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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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The 1964 murder of a nationally known cancer researcher sets the stage for this gripping exposé of medical professionals enmeshed in covert government operations over the course of three decades. Following a trail of police records, FBI files, cancer statistics, and medical journals, this revealing book presents evidence of a web of medical secret-keeping that began with t ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Trine Day
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Timothy Yes. In fact her rating of the book here is remarkable. Several ratings here question all of author Haslam's coincidences. Life is ironic. We live in…moreYes. In fact her rating of the book here is remarkable. Several ratings here question all of author Haslam's coincidences. Life is ironic. We live in California. My wife worked in mid 1970s as a back office nurse for a MD. He may still be around, so I am cautious about using his entire name and the specialty.... H. Sherman, and he had taught medicine at Tulane. (less)

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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 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
The amount of random circumstances helping author with his research on this book make this nonfiction if not unbelievable to at least questionable. If it was all true, the entire generation of Americans born in 1940-1950 would've died after receiving polio vaccine contaminated with cancer virus. Then there is a plot to kill Kennedy by CIA; the unsolved mystery of murdered (lesbian?) doctor with her arm chopped off; using atom splitting laser to eradicate cancer infested mice in 1950s!. This book ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Judyth Vary
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Lynn Wilson
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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
Aug 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Max McNabb
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An essential volume for any conspiracy library, Dr. Mary’s Monkey is a secret history connecting the polio vaccine, an epidemic of soft-tissue cancer, the rise of HIV, and the JFK assassination. Haslam is the son of a U.S. navy surgeon who was a friend of the woman at the dark heart of this book: murder victim Dr. Mary Sherman.

It’s a documented fact that certain types of monkey viruses cause cancer. Haslam’s thesis is that because vaccine manufacturers grew the polio vaccine in the kidneys of mo
Jul 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: conspiracy hacks
Shelves: book-club, dnf
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
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim Brown
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
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
Pete daPixie
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jenny Hassell
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.).
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Lara Ormiston
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Dec 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mostly-read
Okay, this book was recommended by a friend and I was intrigued by seeing all of the five-star reviews on Amazon, so I checked it out. The foreword made me suspect that I was in for a wild ride to Crazytown, and it proved to be quite accurate foreshadowing.

Haslam assembles a web of anecdotal evidence (mostly his personal recollections or tales that his father or his professors told him) and just-so stories to create a narrative that people attempting to cover up and simultaneously fix a "coming
Carolyn Zeller
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Thomas Ryan
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
May 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Teddy Bucher
Nov 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
Oh my god, Monkey Book. I would sooner gouge out my own eyes than read this again. Subject matter aside (which was questionable to begin with), the quality of the writing was somewhere between a 6th grader and the National Enquirer. The narrative was loosely put together, the text was littered with rhetorical questions addressed directly to the reader, and the general vocabulary used was designed to get as sensationalist a response as possible.

If I have personally told any of you about the book
Diana C
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
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