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Dr. Mary's Monkey: How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination and Emerging Global Epidemics

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The1964 murder of a nationallyknown cancer researcher sets the stage for this gripping exposéofmedical professionalsenmeshedin covert government operations over the course ofthree decades. Following a trail of police records, FBI files, cancer statistics, and medical journals, this revealing bookpresents evidenceof a web of medical secret-keeping that began withthe handlin ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Trine Day
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This one started out well, but became increasingly "out there" as it went on. One of the book strengths, the author's own experience, turned on itself as his own coincidences kept interesecting with the story. First, his father knew the "Dr. Mary" of the title (OK); Second, while in college, he just happened to date a girl who just happened to be renting an old apartment of David Ferrie's where the thousands of mice were kept (I was OK with that, New Orleans isn't that big a city); Three, early ...more
Robert Strupp
Nov 05, 2012 Robert Strupp rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Someone who wonders where AIDS came from, why so many cancers and who killed JFK?
Shelves: history
Dr. Mary's Monkey: How the unsolved murder of a doctor, a secret laboratory in New Orleans and cancer-causing monkey viruses are linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK assassination and emerging global epidemics is one of the longest titles of a book not printed during the 19th Century.

To link together a murder in New Orleans, and polio vaccine laced with cancer-causing simian retro-viruses, (that early 20th Century science knew might be there, but couldn't filter out), Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK
Dr. Mary’s Monkey, Edward T. Haslam, 2007, ISBN 9780977795307

This book gives a very different view of recent American history.

In the 1950s, Jonas Salk developed a vaccine against polio, then ravaging America. It involved inoculating children with dead polio viruses, so their bodies would build up immunity. Just before the mass inoculation was to begin, a technician injected the vaccine into some monkeys. The supposedly dead viruses were not exactly dead, so thousands of children contracted polio
I don't even know what to say other than my mind was sufficiently blown by everything I read in this book. I feel as though I am questioning everything I know that is real and sane about New Orleans involvement in biological warfare, JFK's assassination and Dr. Oschner's connection to it all.... Read it, you need to read it.
Kathy Brooke
I can't believe I paid for that e-book. I was interested in the true crime aspect of the book. There is just about nothing about the crime. It's a poorly written Kennedy conspiracy book. It was full of typos. The author knew everyone or had been everywhere in the book. His nickname should be "Forrest Gump." And he was disingenuous. "I'm not writing a Kennedy assassination conspiracy book." His sources were either dead or he gave them pseudonyms. Also there was no proof at all of any connections ...more
While I whole heartedly enjoyed the discussion of how certain monkey viruses can, and have, caused cancers in humans, I found the connections between the murder and the JFK assassination weak at best.
It is possible, however, I found everything rather circumstantial. I also did not like how the author conveniently had ties to nearly all of these people and somehow was in the right place at the right time so many times. It just was a little much on the coincidence scale.

But, the biology of it all
Judyth Vary
Edward T. Haslam's true-life story is a chilling book about murder, cancer-causing viruses in your polio vaccine, the Kennedy assassination, and government cover-ups. A page-turner you can't put down, it's linked to Lee Harvey Oswald and why he was shot only two days after he was arrested for shooting Kennedy (yes, he was innocent -- see why he had to die). This book links with Lee & Me, a new book available on
Lynn Wilson

I would love to recommend this book to everyone. It's a can't put down mystery that just happens to be true. There is something here for everyone. And it's an important read if you're at all interested in history, politics, one of our most colorful cities, or the health industry.

Fascinating, engaging and one of those books I didn't want to have end.
Tom Schulte
The premise of odd duck David William Ferrie and Dr. Mary Sherman working under armed guard at a US Public Health Service facility with a linear particle accelerator crafting super-cancer to kill Castro only to have Ferrie's twisted hate direct it to a genocidal attack that unleashes AIDS is a but much to swallow. On top of that, Lee Harvey Oswald working under Dr. Alton Ochsner at this task with Judyth Vary Baker author of Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald is all ...more
this book was recommended to me by the manager of communications at the tulane national primate research center, which i just happened to visit last week (they're a client). i'm not sure WHY he loaned this to me, as it does not shine a happy light on the facility's past.

having been there, i can tell you it's scary. i mean, the campus is very nice and clean and shaded, but they've got some scary viruses and some sick animals hanging out in there. thankfully, none of that was a part of the tour. h
Pete daPixie
It's hard to keep your head on straight reading this. The sub-title is enough to cause many prospective readers to screw their faces up and give this one a miss. I certainly will not attempt to explain the plot of 'Dr.Mary's Monkey' in this review.
In my pursuit of 'lone nut' investigations there have been many multivious lines to follow. The JFK assassination is certainly the most complex. Any serious historical researcher must become knowledgeable in a multiplicity of subjects and personalities
So bad it was funny (rather like the movie The Producers).

The "author" makes a claim assumes it is fact than leaps to conclusions that are at best ridiculous. His theory that Dr. Mary was in a radiation accident that liquefied a large portion of her body, than stabbed by a co-worker, to allow other workers to transport her from the Public Health Hospital to her apartment is absurd. His claim that the Public Health Hospital an open facility to the public was somehow manned by armed Marines carryi
This book does one thing very well. It gives a glimpse inside multiple government conspiracies and show a person just how many people can be involved in such conspiracies for varying personal and "national" objectives. It also shows how all the parties involved share a common interest in not being exposed in their crimes and how they go about covering up for themselves or others and protecting each other in whatever difficult circumstance they might find themselves in. It shows how people in pow ...more
If you know anything about viral research, then you can easily believe how it can be perverted by powerful people with political agendas if the "product" of the research gets out of the scientist's control. The scariest element in this book is that scientists may have intentionally produced a dangerous "biological viral warfare weapon" justifying their actions with patriotic beliefs. Once involved, the scientists were stuck in the situation, silenced, destroyed or killed. Garrison was destroyed ...more
Very enlightening first-hand account of very important and often-overlooked incidents in American history that surround JKF's death and vaccines (two very strange things to connect, I know.).
Thomas Ryan
This is an absolute must-read, one of the most amazing true-life murders in American history with ties to Lee Harvey Oswald, David Ferrie, Jim Garrison, JFK of course, the Polio vaccine, and New Orleans and Tulane. I can't wait to watch "JFK" again, with a whole new perspective on why New Orleans, why Jim Garrison, Ferrie, Banister, CIA, FBI, etc.

The story is chronicled by the son of a surgeon and teacher at Tulane who knew Dr. Mary Sherman whose mysterious death in her New Orleans apartment rem
Jim Brown
WOW, WHAT A BOOK. I was going to say it was maybe the best book I have read in quite a while and I have read some really good books of late. The reason for this comment is that I am almost finished reading a book related to this one entitled Me and Lee written by a character in Dr. Mary's Monkey named Judyth Vary Baker.

Dr. Mary's Monkey is about the 50's and 60s in America. During that time Polio was a serious concern. In clandestine labs in the New Orleans area, array of characters from world
Lara Ormiston
I found this book on my husband's Kindle, which is how I ended up reading it. I was mainly interested in the subject of medical experiments that had been conducted on monkeys, and how they related to viruses and vaccines. However, you have to wade through an awful lot of JFK-related discussion, with detailed profiles on various characters as he tries to set up the connections he believed existed between them. Since I am not very interested in JFK assassination theories, I ultimately skipped a co ...more
Wow, what a story!!

Dr Mary Sherman was a cancer researcher in New Orleans in the early 1960's. She was working in a secret lab and at a lab at the Public Health Service facility in NO. In 1964, she was found dead in her apartment apparently from a fire smoldering in her bedroom. However, no fire strong enough could have burnt off her right arm & rib cage (including bones). Who killed her? What was she working on? Was she linked to the JFK assassination?

This book is the compilation of researc
Carolyn Zeller
This documentary tries to tie together the frightening events surrounding the assasination of JFK, the Mafia, and the medical politic of the 60's. I was shocked to learn of the warfare on the virus that contaminated the polio vaccine that we guinea pigs took on sugar cubes as children. The book is sensational and speculative. I could not put it down. Page after page brought me to the streets and names that I have known in my native city, New Orleans. If you read this book you will want to know m ...more
It's interesting to read a book that chronicles how during the early 1960's those connected to the Kennedy assassination were working on a bio-weapon to kill Castro, but instead killed millions and millions more to come including, I suspect, someone very close to me who had polio at the time, was inoculated with the polio vaccination, cured of it, and died at the age of 73 of the very cancer as depicted in this book, Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and previously had survived colon cancer another SV40 rel ...more
OK, this is one of those books that you pick up and say to yourself "this is just too batshit crazy not to read!" and so you read it...and it's batshit crazy. And knowing our government, just crazy enough to be true...THe bulk ofthe story is based on a secret medical laboratory in New Orleans during the early 1960s. Covert government operations? Check. CIA and Mafia involvement? Check. Cure for cancer that turns into biological weapon against Castro that becomes AIDS? Check. And did I mention th ...more
Diana C
Fascinating account of a murder mystery in the time where people feared polio and communism with a New Orleans backdrop. Another good though brief and incomplete, account of the SV-40 blunder. It still paints a cautionary picture of why rushing things you can't undo is foolhardy at best. The author does a great job of speculating while being clear that he is. You will have more questions than answers after reading - in a good way.
Jul 22, 2015 Dee rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: conspiracy hacks
There’s been a lot of hubbub about this book locally. When the author gave a reading at my local library, there were lines out the front door to attend. I was definitely intrigued and also pleased because I generally think that anything that gets people into a library is a good thing.

In this instance, however, I think the excitement is misplaced. It is extremely rare for me to not finish a book, but I could only get through half of this book before giving up. Based on the public enthusiasm and t
Jenny Hassell
The polio virus for use in the 1960's Salk vaccine was grown on monkey kidney cells. Fact. Naturally, some of the monkey kidney cells wound up in the polio vaccine used to immunize millions of children, and nobody bothered to check about what viruses or cancer cells may have been in those monkey kidney cells that were in the Salk polio vaccine.

Read this book, and you will care. The author's research findings seem plausible to me.
Billy Woodward
Game changer. Absolutely worth a read, especially for the connections it draws to the different players supposedly involved in the JFK assassination plot. The expose on the tainted polio vaccination will make your skin crawl.
Liz Maddox
Loved all the Nola connections!
The perfect conspiracy is one that you can never be uncovered. And the perfect revelation of a conspiracy is one that uncovers the deeply covered secrets of that conspiracy. Unfortunately, if there was/is such a conspiracy linking the title's events then Edward Haslam has not made the case to connect these events especially in light of solid evidence to the contrary (which one would expect would be discussed in a serious handling of such a topic) and he has only muddied the waters by suggesting ...more
Carla Hostetter
This is a conspiracy theory book to beat all others. The author ties together the killing of a doctor, monkey virus experiments, cancer, the CIA, the mafia, and Lee Harvey Oswald to the JFK assassination. By the way, the author thinks Oswald was framed by the CIA, the mafia, or possibly Bobby Kennedy.
I have no doubt that the CIA would try to kill Castro with a cancerous monkey virus, or at least would have tried it years ago, and I do think he has successfully proven Dr. Mary's killing was a c
John Hanner
I am from New Orleans and a lot of the timelines did not make sense.You do not need high dose radiation to mutate a virus,and there is no proof that there was a liner accelerator in N.O.yeah a high school student was recruited from Fla. by a group of renowned M.Ds to develope a secrete virus? This book is laughable and trashy.How covienet that all of the accused are not alive to defend themselves.
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