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The Mysterious Deaths of Nine Gulf Oil Spill Whistleblowers

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In the past year, nine vocal critics or potential whistleblowers of the Gulf oil spill all died in extremely mysterious ways. [Ed note: two others are also included here: one missing, one jailed.] Their deaths could be strange, unrelated coincidences. Or they could have been killed as part of a conspiracy to silence those who were speaking out against the worst oil spill in American history.


Gregory Stone

February 17, 2011 – LSU scientist Gregory Stone, 54 – Unknown Illness

Anthony Nicholas Tremonte

January 26, 2011 – age 31 – Mississippi Department of Marine Resources officer, from Ocean Springs arrested on child porn charge. 

As an officer with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources on the Gulf Coast, he may have known enough to qualify him for membership in this exclusive series of coincidences. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
Dr. Thomas B. Manton

January 19, 2011 – former President and CEO of the International Oil Spill Control Corporation – imprisonment and subsequent murder while jailed

John P. Wheeler II

December 31, 2010 – a former Pentagon official and presidential aide and a defense consultant and expert on chemical and biological weapons – was beaten to death in an assault, body was discovered in a Wilmington landfill

James Patrick Black

November 23, 2010 – an incident commander for BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill response team, died Tuesday night near Destin, Florida in a small plane crash’

Chitra Chaunhan

November 15, 2010 – age 33, worked in the USF Center for Biological Defense and Global Health Infectious Disease Research – Found dead in an apparent suicide by cyanide at a Temple Terrace hotel. She leaves behind a husband and a young child.

Dr. Jeffrey Gardner, Swan Doctor

November, 2010 – MIA Status, of Lakeland, FL – Swan expert who “ran into legal trouble over an expired prescription license has closed his practice” — Was investigating unexplained bird deaths near Sarasota abruptly and immediately closed his practice, and apparently his investigation into the deaths of swans in Sarasota, suspected to have been impacted by the BP Oil Disaster. No one has heard or spoken with him since. Watch this news report covering his investigation before his disappearance:  video

Roger Grooters, Cyclist

October 6, 2010 – age 66, was hit by a truck as he passed through Panama City, Florida. Mr. Grooters had been knocked down and killed close to the end of a 3,200-mile trans-America charity ride to raise awareness about the Gulf Coast oil disaster. He began his cross-country bike ride in Oceanside, California, on September 10th. Grooters’s family and friends will cycle the final stretch of the journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic in his honour, raising cash to support Gulf Coast families. Read more: here

Senator Ted Stevens

August 9, 2010 – Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, 86, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, was among nine people on board when the 1957 DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter, crashed into a brush- and rock-covered mountainside Monday afternoon about 17 miles north of the southwest Alaska fishing town of Dillingham, federal officials said. Stevens was the recipient of a whistleblower’s communication relative to the BP Oil Disaster blow-out preventer, and a conspiracy of secrecy to hide the facts from the public. More here

A 48-year-old veteran oil worker claims “You and your fellow Committee members may wish to require BP to explain what action was ultimately instituted to cease the practice of falsifying BOP tests at BP Prudhoe drilling rigs. It was a cost saving but dangerous practice, again endangering the BP workforce, until I exposed it to Senator Ted Stevens, the EPA, and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.” The cause of the crash is still an OPEN investigation by the NTSB.

Matthew Simmons

August 13, 2010 – age 67 – Simmons’ body was found Sunday night in his hot tub, investigators said. An autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office concluded Monday that he died from accidental drowning with heart disease as a contributing factor – “It was painful as can be” to be only insider willing to speak out against the “officials” during the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

Scientist Joseph Morrissey

April 6, 2010 – age 46 – cell biologist and college professor, a near-native Floridian who chose to return to South Florida after studying at elite universities – was fatally shot during what police say was a home invasion robbery.

Links and video:  

The blog post:

Links to each individual case under question:
Professor Greg Stone
Officer Anthony Nicholas Tremonte
Dr. Thomas B. Manton
John P. Wheeler II
James Patrick Black
USF biologist Chitra Chauhan
Roger Grooters
Senator Ted Stevens
Matthew Simmons
Joseph Morrissey

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    big block chev

    April 24, 2011 at 6:25 am

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  3. What about Wheeler? His death is dirty too.


    July 24, 2012 at 11:20 pm

  4. Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot. so I shall become…a bat.


    July 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    • You shall become…. Batman

      Tom Johnson

      July 26, 2012 at 11:56 am

    • Or perhaps a Mitt.


      July 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      • be the ball!


        July 27, 2012 at 5:39 am

      • You’ve got to be joking, Mitt Romney is no hero he’s more like BP.


        August 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

  5. Interesting, it does seem really compelling at first glance. The sample pool of people that could be targeted for assassination under the criteria presented here has to be at least in the hundreds of thousands; environmental scientists, activists, politicians, ex-employees, government workers etc. would all have knowledge about BP not immediately available to the lay public. If you are advancing a hypothesis you have to count both the hits and misses in your data sample to test it. What made these 9 special?

    Tim Moen

    July 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

    • “AT least hundreds of thousands”? are you serious?


      July 26, 2012 at 10:57 am

    • Are there others who may be on some sort of “hit list” for having similar information? If so, how many others? A significant amount that would render these 9 more of a “coincidence” or not at all? Good reporting raises more questions, I think. Thanks for this!


      July 27, 2012 at 8:19 am

  6. “…and freedom of speech is dangerous, I’ve even heard them say…”


    July 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

  7. This question will probably upset some people, but I don’t really care: How many whistleblowers have not “mysteriously” died? If it’s 9 of 20, that’s one thing. But if it’s 9 out of 200, it’s really not that strange.

    And some of these deaths aren’t even that mysterious. Drowning because of heart disease followed by (I assume) heart failure? Really?

    Also, I checked the numbers for aircraft accidents, and they are relatively high for smaller aircraft.

    The amount of home invasion robberies with a fatal ending in Florida aren’t few either.

    These are the ones I looked up, and I’m sure you can find about the same statistics for the other ones.

    Final point: These deaths happened over the course of a little more than 10 months. It’s less than 1 person a month.

    • And you think that arranging for mysterious deaths is done within business hours?

      Mr. Frank

      July 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

    • Depends, those 9 (well, 11) folks may have been taken out because the information they were handling were key points that bridged hundreds of other testimonies only bearing circumstantial relevance without the supporting, verifying, or context providing info these guys held. If you have billions of dollars to spend on silencing folks you are going to hire smart assassins who know how to create deaths that seem commonplace. Your questions are valid, but I like to keep an open mind when all of the information is not at hand to the general public. You are assuming it’s no big deal but your argument is as hypothetical as my reply. Try to be more objective. We may have to accept that most of us never really know what goes on in this world, much of the time.


      August 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm

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  9. I’m skeptical, but some of those deaths sound very suspicious. I’d love an update in the future.

    The compelling part is that all of those deaths are very very easily caused by assassins. Cyanide? Seriously? What is this, MI5? Heart attack in a hot tub (common, yes) is very easily done. I doubt the coroner had any reason to check his heart for air bubbles. The small airplane crashes… have you ever seen a movie? Small airplanes in private hangers are not exactly under high security. Killed in prison, classic. Fake home invasion, classic.

    It’s a great story, but the only evidence is the absence of evidence. But the fact that they’re all whistleblowers makes for a disturbing coincidence.


    July 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

  10. This brings to mind the unexplained deaths of at least 3 inventors and builders of steam or hydrogen-powered cars back in the 60s & 70s – before the ‘Oil crisis’.


    July 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  11. The one death that I find most disturbing is the “suicide” by Mrs Chitra Chaunhan.
    Can anyone believe that a woman in her position – choose to end her life with no regard to her family?
    This particular case smells worst then seafood from the gulf.

    Just Grippo

    July 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

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  13. Well I guess just living in the US makes you prone to be either killed (preferentially by fire weapon) or put into prison sooner that later. Just talking statistics…


    July 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    • Look at the socio-economic status of these people, and the stats of likelihood for murder/incarceration go WAAAAAY down. 😛 There is also something unusual about the deaths because of what they were all involved with.


      August 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

  14. Can anyone clarify why there are no references to the current state of the area in question.all correspondence stopped in 2010? Is the cover up meant to scare people off investigating the truth?

    patrick curtin

    July 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

  15. The Gulf oil spill is still an ongoing disaster….the dispersants used are only making it more toxic. Yes, it is very easy to see these deaths could be suspicious. And, the oil giant rolls on, the environment, and our food supply be damned. Here in Canada, they are trying to push through a huge pipeline from the Alberta oil sands, across pristine BC wilderness, to the Pacific….en route to China. A recipe for environmental disaster…..disgusting. What kind of world are we leaving for our children?


    July 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    • Pretty sure we are looking to colonise Mars for our children, or their children… and have given up on saving ecosystems here. Money, greed and the comfort of 1% matter more, and we all accept this apparently.


      August 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  16. Propaganda distortion of facts– Do your own research—

    John P. Wheeler, 67, a West Point grad, was beaten and thrown into a garbage dumpster. His body was discovered in a Wilmington, Del. landfill last New Year’s weekend. Both police detectives and news commentators described it as “an apparent hit,” but little else was ever learned, and no suspects have surfaced.

    There was great speculation by many at the time that Wheeler had begun to blow the whistle on the mysterious bird and fish deaths in Arkansas and Texas,( note the term “great speculation” rather than documented or proven, the fish and the birds- there was nothing mysterious- only the reasons given were not accepted by the conspiracist) and was about to expose the facts tying this to the chemtrails seen in our skies over the past decade. (first you have to believe in chemtrails and THEN explain their connection with the DWH disaster)

    Matthew Simmons, 67, a former energy advisor to President George W. Bush and admired among survivalist groups for his dire warnings on the upcoming commodity and fuel shortages about to hit this nation, died in his hot tub in Maine last August. (to accept this a person would have to accept that the state of Maine and it’s officers have been subverted by BP to have their coroner file a false report)
    Only four days later, Ted Stevens, the 87-year-old defrocked senator from Alaska, said to have received communications regarding BP’s faulty blowout preventer, perished in a plane crash.(Said communication has never been documented or a reason why an ex-senator from Alaska was communicated about anything happening in the GoM. And the BOPs did NOT belong to BP and a faulty BOPs would have helped BP blame TransOcean)
    Roger Grooters began a cross country bike ride in Oceanside, Calif. on Sept. 10 to draw attention to the Gulf Coast oil disaster. On Oct. 6, in front of the horrified eyes of his wife, who was trailing in a support vehicle, Grooters was struck by a truck and killed instantly in Panama City, Fla. (Never an explanation of the accident, did the trucker swerve off the road or did the biker swerve on to the road? One man on a bicycle with a sign is not a real threat to BP especially when the ride was near finished. Simple to ignore, when the ride is over it would be forgotten.)

    Only a month later, Dr. Geoffrey Gardner of Lakeland, Fla. disappeared. He was investigating the unexplained bird deaths near Sarasota that are suspected to have been caused by the BP oil disaster. No one has heard from or spoken with him since. ( A veterinarian, his prescription license had expired and charges pending about some questionable prescriptions, so decided to retire and hide. Be that as it may .He has had a business listing at the Lakewood Veterinary Clinic in Lakewood, Fl since 4/11/2011 so he is back.)
    On Nov. 15, Chitra Chaunhan was found dead of cyanide poisoning in a Temple Terrace, Fla. hotel. It was officially ruled a suicide. She worked in the Center for Biological Defense and Global Health Infectious Disease Research. ( is there a connection, can it be documented, has the state of Florida and it officers and the coroner also subverted by BP.)

    The following week, James Patrick Black, director of operations for BP’s restoration organization for the oil spill, died near Destin, Fla. in a small plane crash. ( attempting a night landing in bad weather after local airport closed. Why would BP kill one of their own? And how did BP subvert the FAA and the state of Florida again)

    Dr. Thomas B. Manton was one of the first to warn the public that far more oil than what BP had reported was gushing into the gulf every day and that the massive, toxic oil and chemical plumes would travel up the eastern seaboard, contaminating beaches and wildlife all the way – never happened. (killed in prison by other prisoners, he was serving 15 yrs for child porn charges predating the drlg of MC-252. He never filed any appeals, no one, not any of the rights group or those crying his merits file any on his behalf. Illegal conviction? Again BP would have to subvert law enforcement and judicial system of Florida.)

    Dr. Tom Termotto, national coordinator of the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference, says Manton was murdered in prison. Manton had been sentenced to 15 years last August on a phony child pornography charge. Termotto and others say evidence was planted on his computer. ( Dr. Tom is not a doctor but a felony and scam artist, http://forestofthefaie.ning.com/group/newscentral/forum/topics/gulf-doctor-criminal-record?xg_source=activity He also vouched for the assassin attempts on BKLim—and BKL still vouches for Dr. Tom)

    It is not known whether or not Anthony Nicholas Tremonte, 31, posed any threat to BP, ( so why is he even mention) but he too was arrested in January and charged with one count of possession of child pornography. As an officer with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources on the Gulf Coast, he may have known enough to qualify him for membership in this exclusive series of coincidences. ( again suggestion without documentations) He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted. ( again the state of Florida subvert)


    July 27, 2012 at 3:18 am

  17. Nothing mysterious in those deaths, imho. A mysterious death is a death with mystery. Where’s the mystery with the bathtub death? What is extremely mysterious in being hit by a truck?


    July 27, 2012 at 3:57 am

  18. Stunning

    Ab Irato

    July 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

    • @Thad…they are all sketchy, but I’ll answer one question for you: the police and courts rarely go out of their way to do full investigations if an easy answer is readily available to them. Just saying…


      July 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

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  20. I posted comments about pedophilia being the favorite ruse by government to destroy the reputation and careers of whistleblowers and defectors.

    My screen name at Naked Capitalism was Noe Gallegos… my comments about friends with ties to covert operations in government were posted twice… then I could no longer post at Naked Capitalsm.

    Either Ms Smith wanted my words censored… or it was done by those able to interfere with posting on these threads by other means.

    I could be seen as a provocateur because I made outrageous claims and then ‘disappeared’ — But I diidn’t disappear… I was banned or blocked from the conversation on false flags and covert crimes by gov operatives.

    Noe at Naked Capital has been blocked on two computers…. I can no longer post there.

    What’s up Yves? —


    July 28, 2012 at 4:31 am

    • Obviously you were banned for that specific reason, and no other. And not by Ms Smith, but by “government agents” using “other means” to ban you on a private website, with no way for anyone who runs that website to notice and/or do anything about it (such as unbanning you).

      Watch out for the black helicopters.

      Fintoil tah

      July 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm

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  22. Geoffrey Gardner is alive and well in Riverview, FL



    July 28, 2012 at 7:37 am

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  24. Opening of King Tutankhamun’s tomb

    The tomb was opened on November 29, 1922.

    Lord Carnarvon died on April 5, 1923 after a mosquito bite became infected. His death was 4 months, and 7 days after the opening of the tomb.[20][21]
    George Jay Gould I died in the French Riviera on May 16, 1923 after he developed a fever following a visit to the tomb.[22]
    Howard Carter opened the tomb on February 16, 1923 and died on March 2, 1939.[18]
    Prince Ali Kamel Fahmy Bey – Died 10 July 1923 – Shot dead by his wife.
    Colonel The Hon. Aubrey Herbert, MP, Carnarvon’s half-brother – Died 26 September 1923 – Blood poisoning after dental procedure went wrong.
    South African millionaire Woolf Joel – Died 13 November 1923 – Shot dead in Johannesburg by blackmailer Baron Kurt von Veltheim whose real name was Karl Frederic Moritz Kurtze.
    Sir Archibald Douglas-Reid, Radiologist – Died 15 January 1924 – Serious Illness.
    Sir Lee Stack, Governor-General of Sudan – Died 19 November 1924 – Shot and assassinated whilst driving through Cairo.
    A. C. Mace, Egyptologist – Died 1928 – Arsenic poisoning[23]
    The Hon. Mervyn Herbert, Carnarvon’s half brother – Died 26 May 1929 – Reported to have died of “malarial pneumonia”.
    Captain The Hon. Richard Bethell, Carter’s personal secretary – Died 15 November 1929 – Found smothered in his bed.
    Richard Luttrell Pilkington Bethell, 3rd Baron Westbury, Father of the above – Died 20 February 1930 – Supposedly threw himself off his seventh floor apartment.
    Sir Ernest Budge, an Egyptologist and former Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities for the British Museum – Died 23 November 1934 – Found dead in his bed, death unexplained.
    James Henry Breasted, Egyptologist – Died December 2, 1935 – streptococcus after returning from Egypt.
    Prince Hallah Bey – Brother of Prince Ali – Committed suicide.
    Hugh Evelyn-White, Egyptologist – Committed suicide by hanging.
    Howard Carter’s Dog, Supposedly died beside him.


    Fintoil tah

    July 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

  25. Corporate killings…. ain´t capitalism beautiful?


    July 30, 2012 at 9:35 am

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    • I wouldn’t lump Cheney’s name in here yet ;seems to me like the ANTHRAX situation . Jerome Hauer and the 911 Gang . They run in packs

      joseph p bell

      September 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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