CONSPIRACY THEORY CULTURE

The House of Mystery Radioshow has been on the air for ten years, interviewing guests knowledgeable in the world's mysteries in science, religion, history, the paranormal, conspiracies, etc. The House of Mystery Interviews Series does not attempt to solve these mysteries. Instead, each volume will provide the main points discussed during the show while interviewing the experts. The series will be an excellent reference for researchers and a good overview for those unfamiliar with each case. Links to the podcasts are included. 

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Volume 5 of the House of Mystery Interviews Series focuses on theories that go against the scientific facts that we have learned over many generations of the human race. There is something uniquely intriguing about a good conspiracy theory. They tell tales of heroes, villains, and alternative realities. Conspiracy theories represent secret knowledge: real or not, and there is something very pleasing about having supposed insider knowledge. 

 

Because of their entertainment value, you can find conspiracy theories everywhere. Implausibility doesn’t make conspiracy theories less entertaining. What if the moon landing was faked? Who would have been involved? How could they have pulled it off, and why? What if the earth is encapsulated by a celestial lid? What if the infamous leader of the Third Reich escaped Germany? What if President Franklin Roosevelt had allowed the Pearl Harbor attacks to happen? 

 

These are a few of the conspiracy theories discussed in this volume. As with the others in this series, this book will cover the most popular conspiracies – the ones that have gained lots of ground in the media and on the internet. Some of them even have celebrity followers. During the interviews, guests were shown the utmost respect, as we tried to find out their reasoning for believing what they do and how they developed their beliefs.

THE INTERVIEWS

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MARK SARGENT - FLAT EARTH
(CONSPIRACY THEORY CULTURE INTERVIEWS #1)

 

 Author

By 2018, the documentary Behind the Curve was released, which followed Mark Sargent, a prominent member of the Flat Earth Society, in his attempt to prove his theory. So, what better person to go to ask for an interview on how he knew the world was flat than Mark Sargent.

2018

About the Interview:

Interview with Mark Sargent of the Flat Earth Society in 2018

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MARCUS ALLEN - FAKED MOON LANDING
(CONSPIRACY THEORY CULTURE INTERVIEWS #2)

Nexus Magazine Editor 

Marcus Allen is the UK publisher of Nexus Magazine, which he introduced to the UK in 1994. Nexus. is the world's leading alternative news magazine, covering health, future science, hidden history, the unexplained, and UFOs. Nexus originates from Australia and is now sold in over 100 countries, including the USA and Canada. Marcus pursues his lifelong interest in the unexplained on a full-time basis. The Moon Landings is just one of the many “taboo” subjects he has investigated,

Warren, Alan R. Conspiracy Theory Culture: The Interviews: The House of Mystery Presents: (The Interview; The House of Mystery Radio Show Presents Book 5) (p. 49). House of Mystery. Kindle Edition. 

2017

About the Interview:

Interview with Marcus Allen including conspiracies covering the Faked-Moon Landing 

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MICHAEL MURPHY - CHEM TRAILS
(CONSPIRACY THEORY CULTURE INTERVIEWS #3

Author/Filmmaker 

Michael Murphy claims to have studied Sociology & Anthropology with a Bachelor of Arts at Arizona State University and is the President of Truth Media Productions. As expected, when you go to the Truth Media Productions’ Facebook page, its latest posts are claiming that the current pandemic of Corona Virus going on in the world is fake.

Both interviews were recorded in 2015, and these are the highlights. The term “Geoengineering” has become chemtrail’s latest catchword. My guess is that it makes the person claiming this conspiracy theory sound more scientific or credible.

2015

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GERRARD WILLIAMS - HITLER ESCAPED
(CONSPIRACY THEORY CULTURE INTERVIEWS #4)

Author 'Grey Wolf' 

DID HITLER--CODE NAME "GREY WOLF"--REALLY DIE IN 1945?
GRIPPING NEW EVIDENCE SHOWS WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED... When Truman asked Stalin in 1945 whether Hitler was dead, Stalin replied bluntly, "No." As late as 1952, Eisenhower declared: "We have been unable to unearth one bit of tangible evidence of Hitler's death." What really happened? Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams have compiled extensive evidence--some recently declassified--that Hitler actually fled Berlin and took refuge in a remote Nazi enclave in Argentina. The recent discovery that the famous "Hitler's skull" in Moscow is female, as well as newly uncovered documents, provide powerful proof for their case. Dunstan and Williams cite people, places, and dates in over 500 detailed notes that identify the plan's escape route, vehicles, aircraft, U-boats, and hideouts. Among the details: the CIA's possible involvement and Hitler's life in Patagonia--including his two daughters.

2015

LISTEN

About the Interview:

Interview with Gerrard Williams Author of 'Grey Wolf 

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REBEKAH ROTH - METHODICAL ILLUSION
(CONSPIRACY THEORY CULTURE INTERVIEWS #5)

Author

The glamorous life of an international flight attendant can be anything but, as Vera Hanson discovered the morning one of her crew members was found murdered in a Paris hotel room. That morning began to put into focus some of the experiences of Vera’s thirty-year airline career, which she had purposely been avoiding. It caused her to look more deeply into the questions surrounding 9/11 that never made sense to a flight attendant, but that no one had seriously investigated.
With the help of her pilot friend Jim Bowman, they embark on a cross-country journey employing their wisdom, experience and intense research to uncover the mysteries of what really happened to the four airplanes and the people on them that fateful day.

2014

About the Interview:

Interview with Rebekah Roth author of the book "Methodical Illusion 

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BOB STINNETT - FDR PLANNED PEARL HARBOR ATTACK
(CONSPIRACY THEORY CULTURE INTERVIEWS #6)

FDR and the attack on Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor attack being planned by the U.S. government, or being what she called a “False Flag.” Could that be true that our government either set up the bombing, staged it, or perhaps just let it happen? 

Robert B. Stinnett was an American sailor, photographer, and author. He earned ten battle stars and a Presidential Unit Citation. He was the author 

of Day of Deceit, regarding alleged U.S. government advance knowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, plunging the United States into World War II.

 

2015

About the Interview:

Interview with Bob Stinnett about his book 'Day of Deceit'

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PAUL DAVIDS - MARILYN WAS MURDERED?
(CONSPIRACY CULTURE THEORY INTERVIEWS #7)

Author and Filmmake Paul Davids 


"Marilyn Monroe Declassified" is a feature documentary by director Paul Davids about Marilyn Monroe's life and career and her untimely, mysterious death in 1962 at age 36. Perhaps the most groundbreaking aspect of this film: Declassified FBI and CIA documents have helped the director unravel the puzzle of her demise, which was officially ruled a "probable suicide." Many people with first-hand knowledge at the time of her death did not agree with "probable suicide," and information about her affair with President Kennedy and close association with his brother, Robert, came out later. Two policemen and eventually two chiefs of police of Los Angeles (Darryl Gates and Tom Reddin) and Mayor Yorty all made statements that began to unravel a murder cover-up, and declassified FBI files (plus Chief Tom Reddin's statement) pointed to some involvement by Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

2015

About the Interview:

Interview with Paul Davids filmmaker of 'Marilyn Declassified'

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JOHN MORGAN - PRINCESS DIANA MURDERED?
(CONSPIRACY THEORY CULTURE INTERVIEWS #8)

Author

John Morgan, who is based in Brisbane, Australia, is an investigative writer with a diploma in journalism. Since 2005, he has carried out extensive full-time research into the events surrounding the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed. 

The 2007 book, Cover-up of a Royal Murder, was the result of his subsequent investigation into the “Paget Report,” documenting the 2007 inquest the jury had prevented the public from seeing. 

In 2010, he received over 500 documents from within the official British police investigation, Operation Paget.

 

 

2014

About the Interview:

Interview with author John Morgan about his books covering the Princess Diana death

RICHARD CARRIER

RICHARD CARRIER

DID JESUS REALLY EXIST?

The assumption that Jesus existed as a historical person has occasionally been questioned in the course of the last hundred years or so, but any doubts that have been raised have usually been put to rest in favor of imagining a blend of the historical, the mythical and the theological in the surviving records of Jesus.
Carrier re-examines the whole question and finds compelling reasons to suspect the more daring assumption is correct. He lays out extensive research on the evidence for Jesus and the origins of Christianity and poses the key questions that must now be answered if the historicity of Jesus is to survive as a dominant paradigm.
Carrier contrasts the most credible reconstruction of a historical Jesus with the most credible theory of Christian origins if a historical Jesus did not exist. Such a theory would posit that the Jesus figure was originally conceived of as a celestial being known only through private revelations and hidden messages in scripture; then stories placing this being in earth history were crafted to communicate the claims of the gospel allegorically; such stories eventually came to be believed or promoted in the struggle for control of the Christian churches that survived the tribulations of the first century.

2019

About the Interview:

Interview with Richard Carrier discusses his book On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt

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RICHARD CARRIER- PROVING HISTORY

Author

This in-depth discussion of New Testament scholarship and the challenges of history as a whole proposes Bayes's Theorem, which deals with probabilities under conditions of uncertainty, as a solution to the problem of establishing reliable historical criteria. The author demonstrates that valid historical methods-not only in the study of Christian origins but in any historical study-can be described by, and reduced to, the logic of Bayes's Theorem. Conversely, he argues that any method that cannot be reduced to this theorem is invalid and should be abandoned. Writing with thoroughness and clarity, the author explains Bayes's Theorem in terms that are easily understandable to professional historians and laypeople alike, employing nothing more than well-known primary school math. He then explores precisely how the theorem can be applied to history and addresses numerous challenges to and criticisms of its use in testing or justifying the conclusions that historians make about the important persons and events of the past. The traditional and established methods of historians are analyzed using the theorem, as well as all the major "historicity criteria" employed in the latest quest to establish the historicity of Jesus. The author demonstrates not only the deficiencies of these approaches but also ways to rehabilitate them using Bayes's Theorem. Anyone with an interest in historical methods, how historical knowledge can be justified, new applications of Bayes's Theorem, or the study of the historical Jesus will find this book to be essential reading.

2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Richard Carrier about his book 'Proving History'

ROBERT BROTHERTON

ROBERT BROTHERTON- SUSPICIOUS MINDS 

Author 

Conspiracy theorists do not wear tin-foil hats (for the most part). They are not just a few kooks lurking on the paranoid fringes of society with bizarre ideas about shape-shifting reptilian aliens running society in secret. They walk among us. They are us. Everyone loves a good conspiracy. Yet conspiracy theories are not a recent invention. And they are not always a harmless curiosity. In Suspicious Minds, Rob Brotherton explores the history and consequences of conspiracism, and delves into the research that offers insights into why so many of us are drawn to implausible, unproven and unproveable conspiracy theories. They resonate with some of our brain's built-in quirks and foibles, and tap into some of our deepest desires, fears, and assumptions about the world.

Mar. 13, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Robert Brotherton about his book Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories.

SCOTT STEDMAN

SCOTT STEDMAN

Investigative Reporter

Investigative reporter Scott Stedman has made waves worldwide with his hard-hitting investigative journalism, going as far as anyone has to uncover the deep roots of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy. His research has been cited by the Washington Post, BBC, Reuters, CNN, McClatchy, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, and Vice, and has even helped guide Congress’s investigations.


Real News collects, for the first time in print, Stedman’s eye-opening research into and evidence of every level of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy, from the 2016 Trump Tower Meetings to the dirty-money deal for Trump Tower Moscow, from the “coffee boy” George Papadopoulos and his mysterious wife to Russian infiltration of the National Rifle Association, from Cambridge Analytica’s sketchy business deals and influence operations to the battle for true journalism that will combat cries of “Fake News!”

May 1, 2019

IAN SHAPIRRO

IAN SHAPIRO

Co-Author of Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself

In recent decades, democracies across the world have adopted measures to increase popular involvement in political decisions. Parties have turned to primaries and local caucuses to select candidates; ballot initiatives and referenda allow citizens to enact laws directly; many places now use proportional representation, encouraging smaller, more specific parties rather than two dominant ones. Yet voters keep getting angrier. There is a steady erosion of trust in politicians, parties, and democratic institutions, culminating most recently in major populist victories in the United States, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.

Feb. 6, 2019

About the Interview:

Interview with co-author Ian Shapiro about the book Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself.

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DR MICHAEL SHERMER

NYT Bestselling Author

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of the Science Salon Podcast, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For 18 years he was a monthly columnist for Scientific American. He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things and The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, The Moral Arc, and Heavens on Earth. His new book is Giving the Devil His Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist.

Feb. 19, 2018

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DR MICHAEL SHERMER

NYT Bestselling Author

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of the Science Salon Podcast, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For 18 years he was a monthly columnist for Scientific American. He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things and The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, The Moral Arc, and Heavens on Earth. His new book is Giving the Devil His Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist.

2019

About the Interview:

Interview with Dr. Michael Shermer about his book Skeptic Magazine Publisher 

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DR MICHAEL SHERMER

NYT Bestselling Author

Who is the 'Devil'? And what is he due? The Devil is anyone who disagrees with you. And what he is due is the right to speak his mind. He must have this for your own safety's sake because his freedom is inextricably tied to your own. If he can be censored, why shouldn't you be censored? If we put barriers up to silence 'unpleasant' ideas, what's to stop the silencing of any discussion? This book is a full-throated defense of free speech and open inquiry in politics, science, and culture by the New York Times bestselling author and skeptic Michael Shermer. The new collection of essays and articles takes the Devil by the horns by tackling five key themes: free thought and free speech, politics and society, scientific humanism, religion, and the ideas of controversial intellectuals. For our own sake, we must give the Devil his due.

2020

MARTIN D KELLY

MARTIN D KELLY

Author of Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy: A Watergate Saboteur Switches from Disrupting Campaigns to Spying on Employees

During President Nixon's second term when the Watergate scandal erupted, Kelly teamed with Donald Segretti in a wild series of underhanded capers that created havoc in the Democratic presidential primaries. Kelly and Segretti turned a fundraising dinner for front-runner Senator Ed Muskie at the Washington Hilton into absolute chaos; hired a University of Miami coed to strip naked and parade before Muskie's hotel; released two mice and a bird that threw a Muskie press conference into total confusion; organized fake luncheons, fake press releases, and other unscrupulous acts. The aim of the Nixon White House and Committee to Reelect the President was for the dirty tricksters to sow discontent among the Democratic primary candidates so they would blame each other for the dirty tricks, making it more difficult for them to unite in the general election against Nixon. The author was one of only three witnesses who testified specifically about dirty tricks before the Senate Watergate Committee.

July 16, 2018

MARK JACOBSON

MARK JACOBSON

Journalist

In Pale Horse Rider, journalist Mark Jacobson not only tells the story of William Cooper’s fascinating life but also provides the social and political context for American paranoia. 

A former U.S. naval intelligence worker, Milton William Cooper published his manifesto Behold a Pale Horse in 1991. Since then it has gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies, becoming the number-one bestseller in the American prison system. (Bookscan lists sales at 289,000 since 2005.) According to Behold a Pale Horse, JFK was assassinated—because he was about to reveal that extraterrestrials were about to take over the earth—by his driver, an alien himself; AIDS is a government conspiracy to decrease the population of blacks, Hispanics, and homosexuals; and the Illuminati are secretly involved with the U.S. government to manage relationships with extraterrestrials. Cooper died in a shootout with Apache County police in 2001, one month after September 11, in the year in which he had predicted catastrophe.

Oct. 3, 2018

About the Interview:

Many of Cooper’s conclusions were driven by personal demons and a highly creative connection of dots, and yet they have shaped much of the fabric of American life in the past few decades. Terry Nichols, Timothy McVeigh’s cohort in the Oklahoma City bombing, was a fan, and Behold a Pale Horse has great appeal among right-wing radicals. On the other hand, the book transcends class and race barriers: It is read primarily by poor blacks in prison and appeals to people who acutely feel that society is fixed against them. It has inspired numerous hip-hop groups and continues to do so.

Tom Nichols

TOM NICHOLS

Professor and Author

Tom Nichols is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School. He is also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion. A prominent Sovietologist, he is a senior contributor at The Federalist and the author of seven books. He was previously a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has also worked for Republican Senator John Heinz as personal staff for defense and security affairs.

Nichols is a member of the Never Trump movement and has been described as one of "the most eloquent conservative voices against President Trump." During the 2016 presidential campaign, Nichols argued that conservatives should vote for Hillary Clinton, whom he detested because Trump was "too mentally unstable" to serve as commander-in-chief. Nichols continued this argument for the United States elections, 2018. He has been a vocal proponent of the American public becoming more politic.

July 12, 2019

About the Interview:

An interview with author Tom Nichols about his book The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters.

BRIAN DUNNING

BRIAN DUNNING

Author & Producer of Skeptoid Podcast

Science writer Brian Dunning is the host and producer of the Skeptoid podcast with a weekly audience of 110,000 listeners, the writer and presenter of the documentary films Here Be Dragons and Principles of Curiosity, and the author of seven books. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

Oct. 3, 2018

About the Interview:

Brian Andrew Dunning is an American writer and producer who focuses on science and skepticism. He has hosted a weekly podcast, Skeptoid, since 2006, and he is an author of a series of books on the subject of scientific skepticism, some of which are based on the podcast.

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RICK DELANO

Writer / Filmmaker

Rick DeLano has worked as a producer, executive producer, and financial consultant in the music and film industries for more than 20 years. His fascination with the question of our place in the cosmos began with a $1,000 Internet challenge to provide direct scientific proof of the universally assumed motion of the Earth around the sun. When he found that he (nor anyone else for that matter) couldn’t collect, he was astonished to realize no one had ever made a documentary film examining the Copernican Principle—the foundational idea of modernity itself and how it came to be perhaps the most widely believed metaphysical assumption in the history of the human race. THE PRINCIPLE, which Rick wrote and produced, is the first documentary examination of this cosmological principle. Needless to say, it has generated a bit of controversy, which is fine with Rick. 

March 19, 2017

About the Interview:

Interview with Rick Delano about the Big Bang Theory

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MICHAEL RECTENWALD

Professor & Author of nine books

Professor Rectenwald is a pundit and champion of free speech and opposes all forms of authoritarianism and totalitarianism, including socialism-communism, "social justice," fascism, and PC. The notorious @antipcnyuprof, he has appeared on numerous major network political talk shows (Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox & Friends, The O'Reilly Factor, Varney & Company, The Glenn Beck Show), on syndicated radio shows (Glenn Beck and many others), and on numerous YouTube shows and podcasts.

Sept. 27, 2018

JAKE BERNSTEIN

JAKE BERNSTEIN

Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist

Jake Bernstein is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. In his 25-year career, he’s covered the secret world of offshore money, financial engineering on Wall Street, political corruption in Miami, industrial pollution in Texas, and civil war in Central America.

His most recent book, Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite, will be published by Henry Holt & Co. on November 21, 2017. The book details the evolution of the offshore world as seen through the files of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca and explores the efforts by journalists and others to break through the secrecy of anonymous financial structures. 

Jan. 24, 2018