Where are Mulder and Scully when you need them?

This is a copy of one of the little news articles from the latest Nexus magazine. The original article comes from `From The Wilderness’.
MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF MICROBIOLOGISTS
In the four month period from November 12, 2001 through February 11, 2002 seven world-class microbiologists from different parts of the world were reported dead.
Six died of “unnatural” causes, while the cause of the seventh’s death is questionable.
In the six weeks prior to November 12, two additional foriegn microbiologists were reported dead. Some believe there were as many as five more microbiologists killed during the period, bringing the total to as high as fourteen. These two to seven additional deaths, however, are not the focus of this story. This same period also saw the deaths of three persons involved in medical research on public health:

* On November 12, Benito Que, 52, was found comatose in the street near the labratory where he worked at the University of Miami Medical School. He died on December 6.
* On November 16, Don C. Wiley, 57, vanished and his abandoned rental car was found on the Hernando de Soto Bridge outside Memphis, Tennessee. His body was found on December 20.
** On December 10, Robert Schwartz, 57, was found murdered in his rural home in Loudoun County, Virginia.
* On December 11, Set Van Nguyen, 44, was found dead in the airlock entrance to a walk-in refrigerator in the labratory where he worked in Victoria, Australia.
* On February 8, Vladimir Korshunov, 56, was found dead on a Moscow street.
*On February 11, Ian Langford, 40, was found dead in his home in Norwich, England.

Prior to these deaths, on October 4 a commercial jetliner travelling from Israel to Novosibirsk, Siberia was shot down over the Black Sea by an “errant” Ukrainian surface-to-air missile, killing all on board. The misssile was over 100 miles off course.
Despite early news stories reporting it as a charter flight, Air Sibir 1812 was a regularly scheduled flight.
According to several press reports, the plane is believed the have had as many as five passengers who were microbiologists.
At the time of the Black Sea crash, Israel journalists had been sounding the alarm that two Israeli microbiologists had recently been murdered, allegedly by terrorists.

2 comments
yaksox, you know that Victoria one you mention, well, it actually happened about half an hour from where we live. so there you go.

gene – 31.03.02, 23:39

Crikey! The CIA visiting here?!
Indeed, as you mentioned – there was a thing in one of the local papers – saying that Set somehow got `stuck’ in the refrigerator all weekend. And of course, such mainstream non-boat-rocking newspapers wouldn’t let on if he was strangled first or not.
It was at a CSIRO lab in a ‘burb called Moolap.
R.I.P Set.

yak – 01.04.02, 11:14

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