See UPDATE below.
Cambridge Professor Peter Wadhams suspects the deaths of the three scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence.
A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated within the space of a few months.
But he insisted the trio could have been murdered and hinted that the oil industry or else sinister government forces might be implicated.
Wadhams is a professor of ocean physics at Cambridge University.
The conspiracy is supposedly that the three scientists, Tim Boyd, Seymour Laxon and Katherine Giles, were targeted by the oil industry as all the scientists involved have some ties to climate change science. Boyd died from allegedly having been struck by lightning, Giles died in a traffic collision (with a truck, no less) and Laxon died from falling down a flight of stairs at a New Year’s Eve party. Laxon’s then-partner, Fiona Strawbridge, refutes the murder claim however, as she was actually there for the incident in question and says that to claim murder is “completely bonkers”.
Wadhams realizes the claim makes him look like “a looney” for suggesting such a conspiracy but he feels the coincidence is too much to be just that. He even believes he himself has been targeted as he has also reported an incident to the police of the time a truck tried to run him off the road.
While he did report his own incident with the truck to the police, he has not gone to the police with his conspiracy theory about the three scientists’ deaths, mostly because he doesn’t trust the authorities. As proof for his distrust he cites the death of British government’s weapons expert, Dr. David Kelly. Kelly was an expert of biological warfare and was found dead in a forest back in 2003. The official cause of death has been ruled a suicide, yet there are conspiracy theories that he was murdered. Though nothing substantial as to who killed him or why have been presented.
It could be that Wadhams is under stress that has triggered such paranoia but it’s irresponsible to go public with an accusation like this that has no sound evidence to support it. Wadhams has also been criticized for his scientific claims about the Arctic as well. His current conspiracy claims are not befitting a scientific mindset.
UPDATE: (28-July 2015) There is a twist to this story:
Cambridge professor Peter Wadhams says he was misquoted in a story about the deaths of three leading British scientists in 2013.
The Times stands by their story asserting that the Telegraph also obtained this information: “We have a recording of Professor Wadhams making these statements.” Wadhams alleged that his comments were off the record and a breach of confidentiality was made. Or, he was just careless.