspiracy to explain his death. His widow must live with the knowledge that her husband's killer is still unknown, and that he acted alone. She can never bring her case to court against some organization or power, but she can take comfort that her husband's fight is still carried on. *Places Klan cross on Evers logo* Finally, Sen. Kennedy's assassination.
(*Camera cuts to a closeup of Serling's face*)
RS: Sen. Kennedy mentioned revealing a conspiracy that threatened to undermine America's security. He campaigned on platforms of less Allied involvement and of America independent. Though a man who agreed with many Allied policies, his support of the Zionist cause and the ideals of his brother undoubtedly made him unpopular with many in the Allied power structure. The same men that have covered up chrono-rifts, have ordered the deaths of their own followers. They found a way to control Sirhan Sirhan, as Mr. Sirhan is now claiming he has been hypnotized. The trigger or handler? A woman in a polka dot dress shouting "We killed him". Evidence removed, destroyed, and witnesses outright ignored. *Camera follows Serling's hand, Allied symbol placed on the back of Kennedy's head*
RS: Sadly, none of these theories can be proven. *Camera cuts to RS in front of all the pictures* The only thing that can reveal these truths are the people campaigning against these abuses and deceptions. For if they follow blindly these leaders, *Serling walks out of screen* we will forever have these...unresolved enigmas. (*Camera focuses on the pictures, fades to black*)
Oh GREAT Pete, instead of pissing off our sponsors, Serling wants to piss off THE ALLIED NATIONS!!!!! The suits will never sign off on Kennedy, it's too soon, we'd have so many lawyers crawling over us we wouldn't be able to move! Serling's next show better redeem this stupid idea, or else no one's gonna look twice at this show!
He could have made it worse Jerry. We left out all the mob stuff related to Kennedy because it tied back to the Syndicate again, but the suits already said they didn't like that didn't they? Rod hasn't said anything, but you sound like a freaking coward.
But fine, we'll play the game. Here's something that doesn't offend anyone.
UNRESOLVED ENIGMAS 5: UNDEFINED FANTASTIC OBJECTS Edit
The following broadcast does not reflect the views of CBS or its sponsors.
(*Serling is standing in a planetarium that is spinning, stars and solar systems running behind his head as he stands calmly in front of it.*)
RS: In the radio broadcast of HG Wells War of the Worlds, Orson Welles created a hysteria based around the fear that strange invaders from the planet Mars had landed on Earth in an attempt to destroy all human life. This panic very nearly destroyed the state of New Jersey, as armed groups patrolled the streets prepared to meet their new enemies from beyond the stars. But little did they know that they were part of a greater tapestry, one that had been playing out across the ages since perhaps the start of human history. Creatures from space. Intelligences from beyond the known stars. How would they get here, where would they stay? And do the governments of the world know?
(*Footage of Plan 9 from Outer Space, The Blob, War of the Worlds, and various Twilight Zone episodes*)
RS: (Voiceover) In recent years popular culture has been inundated with stories, movies, and dramas revolving around a fictional invasion by men, or creatures, from beyond the know galaxies. Often, these creatures are hostile, made to be the enemy of mankind by dint of their lack of morality, their need for conquest, or for simple, animal drives. Others, more rare depictions, involve the aliens being benign, but unable to understand humanity due to the vastly different paths that their development has taken them on compared to mankind's own development. Who are these creatures? And have they come to our planet in the past?
(*Various drawings of famed alien creatures; grays, reptoids, angelic beings, and somewhat demonic creatures, each being thrown on top of each other*)
RS: Many of these creatures have been given various descriptions. Each one is different, but with enough similarities that some investigators believe they are the same creature, as every person's memory has some margin of error. The gray alien, who many claim come from a planet called Reticula, and desire livers to keep themselves alive. The reptoids, that some claim have infiltrated human power structures with shapeshifting abilities, silently guiding human history to an unknown end. And beings that appear to be as biblical angels and demons, forming early mans opinions of the divine and malicious through the centuries. How long have they been here?
(*Footage of Erich von Däniken, walking through Zurich, Switzerland*)
RS: Erich von Däniken's book, Chariots of the Gods, explores this question in-depth, exploring the possibility that mankind's alien visitations stretch into pre-history.
(*von Däniken sitting at a desk filled with notes*)
Däniken: If you look at human history, at everything that's happened in ancient times, of all the ancient civilizations and stories from the Mahabharata to the Bible itself, each involve great and mighty beings descending from the chaos above, in mighty devices or under their own power, and influencing ancient man in ways that he had never thought of before. You have massive Mayan temples in the middle of inhospitable jungles. You have the great Moai statues on Easter Island, and these are massive statues, things that many people, many experts today, have no idea how they were made and then moved to where they stand today. Why would ancient men need these structures, when his basic need was to find food and survive?
(*Footage of von Däniken writing in his office*)
RS: Perhaps a better question is why these beings of such great and powerful intelligence would take such an interest in mankind at all.
(*Serling walking before pictures of ancient man*)
RS: At the time von Däniken claims that these extraterrestrial creatures first arrived on Earth, mankind was just forming its first civilizations. The ancient civilization of Sumer is largely considered the earliest civilization on Earth, with the earliest evidence of writing, agriculture, and trade anywhere in the ancient world. What is know of their religion is that their most powerful deity, Anu, and his pantheon, the Anunnaki, all were born of the skies above the city-states of ancient Sumer.
(*Footage of various gods from history including Egyptian hieroglyphics, Aztec carvings, and Nordic artwork*)
RS: Since then, many beliefs have focused on the idea that powerful beings from the sky have descended to give mankind knowledge and wisdom. Some, like the Asgard, were beneficent and generous with their wisdom and learning. Others, like the Aztec deities, were harsh and required sacrifice from their followers to even grant token mercies. This could match with some of von Däniken's theories, as some of these deities may not have been the same species of extraterrestrial. There is, however, resistance.
(*Footage of Carl Sagan in his class*)
RS: *Voiceover* Dr. Carl Sagan is one of the most highly respected astrophysicists in the world. He currently teaches at Cornell University, leading the school's program in researching the deepest reaches of space. He believes that von Däniken is blatantly ignoring human capabilities and skills in engineering, science, and art, simply to sell a book.
(*Interview shot with Sagan in his office*)
Sagan: In all of man's history, in all his struggles and tragedies, it has always been mankind in the center. We have tried through time to place blame and credit on forces beyond on keen, forces that ancient man could barely understand or even imagine. Thunder was a sign that the god of storms was either displeased or happy. A bad harvest, blamed on a witch or demon. Now, we have striven away from these beliefs in these things that have no evidence of existing, only for men like von Däniken to try and drag us into a new belief in which, while certainly having more plausibility, has just as little actual hard evidence.
(*Footage of Sagan walking through the campus smiling*)
RS: *Voiceover* So if Mr. Sagan does not feel that beings from other worlds visited us in our past, how does he feel about the future?
(*Cut back to Sagan at his desk*)
Sagan: In physics, we say sometimes that the universe is...finite, but unbounded. We've found that underneath Jupiter's moon of Europa, is a massive ocean of liquid water. We've found out that certain organisms under the Earth's oceans can survive in an environment completely free of oxygen, an ability once thought impossible. That is only what we know. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that There are other intelligences out in the vast expanses of space. I am not saying that these things exist. We have yet to find that hard physical evidence that von Däniken is content to do without. But if there is an intelligence out there, and it has come to Earth, it would be a civilization far more advanced than anything we could even try to imagine.
(*Footage of Sagan teaching*)
RS: *Voiceover* So how does Mr. Sagan explain the number of recent sightings of strange craft and abductions that have recently filled the news? The story of Betty and Barney Hill for example?
Sagan: *Outside, showing the images of what the Hills say the aliens showed them* Here we see what Mr. and Mrs. Hill described as the star trade route shown to them by the alleged intelligences that took them aboard their craft. Here we see alleged trade routes, shown to Betty Hill during her voyage. When compared to stars visible in our own solar system, the paths seem to coincide with each other. *Shows two drawings of similar looking angular patterns* Now, we can see there are incredible similarities between the maps, and on this right side here, we can see the stars visible from our own vantage point in our own solar system. However, if we take away these lines, and substitute them from a completely different set, *Sage flips the lines out* Now the trade routes are gone, replaced by another pattern of lines. And these aren't even the only stars in the sky, you could theoretically come up with infinite trade routes between infinite stars. In fact, you could argue that beings traveling such distances wouldn't even need trade routes, that's a concept that relies on terrain, on weather, on the scarcity or shelf life of goods.. Whatever the Hills saw that night, it was certainly not a visitation showing them routes through the cosmos.
(*Camera cuts to Sagan scribbling on a chalkboard*)
RS: *Voiceover* Clearly, the fact remains that there are no true confirmations of extraterrestrial intelligences coming to the planet we currently inhabit. But if that is indeed the case, what are these photos proof of?
- CBS will now pause for station identification.